On September 30, 1770, British Universalist minister John Murray inexplicably found himself stranded in Good Luck, New Jersey, where he preached a sermon that would launch a new faith in America. In this service, we’ll celebrate 250 years of Universalism in America by examining Murray’s … read more.
Speaker: Rev. Chris Rothbauer
Rev. Chris Rothbauer is the second settled minister at Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
COVID-19 has highlighted some of the stark realities of the working class and their disposability to an unjust system. In this service, we’ll examine what we can do to protect vulnerable people in our society.
Though we are apart physically, we are still connected by the streams of our lives. In our annual water communion service, we’ll explore how the streams of our lives connect us even in these difficult times.
In the movie Groundhog Day, news reporter Phil Connors finds himself waking up to the same day over and over again. Initially, Connors is despondent, but eventually begins to accept and find meaning in his predicament. In this service, we’ll examine Connors’ enlightenment and what … read more.
So often, people view difference as something to be either overcome or tolerated, but what if the things that divide us can actually be our salvation? In this service, we’ll look at how what makes us different could actually bless us in the end.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The glory of friendship…is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” In this service, we’ll examine how friendship can be a spiritual … read more.
Well-meaning people will sometimes say that there’s a meaning behind everything or that God won’t test us more than we can handle, but such cliches can leave us feeling unheard and gaslit. In this service, we’ll examine a more constructive method of understanding suffering and … read more.
Freedom is often portrayed as a zero-sum game: you either have it or you don’t. However, Rev. Chris argues, unrestrained freedom for some actually leads to tyranny for others. In this service, we will examine what it means when Unitarian Universalism says we promote not … read more.
As we prepare to wrap up the congregational year, let’s celebrate the amazing volunteers that have kept our fellowship going this last year. As we look forward to next year and continued uncertainty due to COVID-19, we’ll focus on how any religious community is much … read more.
Many people feel today that they can’t trust what others tell them, whether it’s a distrust of the government or a belief that there’s more to stories we’re being told. In this service, Rev. Chris will examine the ancient spiritual practice of discernment and ask … read more.