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Recent Sunday Services 


"Giving and Growing" By Robyn Perry and Colleen Fitzgerald

As the pledge campaign wraps up, we reflect on what we gain when we contribute towards our congregation's growth


"Strangers or Neighbors?" By Bob Clark-Phelps

We are connected to local neighbors by time and space. We share a street, a school, or a graduating class. Climate science and ecology show with ever-increasing clarity what many faith traditions have taught for thousands of years: we are also deeply connected to people, plants, and animals around the world, and even to generations to be born hundreds and thousands of years from now. 


Our ability to mount a humane response to the climate crisis hinges on our capacity to develop empathy and compassion for these distant neighbors. The Christian parable of the Good Samaritan offers us a vision of hope this Earth Day. Opportunities to take effective action are all around us.


"Celebrations of Spring" By Megan Rancier

As the pledge campaign wraps up, let us reflect on what we gain when we contribute towards our congregation's growth.


"Labyrinth" By Michael Ellison

One of the ancient tools used for meditation and engagement of both body and mind is the walking labyrinth. This single path leads to the center, and unlike a maze, it has no tricks or dead ends. Labyrinths are physical locations, but can also be small enough to carry around with you for use at any time and place.

Michael Ellison teaches us about finger labyrinths and Soul Origami.


"Does God Exist?" By Lynn Israel

This Sunday, Lynn Israel posed the question, “Does God exist?”

It turns out that what Lynn really wanted to find out is, “Do you believe in God?” And, also, what about everyone else? What do they believe? And if a vast majority of people believe strongly in God, should agnostics and atheists rethink their positions?


"Humor and Religion" By Joseph Moran

Fear is a universal human experience. Why do we fear? How can we deal with it? Don't be fearful--come and join us


"Humor and Religion" By Joseph Moran

Fear is a universal human experience. Why do we fear? How can we deal with it? Don't be fearful--come and join us


"Coping With Fear" By Heidi Mayer

Fear is a universal human experience. Why do we fear? How can we deal with it? Don't be fearful--come and join us


"The Great Demotions" By David Love

People have always considered humans to be at the center of the universe. We will reflect on this placement of humankind on a pedestal through the history of scientific advances that demote humans to just another species.


"An Ode to Teachers" By Tom Edge

A faith that emphasizes the importance of life-long learning, intellectual curiosity, and a shared search for truth, must honor the roles that teachers play in our lives. Inside and outside the classroom, who are the people who have taught you? Who has made you the person you are? This service will not only celebrate the teachers we have had, but ask us to consider how and why they had such a big impact.


"Joy!" by Tina Jones

 Everyone loves to feel joy! Listen to Tina Jones share some wisdom about joy from Brene Brown, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Learn how you can maximize your joy potential!


"The 8th Principle in Readings and Action" by Megan Rancier, Shannon Jurca, Heidi Mayer, Winnie Rex, and Colleen Fitzgerald

 This service will share excerpts from Caste (Wilkerson), White Fragility (DeAngelo), So You Want to Talk About Race (Oluo) to inspire ideas and reflections about how to advance the 8th principle in our congregation.


"Bully For You" by Susan Rogers

Bullying is all around us. Why do we, as a society, put up with it? Why isn’t this a major cultural issue? After all, bullying costs time. It costs money. Sometimes, it even costs lives. What is bullying? What are the reasons why people bully others? What is the impact of bullying? How does someone heal after being bullied? How do we address bullying when it happens, and is it preventable? If you (or your loved one) have been bullied or are being bullied, join us Sunday to hear more about this important topic.


"How to Pray Without Being Religious" by Lynn Israel

The Rev. Greg Stewart, former minister at Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, writes, “It is tempting for rational and reasonable adults to consider prayer a big joke.” 

Does the act of praying have any value for those of us who don’t feel religious?  Should it? Can it? What is prayer, exactly?

Lynn Israel will share one of Rev. Stewart’s recent sermons in which he considers the topic of prayer. Listen to see where you fit into the spectrum of opinions on this!


"Teaching Martin Luther King" by Tom Edge
Last week, we focused on our desire to be inspired within our UU faith. As the country once again celebrates the legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr., we will focus on what inspires the people who inspire us. What moves an individual from being a college student and a minister to one of the most recognizable activists in American history? We will look at the experiences and individuals that taught King to become an activist, as well as how we can use his example to teach ourselves today. Amid calls to restrict the teaching of race and racism, how should we teach Dr. King's example? 


"We Seek Inspiration" by Tom Edge
At the core of our shared faith is the desire to find inspiration in different faith traditions, in examples of great people from all walks of life, and in the natural world around us. As we usher in a New Year, it is a good time to ask: what inspires us? How can we find inspiration in a world that often emphasizes the negative? And most importantly, how can we act upon that inspiration when we find it


"Life's Lottery" by Joseph Moran
Joe reflected on the aspects of our lives that fall to chance and how they influence our life's path.



Suicide Prevention
We reflected on joy and sorrow during our service, and hosted a very informative guest speaker from Unison Health about suicide (statistics, risk factors, prevention and more). Below are two resources he provided to us:

NIMH » Suicide

Definitions. Suicide is defined as death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior.; A suicide attempt is a non-fatal, self-directed, potentially injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior.A suicide attempt might not result in injury. Suicidal ideation refers to thinking about, considering, or planning suicide.

Risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs | AFSP

Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change.



The Divine Feminine and Masculine
Discuss and discover the feminine and masculine energy inside each and every one of us.


Magical or Scientific Mystery?
Join Megan Rancier & Melanie Stinson, a retired massage therapist, Reiki Master (teacher) & conscious awareness intention-based transformational energy practitioner for a reflection inspired by the book You are Magical by Tess Whitehurst. We'll share stories of the magical, wondrous, and unexplainable. "We can recognize that we are all energy superstars in a world brimming with energy, auras and the ability to sense them."


The Gift of Sight
Celebrated Bowling Green musican and songwriter, Tim Tegge, joins MVUUC to share his personal journey and his vital work at The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio.


Love Letter to the Library
How do we get stuck in life--to our opinions,egos and habits? How do we let go in order to live more authentically in the present? Join Heidi as we consider these questions by examining the four noble truths of Buddhism.


Letting Go
How do we get stuck in life--to our opinions, egos and habits? How do we let go in order to live more authentically in the present? Join Heidi as we consider these questions by examining the four noble truths of Buddhism.


Where Hope Grows

How do we, as concerned humans, in this time of turmoil and darkness in Europe (and at home), find moments of hope that perhaps someday, life will return to a sense of normalcy. It all seems so dark and gloomy at times. As we learn about the genocide in Ukraine, nuclear saber rattling, and continue to endure the deep political divisions and setbacks at home, it's a daunting challenge somedays to find any light in that darkness. You might not find the consummate answers here, but our presenter Lou Hebert will reveal how and where he finds hope amid the hopelessness.



Join us for a service bridging different spiritual views of this celebration day, and discussing the origins of some of the customs of this holiday.


Maintaining Connections

Join us this Sunday for a personal story about the importance of maintaining connections, something easily forgotten in our modern day lives.


The Wisdom of Silence

Is silence to be feared or is it sacred? Silence seems rare in today's world, but many religions have revered silence over centuries. What can we learn from centuries of wisdom? Join Megan and Heidi as we explore the mystery and sacredness of silence.


Free Will
Join us for a discussion about Free Will.

Attendance is optional... but do you really have a choice?


Guest: League of Women Voters
Come join us and welcome a special guest speaker this Sunday to celebrate Women's History Month and to learn about the history and impact that the League of Women Voters has made here in Bowling Green over the past 70 years.


Mental Health Musings

Listen to a congregant's experience with mental health conditions and learn how he has accepted them as part of his life.


Level Up
Whether you are nostalgic about video games, or can't figure out why some people are, you'll learn how video games have contributed to our culture and the lives of many people during this service.


Compassion 101
What is Compassion? How is this an important spiritual practice? How do we generate compassion for everyone? How do we communicate with compassion when it's difficult? Find out at this Sunday's service.


Lunar New Year
This service discussed Lunar New Year, the history of Chinese Lunar New Year, and welcomed the year of the Tiger.



Join us to learn about Afrofuturism during this week's service. From music to literature (and beyond!). We'll discuss how Afrofuturism came to be and where it's headed, as well as the spirituality of the movement. Featuring a service by UU Minister Heather Janules (delivered by Megan Rancier, and with Tom Edge as service leader), you are in for a treat!


Escapism & Fantasy
Wikipedia defines escapism as "mental diversion from unpleasant or boring aspects of daily life, typically through activities involving imagination or entertainment. Escapism may be used to occupy one's self away from persistent feelings of depression or general sadness." While relying too much on escaping from the "real world" can be detrimental, especially after the past two years, we all deserve a little break now and again. Join us on Zoom this Sunday for a discussion about utilizing fantasy to help us escape and cope in healthy and meaningful ways.


But, Are You Happy?
Join us this week as we explore the significance of community, introspection, and relationships as it pertains to maintaining happiness this time of the year. We will ponder the meaning of our 4th and 7th principles to seek guidance and affirmation on our happiness journey’s by hearing the experiences of one of our congregants on this subject and getting a little help from UU minister Scott Alexander’s fantastic sermon on, “But Are You Happy?” It is our hope that after this service, congregants and friends will leave with a better understanding on why they are happy, and if not, how they can get there.


One Member's Spiritual Journey
Sometimes the presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and following expectations can be downright scary. Lynn Wineland will

talk about his journey from Evangelical and Traditional Christianity to becoming somewhat apathetic to religious life, why he left United Methodism, and currently associates with MVUUC.


No Service - Kick back and Relax!


Tired of the materialism of Christmas? Do you find tinsel too distracting? Join us this Sunday to learn about and celebrate Festivus, a popular culture phenomenon and a holiday created..."for the rest of us!"


Guest Speaker: Toledo Jewish Federation
Please join us to hear from the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Toledo. We welcome this guest speaker, who is being gracious enough to present to during Hanukkah. Please help us show a warm welcome to our guest



Zoom Coffee Hour
Sunday Services will be taking a much needed break this Sunday-- but don't worry, you can still meet online to catch up with others!


The "Greek Buddha"
Just in time for Thanksgiving, we invite you to join us for a discussion of pleasure, moderation, and a state of fulfillment. Learn of a nearly forgotten (or perhaps just mis-remembered?) Greek philosopher, Epicurus, who some refer to as "the Greek Buddha". Part history lesson and part philosophical discussion, we hope this service will leave you spiritually sated.


Guest Speaker: Caring Veg Community
Columbus-based organization Caring Veg Community's goal is to make learning about veganism fun, friendly, and accessible. They are invested in total liberation, which means fighting against the oppression of humans and nonhumans alike. They operate with the understanding that the roots of oppressions are often intertwined. 


Remembering Veterans, Imagining Peace
This Sunday's reflection will be delivered by Tom Edge. The service will reflect on Veterans Day-- originally known as Armistice Day-- and how their stories call us to imagine (and help make) peace.


Halloween Service
|Dust off your Halloween costume and come to Sunday service ready for a treat. The topic is “Thanatophobia,” AKA the fear of death. Humans have struggled with the concept of their own mortality for thousands of years. The Celts created an annual festival to ward off ghosts and evil spirits with masks and bonfires and glowing turnips, which we still celebrate today. Join Robyn Perry and Susan Rogers in their efforts to raise the spirits of the MVUUC community!


To Love the Earth
As we return "home" to the sanctuary for the first time since

03/2020, join us for a celebration of our one-and-only home...


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