Services for January 2020
January’s theme: Integrity – What Does It Mean to Be a People of Integrity?
Sunday, January 5: The Rev. Brian Mason, preaching
Sunday, January 12: Throwback Sermon – The Rev. Brian Mason, preaching
In recognition of our church’s 150th anniversary, I will be selecting sermons from the historic ministers of the First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau and giving them new life by preaching them with occasional commentary to offer perspective for living in the 21st century. As we approach a historic anniversary, I, and others, will offer a “throwback” sermon the first or second Sunday of the month. Please come and hear the words of Noble McLaughlin, Brainard Gibbons, Joseph Nerad, John Robinson, Glenda Walker, and other luminaries who have led this church through troubled and thrilling times.
This month’s Throwback: “Why I am not an Atheist” by the Rev. John Robinson (minister from 1969-1973)
Sunday, January 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday – The Rev. Brian Mason, preaching
This Sunday we will honor the life and living of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will consider his commitment to championing civil rights and efforts to expand racial and economic justice and learn how his work continues to inspire justice movements at work in our society today.
Sunday, January 26: “Meeting God” – The Rev. Elizabeth Hazel, guest speaker
The very things that scare us most can also trigger in us a profound awareness of the Holy Spirit making changes in our lives. Sometimes we are afraid that diversity will confuse us or divert our attention away from the things that really matter but instead it increases our appreciation of God by making us give the world and the people we push away a second glance.
Elizabeth Hazel is a retired United Church of Christ minister. She pastored churches in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Wisconsin. She is widowed and has four stepchildren living in Louisiana and Massachusetts. She holds a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, a M.A. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin and has published over 100 articles on art and art and disabilities in the likes of “The Christian Science Monitor,” the “Providence Journal-Bulletin,” and “The Boston Globe.” She was a research assistant for the late James Luther Adams, a Unitarian minister and professor of Christian Ethics at Harvard Divinity School. She is currently the Northwest Association mission committee chair of the United Church of Christ (WI Conference) and a former delegate to the denomination’s General Synod.