Unitarian Universalists have a reputation for deeply held—and vociferously voiced—convictions about social justice, religious exploration, and coffee hour. Despite UUs’ love of debate, we tend to hide from one topic crucial to congregational life. This topic involves values, some of the same values you expect to find here at UCN in, to cite a few, Religious Education, social events, and Sunday Worship. Worship, at its best, nudges us to discern and act on what we value most. Where you spend your time and where you spend your money can indicate what you value most. Yes, I said it: Money. What do you value and why and how do your values compel you to put your money where your heart is? Part theater, part theology, part confession, part comedy, and all serious, this sermon examines values through the lens of lived experience.
Dr. Jennifer Thomson has been an active UU for 20-some years. As a member of the United UU Congregation, she served on the Worship Committee for 16 years; two 3-year terms on the board; as chair of Stewardship, a bunch of other stuff, and as a choir member. At the same time, she was a single mom to her two daughters, earned a PhD, and taught Freshman English at a bunch of places–at UW-Whitewater since 1997. She completed her MDiv (Master of Divinity) studies at Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2014 and is currently a candidate for UU ministry.