Please join us for a special Sunday of story telling and sing a longs for the whole family on Nov 30, with the Rev. Jen Crow, and local troubadour Larry Long. Larry is an American singer-songwriter who has made his life’s work the celebration of everyday heroes. His work has taken him from rural Alabama to the Lakota communities in South Dakota. He has given musical voice to struggling Midwest farmers, embattled workers, and veterans. This is a Sunday not to be missed!
On Sunday, October 26, the First Universalist Choir and Orchestra will present “Mercy” from Jonathan Elias’ record album entitled Prayer Cycle. The work is a synthesis of diverse musical styles, including European, African, and Native American music traditions. Listeners are amazed that these eclectic elements come together in a cohesive whole.
First Universliast Choir member Ian Cook custom arranged the piece, making our live performance possible. Geoff Jones, member of the Grammy Award winning Sounds of Blackness, sings the solo in Swahili, our own Ruth MacKenzie performs the Hungarian solo, and Lisa Hirst Carnes performs the oboe obligato. This will be an anthem not to be missed!!
This Sunday, October 19, special musical guest Guante will be performing at both 9:30 and 11:15 AM services at First Universalist!
Guante is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, social justice activist, educator and writer. He and/or his work has appeared on Upworthy, MSNBC, Racialicious, Feministing, MPR, the Progressive, City Pages’ “Artists of the Year” list and URB Magazine’s “Next 1000” list, and he’s shared bills with Talib Kweli, Saul Williams, Brother Ali, Dead Prez, Sage Francis, Andrea Gibson, Doomtree, Zion I and more. Guante’s work explores the intersections of art, media and social justice education; to that end, he facilitates workshops on identity, power and privilege, founded the MN Activist Project and Hip Hop Against Homophobia concert series, writes essays and op-eds, and works with COMPAS, TruArtSpeaks and others to engage in artist residencies around writing and performance for youth.
Don’t miss this Sunday! This Water Communion Sunday we will be blessed by the songs of Ann Reed.
A touring musician for more than 30 years, Ann has gotten to know a bit about the geography of the United States and Canada. She has toured North America coast to coast, doing concerts, clubs, and festivals including Bumbershoot, Winnipeg, Black Mountain, and National Women’s Music Festival. And she’s met wonderful fans and made friends all along the way.
She has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NPR’s Morning Edition .
So come hear her beautiful songs of blessing and celebrate our ingathering of water, word and community.
Water Communion Sunday is a worship service of reunion and recommitment. One of the meanings for the word communion is: united in a common fellowship. On Water Communion Sunday, members of First Universalist Church embody our unity and recommitment as Love’s people. We bring a small sample of water from our journeys near, or far during the year, and merge them together in a single body of water. We do this to celebrate our unity as a faith community and remember that we are held in an ocean of love.
Water Communion is an inter-generational service. We will sing, listen to Ann Reed, make a thunderstorm with our hands and feet, and merge the waters in a beautiful dance presented by our youth and young adults.
Just bring a small vial of water from your backyard, or from your travels, to merge with other waters from around the globe. It’s a great day. Don’t miss it!
Join us for a special multigenerational “Blessing of the Backpacks” and worship service on Sunday, August 24 at 10am. The service will offer children, youth, and adults of all ages the opportunity to reflect upon how we might carry the love of our church community and the tools of our faith with us as we walk through our days. As we approach a new school year — and a new church year — let’s affirm the boundless worth of each and every person, and encourage one another to seek a path of integrity and compassion.
Children and youth are encouraged to wear their school backpacks to church, so that we can include them in the BackpackBlessing ritual. If you are able, please bring a backpack to donate (see what kinds of backpacks are needed here). If your student is in need of a backpack, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can set one aside for you.
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 on July 27 and August 24.
Rehearsals are at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the service. 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, please contact:
Do you love worship? Do you have a flair for writing stories or prose? Are you comfortable speaking in front of a group? Please consider applying to be a Worship Associates for 2014/2015. The Worship Associates team is a group of 8 – 10 people who are meaningfully involved in the planning, creation and presentation of each Sunday’s service. Each member shares the chancel with the presiding minister two or three times a year, and is responsible for writing and presenting the Call to Worship. Preparation for Worship Associate entails three half-day retreats. The first retreat will be scheduled in August before the church year begins. If this interests you: · Write a 400 – 500 word essay about transformation. · Send your document to Rev. Ruth MacKenzie at email@example.com · Application deadline is May 10, 2014. The worship team will be choosing applicants representative of the multi-generational, multi-cultural congregation we are becoming. So get your application in now! ~ Rev. Ruth