Sermons

Being Hope

October 22, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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We are living in tension. We are part of a faith that proclaims a love so big that no one is left outside the circle, and we live in a culture that challenges the worth and dignity of so many people. How can we live into our faith in this world in this moment? How can we be the hope that is needed right now?

Join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. This is a youth-friendly service; youth in 6th-12th grades attend the service with their families. read more

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Luminous Depths

October 15, 2017
Rev. Kate Tucker
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This Sunday, we honor our congregation’s milestones, celebrate our liberal tradition, and reflect on the what and the why of our collective commitment.

Minister Emerita Rev. Kate Tucker will be preaching, and we’ll welcome musical guests Ann Reed and Give Get Sistet as we celebrate the successful wrap-up of our capital campaign, Not For Ourselves Alone: Building an Inclusive Future. read more

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I’m That, Too

October 08, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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There are so many ways that we place ourselves and others outside of the circle of Universalist love we preach about. This week we’ll grapple with the concept of evil—where it lives and how we understand it as Unitarian Universalists.

Join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. read more

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This Is Us

October 01, 2017
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
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What happens when the color of life turns gray? What happens when depression or anxiety get the best of us? Where do we turn when we are tested both physically and mentally? In this opening Sunday exploring the theme Outsiders, we will address the issues of mental health and illness, the ways in which we “outsider” one another, and “outsider” ourselves during times of trial. This service will feature the voices of those who live with mental illness, who work in the field of mental wellness, and those who walk alongside.

This Sunday is a Sharing Sunday – children 4 years through 5th grade attend the first part of the service before being excused to their Religious Education classes.

Join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.! read more

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Stories of Intention

September 24, 2017
Worship Associates
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Join us this Sunday as we explore the theme of Intention through the everyday stories of people’s lives and experiences. Modeled after the storytelling podcast, The Moth, members of our Worship Associates team will be talking about an intention that had a very different impact than intended, how a childhood experience at the doctor shaped an intention for living, how we might frame our intentions in deep sense of grace for ourselves and others. We will be joined by the choir, and musician Libby Turner, member of Give Get Sistet. Don’t miss this Sunday!

Join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.

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Strategic Intentions

September 17, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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There are so many things to do and so many ways to be in the world. Where will we put our energy, and what will we choose? And then once we’ve made our choices, how will we keep up our focus and energy and hope when we continually fall short? The spiritual life calls us to live in that place of tension, striving ever more to align our actions with our values, living into our intentions. What strategic intentions might you set for yourself this fall?

Join us for worship this Sunday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. read more

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Water Communion Sunday: The Way of the River

September 10, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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On Sunday, Sept. 10, we return to two services and begin the new church year with our annual multigenerational Water Communion service. Water is a gift. It replenishes and sustains our lives. Water Communion Sunday is a day on which we celebrate the many rivers, eddies and waterways of our life experiences, converging in our sanctuary every Sunday forming a river of faith. We embody this truth by bringing water from our homes, our travels, our walks, our bike paths—any place that is sacred to us—and combining them during the service in a ritual called Water Communion.

Please join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. and bring a small jar of water.

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Sacred Reflections

September 03, 2017
Pastor Danny Givens
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This week’s sermon, “Sacred Reflections,” will be an in-depth look into the experiential truth, trauma, and resilience of communities of color who have endured colonialism, gentrification, and white supremacy in the twin cities and abroad.

Join us for our final summer Sunday this Labor Day weekend. Worship begins at 10 a.m. read more

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Backpack Blessing Sunday

August 27, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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How can something so delicate and nearly weightless carry us skyward? Feathers are our inspiration as we prepare to take flight at this Sunday’s Backpack Blessing service.

In this season of returning and restarting, we affirm the boundless worth of each and every person, and encourage one another to act with courage and compassion. The multigenerational service offers 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 wherever we go. Expect some fun and surprises!

Children and youth are invited to wear their school backpacks to church so that we can include them in the Backpack Blessing ritual.

Join us this Sunday, Aug. 27 for worship at 10 a.m.
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Worship at the Lake Harriet Bandshell: “MN Nice: Are You Idol-ing?”

August 20, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
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Is Minnesota Nice really nice, or is it something else entirely? Are people of faith called to be “Minnesota Nice” or something else entirely? In this Lake Harriet service, Rev. Justin will reflect on the times we’re living in, the idols we’ve been loyal to, or have mistakenly been worshiping, and how our loyalty might shift, as we meet this moment, striving to create a country that names and knows its history, willing to live in discomfort, working to create the beloved community in the here and now.

Join us for worship at the Lake Harriet Bandshell this Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. The service will be followed by a potluck picnic. More details are available here.

Please note: there will be no worship service at 3400 Dupont – our Lake Harriet Bandshell service is our only service on Sunday, Aug. 20.

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