Category Archives: Ministers

Ministers that have served UUCE at any point in its history.

Sunday, March 17, 2019 Journey into Living & Dying Rev. Sara Hayman

I didn’t know what this month would hold when I dreamt up the title and focus for today’s worship service, “Journey Into Living and Dying.”   At the time, I didn’t know that the beautiful and struggling 15-year-old grandson of a member of our church would die suddenly thirteen days ago, or that we, as […]

Sunday, January 6, 2019, “In the Space Between Before and After”, Rev. Sara Hayman

When things in our lives are difficult, how do we help ourselves to see through to what may still be possible? How do we get better at responding verses reacting to challenges? How do we broaden our perspective and stay more open to possibilities? Drawing wisdom from the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, in this service […]

Sermon, April 15, 2018: “Saying Goodbye to Make Room for a New Hello”, Rev. Sara Hayman

There’s a story that been living with me as I’ve prepared for this Sunday. It’s a story about a little boy living in a village. Every day he goes out into the woods and forest. His parents worry about him – there’s danger out there, thieves, possibly; something could happen? “Why do you go?” his […]

April 1, 2018: Wait with Me, Rev. Sara Hayman

EASTER READINGS & REFLECTIONS    Molly Housh Gordon is a Unitarian Universalist minister who serves our UU Church of Columbus, Missouri. This past week, while preparing for this service, I came across a reading she’s written in three parts—three poems, actually, that invite us to imagine what it was like at three particular moments in […]

20151025 UUCE Adds Two Ministers Emeriti

Oct 25, 2015: Sermon: “Guiding Us Upon Our Way” by Rev. Sara Huisjen This year marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of our church in 1865 in Ellsworth. Over the years, we have been blessed by the leadership and service of many ministers.  During this worship service, we will revisit some of that history, […]

Nurturing Your Spirit During the Holidays

Tending your soul looks like lots of different things for different people. And in this season, surely it looks like finding time for quiet, and rest, and listening within. Perhaps it looks like sitting near a warm near a fire in your home, or having a silent meditation practices that invites you into a time […]

Sermon, Mar 16, 2014: “There is Only the Whole”, Rev. Sara Hayman

In his book One Story, One Song, Ojibway writer & story-teller Richard Wagamese suggests that humility is “the foundation of everything,” and that nothing can exist without it.  Humility, in his estimation, is the ability to see ourselves as an essential part of something larger. How, I wonder, is cultivating an authentic sense humility a […]

Sermon, Feb 2, 2014, “We are here to learn…”, Rev. Sara Hayman

Wisdom is something we can hope to gain and grow within us throughout our lifetime.  Choosing how we will respond to adversity is a part of what’s required of as we aspire to become wiser, more compassionate people.  How do you persist in love when times are hard? What wisdom about life & living guides […]

Sermon, Jan 5, 2014: “It’s Not the Critic who Counts”, Rev. Sara Hayman

In her book, Daring Greatly, sociologist Brene Brown suggests that being vulnerable, taking risks and daring to be our most authentic selves is part of what helps create a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives. On this first Sunday in the New Year, we’ll consider what this kind of courage looks like and […]

Sermon, Feb 24, 2013: Spiritual but not Religious, Rev. Mark Worth

A growing number of Americans answer “None” when asked about their religious affiliation. Many say the are “spiritual, but not religious.” Spirituality is often understood as something we express individually, while religion is something we express in community. What does it mean to be “spiritual, but not religious?” Rev. Mark Worth has been full time […]