This Mother’s Day reflection invites us to think about the word “mother” as a verb, as a way to widen our collective notion of what and who a mother might be. A special candle-lighting ceremony will be offered, and to honor your special ‘mother person’ everyone will have the opportunity to pick a red or white carnation as a way to let others know whether that special person is alive or has passed away.

We’re honored to have Sheldon Williams play for this service. Sheldon is a very accomplished violinist who is always one of the soloists when the youth from the Wyoming String Academy perform. The piece he’ll play is the exquisite La Folia by Arcangelo Corell.

This morning we are asking you to share the music you love. Not everything. but the music which reflects your values, especially your UU values. What songs speak to you of the mystery of life, the goodness of people, the beauty of nature, the big questions of life? The hymns in our hymnal are lovely but this morning we are hoping to hear the songs perhaps more contemporary, maybe even sung by popular singers; jazz, pop, folk or gospel. Remember the beautiful “One Voice” sung by three of our talented members a month or so ago? It was written by “Wallin’ Jennys. a great song for UU’s every-where. So come with your song choice or choices on your device if possible . If you want you can bring a printout of the words. We will listen to as many as we have time for and maybe even find a few we might want to include in a Sunday service. If you would like some other examples go to https://sermonsinstones.com/2011/04/05/contemporary-songs-for-uu-worship. You will find names from Lady Gaga to Los Lonely Boys which might get you thinking of other contemporary songs that speak to us all.
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Today many of us are deeply concerned about Earth’s changing eco-systems and the loss of so many life-forms as the result of — particularly — climate change and human population growth. There is so much happening and so much uncertainty. We wonder if humanity and other life-forms will find ways to survive whatever the future may bring. Many feel a constant low-grade sense of despair about the days and years ahead. We may even feel like giving up, not working to find and enact needed life-style and systemic structural changes for, as Carl Sagan called it: “the only home we’ve ever known, that pale blue dot.” To help counter this feeling of despair I’ll offer the balm of what the Buddhist Joanna Macy calls, “active hope for the future.”

Do join us for a special guest minster speaking this morning on “Wyoming’s Religious Family Portrait.” Rev Leslie Kee, UU minister from the Casper congregation says about her service: “When looking at Wyoming’s family of churches, are there similarities to a dysfunctional family?” What do our religious institution in Wyoming say about us?
Leslie has been a popular visitor to our pulpit and in addition to her years serving the Casper UU group also has experience as the Chaplin at the women’s prison in Lusk.

My reflection concerns something that is no secret: the gap between the rich and the poor which is growing exponentially and thereby increasingly shrinking our middle class. We know there are corporations, and CEOs, people who inherited their wealth, etc., who are growing wealthier — financially making out like bandits, while more and more people are becoming poorer. It’s outrageous economic inequality.
Grounding my reflection in our denomination’s Principles and Purposes, I’ll examine and critique economic inequality and lift-up some possible actions we might take to help address and remedy this troubling reality.

The Choir Director for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Grand Junction, in Colorado, Kathleen Ruhleder, their pianist, Janet Cummings, and voice student, Matthew Coronado, will provide some of the music for this service. They are participating in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing competition on April 9th, being held at the University of Wyoming.

We continue our alphabetic exploration of transforming everyday activities into spiritual practices.
Change for Change: Albany County Back Pack Program

On Easter morning hundreds of millions of Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with supreme confidence in his saving power. Whether born-again or main-stream, they believe in salvation through the risen Christ. For Unitarian-Universalists, Easter has very different meanings. My reflection lifts up some of those different meanings.
This is a “BRING A FRIEND” Sunday service. Easter is one of the times when many unchurched people or people dissatisfied with their current or former religions consider attending a different religious community’s service. So this would be a great day to bring someone along because we’ll honor and celebrate Easter from the unique and uplifting Unitarian Universalist perspective. You could be the person who makes a significant positive difference in another’s life.
EVANGELIZE . . . share the good news of Unitarian Universalism! If you bring a guest and let Rev. Ziegler know about this, you’ll receive a chocolate treat from her. How sweet is that?

Our “Once-a-Month Choir,” directed by Willie Mandeville will share their melodious voices to enrich our experience of the service.

Please bring FINGER food brunch items (deviled eggs, fruit kabobs, muffins, rolls, etc.) for the food table and your kite if you would like to try the Wyoming wind. Also parents, if your children will be participating in the Easter egg hunt, bring 6 DECORATED eggs per child and a basket.

Religion is at its best when it asks us hard questions of ourselves. It is at its worst when it deludes us into thinking we have all the answers for everyone else.”—Archibold McLeish. And so, this Sunday will be a highly participatory celebration of our efforts to ask and attempts to answer those hard (and a few fun) questions. We’ll array ourselves along the spectrum of answers to such questions as: Do we find our answers via heart or head? Does the past or the present matter more? Are you a militant or pacifist? Is it better to punish the innocent or free the guilty? Is your soul that of a child or adult? Are people inherently good or bad? Should we reward effort or results? Which is better—cats or dogs? Come join in a playful, revealing, and active morning of learning about ourselves and others! UUFL members Linda Goldman and Jeff Lockwood will co-facilitate.

Does it matter that we are bombarded with noise, information and 24/7 electronic connections? Come explore Silence this Sunday with Catie Ballard and find out how creating silence supports your health, your brain and your relationships.

The Fellowship is writing the next chapter of its story as a beacon for people seeking a liberal religious home in Laramie. I believe that story has to be based on a dream about what your vision of its future can be. Will it include a dream to “build your community, to strengthen your commitment?” So, I simply, truly want to know … what is your dream for this congregation’s future? And what ways are you willing to make your dream a reality?

Change for Change this week is for the Cathedral Home