2021 June Service Schedule:
Sundays at 10:00am
Monthly Theme: Care of the Soul
Rev. Nancy Shaffer asked, “How shall we mend you, sweet Soul? …Come sit. Come tell me.” The soul is understood as our essence, as the core of our being. It is sturdy, but not invincible. Subject to the tragedies that touch our lives, the fabric of the soul can be torn. Shaffer concluded, “We will mend you with pieces of your own sweet self, sweet Soul.” The care of the soul is important work for it is self-care.
June 27 Special Event - GA Worship On Site for Vaccinated People. We will share the video from the chancel.
Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. This powerful, communal worship experience will stream on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 10:00am.
Recognizing the importance of shared ministry and the many innovative approaches to worship created by congregations during the pandemic, UUA President, Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick Gray, selected the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis to serve as worship leaders for this year's GA Sunday Morning Service.
First Universalist has been a model of shared ministry and what it means to put the work of dismantling white supremacy and building anti-racist, anti-oppressive practices at the center of their ministry. They have been on the front lines in support of the Movement for Black Lives in Minneapolis, bringing spiritual care and moral leadership in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police and the important uprisings for justice that followed. Children and families are a vital part of their ministry, and they have been using creative approaches to engage all ages in worship during the pandemic. Their leadership exemplifies some of the best practices for the creativity, spiritual depth, and moral leadership that is possible when we embrace the work of shared ministry rooted in love and justice.
Last year more than 10,000 screens tuned in to the watch the Sunday Morning Worship at GA! Please join us again this year on Sunday, June 27, 2021 for the largest annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists in worship. We encourage all congregations to gather as is possible and practical to participate in this wonderful, communal event. The service will be streamed on GA Online Events and on the UUA’s YouTube channel; members of the public are welcome.
2021 July Service Schedule:
Sundays at 10:00am
Monthly Theme: Journey
Lynn Hough wrote, “life is a journey and not a destination.” Life is a series of waystations woven together by our journey. No straight line. A meander with dead-ends, amazing vistas, dense forests, cool waters, treasured companions, and mountains, always mountains. It is getting lost and being found again. It is the present moment and distant memory. We use the journey to discover our self.
Summer Services will be held in person and online.
Our summer services are led by worship team members and each Sunday offers a unique experience and perspective.
Traditionally our summer services are less formal and more conversational. Watch News & Notes for a description of the service for that week.
We return to our regular service schedule on September 12th.
2021 August Service Schedule:
Sundays at 10:00am
Monthly Theme: Communion
The Latin root of communion means “fellowship, mutual participation, or sharing.” The word implies a deep connection, which is the outcome of participating in community in meaningful ways. It is a process of giving and receiving, the work of heart and hands, an invitation to friend and stranger alike. No altar is required, just a welcome table with room for one more, always one more.
Religious Education takes the summer off. We will resume in the fall onsite if CDC recommendations allow.
There will be childcare when on site services begin. Check the community page for information.
In Non-Covid times, the following is our traditional Religious Education program:
Play Group: Our youngest, four-years-old and under, are welcome to enjoy time in the nursery playroom in the lower level of the Religious Education building with fun and caring childcare providers.
Spirit Play: A place to explore through story, crafts, and conversation that spirit of love and wonder that some people call God. This week we'll be wondering about the green, blue, indigo and violet promises that we make through our seven principles. Spirit Play meets on the lower level at the west end of the building.
Chapel Service: Our school age kids join Director Pam Fodor to explore the topic being discussed in worship this Sunday after hearing the Wisdom tale shared in the sanctuary. This week we are wondering about the sufi tale, The Lion and the Fox. How can you be generous and help others? Is it easier to do with many hands? Chapel service is held in Joshi Chapel - at the west end of the upper level in the Religious Education Building.
Coming of Age: Our middle school youth continue working with their mentors to learn about what it means to be a faithful adult, and how they can gain the tools they need to be strong and wise as they grow up. The topic this week is Faith. Coming of Age meets in Joshi Chapel at 9:00 am - west end of the upper level in the Religious Education Building.
Senior High Youth Group: Our Teen-agers join together to share and explore the world. They are in the midst of planning for the youth service they will lead on March 1st.
Sr High Youth meet in Room 6 on the upper level of the Religious Education Building.
Coffee Hour will take place virtually after the service on Zoom. Stay tuned and check in with folks from our community so that we know how you're doing during this challenging time.