Social Justice Action Update: 6/16/19

UUCM’s Social Justice Ministry keeps members and friends informed about upcoming social justice events and activities of interest. We encourage you to participate and help build the congregation’s capacity to educate, serve, witness, and advocate for social justice. If you have a social justice event you would like to publicize, contact John Ziegenhagen.


EVENTS

Family focus – Pride. In honor of Pride month, our June social offering goes to OutFront MN. As we strive for social justice for all, consider ways to talk to children about LGBTQ issues. The Human Rights Campaign offers some valuable resources (Talking with kids about LGBTQ issues). Another resource is The Conscious Kids list of 20 must-read LGBTQIA+ children’s books.

Family focus – Tree planting and distribution events. Volunteering with Tree Trust is a great way to improve your environment and invest in your community. Each year, Tree Trust plants and distributes more than 2,000 trees and shrubs in the Twin Cities metro. Tree Trust provides hands-on training; no experience is required. They are looking for volunteers for varying work shifts (usually 3-4 hours). Check website for dates and times and locations. Families with children age ten or older are welcome to volunteer. To learn more, contact Karen, Volunteer@TreeTrust.org. Registration is available online.

Family focus – Help seniors in your community with spring yard clean up. HOME Program of Senior Community Services is looking for volunteers to help with yard clean-up, beginning now and continuing through the summer. Come once or on an ongoing basis. Clean up can be scheduled for weekdays or weekends, and families with children ages seven or older are welcome to participate. To volunteer, contact Cat at scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org  or 952.767.7894

June 2-August 18

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue S., Mpls.  Tickets are now on sale. Presented by Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the New York Times calls the exhibition “much-anticipated” and ArtForum says it’s “groundbreaking.” Women have long been the creative force behind Native art. Presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and Native-art scholars, this first major exhibition of artwork by Native women honors the achievements of over 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. Their triumphs—from pottery, textiles, and painting, to photographs, videos, and a gleaming El Camino—show astonishing innovation and technical mastery. Continue reading →

Interfaith Outreach: 6/16/19

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Drivers needed! Help kids get to summer camps

Interfaith is in need of volunteers (must be 18 or older) to drive our 12-passenger van transporting children from their housing communities to various summer camp and program sites throughout the month of July. Volunteer shifts are available Monday-Fridays, 7:45 a.m. or 3:45 p.m. shifts (approx. 1-1.5 hours each). Once trained, volunteers can sign up for the driver shifts they want to provide. A background check and driving record check will be required. Interested? Contact Najmo at nyusuf@iocp.org.

Fresh produce wanted for food shelf

The Interfaith Outreach Food Shelf loves fresh produce from the garden! When planning your garden this summer, consider an extra row to harvest for the food shelf. Our clients truly appreciate the extra flavor and nutrition provided by locally grown food.

Are you 9th grade or older? Help others while building your resume

There are great enriching volunteer ​opportunities for college and high school ​students (entering 9th grade and older) to stay active, do good in the community, and build resume material at Interfaith Outreach this summer. Choose the role that suits you most!

  • Donation Receiver for the food shelf or Resale Select – must have completed 8th grade OR middle school students with a parent
  • Cashier or Store Associate at Resale Select – must have completed 8th grade
  • Bag groceries or assist families in the food shelf – must have completed 8th grade
  • Play and supervise kids in our Children’s Play Area – must have competed 8th grade OR middle school students with a parent

​Whether you can help 1 afternoon a week or every day, we welcome you to join our team! For more information or to sign up, contact Najmo Yusuf at nyusuf@iocp.org or 763-489-7505. Visit iocp.org/volunteer to learn more.

In the Interim: 6/14/2019

meg-rileyDear UUCM Friends,

I don’t know about you, but I love a road trip.  I love stopping at whatever roadside attractions make themselves known, settling in with music or podcasts or audio books, staring out the window at telephone poles.   I love the conversations that unfold with hours to poke around with half baked ideas, memories and dreams.  I love seeing the road up ahead and knowing I’m going somewhere!  My three year old car has more than 50,000 miles on it—I’ve driven it to both coasts a couple of times and to New Orleans as well!

June 15, I’m setting off on a massive roadtrip—the longest I’ve ever taken.  I’ll start by driving to General Assembly—the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists for business and for learning, commonly called GA—which is in Spokane, Washington this year.  After a week of GA,  I’ll head up through British Columbia to Alaska! Continue reading →

North Wall Art: Beverly Tipton Hammond

 

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The North Wall Art Space at UUCM currently features the work of Maple Grove artist, dancer, singer/songwriter and entrepreneur Beverly Tipton Hammond.  Her “Hattitudes” series first appeared as part of the “Grace” exhibit at the MN African American Heritage Museum and Gallery. These acrylic portraits of women in exuberant, colorful hats are a paean to the long history of women and “church hats”, and is inspired by Ms. Hammond’s passion for millinery. Beverly is the Worship Leader at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.  She will be visiting UUCM on Sunday, June 23rd and available to discuss her work after the worship service.  And, look for Beverly to be singing at UUCM some time in the future!

Call the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka at 952-473-5900 for opening times.  The show is also open by appointment. Please contact Christy Dachelet at czdachelet@comcast.net to arrange a visit or if you are interested in purchasing the art. This show is too fun to miss!

 

 

Reminder: Please Pay 2018-19 Pledges by June 28

If you made a pledge in 2018 for the current fiscal year, please plan on paying the balance of your pledge by Friday June 28 (our fiscal year closes on Sunday, June 30). To check the status of your pledge payments, you can either contact Fred Hulting or login into your online UUCM directory account and look under “Contributions”. If you do not have an account, you may contact the office to set that up. Thank you all for your support of UUCM!

Path to Membership Class: Exploring UUCM

Sunday, July 14 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
This class is part 2 of a 2- part series where we will continue to respond to your questions, and explore information and opportunities about our particular church, and how we relate to the wider UU Region and the Unitarian Universalist Association. 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! Facilitated by Barb Halsey, Membership Ministry.

Human Impacts on the Oceans

Monday, June 24 at 7:00 PM in the UUCM Sanctuary
Co-Sponsored by UUCM and West Metro Climate Action

In honor of World Ocean Day, Macalester College Professor Louisa Bradtmiller will provide information about two climate change related impacts on the oceans: warming of ocean waters and ocean acidification. The increasing acidity of ocean water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could threaten the seafood that one billion people depend upon for their source of protein. Join us to learn more about this topic and Dr. Bradtmiller’s ongoing research. This event is FREE and open to the public.