Our Mission:
“We gather as a welcoming, caring community to nurture mind and spirit, celebrate diversity, and work for justice.”

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Sunday Morning Experience

Join us for Worship Online at 10:30 am

Sunday Worship
 E pluribus historiarum, unam communita amata

Sunday, February 7, 10:30 am  
Contact: Pastor AJ

Join us this morning as Pastor AJ and our worship Core Team open Black History month with a conversation about liberation theology through the lense of ableism.

Join us for Conversation:
Beginning at 10:15 via Google Meet. This will be our space to chat and socialize before and during the service. We will also share Candles of Community immediately following the service in this same meet.

Watch the Worship Service:
Our Sunday morning service will be available live
Sunday, February 7, 9:30 am  
Contact: Jen S and Kendra P

Kids (and their grown-ups), join us this Sunday for our K-5 religious education program! All through the month of January, we will be exploring the theme of imagination. Our Soul Matters curriculum is specifically designed to keep kids engaged and curious over an online platform. So come along for stories, activities, and fun!
Sunday, February 7, 11:45 am  
Contact: Denard T or Calisse W
Welcome to our Middle and Senior High Youth from our PrairieUU and the local community to gather together. Join us for conversation, spiritual growth, and social activities.
LifeSpan Adult - New UU - Town Hall
Sunday, February 7, 11:45 am 
Contact: Pastor AJ

A visioning session with the Committee on Share Ministry (COSM), this presentation was to be part of the Congregational Meeting on January 31. The Congregational Meeting had a wealth of robust conversation requiring this section to be discussed now.
What You Missed:
If you missed Worship over the last few weeks, you are invited to visit our Facebook page, YouTube or on our website to view our services.

Ralph Waldo Mouse Says:

"Those who do not move, do not notice their chains."
From the Justice League...
Rethinking Thanksgiving

In follow-up to the Congregational Meeting- be sure to read Melissa’s important message here.
Thank you!!

The Justice League sends a huge shout-out to the 20+ people of all ages who braved the chill last Sunday and helped with Open Space Clean Up and the Prairie Task Force Food Drive! Great to see everyone taking care of our community
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Reading Material

Need some reading material to get you through these next few months? Want to educate yourself on anti-racism and white privilege? Check out the new Justice League reading list here.
The Justice League needs YOU!

With the pandemic continuing to impact unemployment, eviction rates, and homelessness, our community needs information of rights and resources. We’re creating an informational flyer to be distributed at apartment complexes and need volunteers to help distribute. If you are able to help, please contact Kim or Melissa.
If you are looking for more racial justice information see the following:

Support PrairieUU...
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If you shop on Amazon, please remember to use the special link and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to PrairieUU! This is through the Amazon Smile program. http://ow.ly/8zJi50BOssx
Support PrairieUU - King Soopers Rewards Program
Contact: Calisse W


Our assigned Non-Profit Organization (NPO) number is UC596.
This Week's Calendar
PrairieUU Calendar - Check for ongoing weekly meetings
Tech Talk
Tuesday, February 2, 4:00 PM
Contact: Rhonda W

During this time that we may not be able to get out and be with our family and friends, communications via Video Conferencing, and social media are needed more than ever. If you have a question or can you help someone else with Tech? Computers, Phones and Tablets? During this hour we work through getting you up and running to be in better communications with our PrairieUU community and your other personal networks.
Widening the Circle
Tuesday, February 3, 6:30 PM
Contact: Vivian L and Fran L

Join the Board, COSM and Justice League to Discuss Widening the Circle of Concern: Living Our Values in the World. 
Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 PM  
Contact: Denard T or Calisse W

This is space for Middle/Senior High Youth and 20something Young Adults from our PrairieUU and local community to gather together. Join us for conversation, spiritual growth, and social activities.

Please join us on Wednesday, February 3 to view: Sister Act

When a nightclub singer is forced to take refuge from the mob in a convent, she ends up turning the convent choir into a soulful chorus complete with a Motown repertoire, until the sudden celebrity of the choir jeopardizes her identity.
Living Well With Mental Health Issues
Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 PM
Contact: Timothy B
 
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm to share and learn more about Living Well with Mental Health Issues. Join us on Zoom: https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/96366722455
LifeSpan Meeting
Thursday, February 4, 5:00 pm
Contact: Jen S.

Join us on the first Thursday of each month as we engage in planning education for all ages at PrairieUU.
The Plastics Problem: A Call to Action
Thursday, February 4, 7:00 pm
First Universalist Church of Denver

The Plastics Problem: A Call to Action is a virtual event co-hosted by First Universalist Church and interfaith and secular grassroots organizations in Colorado all working for solutions to the climate crisis.

Have you been worrying about all the plastic in our community and
wondering what to do about it? You can make a difference by participating
in The Plastics Problem: A Call to Action on February 4 at 7:00 pm.

This event will include watching the recent landmark documentary, The
Story of Plastic, and a virtual workshop during which you will learn about
current work and pending legislation on plastics in Colorado, connect with
other eco-leaders, and pledge to take purposeful personal action.
will receive links to watch the documentary at your convenience and to
attend the virtual zoom workshop.

The virtual workshop will be facilitated by Jasmin Barco (Eco-Cycle and
Groundwork Denver). The event is open to all.

This event is a collaboration among grassroots groups working for environmental justice and solutions to the climate crisis -- Eco-Cycle, the Green Justice Team of The Kirk of Bonnie Brae, the Green First Task Force of First Universalist Church of Denver, and Together Colorado/Climate Justice Committee.

Space is limited. Please register soon!
Healthy Living Small Group
Friday, February 5, 1:00 pm
Contact: Pastor AJ

Join Pastor AJ and others in our community as we engage in a healthy(ier) living time together. We will meet once a week to share ideas, recipes, what works and what doesn’t about exercise. This will be a time to connect Mind, Body and Soul. If you are interested, please join Pastor AJ’s facebook group UU Healthy Living. Finally, Pastor AJ is also joining Weightwatchers and is inviting you to join with him. If you are interested, there are a couple of special promos that are now running but end tonight. For more information, check with Pastor AJ or sign up with Weightwatchers directly.
Coming Soon
MUUved to Action
Tuesday, February 9, 6:30 PM
Contact: Melissa B

Join us for our next MUUved to Action meeting. MUUved to Action group is a sub-group of our Justice League that meets weekly as a result of being called by our members to "not sleep through the revolution". We meet to address the urgent and immediate calls for justice action in our community. We are also joined by other Denver Metro UUs and community members.
Life-Transitions Support Group  
Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30
Contact: Dave L or Fran L.

This new Prairie online support group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. You can access this meeting from the Prairie Calendar, on our website.

If you, or a friend or relative of yours, would like to attend our support group, please contact either Fran or me, before the group's normal meeting time, so that we know how many attendees to expect. If we don't hear from anyone by the 2nd Tuesday of the month, we won't bother to initiate the online meeting for that month. Thank you for your understanding.
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 PM  
Contact: Denard T or Calisse W

This is space for Middle/Senior High Youth and 20something Young Adults from our PrairieUU and local community to gather together. Join us for conversation, spiritual growth, and social activities.

Please join us on Wednesday, February 10 to view: Selma

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
Healthy Living Small Group
Friday, February 10, 1:00 pm
Contact: Pastor AJ

Join Pastor AJ and others in our community as we engage in a healthy(ier) living time together. We will meet once a week to share ideas, recipes, what works and what doesn’t about exercise. This will be a time to connect Mind, Body and Soul. If you are interested, please join Pastor AJ’s Facebook group UU Healthy Living. Finally, Pastor AJ is also joining Weightwatchers and is inviting you to join with him. If you are interested, there are a couple of special promos that are now running but end tonight. For more information, check with Pastor AJ or sign up with Weightwatchers directly.
Pacific Western Regional Assembly: Love Right Through
Saturday, February 13, 1:00 pm Mountain

This has been a difficult year and we have done many things to Love Right Through all the challenges. Join us for an afternoon of celebrating our accomplishments and challenges with sharing from spotlighted congregations. Participate in workshops exploring how the pandemic has changed the way we engage with church work, with each other, and with our communities--and how we can move forward. Hear what is happening for good in the world, and opportunities yet to come.

Regional Assembly will run mid-day Saturday, opening with a lively celebration, welcoming, and congregational spotlights before a break heading into workshops or identity-based discussion groups, and back for closing worship and sendoff.

Details
Saturday, February 13, 2021
12 PM-5 PM Pacific/1 PM-6 PM Mountain/11 AM-4 PM Alaska/10 AM-3 PM Hawaii
Cost: $60 general, $20 youth (Sliding scale available!)

Tentative Schedule
***Schedule is subject to change. All times are Pacific.
12:00-12:30 – Celebratory Interactive Gathering
12:30-1:15 – Welcome and Spotlight Congregations
1:15-1:30 – Break
1:30-3:00 – Workshops & Caucus Spaces
3:00-3:30 – Break
3:30-5:00 – Worship, Call to Action, and Closing

Tentative Workshops & Spaces
***Workshops, facilitators, and titles are subject to change
  • Loving Right Through: Making Meaning from COVID - Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh & Rev. Sarah Movius Schurr
  • How to Have Transformative Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppression Conversations in Virtual Space - Beloved Conversations Team
  • Future of Regionalization/Regional Assembly - Rev. Carlton Smith & Amanda Radak
  • Stewardship: Budgeting in a Time of Uncertainty - Dr. Melissa James & Stewardship for Us, Rachel Maxwell & Kay Crider
  • Protect Juristac: Supporting Indigenous Rights & Activism - First Unitarian Church of San Jose, Starr King UU Church, UU Justice Ministry of California
  • Ministry with Children, Youth and Families in These Times - Annie Scott, CRE & Rev. Summer Albayati
  • Youth Space
  • Emerging Adult (18-24) Space
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Space

District Gatherings
Mountain Desert District will hold its annual meeting in conjunction with Regional Assemblyon Saturday the 13th at 9:30 AM Pacific/10:30 AM Mountain. For more information, registration, and delegate certification, visit the MDD website. Other districts may hold social gatherings throughout the weekend, and we will let you know when more information is available.

Sunday Worship
We hope you and your congregation will join us for worship with the UUA and Side With Love on Side With Love Sunday, February 14th. The full worship service will be available for download before the 14th, so you may watch it at any time. PWR will host a virtual coffee hour on Sunday afternoon (details coming soon).

Questions? You can reach us at pwr@uua.org.
LifeSpan Adult - Soul Maters
Sunday, February 14, 11:45 am 
Contact: Janet S

All are welcome! The February theme is Beloved Community.
The Soul Matters Adult Small group meeting is on February 14 and 21st. It is helpful to do a spiritual exercise from the monthly packet, prior to the group meeting so you can share your experience. 

Exercises this month that you can choose from include:

  • What is your Fig Tree (Beloved Community) Story?
  • Allow a movie to become a meditation (with suggested movies)
  • When our Backpacks get in the way of the Journey. This utilizes Peggy McIntosh’s articles on White Privilege. She writes “White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks” …[So] I decided to try to work on myself at least by identifying some of the daily effects of white privilege in my life”. 
  • Find Beloved Community in Recommended Resources
 
Below you will find information to get the monthly Soul Matters small group packet.
 
If you have an active PrairieUU email account click here to access the February packet.
If you do not have a PrairieUU email account and or cannot find the packet, please contact Rhonda.
You may also contact Janet S with any questions.
Justice League Meeting
Sunday, February 14, 1:00 pm
Contact: Melissa BKim M or Justice League
All are welcome to join us after fellowship. We’ll prep for Service Sunday, share IDP progress, and so much more! Visit PrairieUU.org to learn more about our passions and initiatives. Contact the Justice League if you have any questions!
Community
 Information and Resources
 If you have other community resources that we should share, please let us know
We will gladly share here and on PrairieUU.
UUA Guidance on Gathering In-Person When COVID-19 Subsides

The UUA continues to carefully monitor developments with testing and vaccinations. Last May, we recommended congregations plan for virtual operations until at least May 2021. By now, we recognize this timeline will likely be longer. As the Biden administration develops a coordinated federal response, we expect it will be March before we have a reasonable sense of the vaccine horizon and timeline for when we might reach herd immunity. In the meantime, our current UUA Guidance on Gathering offer recommendations for specific metrics to monitor in your own community as you consider decisions about gathering when the pandemic subsides.

The full link to the UUA press release can be viewed here.
Looking for ways to have some fun with others?
Sign up for one of these two upcoming Auction Events!
 
Prayer/Meditation Beading Online Workshop with Maurice
$40 per person
Join Maurice as he walks us through the history, meaning, and use of prayer/meditation beads.
Each participating household will receive beading kit(s) in advance and we will make bracelets/necklaces together via Google Meet.
KID FRIENDLY
 
When: Saturday February 28, 2021
Sign up by emailing Jan S at jans@prairieuu.org

 
Jackbox Game Night
$50 per Family
 
Julie and I will host a night of Jackbox games (see jackbox.tv) on Saturday March 13th at 7:30 PM until no one is left who wants to play.
These are interactive on-line games appropriate (or perhaps almost appropriate) for all ages.
People participating need one device per household to use for a Zoom call, and then one device per participant to play.
It is super fun and easy 
There will be a prize for Highest and lowest score!

Saturday March 13, 2021at 7:30 pm
Sign up by emailing Jan S at Jans@prairieuu.org 
Calisse's COVID Corner:

As some of you may know, this past summer, I was hired to work for the Tri-County Health Department, on the COVID-19 Investigation Task Force (thank you, Janet for the reference!). Since then, I have learned a lot about giving guidance around staying isolated or quarantined if someone has come in contact with COVID-19. More recently, I serve on the Community Services team, and help people who struggle to keep their Isolation/Quarantine as they face the challenge of needing to obtain food, pay their bills, stay out of crisis, etc.

When Vivian asked me to take on this role as Safety, I was excited to help keep our congregation informed on pertinent topics around the pandemic, such as vaccine availability, the roll-out phases, and what to expect around getting vaccinated (Tri-County Health Department highly recommends that you do this, just like getting the influenza vaccine). 

I will also stay in the loop of what the UUA is recommending around timing on gatherings, such as small groups, guidance around doing this, as the vaccine is disseminated throughout 2021. 

Please reach out to me, let me know your thoughts or questions, or interest in helping be a fact-gatherer, as I know I'm not the only one wanting our congregation to stay healthy, and happy!

Yours (from at least 6 feet away),
COVID19 Vaccination Schedule

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Effective coronavirus vaccines are here

Although the work of vaccines specific for the covid-19 began about 10 months ago, the development of the new vaccine technology has occurred carefully over the last 20 years.

The first two vaccines available are based on messenger RNA technology, which accelerates the development of immunity. There is no risk of viral infection from the vaccines. These novel vaccines, created by Pfizer/Biontech and by Moderna, have been approved by emergency use authorization. Both require 2 injections and offer close to complete protection against severe infection. Side effects, most commonly soreness around the injection site, have not been severe. Significant acute allergic reactions are quite rare.

In Colorado groups at greatest risk of severe infection are being targeted first: medical care providers, residents and workers in long-term care facilities, first responders, and people age 70 or older.

The previous public health measures, such as masks and distancing, will still be needed for many months. Widespread participation in the vaccination campaign is critical if we are to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities against severe infection and to allow our society and economy to recover from the devastating impacts of this pandemic.

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Hello Fellow Shoppers!

Here's just a tease for all you shop-online enthusiasts--who also like making money for Prairie, without a ton of effort! It was recommended that we look into a program of gift card distribution--but not just physical gift card distribution. That's right! The purchasing of eGIFT cards that by doing so can benefit Prairie up to 20% of certain purchases. 

With over 250 brands that offer gift cards, that can be sent right to your email INBOX or right to your home, this is a great way to purchase gifts for others, staying out of stores completely! The finishing touches are being put in place to make this available to all Prairie UU families, so be patient--we're almost there!
Watch in the newsletter next week, and on our website soon as well, to discover how this will work! If you just can't wait to learn how, send me an email, and I can give you a bit more information, and YOU could be one of the first families to register, and start earning for Prairie!

Your homework for this week is to practice saying the organization: 
Shop with Scrip
Shop with Scrip
Shop with Scrip
(It's NOT Shop with scrips or scripts or scriptures)

Sincerely,
Quick Videos on Racial Disparities and COVID-19

Learn more - click here.
COVID Assistance Funds and Resources
  • Arapahoe County Rent and Mortgage assistance for Covid related loss of income, click here for more information.
  • Douglas County is offering Covid-19 assistance funds to individuals and families. Please click here for more information.
  • City of Aurora Covid-19 resources please click here for more information.
  • Parker Covid-19 information and resources - please click here for more information.
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Music Director - Eric Moon
Choir Director - Paul Ermisch
LifeSpan Coordinator - Jen Simon
 PrairieUU Board of Trustees:
Vivian Littlefield, President
Brenda Peterson, Vice President
Kim Murray, Secretary
Clark Huff, Treasurer
Fran Lukaszewski, Ministerial Support
Marjorie Bezdek, Ministerial Support
Jan Cruz, Mission & Vision
Susan Ermisch, Mission & Vision
Samera Baird, Right Relations
Allyson Gunn, Right Relations
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P.O. Box 1684
Parker, CO 80134
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