Minister’s Message 2/24/21

REMINDER: Special Congregational Meeting
This Sunday, February 28 at 11:15am
At the request of petitioners from the congregation, the board is calling a special congregational meeting to approve a public statement by UUCM.  This statement describes our racial justice commitment and will be accompanied by a “Black Lives Matter” banner on the exterior of our building – REGISTER HERE. View the full announcement details here.

This week’s message explores Beloved Community as a collective spiritual practice that embraces our beautiful, yet imperfect humanity. Rev. Lisa shares the practice of “Ouch!” and “Oops!” as a way to call us into deeper relationship with one another.

You are also invited to view an introduction and link to this month’s UUConnectMonthly newsletter, below Rev. Lisa’s message.

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Click on the picture above to view Rev. Lisa’s weekly video message.

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February 2021, Volume 2: UUConnect Monthly

We invite you to enjoy this month’s edition of UUConnect Monthly on Beloved Community. In this time, as we safely “social distance,” this newsletter aims to provide the threads of connection we are craving. It will include short interviews with members and friends of UUCM, along with a “gallery” of personal reflections and creative expressions based on our monthly Soul Matters theme. We invite you to contribute to future editions! More details are on the last page of the newsletter.

Grateful to connect with you,
Stephanie Siewert and Lori Arnold

UU Lenten Resource for All

Some members of Parent Circle have discovered a resource they’ve found helpful for home-faith nurture: 2021 Photo A Day #UULent.#UULent was created as a way for Unitarian Universalists to engage in a shared spiritual practice of deep intention and appreciation of our world and our place in it, nurturing openness to the grace and mystery in our daily lives, during the season of Lent (2/17-4/3). The #UULent calendar (below) is designed to be used individually or as a family. Participants are invited to reflect each day in Lent, on the meaning of the word chosen for that day. You can also share reflections and images on social media using the hashtag #UULENT.

A Message from the UUCM Care Team

We don’t have to do it alone.  We were never meant to.
Brené Brown from her book Rising Strong

Minnesotans pride themselves on being hardy, strong, able to manage life without the need for much help, but in this pandemic year has shown us the importance of our connection to one another. As your Care Team, we are here to remind each of you, we are here to support – with a listening ear, a home-cooked meal, or a ride, and more. Please, reach out to us if there is some way we can help. We may find concrete solutions to a problem or we may simply be a touch stone with a “virtual” hug! Contact Marci Mueller Theisen, Chair of the Care Team, or Rev. Lisa if you would like to connect with UUCM’s caring ministry.

Online Path to Membership Class: Exploring UU History & Beliefs

Sunday, February 21 at 11:15 AM
All visitors, friends and members are invited to attend. For this class, we will be joined by anexpert on UU history, Rev. Lisa Friedman! This is one of two classes offered on the path to membership at UUCM, allowing participants to share  a bit of their own spiritual journeys and to interactively explore a broad overview of Unitarian and Universalist history and what it means to be a UU. Visitors and friends who have attended both of these “Exploring UUism” classes are eligible to become members of UUCM. Check your Friday Update email for the Zoom link. Please contact Gary Charles with any questions.

Line 3 Pipeline Presentation and Discussion

Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00 PM

What is the Line 3 Pipeline?  Why is there so much objection to it?  Don’t we need the oil?  Isn’t it too late to take action? For answers to these and other questions, join us online for a presentation led by Buff Grace, Solar Outreach Manager at MNIPL, and Roberta Haskins, member of the MNIPL Line 3 Interfaith Group. Learn all about the Line 3 tar sands pipeline that is currently under construction in northern Minnesota, and why Native American tribes and environmental organizations like Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, MN350, and many others are opposing its construction. Then, discuss what you heard, how this relates to our UU principles and options for taking action. Feel free to invite anyone else whom you think would be interested in learning more about Line 3. For the Zoom link, check you Friday Update as the date approaches.