Karen Esterl

Gratitude As Prayer

Ellen McDonald, service leader, Will Fellows, greeter

Hindu spiritual leader Nithyananda has said, “Gratitude is the greatest prayer. Thank you is the greatest mantra.” How can we engage in ongoing gratitude, not just when reminded to by holidays like Thanksgiving, but as daily spiritual practice? Join … read more.

Hymn Sing

Last week’s service focused on how music can be a spiritual experience. Let’s continue exploring that idea through a hymn sing! Come ready to pick your favorite songs from the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook, Singing the Living Tradition. Karen Esterl will facilitate, sharing the history of … read more.

UU Since the Merger

Sunday, April 8 – Unitarian Universalism Since the Merger
with Decorah UU member Karen Esterl

In December Karen Esterl spoke about ʺThe Merger and Following: How We Came to Be.ʺ Due to time constraints, however, she didn’t get to speak much about what happened after the … read more.

December 24, 2017

La Befana: a Winter Play
with Karen Esterl coordinating multiple cast members

Actors needed for this service, in which we’ll perform an 8-page play, La Befana, based on an Italian folktale about a woman who functions much like Santa Claus, distributing gifts to children every … read more.

December 17, 2017

The Merger and Following: How We Came to Be
with Decorah UU member Karen Esterl

Karen continues her series about the evolution of Unitarian Universalism, “Exploring Our Roots: The History of Our Faith.”  In this presentation, Karen explores how the American Unitarian Association and the … read more.

November 5, 2017

November 5 – Universalism: Not Hell but Hope
with Decorah UU member Karen Esterl
Karen previously gave a general overview of Universalism’s theology and history in her talk ʺThe Second Uʺ in August 2016. This service will delve more deeply into this strand of our faith. What … read more.

October 1, 2017

Unitarianism: From Antitrinitarianism to Something More
with Decorah UU member Karen Esterl
Unitarianism had its roots in rejection of the trinity, but it grew to encompass many other beliefs, including free will, innate human goodness, and the use of reason in religion. We’ll explore the history … read more.