Performing Arts Concert Series 2019-2020

The Performing Arts Series at UUCM offers concerts, musical events and church variety shows to the congregation and the entire local community.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 4 at 5:00 PM

10TH ANNUAL UUCM VARIETY SHOW

aural-1297838_640A celebration of our beloved community! Enjoy music, poetry, singing, dancing, jokes, bands, stories, juggling, skits, artwork, photography and many more talents. This event is FREE and fun for the whole family.

For more information or if you are interested in participating, contact Bill Tregaskis at wftreg@yahoo.com.

Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 PM

KRISTEN GRAVES

KLG+Brick+WallKristen Graves is a folk/pop singer, songwriter and humanitarian. Mentioned by both Rolling Stone and the New York Times, and given her own day across the state of Connecticut by Governor Malloy for her musicianship and activism, she has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey, Rusted Root, Holly Near, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Dan Zanes, David Amram, and many more. Kristen has released 8 studio projects, and her ninth is entitled Pete Peter & Me. It is a collection of songs – half of the songs inspired by her mentor, Pete Seeger, and half of them sung with her mentor, Peter Yarrow.

In addition to her touring and recording schedule, Kristen makes sure that there is always time to be part of the humanitarian organizations whose work she admires and is inspired by. Spending months living and working with Simply Smiles in Mexico and on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota creates the signature chemistry of Kristen’s performances: a stirring combination of music and justice. With catchy songs, a penchant for story telling, and inspiring lyrics, Kristen delights audiences across the country. Tickets $20 each. Continue reading →

Path to Membership Class: Exploring UU History & Beliefs

Sunday, February 9 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM in the Oak Room
Childcare will be available at this event!
This class is one of two classes offered on the path to membership at UUCM, allowing participants to share 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. Current members and friends are very welcome to join in the class also. Facilitated by Janna Sundby, Membership Ministry.

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, sueasinger@yahoo.com
Frank and Ginny Meuers 763-557-6588, frankginnym4220@gmail.com
Nancy Murnane 763-544-2142, nancy.murnane@comcast.net
Jackie Smolen 612-581-5731, jackiesmo@aol.com

Child and Baby Dedication at UUCM

Sunday, February 9 at 10:00 AM
We will be welcoming children and babies with a Dedication on February 9 during our worship service.  If you have a child or baby whom you would like to be celebrated in this way, please contact Meg Riley, RevMeg@uucmtka.org.  UUs don’t christen or baptize children; instead we dedicate ourselves to them and honor the gifts they bring into the world.

Churches, Politics and the Electoral Cycle

This coming election year is a big one, and UUs across the country are being encouraged to boldly engage our values in the electoral cycle. But it can be confusing to know what is appropriate for non-profit organizations with 501(c)3 status, including churches and other faith communities.

The short answer is there’s a lot we can do as long as we are not partisan.

This means we can engage in issue-based advocacy, promote local ballot measures, and perform voter education and mobilization, as long as this work is not done for a specific political party, as an endorsement of a specific candidate, or to impact whether or not a particular candidate wins an election.

Because the UUA knows many of us have questions or concerns, they will be updating and providing clear guidance to the most frequently asked questions later this month (which we’ll share here on UUCM Happenings). In the meantime, the UUA publication The Real Rules is a terrific go-to source, as are the summaries provided by Bolder Advocacy.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Terri.

North Wall Artist: Linda Snouffer

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The work of botanical print-maker, Linda Snouffer, will be displayed on the North Wall Gallery Space from January 2 – February 9. Linda’s show, “Off Road Journey”, is inspired by Minnesota’s prairies, nature preserves and waterways. She celebrates her relationship with nature by creating delicate, intricate prints of ephemeral natural material.  There will be a “meet and greet” with Linda in the sanctuary on Sunday, February 9th following the worship service.  Small originals, reproductions and cards will be available for sale on that date. If you have questions or wish to purchase any of the works, please contact Christy Dachelet at czdachelet@comcast.net.