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. Each gathering offers an opportunity for connection: connecting with ourselves, connecting with others, and connecting with something greater than ourselves.
This fall, registration is open Sept. 10–Oct. 1 online at firstucircles.weebly.com and in the Social Hall on Sundays.
Soul Matters Circles
Over the past two years, we have been getting to know Soul Matters, a small group curriculum that encourages participants to reflect more deeply on our monthly worship theme. Last spring, our community of facilitators decided to adopt Soul Matters as the core circle format at First Universalist. We hope that you will dive in and discover all that this soulful curriculum has to offer.
How do Soul Matters Circles work?
At the start of each month, you will receive a packet of resources to help you go deeper with the worship theme. It includes poems, articles, YouTube videos, and more. This packet is your go-to text as you meet with your group and attend services throughout the month. The packet also includes questions for contemplation and spiritual exercises that invite you into deeper relationship with our worship theme.
Which Soul Matters Circle is for Me?
We are offering two types of Soul Matters Circles this year. One meets for a shorter duration, with greater frequency, and asks no preparation. The other meets for a longer duration, with less frequency, and has simple preparation exercises. Which one is for you?
Set some time aside to engage with life’s deeper themes: Join a circle this summer! These gatherings of 8-10 people are a great way to get connected at First Universalist and to stay spiritually grounded throughout the summer.
Offerings this summer include: four Community Circles, Newcomer Circles, and three Spiritual Deepening Circles including Meditation for Teachers, Chi-Gung, and Lectio Divina. View descriptions and schedules here.
Registration for summer circles opens this Sunday, May 7, and will be open through Monday, May 22. You may register online or in the Social Hall on Sundays, May 7, 14 or 21. For more information, contact Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612
On Sunday, April 30, First Universalist Church of Minneapolis will join more than 400 Unitarian Universalist congregations/communities in shifting our regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy, known as #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn. This call to action comes from a growing network led by UUs of color and white UUs working together. You won’t want to miss participating with thousands of UUs around the country in this large-scale historic action!
Our youth-friendly worship services will take place as scheduled – on Sunday, April 30 at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. – and will take the form of a worshipful teach-in with special guest performers and speakers. Watch for more information about how First Universalist is participating in the coming weeks, and read more about the national movement here.
Read the full issue of this week’s newsletter here: The Weekly Liberal Feb. 23
Capital Campaign Steering Committee Co-Chairs Sofi Ali and Dan Berg write:
Our Capital Campaign Kickoff Party is happening at Minneapolis Event Centers on Saturday, March 11 from 5-11 p.m. – just a little more than two weeks from now – and we want you to join us! Get the real low-down on the party below and register today.
This winter, we invite you to grow your soul and find your community within the larger community here at church by joining a circle. Whether you’re ready to engage in a spiritual practice or deepen your racial justice work, there is something for you!
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.
Don’t miss your chance to sign up! Registration will be open from January 8-24 online at firstucircles.weebly.com and on Sundays, Jan. 8, 15, and 22 in the Social Hall.
Read the full issue of the December 8 Weekly Liberal here.
Board of Trustees President Eric Cooperstein writes:
As you know, we conducted a series of focus groups in October to present a vision of how we might repair and upgrade our Church home. Based on the strong support from the focus groups and after considering the comments and issues raised in those meetings, I am excited to share that your Board of Trustees has decided to move forward with our capital campaign!
This past Sunday in worship, we introduced and asked for your blessing of our Capital Campaign Steering Committee, led by co-chairs Dan Berg and Sofi Ali. Dave Bach, Cindy Marsh, Craig Bierbaum, Rich Jaeger, Keven Ambrus, Channing McKinley, Caitlin Rogers, Jenelle Masterson, Liz Short, Zack Steven, Lisa Haugen, Katie Oberle, and Dick Niemiec make up the rest of this dream team. They’re joined by ex-officio members Rev. Justin Schroeder, Rev. Jen Crow, myself as your Board President, and our Campaign Consultant Skip Schlafer.
The theme of the Campaign is Not for Ourselves Alone: Building an Inclusive Future. The goal of this campaign is to meet with the entire congregation and invite participation in the vision to: Expand Welcoming Hospitality, Enhance our Worship Experience, Ensure Inclusive Programs, and Encourage Future Ministries. In these troubled times, we can be a beacon of light!
For the next few months, we will be in the preparation phase of this campaign, getting ready for the formal start of the campaign in late winter/early spring, when we will have a kick-off event for the whole congregation.
We are grateful for our Steering Committee, a dedicated group of people who have enthusiastically said “yes” to the vision of this campaign, promising to faithfully ensure that the campaign stays true to our values of racial justice and deep inclusion, and to share their passion and deep commitment to this church, so that together, all of us will make this campaign a success.
President, Board of Trustees
Information about the Capital Campaign can be found here.
First Universalist is beginning our fifth year of partnership with Augsburg Fairview Academy (AFA). Young adults from diverse communities who face educational barriers to achievement in traditional schools are welcomed into AFA, a charter school that prepares them for college, career and life. The 125+ students come from diverse backgrounds including African American, Somali, and Native American. Many are homeless or marginally housed during the school year.
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