First Universalist Church
Weekly E-News: September 18, 2014

We've Been 

Waiting for You


by Rev. Justin Schroeder


If you weren't able to attend worship last Sunday, check out the sermon podcast. I offered some deeply personal reflections about our faith, hospitality, and why our racial justice efforts are so important. I referenced the Twitter hashtag, #fergusonsyllabus; as a follow up to the sermon, I hope you'll spend some time reading this article from The Atlantic It's a resource rich article. Spend some time reading, reflecting, and engaging, and then join us at one of the Racial Justice workshops, Circles, or monthly Racial Justice discussions that we're offering at church, so the learning can be integrated and acted upon. 

Next Monday, September 22, at 7pm, at Breck School, I'll be moderating the conversation, "Will Scientific Knowledge Replace Religious Faith Within 100 Years?" This event is put on by the Minneapolis Multi-faith Networkand brings together Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Unitarian Universalist religious leaders for a dialogue with one another, informed by questions from the audience. I hope you'll join us. To learn more, click here.

Finally, we're in the final week of signups for our Circles We're offering Circles for people of color, men, fathers of small children, parents of 2nd-5th graders, parents of 5th-8th graders, lesbian moms, queer young adults (for folks in their 20's-30's), people living with chronic illness,  and more. We're offering Spiritual Deepening Circles such as "Mostly Silent Meditation," "The New Jim Crow: A Reading Circle," "Spiritual Practices & Support for Those Living with Depression & Other Mental Health Concerns," and others. To learn more, and figure out which Circle is right for you, visit our Circle page


Child care is available for all of our Circles. You can sign up for a Circle through Sunday, September 21. Sign up soon, because many Circles have already filled up, and others are nearly full.  


I'll see you in church,



September 21 Order of Service and Bulletin
To view the September 21 Order of Service and Bulletin online, click below. 
Worship Schedule: two services at 9:30 and 11:15 AM
Women's Ritual Circle
Self-identified women who are interested in earth-based spirituality are welcome to attend the next open ritual of the Under Northern Skies Women's Ritual Circle on Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cummins Room. Join us to celebrate the New Moon in Libra! Contact Beth at for more information.


Blankets Needed

Simpson Housing Services is in urgent need of blankets for the homeless shelter.  Used and any size are fine.  The blankets must be washable.  Bring blankets to the church on Sunday, September 21, and they will be delivered to Simpson Shelter.  Bring the blankets in a bag, labeled "Simpson" or use a bag in the coat closet at the base of the stairs leading to the sanctuary.  All blankets left in the coat closet will be picked up after the second service on 9/21.  If you wish to make another kind of in-kind donation to Simpson, check their "urgent needs" list at this link.


Thanks for your support of the shelter.

Anne Frenchick


2014-2015 Annual Events and Fall Worship Schedule


The 2014-2015 Annual Events and Fall Worship Schedule is now available! Paper copies will be on hand during services this Sunday, and can also be found at the front desk in the church office.  The online PDF version can be viewed by clicking here.


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. If you'd like to be included in our Cycle of Life each Sunday in worship, please contact Sandy diNanni at ( or (612) 825-1701. If you would like support, please contact Rev. Jen Crow ( or 825-1701) or any member of our Pastoral Care Team. 


A Note From Rev. Justin
September 21 OOS & Bulletin
Women's Ritual Circle
Blankets Needed
2014-2015 Annual Events
Pastoral Care
Sign-Up Sunday
Circle Sign-Up
More Info About 'Weekly Liberal'
Pavia Winds Concert
Sign Up Sunday: 
Get Involved!

This upcoming Sunday, September 21, is Sign Up Sunday, an opportunity to learn more about the groups and committees at First Universalist.  Information, friendly conversation, and sign up sheets will be available in the social hall after both services.  With a variety of opportunities ranging from knitting, to delivering meals, to circle suppers, you will find great ways to get connected socially and contribute to the life of this vibrant community. 

Questions? Please contact Sandy DiNanni, Membership Support Staff, at or 612-825-1701.

This Sunday is the Last Sunday to Register for 
Circle Groups!

Check out these opportunities to nourish your soul and get connected.

Circles: Our 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. Click here to learn more. Registration opens on Sunday and runs through September 21.


For more information, contact Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink, Minister of Membership and Adult Ministries, 

or 612-825-1701 x124.


More Information About The 'Weekly Liberal'


The 'Weekly Liberal', our new digital Liberal/E-news hybrid publication, will officially be launching October 2, 2014.


The deadline for submitting an article/posting/picture/etc. will always be Tuesdays at 10:00 AM, for the Thursday afternoon publication. Articles and announcements submitted must be under 200 words, unless previously approved by Rev. Jen or Rev. Justin.  There will be an online submission form with a link and instructions provided in next week's e-news.


While we are still sorting out a few of the details of this new initiative, we wanted to share these details with you now, in anticipation of the changes that are on the horizon.  We will be sure to keep you updated as we move forward! In the meantime, should you have any questions or thoughts to share, feel free to email Communications Manager Heidi Johnson at:


Pavia Winds Concert This Sunday at 4:00

Pavia Winds will be presenting their fall concert at First Universalist Church on Sunday, September 21st at 4:00 p.m. The concert is free or a suggested donation of $10. All proceeds will go toward the work of our church. Ryan Golden, clarinetist, is the son of church member Denise Konen.


This is a great concert for families - it's only an hour long with a ten minute intermission. See for a taste of their music or more information.


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First Universalist Church
3400 Dupont Ave South
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55408


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