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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.

October 1 - Ellen Eastby - Grieving Losses, Celebrating Gains
October 8 - Julia Nerbonne, Executive Director of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL) - Connecting Head, Heart, and Will
October 15 - Willard Yellow Bird
October 22 - Rev. Ian Evison - Small, but Mighty
October 29 - Chris Schuelke, Executive Director of the Otter Tail County Historical Society -
Interpreting Sensitive Matters in Hisotry
November 5 - Jay Johnson - The Story of Prospect House
November 12 - Bob Worner - Giving Thanks And Making Plans
November 19- TBA
November 26 - TBA

Sunday Morning Speakers

October 1 - Ellen Eastby - Grieving Losses, Celebrating Gains

Ellen will be speaking about community. Specifically, our church community. She chose this topic for three reasons. First, we have recently lost three members. Our grief of their passing is something that we can or maybe even should acknowledge as a church community. Second, it is good to reaffirm that we are a pretty amazing community. Third, it is a fitting topic for New Member Sunday, as we celebrate the gain of new members into our community.

October 8 - Julia Nerbonne, Executive Director of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL) - Connecting Head, Heart, and Will

Julia will discuss the role of faith communities in climate justice. She will describe the formation of MNIPL, actions other Minnesota congregations have taken, and how UCU can grow in the interfaith climate movement. Please join us for her climate conversation.

October 15 - Willard Yellow Bird - We are all Related in God's (Creator's) healing particles and healing.

We will learn from Willard how we are all related through spiritual energy through Native American traditional teaching; the importance of using our native plants (sage, sweet grass and cedar) and prayers to feed our spirit; and how strong our Spirit will become and help heal the body and mind.

Willard is a shaman and a current cultural planner for Fargo who works closely with the Native American Commission. He teaches people how to get back the old traditions to make their spirits strong again and to overcome their difficulties.

October 22 - Rev. Ian Evison - Small, but Mighty

Rev. Evison will be here participating in the UU
Area Fall Workshop and our guest speaker this Sunday. He will focus on the power of the communities we build - especially as small churches in rural areas.

Ian is a UU minister who has served in a variety of ministries, including parish ministry, theological education, a research project at the University of Chicago in Family and Religion, and service at the Alban Institute as Director of Research. Current passions include future trends in American religious life, new frontiers of organizational development. He also has a geeky interest n change strategies and denominational structures. To keep same he cooks, gardens, frequents farmers' markets, and makes large quantities of compost. Ian and his wife, Leah, split their time between Chicago and St. Paul.

October 29 - Chris Shuelke, Executive Director of the Otter Tail County Historical Society - Interpreting Sensitive Matters in History

Interpreting complicated history is a challenging but essential element for public historians. Organizations such as the Otter Tail County Historical Society want to present accurate information but is often pressured to sanitize or self-censor historical events. This could entail a local crime, scandal. racial issue, or personal tragedy. Do we tell these stories, sweep them under the rug. or use them to engage in dialogue? There is no easy answer.

November 5 - Jay Johnson - The Story of Prospect House

For more information about Prospect House visit their webpage -

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.

Third Sunday of the month - 8:30 to 9:30 - 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
2018 Schedule to be announced.


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.

Speaker Audio Recordings

November 12, 2017- Bob Worner

October 1, 2017 - Ellen Eastby -

September 4, 2017 - Stefan Jonasson

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