Sermons

The Space Between

March 19, 2017
Rev. Margaret Weis
D
Risk-March2017

At times we find ourselves in liminal spaces – not quite where we were and not quite where we are going. We will reflect together on the power of the space between one another, the power in letting go, and the power in reaching for what is yet to be.

Our guest preacher this Sunday is Rev. Margaret Weis. Join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.!

read more

read more

Not for Ourselves Alone

March 12, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow, Rev. Justin Schroeder
D
Risk-March2017

Life is a dance between risk and safety, between the known and unknown. Sometimes it feels impossible and far too risky to even image something other than what is. Other times, we’re willing to risk it all for a dream of a new world, for loved ones, for the chance to truly be alive. As Rev. William Sloan Coffin writes, “I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, and then you grow wings.” Today, we’ll explore how our faith helps us leap, and take risks beyond what we imagined possible.

Join us for worship on Sunday, March 12 at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. (And don’t forget to “spring forward” – Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday!) read more

read more

Risking a New Story

March 05, 2017
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
D
Risk-March2017

In her book, Braiding Sweetgrass, Potawatomi writer and scientist, Robin Wall Kimmerer tells the story of Sky Woman, the creation story told by many of the original peoples of the Great Lakes. It is a story of risk, commitment, collaboration and promise. In this service of song and story, we will explore the relationship between risk and beloved community, vulnerability and a chance for collective flourishing. Whether we enter risk of our own accord or are pushed into risk-taking by life circumstance, risk is the nature of authentic living, and we are called as people of faith to develop the spiritual musculature to meet it. read more

read more

The Day of Religion

February 26, 2017
Makram El-Amin
D
eye-Feb2017-web

People of faith search for meaning through our faith traditions to reconcile realities that are before us. It begins with a premise of “Oneness,” which says everything is interconnected and interdependent. Prophetic statements provide insights into current events that lead to failures and oppression in our society. We are called to be our best selves, especially in difficult times, in order to reach The Destiny! Civilized society requires us to answer the question: after we are knocked down and abused by the world, what do we do after we cry together?

Join us for worship this Sunday, Feb. 26 at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. Our guest preacher this Sunday is Makram El-Amin, imam at Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis.  read more

read more

The Way It Is

February 19, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow, Rev. Justin Schroeder
D
eye-Feb2017-web

Beneath the sometimes swirling changes of life, there is a deeper truth that can guide us. Join us for an exploration of the core truths that guide us as individuals and as a church community.

Join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. Worship this Sunday is youth-friendly – youth in grades 6 through 12 attend the entire service. read more

read more


Meeting this Moment

February 05, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
eye-Feb2017-web

Prophets see and speak the truth about the moment they live within. Often, they also see far out into the future of hope and imagination. How might we spark our prophetic imagination to meet and see beyond this moment?

Please join us this Sunday for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.! Ages 4 years to 5th grade attend the first part of this Sharing Sunday service with their families before being excused to Religious Education classes.  read more

read more

Prophetic Resistance

January 29, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
D
january-2017-cloud-of-witnesses

Last Saturday, at the Women’s March, one of the chants was “Refuse. Rebel. Resist.” We are in a moment where “prophetic resistance” is required of us. What is prophetic resistance and what does music, art, poetry, and spoken word have to teach us about prophetic resistance? How can prophets, poets, and artists help us summon courage, humility, and compassion we didn’t even know we had as we meet this moment?

Join us for worship this Sunday, Jan. 29 at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.

read more

read more

Finding Our Way

January 22, 2017
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
D
january-2017-cloud-of-witnesses

Two days after the inauguration, one day after the women’s marches, we look to the terrain ahead. How will we find our way? What maps have our ancestors left for us? What will anchor us? One thing is for sure: we can’t go it alone.

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

read more

A Living Sanctuary

January 15, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
D
january-2017-cloud-of-witnesses

“Sanctuary” is a religious concept that goes all the way back to the Hebrew Scriptures. After leaving Egypt, the Hebrew people are instructed to create “sanctuary cities,” cities of refuge, for those in need, for those being persecuted, and those without a safe home. In the 1980s many churches around the country, including First Universalist, became “Sanctuary Churches,” offering protection to political refugees from Central America. We are living in a time when the idea of sanctuary is more important than ever, as many are feeling fearful and vulnerable. On this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, we’ll explore what it means for our faith community to be a living sanctuary. read more

read more

Highlighted Events