Mid-Week Minister’s Message 7/8/20

arif-mamdaniMy middle-schooler is done with the online camp she was participating in at the start of the summer and now we’re confronted with a long expanse of calendar when her parents are working and where she’s at looser ends than we’d like. We, like many others I know, have seen our way through to be ok with her participating in outdoor activities with friends, observing all the appropriate precautions. However, unlike her older sibling who’s recently acquired a drivers license and is therefore self-mobile (at least when she takes one of our cars), middle-schooler needs some parental involvement in coordinating schedules, and that’s how I found myself earlier this week, texting with some friends who have a similarly aged kid, wondering about a gathering.

Just as I was about to hit send, I had a powerful yearning to suggest that we also get together for dinner, and I remembered with bittersweet sadness the many wonderful evenings we’d spent in each other’s company, at each other’s houses, cooking, laughing, eating, playing games. All the things that we can’t quite do in quite the same ways or anywhere near as easily. I had to say no to the thing I wanted to do because the thing I wanted to do wasn’t actually the right thing to do in that moment. Continue reading →

From the Board: July 2020

The UUCM fiscal year begins on July 1. With it, we welcome Fred Hulting as the new President of the UUCM Board of Trustees and offer a warm and grateful farewell to Robert Brooks, who has served in this role for the past two years. Below are Robert’s parting reflections on the state of the church and of the world.

John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” 2020 has certainly given us lots of that life. In January the Board posted our congregational record, initiating our search for a new minister. We had planned more congregational listening sessions, our annual pledge drive, our congregational survey, revisions of UUCM bylaws, fulfilling our first annual focus goals in the council of ministries. It looked like a sprint to the finish line for fiscal year 2020. Then the pandemic arrived.  Continue reading →

Online Worship Service Every Sunday

Visit www.uucmtka.org for this week’s Zoom worship meeting ID.

You are welcome to come online anytime starting at 9:30 am. If you’ve never used Zoom before, we encourage you to join early. You can use most any device — a smart phone, tablet or computer.

If you’re new to Zoom or would like some extra help, we’ve created an instruction document that take you through how to install and use Zoom. If you need immediate assistance on Sunday, please text ‪(612) 486-2705‬ (and include your name). We have a UUCM Zoom tech team ready to help!

Registration Now Open for Racial Affinity Small Groups

book-coverMany people have had a profound experience with My Grandmother’s Hands, Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem. This book provides a method for people of all races and ethnicities to understand how white-body supremacy is reinforced in the US  and provides a healing process. For 7 weeks, beginning July 18 and ending before Labor Day,  UUCM will host virtual small groups using this resource. We will create separate affinity groups for those who identify as white and those who identify as Black or a person of color. UUCM has a few copies of the book available for purchase. You do not need to have finished reading the book to join a group. If you have questions, contact Jennifer (dre@uucmtka.org). Registration can be completed by clicking here. Continue reading →

Thanking our Interim Ministers on July 12th

During worship on July 12th, we will hear reflections from the congregation on the ministry of the Troika (our beloved outgoing interim ministry team) on how their ministry has blessed UUCM these past couple years. If you have a reflection to share, please email it to Jennifer (dre@uucmtka.org). (You are also welcome to share a card or other expression of thanks directly with them after the service.)

Good-Bye to the Troika!

Sunday Worship, July 12 at 10 AM
Our online service will be the last with the troika, who are completing their two-year interim with UUCM. As a special treat for the congregation, and for the troika’s own sense of completion, the service will be streamed from the church sanctuary (with no one but staff present).  If you’d like to say goodbye in person in a socially distanced way, join us after the service from 11-12 for a car recessional. Meg, Arif and Terri will be outside in the upper loop to chat with folks as you “drive through” in your car. (Please note that the building will be closed, so if you do this, use the bathroom before you go!!!)

Still Available for Purchase – Copies of My Grandmother’s Hands

UUCM has ordered 15 softcover copies of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, the book that is the basis of the small group opportunities offered July-August. Whether or not you participate in a small group, you are welcome to reserve your copy of the book by contacting Jennifer (dre@uucmtka.org). These first-come-first-served copies cost $16 each and will arrive in a week or so for pick-up at church.