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“Gratitude as a Revolutionary Force” with Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life How can gratitude become a discipline for us and why is this such a revolutionary act? [more]
“A Time to Mourn” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister Like it or not, there is a time to mourn. [more]
“We’re All Stories, In the End” by Nastasha Ostrom, Ministerial Intern
When we take the "God’s eye view" of the human story what is revealed? [more]
“Time, Transience and the Eternal Now”
by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
This weekend I will reflect on time and eternity from a spiritual standpoint. [more]
“Nine Terrifying Words” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
The nine words referred to in the title of these reflections were uttered by Ronald Reagan in August, 1986. [more]
“Is Authenticity overrated?” with Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
It is not uncommon today for people to defend their speech and behavior with the argument that they are “just being authentic.” [more]
Digging for Heaven”
by Nastasha Ohstrom,
Ministerial Intern

Today we will explore the writings of Clarence Jordan, who defined faith as “a life lived in scorn of the consequences." [more]
“What's a Faith Community For?” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
Let's assess the relevance of an outfit like ours... [more]
Walking Each Other Home” with Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life
This weekend, as we pause to commission our Lay Ministers, we will take a look at the gentle dance of giving and receiving. [more]
“The Diversity Conundrum” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
In certain areas, First Unitarian Society features a good deal of diversity. In others... [more]
“Life if Not Simple” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
Of course life is not all that simple. But should it be? [more]
“Finding Simplicity in a World of Complexity” by Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life At first glance it appears that our modern culture is all about more – more activities, more stuff, more of everything. More is good, right? [more]
“Liberal Religion and the Laboring Classes” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister On this Labor Day Sunday, we’ll see how our forebears responded to the question “Which side are you on?” [more]
“From Clear Springs and Muddy Ponds: Our Annual Water Communion” with Kelly Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life and Sasha Ostrom, Ministerial Intern Through song, story, poetry and mingling of the world’s waters we will gather the waters of the world as we, ourselves, gather back together in community. [more]
“Creative and Courageous in Community” with Kelly Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life How do we as a Unitarian Universalist community live courageously? [more]
“Compromise: What, When and Why” Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister Is compromise no longer acceptable? Has it become a dirty word? [more]
“Living In Between” with Sara Goodman Appropriately, as she is in between herself (her new job as a Chaplin starts this August) she will speak about the experience of being “in the middle.” [more]
“Environmental Responsibility on a Personal Level” by Roger James Kuhns Let's explore our responsibility to future generations as well as immediate needs. [more]
“All My Relations” with Kelly J. Crocker,
Minister of Congregational Life

This Sunday, we’ll join together to honor all our relations including a Blessing of the Animals ceremony. [more]
“Letting Go” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister It isn’t easy, but sometimes it is the right answer. [more]
“The Mosque on Main Street ” With Joe Elder l will explore dimensions of the increasing presence of Muslim congregations in the US. [more]
“What Now?” by Jim O'Brien The Pentecostal movement is exploding. Why? What's next? [more]
“In the Beginning” by Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life There are many stories of how life started. Perhaps we need a new story? [more]
“Positively Positive” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister Let's take an appreciative and yet critical look at the phenomenon of positivity. [more]
“Facing the challenge of mass incarceration with love and justice:A personal story & a call to action.” by Rev. Jerry Hancock, Director of Prison Ministries United Church of Christ . [more]
“The Technology Trap”” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister I am by no means a Luddite and love my computer [more]
Flower Communion services are a wonderful tradition that truly celebrates spring in indulging in the symbolism and beauty of flowers. Join us for the unique UU ritual. [more]
“Friendship is a Journey” Join our youth as they explore the theme of friendship in their lives and in our greater world [more]
Coming of Age Service This annual and much-beloved service celebrates our 14 and 15 year-olds who have spent the past year as a part of our Coming of Age program [more]
“What We Need is Here” with Rev. Karen Gustafson This week end we will be joined by Karen Gustafson who retired as Associate Minister from FUS in June of 2013. [more]
“The Sacrament of Friendship”We seek a deeper understanding of grace through the lens of friendship today. [more]
Easter Services at FUS There will be three distinctive services clustered around the holiday at FUS this year... [more]
"Forgive Us Our Debts" by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister The Lord’s Prayer suggests that as human beings we can never escape our indebtedness. [more]
"Everyday Injury and Injustice" by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister Can even white lies an have a profound affect on our quality of life? [more]
“Meek & Mild: Why Humility Matters” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister Few character traits are as misunderstood and under-appreciated as humility. [more]
"Saving Civility" by Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life Civility is all about how we contribute to the world and to the public discourse.Can we save it? [more]
“Everyday Justice” by Sara Goodman
Social Justice is a practice of living justly. What can you do to live justice every day? [more]
“The Golden Rule Revisited” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister Is the golden rule the gold standard? [more]
“America’s Many Gods” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister As our country has become more religiously diverse, more and more gods and god-like beings have entered the picture [more]
“Growing a Soul” with Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life
What does “soul” means for us as UUs [more]
"Interdependent Web of Life" with Sara Goodman, Ministerial Intern To Sara Goodman, the 7th principle is about interconnectedness... [more]
"Making Sense of the Soul" with Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister I believe that everyone possesses a soul, but what exactly is it? [more]
“In Defense of Barbarians” by William F. Schulz, President and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee We welcome Bill Schulz, President of the highly regarded social justice organization UUSC, to our pulpit on Sunday. [more]
“The Power to Make a Difference” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister Like it or not, power comes into play in all our relationships. [more]
“Vulnerable Change” by Sara Goodman, Ministerial Intern The times we make the most significant changes in our lives are often the times we are the most vulnerable [more]
“The Power of Our Promises” by Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life
On this first weekend of the new year we will look at what kinds of promises we make and what power our promises hold in our lives. [more]
“Letting Go & Moving On” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister Join in a ritual of release and renewal together. [more]
“Counting on Kindness”
by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister

Coming to terms with the necessity of caregiving is our topic this weekend. It can be both comforting and uncomfortable; sometimes at the same time. [more]
This year’s festival will feature music for choirs, strings, piccolo and percussion, and carols, poems and readings to celebrate the season. [more]
“Service for All Ages : Celebrating the Beauty and Lessons of Fall” with Kelly J. Crocker and Sara Goodman
Join us as we gather in story and song to celebrate the lessons of this autumnal season. [more]
“The Practice of Presence” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister Over the years I have learned that in order to live life to its fullest we have to be present. [more]
“A Prayer for our Families” with Kelly J. Crocker Are our families in such bad shape or can signs of hope be found? [more]
“Giving Them Their Due” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister We will be reflecting on the American veteran’s interests and our responsibilities to them. [more]
“For All the Saints” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister On this All Souls weekend I’ll lift up some of the “saints” who helped make FUS an exceptional and well-respected institution in Madison. [more]
“Accidentally/On Purpose” by Sara Goodman, Ministerial Intern What is Fate? the Universe putting exactly what we need right in our path, or just coincidence? [more]
“ An Indifferent Universe?” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister Does the arc of the moral universe really bend toward justice? [more]
"The Well and The Cathedral" by Andrew Kennedy, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee Is Unitarian Universalism truly a religious or spiritual alternative, or simply an alternative to religion? [more]
“The Beauty of Unitarian Universalism and the Wall of Reality” Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life Each week we gather to express our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all. Then we leave this place. [more]
"Be Who You Are" with Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life At some point in our lives, someone has admonished us to "just be yourself." It's a somewhat silly piece of advice, [more]
"A Hierarchy of Human Needs" by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister Much has been written about the "basic" needs that must be met for a person to physically survive. [more]
“Asking for Help” with Sara Goodman, Ministerial Intern Asking for help is a challenge for people in our increasingly individualist society [more]
“Does Religion Have a Future?”
by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
We need to ask whether religion today still serves a valid purpose. [more]
"Right Vocation" with Jim Jaeger, Ministerial Candidate [more]
"As Rivers Run to the Sea: Our Annual Water Communion" Join us as we acknowledge our relationship to the natural world... [more]
“Joys, Challenges, and Lessons: Gathering With Our Larger Faith Community”
Insights and awareness gleaned from GA in Louisville, KY. [more]
“Seeking Wholeness” by Jerry Mosser, Community Minister Jerry will reflect on his journey seeking a whole, undivided life. [more]
“Nothing Less Than Number One”
by Michael A. Schuler, Parish Minister
Being first is very important in our culture: [more]
“Fundamentals of Islam”
Our guest speaker, Ibrahim Saeed is the president of the board of trustees of the Islamic Center of Madison. [more]
“Sifting and Winnowing in the Age of Opinion Overload”
Rev. Scott Gerard Prinster and John Powell
How do you wade through the competing claims of science, religion, politics, commerce, and outright liars? [more]
“Things I Learned While Walking Down Sesame Street”
by Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Religious Education
Today we will take a look at age-old wisdom that can be learned on Sesame Street. [more]
“When Sacrifice Makes Sense”
by Michael A. Schuler, Parish Minister
We discuss the role sacrifice has played in people’s lives [more]
“Rethinking Humility”
by Melissa Simonson
It can become all too easy to see pride as merely a vice. [more]
“Animals Teach Us to be Human”
by Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Religious Education
It is important to reflect on the place of animals in our lives and our larger community. [more]
“Of Ministry and Other Matters of the Heart”
by Karen Gustafson, Associate Minister
Karen gives her last reflection as our Associate Minister. [more]
“Whistle While You Work?”
by Michael A. Schuler, Parish Minister
Do you work to live, or live to work? [more]
“Guns and Gods”
by Michael A Schuler, Parish Minister
If an outsider were to guess which god Americans worshipped, he or she might say Mars, the god of war. [more]
“Life Among Flowers” (Flower Communion)
Join your beloved community for a celebration of life and color and coming summer. [more]
Coming of Age Service
We celebrate and listen to our 14 and 15 year-olds. [more]
“A Fierce Unrest”
by Michael A. Schuler, Parish Minister
Is contentment a worthy goal in life? [more]
"Salutary Sadness"
by Michael A. Schuler, Parish Minister
Is sadness important to our well being? [more]
All Music Sunday: the premiere of For This We Stand, an eight movement choral suite for choir and jazz/rock band by UU composer Jim Scott. [more]
“Is Hope Helpful?”
by Michael A. Schuler, Parish Minister
Is hope a curse or a blessing? [more]
“How We Are Saved”
by Karen Gustafson, Associate Minister
Are we all in need of redemption? [more]
“Social Media and World Community”
by Karen Gustafson, Associate Minister
Has social media affected our potential to “affirm and promote world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.” [more]
“Promises, Promises”
by Michael A. Schuler, Parish Minister
How seriously do we take our promises? [more]
“The Foolishness of Fair Play”
by Michael Schuler, Parish Minister
Does our culture create cheaters? [more]
“The Redemptive Nature of Time”
by Karen Gustafson, Associate Minister
Does Time really heal all wounds? [more]
“Callings, Passions, and Hidden Joys”
with Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Religious Education
Did you ever get the sense that you were born for some deeper purpose and you just need to figure out what it is? Or do you already know? [more]
“Two Cheers for Democracy”
by Michael Schuler, Parish Minister
Our 5th Principle calls us to practice democracy among ourselves and promote it… [more]
“Martyrs and Heroes”
by Karen Gustafson, Associate Minister
What moves someone to put his or her life or well-being on the line? [more]
“Take It Slow”
by Michael A. Schuler, Parish Minister
Pacing is one of the secrets to endurance, and this is where a mature spirituality can be of assistance. [more]
“Searching…Searching…Always Searching”
with Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Religious Education
Our sermon series on our UU Principles continues as we look at the Fourth Principle – the Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning. [more]
“Do You Believe in Destiny?”
Michael A. Schuler, Parish Minister
I’ve always been kind of intrigued by the whole notion of destiny—the presumption that there is something rather specific each of us is meant to do or achieve. [more]
“Family Affairs”
by Kelly Crocker, Minister of Religious Education and Michael A. Schuler, Parish Minister
With this service, we kick-off a year-long congregational study-action initiative focused on “family.” [more]
“Who are the Children?”
by Karen Gustafson, Associate Minister
As we begin a new year and dedicate our children, we would do well to take a moment to consider the place of children and childhood in our lives and in our community. [more]