The Board of Trustees will be holding listening sessions on September 29 and October 27. Sessions will begin after worship service at 11:30 AM and run for two hours. Childcare, food and drink will be provided. Questions will be raised and responses will contribute to the Board’s planning for hiring our next minister. We will be sending an invitation for everyone to sign up for one or the other session but wanted to give folks a chance to consult calendars and commitments.
Sunday, August 25 during worship service
Be sure to bring your backpack or something symbolic of any new beginnings in your lives this fall, to the worship service on Sunday, August 25. Whether school, work, or home related, there are many new things to anticipate in the fall that deserve special focus and support of the congregation. Join us for this brief but fun dedication so you start out right!
We’re excited to bring back Beloved Conversations again this fall. Around 40 members have already gone through this immersive small-group curriculum for exploring race/ethnicity in our lives and in the life of this congregation. It is a meaningful and deep experience as we work to interrupt racism and dig into how racial truths shape our ways of being with each other. The curriculum also supports the different learning and participation needs of people of color and white congregants.
This may be the last offering of this program for a while. If you’ve been on the fence or would like to take it again (which we encourage!), don’t miss out. We will begin in September with an opening retreat (Friday night and all day Saturday) followed by 8 weekly 2-hour sessions on Sunday afternoons. Exact dates and registration will be available soon. Please contact Terri at email@example.com if you’re interested.
The work of two local photographers, Cara Buettner and Jeff Adrian is featured this month on the North Wall Art Space. The exhibit shows how two different artists capture and interpret their surroundings. Jeff Adrian is a Friend of the congregation. If you wish to purchase any of the works, please contact Christy Dachelet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Performing Arts Series at UUCM offers concerts, musical events and church variety shows to the congregation and the entire local community.
Friday, August 31 at 7:30 PM
ROY ZIMMERMAN: RiZe Up Tour
In the current national nightmare, we need to laugh. And we need to hope. Roy Zimmerman’s signature blend of heart and hilarity has never been more necessary. In a career spanning more than thirty years, Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and Roy has shard stages with icons like Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, George Carlin and many more.
RiZe Up is Roy’s tenth album release as a solo artist. He co-wrote the songs with his wife, Melanie Harby, a three-time West Coast bluegrass guitar champion. RiZe Up is a funny and forceful expression of resistance in the age of Trump. “Satire empowers people,” says Roy. “To laugh is to fight back. To hope is to fight back.” Tickets $22 each, currently available on Eventbrite. More info on Roy here.
Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
PRUDENCE JOHNSON & DEAN MAGRAW
Prudence Johnson’s long and happy career as a singer, writer, and teacher has landed her on the musical theatre stage, in two feature films, (A River Runs Through It, A Prairie Home Companion) on national radio, (several long stints on A Prairie Home Companion) and on concert stages across North America and occasionally Europe. She has released more than a dozen recordings, including albums dedicated to the music of the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael, Greg Brown, and a collection of international lullabies. In recent years, her greatest focus has been on creating multi-media works for concert and theater stages that blend performance with her interests in history and literature.
Composer, arranger, producer, guitarist Dean Magraw has fine-tuned his “Heavy Meadow” approach to music from years of performing and recording with some of the finest musicians in the United States, Europe, and Japan. His first recording, Broken Silence, came out in 1994 and won the NAIRD award for Best Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year. Dean has since produced myriad passionate albums, including his latest release, Fire on the Nile, a duo collaboration with renowned percussionist, Eric Kamau Gravatt. “Dean Magraw unveils soulful melodic grooves intricately designed to heal the broken dancer, confuse the boldest mathematician, and eradicate ennui in our lifetime.” – Nick Lethert. Learn more about Dean here. Tickets $20 each.
In July 2019, the North Wall Art Space at UUCM featured 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.
If you are interested in purchasing the art please contact Christy Dachelet at 952-270-7304 or email@example.com.
Note on Healing Touch: There doesn’t seem to be interest in Healing Touch at this time, so we will not hold sessions for the rest of the summer. We hope to offer Healing Touch again later this fall and appreciate the opportunity we’ve had to bring it to you.
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