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April 27, 2014 Earth Day Festival Sunday: Gardening with Gaya

Earth Day Festival Earth Day Festival Festival: Gardening With Gaia  ~~ Festival Sunday Team, Lynda Sutherland (WA) Join us for this Festival celebrating our Mother Earth. To Listen to this service click here. Advertisements

April 20, 2014 Easter Sunday – Community Gardening – Rev. Eva Cameron

Community Gardening: Sprouting ~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Del Carpenter (WA) On this Sunday where we celebrate resurrections of all kinds and sorts, Rev. Eva will speak on the ‘art of pluckiness’. To listen to this service click here.

April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday Jesus Christ : Superstar? Lynda Sutherland

Some people seem to capture the public imagination. When leaders become Superstars, what does that mean for the cause(s) they promote?  To Listen to this service click here.        

March 30, 2014 -Planting the Seeds of Modern Religion: The Long Shadow of Zarathustra -Al Browne

Planting the Seeds of Modern Religion: The Long Shadow of Zarathustra ~~ Al Browne, Del Carpenter (WA) Do you teach Zoroastrianism to your children? If you practice any Abrahamic religion, you may be surprised to find that the answer is “yes”. This presentation describes how some of the core beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam […]

March 23rd, 2014 T&T Auction sermon – Community Gardening: Gathering 

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Maureen Murphy (WA)Each year at the annual Treats and Talents Auction, attendees have the chance to bid on a sermon to be based on a book of one’s choice. This year’s winner was Jan Gallagher, who chose the book Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver by Diane Ott Whealy, about the history of the […]

March 2, 2014 – Community Gardening: Sprouting Seeds

~~ Lynda Sutherland, Karen Impola (WA) Have you ever reached out to help someone, and received so much more in return than you ever gave? We’ll take a look at the book Tuesdays With Morrie, a poignant example of the power of relationship to bless and heal hearts. We explore ways in which the seeds of compassion […]

March 9th, 2014 – Community Gardening: Ground Conditions 

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Lynda Sutherland (WA) Last month we explored our climate conditions; exploring what it’s like here in the Cedar Valley. This service is about authenticity, and accepting who we are, what we have to offer our world. Growing a strong community means starting from the ground up! To listen to this service click […]

Community Gardening: Buying Our Community Gardening: Buying Our Buying Our Seed – 2/23/2014

 Stewardship Sunday ~ Stewardship Sunday ~~ Rev. Eva CameronOnce you’ve settled on what you are doing with your garden, the next step is commitment: you buy the seed. For our Iowa farmers, this can be many thousands of dollars, but also a commitment to what kind and variety of seed to choose. For the home […]

Community Gardening: Climate Conditions February 9, 2014 Eva Cameron

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Karen Impola (WA)  One of the challenges of gardening is coming to terms with the idea that no matter how lovely the certain flower or fruit looks in the catalogue, if it is zoned for the deep south and you live in Iowa, it’s just not going to grow. Or if […]

Community Gardening – Martin Luther King Jr. Part II – January 19, 2014

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Bill Chene (WA) This Sunday we continue to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of living a life of purpose, as we explore how he used this tool to build a community of justice seekers. To Listen to this service click here.

Martin Luther King, Jr.- Part 1: A Profile in Courage ~~ Bill Chene, Del Carpenter (WA)

Worship Associates Bill Chen and Del Carpenter bring us today’s message about how Dr. King and others in passive resistance movements displayed both courage and restraint in leading America’s civil rights movement. This will be the first of a two part series with Rev. Eva completing the message on the 19th.| To listen to this […]

Community Gardening – Jan 5, 2014

Community Gardening: Remembering What Grandpa Taught Us ~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, John Miller (WA) Join us for our Anniversary Sunday communion, and a message about how we grow community as we remember those who have gone before us. To listen to this service click here.

The Transient and Permanent in UU Chapel Service – December 29, 2013

Worship Associate Del Carpenter and Lay Minister John Miller presented this service regarding what is transient and permanent in UU beliefs.  To listen to this service click here.

Community Gardening: Anticipation – Rev. Eva Cameron December 8, 2013

  Once you’ve tucked your garden in bed, the winter darkens and you have to wait for the light. The advent season invites us to slow down and enjoy the anticipation. How can we use anticipation to help nurture and grow community?  To listen to this service click here. 

Community Gardening: Spirituality of Eating – Eva Cameron and Steve Orsborn November 24,2013

Community Gardening: Spirituality of Eating Community Gardening: Spirituality of Eating ~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Festival Sunday Team, John Miller (WA) Join us for our special Thanksgiving service. We will celebrate with the children for the beginning of the service. Then as they finish up in their classes, we’ll have a message about how eating can […]

Community Gardening: Ripening – Rev Eva Cameron November 17, 2013

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Deblyn Russell (WA) A healthy community survives over the years if it figures out how to take the inexperienced and grow them into seasoned leaders.  As we live in our various communities, part of our personal challenge is to develop an increasing capacity to help lead our communities. How do we […]

An Alternate Look at the Book of Job — Lynn Brant November 10, 2013

An Alternate Look at the Book of Job  Lynn Brant, Del Carpenter (WA) The Book of Job raises the question, “If God is good and all-powerful, why is there evil in this world?”   Lynn believes the question arises out of an ancient cosmology and an elevated view of ourselves.    This talk  presents his thoughts on […]

Community Gardening: Saving the Seeds November 3, 2013

Community Gardening: Saving the Seeds ~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, John Miller (WA)  An exploration on immortality and our compelling desire to leave our mark on the world.  To listen to this service click here.

October 27, 2013, Community Gardening: Day of the Dead

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Festival Sunday Team, Karen Impola (WA) Our annual service of remembrance. We honor those who are gone from our lives within the congregation and in our personal lives.  To listen to the service click here.

October 20, 2013, Community Gardening: Preservation

Rev. Eva Cameron, Maureen Murphy (WA) As the seasons shift, sometimes we feel a bit of dread as the cold and darkness creep closer and closer. Even if we are a “winter-lover” sometimes we have times in our life where we feel dark times coming over us. How do we create lasting goodness and energy […]

October 13, 2013, Community Gardening & Gratitude: The Mystery of Grace

~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Bill Chene (WA) How can we UUs understand the idea of Grace, which is a bit mysterious to even the most religious? We explored this idea a bit, and how its presence helps us grow community. This was also Clergy Appreciation Day. To listen to the opening words,the Clergy appreciation and […]

October 6, 2013, Community Gardening: At the Farmer’s Market

~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Del Carpenter (WA) From the beginning of time, we have gone out into market places and met different people, bumped up against new languages, new goods and products, new ways. Some of this acts to reinforce our sense of “self” and some of it encourages a strong sense of “other”. This […]

September 29, 2013, Community Gardening:Bringing in the Sheaves

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Bill Chene (WA) There is a real discipline in asking for help, but the crop won’t come in all on our own. Sometimes asking for help seems so hard, and many of us have experienced that when we were in need; but we have also experienced other’s joy when they have […]

September 22nd Community Gardening: Cultivating Community

~~ Lynda Sutherland, Maureen Murphy (WA)Come meet our new intern for the next two years! She will tell us a bit about why she has decided to enter the ministry and her experiences in growing a community. To listen to this service click here.

September 15th Community Gardening: Separating the Wheat

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, John Miller (WA) The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur is the 13th this year, after a month of fasting and reflecting on their year. The Jews seek forgiveness, and wholeness with others, as they finish off their year. As we consider growing an amazing community, let’s consider what the fullness of […]

September 8th Community Gardening–Harvest Time: The Love You Take is Equal to the Love You Make

~~ Al Hays, Rev. Eva Cameron, Karen Impola (WA) We kick off our spiritual theme with a look at all it takes to grow a rich and vibrant community. We started Sunday School with an installation of teachers, just before they (and the kids) head upstairs for the first day on the new schedule with […]

September 1, 2013 – Labor Day Chapel – Russ Campbell

Member Russ Campbell shared with us his take on Work on this Labor Day.  He recalled that in 2002 President Bush called on Americans to commit at least 2 years or 4000 hours over the rest of their lifetime to the service of their neighbors, which is the equivalent of 2 years of 40 hour […]

In Service of Transformation An Easter Celebration

Our community joins together to celebrate the Easter holiday. How has Unitarian Universalism helped you transform your life? What meaning can we make of the risen Christ?  To listen to this service click here.

In Service of Death – March 24, 3013

 Rev. Kali Hayslett, Karen Impola (WA) Join us as community minister and hospice chaplain Rev. Kali Hayslett shares stories about her work with families .  Palm Sunday is a celebration of the life of Jesus, the human life, the impact one person can make on their community.  Hospice ministry is about helping people live even when they are […]

Festival Sunday – March 17, 2014

March 17thtt Festival Sunday: In Service of. . . Festival Sunday: In Service of. . . In Service of. . .Awakening Awakening ~~ Festival Sunday Team, Del Carpenter (WA) Our celebration of spring! With any luck the bees are buzzing, the buds swelling, and days lengthening. How does our faith strengthen and sustain our awakening? […]

In Service of Knowledge – February 17, 2013

Rev. Eva Cameron, Del Carpenter (WA) In honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday, which some have declared as their own UU Holiday, this week we explored how the growth and love of knowledge has shaped our UU heritage. To listen to the service click here

In Service of Light

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Karen Impola (WA) Celebrate Winter Solstice!! Come be a light in our lives, as we look to the age-old traditions of this time of year. To Listen to this service click here.

Our 50th Anniversary Service

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Del Carpenter (WA) Come celebrate! We will have a Homecoming Service, as we invite all those who have been a part of our growth and development over the years to join us on this special day. To listen to the 50th Anniversary Service Click here

In Service of the Common good

~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Maureen Murphy (WA) One beautiful reason to belong to a religious community is that it helps us turn our focus beyond our own lives and towards something larger. The call to serve the Common Good rang in the lives of our founders, and still seems to be a vibrant principle today. […]

In Service of – Forgiveness

As the Jewish community pauses and takes time to make amends before they enter their new year, their holiday of Yom Kippur reminds us all of the sacred act of forgiveness. How can forgiveness be of service? To listen to this serivce click here.

Charter For Compassion – Part 4

Charter for Compassion, Part 4 March 25, 2012 ~~ The Rev. Eva Cameron In our final service in the series, we covered the last three steps in the Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life: “Knowledge”, “Recognition”, and “Love Your Enemies”.  To listen to this service click here

Why Fear Success? – Bill Chene

March 18th Why Fear Success? ~~ Bill Chene , Karen Impola (WA) A brief talk on success versus failure in achieving the goals we set for ourselves in life by member Bill Chene.  To listen to this service click here.

Youth Sunday

This is the third year that our YoUUth Group has enjoyed the guidance of Kevin and Angie Stafsholt. They are becoming a loving and trusting community while discussing the philosophical issues in Dr. Clark Porter’s book Make Up Your Mind. The service is on Courage.  To listen to the service totally brought to you by […]

Things Fall Apart

February  19th Things Fall Apart ~~ The Rev. Audette Fulbright Fulson, Bill Chene (WA)Every faith tradition must offer some response to the disruptions we experience in our lives.  This morning as Rev. Audette explores the possibilities and pitfalls in our human and spiritual responses to change, suffering, and the unexpected.Hailing originally from South Carolina by way of […]

Festival Sunday: Love

~~ The Festival Team, Steve Orsborn (WA) In this fun and festive celebration, we  explore some of the different kinds of love.  To listen to this service click here

Life and Death

Our Power of Creation theme continues as we explore the message Winter Solstice brings to us at this time and throughout the new year. To listen to this service click here.

Own Our Power

Owning Our Power ~~ The Rev. Eva Cameron, Judy Harrington (WA) There was  a short ceremony to install our new DCRE, Angie Stafsholt. We continued with the theme on the Power of Creation, as we learn ways that our own power as a creative force in the universe is seen and felt.  To listen to this service […]

Changing the Message to Match the Market – Albert Browne

The retelling of the story of Christ for a medieval Germanic audience.  Taking this as a starting point, Al Browne examines how radically religious messages may be changed to match the market.  To listen to this service click here.

Festival Sunday: Thanksgiving Hunger Communion

To listen to this service by the Festival Team Click here.

Creating Pain

There is something about the nature of being human that attract us to our sufferings and sorrows.  We are moved by finding others who have experienced life’s sorrows that are similar to ours.  We often secretly thrill in telling others just how dificult our childhood ws, or how our workplace wrongs us.  One of the […]

Reconnection, Part 3: Acts of Love

Reconnection, Part 3: Acts of Love (Yom Kippur) ~~ The Rev. Eva Cameron, Bill Chene (WA) One of the most important ways to reconnect with each other is to love. The Jewish faith teaches us that each year, in order to go forward in love, we must pause and forgive ourselves and each other. To […]

Youth Sunday

One Sunday a year we ask our youth to share with us their thoughts and passions.  each year we are amazed and thankful that these passionate, caring and energetic people will be carrying us into the future.  Click here to hear Linnea, Amanda, Jack, Hanna and ZuZu and the Youth Service.


Chalica! is seven days long and runs from the first Monday in December through the following Sunday .  Each day represents a different Unitarian Principle:  a chalice is lit and actions, gifts, or volunteering that expresses that day’s Principle are given and received.  One can have seven different chalices or one common chalice. Monday:     […]

Music Sunday

Music Director Tim Purdum, with Special presentations from the Adult and Children’s Choirs and well as the band presented a wonderful musical service for us. To listen to this service click here.

Earth Day

Earth Day Listen as the Festival Team helps us celebrate Earth Day in this thought provoking, musical and contemplative service.  click here.

La Dolce Vita – Abundance Sunday

Rev Eva Cameron and Mike Knapp were  co-preaching for this Sunday service.  During the service they read some of the many comment cards the members wrote about what this church meant to them.  The congregation was asked to bring their pledge forms to the service and they were collected and tallied during the service, with […]

Sunset in Sabula

Rev. Eva Cameron and Deblyn Russell (WA). Sometimes we really anticipate things in life, which leads to a lot of waiting. Advent is the time of year where we honor the spiritual practice of watching, and being open to the moment. To listen to the Opening words, chalice lighting and message from Rev Eva click […]

Standing on the Side of Love – Rev Eva Cameron

During this Chapel service the Rev Eva Cameron introduced us to this year’s theme, Standing on the Side of Love.  Which is also the denomination’s theme for the year.  To listen to this service click here.

HalfTime:Planning the Second Half of Your Life – Sean McNally

This chapel service was presented by member Sean McNally. To listen to the service click here.

Poetry Sunday – Rev. Eva Cameron

A Celebration of the lyrical voice of our hearts and souls.  The congregation was asked to bring a poem, one their own or by someone else to share.  To listen to this service click here.

Not Only a Fair Weather Faith – Jim Paprocki

Jim Paprocki’s talk comes from the book, “Not Only  a Fair Weather Faith” by the Rev. William Murry.  The intro includes a solo instrumental from one of the youth.  To listen to the service click here.

Summer Solstice Celebration

The summer solstice celebration was led by Al Hays.  Due to the weather the celebration was held indoors.  The podcast of the ceremony follows, but the last section where the congregation moves into the circle is not picked up well by the microphones and may be difficult to hear.  To listen click here.

Harvesting The Energy Through Sacred Dance

Harvesting the Energy Through Sacred Dance Join Deblyn Russell and Lara Martinsen-Burrell as they integrate breath and movement from different traditions.  To Listen click here

Feeling Crabby

March is supposed to “come in like a lion” but sometimes it seems to bring a lot more crabs than lions as we are all weary of winter weather.  What can we do with the upsets, angers and crabbiness we find popping up in our lives? To listen to the opening words, chalice lighting, children’s […]

Where Do My Passions Meet the World’s Deepest Needs?

Reflections On Postville. Perry-O Sliwa brought us her ongoing story of intentional living and thoughtful action as she shared her story of thougts and vocation and her engagement with a family profoundly changed since the Postville Immigration raids. To listen to the choir and then to Perry-O tell the children a story about the family […]

UU Christmas Pageant

The Service For All Ages Team , Rev. Eva , and others enacted the Christmas story with reflection on just what it all means from voices of UUs with differing theological points of view–funny, respectful, and inspiring.   To listen to the service click here.

Day of the Dead/All Souls Day

Attendees were asked to bring mementos or photos of loved one who were no longer with us to decorate the alter on this day as we honored the dead.  We shared stories and remembered those who helped shape our lives.  The family Choir sang, Al Hays shared some words from favorite poets and the Rev […]

Yom Kippur – Rev. Eva Cameron

This is the time set aside in the Jewish calendar for reconnecting ourselves to others, to the world, to God. It is a time of reconciliation. Each year we follow the lead of this ancient tradition, and pause, reflect on our lives, and work towards at-one-ment yet again. Rev Eva Cameron, Bill Harwood , Judith […]

Dare to Grow – Meditation from Service -Rev. Eva Cameron

To listen to the Time for Meditation and Journaling click here.

The Cruel Sea – Rev Eva Cameron

This Sermon was sold at the Annual Auction. Bob Robinson bought the Sermon and ask the Rev Eva Cameron to do the Sermon on the book “The Cruel Sea” a novel written out of World War II drawn out of the actual service in the Royal Navy by the Author. To listen to the meditation […]

Earth Day: A Service for All Ages

An April 20th Earth Day Celebration of our Mother Earth with all our hearts, minds and senses. Lots of music, stories and sing – alongs. To listen to this service click here.

UU Prairie Home Entertainment Fundraiser – April 9 2008

A very talented group of UUs and friends got together to entertain each other with songs and music and stories to raise funds and send 2 of our UU musicians to Unitarian Universalist Musician’s Network Conference in Boston. The conference provides professional development and networking opportunities for Music Directors, Choir Directors, Church Musicians, and Composers […]

Children’s Story – Easter Sunday – Rev. Eva Cameron

Rev. Eva Cameron shares the story of Easter with the children on Easter Sunday.  To listen to this Easter story click here.

Children’s Story – Dorthea Dix – Kathy Klink-Zeitz

The Director of Religious Education, Kathy Klink-Zeitz told the children a story about a famous Unitarian Universalist woman Dorthea Dix.  To listen to this story click here.

Stewardship Sunday – Finance Committee

This Sunday Service was presented by the Finance Committee. The subject of the sermon, by Mike Knapp, was The Generosity of Giving. This years the stewardship committee asked members and friends to bring their pledges to the service and they were collected during the service after a special meditation led by Mary Kay Madsen. To […]

My Favorite Things – Brittany,Sue & Coltan

During the Stewardship Sunday Service we had a special treat, when 3 of our members sang an original song about their favorite UU things sung to the tune of a familiar song.  To Listen to the song click here. (to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music).  “Interesting sermons and music […]

Why I’m a Mennonite – Rev. Susan Janzen

This service was a pulpit exchange. Pastor Susan Janzen is with the Cedar Falls Mennonite Church. She shared with us her experiences as a life long Mennonite and as a Pastor for the last 10 years. This is part of our “Shouting Over the Back of the Elephant” experience. To listen to the service click […]

Love – The Service For All Ages Team

During this service we recognized some of our new members with a short ceremony. The service theme was an exploration on the theme of “love” using the tradition of valentines. To Listen to this creative exploration about this key element ( Love) of most religious faiths click here.

Christmas Pagent – Service for All Ages

Listen as members of the congregation preform a Christmas Pagent. Click here.

Midwinter Revels-Light in the Time of Darkness

Service for All Ages Team. During the service which incorporates music, poetry, pagentry and ritual we examine what people across the nothern hemisphere have done through the ages to find light and hope at the darkest time of year. To listen to this service click here.

Longing – The Rev. Eva Cameron

The darker side of the season, the things we or our children think we “want” for Christmas. Does our vision of the ‘perfect’ Christmas never turn out exactly as we dreamed – this side of longing. To listen to this service click here.

Looking Inside – Rev Eva Cameron

Sometimes our sense of health, of purpose, of interconnectedness can only be born when we deeply examine our lives – what we have been given. In this season of anticipation of a great event, let’s begin by taking a look at our spiritual birth. To listen to this service click here.

New Member In-Gathering Nov 11th 2007

This is the part of the Sunday Service where the newest members of this Unitarian Universalist Congregation were welcomed into the society.  To listen to the ceremony click here.

Fall Equinox: A Service for All Ages

Karen Impola and Deblyn Russell. Fall leaves, crisp apples, and woolen sweaters…this is what fall means to some. What does it mean spiritually? The service for all ages team led us in a celebration of fall. To listen to this service click here.

Water Communion: A Service for All Ages

An end of summer service where attendees bring a vial of water that represents some thing or some place meaningful to them from the summer.  To listen to this service click here.

Even UU’s Get the Blues – Karen Impola

The Sass! Trio join us for a service on music that is sad, or “blue”, and why it can sometimes make us feel so GOOD: and also on humorous songs that make us laugh about things that we don’t usually consider funny. Guest presenters are the Sass! Trio ( Songwriters Sandy Andina and Susan Urban, […]

Earth Day – Service For All Ages Team

Click here to hear this service of music, poetry and song put on by the Service for All Ages Team and the Family Choir.  After the song the entire congregation went outside to tour the grounds and view the gardens.

Annual Meeting – April 29, 2007

The business meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk County.  To listen to the recorded session of the meeting click here.

Celebration RE Youth

A special service for the UU youth that are moving on to adulthood, and to thank all the volunteers who helped with this years Religious Education of our UU youth.  To listen to this service click here.

Child Dedication April 2007

Click here to listen to this years Child Dedication

First Friday – Bahai Faith Celebration

Members of the Bahai faith were invited to our monthly First Friday potluck to share with us about their faith. To listen click here.

Our Lady of Guadelupe – First Friday Celebration

This is one of our first Friday celebrations.  On the first friday of each month we have a pot- luck and a celebration.  This month we explored the celebration by the  Catholics of Our Lady of Guadelupe. To listen to this program click here

Midwinter Revels

A celebration of winter with  music. To listen to the service click here