Minister’s Message 4/7/21

This week’s message introduces April’s theme of becoming. Rev. Lisa shares a story about a young Ella Fitzgerald and invites us to consider how our own journeys of becoming have been shaped by moments of inspiration and surprise.

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

From the Board: April 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 April is Becoming. This month’s post is offered by Betty Hartnett.

Real isn’t how you are made, said the Skin Horse (Velveteen Rabbit, by Shaenon Garrity). It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.

In this scenario, both the Skin Horse and the child change. The Skin Horse becomes Real over time as the Child first plays with, and then, loves him. Both are slowly evolving into something better. To be sure, the Skin Horse didn’t have any agency himself (or did he?) to become Real. It’s what happened to him as a result of being there for the child and the child’s love over time. It appears as if the child is not consciously growing his love; his love simply continues as a result of the ongoing close relationship. Sometimes agency is not clear. Sometimes, perhaps, we may not be aware of becoming something different until we are. 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!

Climate Justice Presentation: Plastics

Sunday, April 18 at 11:15 AM
This presentation will feature our own Bill Arnold on plastics.  Bill has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and is a Distinguished McKnight University and Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Professor, a member of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, the U of MN and Institute on the Environment Fellow and Associate Editor, Environmental Science & Technology Letters. 

We will begin with a 20 min. video from John Oliver on plastic pollution followed by a discussion on the limitations of recycling plastics, the breakdown of plastics in the environment and the search for sustainable plastics. So bring your questions and join us next Sunday. A Zoom link will be published in next week’s Friday Update.

ONLINE Women Who Read Book Club

Women Who Read welcomes all women and non-binary people who find their home in women-centric spaces. Meets next ONLINE on Monday, April 12 at 7:00 PM to discuss Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. If you have questions about the Women Who Read book club, please contact Christy Dachelet.

A Zoom meeting ID will be emailed to current participants before the meeting (see why here). New attendees: please email Christy Dachelet 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.

ONLINE Tuesday Night Book Club

Meets next ONLINE on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 PM to discuss the book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder.

A Zoom meeting ID will be emailed to current participants before the meeting (see why here). If you have questions, please contact Adam Schenck or Gary Charles. New members are always welcome.

New attendees: please email Gary Charles to request Zoom meeting ID/password 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.

(Formerly Men’s Book Club)