Calling: The Practice of Holding Space

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  • What do you feel most called to do in life?
  • Where do you think a "calling: comes from?
  • What do you hold space for? What are you choosing to not hold space for?
Read this week's reflection:


Our Sunday services are at 9 and 11am, in-person and on Zoom,

followed by in-person and Cyber Social Hour, immediately after both services.

In light of the current high incidence of flu, RSV, and other respiratory illnesses as well as COVID, we remind people that the current protocol strongly encourages (though doesn't require) wearing masks at the church. Read WBUUC's Current COVID Protocol

Church-Related Closings & Weather Notifications

Sunday, Jan. 22 | Living Our Call with Rev. Roger Bertschausen and live music from The WBUUC Choir

Sunday, Jan. 29 | This I Believe with Teal Bassett and Ginny Johansen and live music from special guest musician Jaspar Lepak.

Sunday, Feb. 5 | Balancing Vulnerability with Streaks of Steel with Rev. Roger Bertchausen and live music from The OK Factor. During each of these services, we will hold a Ceremony of Gratitude for Rev. Sara Goodman with a reception in the social hall to follow each service. Please see below for our congregational gift options for Rev. Sara.

To attend worship in-person:

If you are visiting for the first time or bringing a guest or returning after an absence, feel free to register below so that our welcome teams can prepare for your arrival.

The Nursery is available during worship to care for children ages 6 months through 3 years. Registration is required:

To attend worship on Zoom:

Sunday Services | 9 & 11am

Computer, tablet, or smartphone:

Password: WBUUC328

By phone: +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 743 728 311

Cyber Social Hour | Immediately following each service

Computer, tablet, or smartphone:

Password: WBUUC328

By phone: +1 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 925 9029 4884

Congregational Gift Options for Rev. Sara

Gratitude Book

As a symbol of our gratitude to Rev. Sara, her ministry, and her time at WBUUC, we are asking for submissions of messages, memories, reflections, good wishes, artwork and more from members and friends. These pieces will be compiled into a book and presented to Rev. Sara in February when she leaves us.

To submit something online:

Also, there is a table in the social hall where you can create your submission. You can download a submission sheet by clicking here.

Cash Gift

We are collecting donations for a cash gift to give Rev. Sara and her family. This cash gift will be presented in a single payment. If you’d like to contribute, you can do so in three ways:

  • Write a check to WBUUC with Sara in the memo line
  • Online:, select Sara
  • Text to give - Text “Amount Sara” to (651) 615-5551. (For example, if you want to give $25, put this in the text: 25 Sara)

We thank you Rev. Sara.

A Video Message from Rev. Roger - The 8th Principle at WBUUC

To learn more about adding The 8th Principle to the current 7 Principles–the focus of the service this past Sunday–check out the new page on our website: and this video message from Rev. Roger.


Conversations: At the Heart of It

Jan. 19 | 11am - 1pm | In-person and on Zoom


RSVP Here (by Jan. 18 - end of day today):


Join via Zoom:


This is a group for folks over the age of 60 who are looking to connect on deep level with other folks experiencing similar life stages. We have conversations that go to the heart of the issues we are holding together.


We gather in a large group at 11am, then we are randomly split into groups of three or four to share for about 30 minutes. After that, the full group comes back together to share some of the ideas and thoughts that were meaningful from the small groups. There is a zoom option for those who cannot come in person.


Afterwards, those in person will enjoy lunch in the Social Hall at 12! The conversations around these tables are as meaningful as the small group conversations, and allow you to meet with different folks. For more information contact

Caregivers Support Group

Jan. 19 | 2:30-4pm | In-person and on Zoom

The Pastoral Care Team is hosting a presentation about our upcoming Caregivers Support Group. We know that many people are part-time or full-time caregivers for their loved ones, and that job can be both joyful and exhausting. If you're interested in what kind of support you could get from a monthly support group of other caregivers, please attend this presentation.

RSVP here:

The presentation (and the support group) are facilitated by Susan Taylor, who had a career in supporting caregivers. She is highly skilled and eager to continue this important work. Please contact Rev. Jack ( with any questions or concerns.

Purchase Carbon Offsets for Your Vacation Travel

First, the bad news – U.S. Greenhouse-gas emissions (a main cause of climate change) grew by 1.3% in 2022, due largely to an increase in emissions from the transportation sector, driven mainly by demand for jet fuel as air travel rebounded from COVID levels.

And now, the good news – WBUUC members can respond by purchasing carbon offsets for vacation travel. Revenue will be used to install more solar collectors on the church roof in 2023, thus decreasing consumption of power plant electricity and lowering the church’s carbon emissions.

Learn more and calculate your carbon offset for a vacation trip:

Theme Circle Facilitators Needed!

We are desperately seeking theme circle Facilitators to lead circles for all ages. If you are interested in finding out more about serving as a facilitator this spring or in the fall, please fill out this form:

Additionally, there will be a short informational meeting to learn more on Sunday, January 22nd at 10:30 am in the Wheatley Room.

Click here to see the Winter/Spring 2023 Supper & Soulwork Schedule

Join us for an upcoming Supper & Soulwork – these Wednesday night evenings of fellowship and food provide all-ages with a chance to connect mid-week, share a meal, participate in various activities and/or special programming, and most importantly, be together. Meals will be prepared by a cook team with an occasional potluck.

Next Supper & Soulwork is January 25th.

This will be a meal prepared by a cook team.

Click here to see the Winter/Spring 2023 Supper & Soulwork Schedule

Special Collection for Walker West - You Can Still Help!

You can still help! The January 15 special collection will go to Walker West Music Academy in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul. You can still donate to help support the work of this non-profit community music school. 

Walker West, established in 1988 by Rev. Carl Walker and Grant West with a rented piano in the upstairs of a duplex, is one of the oldest community music schools in the nation to have been established by African American musicians. 

Today teaching artists provide thousands of hours of music education each year to students of all ability levels. “Walker West creates a music learning community rooted in the African-American cultural experience, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore, and grow through music.” 

Your donation helps to make this opportunity of accessible music education available to interested students of all ages and ability levels.  

You can read more about Walker West at its website:

You can give in three ways:

  • Online: - indicate Walker
  • Send a check or leave a check in the office lock box with Walker on the memo line
  • Text to Give by text to 651-615-5551 the “amount” Walker (ex, if you want to give $25, put this in the text: 25 Walker)


In Memoriam: Elizabeth "BJ" Cedarleaf

Longtime member Elizabeth "BJ" Cedarleaf passed away on January 13, 2023. She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Jack. BJ and Jack joined WBUUC in 1966.

A private family service will be held.

In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we will remember her.

Meditation Requests, Meeting with Ministers and Building Hours

If you would like to have a joy, a sorrow, or a life event shared in our time of meditation and prayer in the Sunday service, please complete this form. You may also use this form to request prayers, ask for support from the congregation, and just to let us know what is going on with you.

Meeting with Ministers

We invite you to contact us directly to make an appointment for an in-person or Zoom meeting. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are the days on which we concentrate appointments though we will also make available other times if these weekday times don't work for you. Questions or to make an appointment with one of us, contact us.

Building Hours

Tue/Wed/Thurs: 10am – 5pm

Fridays: often open – best to confirm before arriving

Mondays: typically closed or open by special arrangement only

To submit items for our weekly eNews, please use this form:

Submissions are due by Tuesday at 3pm.

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