Topic: Renewal

Begin Again in Love

June 16th is a combined worship service with both Tree of Life and Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregations, held at Tree of Life UUC at the special start time of 10:00am.  Join Chaplain Dave and our musical guests, Wailin’ Mahalias in this celebration of both renewal and beginnings.

Descent to the Dark and the Rising, Defiant Spark

Renewal often requires a descent into dark places. Just as a seed pushes up from the deep dank soil, we may re-discover ourselves as we emerge from the places where we have been “dissolved and shaken”, as May Sarton poignantly observes.


As we shift into spring the world continues to open up. Today we honor the theme of awakening as Tree of Life opens our building for worship for the first time in over two years. Speaker: Rev Jenn Gracen Worship Leader: Sue Kazlusky Chalice Lighter: Judy Ayres Special Music from our small ensemble choir After … Continue reading Awakening

An Inquiring Faith

Our faith values questions more than certainty. What does that look like in our congregation? What questions do YOU bring to our life together? What have you wanted to ask Rev. Jenn? Do you want to know the difference between a Unitarian and a Universalist? What do UUs believe about sin? Why is the sky … Continue reading An Inquiring Faith

Renewing Faith

Our annual stewardship kickoff service. How does stewardship relate to faith? What about the loaves and fishes? What would it mean if faith was a verb? Speaker: Rev. Jenn Gracen Worship Leader: Carol Alfus Chalice Lighter: Tom Steffens After the service we will have coffee hour social time in breakout rooms. We conduct our services … Continue reading Renewing Faith

Sacred Disruptions

Do we see the people and things that interrupt our carefully ordered days as unwelcome irritations? Or can we see them as sacred disruptions? We are invited to look around us with new eyes, recognizing the holy in our midst. Our welcome back to our pulpit as a guest speaker this Sunday Rev. Mary Dicken. … Continue reading Sacred Disruptions

The Liminal Space of Becoming

How often are we (individually and collectively) in transition, becoming something or someone new, without even realizing it? We are invited to notice when we’re in this liminal space and embrace it as sacred and holy. Rev. Mary Dicken is an ordained United Methodist clergyperson, currently serving at Meridian Street United Methodist Church in Indianapolis … Continue reading The Liminal Space of Becoming

Renewing Our Democracy

The fifth principle of Unitarian Universalism is “The Right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large”. What does it mean to have this as a central part of our religious tradition? Speaker: Rev. Jenn Gracen Worship Leader: George “Kaz” Kazlusky Chalice Lighter: Judy Sowinski Special … Continue reading Renewing Our Democracy

Peter Mayer–A Service in Song

Singer/songwriter Peter Mayer returns (virtually) to Tree of Life! Join us for a special music-centered service with Peter Mayer who will offer us reflections on and songs of hope and renewal. This service will include a song for the young and young at heart, and Peter will teach us a song for the blessing.