Social Generosity Offering: July 2019

Our JULY Social Generosity Offering will go to the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC). MIRAC is an all-volunteer, grassroots multiracial & multinational immigrant rights organization in Minnesota. MIRAC fights for legalization for all, an end to immigration raids & deportations, an end to all anti-immigrant laws, and full equality in all areas of life. MIRAC was formed in Spring 2006 out of the huge immigrant rights marches. They have organized many protests, marches and other activities for immigrant rights in Minnesota since then.

Note: All cash placed in the Sunday collection, as well as checks to “UUCM” with “Social Generosity” in the memo line, will go towards the Social Generosity cause for the current month. You may also use the basket to make other contributions to UUCM. Simply make your check out to “UUCM” with instructions in the memo line.

In the Interim: 6/21/2019

terri-burnorI live in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul. In the blocks surrounding my home are lots of tudors, a fair number of bungalows (like mine), and colonials. Most of the houses are nicely maintained with foundation or sidewalk edge gardens and mown lawns. I love living in this area so filled with flowers and foliage.

And while I like trim and tidy, I like wild too. I like both. The orderly and thoughtful, and the creative and spontaneous. I need  the unexpected, the not sure and who knows. And, I can sit down for hours researching plants and filling out my custom-created garden database.

My spouse and I have only lived in our new house since November, so this is our first summer. It’s been wonderful discovering what we inherited in the gardens as they’ve come alive with the growing season.

Now I could have spent this time observing, learning and planning  what I wanted to do. That’s a very good thing and I’m doing that. But I also am doing another entirely different thing…. Continue reading →

UUCM Book Clubs: July/August 2019

Women Who Read Book Club

No meeting in August. Meets next on Monday, September 9 at 7:00 PM. Gather at UUCM in the Community Room (the first room you enter from the outside door) to discuss September’s book, The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell. Regrets only to billsuemcknight@me.com. If you have questions about the Women Who Read book club, please contact Christy Dachelet.

Men’s Book Club

*Note change to meeting date in July and August*
Meets on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 PM. Gather to discuss August’s book, Why Does the World Exist? An existential detective story by Jim Holt. I (Bill A.) read this a few years ago. It is dense, but fascinating. Lots to unpack and discuss, but it might be a lot to get through in one month. A guided tour of ideas, theories and arguments about the origins of the universe…. Through discussions with philosophers of religion and science, humanists, biologists, string theorists, as well as research into the scholarship of days past–from Heidegger, Parmenides, Pythagoras and others–and an interview with John Updike, Holt provides a master’s-level course on the theories and their detractors. The interludes find the author positioning himself as an existential gumshoe, but also working through the sudden loss of a pet and, later, the death of his mother. Holt may not answer the question of his title, but his book deepens the appreciation of the mystery. If you have questions, please contact Adam Schenck or Gary Charles. New members are always welcome.

Monday Morning Book Club

Meets on Monday, July 15 at 11:00 AM. Gather at UUCM to discuss July’s book, Becoming by Michelle Obama. August’s selection will be Gentleman in Moscow by Armor Towels. Please direct any questions to Bev Montgomery. New members are always welcome.

Adult Volunteers Needed: RE Summer Fun Program

Summer Fun religious education programming for children is provided on an entirely volunteer basis. We would greatly appreciate you sharing your time and interests! Create your own activity or use the curriculum already available right in the Boxelder room. Please sign yourself up or partner with a friend to work with a wonderful small group of mixed ages.

Volunteers are still needed on the following dates!
July 21
August 18 and 25
September 1

Sign up at tinyurl.com/SumFun2019 and feel free to contact Malia Brandt with any questions you may have. Thanks in advance for investing in our kids!

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 →