From the Board: October 2022

Each month, a member of the board will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme. The theme for October is Courage. This month’s post is offered by Betty Hartnett. 


Courage (Oxford Dictionary):
1. The ability to do something that frightens one.
2. Strength in the face of pain or grief.

I have never thought of myself as courageous. I always thought of having courage as being bold. And I’m not bold! But as I look at the definitions from Oxford, I see that I have done things that have frightened me, such as being the only child in a family of seven to go off to college at eighteen, basically cut off from family. I had no money or transportation, only a scholarship that covered tuition and books. I am a mother of two and all mothers know that giving birth and raising children involves pain and lots of frightening moments (but always worth it). I learned to ski in my late thirties and for a while I could say, “Black Diamonds beware!” (That thought no longer surfaces, but I still ski.) Continue reading →

UUCM Mid-Week Message 9/28/22

This week’s message reflects on the challenge of belonging to the more difficult parts of ourselves. Rev. Lisa shares a story and a poem of welcoming a homeless dog as a path towards belonging to the wholeness of our lives.

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

Lisa Sept 29

Click on the picture above to view.


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September 2022: UUConnect Monthly

The September edition of The UUConnectMonthly newsletter includes an interview with Sue and Bill McKnight in the Getting to Know UUs section. The Creative Expression section shares resources on this month’s Soul Matters theme, Belonging.

With Gratitude,
Stephanie Siewert and Lori Arnold – uuconnectmonthly@uucmtka.org

Update on UUCM’s Mask Policy

FALL UPDATE UUCM has guided its COVID safety practices using the CDC, MN Dept of Health, and UUA as resources. As we begin the new church year, UUCM will continue the revised summer mask policy into the Fall. This means that our mask policy will be directly tied to the COVID numbers in our community and will adjust accordingly to the three community risk levels as needed.

Signs will be clearly posted and adjusted for the three community risk levels detailed below. A notice will also be published in the weekly Friday Update email, so attendees can anticipate each Sunday’s masking guidelines. 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!

Parent Class: When to Worry, by Laurie Moser

Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-8:30 PM
UUCM Community Room or Via Zoom
 (Check the Oct. 7 Friday Update for a Zoom link.)
It is hard to determine what is “normal” in kids. This class can help parents determine if their child needs something more, and help point out some clues that may determine if more of an intervention is needed.

This class will be led by Laurie Moser, who is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 30 years of experience. She specializes in trauma in children, LGBTQIA children and teens, Autism (especially in girls), and also teaches psychology at the master’s level at Adler Graduate School. Laurie has been a member of UUCM since 2010.

Path to Membership Class: Exploring UU History & Beliefs

Sunday, October 9 at 11:15 AM
Offered BOTH In-Person and Online
All visitors, friends and members are invited to attend. For this class, we will be joined by an expert on UU history – Rev. Lisa Friedman! This is one of two classes offered on the path to membership at UUCM, allowing participants to share a bit of their own spiritual journeys and to interactively explore a broad overview of Unitarian and Universalist history and what it means to be a UU. Visitors and friends who have attended both of these “Exploring UUism” classes are eligible to become members of UUCM.

In-Person: The class is located on the lower level (accessible by stairs or elevator), in the Oak Room. Childcare will be available and will be held outside or in the nursery depending on child age/weather. Covid-19 safety protocols will be observed. Contact dre@uucmtka.org with any questions on these protocols

Online: Check your Friday Update email for the Zoom link. Please contact Gary with any questions about this class.

Monthly UUCM Caregivers Group

First Monday of the Month at 6:00 PM

Next Meeting: Monday, October 3
Are you a part-time or full-time caretaker of loved ones in your life? Do you need support in order to sustain the care you are giving? Join Rev. Lisa and other UUCM friends on Zoom to share support and strength with one another. All are welcome. Check your Friday Update email for the Zoom link. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Lisa.

Online Auction Information Session

THIS SUNDAY October 2 at 11:30 AM
Join using the Auction Info ZOOM LINK. For audio only, dial: (312) 626-6799 and enter meeting ID 862 1920 6791, passcode 426517.


Our annual auction, with a “Sock Hop” theme, will be held Saturday, November 5th, with in-person and online participation.  You can help make it a success by donating your items, events, or services using the easy online form.

Not sure what to donate?  Check out this UUCM Happenings post to find links to past catalogs. You can also check out the auction table in the community room or reach out Karen Hulting to discuss your ideas. Thank you in advance for your donations, and we look forward to seeing you at the Auction on November 5. Questions? Contact Fred or Karen Hulting.