Sermons

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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Song of My Song

August 13, 2017
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
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Inside every song is a long history of songs, a deep river of influences, eddies, and murky tributaries. Every thing comes from other things, from other places, other efforts. How do we hold this central truth of creativity with the undeniable reality of appropriation? This Sunday begins in music but wrestles with questions belonging to us all, because we all create in a myriad of ways, and everything comes from something.

Join us for worship this Sunday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m.

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Making Honey from Failure

August 06, 2017
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
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Poet Antonio Machado writes of this dream:

“I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.”

Where do we turn when the failures are so clear, yet all we can taste is life’s bitterness? Join us this Sunday for an inquiry into holding on, letting go, and unexpected sweetness. Worship is at 10 a.m.

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Capturing the Moment

July 30, 2017
Rev. Karen Gustafson
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This week we will reflect on abundance and scarcity, grace and gratitude, and how privilege and circumstance shape the ways we respond to meeting the moment. Please join Rev. Karen Gustafson, former minister of First Unitarian of Madison, and beloved UU colleague as she leads worship this Sunday.

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Threads of Faith

July 23, 2017
Arif Mamdani
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Sometimes, we describe Unitarian Universalism as a “tapestry of faith” woven out of the different strands that we each bring to our larger community. This Sunday, we’ll explore one way we might understand faith, and how, as a community, our faith holds us in challenging times.

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Getting Comfortable with Grief

July 16, 2017
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
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Over and over, in a myriad of ways, we are conditioned to believe that the goal of living is our comfort and happiness. Smiling emojis abound. Experiencing or living with the counterpoints to happiness—the grief, the tragedies, the melancholy—is somehow a failure on our part. But what if the purpose of the religious life is to go towards what hurts, to hold more than the simple binary of happy or sad, and to live in heart-aching wholeness?

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Have Mercy

July 09, 2017
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
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Mercy—a theological concept that can be complicated for religious liberals. Yet we are living in a world with hard edges, systemic injustices, and deep divides: a world in desperate need of greater mercy. How might we re-imagine and authentically practice mercy? How might our own brokenness be healed in the process?

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