Speaker: Rev. Chris Rothbauer

Rev. Chris Rothbauer is the second settled minister at Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

My Hope for You

In Rev. Chris’s last Sunday service as minister of AUUF, we will reflect on our time together and Rev. Chris will offer a charge for the future.

The Virtue and Perils of Reconciliation

Reconciliation is a virtue with a lot of pitfalls, especially due to its misuse in the wider culture. In this service, Rev. Chris will examine the elements necessary for authentic reconciliation and when it may be better to walk away.

Happiness Shared: A Flower Communion

Every year we share flowers among ourselves as a symbol of our shared community. In our annual Flower Communion Service, we’ll examine how this sort of symbolic act can remind us that true joy is contagious.

The Adventure of Leadership: How Taking a Stand Can Change Everything

A lack of leadership can easily lead an organization to stagnation and indifference. What if the way forward is recovering a vision and having the spirit of an adventurer to see it forward, no matter the consequences? In this service, Rev. Chris will invoke the work of the late Edwin Freedman to chart a voyage … Continue reading The Adventure of Leadership: How Taking a Stand Can Change Everything

Learning to Love, Learning to Grieve

Queen Elizabeth II once pointed out, “Grief is the price we pay for love.” But what is the point of loving if we’re eventually going to grieve? In this service, we’ll examine grief and love as corollaries and why we need each in our lives.

Who Do We Trust?: Humanism as a Bridge to One Another

The idea that the well-being of humanity could be a central religious concern was a radical idea in the late nineteenth century that continues to be controversial today. In this service, Rev. Chris will examine how Religious Humanism brought the spiritual back to Earth and what it asks of us today.

The Promises We Make to One Another

Covenant is more than a buzzword or a set of rules or expectations; in Unitarian Universalism, it’s foundational to the way we create religious community. In this service, we’ll examine the history of covenant within Unitarian Universalism and how covenant acts as the glue that holds our congregations together.