December 29, 2016  |  Vol. 3 No. 52
January worship theme: Cloud of Witnesses

Worship this Sunday
Sunday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m.
Sing-Along Sunday
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
Join us for a multigenerational Singing Sunday at 10 a.m. Children and youth ages 4 and up attend the service with their families. 
A Look Ahead
Sunday, Jan. 8, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Remembrance Sunday
Rev. Jen Crow

Recent Sermon Podcasts
December 18, 2016
Rev. Justin Schroeder
December 11, 2016
"Joy in the Midst of It All"
Rev. Justin Schroeder & Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
December 4, 2016
"Everything We Need is Here"
Rev. Jen Crow
March Pre-Training: Making More of the Women's March on Washington 
Thursday, Jan. 5, 6-9 p.m. at First U
(potluck at 6 p.m., meeting from 7-9 p.m.)
Our hope is that every UU who is planning on going to the Women's March on Washington (or marching in Minnesota) will come to one of two pre-training events offered (Jan. 5 at First Universalist and Jan. 10 at Unity Unitarian). These pre-training sessions will offer context and breakout sessions on self-defense and de-escalation/interruption. The de-escalation and self-defense classes will prioritize space for the most targeted and vulnerable groups.
Newcomer Circle
Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25, and Feb. 1,
7-8:30 p.m., Room 203
  Are you new to First Universalist? Whether you are a recent visitor or a new member, you're invited to join a Newcomer Circle. These four-session gatherings of 6-10 newcomers offer a chance to explore core Unitarian Universalist values, reflect on our spiritual journeys, and connect with other folks who are new to church. As with all of our Circles, this group is grounded in attentive listening and open-hearted reflection. Registration is required; you can sign up at the Information table in the social hall, or by emailing
Open Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, Jan. 12, 6:30-8 p.m.
First Universalist's Labyrinth is located in the Social Hall. Each month from September through May, we offer an open walk on the second Thursday of the month. You are welcome to arrive any time between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Walk at your own pace, and stay as long or short as you like. Allow at least 15 minutes minimum for a full fast walk. A member of the Labyrinth Circle will be available to answer questions and offer guidance. For more information, contact: Anne Hobbs, 763-546-3337 or
"Doctrine of Discovery" Film Screening
Saturday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m., Cummins Room
  Join us for a screening of the film, "The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code" with film director Sheldon Wolfchild of 38 Plus 2 Productions on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Cummins Room. The film tells the story of how little-known Vatican documents of the 15th century resulted in a tragic global momentum of domination and dehumanization, illustrating ways in which papal bulls and royal claims of Christian domination infuse our daily lives today.
Daytime Connections: "Use It or Lose It"
Thursday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join us for a light-hearted approach to fitness hosted by Dennis Haskin with UU friends - Roberta Haskin, Peter May, Pat Gottschalk and Sal Valdovinos. Includes biking, yoga and weighted hula-hoops plus a pledge to take action!  $5-10 donation for lunch. To RSVP or resolve transportation issues, contact  Sandy at or 612-825-1701. Through Daytime Connections, older adults at First Universalist empower each other to live intentional, joyful, purposeful, and spiritually fulfilled lives.
Winter Warm-Up Dance Party
Saturday, Jan. 21, 7:30-10 p.m.
  Join us Saturday night, Jan. 21, for our third annual Winter Warm-up! This is a live-music event perfect for dancing the night way. Beverages will be available for purchase; light snacks are included in the ticket price. 
Come out and help warm-up the social hall at our first fundraiser of the year. Admission is $15 but no one will be turned away based on ability to pay, and if your budget allows it, consider paying more to support others. Tickets can be purchased in advance, but will also be available at the door. 
"A Good Time for the Truth": Three Minnesotans of Color Share Their Stories on Friday, Jan. 27
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 on Friday, Jan. 27 starting at 6:45 p.m. 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 Gardner is our host for the evening and will moderate the panel discussion. Light refreshments will be served in the Social Hall immediately following the reading.

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

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

First Universalist Church of Minneapolis is offering this event out of its commitment to racial justice through intensive education and training on the historical and current impacts of systemic racism and white privilege.

This event is free to the public and childcare is also provided with a minimum of seven days' notice. To request childcare, fill out the online form.
Remembrance Sunday is January 8
Remembrance Sunday is a time to reflect on our losses over the past year and to honor those we love who have died. It is also an opportunity to mark other significant losses in the life of your family, such as a separation or divorce, saying goodbye to friends who've moved away, the passing of an animal companion, or the loss of a home, job or familiar school community.

Join us on Sunday, Jan. 8 (services are at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.) for Remembrance Sunday. We'll enjoy music by Give Get Sistet. You're invited to bring a photo or memento of loved ones you are remembering to the sanctuary for our shared altar that Sunday morning.

All children and youth attend the first part of worship with their families before being excused to their Religious Education classes.
Women's March on Washington and in Minnesota
"We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."
-Mission Statement of the Women's March on Washington and in Minnesota
On January 21, the day after the inauguration, Revs. Jen Crow and Ruth MacKenzie will be heading to Washington to join the Women's March on Washington. Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink will be joining the march here in Minnesota. March organizers write: "In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women's March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us."
Unitarian Universalist Twin Cities churches are combining efforts to offer ways for people to participate as well as continue to deepen our racial justice work and calling.
One bus has been secured to go to Washington by Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul. All congregations are welcome to join in, but seating is limited. (They are hoping to secure more but at this point there is only one available.) The cost is $235 for travel and $109 for lodging. All registrants are asked to contribute to a fund to provide scholarships for women of color. For details please go to: Bus Registration
Pre-training sessions. People who are intending to go to either march are asked to attend one pre-training session that will offer context and breakout sessions on self-defense and de-escalation/interruption.
Thursday, Jan. 5 at First Universalist: potluck at 6 p.m., meeting from 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Unity: potluck at 6 p.m., meeting from 7-9 p.m.
March: Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. A designated meeting place will be announced soon, so we can march together in DC and Minneapolis.
Post-March De-brief. We strongly encourage people to attend the Post-March De-brief and Mobilization Meeting. This meeting will help us extend our efforts beyond the march and challenge us to continue to lean into our racial justice work.
First Universalist Social Hall: Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. potluck, 7-9 p.m. meeting 
Hosted by Rev. Ashley Horan and Lena Gardner
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie and Meg Reid are organizing our First Universalist efforts for the March on Washington, and Rev. Elaine will organize our Minnesota March efforts. Please feel free to email with questions at or More articles will be forthcoming after the holidays.
More information about the marches: 
Sign Up for Circles Beginning Monday, Jan. 8
This winter, we invite you to grow your soul and find your community within the larger community here at church by joining a circle. Whether you're ready to engage in a spiritual practice or deepen your racial justice work, there is something for you! 

Circles are groups of 8-10 committed participants who come together with a trained leader to nurture spiritual growth in community. These groups are grounded in the spiritual practices of deep listening and  open-hearted reflection.

Don't miss your chance to sign up!  Registration will be open from  January 8-24 online at  and on Sundays,  January 8, 15, and 22 in the Social Hall.
  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: Need a Ride?
Need a Ride? We can help with at least two weeks' notice. Contact Anne McBean at 612-388-0660 or if you need help with a ride or would like to offer a ride to a congregant. 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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