Sermons

Resisting White Supremacy Teach-In

April 30, 2017
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On Sunday, April 30, First Universalist is joining more than 600 Unitarian Universalist congregations/communities in shifting our regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy, known as #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn. This call to action comes from a growing network led by UUs of color and white UUs working together.

Our service will feature an excerpt from the powerful work Citizen: An American Lyric written by author Claudia Rankine and presented by actors of Frank Theater, as well as music by the a cappella improv ensemble Give Get Sistet. We will sing together, learn together, question together, and lean in…together.

You won’t want to miss participating with thousands of UUs around the country in this large-scale historic action.

This is a youth-friendly worship service and all are welcome on Sunday, April 30 at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. Read more about the national movement here.

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Order of Service: April 30 Order of Service

Offering Recipient: Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (give here)

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The White Trash Among Us

April 23, 2017
Rev. Karen Hutt
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This Sunday’s guest preacher, Rev. Karen Hutt, is a CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) educator at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. She has worked as a pediatric chaplain, a trauma chaplain and chaplain educator at hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area. Karen is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is ordained into the Unitarian Universalist Association. She holds a master’s of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School and she did her undergraduate studies at Boston University. Join us for worship this Sunday, April 23, at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. read more

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Resurrection 2.0

April 16, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
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In our culture, “Version 2.0” is often thought of as the better, greater, much improved version. All of the bugs and defects of version 1.0 have been worked out. So what does “Resurrection 2.0” mean, then? Is it an update on “Resurrection 1.0,” with hard facts, scientific data, and historical accuracy? Or does resurrection, no matter the version, point to something timeless, a story and an experience that has to do with suffering, transformation, and possibilities we can scarcely imagine? Join us this Sunday, as we explore the deeper meanings of the Easter season and this timeless story.

Join us for a multigenerational worship service this Sunday, April 16, at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. – ages 4 and up attend the entire service. Optional childcare is available for ages 6 months to 3 years. read more

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The Growing Edge

April 09, 2017
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
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Rev. Howard Thurman writes: “All around us life is dying and life is being born. The fruit ripens on the tree, the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new leaves, fresh blossoms, green fruit. Such is the growing edge!” In this time when so much is transforming in the world around us, what growing edge are we encountering in our own internal landscape? What is it asking us to let go? To embrace? Join us for an inquiry into inner transformation and a (re)discovery of the abundance that surrounds us even in the most barren of times.

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

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Seeking Transformation?

April 02, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
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Karen Armstrong writes: “Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. It is a moral aesthetic, an ethical alchemy. If you behave in a certain way, you will be transformed.” When we dare to move beyond the known patterns and perceptions of our lives, letting the alchemy of love, listening and justice do its work, then we will be more than changed. The base metals of our lives will be transformed into something precious and flourishing. This is the purpose of religion, and the meaning of a religious life: to be transformed. Join us this Sunday, as we begin our exploration of “Transformation,” April’s worship theme. Worship services are at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

This Sunday is Sharing Sunday – children 4 years old through 5th grade attend the first part of worship with their families. Childcare will be available for children ages 6 months through 5th grade only. Due to Spring Break, there are no Religious Education classes for children or youth.

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The Space Between

March 19, 2017
Rev. Margaret Weis
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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.!

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Not for Ourselves Alone

March 12, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow, Rev. Justin Schroeder
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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

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Risking a New Story

March 05, 2017
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
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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

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The Day of Religion

February 26, 2017
Makram El-Amin
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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

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