Speaker: Rev. Chris Rothbauer

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

Wild Spirituality: A New Paradigm?

A movement is afoot in the Christian world to abandon church buildings and take spiritualty back to nature. But why would someone do this? In this service, Rev. Chris will imagine what wild spirituality might mean for Unitarian Universalists and our traditions.

Apologizing With Grace

From a young age, we’re taught to apologize when something goes wrong. However, sometimes an apology can actually make things worse if it’s said in the wrong way. In the annual auction sermon, Rev. Chris will examine the importance of apology and how to apologize with grace in a way that conveys our sincerity.

Everyone Has a Right to Control Their Own Body

Margaret Sanger once said, “No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.” In this service, we’ll examine the moral imperative of reproductive justice and ask, in the face of recent defeats, what’s next?

Stop to Smell the Roses: The Uses and Abuses of Urgency

Western culture encourages us to do everything in a hurry, to multitask, to get as much done as we can. But urgency can also be a trap that prevents us from fully taking stock of complicated situations. In this service, we’ll examine urgency and ask how it can be used and abused.

In Awe of Creation

Albert Einstein once said, “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” But why is awe so important to the human spirit? In this service, we’ll ask: what does awe do for us?

Love More Than We Love Ourselves: An Animal Blessing Service

Comedian Josh Billings once wrote, “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” Indeed, for many people, the love of their companion animals is what gets them through the day. In our annual animal blessing service, we will celebrate and bless our furry, feathery, and scalely companions … Continue reading Love More Than We Love Ourselves: An Animal Blessing Service

The Persistent Flame

As we move into the fall equinox, we will take a moment to reflect on balance in our lives and the way our connections draw us into the web of creation and community with our fellow beings.

Christian Supremacy and Hegemony in the United States

Christian Supremacy is the use of Christian doctrines and frameworks to justify the oppression of racial, religious, sexual, gender, and disability minorities. The history of North America is awash in Christian Supremacy, but Christian Supremacy is also spread by non-Christians. In this service, we’ll take a fresh look at Christian Supremacy and ask in what … Continue reading Christian Supremacy and Hegemony in the United States

“Nobody Wants to Work” and Other Excuses Not to Change

A recent viral meme made the case that journalists have been decrying people’s unwillingness to work for nearly a decade, anytime there is a labor shortage. This Labor Day, we will examine the excuses made by corporations and anti-labor folks to not change and ask: what is the future of the labor movement?