Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going?

  • How does your history influence your current world view?
  • In your imagination, what does the future of Unitarian Universalism look like? The Twin Cities? The world?
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A Thank You Message from Your Staff!

We greatly appreciate the flexibility of all of you in regards to last Sunday's service. By prerecording, the staff was allowed to have a longer and well-needed holiday weekend. We are grateful, refreshed and ready for the new church year! Thank you!


This Sunday is the last of our summer service schedule with one service only at

10am in-person and on Zoom.

THIS Sunday, Sep 11 Water Communion Special music from The OK Factor and the WBUUC Choir Ensemble. It's our traditional, yet reimagined Water Communion service. See details below.

On Sunday, Sep 18, we return to two services at 9 and 11am, in-person and on Zoom, followed by in-person and Cyber Social Hour, immediately following both services.

Sunday, Sep 18 "Do Less, Better" with Rev. Roger Bertschausen

And later at 3pm - The Ordination of Jill Marie Schwendeman. Jill served as the Director of Youth Programs at WBUUC from 2002-2018. Join in this celebration - See more below!

Sunday, Sep 25 Beyond Categorical Thinking with guest preacher, Rev. Keith Kron

Special music from the WBUUC Choir

To attend worship in person:

***If you are a regular attender, there is no need to pre-register anymore. Please just check yourself in at the iPad when you arrive.

If you are visiting for the first time or bringing a guest or returning after an absence, please register for in-person worship here: That way, our welcome teams will be able to give you a warm welcome, and this gives us a chance to prepare for your arrival! When you arrive on Sunday morning, you can go straight to the registration table, and we will be waiting to greet you!

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

To attend worship virtually:

Sunday Service | 10am

Computer, tablet, or smartphone:

Password: WBUUC328

By phone: +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 743 728 311

Cyber Social Hour | 11:00am

Computer, tablet, or smartphone:

Password: WBUUC328

By phone: +1 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 925 9029 4884


Want to help with Water Communion Sunday? We NEED Volunteers! 

Click here!

September 11 | 10am

We strongly recommend arriving at church earlier this Sunday (9:30-9:40am) to allow you and/or your family time some extra time to get settled before the service.

We’ll gather at Hallam Park (weather permitting) – across the street from the church. Bring water from your yard, your travels or even your tap to mingle in a common bowl and receive a blessing. Following the service, we'll return to the courtyard for a potluck meal and music by the White Bear Big Band. Parking/shuttle and more event details here

White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church

Cordially invites all to

The Ordination of 

Jill Marie Schwendeman

Into the Unitarian Universalist Ministry

Sunday, September 18, 2022 | 3:00pm

Dessert reception to follow.

Childcare is available with preregistration. 

Clergy and religious professionals from all traditions are invited to process.

Robing room open at 2:00pm. Register for processional here by September 15.

Service will be livestreamed via Zoom: 

RSVP not required to attend in person.


a search process workshop on September 24

Saturday, September 24 | 9am-12pm | In-person and on Zoom

Ideal for High School Aged Youth and Adults

An important early part of the Lead Minister search process will be a workshop and worship service called Beyond Categorical Thinking.

This program is designed to help a congregation consider what biases it has (both conscious and unconscious) around identities that their potential Lead Ministers hold. The 3-hour workshop, which will be facilitated by Unitarian Universalist Association Transitions Director Rev. Keith Kron, will utilize conversations and case studies of actual events from other UU congregations in the search process. Beyond Categorical Thinking began in 1988 and has evolved over the years. It likely was part of the searches that culminated in the call of previous Lead Ministers Rev. Gail Seavey and Rev. Victoria Safford.

All in the congregation are warmly invited to attend. Rev. Kron will be in-person at church for the workshop; attendees can plan to be at church or attend via Zoom. We hope many WBUUC members, friends, and newcomers will participate!

Rev. Kron will also preach on this topic at the services on September 25.

To attend in person, register here :

Childcare available by request by September 18.

To attend on Zoom, register here:


September 18 & December 18 | During Sunday Services

As part of the life of our congregation, we invite families to dedicate their children and youth into our community. We have parents offer the child’s/youth's name, family members commit to supporting the child/youth and members of the congregation honor the child’s/youth's personhood. This ceremony is done as part of our worship service to honor the children/youth, their relationship to the congregation and dedication to the values we hold dear as Unitarian Universalists. 

We welcome families who have had children in the last few years or who have joined our community and haven’t had an opportunity to dedicate their children or youth yet to participate. Our first opportunity for this year will be on September 18. The second opportunity will be on December 18, during our family-oriented holiday worship.

To register, click here:

Questions? Contact Rev. Sara (

2022-23 Children and Youth Programming Registration

Registration is now open for all programs for children and youth for the 22-23 program year, including Our Whole Lives, Coming of Age, Nursery Care, Sunday Circles, and more!

To find out more and to register, visit


Supper & Soulwork is back!

Beginning on September 14, we are rebooting Supper & Soulwork! These evenings of fellowship and food provide all-ages with a chance to share a meal, participate in various activities and/or special programming and most importantly, be together. Meals will be either potluck or prepared by a cook team.

Please let us know if you plan to by RSVPing here

Wednesday, September 14

5:30pm - Dinner prepared by a cook team

6:15-7:30pm - Drop-in Nursery Care available for ages 6 mos.- 4yrs.

6:30-7:30pm - Choir Rehearsal

6:30-7:30pm - Special programming: A History of Voting Rights: 1776-2020

The League of Women Voters of the White Bear Lake Area will hold a discussion of voting rights history and voter disenfranchisement after the 15th Amendment, Jim Crow-era laws, literacy tests, poll taxes, all-white primaries, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the 2013 Supreme Court decision (Shelby County v. Holder), among others. Presented by LVW WBLA Members, Becky Siekmeier and Jackie Reis.

Next Supper & Soulwork is Wednesday, September 21

This will be a potluck. If you'd like to bring a dish, click here to add what you'd like to bring.

Take the Solar Expansion Survey

Can WBUUC pay for 50 additional solar collectors on the roof with revenue from members voluntarily buying carbon offsets at the rate of $.05 per pound of carbon emitted through vacation or leisure travel by car, plane or boat?

To find out how feasible this is, WBUUC’s Board of Directors requests that members of our community respond to a survey. Learn more about this project and participate in the survey by clicking here. Survey responses are requested by September 30th.

Items Needed For Afghan Refugees

Small Refrigerator

One of our Hazara Afghan refugee families need a small refrigerator– dorm size would be perfect. If you have a used one that you no longer need, please call Lori Gordon at 651-434-5798.

Laptop or Tablet

A young Afghan adult living in St. Paul, and working at the airport, is trying to increase her proficiency in English. She does not have a computer and thinks she could do a lot of learning on the computer if she had one. If you have a tablet or laptop that you no longer need, please consider donating it. If you can help, please contact Mena Hautau at


GAIL DIEZ: Retrospective Exhibition

September 4 - November 6 

"My paintings are done in acrylic paint and I print my photographs on my Epson Sure Color P800 inkjet printer.

Making art is like playing - when I work on a piece I go to another place in my head - similar to a state of Grace. "Nature is my spiritual teacher" so I never tire of making art from Nature's Bounty. My panel pieces are new. I've been experimenting with various textures, abstract shapes and found objects.

Please come take a look - Art is good for your health!"

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 & Building Hours - New for 2022-23

An important source of meaning and purpose for us as your ministry team is meeting with you. We value the time we get to spend one-on-one with individuals, couples, and families. Rather than having scheduled office hours this year, 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. Let us know if you have questions. And if you want to make an appointment, pick which one of us you want to talk with and get in touch!

- Rev. Roger, Rev. Jack & Rev. Sara

Building Hours

Tue/Wed/Thurs: 10am – 5pm

Fridays: often open – best to confirm before arriving

Mondays: typically closed or open by special arrangement only

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