Meet the Fellowship Care Team

by Dana Johnson

The Fellowship Care Team is here for your joys and concerns throughout your connections with our congregation. Each member of the Care Team has professional and personal backgrounds that contribute to our compassionate healing and listening roles. We provide listening in a healing way; seeking to honor confidentiality, provide a listening presence to others, love each other in joys, sorrows, and transition, honoring safety to keep the trust between us and to learn and grow together. From time to time, you will find us connecting with you in person, telephone, email, or postal mail. We are compassionate caregivers who wish to provide lay ministry to embrace you and help you on life's journey. We look forward to knowing each and every one of you and sharing in life's mysteries.
Read more about the care team members HERE.

Fellowship Closure Update by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

As promised this summer, here is an update about the closure of the Fellowship building and our policy regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. In light of the recent outbreaks in northeast Wisconsin, we are grateful to have held steady with our decision to remain closed, and not needing to make new plans. We remain fully closed (with a few exceptions with extreme precautions) and are not approving any in-person gatherings. We recognize that Zoom is not the ideal way to gather as a community, but we continue to offer worship, Religious Education, Wellspring, and other programs online and are working hard to maintain connections and community in ways that do not contribute to the community spread of this virus. Our Appleton Health Department briefed clergy recently and implored us to communicate that the outbreaks in our region are serious and severe. Do not gather in groups, connect with others if at all possible outdoors, and wear a mask to protect yourself and others. We love you and can’t wait to embrace you in person! Until that time, we’ll see you online.

Sunday Service

10:00 am CST 

Tiny Space by Rev. Leah Ongiri
Click HERE for Worship Service details
Call in: 312-626-6799
with meeting ID 176 319 484 
  • Click HERE for worship service Zoom link, Passcode UU
  • Listen to past sermons HERE
  • Watch some of our past services on our Youtube channel
  • Click HERE for information on hosting a traveling chalice in your home
  • Intern Minister Ali will be our special guest teacher in Pre-K through 1st-grade Children’s Chapel this week! We will meet at 9:00 am via Zoom. See our website (here) for more information about all Religious Education classes for children and youth.

Adult Faith Development

Click the image above for details on all these events.
  • October 15 - Defining Your Spiritual Practice with Marie Luna, director of congregational life
  • October 22 - How Colonialism Sows the Seeds of Racism with Tina Main
  • October 28 - Anti-Racism Learning Group Discussion Part 2 of 3 with Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
  • October 29 - UU History: A Question of Conscience with Ali Peters, intern minister

Religious Education - Children and Youth

Our virtual Sunday programs for young people meet at 9:00 and 11:00 am. We are excited about our classes which have been designed to be fun and engaging with online learning in mind. Don’t miss connecting with our Fellowship friends and family this year!

Program Year Format for Registered Students:
•  Pre-K through 1st grade meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 9:00 am CST
•  2nd through 6th grade meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 am CST

*All students are invited to attend all classes; however the classes will be geared for the target ages.
•  7-12th grade meets each Sunday at 11:00 AM CST
Please visit our website for more information about our classes. Contact director of religious education, Kim Hartman, at with questions.

On the Horizon

Need Help Voting?

  Are you registered?
•  Do you need help getting an absentee ballot?
•  Do you need someone to witness your absentee ballot?
•  Do you want someone to deliver your absentee ballot to a local dropbox?
•  Do you need a ride to the polls to vote? (Early voting starts October 20th!)
Contact Marie Luna, director of congregational life, at or 920.731.0849, if you have questions about voting or need help in any of these areas. We want everyone to be able to vote their UU values! 
On October 11, our service shared many ways we can (and should) support the UU the Vote efforts happening right now. Sign up HERE to commit to doing something for electoral justice between now and election day here in our own community! Watch the service HERE if you missed it!

Popcorn Fundraiser for Deva 2022

We’re doing a Double Good Popcorn virtual fundraiser to support travelers (especially youth!) going to Deva, Transylvania in 2022! It’s 100% contactless, the group earns 50% of the profit, and the product ships right to you, the buyer! Prices range from $16 - $99. It’s really delicious!
To participate in our fundraiser: Click HERE to order – super easy! Our pop-up store will be open from Thursday 10/15 through Sunday 10/18. The popcorn is made in Chicago, fresh just for us, then sent out to your home, workplace, family, or wherever you want it to go!
In the event that travel is not feasible, the funds will support the general mission of the Partner Church program. Contact Theresa Spoehr @ with questions.

Seeking Artwork (Simple or Fancy!) for Ancestor Service, due October 21st

For our interactive service on October 25th, we are asking you or your children to send in artwork to be shown during the service! Trace your wrist and hand or have someone help you, and decorate it like a tree (a tree of life or family tree!). On each of the fingers, write a word or two to describe the ways you imagine your ancestors (family or community) inspiring you and supporting you today. Ideas include: courage, resilience, love, help, overcoming adversity, fighting for justice, etc. Your image can be as simple or fancy as you desire! Take a photo of your picture and email it by 10:00 am on October 21st to

Ancestor Altar Pictures and Names Due Wednesday, October 21

During our interactive worship service on Sunday, October 25 we will be creating an altar in our Fellowship sanctuary to honor our ancestors—those family, friends, or community members we want to remember who have passed from this life, recently or long past. Please email photos and/or names of ancestors you want to honor, to Ali Peters at no later than 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 21 so they can be included.

Partner Church Meet and Greet

with Rev. Zoli Koppandi

Thursday, October 29th; 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Zoom Link HERE, Passcode: UU
Or call in: 312-626-6799 with meeting ID: 863 4666 8444
Celebrate our partnership with the Unitarian Church of Deva, Transylvania with Pastor Zoli Koppandi! Zoli will share information about his congregation, Unitarianism in Transylvania (modern-day Romania), and answer questions. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to continue to build our relationship with Unitarians across the world!

Costume Car Parade

Saturday, October 31st at 1:30 pm
Children, their grownups, and the young-at-heart are invited to a drive-through costume parade at the Fellowship. Wear your costume, pick up a goodie bag at the final station of the route, get a physically distant photo taken, and wave to some Fellowship friends! No sign up needed to participate, but if you want to dress up and wave to people as they drive by on the route, contact Angie and Matt Demers at

Slightly Spooky Stories with Rev. Leah and Friends

Saturday, October 31st at 4:00 pm
Zoom link HERE, passcode: boo
Log on in your costume with whatever treats you like best for a few family-friendly (read: not very scary at all) stories, featuring Ongiri family favorite Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds and Peter

Call for “Embrace” Selfie Photos!

We are in our next worship theme: A Community of Embrace! We need you to send in your “selfie” photos of you and/or your family with your arms outstretched like you’re giving a hug, so we can share them in our Sunday services! Find out how to submit a selfie picture or other videos HERE.

Justice Action Ministry

The Justice Hub webpage is live!

The Justice Hub webpage has information about our JAMs, justice groups, justice events, and opportunities here at our Fellowship and out in the community right there at your fingertips any time you need it.
This week: Read more about each of these on the Justice Hub webpage!
•  UUA Side with Love webinar on criminal justice reform and the Breathe Act.
•  UU the Vote information: local election information and ways to commit to act for justice.
•  Learn about the Fellowship’s big phone-banking event on October 21 from 6-8:00 pm.
•  Partner Church chair Tina Main will offer a session (Oct. 22, 6:00 pm) on how colonialism sows the seeds of racism.
•  Sign up to provide food (servers not needed!) for the Pillars Adult Shelter on October 24.
•  Two opportunities with our Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Team: a book discussion and a fun rock-painting project.
•  ESTHER (interfaith organizing) information: Register now for their upcoming virtual “banquet” on November 1.
•  Sign up to help deliver food with Volunteer Fox Cities.
If you want to share something on the Justice Hub webpage, please do so by completing this form by Thursday to be posted when the page is updated each weekend. Submissions may be subject to staff approval and editing.


Fellowship Endowment Feedback

As our endowment matures, we have the opportunity to take annual disbursements under our endowment distribution policy. We'd like to hear from you how those disbursements could be used. Please take a moment to complete this quick, two-question SURVEY.
If you'd like to share additional feedback, please contact the Planned Giving Committee at

Notable Extras

Click HERE for details.
  • Black Lives Matter Lending Library
  • Zoom Guidance
  • Masks Available at the Little Free Library

Small Groups

Click HERE for details about these groups.
  • Anti Racism Fellowship Facebook Group
    A group for people affiliated with our Fellowship who want to learn about racism, anti-racism, and how to be better allies in the struggle for racial justice ongoing, find the group and ask to join by clicking HERE

  • Fellowship Community Journal
    Ongoing, submit your work to

    More information HERE.
  • Fellowship Pen Pals - Click HERE for information.
  • Journey Group Facebook Group - Click the small groups link for information
  • Joyful Mind Zen Sangha; Saturdays, 7:00 am CST
  • Men's Group, First Wednesdays & Third Tuesdays, 7-9:00 pm CST
  • Music-Making Online - Click the small groups link for information
  • Pollinate (BIPoC), Email for meeting information
  • Smiling Dandelion Sangha, Sundays, 6-7:30 pm CST
  • Spill it Sister, Second Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm CST
  • Third Thursday Book Club, Third Thursday of the month, 2:00 pm CST. Click the link above for the reading list.
  • UU Parenting Support Group, First Monday of the month, 6-7:30 pm
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