Rev. Dr. Marlene Walker
“All Creatures Great and Small”
A Multigenerational Blessing of the Animals Service! Our animal companions – past and present – are a significant part of many of our lives. So bring your companions – furry, scaly, smooth and even slimy – or bring photos or stuffed animals as stand-ins – to church for this very special service. See below for specific instructions to help make this an enjoyable service for all ages and all species.
Special Info for Animal Blessing Service October 5th
We want this Animal blessing to be a positive experience for all creatures involved so for the safety and well being of all creatures great and small, including two-legged humans, please observe the following:
sAll animals must be reliably restrained or enclosed in carriers
sAll animals must be in good health with up to date vaccinations
sThe chairs at the back of the sanctuary will be reserved for humans who may have allergies to other animals
sCats and other caged animals should sit on the right hand side of the sanctuary with their humans
sAny large animals should remain outside and will blessed following the service
sDogs should sit on the left hand side of the sanctuary with their humans
sIf an animal is clearly being traumatized by or intolerant of the presence of other animals, including humans, please take them outside
sSpecial stations will be conveniently located throughout the building with water, treats and materials for cleaning up any messes. Please use them.
The end of October marks a half-way point between the fall equinox and winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a time preparations for the cold and diminishing hours of daylight to come. The Celtic celebration of Samhain (Sah’-win) for example, honored dead loved ones with gifts and food. At the same time, Samhain traditions kept evil spirits away—with costumes and bonfires and carved . . . turnips. In India, Hindus celebrate Diwali (Div-wall’ee), a festival of many lights. They too share food and gifts, dress in costumes, and light fires. The existence of these spiritual cousins in widely separated cultures indicates common human needs and values. As you celebrate Halloween and prepare for the approaching cold and lengthening nights, come explore these ancient rituals. Consider how autumn rituals can continue to protect, enrich and enlighten your experience even today. Come, celebrate together the divinity within us all.Bio:Jennifer Thomson has been an active UU for 20 years, serving her home church in Mukwonago (now Waukesha as of 2 years ago). As a lay member of the congregation, she served on the Worship Committee for 16 years; two 3-year terms on the board; as chair of Stewardship, Annual Budget Drive, Auction and Long-Range Planning committees; on building, publicity and membership committees; and as a choir member. At the same time, she was a single mom to her two daughters (now in their mid-20s, both married), earned her PhD in American Literature at Marquette (1996), and taught Freshman English at various colleges and universities--at UW-Whitewater since 1997. She began MDiv (Master of Divinity) studies at Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2009, graduated this past May, and is currently a candidate for UU ministry. Ask her about her kids, her cats, scuba diving, knitting or her new ukulele--but only if you're ready for an earful!
“A Great Cloud of Witnesses”
What does it mean to be a member of a church – especially a Unitarian Universalist church? Why do we join and what is the commitment we make when we do so? On this Sunday
when new members are formally welcomed is a perfect Sunday
to ponder these questions.
There will be a Town Hall Meeting following the service at 11:45 to hear Rev. Walker reflections on what she has been hearing inthe Listening Circles and what the priorities for the coming Interim work will be.
"March of the Goblins"
Our Upcoming Sunday Greeters will be:
September 7: Wendy Werdan, Jim DeVou
September 14: Jim Garrity, Drew and Jodi Katti
September 21: Joe Small, Christine Farrell
September 28: Dan Roller, Toni Rey
After 21 years of service, our congregation said goodbye to Rev. Gary James on June 30, 2013. During the 2013-2014 church year, we welcomed several visiting UU ministers, on regular rotating basis who will offered us a variety of perspectives. We have an interim minister for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 years, Rev. Dr. Marlene Walker and will have a settled minister beginning August 2016. The search process for the settled minister will begin approximately January, 2015.