Sermons & Newsletter – UU Church of Rutland

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Posted by Tim on November 8, 2022

If you do not select by category you will be presented with all sermons in descending date order. If you wish, you can select to view just previous sermons by our minister Rev. Barbara Threet, or previous sermons by guest ministers, or previous sermons by lay leaders. Selection is made by using the “Categories” drop down located in the right hand column of this page.

You can select sermons by the month and year by clicking the month and year at the “Sermon Archives” section in the left hand column of this page.

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November 6, 2022 – Rev. Barbara Threet, “I Appreciate” – In this Thanksgiving season there are many ways to express our appreciation for the blessing life has given us, and many ways to share that appreciation. We’ll explore some of them.

Posted by Tim on November 13, 2022

“I Appreciate” – In this Thanksgiving season there are many ways to express our appreciation for the blessing life has given us, and many ways to share that appreciation. We’ll explore some of them. Rev. Threet asked members of the congregation to meet at tables, 4 per table, and write down what each member is thankful for. Discussion followed.

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October 23, 2022 – Alyssa Dufresne, Effective Communication and Addressing Conflict

Posted by Tim on October 26, 2022

Come join us as we cover the benefits of healthy, structured conflict and the different communication styles that are often used while dealing with opposing opinions. During this service, we will cover effective ways to address issues while still maintaining respect for yourself as well as the other party, focusing on passive, assertive, and aggressive communication styles.

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October 16 – Nancy Weis & Friends,  Spoon River Anthology

Posted by Tim on October 17, 2022

The Anthology is a collection of poems by Edgar Lee Masters about the people in a small town in Illinois.  We will read some of the poems, and look at the ways that those people were connected to each other, and to ourselves.

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October 9, 2022 Rev. Calvin Dame, A Spiritual Life

Posted by Tim on October 10, 2022

When I tell someone what my profession has been, it is not uncommon to hear people rush to inform me that they are spiritual but not religious.  After years and years as a minister, I find myself thinking that I am religious but not spiritual!

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October 3, 2022 – Rev. Barbara Threet – Giving, Not Giving, and How It All Feels

Posted by Tim on October 3, 2022

As individuals and as a church we are often asked for various kinds of assistance. How do we decide when to give directly, or indirectly, or not at all? And how do we process the confusion of feelings and circumstances that often result in such requests?
This Sunday will be the first of our newly-initiated Food First Sunday program: please bring canned or boxed goods or another non-perishable household item, which we will donate to our local food pantry. The Board has decided to hold this food drive on the first Sunday of each month, and there will be a basket to collect our donations in the Sanctuary on these Sundays.

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September 25, 2022 25 – Rev. Kalen Fristad, Universalism: Past, Present and Powerful.

Posted by Tim on September 26, 2022

In addition to speaking on the history of universalism, I will be relating that the teaching of eternal damnation is not merely a harmless untruth that we might appropriately ignore and allow to stand, but it has serious consequences. It leads to the possibility, perhaps even the inevitability, of wars, bigotry, oppression and abuse. On the other hand, the teaching of universalism leads to equality, respect, love and dignity for all.
319-899-3093, mailto:kkfristad@hotmail.com

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Sept18, 2022 – Gayle Muenchow, The Odyssey: Patterns in the Structure of the Story

Posted by Tim on September 21, 2022

“A Pattern Language” is a book about many designs; the seasons have their patterns; and order and structure with variations are parts of many aspects of life, including journeys and literature.
850-894-9212, gmuenchow@comcast.net,

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Aug 7 2022 – Karen Neller – El Camino De Santiago – A Pilgrimage in Spain

Posted by Tim on August 22, 2022

For centuries, people have set their sights on reaching Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. There are movies, books, and websites galore about it, and many different routes and ways of getting there. People on the Way of Santiago greet each other with “Buen camino!” (Blessings on your way might be one translation) What “paths” are we on? What routes have we taken? Wherever the summer takes you, may we wish each other “buen camino” and know we are companions through the summer.

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June 5, 2022 – These Sweet June Days – Rev. Barbara Threet

Posted by Tim on June 6, 2022

Our hymnal says, “The sweet June days are come again…Oh, how our cup o’er brims with good…for all the joys of field and wood we lift our song of praise.”  What do June and summertime mean this year, after so many, many unusual months, including two peculiar summers?

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