The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Rock County, located in Janesville, Wisconsin was founded in 2003. We are an emerging, progressive and open-minded religious community within the tradition of Unitarian Universalism (UU). The purpose of our fellowship is to bring members, friends, and visitors together in a stimulating environment for the examination and clarification of ethical, philosophical and religious thoughts and values.
Jim Jaeger Consulting UU Minister
Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm
Please Join Us
We meet at the
First Congregational Church
54 S. Jackson St.
(Upstairs Small Chapel)
Parking off High Street
SEPTEMBER THROUGH MAY
NO SERVICES JUNE-JULY-AUGUST
2nd and 4th Sundays follow a conventional order of service with a topical sermon. The 1st and 3rd Sundays are considered "chat room discussions" as members meet to discuss contemporary and religious questions and issues.
Note: We do not meet on 5th Sundays.
There is a map and directions on the Location Page.
Jim's Jottings for December!
The Thanksgiving and Solstice/Christmas holidays have always been one of my favorite times of the year. They have been times to get together with family (which is mostly a good thing), and this is especially important to us now that we have grandchildren. While it is getting colder (or at least it seems that way as I get older) we are not yet facing the bitter cold and snow of January and February.
But in recent years, I have begun looking at this time of the year with a more nuanced eye. For those of us who are economically and socially privileged, this is a time of joy and celebration. Yet for those of our brothers and sisters who live on the margins of society, the cold also means a need to find shelter from the elements. While we who are privileged worry about eating too much during our holiday celebrations, for all too many, there is a question of where the next meal is coming from.
Many of us may not consider ourselves "privileged." We are not part of the 1%-heirs to great fortunes. We have worked, and continue to work, very hard. I'm sure many of us are concerned about what would happen if by reason of ill health or accident we would not be able to work. Yet, we probably know where our next meal is coming from and that we'll have a warm place to sleep tonight.
This season, Christians will again celebrate the story of the birth of Jesus. While we understand that the birth narratives are myths, later additions to the story of Jesus of Nazareth probably written long after his death, they present a beautiful backdrop to the season and a stark contrast to the commercialization that has overwhelmed it.
But I also invite you to look beyond Christmas and think about Jesus' adult ministry. As Unitarian Universalists, whose ancient roots are in Christianity, our focus is not on the Cross and Resurrection but rather on the ethical and social teachings of Jesus. Ours is the Jesus of the Sermon on the Mount more than the man who died a horrible death on Golgatha. Our is the Jesus who exhorts his followers to care for the least of these our brother and sisters, not just a personal "Savior."
Even for those of us whose religious path has taken us beyond the Christianity of our youth, I believe that there is still a place for the young preacher and teacher from Nazareth, even if he really wasn't born in a manger in Bethlehem to the songs of Angels and the tribute from foreign Kings.
The Wildflower Church website has a complete description of what a Unitarian Universalist is.........click on this link to read more!
I would guess that a fundamentalist or evangelical Christian probably would not be comfortable in one of our congregations. Our free and open approach to the study and practice of religion might not be consistent with their world views. But if individuals with such views chose to associate with us, and were willing to afford us the same freedom of religious exploration as I hope we would grant to them, then there is no reason why a person with such views should not be welcome into our community.
Weather and church cancellation
If you are not sure if a weather prediction will force us to cancel, feel free to contact board members and check our website as it will be posted as soon as possible. Thanks.
Updated Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:45 PM
Wind: 0 mph
Sunday evenings at 6 pm --Please read more about upcoming speakers on the Excelsior link provided.
October Excelsior December, 2014 Excelsior.pdf
If you click on this and get gibberish, try again! Sometimes it works! I know....I don't understand it either! Or...go to the excelsior link on this home page and try to open it from there!
ALSO ON FACEBOOK!
6 pm Sunday, December 7, 2014
Speaker: Author Rob Flanigan
"Science vs Religion - A Simple Misunderstanding!"
Decide for yourself whether the evidence is convincing that the friction between science and religion is a simple misunderstanding!
6 pm Sunday, December 14
Speaker: Jim Jaeger, UU Consulting Minister
"From Bethlehem to ???"
In our family, one of our iconic pictures shows me, in my Sunday finest, reading a passage from the Bible (in all likelihood the Christmas Story from Luke) to my two younger sisters. Like many UU's, my journey began with the Christianity inherited from my parents and their parents, etc. Like many of my generations of Unitarian Universalists, as I have traveled a spiritual path, it has diverged from the path of my parents and taken me in many different directions. This is also the journey of Unitarian Universalism as a religious movement. In this message, I will explore both my personal journey, as well as the journey of our UU Faith, from Christianity to where it is today---and the place that Christianity holds in our hearts today.
6 pm Sunday, December 21
Speaker: Jim Jaeger, UU Consulting Minister
"Christmas and the Solstice"
Read Jim Jaeger's Sermon on:
What the Bible REALLY Says about Homosexuality.pdf
INSPIRATION FROM MARY OLIVER
What I Have Learned So Far
Meditation is old and honorable, so why should I
not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside,
looking into the shining world? Because, properly
attended to, delight, as well as havoc, is suggestion.
Can one be passionate about the just, the
ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit
to no labor in its cause? I don't think so.
All summations have a beginning, all effect has a
story, all kindness begins with the sown seed.
Thought buds toward radiance. The gospel of
light is the crossroads of -- indolence, or action.
Be ignited, or be gone.
~ Mary Oliver ~
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