June 15, 2017  |  Vol. 4 No. 24
You're Invited to an Iftar Meal at Masjid An-Nur!
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Several months ago, 25 members and friends of First Universalist attended a Friday prayer service at Masjid An-Nur (Mosque of Light). Now, we have been invited to an Iftar meal (the meal that breaks the fast at the end of the day during Ramadan) at the Mosque on Tuesday, June 20th, at 8 p.m. There's only a few spaces left, so please register here . We'll gather at 8 p.m. at the Mosque for prayer and conversation, and then break fast and share a meal together at 9:03 p.m. I hope you'll attend!
In faith,
Justin Schroeder


Worship this Sunday
Sunday, June 18, 10 a.m.
Rev. Karen Hering and
Catherine Charles Hammond
With the unfolding conversations and awareness around gender identity and diversity, how do we understand what it means to be "us" in ways that welcome and open the fullness of all our gender identities and possibilities?
Guest preacher Rev. Karen Hering is consulting literary minister, rooted at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, and author of "Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within." She leads retreats and programs near and far, and is also the proud mother of Catherine Charles Hammond, who will be leading this worship service with her. 
Summer Sundays for Kids 

A Look Ahead
Sunday, June 25, 10 a.m.
Lauren Wyeth

Recent Sermon Podcasts
June 11, 2017
"Meeting the Moment with Movement"
Rabbi Michael Latz
June 4, 2017
"Rooted in Gratitude"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Listen to the podcast
May 28, 2017
"A New Ending"
Terri Burnor
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.
Gender 101: Fostering Justice, Equity, and Compassion for All Genders
Sunday, June 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Cummins Room

As the movement for transgender equity gains momentum and visibility, a multitude of new conversations about gender identity and diversity are beginning to unfold - with important implications for all those who strive to cultivate inclusive, respectful, and welcoming spaces. In this workshop, facilitated by Cat Hammond, we'll start with the basics and cover the terminology, concepts, and practices that are integral to today's rapidly evolving queer and trans movements. All are welcome to attend - from total novices to budding gender theorists - and will come away with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge to participate in the building of a safe, equitable world for people of all genders.

WORKSHOP LEADER: Catherine Charles Hammond is a Minneapolis-based writer, musician, and performer whose work exploring queer identity has been featured most recently in 20% Theatre Company's The Naked I, Fox Egg Gallery's OUTspoken, and Intermedia Arts' Queer Voices reading series. They have also provided staff trainings, consultation, and lectures as LGBTQ Community Liaison at the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis.
Summer Choir:  Sunday, June 18
9 a.m. rehearsal, 10 a.m. service
Do you like to sing? Have you thought about being in choir, but can't make an extended commitment? Summer Choir may be just right for you! The Summer Choir is scheduled to sing in services on June 18, July 9, and August 27. Rehearsals are at 9 a.m. on the day of the service, and services begin at 10 a.m. Music is easy enough to learn in the 45 minute rehearsal. All are welcome! Questions? Contact randy@firstuniv.org
Artist's Reception: Beth Andrews
Sunday, June 25 after the 10 a.m. service
Join us on Sunday, June 25 for a reception for artist Beth Andrews, whose paintings are currently on view in the gallery space in the social hall.  The medium used in Andrews' paintings is called "Encaustic." It is a mixture of beeswax and resin, and the process involves layering and scraping back, hiding and revealing. The finished product has the look and feel of an archeological finding. Meet the artist in the social hall after worship!
Senior Hike with Daytime Connections
Thursday, June 29 - Meet at 10 a.m. at Lucky's 13 in Mendota

Join us for our next seniors hike with Daytime Connections!  Meet at Lucky's 13 Restaurant/Pub ( 1352 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota, MN 55150). 

We will hike along one of two possible routes from our Lucky's 13 meet-up location. The route will depend on weather and trail conditions. We will hike for approximately 2 hours. Both routes will be out-and-back hikes; thus, it will be possible for folks to turn around at any point and return to Lucky's 13 as weather and bodies dictate.  We will plan to hike regardless of the weather unless it is severe. Bring water, dress accordingly and bring insect repellent.  For those so inclined, we will gather at Lucky's 13 for sustenance, hydration, and conviviality after the hike.

Please RSVP to Tom Saterstrom if you plan to participate:  saterstromtom@yahoo.com or (952) 239-3629 (cell phone).
Wellspring Info Session
Sunday, July 9, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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 an upcoming 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.
Save the Date: Lake Harriet Bandshell Worship Service & Potluck
Mark your calendar for Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. and join us for our annual outdoor worship service and potluck picnic at the Lake Harriet Bandshell! This will be our only service on this Sunday.
First Universalist Stories: Carol Cochran
Each week throughout the summer, we're featuring one or two stories submitted by members about what First Universalist Church means to them.  

Carol Cochran writes:

Carol Cochran
"What I love About First Universalist:  The underlying coordination of themes expressed in the visual arts, music, words, education program, and activities is an organizational choice that takes dedication and cooperation by many. Before a word is spoken or a musical note played or sung, I notice the carefully selected visual arts. Often there's a message within their beauty. I value the loving care expressed visually. The music selections performed by talented musicians, from Dr. Jerrod Wendland to the variety of specialty bands, from Dr. Randal Buikema and the choir to special guest performances, expand my soul. The music and musicians in this church are gifts that keep on giving. I return for more. I've identified with and been able to use EVERY message I've heard from the four ministers in their on point sermons. Others have said the same, like "They must be speaking to me." The social justice and personal values expressed by this church, congregants and staff - a church that WALKS ITS TALK - keep me coming back.  

"Last, the physical space. The large windows bring in daylight and a view of the nearby trees as their leaves change with the seasons: bare gray branches, budding green leaves, autumn reds and gold, and back to gray. The change of seasons reminds me of life's circle as I sit in the spacious, high ceiling sanctuary that feels uncrowded even when the pews are packed with people. The music begins and I settle into the present moment: serene anticipation."
Young Adults Summer Barbecue
Relax and connect with other folks in their 20s and 30s with a Sunday afternoon barbecue. We'll meet on June 25 from 1-5 p.m. at the home of Margot Isman and Sebastian Anti in Northeast Minneapolis. Bring something to share and your ideas for future young adult activities. This will be a sober space; all are welcome! 

RSVP to youngadultsfirstu@gmail.com for the address and more information.
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.
Get Involved: Twin Cities Pride Festival and Parade
The Twin Cities Pride Festival and Ashley Rukes Memorial Pride Parade are right around the corner (June 23-25), and MUUSJA is looking to recruit you to be your fabulous, wonderful, inclusive, and welcoming self. Whether you identify as LGBTQIA+ or as a straight/cis ally, you are welcome to join the Minnesotan UU contingent for the weekend.

Do you have a knack for creating some wild, wacky, and winsome outfits? Or maybe creating signs with deep and loving messages? The Pride Parade takes place on Sunday, June 25, starting at 11 a.m. MUUSJA is looking for a group of 50 who can beautifully represent the full affirmation and warm embrace that UUs in Minnesota have for all of our queer siblings and for families of all shapes and sizes. If you are interested in marching in the parade (or helping to make beautiful signs), email Jack Gaede at muusjaintern@gmail.com with subject line "Pride Parade."

Volunteers are also needed to staff the booth in Loring Park from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th. MUUSJA will provide resources and training to all booth volunteers. You are welcome to work just a one-hour shift, or you could even do three or four hours back-to-back! If you would like to volunteer to staff the booth, please email Jack Gaede at muusjaintern@gmail.com with subject line "Pride Booth."
Augsburg Fairview Academy: Volunteer Opportunity
We are seeking  volunteers to support the Augsburg Fairview Academy (AFA) Clothing Closet beginning in the fall of 2017. Duties involve bringing our donations from church to AFA, organizing the closet, keeping track of what is needed, and helping with special clothing drives like winter coats. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, contact Cindy Marsh at cindy.marsh2588@gmail.com or 612-377-6789. Many thanks to Joyce Case and Rita Franchett who staffed the Clothing Closet for five years - it is a fun job, just ask them!
Food and Clothing donations are not needed until fall. School is out June 8 and there is no summer session at AFA. Thank you for your generosity throughout the school year!
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.

  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.
Healing Minnesota Stories/SPIN - Sacred Sites Tour
Saturday, June 24 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Meet at Church of St. Peter in Mendota
The tour centers around the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, what the Dakota refer to as Bdote, or "meeting place of rivers." The tour stops include Fort Snelling, the site of the Dakota internment camp following the Dakota-U.S. War, and Pilot Knob Hill, a traditional burial ground...  Tours are led by Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota/Lakota), and offer an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling. Come prepared for the weather (rain or shine), and bring your own snacks. Cost: Suggested donation ($20-40) the day of the tour or online. Donations support Healing Minnesota Stories programs and events. Register names/email addresses at  info@spinterfaith.org .    Read more.    
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