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Sunday Morning Services

Please join us on Sunday mornings for services at 10:00. There is a different speaker each week.

January 7 - Bob Worner - Shadow and Light
January 14 - Joanie Ellison - Multicultural Center in Pelican Rapids
January 21 - Missy Hermes - KKK and History of Race Relations in Otter Tail County
January 28 - Karen Terry - Rain Gardens in Otter Tail County
February 4 - Shannon Smith - The Heart is the Last Frontier
February 11 - Stan Carignan facilitating a panel consisting of Tere Mann, Florance Thompson, and John Miersch - Why I Am UU: We Are a Pilgrim People, Pilgrim Church
February 18 - Adam Martin - F5 Project - Hustle Harder
February 25 - Victoria Creek - An Update from the Field: How Did I Get Here?
March 4 - Spencer McGrew - A Geographer's Perspective
March 11 - Kara Beckman - Using Restorative Justice in Schools
March 18 - Victoria Creek - An Update from the Field: How Did I Get Here?
March 25 - Winona LaDuke - The Seventh Fire

Sunday Morning Speakers

March 4 - Spencer McGrew - A Geographer's Perspective

Spencer McGrew grew up on a small lake near Rollage Minnesota. Growing up near water inspired his curiosity and love of the natural world. Spencer graduated from Minnesota State University with a Bachelors in history and a minor in geosciences. He earned his Masters in Geography at the University of North Dakota in 2013. His talk will provide an overview of the ponds, streams, lakes, and rivers that link together the world. Spencer lives in Fergus Falls with his wife Michele Anderson and their two cats Otto and Ozzy.

Note: The service will include the New Member Welcoming ceremony.

March 11 - Kara Beckman - Using restorative justice in schools

March 18 - Victoria Creek - An Update from the Field: How Did I Get Here?

Victoria will give an account of the travails, triumphs, and tragedies of life in Otter Tail County.

Victoria is a doctoral student at Concordia University interested in understanding how college administrations perceive the role that campus housing (may or may not) play in community college students success. She is committed to community service that has included three terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA, ten years on the Youth Advisory Council of the Workforce Area Board, and more than seven years of service to the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. Victoria has been part of a statewide movement to bring civility to public discourse around difficult topics as a lead facilitator for the Minnesota Council of Churches Respectful Conversations Project and a practitioner of the "Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter."

March 25 - Winona LaDuke - The Seventh Fire

Winona LaDuke is an American environmentalist, economist, and writer, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development. She is the executive director of Honor the Earth, a Native environmental advocacy organization that plays an active role in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Note: Winona will also be the featured keynote speaker at a special event at MState in Fergus Falls, Legacy Hall on Monday, March 26 beginning at 5p.m. This event is being sponsored by the Minnesota State Community And Technical College Sociology Department and the Unitarian Church of Underwood.

Sunday Morning Adult RE

First Sunday of the month - 8:45 to 9:45 - Adult Religious Education

John Minge is leading a discussion from: A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. The book consists of 16 or 17 essays written recently by people wit different racial/ethnic backgrounds with a strong connection to Minnesota, most live here. It challenges the assertion that we are as "nice" as we claim to be. "How can a place renowned for its hospitality and its progressive values have proven to be so profoundly inhospitable toward its people of color?"

Second Sunday of the month 8:45 to 9:45 - Ancient Religions - Sandy Barnhouse.

This year's curriculum will be two intertwined paths: (1) the study of ancient/extant religions in search f knowing whose philosophical origins included the love and worship of the Earth; was Earth worship present in Jainism, Mithraism, Zoroastrianism, the ancient religions of Egypt, Judea (Judaism), Persia, Afghanistan, and India (Hinduism)? and (2) a modern attempt to recreate a similar worship, by many people rediscovering the relationship between Earth, life, and spirit, as expressed through the ecofeminist movement of the late 20th century. This subject of learning reminds us that ancient earth religious recognition and celebrations lead us to the environmental justice awareness of today as we continue to honor and treasure our earth.

Every Sunday at 9:15 in Suite 300 - Mindfulness/Quaker Quiet Time Sitting- Led by Stan Carignan

"EVERBODY, JUST TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND CALM DOWN! We have all hear someone say this - it's as old as the trees. We all know it works. When we get excited and need to compose ourselves, the simple act of taking a few deep breaths has a soothing effect on our bodies and minds. Most people don't give it a second thought.

The fact is that many of us through our daily lives, live in a state of elevated tension and stress. In this state, we 'forget to breath.' We do actually breathe, but the stress breath is shorter and shallower. Most of us have lived so long like this that we don't realize that it is not our natural way of breathing. Many people discover how stressed they are when they begin sitting and simply breathing. It is a wonderful feeling to let go of all your stress each day. To let go of the petty hurts, jealousies, or sadness from the day. To let go of all the worries about the next day or the next week. To simply give yourself the gift of being for a few minutes.

Thomas Merton said something to the effect that, (I paraphrase): 'Th thing you have to what you are.'

Our creator, or Gaia, or the Transcendent, or simply Nature, created us as beings. Just as the Oak tree glorifies God (or any of the previously mentioned origins) by simply being a Oak Tree. So it is with us by simply being. We don't strive to be better, smarter, prettier, funnier, faster, more efficient, or anything else. We simply be.

You are invited to give yourself the gift of peace by joining us on the Third Sunday of every month to sit as a group and simply BE community." - Stan Carignan

Fourth Sunday of the month, except in September when they will meet on September 17th, 8:45 to 9.45 - Bob Worner

The class will begin the year with the book used by the Celebrants, Fluent in Faith by Jeanne Harrison Niewejaar. It is "A Unitarian Universalist Embrace of Religious Language" and/or further discussing our beliefs using and redefining traditional religious language.

Children's Religious Education Classes

Meets at 10 a.m.

October 15 - Song & Dance with Mikkel Thompson
November 5 - Song & Dance with Mikkel Thompson
November 19 - Kris & Wall Warhol and Bonnie Albers - Children's December Program Planning with the children
December 17 - Children's Program
February 11, 2018 - Love is the topic

Podcasts - Audio Recordings

To see a list of all podcasts by the Unitarian Church of Underwood follow this link:

March 11, 2018 - Kara Beckman - Restorative Practices in School

March 4, 2018 - Spencer McGrew - Water: A Geographer's Perspective

February 18, 2018 - Adam Martin - F5 Project

February 11, 2018 - UCU Panel Discussion - Why I am UU

February 4, 2018 - Shannon Smith - The Heart is the Last Frontier

January 28, 2018 - Karen Terry - Native Plants in Public Places: Creating Helathier Communities

January 14, 2018 - Joanie Ellison - Multicultural Center in Pelican RApids

January 7, 2018 - Bob Worner - Shadow and Light

December 24, 2017 - Bob Worner - Holy Days

December 10, 2017 - Jon Solinger - Working Land

December 3, 2017 - Katy Olson - To Err is Human, To Forgive Divine

November 26, 2017 - David Grant - The Things We Fear

November 19, 2017 - Richard Kagan - Felonization: the Evil Fairy Tale for Immigrants

November 12, 2017- Bob Worner - Thanksgiving and Hope

October 29, 2017 - Chris Schuelke - Interpreting Sensitive Matters in History

October 22, 2017 - Ian Evison - Small, but Mighty

October 1, 2017 - Ellen Eastby - Grieving Losses, Celebrating Gains

September 24, 2017 - Stefan Jonasson

July 2, 2017 - Chris Hyslop - Humanity and Placement: People on the Move

June 4, 2017 - John Minge - What Have We Learned


Music is very important to us here at the Unitarian Chruch of Underwood. Each week there are different musicians playing a variety of instruments and a variety of music. We listen to or have listened to a trombone, Hurdy Gurdey, flute, violin, harp, piano, guitar, and much more. We hear blues, pop, numbers from musicals, gospel,and a grand waltz on occasion. We are very fortunate that we have the caliber of fine muscians come to play at the church for Sunday Service. They play the "special music" which consists of the prelude, offering, and postlude.

We have two great pianists at church who take turns at playing everyweek. Susan Groff is a talented musician. She origianlly played by ear and had to learn how to read music. She makes the piano come alive. Mary Worner is our other regular pianist. She is currently studying with Rebecca Davis. Mary seems to enjoy classical music and often brings the room to absolute silence with her playing.

We occasionally have a musician or musicians come to do a musical program for the whole service. Patty Kakac, Rebecca Davis, Anthony Miltich, Joe DiMasi, and the MState Voice Ensemble are just a few of the talented musicians to perform at the church.

Rev. Stefan Jonassen

Reverend Stefan Jonasson is a Unitarian Universalist minister from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and a long-time friend of the Unitarian Church of Underwood. We are fortunate to have him speak during Sunday Service at UCU about once a year. He will be speaking during Sunday Service on September 24, 2017.

Copyright 2010, Unitarian Church of Underwood
Underwood, MN
We come together this morning to remind one another to rest for a moment on the forming edge of our lives, to resist the headlong tumble into the next moment, until we claim for ourselves awareness and gratitude, taking the time to look into one another's faces and see there communion: the reflection of our own eyes.

This house of laughter and silence, memory and hope, is hallowed by our presence together.

Kathleen McTigue