In the Interim: 1/24/20

meg-rileyI was at a dinner last week with a woman who works at 3M. She told me that they had now been requested, in their email signatures, to include their pronouns.

What that means, if it’s not a familiar concept to you, is that people who identify as female write she/her/hers under their names. People who identify as male write he/him/his. People who use other pronouns might write they/theirs if they use singular they pronouns, or any number of pronouns which have been invented to convey that neither he nor she is a good fit: zi/ si/ ey/ ve/tey / xi and so many others. This tells the rest of the 3M community how each person would like to be addressed.

If this is a new concept to you, here is a webpage that begins to explain gender pronouns:
https://www.transstudent.org/pronouns101

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There is most definitely a gender revolution going on. It’s even hit 3M! Those of us who are older may have trouble feeling that we can keep up with it all. This Sunday, we’ll be exploring what that means for all of us, and featuring the voices (in music and word) of people who have lived outside of the “cisgender” identity. (Cisgender refers to those of us who identify with the gender we were assigned at birth. For us, especially, this may mean that we have never given much thought to expanding concepts of gender.) This is part of our theme of integrity, as we explore what it means to have integrity in our genders. Continue reading →

From the Board: January 2020

“Often in reclaiming the freedom to be who we are, we remember some basic human quality, what we find is almost always a surprise but it is also familiar; like something we have put in the back of a drawer long ago…”
Rachel Naomi Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom

The UUA Soul Matters theme for January 2020 is Integrity. In this month’s curriculum, the path to integrity is described as “tending to wisdom and wholeness within”. The UUCM Board has been working on discerning our congregation’s path in finding our next minister. Feedback from the Listening Sessions which the congregation took part in last fall revealed a lot about what our church is, and what the congregation wants to continue to be in the future.

One of the clear messages we discerned is that most of us sought out this church for the Unitarian Universalist beliefs, but we have stayed because of our UUCM community. In answer to the question “Why are you part of this church?”, the most frequent theme was that people are looking for community and connection, and they find it here. Continue reading →

Church Closure Policy for Inclement Weather

christmas-2934094_1920In the very rare event of a need to cancel Sunday services because of inclement weather, you can find out whether church is open by:

  1. Watching for an email message from UUCM announcing the cancellation/church closure.
  2. Looking at the UUCM website after 9 AM on Sunday. A special alert will be posted if church is cancelled.
  3. Calling the main church phone at (952) 473-5900 after 9 AM on Sunday. A special voicemail recording will be available if church is cancelled.

Performing Arts Concert Series 2019-2020

The Performing Arts Series at UUCM offers concerts, musical events and church variety shows to the congregation and the entire local community.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 4 at 5:00 PM

10TH ANNUAL UUCM VARIETY SHOW

aural-1297838_640A celebration of our beloved community! Enjoy music, poetry, singing, dancing, jokes, bands, stories, juggling, skits, artwork, photography and many more talents. This event is FREE and fun for the whole family.

For more information or if you are interested in participating, contact Bill Tregaskis at wftreg@yahoo.com.

Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 PM

KRISTEN GRAVES

KLG+Brick+WallKristen Graves is a folk/pop singer, songwriter and humanitarian. Mentioned by both Rolling Stone and the New York Times, and given her own day across the state of Connecticut by Governor Malloy for her musicianship and activism, she has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey, Rusted Root, Holly Near, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Dan Zanes, David Amram, and many more. Kristen has released 8 studio projects, and her ninth is entitled Pete Peter & Me. It is a collection of songs – half of the songs inspired by her mentor, Pete Seeger, and half of them sung with her mentor, Peter Yarrow.

In addition to her touring and recording schedule, Kristen makes sure that there is always time to be part of the humanitarian organizations whose work she admires and is inspired by. Spending months living and working with Simply Smiles in Mexico and on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota creates the signature chemistry of Kristen’s performances: a stirring combination of music and justice. With catchy songs, a penchant for story telling, and inspiring lyrics, Kristen delights audiences across the country. Tickets $20 each. Continue reading →

UUCM Book Clubs: February 2020

Women Who Read Book Club

Meets on Monday, February 10 at 7:00 PM. Gather in the Chapel (new location) to discuss February’s book is An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. Check out the “About Me” section of his web page at www.hankgreen.com. Regrets only to billsuemcknight@me.com. If you have questions about the Women Who Read book club, please contact Christy Dachelet.

Men’s Book Club

Meets on Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 PM. Gather to discuss February’s book, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (NF) by Trevor Noah  —  Noah’s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. With an incisive wit and unflinching honesty, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time. If you have questions, please contact Adam Schenck or Gary Charles. New members are always welcome.

Monday Morning Book Club

Meets on Monday, February 17 at 11:00 AM. Gather at UUCM to discuss February’s book, The Yellow House by Sarah Broom. Please direct any questions to Bev Montgomery. New members are always welcome.

New Minister Board Update: Week 2

The Minister Selection Task Force is busily updating documents which are the foundation of the materials we will make available on the UUA website for prospective ministers.  On the website, prospective ministers can learn more about us and decide if they want to apply for our position.  Our interim ministers have told us that they believe we have a strong portfolio due to our strong financial position, congregational growth, and new church building among other favorable attributes, and we think it is likely that there will be nation-wide interest in the position. We plan to find a minister that will help us work to achieve the goals we have identified using information gathered from the annual survey and the board listening sessions. Next week, we will share information about these goals. Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for May and we are hopeful that we will have a new minister (or minister team or other possible configuration) to share at that time, or soon after that.

Homelessness and Housing Selected as UUCM’s Social Justice Focus

The UUCM Social Justice Ministry Team is excited to announce that Homelessness and Housing will be our congregational focus for the year. We spent a good deal of time discerning the many issues that call us and the purpose of congregational-based social justice work. We believe having one primary focus area will help UUCM increase our community connections and have a measurable impact on an issue.

Affordable housing is a crisis not just in the city core, but even more in the suburbs. Work around this issue is deeply grounded at UUCM through our long partnership with IOCP (Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners); our youth’s commitment through their participation in the Sleep Out for the Homeless program, food drives, and summer mission trips; and how this issue directly connects with UUCM’s mission and ends. Continue reading →