Some of our weekly services will be shared with other UU Congregations.  If you don't see a Sunday service, we may not have presented out own service and joined with other UU's from around the state.  

Memorial Day 

Mike & Jeanette Clawsome

With Jim Rabata , Linda Hunter, Bonitta Budysz

Let’s look at dismantling racism in Memorial Day to continue our important deep study of the 8th principle. We plan to bring to light three areas and we are looking for your help in doing this. First, Mike Clawson and the first observance of Memorial Day by freed slaves after the Civil War. Second, Jeanette Clawson. Kathie Fishbeck for Linda Hunter, Jim Rabata, & Bonnita Budysz will share a series of short eulogies of African American women who have been victims of violence.

Flower Communion

May 23, 2021

In 1923 Dr. Norbert Capek turned to the  native beauty of his Czechoslovakian countryside and created the first Flower Communion service.   The flowers were symbolic of a united fellowship with each member bringing a unique contribution.  

APRIL 25

Poetry in the Political Space:
Voices of Protest,
Resistance and
Empowerment
Jean Biegun

“Poems are lifesavers when your boat capsizes” wrote Lawrence Ferlinghetti in his book-length poem Americus, Book I. Especially now in this time of global distress across so many issues, poetry is welcome as a powerful art form at protests, rallies, and even inaugurations. However, poets all over the globe have been using their voices to protest, resist, and empower for a long time. Their works continue to expose grim truths, raise our consciousness, and unite us for action. The impact of their messages demonstrates why poetry is needed and sought after in moments of political crisis—when our boats capsize.

To honor National Poetry Month Jean Biegun will share works of poets who have spoken out against oppression and injustice from long ago to now and from far away to here among us. Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship generously named her their Poet Laureate from 2013-2019 (she has a beautiful LUUF water bottle to prove it!). She also helped launch poetry in Manitowoc County through public performance programs such as Poetry: Alive & Well & Living in Manitowoc! and regular open mic venues at Kathie’s Stage Door Pub. Though relocated to California, she still participates in the Lakeshore Artists Guild Art As Poetry As Art project
every year

April 11, 2021
“I’m Not Color Blind--Are You?
A Privileged White Man’s
Experience of Race”

Ted Rulseh

Instead of giving a talk I plan to lead a discussion on race relations, as embodied in our personal lives. I led such a discussion at my Northwoods UU Fellowship last January, to good reviews.  Here are the questions to which I would like attendees to respond, as they wish:

1. What were your experiences with race growing up in your neighborhood and your home? 

2. Did your community ever experience turmoil over a race issue? 

3. Have you had, or do you have, a good friend of color? How did race influence the relationship? 

4. Have you ever been the only white person in a room or gathering? What was that like? 

5. Have you ever seen overt racism in your workplace? 

6. You go to store to buy a new smart phone. When you arrived there is no one ahead of us in line. There are two service kiosks, staffed by two equally presentable and professional young women, one Black, the other White. You have to approach one or the other. Which one do you choose? 

7. When did you first understand the concept of White privilege?

March 14 
“Divinity Lies in the Actions
of Our Shadow”
Rev. Karon Sandberg

 

Carl Jung says our shadow self is the part of ourselves we are afraid to reveal to others.  We all hold things, big and small, hidden from others.  What would happen if we brought these things out of the darkness and into the light?  Could healing and even divinity dwell within those shadows?  Join us as we explore our Shadow Self. Rev. Karon Sandberg is are recently retired hospice chaplain.  She is working on a book about the lessons her patients taught her about living.  She serves Fox Valley UU Fellowship as a community minister and speaks at other UU congregations once a month.  She is still unsure what retirement looks like during Covid times but hopes it will include more travel and play as the world opens up.

March 7, 2021 
“Now What?”
Rev. Danny Givens

 

“As we embark upon the next season of our journey toward collective liberation. Many have felt the angst and exhaust of a year of the social distance, racial trauma, and political dismay. NOW WHAT?! Invites us to lean into the call of communal wisdom and togetherness to create a greater tomorrow.” Danny Givens is a heartfelt activist and orator who received a life changing gift of forgiveness from an off-duty police officer he shot during a botched robbery in 1996.  Propelled by forgiveness, Danny began his journey toward reconciliation and resiliency prior to his release from incarceration in 2008. He later went on to receive his B.A. in Christian Ministry from Bethel University in 2011, accompanied by a three-year residency as an Interfaith Minister at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, MN in 2016. Danny is now the Senior Pastor of Above Every Name Ministries, a young cutting edge congregation in the Twin Cities that prides itself in being a “Church for the People,” an advocate for Racial Justice in black, brown, and indigenous communities.

Feb 14
“Pictures of Manitowoc”
Sonia Vasquez


“Sonia will “talk about the creation of the mural on the Lakeside building and  her artist residency at the Rahr West, painting 'Portraits of Manitowoc'. She will also talk about her involvement with Lakeshore United Visionaries.” She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

February 7, 2021
 

“Black Lives, White Lies:

Exploring an 8th UU Principle”.

Reverend Tony Larsen

 

"I am color-blind; I treat everyone the same"); and the present movement in Unitarian Universalism to add an eighth principle to the seven we already have--emphasizing the need to be more than passively non-racist, and actually anti-racist.

 

Rev. Tony Larsen has become one of our regular speakers.  He. Is retired from Olympia Brown UU church in Racine.  

January 24, 2021

“Power and Responsibility”
Rev. Lex Cade-White

Power is a part of every relationship from all parties. We can use it in a variety of ways for bad or for good. The measure of our character is in how we wield that power and acknowledge our responsibility to ourselves and each other. Lex is a chaplain at a hospital in Milwaukee and she’s pursuing a degree in nursing. She lives in Sheboygan with her partner, Kitty.

January 10, 2021

White Fragility

Sarah Urban

This discussion will introduce the concept of "White Fragility" and provide an opportunity to briefly explore Robin DiAngelo's book, which addresses the difficulties and triggers that white people can experience when thinking and talking about racism. Her 2018 work examines white supremacy in the context of it being a structure of overarching political, economic, and social systems that together work to ensure that some racial groups continue to exert power and control over others. We will have the opportunity to reflect on how these concepts intersect with the 2nd Principle and both the individual and collective responsibilities we have to address the racial inequities that exist within our communities. Sarah is the daughter of Dick and Mary JO, and she’s a School Psychologist at Madison Metropolitan School District.

November 8, 2020

Pandemic, Italian Style:
How Italy and Italians have responded to Covid-19 Catherine Leone

Italy was the first country outside of China to experience the full impact of the novel corona virus. During the spring of 2020 it implemented the longest and most stringent nationwide lockdown. By July, Italy was touted as a model for controlling the spread of the virus. Now, as COVID 19 cases are soaring in the United States and rising again in much of Europe, Italy, too, is experiencing a resurgence of cases. Italians are being asked, once again, to stay home, wear masks, and endure closures of businesses and schools. At the level of national and regional government, and at the level of local communities, families, and individuals, the response in Italy has been different from that in the United States. I’ll explore, and attempt to explain, the differences. Catherine is a retired sociology professor from the University of Green Bay , Manitowoc campus.

 

November 4 2020
Waiting to Embrace You  Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Each week when we met in the sanctuary, our closing words ended with the phrase, “knowing that we wait to embrace you upon your return.” We’ve tweaked those words just a bit during this pandemic (“we embrace each other, even now, from a distance”), but we are still waiting for the moment when we’ll be able to embrace again. What does it mean to embrace from a distance? How can we hold each other, and hold space for each other, in a time of such heightened anxiety in our nation?

October 25
Remembering the Saints
Ginny Finnel & Kathie Fishbeck
 
At our traditional “Remember the Saints” service we share the stories and wisdom of special people in our lives, both living and deceased. In this way, we give to each other some of what we've been given by our "saints").

We joined with Fox Valley UU Fellowship on October 18

Tiny Space

Rev. Leah Ongiri

Acts of care and experiences of connection can sometimes seem insignificant on their own. But the tiny space created by a sympathetic phone call or homemade meal left on the doorstep looms large in community. The care team is especially devoted to this work, but all Fellowship members and friends share the ministry by expressing concern and connection for one another. Recorded on October 18, 2020.

We joined with Fox Valley UU

October 11
UU The Vote

Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Our national Unitarian Universalist Association has made a commitment this year to electoral justice, and we'll be participating in a national UU the Vote Sunday this week. Join worship leaders from our fellowship and those from around the country including UUA president Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray to find out ways to "Vote Love and Organize for the Long Haul." Service recorded on October 11th, 2020.

October 4 

“Offering Empathy “
Rev. Karon Sandberg

 

In times of distress and hardship we struggle with how to help our loved ones.  How can we be of support when sometimes there are no words or even actions that can comfort?  I’ve have grown to be in awe of the amazing power of offering empathy.   Join us as we explore what empathy is and how we can be present for others in ways that can offer peace and healing.

Rev. Karon Sandberg has been a hospice chaplain for close to 10 years.  She was ordained by the Fox Valley UU  Fellowship and serves them as a Community Minister.  Through her work, she feels her patients have taught her how to live her life more fully.  She has learned that by sharing our stories with one another we learn the most sacred truths about ourselves and that we are not alone.

September 20, 2020

Coloring Outside the Lines Rev.

Tony Larson

 

In keeping with September's "Renewal" theme, Tony's sermon this Sunday is about what people sometimes call "thinking outside the box," "moving outside the grid," or "jumping the rails of conventional thinking." It's also sometimes referred to simply as a paradigm shift. Whatever we might call it though, it is the foundation stone for almost every important movement, cultural change, scientific advancement, artistic breakthrough, or religious development. Tony will show how it can be important in our own spiritual lives as well.

September 13, 2020

Annual Water Communion
Mary Jo Urban & Ginny Finnel

At the beginning of each program year in September, we gather in a single service for all ages and share a much-appreciated UU tradition that honors the diversity of experiences we have enjoyed in the preceding summer months. Each congregant who chooses to participate brings a bit of water to this service as a symbol of their summer journey and experiences. These small amounts of water are poured together into a single bowl, symbolizing the beautiful and abundant ways our lives are intertwined. The sharing is always both meaningful and fun. This year due to ongoing social distancing we presented our water communion virtually. We could not bring water, but we could share pictures and words. A beautiful and memorable virtual service. Thanks to all who participated and shared, presented and organized this wonderful service.

August 23, 2020  Water Dance Poject

August 16

“Changing Bird Populations 
For Better or for Worse”

Chuck Sontag

“Birds have been a large part of my life since early childhood. On the advice of a friend that I have shared this interest, we will explore/discuss some of the changes in bird populations.  To help illustrate these changes, we will use several species of birds to compliment the story. Questions from the members will be a welcome part of the presentation.” 

Chuck is the man beside the blue rail down at the lake who knows the answer to all of your questions.  In fact, you might note the sign when you go out to the impoundment with his name on it. He’s written the Manitowoc part of the Wisconsin’s Favorite Bird Haunts. That was my primary source for birding when we moved to Manitowoc.

August 9  
“A Unitarian Universalist Journey From Detroit to England with a few stops
in between.”

 

Gail Slaughter

“Storytelling is incredibly important to us as humans. Experiencing and telling our own individual stories can powerfully shape the kinds of big world and broad cultural stories we explore in our own search for truth and meaning.  
 

I will share my own personal journey from a teenage youngster in Detroit in the mid-70’s, to a 60+ youngster working for the US military overseas.  

As an (almost) life-long UU, my UU values have helped to shape how I have viewed life and my experiences.”

Gail was the first president of the fellowship.                   

July  26, 2020
        Healing Sing & Sting a long
Allan, Bev, Shelly, Steve, Linda, Kathie, Carolyn, Jim, & Mike.

A healing and joy filled community Zoom Gathering with songs, chants, and words of hope during these difficult days of uncertainty and change. We send healing music out to ourselves and into the World, as we laugh and sing and experiment with community sing-a-longs on Zoom.
 

Presented by our LUUF newly formed group the “Park Street Sing & String-A-Long".
 

Service Guide, with Lyrics of the songs are available here for anyone who wants to sing along 

July 12
The Lake Science: The Coloring Book 
With Ted Rulseh

 

It’s a simple way to understand what makes a lake tick – the physical, chemical and biological processes that drive the ecosystem. Colorful graphics help make the concepts easy to understand. This presentation aligns with our seventh UU principle. Ted is a former member of LUUF. He always brings interesting perspectives.

June 7
 

Lessons from Our Regional Assembly: What is the Real Business of the Board

July  19, 202

“The Joy of Their Holiness“ 
Peggy Turnbull 

Peggy Turnbull was born in Manitowoc and was educated in its public schools. After graduating from Lincoln High, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a B.A. in anthropology. She earned her M.L.I.S. at the University of Texas at Austin, then moved to southern West Virginia to work in academic libraries. Throughout her years away from home, she identified with the world of poets and writers, but it wasn't until she returned to the lakeshore to work at UW-Manitowoc that she became aware of poetry as a personal calling.  She was inspired by Dr. Jessica Van Slooten, who organized poetry readings at the library; Jean Biegun, who provided Peggy with opportunities to share her writing publicly; and Tom Montag, her poetry teacher at The Mill: A Place for Writers. She will read from The Joy of Their Holiness, her first chapbook, which is forthcoming in September from Kelsay Publishing. Her themes include those of reverence, place, and family. She won The Mill prize in 2019 and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.                                

June 21 Sunday Service

Lakeshore UU Fellowship annual meeting, and journey to Covenant. With Erica Strauss, LUUF Board president. S

May 24, 2020
 

Vulnerability

Arthur Thexton

 

May 17, 2020 

“A New Flower Ceremony”
Mary Jo Urban & Ginny Finnel

 

Since our being able to share physical flowers doesn’t seem possible, let’s try sharing them virtually!  Mary Jo Urban is helping us with one of our annual ceremonies for a time of social distancing.  It will still have the same meaning, but with a new garment.

May 3,  2020
"You Can Only Get Here from There"
Rev. Tony Larsen

"You Can Only Get Here from There" Rev. Tony Larsen You know that old expression, "You can't get there from here"? Well, Tony's sermon this Sunday will suggest that maybe you can't even get HERE from here. That is, it is necessary to journey somewhere else before you can know where you already were. Tony is a retired UU minister, retired from Olympia Brown UU congregation, who now is part time at Mequon UU. We’re glad he’s saved time for us!

APRIL 26 2020
"Angels Who Have Forgotten"
Rev Tony Larson

"Angels Who Have Forgotten" Rev Tony Larson About his sermon, Tony says: "I once came upon an article by someone who almost died in a hospital but who, through the help of friends who came to visit, pulled through. She came to feel that each gesture they made for her was almost miraculous, but she also knew that they didn't see what they did as anything special. They couldn't see what a gift they had given. She concluded that it was 'as if they were angels who had forgotten.' "I was struck by this expression and immediately thought: What an interesting way to see the people who have nurtured us--as heavenly beings, who give without knowing how miraculous and divine they really are. I also realized, from what I had learned while working with Lakeshore UU Fellowship, that this UU congregation is--to a great extent--an example of 'angels who have forgotten.' Thus this topic seemed perfect for my service with you on the 26th."
Tony is a retired UU minister.

APRIL 19 2020

"Bringing Earth Day Home"

Jim Knicklebine  
 

" This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day.  As we mark that anniversary, we can honor the Earth by making our personal places more friendly for our fellow creatures.  This presentation explores ways we can do that."
 

Jim is the director of our local environmental center.

APRIL 12 2020
“Resurrection As Symbol”
Rev. Phil Sweet

 

As a literal belief the doctrine of the resurrection of the body is to me the most implausible of all the major Christian doctrines. The belief undermines the senses, undermines science, personal judgment and is terribly damaging to the intellectual integrity of religion. The story of the resurrection stands as a testimony to the irrepressible optimism of the human spirit. It points to self-affirmation of the power of life to continue to find meaning in the midst of death and tragedy, the eternal yes to hold the bible accountable to life. Phil is a regular speaker for us. He’s a retired UCC minister.

MARCH 29 2020
We shared this Sermon by Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray  during our March 29  Zoom Sunday Service, due to tecnical difficulties  of our planned speaker.  

We will have Anthony Busalacci at a service later this summer, or fall. 
 

MARCH 22, 2020
"Come light my way: Spirituality from the bookshelves" Carrie Arnold