January 26, 2017  |  Vol. 4 No. 4
New Maps, New Habits, New Patterns: Acting in New Ways
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Last Sunday, Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink shared in her post-inauguration sermon, that the "map" she had been using to orient herself in the world was no longer adequate. It was not up to the task of serving an "effective resistance or a movement for collective liberation." In fact, after visually walking us through the well-worn paths on her map, Elaine confessed, "I'm ready to ditch this map."

The way ahead, she suggested, is about showing up in our lives and our relationships in very different ways, grounded in humility and courage.

Like many of you, I was deeply moved by this sermon, and the loving challenge that Elaine put in front of us. She called us to action! To that end, here are some opportunities to build new relationships, engage in the world in new ways, and expand our sense of "we:"
  • Attend " A Good Time for the Truth: Three Minnesotans of Color Share Their Stories, " at First Universalist, at 6:45 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 27. As religious people, one of our spiritual practices in our lives must be to listen to and center the experiences of people of color.
  • Join me and other church members at " Building our Prophetic Resistance ," on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 1-4 p.m. This event, led by ISAIAH, will be held at Shiloh Temple, 1201 West Broadway Ave. We will worship, lament, build our collective ability to resist fear and dehumanization, share a vision of an abundant future; and we will act, calling upon our Governor and others to resist with us and create safe and healthy communities for all Minnesotans.
You're invited to join us at one or both of these events. As we connect with others, traveling outside the pathways we have known, solidarity is born, new relationships take root, and we catch a glimpse of the world that might be.

In love,

Worship this Sunday
Sunday, Jan. 29, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"Prophetic Resistance"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Last Saturday, at the Women's March, one of the chants was "Refuse. Rebel. Resist." We are in a moment where "prophetic resistance" is required of us. What is prophetic resistance and what does music, art, poetry, and spoken word have to teach us about prophetic resistance? How can prophets, poets, and artists help us summon courage, humility, and compassion we didn't even know we had as we meet this moment?
A Look Ahead
Sunday, Feb. 5, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Sharing Sunday
Rev. Jen Crow

Recent Sermon Podcasts
January 22, 2017
"Finding Our Way"
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
January 15, 2017
"A Living Sanctuary"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
January 8, 2017
Remembrance Sunday
Rev. Jen Crow
A Good Time for the Truth:
3 Minnesotans of Color Share Their Stories

Despite Minnesota's reputation as a national leader in progressive policies and its renown as a place to live "The Good Life," the state has some of the worst racial disparities in the country. Sun Yun Shin's book, "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota," confronts these inherent contradictions and inequities through the voices of sixteen writers who explore and expose their lived realities as people of color in Minnesota.

Join us as contributing authors Taiyon J. Coleman, Bao Phi, and Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria read from their personal essays and engage with audience members in a Question & Answer period. First Universalist member Lena K. Gardner is our host for the evening and will moderate the panel discussion. She is a Collaborative Organizer with Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, the Unitarian Universalist Standing on the Side of Love campaign, and co-founder of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism organizing collective.

6:45 p.m. Beginning in Song
7-8 p.m. Readings and Conversation with the Authors
8-8:30 p.m. Q & A with the authors
Refreshments immediately following 

Thank you to our event co-sponsors, White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, MUUSJA (Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance), and Kaleo Center.
Pathway to Membership
Sundays, Jan. 29 & Feb. 5, 1-3 p.m.
If First Universalist is feeling like your spiritual home, then we hope you'll take part in the Pathway to Membership! This new member class is a great chance to build community, explore Unitarian Universalism and our church's history, and learn how to get involved. In the final session, participants are invited to officially join the congregation. Sign up with Sandy in the Social Hall or by emailing sandy@firstuniv.org.
Making More of the Women's March on Washington: Debrief Meeting
Monday, Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m.
We strongly encourage UU marchers to attend the Post-March De-brief and Mobilization Meeting at First Universalist on Monday, Feb. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. This meeting will help us extend our efforts beyond the march and challenge us to continue to lean into our racial justice work. The debrief will be hosted by Lena K. Gardner and Ashley Horan (Executive Director of MUUSJA).
Pancakes & Cartoons
Saturday, Feb. 11, 8-10 a.m., Social Hall
Drop in for a pancake breakfast (gluten free option, too) and stay to hang out and watch classic cartoons! Connect with ministers and other First U members and friends. Members who are new in the past two years are especially encouraged to join us. This event is FREE and all ages are welcome!  Hosted by the First Universalist Pledge Team: Zack Steven, Jane Baudelaire & Jeanne Guignon Peppel.  NO Presentations or "Asks" - just pure fun on a mid-winter Saturday morning!  RSVP requested to Sandy at   sandy@firstuniv.org  or 612-825-1701.  Questions? Text/call Jeanne: 952-270-1931.
Informational Event:
Saving Energy and Money at Home
Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:30-10:30 a.m.,
Cummins Room
Learn how to save energy and money from an expert from the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)! If your home hasn't been evaluated or it's been 3-5 years since the last audit, we encourage you to sign up. An audit includes a visit by energy consultants who evaluate your home's energy use and recommend ways to save energy. They also install energy efficient products.  This event is sponsored by First U's Environmental Justice Committee. Bring a warm sweater to donate or swap! Cool prizes for pledgers. Sign up by February 7 with an email to Betsy Allis at  erallis@aol.com . Or call Betsy with questions at 612-871-6946.
Using Your Moral Power
Sunday, Feb. 12, 1-2 p.m., Cummins Room
Feeling fired up and ready to act? If our current political climate is inspiring you to do something more, but you're unsure exactly how to act or where to put your energy, this hands-on introduction to citizen advocacy will leave you with actionable steps to make your voice heard.  Phone calls, personal letters and in-person visits can be a powerful influence on elected officials. This workshop will take the fear out of connecting with your representatives and embolden you with knowledge about when and how to reach out when it matters most.  This session will be led by Jeff Freeland Nelson, the former federal lobbyist for American Public Media / Minnesota Public Radio and a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Book Discussion: The Underground Railroad
Monday, Feb. 13, 7-8:30 p.m., Cummins Rm
Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," one of the most acclaimed books of 2016, reimagines the Railroad as an actual labyrinth of tracks and tunnels running underground throughout the South, transporting escaped slaves North. The book has been described by readers as "brilliant," "chilling," "a great adventure story," and a "reanimation of American slave narratives." Join a guided discussion that explores the art and impact of this powerful book.  Listen to an MPR "Talking Volumes" interview with Colson Whitehead here . Please commit to reading the book if you plan to participate.
Save the Date: Capital Campaign Kick Off Party!
You're invited to celebrate the launch of First Universalist Church's capital campaign with a party for all ages! Please save the date - Saturday, March 11 from 5 to 11 p.m. - and plan to join us at Minneapolis Event Centers (212 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414) as we gather to celebrate all we've accomplished in the past and all that we envision for the future. This event is FREE and for everyone in our community. We want you with us! More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Winter Warm Up Wins!
Our 3rd Annual Winter Warm Up dance and fundraiser made money for the church, and 13 church members got a chance to sing or play onstage. 

Thank you to all who joined us this past Saturday evening - s ee you next year!
Apply to Join the Nominating Committee
Help select the leaders of our Church! The Nominating Committee is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the committee. The person selected will serve through June 2017 and may be reappointed at the 2017 Annual Meeting to serve the remainder of term, which ends in June 2018. 

The Nominating Committee recruits and selects individuals to serve on the Board of Trustees, the Board of the First Universalist Foundation, and the Nominating Committee itself. Most of the work of the committee will be conducted between February and May. To apply, complete the application available on the website here and submit it by e-mail to Committee Chair Doug Smalley at douglas.smalley@gmail.com by Feb. 12, 2017.
Valentine's Day Truffle Sale
The First Universalist Youth Cultural Exchange (YCE) is holding its annual truffle sale in the Social Hall on Sundays, Feb. 5, 12, and 19! These gourmet truffles are handmade by YCE youth and lovingly packaged in decorative gift boxes. Following our UU values, the truffles are made with fair trade chocolate.

New this Year: Send a box of truffles to a student at Augsburg Fairview Academy! Include a personal note if you wish, and the YCE youth will deliver your gift of love and truffles to the students of Augsburg Fairview Academy. Support two First Universalist Faithful Action programs at the same time!

Flavors: Chocolate with Sea Salt, Mint, Chocolate Toffee and Cappuccino.
Cost: $2.50 each, $10 box of 4, $20 box of 8
Payment: Credit cards, debit cards, cash and check accepted.

What is YCE? The Youth Cultural Exchange is an incredible First Universalist tradition. Twelve youth from our church participate in this cultural exchange with twelve youth from Nicaragua. For two weeks, they stay in one another's homes and learn about one another's world. Our youth will travel to Nicaragua this coming July. All the proceeds from the truffle sale (and from the weekly egg roll sales) will be used to pay for the Nicaraguan youth to fly to Minnesota in the summer of 2018. For their part, the Nicaraguan youth commit to working 100 hours in their community. 
'Tis the Season... for Girl Scout Cookies
Each year, entrepreneurial Girl Scouts make their way around the church Social Hall on Sunday mornings selling thin mints and tagalongs, and each year questions come up about sales in the Social Hall. 

Sales in the Social Hall are limited to groups who are fundraising for church programs. Egg rolls, pies, truffles, chocolate and coffee - all these things support our youth programming and pilgrimages. 

Beginning this year, we'll be asking everyone to follow the policy limiting sales at church to groups who are fundraising for church programming, and we'll say goodbye to Girl Scout cookie sales at church. We apologize for the inconvenience to cookie lovers and Girl Scouts alike, and trust you will find each other in another place.
Next Lend-A-Hand is Thursday, Feb. 2
Lend-A-Hand is an opportunity to help care for our building and grounds as part of a volunteer team. In coordination with our facilities staff, this team undertakes various projects to keep our church clean, orderly and attractive.

Cleaning activities might include dusting, sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming. Volunteers might help tidy the sanctuary, social hall, library, entryway, or other spaces, or help fix things: replace light bulbs, repair window openers, patch/paint walls, etc.

The next Lend-A-Hand group will gather on Thursday, Feb. 2,  9:30 a.m. to noon. If you would like to participate, please email Sandy at  sandy@firstuniv.org . Thank you!
Donations for AFA Hope Food & Clothing Closets
Your generous Sunday offering for Augsburg Fairview Academy (AFA) supported the purchase of warm winter coats for AFA students which were distributed prior to the holiday break. Joan Patterson and Cathy Manning shopped thrift stores for good buys. Several of you also donated new coats - thank you!

Your continued food and clothing donations are essential to help supply the Hope Food and Clothing Closets. Here is what is most needed right now:
  • Donations for Hope Clothing Closet: Men's underwear (t-shirts and briefs), men's socks, and warm weather clothing for men and women including scarves, hats, and gloves. Always desired: hoodies; jeans for men and women (all sizes). Clothing should be clean, teen appropriate and in good repair.  Dark colors preferred.
  • Donations for the Hope Food Closet: single serving microwavable soups, mac and cheese, and snacks like fruit cups, granola bars, and nuts. Ethnic hair products are particularly desired (go to the ethnic products aisles at Target, CVS, etc. Brands include Jam and Edge Control). Needed toiletries include lotions, chapstick, men's and women's deodorant, and condoms (note: we don't need travel size items). 
Bring items to the Hub on Sundays or drop off during the week at the shelves labeled for AFA by the 34th Street entrance. Thank you for your generosity!
First Universalist Foundation
Seeks Nominations for Grant Requests

The First Universalist Foundation Board is currently accepting nominations from congregants and senior high youth. If you are engaged with a non-profit doing work that fits our mission, we hope you will consider leading up a nomination! At this time, we are particularly interested in proposals that address human rights at risk. We are also interested in organizations whose leadership includes people of color, women, or other underrepresented groups.

Mission Statement: First Universalist Foundation acts as a catalyst for social change by promoting and supporting the development of emerging leaders, youth, young adults, and/or disenfranchised communities through monetary grants to nonprofits working in those communities.

Giving Criteria: The Foundation will place a high priority on projects that : 
1) demonstrate the potential to ameliorate one or more causes of injustice, 
2) work to engage emerging leaders, youth, young adults, and / or disenfranchised communities in the work of social change, 3) have goals, a plan to achieve them, and a commitment to measure success for the purpose of improvement, and 4) are focused on the Twin Cities community.

Learn more about the foundation. To submit a nomination, please fill out the online Nomination FormThe nomination deadline is January 31, 2017.
  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: Pastoral Care Team
The Pastoral Care Team is a group of congregants who provide confidential pastoral care to friends and members in need of support. We visit people at homes, in hospitals, or at the corner coffee shop. Our goal is to offer compassionate presence to our fellow congregants in the knowledge that this too is a spiritual practice. If you are in need of a Pastoral Care team visit, contact Rev. Jen Crow at jen@firstuniv.org. Learn more 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.
  Voter Education Seminar Series: "The Electoral College"
Saturday, Jan. 28, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Chaska Community Center Theater 
(1661 Park Ridge Dr. Chaska, MN)
Dr. Mitchell Krum, Professor of Political Science at Bethel University, will discuss the constitutional origins of the Electoral College and the pros and cons of various ideas for reform. There will be an opportunity for questions to be asked by the audience. This is a non-partisan presentation and all are welcome to attend.
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