Reverend David Kohlmeier

Give Thanks

In our annual all-generations Thanksgiving Service, we will look back on the traditional story of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag at the first Thanksgiving, and share corn bread, apple cider, and cranberry juice in thanksgiving for all that is our life.

Gratitude for the Stranger

Violence against immigrants, people of color, Muslims, transgender persons, Jewish persons, and many more are disturbingly on the rise in our nation. Is our Fellowship a place where the stranger is welcome, or one more place where strangers and visitors are feared, or looked at with suspicion? How can we better cultivate a spirit of … Continued

What Is Remembered Lives

Drawing from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced “Sow-en”), today we will remember our loved ones who have died. You are invited to bring a picture of someone you want to remember, or an object that reminds you of them, as we build a common altar of remembrance. There will also be an opportunity … Continued

Semper Reformanda (Listen here)

This Sunday countless churches around the globe are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. Our own UU tradition emerged out of two distinct Protestant traditions, so this is our anniversary as well. We’ll explore how some of the most contentious ideas of the Reformation continue to shape what it means … Continued

A Larger Humanism (Listen here)

A key part of our common heritage as a community is Humanism, a philosophy which (according to the American Humanist Association) “is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.” In … Continued

Re-membering the Land (Listen here)

On this Indigenous People’s Day weekend we will be looking at Native American concepts of “the Land” as that which owns us verses European ideas of “the land” as something we own and build. Which view is more in keeping with our UU values? How do we dismantle the ways in which the racist “Doctrine … Continued

Sources of Our Faith (Listen here)

  http://uuffm.org/wp-content/uploads/MP3files/10-01-17Sermon.mp3 Given the diversity of views in our Fellowship, does it make sense to speak of having a common faith? What does “faith” even mean in a UU context? Is Unitarian Universalism a “real religion”? We’ll answer these questions with the help of The Six Sources, which, alongside the Seven UU Principles, give shape … Continued

Owning the Covenant

With our diversity of beliefs, what is it that binds Unitarian Universalists together? In a word: Covenant. In this service we’ll explore the history and meaning of Covenant, and what it means to take the step of formally becoming a member of a UU congregation.

The Ocean Refuses No River (Listen here)

We formally begin our new programming year with our annual Water Communion. All in attendance will have the opportunity to bring forth water representing an important experience from this past summer, which will be poured into a common bowl, to represent how all our individual life journeys join to create one religious community.

Sabbath as Resistance (Listen here)

  For the Puritans who built the first Meetinghouses in New England, the Sunday Sabbath was sacrosanct. That has changed considerably. Is there still a place in our modern world for Sabbath? Drawing from the insights of the Jewish tradition, we’ll explore Sabbath as a radical act of individual and communal resistance to our anxious … Continued