Minister’s Message 9/23/20

This week’s video honors the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and reflects on the power of dissent. Rev. Lisa shares the tradition of dissent and the quest for equality in our Unitarian Universalist tradition with the story of Rev. Olympia Brown.

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

From the Board: September 2020

Each month, a member of the board will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme and the state of the church. This month’s post is offered by Betty Hartnett.

The theme for September is “Renewal.” Renewal is an everyday happening in our lives. We renew our prescriptions, our subscriptions, our driver’s license and licenses of all kinds; even girl scout outfits are going through renewal. We also renew our hopes, our dreams, our spirits, our efforts, our energy, relationships, acquaintances, commitments, responsibilities, vows, and so on. The root word, “new,” is an adjective and can be defined as “of recent origin, having but lately come or been brought into being.” The word, “renew,” is a verb meaning to take up again or resume, to restore or replenish. “Renewal” is a noun meaning the art of renewing.

While the idea of renewal is familiar, the process can be elusive and is seldom easy. That is because renewal assumes change is necessary, and change implies loss and also requires imagination, will, ideas, self-searching, sharing, re-building, vision, and more. Typically, many steps must happen in successful renewal. 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!

Film Screening and Discussion: The Condor and the Eagle

Monday, October 12 at 6:30 PM
In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, come together virtually as people of faith and conscience to watch an award-winning documentary, join the follow-up discussion, and unite the faith community in the movement for Indigenous rights and climate justice. Click here to learn more, register and donate as you are able. This event is being co-hosted by UUCM and other UU groups.

UUCM Alert: Phishing Email Scam

Greetings UUCM,

We’re writing to let you know about a scam email that seems to be targeting churches, including UUCM. Apparently, this is happening to other churches, so we’re not alone. More on the scam here.

Phishing emails continue to get more sophisticated and troublesome. Please be extra cautious and communicative if you are not sure about a request. If you receive an email or text message that appears to be from a UUCM minister, staff or church member asking you for a favor, money or to purchase gift cards, please be sure to always speak with the alleged sender directly (call them) BEFORE giving money or purchasing gift cards of any kind.

A reminder that any communication from UUCM staff will come from the church email alias @uucmtka.org.

We have no reason to believe this is anything other than the scam described above, and appreciate your cooperation in ignoring and deleting these annoying messages.

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch at office@uucmtka.org if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Online Path to Membership Class: Exploring UU History & Beliefs

Sunday, October 11 at 11:15 AM
This class is one of two classes offered on the path to membership at UUCM, allowing participants to share 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. Current members and friends are very welcome to join in the class! Please contact Gary Charles with any questions or to request the Zoom meeting ID.