The internet can be a wonderful environment for connection. Unfortunately, just like the “real world,” it’s plagued by people who don’t share our commitment to love and justice. Because the pandemic has moved most gatherings online, we’re seeing the rise of “Zoombombing.” These are trolls who try to use Zoom’s features to cause disruption by sharing harmful imagery or messages that are often sexual or racist.
We are striving to offer a meaningful, accessible and safe online worship service for UUCM members, friends and visitors. We already had some prevention settings in place for our Zoom worship. Based on recommendations, we’ve added a few more and will let the community know if others are required:
- We will now be using a new meeting ID for each weekly worship service. We had previously been using the same ID number. The Zoom link will be shared each week in the Friday Update email and posted on https://uucmtka.org/.
- When you connect to worship, you will automatically be placed in a waiting room. This will happen whether you join through the app or by phone. One of our greeters will manually admit you into the main Zoom meeting space. Think of this like waiting in the church community room before going into the sanctuary. For those using the Zoom app, it would help greeters if you changed your name to something recognizable (and not your device name). It would also help if folks could arrive early so there’s not a log-jam at the start of worship.
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Each month, a member of the board will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme and the state of the church. The Soul Matters theme for April is Liberation. This month’s post is offered by Melissa Martinson.
The theme for April is “liberation” – the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release. If ever there were a good time to for all of us to feel empathy for those who struggle to be liberated, it is now.
The current health crisis has many of us under a “shelter-in-place” order from the governor. The loss of the freedom to move about as we like or to congregate with whom we like has us feeling a bit like prisoners in our own homes. While there are many downsides, we are fortunate to know that it is not a permanent situation. One positive aspect is that it gives us the opportunity – however briefly – to walk a mile in the shoes of those whose freedoms are always curtailed. Continue reading →
Visit www.uucmtka.org for this week’s Zoom worship meeting ID.
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 Allison at 612-819-1406 (and include your name). We have a UUCM Zoom tech team ready to help!
Updated March 13, 2020
Extended Timeline for the Stewardship Campaign: As the church takes action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the care of our community, we are suspending stewardship communications and extending the timeline for the campaign. We will continue to monitor the situation, but for now we plan to resume communications in mid-April and wrap up the campaign in May. While this will change how we do our planning for next year, the Finance Team is confident that we can adjust to this situation and ensure that UUCM successfully hires its new Minister and implements other future priorities. If you have any questions, please contact Fred Hulting at firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading →
Meets at 8:00 AM on the first Tuesday of the month.
A Zoom meeting ID will be emailed to current participants before the meeting (see why here). New attendees: please email Gary Charles to request meeting details.
If you’re new to Zoom or would like some extra help, we’ve created an instruction document that takes you through how to install and use Zoom.
Funny, how being sequestered in my home disrupts all the routines that used to keep me oriented to the day of week and other orientations. Flash! We have two strong candidates for our developmental minister for next year. The search team has reviewed their ministerial records and we are preparing for initial interviews Thursday and Friday. We have requested that they give us contact info so we can speak directly with people who they have supervised in the past.
Meanwhile: wash hands, check temps and whether you van still smell things, maintain social distance. I wear exam gloves and face mask and carry Lysol wipes when I HAVE to go out. Stay safe folks, You are precious.
More to follow next week.
President, UUCM Board of Trustees
Saturday, April 25 at 4PM
Amidst all the disruption of the past few weeks, how lovely would it be to be able to share creatively with one another? To that end, we are aiming to host our annual variety show on Zoom! We will be hosting this on Saturday, April 25th at 4:00 PM and everyone is invited and encouraged to perform. All types of performing arts are encouraged from music to spoken word to performative yoga to anything else you could imagine! Sign up simply by emailing Paul at email@example.com and listing the names of who will be performing and what the performance will be. If you still need accompaniment, even though he can’t do it live, Paul can still create a backing track for you to perform along with, so a lack of accompaniment need not be a barrier to participation! Please note that due to the increased technical elements of hosting this event on Zoom, we are asking that if you are performing that you schedule a time with Paul to do a brief rehearsal prior to the event to ensure everything’s working how you want it. We can’t wait to see and share what everyone has to offer! The Zoom meeting ID will be published in the Friday Update as the date approaches.
Tuesday, April 14 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM
It’s a wonderful time to join in the Children Youth Religious Education Team meeting. We’d love your insight into and feedback about the ministry. Come check it out for a month or two, to see if the CYRE Team is a good fit for you :). New attendees: email Jennifer Swick at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom meeting ID.
April’s offering will support the Minister’s Discretionary Fund at UUCM. The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is a fund that the ministers of the church use to support members of our community who encounter financial hardship and need assistance. As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to expand, we anticipate that more of our members will find themselves in need of financial support due to loss of income and/or medical expenses. The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is one way that we can express our care and concern for our community during this difficult time.
How to Donate: You can donate online using PayPal or a credit card at bit.ly/uucmsocialgen. You may also mail a contribution to UUCM at 2030 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata MN 55391. Simply make your check out to “UUCM” with “Social Generosity” in the memo line.