June 2022 UUConnect Monthly Newsletter

June UU ConnectIt’s already time for the next edition of The UUConnectMonthly newsletter. The Getting to Know UUs section features the marvelous Maggie Houska. The Creative Expression section shares resources on June’s Soul Matters theme, Blessings. Also included are photos from the recent UUCM Summer Solstice Service, Flower Communion, and Farewell to our beloved Family Ministry Director, Jennifer Swick, and ‘Squeaks.’

Grateful to connect with you,
Stephanie Siewert and Lori Arnold
uuconnectmonthly@uucmtka.org

Social Generosity Offering: July/August 2022

Each month, UUCM gives away the full amount of its offering to an organization doing the work for love, equity, and justice in our world.

SAVE THE DATE A representative from Avenues for Youth will join us at UUCM on July 31, to speak during the offering and present more information about their work after the service.


avenues-for-youth-blog-003For 25 years, Avenues for Youth has supported youth ages 16-24 in Hennepin County. Whether a young person needs someplace to stay for just one night, or a year and a half, Avenues empowers youth to find their path out of homelessness. They do this by providing a stable home, building trusting relationships, and navigating the youth’s education, career, health and wellness and housing goals. Avenues for Youth operates 2 transitional and long-term living shelters as well as 3 community-based programs, notably including ConneQT, the LGBTQ+ in-home hosting model that pairs vulnerable youth with culturally-sensitive families. Learn more at avenuesforyouth.org.

How to Donate: You can donate online using a credit card at bit.ly/giveuucm. You may also mail a contribution to UUCM at 2030 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata MN 55391. Simply make your check out to “UUCM” with “Social Generosity” in the memo line.

Path to Membership Class: Exploring UUCM

Sunday, July 10 at 11:15 AM
Offered BOTH In-Person and Online
All visitors, friends and members are invited to attend. This is one of two classes offered on the path to membership at UUCM. We will respond to your questions, explore information and opportunities about our particular church, and discuss how we relate to the wider UU Region and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Visitors and friends who have attended both of these “Exploring UUism” classes are eligible to become members of UUCM. Please contact Gary with any questions about this class.

In-Person: The class is located on the lower level (accessible by stairs or elevator), in the Oak Room. Childcare will be available and will be held outside or in the nursery depending on child age/weather. Covid-19 safety protocols will be observed. Contact office@uucmtka.org with any questions on these protocols

Online: Check your Friday Update email for the Zoom link as the date approaches.

Summer Fun is Back!

Sunday, July 10 During the Service
Children are welcome to meet downstairs in the Cedar Room during the service for Summer Fun on July 10th. We will begin with a circle check in which we will share our names, pronouns, a chalice lighting, and roses and thorns. Then, weather permitting, children will have time to play outside. If we need to stay indoors, we will play board games, card games or be creative with coloring pages. The goal is to keep children in touch with their church community during the summer months and to play and have fun! I hope your child can join us. Be sure to watch for more Summer Fun Sundays in the coming weeks.

Gathering In Solidarity: Minnesota’s Muslim Cemetery at the Castle Rock Township

On Monday, June 20, four members of the UUCM Racial Justice Rapid Response Team joined Karen Wills of MUUSJA and other MN UUs to “sit in solidarity,” as called by advocates for Minnesota’s Muslim Cemetery at the Castle Rock Township Board meeting in Farmington. It was an incredible experience.  Photos were shared by the Star Tribune (UUCM member Roberta Gitchel is in the second photo).

The final hearing will be held in mid-July, when we will gather again to support our Muslim neighbors. Contact Lori Arnold at loriwarnold@yahoo.com or 952-693-8604 if you have questions or would like to join our Rapid Response Team. View more details and a full fact sheet below. Continue reading →