Saturday, May 2, 2015

MAY 2015 SERVICE AT LUUF

May 3  
"Following Your Bliss"

Rev. Phil Sweet

It was mythologist Joseph Campbell's most notable phrase. In the 1988 PBS series "The Power of Myth", Bill Moyers asks Campbell, "What is the journey each of us has to make, what you call the soul's high adventure?" Campbell replied, "My general formula for my students (Sarah Lawrence College) is 'Follow Your Bliss'. Find where it is and don't be afraid to follow it".    Phil is a retired UCC minister.
Immediately following the May 3rd service, we will have a new member orientation.  All are welcome to attend, to learn more about Unitarian Unilateralism and LUUF.  

May 10 
"God 2.0: Reinventing the Religious Impulse”
  

Rev. Scott Prinster
New Member Recognition 

One of the most important activities in the history of liberal religion has been to regularly challenge our traditional beliefs and institutions, to ask whether they continue to bring meaning and comfort to our changing lives and needs. How well do the ancient concepts of God, religion, sin, and redemption hold up in the modern world? How might we find new ways of expressing religious concerns that DO help fill our lives with meaning and purpose? Join us as we reboot the old paradigms and upgrade our spiritual journeys!

The Rev. Scott Prinster is currently writing his dissertation at the  University of Wisconsin on the historical relationship between biblical knowledge and scientific knowledge in the United States. He has served congregations in southwest Michigan and in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as teaching English for two years at the Unitarian seminary in Transylvania. Before attending seminary, his background was in physics, and he worked as a NASA contractor for the space program. He is constantly trying to make time to play old-time and bluegrass music on his fiddle and banjo.

May 17 
Flower Ceremony and Annual Meeting

You will want to bring a flower for this lovely annual ceremony celebrating our connections to each other and the fellowship.  You’ll get to go home with someone else’s. 

The ceremony will be followed by our annual meeting which will include election of officers for next year as well as budget decisions. You will want to join the fellowship before this Sunday so that you can vote in the annual meeting.  It’s important!

May 24
Memorial Day picnic potluck

This is another musical tradition.  Good songs and good food.  How can we lose? It’s our last service before the summer services start.  We are thankful for the variety of musicians who will take part!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

This Sunday at the LUUF...


This Sunday
April 12 “Enriching Our Lives by Discovering Our Pasts” Matthew Schliesman, Executive Director of the Capitol Civic Centre and a longtime writer, will present excerpts from the book he is close to finishing.  It's a genealogical adventure about some colorful ancestors he has uncovered, why and how he went looking for them, and what they mean in the present day.  It's also an "every man" odyssey, because chances are there are some colorful characters in all of our pasts.  
Note Extra Presentation next week

Next Sunday
April 19  “The Power of Stories to Shape Our Lives” Carrie Arnold
Simple stories can bring great clarity to situations and events that cause us discomfort, confusion, or pain.  Come to hear and share stories that help to make sense of life's challenges.
Carrie and her daughter spoke to us before.  She has been a chaplain at the prison in Green Bay. 
Extra Presentation (additional 20 minutes): "LUUF's Strategic Plan Results".  The Fellowship has just completed a participative strategic planning process to identify objectives for the next 3-5 years.  Cathy Edwards will present an overview of the process, summarize results from the survey many completed, and share the Board-approved approved strategic objectives and goals.


 Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
620 Park, Manitowoc, WI
Services on Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M.
Enrichment Program for Children from ages 4-10
Childcare for babies and toddlers during service

Saturday, April 4, 2015

This Sunday at the LUUF...

This Sunday 
April 5  “Are There Any Us in Easter?”    Arthur Thexton
“If we don't accept the trinity, how can we UUs observe, and even celebrate, the very Christian holy day of Easter? Any ideas?  Is it just another Sunday? There will be a quiz.” Arthur is a long-time guest speaker for us.  He’s a lawyer, but he also graduated from seminary. We’ll even have a trumpet descant on the last hymn!   

Next Sunday 
April 12 “Enriching Our Lives by Discovering Our Pasts” Matthew Schliesman, Executive Director of the Capitol Civic Centre and a longtime writer, will present excerpts from the book he is close to finishing.  It's a genealogical adventure about some colorful ancestors he has uncovered, why and how he went looking for them, and what they mean for him in the present day.  It's also an "every man" odyssey, because chances are there are some colorful characters in all of our pasts.  



Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
620 Park, Manitowoc, WI
Services on Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M.
Childcare offered during services

Sunday, March 29, 2015

This Sunday at the LUUF...

Soup Sunday Potluck and Offering for the Domestic Violence Center

March 29  “Death with Dignity”  Ann Zeman, 
“The ultimate goal of caring for a terminally ill patient or end of life patient is not a "good death" but a "good life" to the very end. With this comes much discussion of "what does the patient want?"  How does one approach this, where do we begin?   People want to share their memories, pass on wisdom and keepsakes, settle relationships, establish their legacies, make peace with God and ensure those left behind will be ok.  They want to end their stories on their own terms.  What is our role in assisting the dying patient to have a good life to the very end?” 

Ann has worked as a nurse for 34 years, 21 in Critical Care (ICU, CCU), 6 in oncology.  With this experience, we know she will bring us important insights.

Next Sunday
April 5  “Are There Any U's in Easter?”    Arthur Thexton

“If we don't accept the trinity, how can we UU's observe, and even celebrate, the very Christian holy day of Easter? Any ideas?  Is it just another Sunday? There will be a quiz.” 

Arthur is a long-time guest speaker here at the LUUF.  He’s a practicing attorney and graduate from seminary.

Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
620 Park, Manitowoc, WI
Services on Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M.
Childcare offered during services

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This Sunday at the LUUF...

This Sunday
March 22 UUA Water Day—Dr. Rebecca Abler, University of Wisconsin, Manitowoc
In 1949, Wisconsin native Aldo Leopold redefined the relationship between humans and their natural surroundings through publication of his Land Ethic, which, in his words, "simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land."  As our global population grows, and as new challenges such as climate change face our planet, there is an increasing movement toward developing a companion to the land ethic; that is, a water ethic.  The water ethic recognizes and promotes the inherent value of water, and provides a practical framework for decision-making regarding actions that involve water.  However, a water ethic can also be part of an aesthetic and spiritual relationship with nature.  We all live on water--we must all take action to preserve it!”

Next  Sunday
March 29  “Death with Dignity”  Ann Zeman   Soup Sunday Potluck—Offering for the Domestic Violence Center
“The ultimate goal of caring for a terminally ill patient or end of life patient is not a "good death" but a "good life" to the very end. With this comes much discussion of "what does the patient want?"  How does one approach this, where do we begin?   People want to share their memories, pass on wisdom and keepsakes, settle relationships, establish their legacies, make peace with God and ensure those left behind will be ok.  They want to end their stories on their own terms.  What is our role in assisting the dying patient to have a good life to the very end?” 
Ann has worked as a nurse for 34 years, 21 in Critical Care (ICU, CCU), 6 in oncology.  With this experience, we know she will bring us important insights.


Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
620 Park, Manitowoc, WI
Services on Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M.
Childcare offered during services

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 15  “Lost & Found: Finding Peace through Collaboration and the Creative Process” Dr. Emilie Lindemann, Silver Lake College 
Emilie Lindemann will discuss how collaboration and the creative process helped her to find peace when writing her poetry chapbook Lost & Found. Lost & Found responds to Wisconsin poet Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970) and engages with sculptures by artist Karen Laudon. Many recognize the work of Niedecker for her beautifully condensed language, wry humor, and keen observation of place.  Niedecker is also recognized for her association with the Objectivist poets, and for her important friendship with poet Louis Zukofsky. After an affair with Zukfosky in the mid-1930's, Niedecker became pregnant with twins. Though Niedecker chose to end the pregnancy, she named the twins Lost & Found and "ached for her twins all the days of her life," according to a friend of the poet. This sense of loss struck a chord with Emilie after she experienced miscarriage, and writing Lost & Found, which imagines Niedecker's lost twins as spunky ghost literary socialites, was ultimately a healing process--thanks to the connection and comfort she found in collaboration.

March 22 UUA Water Day—Dr. Rebecca Abler, University of Wisconsin, Manitowoc 
“In 1949, Wisconsin native Aldo Leopold redefined the relationship between humans and their natural surroundings through publication of his Land Ethic, which, in his words, "simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land."  As our global population grows, and as new challenges such as climate change face our planet, there is an increasing movement toward developing a companion to the land ethic; that is, a water ethic.  The water ethic recognizes and promotes the inherent value of water, and provides a practical framework for decision-making regarding actions that involve water.  However, a water ethic can also be part of an aesthetic and spiritual relationship with nature.  We all live on water--we must all take action to preserve it!” 



Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
620 Park, Manitowoc, WI
Services on Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M.
Childcare offered during services

Monday, March 9, 2015

Recently at the LUUF...


Sunday's Services
March 8  “Sensing the Sacred in Beauty, Letters and Time    Fr. Jim Nielson, St. Norbert College 
“I'll be focusing mostly on contemporary works of art and artists but we'll have a bit of fun with a quick survey of some truly sublime works of sacred art, paired with some cool "complimentary" (or analogous) works of art/images that reveal the timelessness of certain images and concepts.” 
Fr. Neilson has studied art at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Notre Dame University and The Vermont Studio School where he earned an MFA in three-dimensional mixed media sculpture.  He is presently an assistant professor of art (History of Art, History of Modern Art, Race and Gender in Contemporary Art, Sacred Art and Architecture and studio sculpture classes) at St. Norbert College and received the Leonard Levina Educator of the Year Award in 2005.  
March 1  “Selma+ 50: UUs and Race”  Arthur Thexton 
It's been 50 years since the entire UUA board, and many of our ministers, including the Rev. James Reeb, went to Selma to join the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in marching for voting rights. Where are we today, in our struggle to truly diversify our society and our congregations? 
Arthur is a lawyer who lives in Wauwatosa with a UU Seminary education as well.