UUCM Mid-Week Message 6/16/21

During the summer months, the Minister’s Message will become the UUCM Mid-Week Message with inspiration provided by members of UUCM’s staff team. This week’s message is offered by Jennifer Swick, Director of Family Ministry.

Play is our worship theme for June. In this Mid-Week Message, Jennifer shares reflections on how the spiritual discipline of play has led to healing in her life. What are the rough edges of your history, personality or relationships that could be healed by the power of play?


Click on the picture above to view Jennifer’s video message.

Here are the links Jennifer references in her message – we hope you will contribute and enjoy!

  • Click here to learn more and add examples of your favorite family and friend games to the June UUConnectMonthly newsletter. Submissions are due by June 23.
  • Check out the slideshow of Stuffy Camp using this link.

Minister’s Message 6/2/21

This week’s message celebrates the Unitarian Universalist tradition of Flower Communion. Rev. Lisa shares her experience that it is not only the unique beauty of each flower that matters to this ritual, but also the sturdy strength of the vase.

REMINDER In addition to our virtual Flower Communion service on Sunday, we hope you will stop by and participate in our in-person activities:

Saturday, June 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Bring a flower to exchange, shop and participate in the Climate Justice plant exchange, and join in family games for all ages (games will end at 2:30 p.m.).

Sunday June 6, noon-1:00 p.m.
Come take a flower or participate in the plant exchange, if you were unable to do so on Saturday. If you are new to UUCM, join Rev. Lisa & Gary Charles for a socially distanced tour of the building.


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

Minister’s Message 5/26/21

This week’s message marks the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and the ways stories are kept alive in our hearts beyond mere words. Rev. Lisa reflects on the power of silence to hold embodied truth and to redeem us.

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


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

UUConnect MayMay 2021, Volume 5: UUConnect Monthly

In this edition of the UUConnectMonthly newsletter, we reflect on “The Power of Sharing Our Stories.”  Enjoy the “Q’s with UU’s” section, where 3 of our members share interesting pieces of their stories, read a wonderful assortment of “6-Word Stories,” plus other personal reflections on “Story.” Discover how you can be a part of the next newsletter on the final page.

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

Plans for a Phased Reopening of the Church

Fred Hulting and Rev. Lisa Friedman

With the increase in vaccination rates, and the relaxation of state COVID restrictions, many of you are asking the question: “when will we reopen the church?”  We are all looking forward to a time when we get back together safely and resume many of our familiar rituals and programs.

At its May 13th meeting, the Board approved a plan from Rev. Lisa Friedman for the phased reopening of the church.  This approach will accommodate the needs of our community, while ensuring the safety of our staff, members, and friends.  And it will give our staff the necessary time to work through the many details required to reopen the building. This is not just a return to the way things were.  We get to learn from the past year and work towards a new multi-platform ministry, with Sunday services and other programs available both in-person and online. Continue reading →