Social Justice Action Update: 4/21/19

UUCM’s Social Justice Ministry keeps members and friends informed about upcoming social justice events and activities of interest. We encourage you to participate and help build the congregation’s capacity to educate, serve, witness, and advocate for social justice. If you have a social justice event you would like to publicize, contact John Ziegenhagen.


Volunteer Opportunity

Tutor Children in English

Jackie Smolen needs two volunteers to help tutor children in English at the Hopkins library on Mondays or Wednesdays from 4:15-6:15 p.m.  Contact Jackie at jackiesmo@aol.com for more information.

Events

Family focus – National Volunteer Month
It’s National Volunteer Month, a time to celebrate volunteers and engage in the community. Volunteering isn’t just for adults. Volunteering as a family can be a powerful strategy to promote compassion, empathy, and a commitment to addressing community needs. A good local resource for family volunteering  is Doing Good Together (http://www.doinggoodtogether.org/). Their website contains many resources for family volunteering, and you can sign up to receive a monthly list of family-friendly volunteer opportunities.

Family focus – Environmental justice. Our April offering is going to MN Interfaith Power and Light. Learning to Give has a great toolkit of environmental justice information and recommended projects for kids.

Sunday, April 21

Let’s Talk About Climate Change – Conversation with MN Interfaith Power and Light, 11:15 a.m. in the UUCM sanctuary. Stick around after the church service for an interactive discussion of climate issues in Minnesota. The forum will be lead by Joshua Marzahn from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, our social generosity recipient for April.

Monday, April 22

Earth Day–Family Focus. Since 1970, Earth Day’s mission is “to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.” Check out Family Fun Twin Cities‘ compilation of ways to honor Earth Day, including celebration events and park clean-up activities.

Thursday, April 25

LGBTQ Lobby Day, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Minnesota State Capitol. The day starts with our Lobby Day Institute Workshops about LGBTQ advocacy and activism led by some of the fabulous people on the frontlines of our work. Then, gather on the steps of the Capitol to hear some of the leaders in our movement and our legislature speak to how far we have come and where we are headed. If the weather is unfavorable we will move the rally into the Capitol Rotunda, so feel confident coming rain or shine. Stick around to attend another one or two Lobby Day Institute Workshops or speak DIRECTLY to your legislator about the issues important to you! If you can’t join us for the whole day, that is just fine. Just make sure you don’t miss the rally! Please join us and help spread the word. Register Continue reading →

Venerable Women’s Group

RESCHEDULED for Friday, April 19, 2019
12:00 PM

Let’s celebrate our 14th birthday!

Where: UUCM Community Room – 2030 Wayzata Blvd. E, Wayzata 55391

Lunch: Bring your own lunch. Hosts will provide beverages and desserts.

Hosts: Judy Kaster and Sue McKnight

Topic: Share two traits, habits, or characteristics you got from your parents – one you would like to keep and one you would like to give back.

RSVP:
Judy Kaster at 952-935-3873 or judykaster3@gmail.com
Sue McKnight at 952-938-1583 or billsuemcknight@me.com

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Performing Arts Concert Series 2018-2019

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, May 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM

ELLIS

EllisTICKETS GO ON SALE AFTER THE SERVICE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 14! A first appearance at UUCM! Ellis is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges and opened hearts.  A gifted songwriter and performer, Ellis is known for her stirring lyrics, open- hearted performances and contagious laughter. She got her start at coffee shops and now tours the folk circuit with nine albums to her credit. She has been a four-time guest on A Prairie Home Companion, and Ellis has won more than a dozen songwriting and live performance awards. Tickets $20 each and will be available after Sunday service, on Eventbrite and at the door. More information about Ellis is available here.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM

THE MINNETONKA CIVIC ORCHESTRA
Lara Mac Lean, Conductor

mcoThe Minnetonka Civic Orchestra will be performing twice this year. Created in 1976, the Minnetonka Civic Orchestra provides enjoyable, educational and artistically solid musical experiences for its members and audience. This non-auditioned community orchestra enthusiastically welcomes new members, based on seat availability. The concerts are FREE, family friendly, and open to the public. Continue reading →

Readathon Results from the 2nd/3rd Grade Class

These young people achieved a total of 102 times they met the reading goal. Whether you pledged a flat fee or an amount per time that the reading goal was met, you can turn in your secure donation online now (www.avenuesforyouth.org), mail a check (1708 Oak Park Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411) or call to make a credit card donation. The website states they are matching donations received in April!, so you can double your gift by responding soon. Thanks to all who contributed to this important cause. Congratulations to the 2nd/3rd grade class!

Invitation to Participate: Decades Service on Sunday, June 9

The Worship Arts Ministry (WAM) would love to have a speaker and musician approaching or firmly settled in each of the decade milestones. It is not needed to have all 9 decades (10 years old through 90 years old!) but a good range of ages would be wonderful. Share a story or song that has been meaningful to you during your life’s journey. Play your trumpet, your flute, your viola, your harmonica – sing a song from Madame Butterfly or the hymnal. Whatever is quintessentially YOU! If you want to be part of this beloved service, please email Laurie Moser or text/call at 763-234-4813 before the deadline of Sunday, May 12.

2019 Stewardship Campaign Wrap-Up – Thank You!

Our annual “Growing 2030 Possibilities” stewardship campaign is wrapping up, and so far we have received 109 pledges for $315,000.  Thank you to all our Members and Friends that joined in to show their support for UUCM, and helped us raise a record pledge drive amount!  Your generosity means that we can fund our biggest priorities for next year. If you have not yet responded, please do so and help us to get to our goal of 115 pledges – every gift counts.  You can find information packets online at the UUCM webpage.  To make a pledge, fill out the online form, or email Fred Hulting with your amount. Again, thank you for your generous support of UUCM!

In the Interim: 4/12/2019

arif-mamdaniIs wholeness something we have, like a possession? Carefully gathered and held on to? Or is it something that we notice when it is present, but isn’t necessarily something we can create or intentionally bring into being? This is just one of the many questions we’re invited into as we travel the terrain of wholeness this month. Wholeness can be surprisingly difficult to define – that’s what makes it a good topic for spiritual exploration! Yet this slipperiness can also raise our hackles a bit. If wholeness is something good, if it’s a desired character trait, some of us would like nothing more than to define it, affirm that we posses it, and move on.

What’s also true is that engaging the topic of wholeness can lift up and point out the places in our lives where we don’t experience wholeness and wish that we did. Whether from the loss of a loved one, work that isn’t fulfilling, the emptiness of an ended or absent relationship, or a sense of spiritual or existential emptiness, when we turn our hearts toward wholeness we can’t help but notice the places where we don’t feel whole. So, as we move into this theme, let’s remember to be gentle with ourselves and with each other. Continue reading →