May 4, 2017  |  Vol. 4 No. 18
Follow Up on "Resisting White Supremacy Teach-In"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Were you able to attend worship last Sunday? On April 30, we joined over 600 other Unitarian Universalist churches in offering a worship service meant to explore the ways that white supremacy culture lives within Unitarian Universalism. Following the second service, members of our People of Color and Indigenous People Circle shared their reactions and responses to what they experienced in worship. It was a remarkable day. You can listen to most of the service here , including a definition of "white supremacy culture."

During the service, after white congregants and staff shared brief reflections and wonderings on where they thought white supremacy culture was alive in the church, we invited the congregation to reflect as well, sharing written responses to these questions: "As we think about white supremacy, what aspect of our church culture do you hope we might examine further?" and " As we leave this experience today, what do you hope to remember and carry with you?" We will continue to hold these questions in the days to come, with hearts full of curiosity, compassion, and a willingness to sit with discomfort.

It is my sacred intention to continue to listen to, and center, the voices of People of Color and Indigenous People. This practice begins to dismantle the "white supremacy culture" that places whiteness at the center of things. Our faith calls us to this holy and redemptive work, as messy, confusing, and challenging as it is, particularly for white people.

If you are a Person of Color or Indigenous Person at First Universalist and would like to get connected with our People of Color Circle, please reach out to me or to Michael Dotson ( for assistance in making those connections.

Yours in faith,

P.S. If you are a white person looking for additional reading about whiteness and white supremacy culture, you might enjoy these pieces: White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism by Robin D'Angelo, White People: I Don't Want You To Understand Me Better, I Want You To Understand Yourselves by Ijeoma Oluo, and these resources  offered by the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective.
The ABCs of a Capital Campaign Visit:
Help Us Reach Our Goal!
Staff member Andrea Love adds another tile to our capital campaign progress chart.
We have now raised nearly $4.8 million toward our needs of $6.5 million. I am so moved by the generosity of this congregation!

We are in the final push of our campaign, hoping to share some great news about our status at the Annual Meeting, on June 4. From the beginning, our goal has been to visit with everyone in the congregation. We have about 300 people left to visit, and dozens of volunteer visitors ready to visit with you. Here's how you can help us wrap up this campaign in a timely way:
  • A:  Acknowledge! When you are called on for a visit, acknowledge your visitor's call or email.
  • B: Be kind, be prompt, be responsive, and return the call from your visitor to set up a meeting at a time that works for you. There's nothing more discouraging than for one of your fellow church members to not hear back from you.
  • C:  Capital Campaign. Set up your Capital Campaign visit to learn about the Capital Campaign, and then following the visit, make your annual and five-year capital gifts at the same time, joining hundreds of other church members committed to "Building an Inclusive Future" (the theme of our campaign!)
If you'd find it easier, you can set up a visit online, picking a Sunday or a time that works for you during the week. Please fill out this form to request a visit . Thank you!

In faith,
Justin and the Capital Campaign Steering Committee

Worship this Sunday
Sunday, May 7 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Choir-led Worship: Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
This Sunday , the First Universalist Choir will lead worship, performing "Chichester Psalms" by Leonard Bernstein. Please join us for this special, music-filled worship service!
This Sunday is Sharing Sunday. Children ages 4 years through 5th grade join their families for the first 15-20 minutes of the worship service before being excused to their Religious Education classes.

A Look Ahead
Sunday, May 14, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
Sunday, May 21, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Youth Sunday
Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m.
Memorial Day Weekend

Recent Sermon Podcasts
April 30, 2017
"Resisting White Supremacy: A Teach-In"
April 23, 2017
"The White Trash Among Us"
Rev. Karen Hutt
April 16, 2017
"Resurrection 2.0"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
April 9, 2017
"The Growing Edge"
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
May's Worship Theme is Embodiment. In her poem, "Shoulders," Naomi Shihab Nye describes a man carrying his child across a busy street. He looks left and right several times, knowing he carries precious cargo. As he does, "His ear fills up with breathing. He hears the hum of a boy's dream deep inside him." She then says, "We're not going to be able to live in this world if we're not willing to do what he's doing with one another." Religion is more than just affirming a set of beliefs. Religion is embodying those principles in the real world, as a parent, a friend, an advocate, an ally, a lover, a colleague. We are here to have our ears filled with the world's breathing and embody the hum of one another's dreaming deep inside our living.
Daytime Connections: Community-Led Initiatives Transforming North Minneapolis 
Thursday, May 18, 10 a.m.
On a charter bus tour though the Northside, led by Mike Wynne, CEO and president of EMERGE (a First U Faithful Action partner), we'll learn about vibrant community groups in North Minneapolis who are building a more just, inclusive city. The visit will conclude  with lunch from Breaking Bread Café, a North Minneapolis nonprofit that's leading the way to engage youth in a food justice movement. Mike will lead us in a discussion to consider how WE can support their community work.  Co-sponsored with the Faithful Action Council. We'll b oard the handicap-accessible bus at church at 10 a.m. and return at 1:30 p.m.  Register now ($20) with Sandy DiNanni at  or 612-825-1701. Transportation and financial support are available.
Backyard Composting and Organics Workshop
Sunday, May 21, 12:45-1:45 p.m.,
Chalice Room
Learn how to compost food scraps and yard waste in your backyard. This workshop will also cover residential organics collection, which is available in some communities, including Minneapolis and St. Louis Park. 
Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a free cedar/wire mesh compost bin! Refreshments will be provided. Presentation by Kira Berglund from Hennepin County. This workshop is sponsored by the Environmental Justice Team. 
Boston-Bound Bake Sale this Sunday
Delicious donuts from A Baker's Wife will be for sale in the Social Hall this Sunday, May 7!

Please support our Coming of Age Youth - who will be making their way to Boston in October - by purchasing donuts after services. Your sweet tooth and donut purchases will help defray the costs of our trip, allowing all youth to participate in this important journey of faith formation.
Summer Circle Registration Opens Sunday, May 7
Set some time aside to engage with life's deeper themes: Join a circle this summer!  These gatherings of 8-10 people are a great way to get connected at First Universalist and to stay spiritually grounded throughout the summer. 

Offerings this summer include: four Community Circles, Newcomer Circles, and three Spiritual Deepening Circles including Meditation for Teachers, Chi-Gung, and Lectio Divina. View descriptions and schedules here

R egistration  for summer circles opens this Sunday, May 7, and will be open through Monday, May 22. You may register online or in the Social Hall on Sundays, May 7, 14 or 21. For more information, contact Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink at  or  612-825-1701 x124.
Wellspring Info Sessions
Wellspring offers spiritual deepening within our UU tradition. An opportunity to learn more about ourselves and our faith through a year-long small group experience, Wellspring includes five components:
  • Commitment to a daily spiritual practice
  • Monthly spiritual direction
  • Small group meetings
  • Reading about the theological and historical foundations of our faith
  • Putting our faith into action.
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 in Wellspring next year.

Join us at an info session to learn more! Sessions will be offered on Sundays, May 21 (1-2 p.m.), June 11 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and July 9 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). 

Contact Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink at or 612-825-1701 with questions.
Augsburg Fairview Academy Prom Was a Success
Thanks to all who helped make the Augsburg Fairview Academy (AFA) Prom at First Universalist a success on April 29 by donating baked goods and paper products (Rita Francett, Doris Sloan, Gordon Loery, Janet Merrill, Cari Mosborg, Mary Lee Lyndall, Marnie Peichel, and Susan Lee) and volunteering during the prom (Joyce Case,  Rita Langtau, Lou Quast, Darwin Hendel, Wendell Vandersluis and Cindy Marsh). Thanks, too, to those who donated prom dresses.

Recent student clothing requests: Women's slim jeans, size 10; men's jeans, 32 waist; men's briefs, all sizes; men's basketball shorts, all sizes.  Bring clothing or food donations to the Hub on Sundays or drop off on the shelves marked AFA by the 34th street entrance.  Thank you for your generosity!
Child Dedication: Sign Up by May 5
The next Child Dedication will take place on  Sunday, May 14  at both services. During the Child Dedication ritual, the congregation pledges itself to partner with and support parents and families in the religious upbringing of the child. 
Infants and children of members and those on the path to membership at First Universalist may be dedicated. If your family would like to participate in the upcoming Child Dedication, sign up by filling out the  Child Dedication form online here by Friday, May 5.
Questions? Contact Lauren Wyeth, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries, at  612-825-1701 x111 or
Resistance & Resilience: Sustaining Faithful Action
How are we -- progressive people of faith -- called to respond to the urgent needs of this political moment? Why does it matter that we approach our work as religious people, and as members of congregations and faith communities? And how do we sustain our spirits, our energy, our communities when there is so much to drain us and fill us with despair?  

Join MUUSJA, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, for Resistance & Resilience: Sustaining Faithful Action for Justice & Solidarity in a Hurting World, hosted at First Universalist on May 19 and 20. The program will include moving interfaith worship, plenary discussions with religious leaders and political visionaries about the spiritual-political times we are in, collaborative strategizing for action and impact, a wide variety of workshops led by experienced justice leaders, and opportunities to build relationships with one another through reflection and discussion.

This event is open to all people of faith who are interested in building skills, relationships, theological grounding, and power to transform the world for justice. Learn more at
Legacy Challenge Workshop at First Universalist
Would you like to learn how you can shape the future of Unitarian Universalism and make a difference for the UU organizations and congregations you care about through legacy giving?

Please join us on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to noon for a Wake Now Our Vision UU Collaborative Campaign (WNOV): Legacy Challenge workshop presented by Rev. Laura Randall, Legacy Campaign Director, and members of the WNOV partners. This workshop will be hosted by First Universalist Church. There is no fee to attend.

The Wake Now Our Vision Collaborative Campaign is a joint endeavor of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Starr King School for the Ministry, the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, and the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Together, we are lifting up the unique gifts all of our UU institutions collectively offer - including UU congregations - to make our faith a force for justice and spiritual nourishment.

The UU Congregation at Shelter Rock recognizes this power and, through their incredible generosity, has offered a $5 million matching grant in order to incentivize new planned gifts through this Legacy Challenge. The WNOV Legacy Challenge provides UUs with the opportunity to make a difference now and to shape the future of Unitarian Universalism for generations to come.

A light breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. Childcare is available if you let the church know by May 24 (fill out the  Childcare Request Form).  RSVP: Please let Laura Randall (617-948-6511, ) know that you be attending by May 24.
Calling All Graduating Seniors!
On  Sunday, May 14 at 10 a.m.  we will hold a brunch and bridging ritual for all graduating seniors and their families. We will meet in the Cummins Room. Please RSVP by sending an email to Emma Paskewitz ( ) with the number of family members who will be attending.  
Youth  Sunday is on  May 21. We will recognize all graduating seniors during both services. Please RSVP by sending an email to Emma Paskewitz ( by  May 15 with the name of the graduating senior and which service(s) they will attend. 
Celebrating 90 Years!
Nancy Atchison has been involved in every aspect of church life at First Universalist, from volunteering in the church nursery shortly after she and her husband Tom joined the church in 1964, to six years on the church Board of Trustees (three as president), chairing the canvass, serving on the Prairie Star District Board (as president for five years and twenty years on the District Extension Committee) - and much more.

Nancy's long connection and many gifts have moved us to celebrate all First Universalist congregants on their 90th birthdays beginning with hers on Sunday, May 7

You can mail or drop off a birthday card for Nancy on or before  May 7 . (There is a basket in the church library for cards.)  She will be in the Social Hall after the  11:15  service on  Sunday, May 7  - stop at her table to wish her happy birthday. 

So, don't be shy! Help us celebrate Nancy and let the church know when your 90th birthday is approaching with a note to Sandy ( We want to celebrate each of you on your 90th birthday as part of the First Universalist story.
The S.A.M.'s Plays
Exposed Brick Theatre presents an evening of original work created and performed by youth. Inspired by the Special Administrative Measures law - a little known process that allows prisoners to be labeled a "S.A.M.'s prisoner" and become subject to extreme isolation - the play is a series of original pieces about how racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia impact and support the prison industrial complex. From the use of solitary confinement with youth to the impact of incarceration on families to stories of resistance and revolt, youth are giving voice to the need for change. This production is supported by a grant from the First Universalist Foundation.

Performances: Friday, May 5 & Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at Phoenix Theatre, 2605 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. No Reservations Required. Suggested Donation $5 - 10. For more info, visit: or call Suzy Messerole at 612-720-4852.
  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 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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