June 29, 2017  |  Vol. 4 No. 26

Worship this Sunday
Sunday, July 2, 10 a.m.
"Transmogrify, Breathe, Repeat"
Rev. Jim Foti
Real change rarely happens at the touch of a button. Improving anything - our country, our communities, ourselves - takes work. How do we decide what kind of change to focus on in this moment, and how do we stick with it for the long haul?

This week's guest preacher Rev. Jim Foti has been an assistant minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis since 2014. 
Jim is a 2013 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and served as a ministerial intern at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul and the St. Croix Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Taylors Falls, MN. Jim was ordained by FUS in April 2015. He and his partner, Ralph Wyman, live in Minneapolis and are members of First Universalist.
Summer Sundays for Kids 

A Look Ahead
Sunday, July 9, 10 a.m.
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
"Have Mercy"
Music: First Universalist Summer Choir

Recent Sermon Podcasts
June 25, 2017
"Truth Makes Love Possible"
Lauren Wyeth

June 18, 2017
Rev. Karen Hering and
Catherine Charles Hammond

June 11, 2017
"Meeting the Moment with Movement"
Rabbi Michael Latz
Summer Worship Theme: Meeting the Moment
Sometimes it happens in a small room, when your mind quiets, and the rhythm of your breath begins to lead. Sometimes it happens in a conversation, when you take a leap of faith and step into a hard conversation. Sometimes it is that crazy notion that will not be pushed aside, and you make an about turn that leads into an unimaginable freshness of life and purpose. Sometimes it's showing up in the streets, in a rotunda, in a meeting, in covenantal community. Sometimes it's showing up for yourself. The religious life is meeting the moment over and over again. Join us this summer as ministers and speakers from all different walks of life and contexts tell of their spiritual grounding, and stories of meeting the moment.
Wellspring Info Session
Sunday, July 9, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Final info session!
Wellspring offers spiritual deepening within our UU tradition and is an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and our faith through a year-long small group experience. You're invited to join us at this info session to learn more! After a day-long opening retreat on August 26, Wellspring will meet every other week through May 2018. Attendance at an info session is required if you wish to participate next year. Learn more.
Racial Justice and Our UU Faith Workshop
Tuesdays, July 11 & 18, 6:30-9
Join us for a workshop exploring a framework and tools for understanding race, racism, and whiteness and the spiritual imperative that drives our racial justice work. 
This is a two-part workshop offered on Tuesdays, July 11 & 18, from 6:30-9 p.m., led by Channing McKinley and Jeff Sylvestre.
To register, contact Sandy at  Sandy@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701.
Lake Harriet Bandshell Worship Service & Potluck

Join us for our annual outdoor worship service and potluck picnic at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m.!

We'll enjoy music, an inspiring message from Rev. Justin, and a delicious potluck picnic together afterwards.  Please note: this will be our only worship service on Sunday, Aug. 20.

For the potluck, please bring a dish and/or beverage to share, as well as chairs or blankets to sit on. Bring plates, cups and eating utensils for everyone in your party. 

The service will take place rain or shine (except in the case of severe weather). Sunglasses and/or hats are recommended for your comfort.

Get complete details, RSVP, and share on Facebook here!
First Universalist Stories: Eric & Lisa Berglund
Each week throughout the summer, we're featuring one or two stories submitted by members about what First Universalist means to them.  Eric & Lisa Berglund write:

Eric & Lisa Berglund
"The Visionary Goals of First Universalist state that we "work to build a just, loving, and sustainable world. We are a visible, influential voice, and we act to shape the larger community into a more just and equitable society." We couldn't have said it better. That's why we joined the church, that's what keeps us coming on Sundays, and that's why we're trying to do our part by volunteering at the church. We want this to be a strong and vibrant church for us, the young adults, the children, and future generations.

"For us, the First Universalist experience provides a unique and invaluable blend of comfort and challenge. We find comfort in the words, music, and fellowship of the Sunday services. We are also challenged to be better persons. Then, beyond the Sunday services, we find the same comfort and challenge in such programs as Daytime Connections. Most of all, we treasure our association with First Universalist because there are so many truly kind people at our church."
Seeking Racial Justice Leaders
Exciting changes are underway to create an even more effective leadership structure for our racial justice work. The current Racial Justice Leadership Team (RJLT) will morph into two new teams: 
  • Racial Justice Change Team that will serve as a committee of the Board of Trustees. This Change Team will give our racial justice work the structural authority it needs to effectively review institutional racism and white supremacy culture as it lives in the work of our church. The Racial Justice Change Team will develop, implement, and monitor a process to set clear standards and accountability for our commitment to racial justice at all levels of the organization. This will involve reviewing our mission, visionary goals, policies, procedures, budgets, board agreements, and more. It is expected that the membership will be made up of Board members, members from the current RJLT, and other interested congregational members.
  • A Racial Justice Education Team made up of congregational members and friends committed to ensuring high quality training, programming and coaching in service to the Church's racial justice education commitment. This team is an expansion of a team already working to offer trainings, guest speakers/panel discussions, and book/movie discussions. The Racial Justice Education Team will work closely with the staff to help ensure all programming and faithful action efforts of the church are done with a racial justice lens.
Church members and friends interested in leading the racial justice work of the church are encouraged to apply to join one of these teams! 

Please fill out the online application here by Tuesday, August 1.

Thanks to the current members of the RJLT (Brian Eshult, Bryana French, Fawzia Khan, Channing McKinley, Kristen Mengelkoch, Ben Miles, Lillie Pang, Emma Paskewitz, Rev. Justin Schroeder, Richard Spratt and Polly Talen) who worked in partnership with the Board of Trustees on these changes.

Religious Education Registration Open for 2017-18
From September through May, First Universalist Church offers Sunday morning childcare for children ages 6 months to 2 years, and Religious Education classes for preschool through high school. We are home to more than 500 children and youth!

There is no fee for Religious Education or childcare. Registration is now open online for the upcoming 2017-2018 church year. 
Learn more about our classes and register children of all ages, from nursery through senior high school, at 1stureligiouseducation.weebly.com.
Habitat for Humanity Summer Work Week Registration Open
One of the best weeks of the whole year is just around the corner - First Universalist's Habitat for Humanity summer work week! Our week is Monday, Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 18 . Our site is in North Minneapolis. 

Please consider joining in. We need 60 volunteers in all (12 per day). Volunteers must be over sixteen years of age, and sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. The work day is from 8:15 a.m. until 4 p.m., and lunch will be provided. 

Worried that you don't know much about how to use tools? No worries! Your fellow volunteers and our Habitat site supervisor will help you. 

To sign up, go to the link below and register for one day, multiple days or the whole week.

  Church Office & Building Closed Tuesday, July 4

Please note that the church office as well as the church building will be closed all day on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. 
  Cycle of Life and Pastoral Care

Let Us Keep You in Our Thoughts and Prayers
If you are experiencing a crisis or transition, or celebrating a joy, please let us know. To be included in our Cycle of Life each Sunday in worship, contact Sandy DiNanni at sandy@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701. If you would like support, call the office at 612-825-1701 or contact any member of our Pastoral Care Team.
Congregational Care: Caring Corner
Write a note to a congregant who could use support! There are cards available in the library, which is located off of the Social Hall. You are welcome to stop by and write a card at any time. Just leave it in the basket and the church will mail it for you. Learn more about congregational care on our website
Planned Giving & the Heritage Circle
Please let us know  when you designate First Universalist Church as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan so we can thank you for your generous commitment and welcome you to the Heritage Circle. The church office and the Planned Giving Committee can help you. Learn more on our website.
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3400 Dupont Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408


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