Pagan Chaplains in the Military: A Spiritual Journey

Fellowship member Steffan McBee shares his continuing journey toward becoming a Pagan military chaplain. Contact/convener is Katie KingeryPage at kingerypage gmail.com.

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October 2011 Services

OCTOBER 2 “DEFINING ANTI-SEMITISM”

Roger Friedmann’s interest in the history of anti-Semitism comes through his teaching of Holocaust literature in the English Department of Kansas State University. Contact Elke Lorenz at 539-3527 or ellorenz@uufm.net

OCTOBER 9 “WHAT SETS US FREE?”

Reverend Michael Nelson muses, “The wave of Unitarian Universalism progresses beyond what can be dictated. The ability to ride that wave requires strength, flexibility and endurance. More importantly it requires true desire to live without fear of success or failure; a rush of energy that leaves no room for fraudulence.” Contact Michael at 537-2349 or minister@uufm.net

OCTOBER 16 “SOCIAL ACTION: PUTTING OUR FAITH TO WORK”

Social Action chair Stacey Broughman and Social Action Committee members discuss the topic of social action, current social action activities at UUFM, and opportunities for growth and participation in social action in the congregation. Learn more from Stacey at 410-9413 or socialaction@uufm.net

OCTOBER 23 “JOHN MUIR AND THE RELIGION OF NATURE”

Historian Donald Worster of KU highlights the interconnectedness of nature and religion through the words and deeds of John Muir. Dr Worster is a scholar of conservation and environmental movements and of the ways that the natural world has shaped human society and provided the context for human life over time. Dr Worster draws upon his recent book, A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir. Contact/convener is Dave Lambert at 587-8750 or david.k.lambert@gmail.com

OCTOBER 30 “WHO WILL REMEMBER?”

Reverend Michael Nelson reflects, “Recalling those you love who have died can bring anguish as it brings healing. Hopefully there is plenty of joy in the mix to lighten any unbearable weight. On this day as a community we will honor all those who have made our individual and collective lives possible and inspire us to bring more goodness into the world.” Contact Michael at 537-2349 or minister@uufm.net

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September 2011 Services

SEPTEMBER 4 “UU PRINCIPLES AND LIBERAL VALUES”

Unitarian Universalists sometimes say that we are part of a “liberal religious tradition”, but what does “liberal” mean? On one hand, it reflects our tradition’s lack of strict creed, the freedom we allow in interpreting religious (or non-religious) texts, and our commitment to accepting different worldviews in our Fellowship. On the other hand, it reflects some of our tradition’s values, which, while not tied to any particular political affiliation, are associated with progressive views on human rights and liberties. Contact/convener is Scott Tanona at stanona@sbcglobal.net.

SEPTEMBER 11 “SYMPATHETIC THREADS: CONNECTING THE LIVES, HEARTS, AND MINDS OF OUR YOUTH”

Cory Zeller, in her new role as the Director of Religious Education, and Rev Michael Nelson explore the power relationships have to transform, inspire, and promote growth. Contact Michael at 537-2349 or minister@uufm.net

SEPTEMBER 18 “STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY”

Fellowship members Blake Belanger, Brice Hobrock and Elke Lorenz will discuss how a sense of place and belonging, the nurturing of children, and the primacy of moral and ethical values are all vital forces in sustaining community.  Learn more from Blake at belanger@ksu.edu

SEPTEMBER 25 “ELEVATOR SPEECH: WHY AM I A UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST?”

Reverend Michael Nelson asks, “What do you say when a stranger asks, ‘What is Unitarian Universalism?’ Of course it depends on who asks, but thinking through the possible responses can reduce an awkwardness that arises when we don’t know what to say. What answers deliver truth instead of evasion?” Learn more from Michael at 537-2349 or minister@uufm.net

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August 2011 Services

AUGUST 7 “FOCUSING FAITH TOWARDS ACTION: THE UUA RESOLUTIONS”

Fellowship members Aimee Fowler and Steve Mull discuss the process and history of developing and implementing Unitarian Universalist Association Resolutions, and discuss societal needs at the national and local levels that could be addressed by future resolutions. Contact Steve at 564-2150 or stevemull1@aol.com

AUGUST 14 “THE ARTS: BETTER THAN CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL” 

Member Katherine Lawrence and KSU colleagues will describe their use of creative arts therapies with audiences as diverse as prisoners, older adults, and special needs children. They will engage the audience in activities to demonstrate the healing qualities of their craft. Convener/ contact is Cathy Hedge at 537-1101 or cjhedgewriter@yahoo.com

AUGUST 21 “THE OFFERING: HOW UUISM CHANGES THE WORLD”

Reverend Michael Nelson reflects, “Unitarians Joseph Priestly and Margaret Fuller, bold adventurers, shifted the world of science, literature, human rights and theology. Their search for truth lifted many from the oppression of indifference to what really matters. Their promise lives in us today. How do we fulfill it in our time?” Contact Michael at 537-2349 or minister@uufm.net

AUGUST 28 “TENTH ANNUAL UUFM MUSICALE”

Our annual showcase of the musical talents of members and friends will be presented. Upwards of 30 of us will bring our horns, voices, woodwinds, fretted instruments, and nimble, ivory-tickling digits to the Fellowship to entertain and inspire those who arrive early enough to get one of the limited seats in the sanctuary. Learn more from Michael Oldfather at 537-3738 or mou812@ksu.edu.

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July 2011 Services

JULY 3 “ALLEGIANCE AND DISOBEDIENCE”

In a tribute to Independence Day, Fellowship members read and discuss sermons about patriotism and Unitarian Universalism. Contact Scott Tanona at 537-6208 or stanona@sbcglobal.net.

 JULY 10 “CHICKEN LITTLE, POGO, AND MALTHUS WERE RIGHT!

“Fellowship members and friends who have been studying Bill McKibben’s Eaarth, Making a Life on a Tough New Planet will share some of the author’s review of scientific evidence for accelerating environmental deterioration, which threatens to render the planet uninhabitable in the not-too-distant future. We’ll summarize suggestions McKibben and others offer for how to mitigate the impending catastrophe. Learn more from convener MichaelOldfather at 537-3738 or mou812@ksu.edu.

JULY 17 “THEOLOGICAL DETENTE:THE MERGER OF THE UNITARIANS AND THE UNIVERSALISTS”

Fellowship member Dave Lambert will embellish a previously used sermon from the UUA archives to explore the theological debates surrounding the merger of the Unitarians and the Universalists to form Unitarian Universalismin 1961. Contact Dave at 587-8750 ordavid.k.lambert@gmail.com.

JULY 24 ” AYN RAND–INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY AND ‘THE COMMON GOOD'”

Rev David Jones, Director of the Ecumenical Campus Ministry, reflects, “Philosopher Ayn Rand’s commitments to individual liberty have enjoyed a growing influence in American religion and economics since the mid-20th Century. Join us as we explore the impact of Rand’s thought on religious communities and, more broadly, the notion of ‘the common good’ in American society.” Contact/convener is Brice Hobrock at 776-3175 orbhobrock@uufm.net.

JULY 31 “BEAUTY, FAITH, AND WALLS”

Rev Thea Nietfeld muses, “The Kansas landscape is open beauty. Our common faith resonates with open landscape and is jarred by physical/political walls. Let’s reflect together on the walls of Germany (fallen), Israel-Palestine, and USA-Mexico and how faith can move to restore beauty.”


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June 2011 Services

JUNE 5 “THE PASSION TO BE”

Reverend Michael Nelson reflects, “‘Can I break through the film of the abstract?’ The tension of Adrienne Rich’s question helps us to examine what moves us from illusion to the real world. Unitarian Universalism traverses that wavering line. Our progressive faith asks us to be as fully engaged in the wondrous world we inhabit.” Contact Michael at 537-2349 or minister@uufm.net.

 JUNE 12 “A SEARCH FOR JUSTICE”

A panel, headed by Jonathan Mertz, chair of the Flint Hills Human Rights Project, will review the recent repeal of the LGBT human rights ordinance by the Manhattan City Commission and look forward to how we can correct this human rights violation. When any segment of our population is denied civil rights everyone’s lives are lessened. Contact/convener is Michael Nelson at 537-2349 or minister@uufm.net.

 JUNE 19 “FREE RANGE KIDS AND THE ETHICS OF RISK”

Scott Tanona will discuss the Free Range Kids movement, an approach to parenting that harkens to an earlier era when kids were allowed greater freedom to discover their world on their own terms and without constant adult supervision. This movement coincides with a growing understanding of the many ways in which our intuitive judgments of dangers are out of sync with objective analyses of those risks. Ethical decision making, in parenting as in other areas of life, requires attention to one’s own psychology and the ways gut reactions may not reflect one’s true values. Sometimes what seems risky is the least risky path to what we really want in life. Contact Scott at 537-6208 orstanona@sbcglobal.net.

 JUNE 26 “PERSONAL RELIGIOUS JOURNEYS”

Fellowship members Julio Torres and Laura Lott share the paths that lead them to this point in their personal spiritual journeys. Contact/convener is Dave Lambert at 587-8750 ordavid.k.lambert@gmail.com.

 


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