Healing - November Worship and RE Theme

For this church year, Prairie Circle’s religious education program and Sunday services are drawing on the UUA’s (Unitarian Universalist Association) theme-based ministry, Soul Matters. The Soul Matters curriculum provides an opportunity to weave a common thread between our religious education and Sunday morning church messages. Its broad-based themes relate to our seven principles and focus on personal and spiritual values. Each monthly theme is framed with the question, What does it mean to be a people of ____?, and is a reminder of what our UU faith encourages us to be in the world. 

 November’s theme explores Healing. What does it mean to be a people of Healing?

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Rev. Michael Carlson


        The Healing Power of Forgiveness.

Often we think about forgiveness as an act. A verb. Truthfully forgiveness is a way of life. It's a way that promotes life shapes reality and changes our world.  Deep and profound healing can come in ones ability to receive and give forgiveness.   The center of love itself comes from one's ability to promote and advocate for reconciliation. 

Michael Carlson is a Lutheran pastor who earned a Masters of Divinity at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque Iowa. He serves of St. Andrews Lutheran Church, a  large congregation in the Twin Cities with 10,000 members.  He has been an educator at community college teaching world religions, and been instrumental in creating avenues for people who experience homelessness to find safety, facilitates conversations about race and culture and power.  He has three adult boys, three dogs, a loving spouse and often brags about his friendship with Mike and Mary Honegger.

Michael enjoys being outdoors, hiking, being with his friends and singing a happy tune.

Service Leader: Mary Honegger

RE begins at 11am


Rev. Dr. Nicole C. Kirk


                The Gifts That We Bring

One of the hallmarks of this season is the exchange of gifts and complaining about it. As we move into December on the second Sunday of Advent, we explore the history of holiday gift giving and reflect on the other kinds of gifts we can share.

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 UU in Tulsa, OK 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 begins at 11am


Dr. Rev. Valerie Bridgeman


                 Why are you Squirming?

On the Christian liturgical calendar, we at near the end of Advent and have been expected to slow down and be in a period of reflection. The Winter Solstice invites us to hibernate and be still with the earth. But we live in a world obsessed with moving and busyness; with putting on a show of joy and gladness, whether we feel like it or not. This sermon invites us to allow ourselves to manage our tendency to "squirm" and to find a temple of genuineness, of wonder, of holiness, and of joy, one door of which to enter the temple is stillness.

Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, where she also serves as Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible. She is the founding president of WomanPreach! Inc. (sic, the WomanPreach is correct), a 10-year-old non-profit organization that brings preachers to full prophetic voice.

Service Leader: Tamara Wanshek

RE begins at 11am


Recorded Sermons -  When a speaker provides permission, the recorded sermon is provided on Mondays and will linked to the icon.  In some cases, the speaker provides the sermon text and that too is provided and linked to "Sermon Text".


Fran Bates - 11.22.20 

When We Refuse to Heal

Rev. Erin Walter - 11.15.20 

The World's on Fire (And We Still Fall in Love)

Rev. Alan Taylor - 11.8.20 

Uncertain Healing

Cassis Harrison - 11.1.20 

How Empathy Helps Me Heal

Bhante Sujatha - 10.25.20 www.bhantesujatha.org

Deep Listening in Our Spiritual Journey

Susan Schreiber-DeVillez 10.18.20 

Listening to the Nature of Change

David Bozek 10.11.20 

Perspectives: Thought and Indepth Understanding

Ann Russo 10.4.20 

Listening as a Practice of Accountability

Rev. Tony Larsen 9.27.20 

Getting the Hell Out of Religion

Mike Honegger 9.20.20 

It's Time For Us to Atone

Dr. Rev. Nicole C. Kirk 9.13.20 

Becoming Spiritually Grounded

Elizabeth Keats  9.6.20 

Love or Fear: Two Bears, Two Boys and a Beach.

Steve King  8.30.20 (NA)

My Journey to a HBCU

Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal 8.23.20

What Calls You Forward?

Jim Whitton 8.20.20

What I am Learning Now That I Finally Realize I Don't Know Anything

Linda Stolz 8.9.20


Jeanne Bishop 8.2.20

Across the Divide: The Transforming Power of Forgiveness & Reconciliation

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