UUCM Mid-Week Message 5/25/22

This week’s message mourns the 21 lives lost at Robb Elementary School and marks the second anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. Rev. Lisa reflects on our need to find our voice and continue to work for the change our world so desperately needs.

We share these resources on talking with children and youth in the wake of mass violence, as we grieve with Ulvade TX, Buffalo NY, Laguna Woods CA, and so many more.

You are also invited to view an introduction and link to May’s UUConnectMonthly newsletter, below the video message. 

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Click on the picture above to view this special ASP message.

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May 2022: UUConnect Monthly

Please enjoy this May, 2022 edition of The UUConnectMonthly newsletter. In the Creative Expression section, discover books and music related to Beauty, this month’s Soul Matters theme.  The Getting to Know UUs section features the ‘origin story’ of the UUCM ‘North Wall Art Space,’ and several of the participating artists and artwork.

Grateful to connect with you,
Stephanie Siewert and Lori Arnold – uuconnectmonthly@uucmtka.org

From the Board: May 2022

Each month, a member of the board will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme. The theme for May is Nurturing Beauty. This month’s post is offered by Janna Sperry Sundby. 

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” –Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Reviewing this quote made me pause.  I recently and unexpectantly lost a dear friend. He was beautiful and I did not know he was suffering.

He was a talented designer, developer, film maker, guitarist, singer, a joyous friend, a good cook, and great father. I hired him to create my first website back in 2000. He was thoughtful in helping me understand the process and I subsequently hired him to work with on websites for my clients. He could be loud, loved to use foul language, and loved his home country of Madrid Spain. Continue reading →

Worship Service Every Sunday

UUCM is currently holding multi-platform worship services, offered both in person and online. Click here to learn about our current in-person Covid protocols for Sunday morning.

Online worship note: Check your Friday Update or visit www.uucmtka.org for this week’s Zoom meeting ID and service details.

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) 486-2656‬ (and include your name). We have a UUCM Zoom tech team ready to help!

UU the Vote Launch 2022

unnamed (3)Sunday, May 22 at 2 PM on Zoom
On Sunday the 22nd, area UUs will gather to launch our 2022 UU the Vote campaign for Minnesota, North and South Dakota congregations. We want to hear your hopes and fears about 2022 voting, learn what plans you and your congregation have made so far, and share news about MUUSJA’s partnering in 2022 with BIPOC-led civic engagement.

“You may not be “into politics,” but it sure is into you,” as MN Attorney General Ellison says. Join us to make this the summer of ‘good trouble’ – Register now! Learn more below. Continue reading →

Thank You and Plant List: UUCM Native Plant Gardens

annie-spratt-4IqTki_q8KI-unsplashThank you everyone for your support in putting together my Eagle Scout project, the UUCM Native Plant Gardens. This project was successful because of the support I received from the congregation. I am happy with how it turned out and hope you will be to.

This is the link to the list of plants that went into the garden. We are hoping to have kids and adults alike be able to identify the plants in the plants garden with this list. The goal is to learn more about the connection between the plants and the pollinators that rely on them.

Thank you,
Erik Williams-Heim

Annual Congregational Meeting: The Details

NEW: We invite you to review the UUCM Annual Report, where our Board President, Minister and each UUCM ministry team shares a brief summary of their work over the year. 

The Annual Meeting of the UUCM Members, as outlined in the UUCM By-Laws, will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 11:30am.  The meeting will be held both in-person at the church, and online via Zoom.  All members are encouraged to participate, as a quorum is needed to conduct business.  Friends of UUCM are also welcome to attend. NEW Bagels will be served between the service and annual meeting.

Online Attendee Registration: If you are planning to join by Zoom, you must pre-register at this link to join the meeting.

The full agenda is available, and we have summarized the key decisions and business items below. This page will updated over the next week as new details become available. If you have questions, please contact boardpresident@uucmtka.org. Continue reading →