Gathering In Solidarity: Minnesota’s Muslim Cemetery at the Castle Rock Township

On Monday, June 20, four members of the UUCM Racial Justice Rapid Response Team joined Karen Wills of MUUSJA and other MN UUs to “sit in solidarity,” as called by advocates for Minnesota’s Muslim Cemetery at the Castle Rock Township Board meeting in Farmington. It was an incredible experience.  Photos were shared by the Star Tribune (UUCM member Roberta Gitchel is in the second photo).

The final hearing will be held in mid-July, when we will gather again to support our Muslim neighbors. Contact Lori Arnold at or 952-693-8604 if you have questions or would like to join our Rapid Response Team. View more details and a full fact sheet below. Continue reading →

UUCM Mid-Week Message 6/29/22

This week’s video reflects on what it means to ask for a blessing. Rev. Lisa shares the story of a Blessing Booth and the power of being blessed for the journey.

You are also invited to view an introduction and link to June’s UUConnectMonthly newsletter, below the video message. 

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June UU ConnectJune 2022: UUConnect Monthly

It’s already time for the June, 2022 edition of The UUConnectMonthly newsletter. The Getting to Know UUs section features the marvelous Maggie Houska. The Creative Expression section shares resources on this month’s Soul Matters theme, Blessings, as well as photos from the recent UUCM Summer Solstice Service, Flower Communion, and Farewell to our beloved Family Ministry Director, Jennifer Swick, and ‘Squeaks.’

Grateful to connect with you,
Stephanie Siewert and Lori Arnold –

Introducing Karen Heuiser, UUCM’s New Director of Family Ministry!

Karen FinalWe are excited to announce the hiring of Karen Heuiser as UUCM’s new Director of Family Ministry. 

Karen brings over a decade of experience as a teacher, volunteer coordinator and congregational Religious Education leader, as well as years as an award-winning journalist. Her educational background includes teaching preschool, elementary ESL, curriculum and arts development. Her volunteer experience spans coaching, fundraising, and serving as the coordinator of the Amity host family program at her children’s Spanish Immersion school. With Amity, Karen led recruitment and support of the families and student teachers they welcome into their homes. For the past 10 years, Karen has served as the chair of her UCC congregation’s religious education committee, helping to oversee the program from nursery through high school and supporting the changing needs of families with creativity and care.

We were impressed with Karen’s warmth, creativity and strong commitment to congregational life. She is passionate about connecting with the people she serves and providing volunteers with the support and organization they need to thrive. We believe she will be able to build on the strong foundation of our CYRE program and to bring new ideas and opportunities.

Karen is thrilled to be joining the UUCM community and can’t wait to meet our families and congregation this July. She will begin her time with us on July 18th – please join us in extending a warm UUCM welcome. We look forward to supporting and growing with our families in the new year ahead!

Request Photos from the Flower Communion and Picnic

Colorful Digital Print Shop LogoIt was wonderful to come together in community on June 19, as we shared our gratitude and wished Jennifer Swick well in her retirement. UUCM member Jeff Adrian offered his photographic talents, taking sweet pictures of Jennifer and Squeaks + more picnic and flower communion moments. For children and youth privacy reasons, please email if you would like to request a link to the entire album. Thank you, Jeff, for capturing these special memories!