Joining us in worship this Sunday, Nov. 19, is Give Get Sistet, our Artists in Residence for 2017-2018. They are collaborating with our worship team to create and curate several services throughout the year, as well as developing a community building project for the spring. The Give Get Sistet is an improvisational chorus of women based in the Twin Cities with ties around the world. These women listen deeply and sing with great generosity and daring. First Universalist is honored to have these fine artists/community builders/activists in our midst.
Carnage The Executioner released a new video on YouTube yesterday as part of his series “Executioner Expressions” that features footage, audio and still images from worship at First Universalist Church on Sunday, July 10 – including portions from his performance as our musical guest and Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink’s sermon, “Choosing Hope.”
Falling just days after the death of Philando Castile, who was shot by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, worship at First Universalist on July 10 created a space for people to reflect on and process recent racially-charged violence, and ultimately come away with a message of hope.
The video description from Carnage’s website reads:
“The present days are filled with death at the hands of Law Enforcement, heightened crime rates & racial divide. We are all in-need of self-reflection, increased hope & empathy if we are to prevent what appears to be the onset of an anarchy followed by Martial Law.
“Carnage The Executioner enlists the help of First Universalist Church Of Minneapolis to release the newest installment of Executioner Expressions – his in-debth & personal video series. Please watch & share the moving Hecasode #3 & keep hope in humanity that we can overcome these sour times.”
Do you like to sing? Have you thought about being in a choir, but you can’t make an extended commitment? Summer Choir may be just right for you!
The Summer Choir is scheduled to sing in services on June 19, July 24 and August 21. Rehearsals are at 9 a.m. on the day of the service, and services begin at 10 a.m. Yes, only one rehearsal on the day of the service! Music is easy enough to learn in the 45 minute rehearsal. All are welcome! If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you love worship? Do you have a flair for writing stories or prose? Please consider applying to be a Worship Associate this year. Here’s what Worship Associates say about being a part of this group….
“I have been speaking in public since I was 12 years old. I do it professionally. But it was always about someone or something else. Being a Worship Associate has given me a chance to speak my truth, to be vulnerable, and to share my heart.” – Ginger Murphrey
“More than anything else I’ve done at First Universalist, being part of the Worship Associates team made me feel a part of this church.” – Marion Dane Bauer
“The worship associate circle expanded my soul in ways that I could not have imagined. Gathering with such a wonderful group has made me feel more connected to the church.” – Benjamin Miles
Worship Associates speak two or three times during the church year in our worship services, September through May. Associates and Rev. Ruth MacKenzie gather for two half-day retreats to discuss themes for upcoming months, talk about writing for oration, review how to lay out a manuscript and practice public speaking.
If this interests you, please write a 500 word piece about forgiveness and submit your manuscript to Rev. Ruth MacKenzie at: email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2016. The Worship Team will be choosing applicants representative of the multi-generational, multi-cultural congregation we are becoming.
Over the past few months, the Chancel Group has been meeting with builder Richard Helgeson to create and craft a new pulpit for our chancel. You may be asking, why a new pulpit? Or, why now?
When the Chancel Group convened two years ago, in collaboration with the ministry team, we decided that two goals would make a dramatic difference to the beauty and power of our service. The first was to paint the chancel. This was completed in 2014. The second was to replace the pulpit.
Our current pulpit has served this congregation well. It was built for the chancel at our church on 50th & Girard, and traveled with us to 3400 Dupont in 1993. Although it is graceful and open, it is showing signs of wear and tear. Also, with an expanding vision of shared ministry, the worship team has longed for a pulpit from which two people could comfortably speak, as well as a pulpit that resonates more strongly with the scale and architectural gestures of our chancel.
Richard has done some beautiful work creating a trio of pieces (pulpit, bell stand, and chalice stand) that reflect our dreams. He built a cardboard replica of the pulpit and is honing his design under the direction of the Chancel Group and ministers. At this date, the design is approved, the majority of the building materials have been chosen, and the build should start in a couple of months.
Members of the Chancel Group will be in the social hall on Sunday, April 17 so that you can ask questions, see small replicas of the pieces, and learn more.
See more of Richard’s work on his website.
First Universalist Church is hosting an exhibit of work by the Jewish Women Artists’ Circle January 10 through February 14, 2016. The exhibit includes artworks from two interrelated themes: “Creation” and “The Beginning of Knowing.”
Special Service with Music from Handel’s Messiah, with First Universalist Choir & Orchestra
Sunday, Dec. 13, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. details
“The Gift of Home” Holiday Giving Service
Sunday, Dec. 20, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20 4 p.m. (also 12/24) details
Winter Solstice Service
Monday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. (ritual begins at 7:30 p.m.) details
Thursday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m. (also 12/20) details
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Thursday, Dec. 24, 9:30 p.m. details
Sunday after Christmas: One Service Only at 10 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 3, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
First Universalist Choir and Orchestra to present Schicksalslied this Sunday during Worship
For the past four months, the First Universalist Choir has been working on Johannes Brahms’ masterwork Schicksalslied. (translated as Song of Destiny). The text, a poem by Friedrich Hölderlin contrasts the lives of those who live a blissful existence with those who are caught in perpetual suffering. Brahms struggled for three years before finishing this original and profound composition. Conductor Randal Buikema along with our 70 member choir and 25 member orchestra will take you on an intense musical journey not to be missed!
Calling for Worship Associate Applications for 2015/2016
Do you love worship? Do you have a flair for writing stories or prose? Please consider applying to be a Worship Associate this year. Here’s what Worship Associates say about being a part of this group…
I have been speaking in public since I was 12 years old. I do it professionally. But it was always about someone or something else. Being a Worship Associate has given me a chance to speak my truth, to be vulnerable, and to share my heart. (Ginger Murphrey)
More than anything else I’ve done at First Universalist, being part of the Worship Associates team made me feel a part of this church. (Marion Dane Bauer)
The worship associate circle expanded my soul in ways that I could not have imagined. Gathering with such a wonderful group has made me feel more connected to the church. (Benjamin Miles)
Worship Associates speak 2 or 3 times during the church year in our worship services, September – May. Associates and Rev. Ruth MacKenzie gather for two half day retreats to discuss themes for upcoming months, talk about writing for oration, review how to layout a manuscript and practice public speaking.
If this interests you:
• Write a 500 word piece about forgiveness.
• Submit your manuscript to Rev. Ruth MacKenzie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Deadline for submissions May 15, 2015.
The Worship Team will be choosing applicants representative of the multi-generational, multi-cultural congregation we are becoming.
April 7, 2015
Posted by: Ruth MacKenzie
This Sunday, April 12, we’re blessed with two wonderful artists joining our worship service at 9:30 and 11:15 AM:
Frank Sentwali is a Twin cities spoken word artist. He is the creator of Edu-Poetic Enterbrainment, a spoken word and music ensemble. Frank has spent years in the education system as a tutor, teacher and mentor. He currently co-facilitates S.E.E.D. (Sentwali Entertainment Education Division), presenting programs in schools and community centers.
Saxophonist extraordinaire, Kendra Wheeler will performing Fuzzy Bird (Takashi Yoshimatsu) with Jerrod Wendland. Kendra has performed throughout the Midwest. She has performed at the Chicago Symphony Center as a soloist, and placed first in the Schubert Club Competition. She is also a member of ZA Saxaphone Quartet, a new chamber group comprised of students of the University of Minnesota that won the Midwest Young Artist Competition and has performed on the radio.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
7 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. service - 8:30 p.m.