In the Interim: 1/11/2019

terri-burnorPossibilities as multitudes — that’s one way of thinking about this month’s theme. The limitless choices, options, paths, directions, opportunities that can be available to us. The reaches of imagination. The breadth of ideas. The vastness of what can happen. The web of connections and relationships. The myriad ways we learn and experience. Possibilities can be energizing and exciting. They can also be daunting and confusing. For some people and for some times in one’s life, we also know that possibilities can, in fact, be quite limited or restricted.

But the wideness of possibilities isn’t the only way. Possibilities can also run deep. Possibility in singular. One possibility that is explored to its depths, past all that we thought we knew, past our boredom or complacency, past our expectations, into new realms of understanding and ways of being.

The community of UUCM is invited into this possibility of depth. Through the end of the church year, we haven chosen to focus on just two adult programming areas — Soul Matters and Beloved Conversations.

Soul Matters groups are about listening deeply to each other with spaciousness and presence to what’s at the very heart of things. It’s a time to uncover where you are willing to let your faith, your values, your life take you. We will be forming monthly small groups across a variety of day/time options.

Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity is a small group curriculum that helps us “live and act in a spirit of reconciliation” around racial and/or ethnic identities. It welcomes compassion, grace, risk-taking, and vulnerability into the lifelong work of healing centuries of racially constructed harm. The opening retreat will be March 1-2. Small groups will continue to meet for 8 weeks after that.

Our goal is for at least half of the UUCM congregation to participate in one of these offerings. This work of depth is that important to our individual lives and to the life of this church. Whether this is your first time or you’ve been in a group before, the experience remains unique each time. When we choose to go deep, possibilities, insights and perspectives are just as limitless.

Please watch for more details in the coming weeks. I’d like to especially thank Susan Goll and Jackie Smolin for their work in supporting these programs.

I welcome your responses and questions to this focus of the church from now through the spring. Please contact me at or 651-324-2343.


Each week, the interim ministry team will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme, the state of the church, or the state of the world. MegTerri and Arif will alternate writing this “In the Interim” post. We encourage your comments.