Minister’s Message 2/24/21

REMINDER: Special Congregational Meeting
This Sunday, February 28 at 11:15am
At the request of petitioners from the congregation, the board is calling a special congregational meeting to approve a public statement by UUCM.  This statement describes our racial justice commitment and will be accompanied by a “Black Lives Matter” banner on the exterior of our building – REGISTER HERE. View the full announcement details here.


This week’s message explores Beloved Community as a collective spiritual practice that embraces our beautiful, yet imperfect humanity. Rev. Lisa shares the practice of “Ouch!” and “Oops!” as a way to call us into deeper relationship with one another.

You are also invited to view an introduction and link to this month’s UUConnectMonthly newsletter, below Rev. Lisa’s message.

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Click on the picture above to view Rev. Lisa’s weekly video message.


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February 2021, Volume 2: UUConnect Monthly

We invite you to enjoy this month’s edition of UUConnect Monthly on Beloved Community. In this time, as we safely “social distance,” this newsletter aims to provide the threads of connection we are craving. It will include short interviews with members and friends of UUCM, along with a “gallery” of personal reflections and creative expressions based on our monthly Soul Matters theme. We invite you to contribute to future editions! More details are on the last page of the newsletter.

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

From the Board: February 2021

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 Beloved Community. This month’s post is offered by Fred Hulting.

On January 18 I attended the 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday breakfast in Minneapolis. I was one of 6,000 people at the virtual event, which is jointly sponsored by the United Negro College Fund and General Mills.  A highlight of the event was a moderated Q&A with Bernice King, the CEO of the King Center, and the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.  She spoke about Beloved Community and was eloquent and forceful in her calls for equity and justice. As I sit down to write this column, her words are the first thing that comes to mind.

In speaking about beloved community, Bernice King reminded me that it “means including people who believe differently; it is not just a group of like-minded people and it is not without tension.”  Getting there is not easy; becoming inclusive requires cultural and social change, but it is “a personal journey first…and so it is spiritual. It follows a love-centered path, where love means implementing the demands of justice. We must have the courage to come out of our silos and seek experiences that transform us.Continue reading →

Online Worship Service Every Sunday

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

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!

Expanded Safe Church Policies at UUCM

Our church has always sought to provide safe and nurturing programming for young people. Recently, we have revised and expanded our policies, to be even more proactive and strategic in ensuring a safe place for kids, as well as those who work with them. One bedrock of our policy is the Two Adult Rule: in all programs involving minors, there will be at least two non-related adult leaders, each of whom have been involved at UUCM for at least six months, at least one of whom has completed our Safe Church Training program. Check out these links to learn more about our Safe Church Policies and Training:

Link for the 47 minute Safe Church Training Session
Link to the Safe Church Training Packet

Upcoming Social Justice Book Read

The book is Evicted by award winning author Matthew Desmond about the housing crisis in America. The discussion group will meeting online in April, specific dates will be determined soon. There are six books available for you to check out, located in a bin next to the Little Library at UUCM. Please complete the check out form located in the bin. Call Mary Cotton with any questions 763-442-5808 and look for upcoming announcements about further discussions.

Monthly Rent is Due: Day of Action Call

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative is a collaborative of congregations (including UUCM) united in action to create homes and advance equitable housing. Beacon’s vision is that all people have a home, no exceptions and they are currently taking direct action with the Bring It Home, MN campaign.

Rent is Due: Day of Action
REGISTER HERE
Monday, March 1, 8:30 – 9 a.m. 
Beacon is pushing forward Bring it Home, MN, its’ ambitious rent subsidy campaign, because we believe that all people should have a home. We must continue taking action this legislative session! During this thirty-minute meeting, you will receive an update on the campaign, hear from champion legislator Rep. Mohamud Noor, and take strategic action. Join us in ensuring all people have a safe place to live. Contact Mike Elliott with any questions and check out additional information below:

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A Conversation with Interfaith Housing and Community Partners

Save the date! Sunday, March 7 at 11:15 AM
IOCP’s Prevent Hunger Campaign will be our social generosity recipient for March. Join us to meet the new Executive Director, Kevin Ward, learn more about IOCP’s current projects and find out how we can get involved. UUCM is a founding member of IOCP – our annual support of the Prevent Hunger Campaign not only provides access to nutritious, culturally appropriate and hard-to-find food shelf items, it enables IOCP to provide a range of employment and family support services that set people on the path to new and hopeful futures. Check your Friday Update for a Zoom meeting link as the date approaches.

Reminder to REGISTER: Special Congregational Meeting

PLEASE NOTE: 37 member registrations are needed in order to reach a quorum and move forward with a vote on this petition. Currently, more registrations are needed. If you are planning to attend, please register as soon as you are able (if you haven’t already). Thank you!

Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:15am
At the request of petitioners from the congregation, the board is calling a special congregational meeting to approve a public statement by UUCM.  This statement describes our racial justice commitment and will be accompanied by a “Black Lives Matter” banner on the exterior of our building.

To attend, please register through this REGISTRATION LINK. Please have each member register separately, even if you live in the same household. For voting purposes, it is better for each member to also log in with their own device if possible. If this isn’t possible, we will have alternative voting options. More meeting details are outlined here.