Advocacy Training

Sunday, February 2 at 11:45 am (preceded by lunch)
Do you know who your local, state and national representatives are and how to encourage them to support legislation on important issues that align with UU values? Part of affecting social change is advocacy — working together through the legislative process to impact public policy. Following worship on Feb. 2, Rev. Meg Riley, from UUCM, and Jean Hammink, from Unity Church-Unitarian in St Paul, will offer advocacy training. This is particularly timely as precinct caucases are on Feb. 25, where resolutions will be discussed, delegates elected to congressional districts and state conventions, and party platforms set. Before the training begins at 11:45 AM, we’ll serve a lunch of soup and sandwiches right after the service. Feel free to invite friends and neighbors to join us!

New Minister: Board Update Week 1

In order to provide more transparency about the process of selecting a new minister, the Board will be providing weekly updates on our progress.   (And note that although we’ve used “minister” we are also open to a minister team or other possible configurations.)    UUCM has a long history of selecting called ministers who do not have a pre-agreed term length.  For a variety of reasons, we have decided it would be best to take a different course for our next minister.  We are pivoting to a development ministry model and it is the responsibility of the Board to select the best applicant.  We have recently identified our Selection Task Force which is comprised of Robert Brooks, Bill Arnold, Julia Antonsen, and Becky Halat, who are working with Christine Purcell, the Transitions Program Manager at the UUA.  We are on track!  Next week, we will be sharing more about the developmental ministry model and more details about the process so stay tuned!  If you have any questions, please ask any Board member.

Graduate Care Packages – Collection starting January 26

We’re collecting items to send to our eight Bridging students to encourage them as they journey beyond high school. Please put any of the following items into the Graduate Care Package collection box Jan. 26th – Feb. 9th:

-snack size packs of: nuts, seeds, dried fruit, gummy fruit
-fun size candy bars/individually wrapped candy
-microwave: popcorn, ramen, mac & cheese
-rice crispy bars
-gum, throat lozenges, chapstick, mints
-adult coloring books/markers
-other ideas that will ship well 🙂

Interested in helping certify UUCM as a Green Sanctuary?

We are looking for members to join us in our goal of “greening” our church. If you are interested in being a part of this please contact one of us. Our next meeting will be Feb 4 at 10:00am in the Oak Room. With questions or to learn more, contact:

Sue and Richard Asinger, 612-703-2297,
Frank and Ginny Meuers 763-557-6588,
Nancy Murnane 763-544-2142,
Jackie Smolen 612-581-5731,