Sunday, January 29th – Edie Fuchsman: “The Glory of Breaking the Limits of “Should”

Have you ever allowed yourself to question why you should or shouldn’t do something and simply done what you are urged to do?  Some of us wrestle with the “shoul’s” and “should not’s” that fill our lives.  What happens if I break that rule?  What happens if I follow my own drum beat?  What if I break out of the box that I am supposed to live in?  Well, my world could become so much more than I can imagine or my world could fall apart or nothing could happen at all.  Let’s find out!
Edie Fuchsman is a mental health therapist in the field of rule breakers and self-creators for a long long time. 

Sunday, December 4th – Rev. Renee Ruchotzke and Drew Frantz “From iChurch to WeChurch”

As the political and social climate shifts away from liberal religious values, liberal faith communities need to hone their message and strengthen their connections.

(Inspired by the  2012 Berry Street Lecture From iChurch to Beloved Community Rev. Fredric J. Muir

Rev. Renee Ruchotzke has been serving the UUA as Congregational Life Staff since 2010. She will be replacing Evin Carvill-Ziemer as our UUA “primary contact.” She also serves as co-dean of The UU Leadership Institute and blogs at http://vitalleaders.blogs.uua.org/
She is affiliated with the UU Church of Kent, Ohio.

Sunday October 2nd – Andrew Frantz – Deep Dialogue: How to Disagree Lovingly

How often do you have a real conversation with someone you strongly disagree with? When you do, are you trying to convince the person of your point of view, trying to listen, or something else? In this service I will reflect on my recent experiences with deep dialogue around the topic of Black Lives Matter. I will share some of the wisdom that Krista Tippett offered on deep dialogue.
Finally, I will invite you to practice a moment of deep dialogue within the safety of our church.
Andrew Frantz has been a member of OUUF since 2002. He is a full-time graduate student at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary with the goal of being ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister. He recently moved to Wooster, Ohio as part of his minister training.

Sunday, October 16th – Dave Clements – To Thine Own Self be True

“To thine own self be true.” That is about the soundest advice you could get. But, what does it really mean? How do you know who you really are, let alone how to be true to yourself? The more we live on the surface of our identity, the less we are in touch with our deeper self. How can we know who we truly are when we spend our time and attention trying to be something other than what we find ourselves to be? No amount of changing ourselves for the purpose of being perceived as cool or fashionable or getting the approval of others is going to bring us any closer to really knowing ourselves.
I invite you to come and learn together about what it means, “To thine own self be True.”