Sunday Worship Services at PCUUC - 9:00 AM

 
Online Services

Service details are sent each Friday morning by email.  If you are new to PCUUC and wish to receive service details to access our Sunday services - email office@prairiecircleuuc.org before Friday at noon.

Recorded Sermons

When a speaker provides permission, the recorded sermon is provided on Mondays and will be noted as "Sermon Title - Recording".  They can be accessed by clicking on the sermon title. In some cases, the speaker provides the sermon text and that too is provided and linked to "Sermon Text".

August 9th

Home

Linda Stolz

Linda will be speaking of the idea of home for her as she undergoes various life changes brought on by ageing, the economy, and the pandemic. She will explore the meaning of home for her, while reflecting on the idea of home for those who may not feel that home is a refuge.

Linda Stolz has worked with Global Alliance for Africa for nearly 18 years, and for the past 8 years as program director. Global Alliance works in partnership with local organizations in East Africa to benefit orphaned and vulnerable children, through psychosocial support and education. GAA has collaborated with PCUUC member, Cathy Moon, to provide training and support on a therapeutic arts program for professionals and paraprofessionals working with vulnerable populations. She has led trips for therapeutic artists and others for the past 15 years.

Linda also has a fair trade business importing items purchased in Africa and Turkey on a fair trade basis. She recently moved to Michigan City, Indiana, where she lives with Sadie, a hound dog rescued from somewhere in Indiana.

Linda is focusing on her writing, making a new home and garden, biking, walking Sadie, and socially distancing herself in an artful way.

Service Leader: Mary Honegger

August 16th

What I Am Learning Now That I Finally Realize I Don’t Know Anything

Jim Whitton

Accepting we may not know as much as we think we do isn’t always easy was but through this realization, true learning can begin.  How?  By listening and understanding the experiences of others.  It opens our life paths to a new wonder and provides opportunities to break our bonds and see life from a whole new set of eyes.  These opportunities can be transformative and give us a new and deeper insight into how we can be of service to others. 

James Whitton has been a member of PCUUC for more than three years. He is married and has two adult children. Healthcare is his and his family's field of choice. His wife, daughter, son and daughter-in-law are all nurses. Jim is a health care administrator. He retired from the USAF Medical Service Corps after 25 years of service and is now the Chief, Defense Health Agency, located at Naval Station, Great Lakes IL. His team provides health care support to service members remotely located from military hospitals. Jim believes there is no greater joy than to serve others and believes his purpose in life is to be of service to others in whatever form that may take.

Service Leader: Lynn Hepler

August 23rd

Peighton Carter

Peighton Carter just completed her ministerial internship at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Eau Claire, WI. She lives in La Crosse with her children, Whitby and Abbey. Peighton is a 4th year seminary student at Iliff School of Theology working towards a master’s degree in divinity with a focus in social justice and ethics. Her focus as a future faith leader is storytelling and narrative justice particularly in relation to disabilities, veterans issues, and sexual assault.

Service Leader: Jason Grover

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August 2nd

Jeanne Bishop

What would you do if someone murdered three of your family members? Or killed your only daughter and 167 other people in a horrific act of terrorism? Jeanne Bishop tells the true story of the murders in her family and her reconciliation with their killer, and of Bud Welch and Bill McVeigh, two fathers on opposite sides of the Oklahoma City bombing who should have been enemies and instead became enduring friends. Their stories show a way forward even when life brings us face to face with unbearable wrong.

Jeanne Bishop is a public defender, law reform advocate and author. Since the murders of her younger sister, brother-in-law and their unborn baby in Winnetka in 1990, Bishop has been a prominent advocate for abolition of the death penalty and the role of mercy in the criminal justice system. Bishop has written two books: Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy and Making Peace with My Sister's Killer (Westminster John Knox Press 2015) and Grace From the Rubble: Two Fathers' Road to Reconciliation After the Oklahoma City Bombing (Zondervan 2020).

Service Leader: Fran Bates

RE at 11am

July 26th

Philip Chard

Of all the emotions that drive human behavior, fear can be the most potent and debilitating. It can control and even destroy a person’s life. One particularly challenging variant of fear is “existential angst,” which is primarily a spiritual malady rather than a psychological one. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought this affliction to the forefront of many lives. We will examine the experience of existential angst, how it takes hostage the soul, and what we can do to overcome it.

After 32 years as President and CEO, Philip recently retired from Empathia, Inc., a behavioral services firm providing health, safety and productivity solutions for over 400 organizations across North America. He remains a practicing psychotherapist who, for over 34 years, wrote an award-winning weekly column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel titled "Out of My Mind,” now published in the Shepherd Express. Philip is author of The Healing Earth, which won the Midwest Publishers Award, and Nature’s Ways. His next book, which is a compilation of his newspaper columns, is due out next year. Philip has been a guest expert on ABC’s 20/20, presented at the Brookings Institution among many other venues, and keynoted dozens of national conferences. Also, he is a consultant to the Center for Healthy Minds, a world class neuroscience research program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that studies the constituents of well-being. Previously, he was Director of Behavioral Science Education at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, where he was an associate professor and received the Outstanding Faculty Award.

Service Leader: Mary Honegger

RE at 11am

July 19th

Rev. Dr. Nicole C. Kirk

The pandemic has brought loss, change, injustice, and uncertainty over the last few months. These experiences have brought a wave of grief into our lives. William Shakespeare wrote of grief in his play Macbeth and the need to give our grief an expression, he said, “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” This Sunday we will explore grief and compassion.

Nicole Kirk is the Schulman Professor of Unitarian Universalist History at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and a Unitarian Universalist minister. Prior to her doctoral studies she served congregations in Ohio and New Jersey. Nicole grew up as a Unitarian Universalist in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has a Doctor of Ministry, and a Ph.D. in American Religious History from Princeton Theological Seminary. Her book “Wanamaker’s Temple: Business and Religion in the Wanamaker Department Store” published from NYU Press in 2018.

 

Service Leader:  Jim Whitton

RE will begin at 11am

July 12th

Peighton Carter

Join Peighton Carter, guest speaker, as she shares her journey from able-bodiedness to a person with multiple disabilities. Peighton will reflect on how that journey has shaped her as a future faith leader and deepened her faith as a Unitarian Universalist.

Peighton Carter just completed her ministerial internship at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Eau Claire, WI. She lives in La Crosse with her children, Whitby and Abbey. Peighton is a 4th year seminary student at Iliff School of Theology working towards a master’s degree in divinity with a focus in social justice and ethics. Her focus as a future faith leader is storytelling and narrative justice particularly in relation to disabilities, veterans issues, and sexual assault.  Peighton will return August 23rd.

Service Leader:  Jason Grover

RE will begin at 11am

July 5th

Tamara Wanshek

Providing some ways to answer the question: How can I help in a time of grief or crisis?

 

Tamara is a member of PCUUC. She sings in the choir, leads services and helps in RE when she can. She has two boys: Zach and Aiden and lives with her partner Kent and cats Millie and Busch in Round Lake Park.

Service Leader: Lynn Hepler

There is no RE this Sunday due to the holiday weekend.

June 28th

Praying the Fruits of the Spirit.

Eric Carlberg

Mr. Carlberg will discuss Buddhism and a mindfulness technique adapted from the Buddhist Loving-Kindness Meditation that incorporates language from Paul’s letter to the Galatians. This technique has been particularly beneficial to him as he has managed the recent local and global stresses and more personal struggles. He will speak about the science behind mindfulness practices and about how this practical work came into his life and how it has helped him. Lastly, Mr. Carlberg will lead the congregation through a short practice of his technique.

Mr. Carlberg holds a B.A. in Theology from Capital University and a M.A. in Theological Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary. He has seven years social work experience with seniors and people managing addiction and homelessness. Now Eric is the Director of Education at the Liberty Prairie Foundation where he strives to create meaningful and empowering work and educational opportunities. He believes in the power of food to create community and as part of that work launched the Prairie Farm Corps, currently runs The Farm Business Development Center at Prairie Crossing Farm, an opportunity for beginning farms to expand their businesses, and is developing a pilot program with Community Youth Network Counseling Center that helps area youth develop emotional resilience as they learn how to grow food. Eric feels so blessed by these work opportunities and by his wonderful friends and family. He is father of two children, ages 5 and 9,with his amazing life and creative partner Melissa.

June 21st

Bruce Moon

What does it mean to be a father in these troubled times?
What are fathers supposed to do for their children, especially their sons?
Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement has pushed us all
to reexamine our roles and responsibilities in our families, community, and world.
This homily will explore these questions from the perspective of our 2nd Principle,
'Justice, equity and compassion in human relations".

Bruce L. Moon, Ph.D, is Professor Emeritus of art therapy at Mount Mary University. He is the author of Existential Art Therapy: The Canvas Mirror, and twelve other books. Since retiring from teaching he has focused on his life long ambition as a singer-songwriter and novelist. He has been a member of PCUUC since 2006.

Service Leader is Mary Honegger.  Today there is no RE following the service.

June 14th

Rev. Tony Larsen

 

Sermon Text

To honor the 51st anniversary of  the Stonewall Uprising that started the modern LGBTQ movement (June 28, 1969), Tony's sermon will examine the Bible's passages about homosexuality.  You may be surprised at how few there are, and what they meant at the time they were written. Tony believes it's important for UUs to know this information, in case we are ever confronted by people who weaponize the Bible to condemn gay people.

Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen recently retired from ministering at Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine, Wisconsin (after 42 years--a record!). Tony studied to be a Catholic priest before he switched to the UU ministry and has written a book entitled "Trust Yourself: You Have the Power" (Impact Publishers, 1979); authored a UUA curriculum called "A Catechism for Unitarian Universalists" (1988); and contributed chapters to 2 Skinner House books, "Salted With Fire" and "Everyday Spiritual Practice."

Service Leader is Jason Grover.

RE led by Jennifer Weigand and Sam Smith will begin at 11am.

June 7th - 9am

Congregational Meeting - Principle 5

There is no Sunday Speaker.

Today, PCUUC's members will meet and vote on matters of governance:

  1. Approval of June 2019 Minutes

  2. Proposed Budget for 2020-2021

  3. Proposed Incoming Board Members for 2020-2021

  4. Proposed Incoming Nominating Members for 2020-2021

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