November 16, 2017  |  Vol. 4 No. 46
A Few Words About Security
(and a Call for Volunteers!)
Rev. Jen Crow
At every meeting with staff and congregants this fall, our architects asked the same question: "Where is your front door?" - and at every meeting, the answer was different. People enter our building from many points, and all of these entrances are a distance from our front desk. The truth is that right now we have no way of knowing who is in our building at any given time. This is not safe for the preschool that lives with us or for the many people who gather in our church during the week.

Changes in how we welcome people into our building during the week are long overdue, and those changes are underway already. If you arrive at the church during the week, you will now be asked to share who you are there to see or what you are there to do before entering the building. Once you enter the building, you will be asked to go to the front office to sign in. With our many staff and volunteers, it is not possible to know and recognize everyone - even our "regulars" and long-time church members - all of the time, so we will be asking everyone to share their name and reason for being in the building. Please be kind to our front desk volunteers and staff as you are asked to do these things.

Also, in the very near future, we will be directing everyone entering the church to use one entrance, our front door in the atrium on Dupont Avenue, during the week. Our parking lot entrance will become the primary entrance and exit for Southside Child Development Center and they will be responsible for monitoring the entry and exit of their parents, staff, and children. All other visitors to the church will be directed to enter through the Dupont Avenue atrium doors.

At that entrance, we will have a greeter to welcome congregants and guests during the hours when the church is open during the week. 

In order to do this, we will need to significantly grow our number of front desk volunteers, and we need your help. Do you have some time to share during the day or the evening when you could serve as a volunteer greeter at church? You'd be helping to keep our community safe, while welcoming folks as they arrive, and reading, watching videos, or doing homework when times are quiet. We need many of you to make this work. Please volunteer now by contacting Chelsea ( in the office.

In faith,
Rev. Jen

November Worship Theme: Sources of Trust
Worship this Sunday
Sunday, Nov. 19, 9:30 & 11:15  a.m.
"Inscribed on Your Heart"
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
Long ago, the prophet Jeremiah spoke of a covenant that is inscribed on our hearts, an access point to patterns of wholeness. Is this prophecy more than just wishful thinking? This Sunday, we explore sources of trust within ourselves and the prophetic voices that point the way.
A Look Ahead
Sunday, Nov. 26, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Rev. Justin Schroeder

Recent Sermon Podcasts
November 12, 2017
"An Honest Look"
Rev. Jen Crow

November 5, 2017
"Building Blocks of Life"
Rev. Justin Schroeder

October 29, 2017
Resisting White Supremacy Teach-In 2
"10 Commandments of 
Challenging White Supremacy"
Rev. Ashley Horan
This Sunday in Worship: Give Get Sistet
Joining us in worship this Sunday is Give Get Sistet, our Artists in Residence for 2017-2018. They are collaborating with our worship team to create and curate several services throughout the year, as well as developing a community building project for the spring. The Give Get Sistet is an improvisational chorus of women based in the Twin Cities with ties around the world. These women listen deeply and sing with great generosity and daring. First Universalist is honored to have these fine artists/community builders/activists in our midst.
Spotlight on Augsburg Fairview Academy
This Sunday in worship, we'll highlight the work of Augsburg Fairview Academy, one of our six Faithful Action Partners for 2017-2018.
Augsburg Fairview Academy (AFA) is a passionate learning community dedicated to serving the academic, social and emotional needs of high school students in a safe and welcoming environment. They provide individualized options to help students successfully graduate and set clear expectations for them to explore and pursue their dreams.

AFA offers a teen-friendly, and family-friendly, atmosphere in which students are deeply respected. Students, many of whom have faced educational, economic, and racial barriers to achieve in the past, encounter adults who use positive, strength-based approaches to help them succeed. Dedicated, caring staff work compassionately to promote social justice and equity through education and by contributing to our intercultural family.  
Learn more about this organization and ways you can get involved this Sunday!
POSTPONED: Meetings with the Architects
The November 15th and 19th congregational meetings with the architects to review design ideas for our renovations and construction have been postponed in order to explore a design direction that hadn't previously been thought possible.  Our architects need additional time to do research on the  existing structural system to determine what might be feasible. W e'd like  to  allow them time to explore this potentially advantageous possibility before presenting design options for the congregation's review. The meetings will be rescheduled for some time in the new year - watch for new dates to be announced! 
ART for Action:
Spiritual Practice Bracelet Making
Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-noon, Chalice Rm
You can make a difference in the lives of families who have been impacted by our broken immigration system! Come support the work of Sanctuary and Resistance and create beautiful Interfaith Spiritual Practice Bracelets, with a unique Sanctuary and Resistance charm. Children, adults, members and friends of all ages are welcome! The money we raise from all our ART for Action projects will be given directly to families and individuals impacted by our country's harmful immigration and detention policies and practices.  Bracelets will be sold every Sunday and at the Global Gift Fair. Please RSVP here so we have enough supplies! 
Bde Maka Ska Community Conversation: Diving Deep into the Story of Water
Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Like a stone tossed into water, the water's spirit sends energy out to its shores and beyond. What are we inspired to do for the lake and for life giving water the world over?
Join us for the 4th community conversation inspired by the spirit of Mde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun). Our goal is relatedness, the essential element of community, and ultimately the protection of water. The program will include a short documentary about Mde Maka Ska Community Conversations and a tasty lunch. Let us know you're coming either with an email to or via Facebook. First U's Environmental Justice Team has been an ally of the Native American LaPointe family in organizing these conversations.
Robin DiAngelo Workshop Debrief
Sunday, Nov. 19, 1-2:30 p.m.
Those who attend Robin DiAngelo's workshop, "Seeing the Racial Water," at Unity Church-Unitarian on Saturday, Nov. 18 (more information about this First U sponsored event here) are encouraged to attend a de-brief the following day at First Universalist. We'll share what we learned, how we were challenged, and where we plan to go from here. Join us on Sunday, Nov. 19 in Room 203. Discussion will be led by Clemma Muller, Susan Schultz, and Lark Weller.
Global Gift Fair
Sunday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
This year's Global Gift Fair will be held on the Sunday after Thanksgiving from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Social Hall. As in the past, we have invited the participation of those organizations/vendors with which we have deep connections. This is your chance to one-stop shop for gifts that are reasonably priced and whose profits benefit our larger community. Read about this year's vendors hereJoin us in this annual favorite!
Seniors Hike with Daytime Connections
Thursday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m.
Meet at Lakewood Cemetery
Join other seniors for a hike in Lakewood Cemetery (3600 Hennepin Ave. S. in Minneapolis)!  Meet in front of the cemetery administration building, just inside the 36th St. entrance, at 10 a.m.  Lakewood Cemetery has more than eight miles of interconnected roadways on the grounds. Established in 1871, it beautifully reflects the history of Minneapolis and First Universalist. We will walk for up to two hours After the hike, the group will gather at  Gigi's Cafe RSVP to Tom Saterstrom (  or cell: 952-239-3629).
Pathway to Membership Class
Sundays, Dec. 3 & 10, 1-3 p.m.
Thinking about becoming a member of First Universalist Church in the New Year? The next two-session Pathway to Membership class is set for Sundays, Dec. 3 and 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., after the second church services. This new member class is a great chance to build community, explore Unitarian Universalism and our church's unique history, and learn how to get involved. Free childcare is available, with seven days advance notice before each class. Give yourself a lifetime present!  To register, please email Sandy at
A Reminder About Our Sanctuary Resolution
A note from Rev. Jen Crow:

Many of you probably remember that last winter our congregation voted to become a sanctuary church, a faith community committed to providing safe space for those at risk of deportation. ( Read the text of our Sanctuary Resolution here.) This brave commitment fills me with pride, and as I come to more fully understand the responsibilities that come with this commitment, I find myself humbled, too.

In this political climate, providing physical sanctuary to someone at risk of deportation is a risky and complicated undertaking. While we will not actively hide anyone in our building, it is possible that people being housed with us may want to actively guard their privacy. This may mean that if a person or family does come to stay with us, we will not be sharing this information widely with the congregation. In some situations, it will be important for very few people to be aware of a person's presence with us. You can rest assured that the authority you have given to Rev. Justin, along with the Board of Trustees, to make decisions about when and if and who we might offer physical sanctuary to is carried with great care.

Regardless of the pride or excitement we may feel should we provide physical sanctuary to anyone at risk of deportation, we must put the safety and privacy of the individuals who are staying with us above our individual desire to talk or share. Even having friends, family members, congregants, coworkers or neighbors know that our church is housing someone would put people we care about at risk. It must be enough to simply know in our hearts that we are doing the spiritual work of putting our faith into action, fulfilling our promise to honor the worth and dignity of every person. Please join us in this important work by putting your trust in our church leaders, and by actively protecting the privacy of any individual or family who may come to stay with us.
An Update on This Year's Budget
(and a Request for Your Financial Pledge)
The good financial news is that we've just completed our Capital Campaign and raised $5.6 million!

The challenging financial news is that we are about $100,000 short in annual pledges for this church year - July 2017 through June 2018.

We know from other churches that it's not uncommon to see a small dip in annual giving during a capital campaign year.  But this is a larger dip than we anticipated, given our Sunday worship attendance - which is strong - and the number engaged in our ministry - also strong.

As many of you know, the majority of our income comes from annual pledges which support our operating budget and our ministry. Annual pledges are the lifeblood of the church.

Many of you reading this have already made your annual pledge and a capital campaign gift. Thank you!

And here's the thing: based on previous years and giving records, we know that there are still many people who are committed and involved in this church who haven't pledged yet. 

So if that's you - and for whatever reason, you haven't had the chance to pledge - we want to give you an opportunity to respond.

Maybe you've heard us talking about pledging before, and didn't think we were talking to you.  But if this is your spiritual home and you want to support what we're doing here and in the world, we're talking to you!

Jen Crow and I have been looking at the budget and we only have so much wiggle room to make cuts and so if you haven't pledged yet - let today be the day!

You can pick up a pledge card in the office or call or email staff member Andrea Love - , or 612-825-1701 x 112 - to set up a monthly contribution or have any questions answered.

Thank you for your support of our ministry!

Revs. Justin and Jen
Senior High Pie Fundraiser: This Sunday, Nov. 19
It's th e week before  Thanksgiving, which means it's time to eat yummy pies baked with love by the First Universalist Church Senior High youth group. Please come to the social hall after both services this Sunday, Nov. 19  to buy whole pies or pie slices. All of the money raised will go towards Senior High trips and towards helping our youth participate in Unitarian Universalist leadership programs.
The Holiday Giving Project: "Stone Soup" and Marnita's Table
In the old folk tale "Stone Soup," three bedraggled and hungry ex-soldiers are making their way home from the battlefield. They stop at a village hoping for a bite to eat, but the residents are poor and hungry themselves and view the strangers with suspicion. The soldiers build a campfire, boil a pot of water, toss in a stone, and make a show of preparing a delicious broth. It just lacks a few "garnishes," they say. One by one, each villager contributes some small ingredient - a carrot, a potato, a meaty bone, a pinch of salt - and before long a thick, rich-smelling soup is bubbling in the pot, enough to satisfy all.  

Marnita's Table, our 2017 Holiday Giving recipient, reflects the lesson of this ancient tale:  strangers become friends when sharing food. "Stone Soup" also teaches that many small contributions add up to bounty. It's this very idea that inspires our biennial Holiday Giving project. If all of us give generously, if we dial back the seasonally-induced materialism, we can provide a sizeable gift to an organization that is addressing racism and intolerance in fundamental and effective ways.   

Please set aside some time, individually and within your family, to consider how your generosity can nourish connections across differences by supporting the work of Marnita's Table. Can you forego a few presents to make the Twin Cities a better, more welcoming place for all? Can you, perhaps, cut your seasonal spending by as much as half? Before ubiquitous carols, glittering decorations, and Black Friday sales lure us to buy expensive things our loved ones don't really need or want, consider a different kind of holiday giving that promises a deeper and longer-lasting joy.   

Watch for more information about Marnita's Table and the Holiday Giving project on the church website , in future editions of The Weekly Liberal, and at upcoming post-service social hours. A representative of Marnita's Table will join us at church on November 26.  If you have questions, contact the Holiday Giving team at .
Extra 2017 Holiday Greeters Needed!
Could you greet at First Universalist Church for any of the following events?:
  • Sunday Christmas Pageant: Sunday, Dec. 17, 4 p.m. (candlelight service): 4-5 greeters
  • Solstice: Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. (gigantic candlelight service): 4-5 greeters 
  • Christmas Eve Day, Sunday Service: Sunday, Dec. 24, 10 a.m.: 4-5 greeters
  • Christmas Eve Pageant: Sunday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. (candlelight service): 4-5 greeters
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Sunday, Dec. 24, 9:30 p.m. (candlelight service): 4 greeters
  • Sunday Singing Service: Sunday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m.: 4-5 greeters
Please email Sandy at if any of these dates fits your holiday calendar and you would like to share First Universalist's "radical hospitality" by welcoming our members, friends, and visitors to our holiday events. Families and friends are invited to greet as a group! Add this to your holiday list of fun things to do!
Call for Pastoral Visitor Applications
Are you someone who enjoys meeting members of our community, one on one, getting to know them, being able to offer support to shut-ins and to those with other physical and spiritual needs? If you are, please consider  joining the Pastoral Visitors Team under the direction of the Rev. Ruth MacKenzie. To do so, fill out an application here.

The team meets in the evening on the third Monday of each month for support and training.  Deadline for new applications is Saturday, Dec. 16, and all the Pastoral Visitors will have an extended training session in January.  

While our ministers continue to be with members of the congregation in crisis situations, this team is able to provide continuing spiritual care to our growing community and enhance the practical support offered by our Congregational Care team. Our goal is to offer compassionate presence to our fellow congregants and to deepen our own spiritual lives.

If this sounds like a good fit, consider being a Pastoral Visitor and make an application.
Join the Welcome New Child Team
Does supporting young families and helping them celebrate a newly adopted child or a new baby call to you? If your answer is yes, then join our team co-chaired by Sara McLoone and Sara McMullen. We have experienced quite the new child/baby boom at First Universalist with more on the way. This ministry needs volunteers to support families during this joyous and tender time.

Love calls us to connect families who have recently welcomed a new child or baby with a friendly and supportive visitor who can offer an hour or two of help while parents take a nap, take a shower, or any multitude of things they may need to tend to! Visitors can choose to bring a meal too, but that is not required. On occasion we work with Rev. Ruth and the Pastoral Care team to offer further support. To join the team or learn more, contact Sara McMullen at 612-805-5059 or
Complete Your Volunteer Profile by Friday, Nov. 17, for a Chance to Win Theater Tickets!
As a church, we have initiated a campaign to facilitate the connections between church volunteer needs and congregant interests. A drawing for tickets to the Penumbra and Mixed Blood theaters will take place in the Social Hall between the services  on Sunday  for all who have submitted their "Volunteer Profile."

So far, 200 individuals are entered into the drawing. To be in Sunday's drawing, you have until Friday, Nov. 17 to submit your profile in one of the following ways:
  1. If you have a church User ID and password, go to "MyFirstU/Profile/Serving" and fill out the profile online.
  2. If you need some help either logging into the "MyFirstU" website or completing the online profile please contact Larry at
  3. If you're not coming to a service on Sunday but want to fill out a hard copy of the profile, send an email request to Hal at
Note:  We r espect your data privacy, and will only reach out on opportunities that match your expressed passion, skills, and availability. Only volunteer leaders will have access to these profiles. To have access, they must first sign a commitment to accept No for an answer when you are unable to volunteer, to not share this information with anyone else, and to not use it for any other purpose.
Dr. Robin DiAngelo: This Saturday at Unity in St. Paul
First Universalist is co-sponsoring a workshop with Dr. Robin DiAngelo that will take place at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul on Saturday, Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m. Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of white people, explain what makes racism so hard for white people to see, and identify common white racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society. Join the Facebook event for this workshop here.
November Board of Trustees Meeting
The First Universalist Church Board of Trustees generally meets the third Thursday of each month (except July). The November board meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16. Meeting materials may be found on our website here
Lost and Found
We periodically clean out our Lost & Found, located in the coat closet on the south side of the lower narthex. If you are missing anything that may have ended up in the lost and found at church, please contact the church office (612-825-1701) with a description of the item you are missing. Any unclaimed items remaining after November 30 will be donated.  
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 Visitors 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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