COVID Updates for the 2022 New Year

With the positivity rate in Minnesota at the highest it has been at any point in the pandemic, we have made the difficult, but necessary decision to move to online worship and programming for the rest of January. Religious Education leaders are in conversation about how best to help students stay connected through virtual RE. Read below and view Rev. Lisa’s 1/12 Mid-Week Video Message for more details. 

For the past two years, we have been guided by the values of safety, inclusion, and consent in our COVID policies for our congregation and community. We have followed the science and the recommendations of the CDC and MDH. While we have rejoiced in the ability to offer an in person option and to pursue hybrid church, we must also consider the changing context around us in light of our values and care for one another.  Continue reading →

ONLINE ONLY Worship in January

Learn more about this decision here.

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!

From the Board: January 2022

Each month, a member of the board will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme and the state of the church. The theme for January is Living with Intention. This month’s post is offered by Becky Halat.

In July 2020, I started a yoga practice. I’ve found some amazing body-positive yoga teachers on the internet, and have enjoyed practicing from my home over Zoom. It’s been a wonderful gift to be able to relieve stress and move my body intentionally and joyfully with the help of these professionals. And I’ve found that yoga helps me live with intention, which is January’s theme.

If there ever was a time to live intentionally, it’s now. Every time you do anything outside of your home, you have to consider if it’s worth the risk. Am I putting myself, my family, or my community in unnecessary danger through this action? And how can I mitigate the risk as much as possible without going overboard? Continue reading →

February 2022: Venerable Men’s Breakfast – Meetings In Person and Online

PLEASE NOTE On Tuesday, February 1 at 8:00 AM, the UUCM Venerable Men will meet at the Minnetonka Original Pancake House at 17790 MN Highway 7.

An online Venerable Men’s meeting will also be held on the third Tuesday of the month at 8:00 AM. A Zoom link will be published in the Friday Update email as the online meeting approaches. Contact Gary Charles with any questions.

North Wall: Artists from Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

North Wall

Exhibit running January 10 through February 28
UPDATED 1/14 On display in the sanctuary now are the paintings of artists W.S. Norton and Carl Clark. Both artists work out of the studios of Interact, a progressive visual arts studio and theater company in St. Paul whose mission is to advance the recognition of artists with disabilities uniting disparate artistic identities, backgrounds and abilities in the spirit of radical inclusion.

If you are attend Sunday services on Zoom and would like to see the show in person, please contact Christy Dachelet to arrange a viewing at your convenience. The paintings will be on display through February. The works are for sale with proceeds split between the artists and Interact. Learn more at interactcenter.org. To view each artist’s bio, click here.

Congregational Book Read: Justice on Earth

Three meetings in February, dates based on participant availability.
REGISTER HERE

Come one, come all! UUCM is offering a congregational book read that exemplifies our 6th Principle, “The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.” We will be reading Justice on Earthwhich deals with the injustice concerning race, the environment and class in our society. If any of these issues pull at your heartstrings, please click here to register (by Sunday, January 30) and learn more about this very important read and discussions. The book group will gather for three, 90-minute meetings. If you have questions or need help accessing the book, contact Jackie Smolen.