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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.

December 8 - Larry Peterson - Breaking Barriers: Harvesting LGBTQ Stories from the Northern Plains, Three Journeys
December 15 - Kyle Richards - Lake Region Healthcare Center CEO - Holistic Approach to Medicine
December 22 - UCU Community Celebration
December 24 - Christmas Eve Service - Ellen Eastby - Noticing Angels
December 29 - Bob Worner - Three Wise Men and Many More Women
January 5 - Holly Diestler - Through the Lens
January 12 - Allison Osberg - Exploring Synthetic Waste as Material for Traditional Crafts
January 19 - Bob Worner - A Voice in the Wilderness
January 26 - Dave Ellison - Choices That Matter
February 2 - Anna Wasescha - The 2010 Sustainable Development Goals
February 9 - Bonnie Graham, Facilitator - Black Lives Unitarian Universalism
February 16 - Sean Coffman - Our Human Family
February 23 - Nik Nerburn - Lost Photos from the State Hospital

Sunday Morning Speakers

February 2 - Anna Wasescha - The 2010 Sustainable Developement Goals

West Central Initiative has a new three-year strategic plan that is grounded in the seventeen sustainable development goals that all 193 member states agreed to in 2015. These global goals are as relevant in our region as they are anywhere else in the world. Partnerships to achieve the goals is the seventeenth goal and perhaps the most critical. How can West Central Initiative work together with the Unitarian community to make progress toward a more sustainable world for everyone?

Feruary 9 - Bonnie Graham, Facilitator - Black Lives Unitarian Universalism

Hear excerpts from BLUU’s symposium: “Proclaiming Black UU Theology,” fall 2019 in St. Paul. What challenges do people of color face in UU congregations? How is BLUU organizing to create supportive spaces for people of color in UU? Do you wonder what black-led UU spiritual content would sound like? BLUU provided this opportunity to view UU from a Black perspective and everyone was invited to listen and grow. Come this Sunday for an introduction and find out how to listen to the whole symposium.

February 16 - Sean Coffman - Our Human Family

Sean is the Executive Director of the Human Family and Director of the North Dakota Human Rights Festival. In his talk, he will explore the festival’s history and submitted works. He will discuss how the works in the exhibition have encouraged discussion around difficult human rights, civil rights and social justice issues.

February 23 - Nik Nerburn - Lost Photos from the State Hospital

Nik, a documentary artist, will present his recent research and a selection of photographs from the private collection of Michael Loreno (former owner of The Spot Panini and Wine in Fergus Falls). Loreno's collection of photographs were shot by a mysterious photographer who was confined to the Fergus Falls State Hospital sometime in the 1960's. During this time, the unknown person photographed day-to-day life in the institution on a small 35mm camera. Most staff members thought that his camera was empty, not knowing that he had a brother in Fergus Falls who would regularly buy him film, and have it developed. His collection of photographs include: portraits, still lifes, documentation of field trips, occupational therapies, and walks around the then-active hospital grounds. As part of his artist residency with Springboard for the Arts, Nik Nerburn is scanning these 35mm slides and researching the life of this remarkable photographer. He'll share some of these images and his research during his presentation.

Children's Religious Education Classes

Meets every Sunday at 10 a.m.

For the first time in its 129 years, the Unitarian Church of Underwood will have Children's Religious Education classes every Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. With our increased growth of young families, expanded space, and congregational commitment, parents and volunteers will lead the children in songs, activities, and lessons. Children's ages range from 3 on up. For children under three, we request that a parent be in attendance with the child.

Over its many years, the Unitarian Church of Underwood has grown from a sparse congregation barely meeting monthly to an energetic congregation with every Sunday Worship (10 a.m.), Adult Religious Education (May through September), and Mindfulness Sitting at 9:15 a.m. every Sunday. We are delighted to now be able to offer as well, Children's Religious Education every Sunday, year-round. Each Sunday Service, we repeat together..."No single belief includes us here, no disbelief excludes us..." All are welcome!

Sunday Morning Adult RE

Every Sunday at 9:15 in Suite 300 - Mindfulness/Quaker Quiet Time Sitting- Led by Stan Carignan. Will continue to meet year round.

Second Sunday of the month 8:45 to 9:45 - Ancient Religions - Led by Sandy Barnhouse. Will not be meeting in January or February. Will resume in March.

This year we will finish discussing Riane Eisler's Sacred Pleasure beginning with Chapter 13. Participants are encouraged to review chapters 11 and 12, and read chapter 13 prior to the September meeting. Our calendar will shift as follows: We will not meet December, January or February. Beginning in March, we'll wrap up the last Eisler chapters we've finished over the winter and begin a new source and direction as suggested and/or agreed upon by participants. From March 2020 through the summer, and until November 2020, we'll meet every month, comprising a nine-month cycle, which allows summer attendance. If the class is well attended, we'll hopefully adopt this new calendar and make it less difficult to attend in the early hours during the darker winter months. Meeting time: 8:45 a.m. Sandy Barnhouse

Third Sunday of the Month 8:45 to 9:45 White Fragility - Led by Ellen Eastby. Will not be meeting in January or February. Will resume in March.

"...I believe that white progressives cause the most daily damage for people of color. I define a white progressive as any white person who thinks he or she is not racist, or is less racist, or in the 'choir,' or already 'gets it.' White progressives can be the most difficult for people of color because, to the degree that we think we have arrived, we will put our energy into making sure that others see us as having arrived. None of our energy will go into what we need to be doing for the rest of our lives: engaging in ongoing self-awareness, continuing education, relationship building, and actual antiracist practice. White progressives do indeed uphold and perpetuate racism, but out defensiveness and certitude make it virtually impossible to explain to us how we do so." Robin Diangelo - White Fragility - Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

Although the previous paragraph is difficult for many of us to read, there is much truth to it. That is why reading this book is so important for ourselves and for humankind as a whole. On the third Sunday of the month, from 8:45 to 9:45 at the church, Adult RE will consist of reading and discussing the book White Fragility - Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo. (The book is available at the UUA bookstore, as well as, places like Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.) Ellen Eastby will be leading the class. On Sunday, September 15th we will focus our discussion fromt he forward on page ix through page 14. Please be prepared to be uncomfortable, honest, and gentle with yourself as we discuss this difficult, but potentially life changing, subject.

Fourth Sunday of the month 8:45 to 9:45 - Spong - Led by Bob Worner. Will not be meeting in January or February. Will resume in March.

Power Point - There is No Away - Waking Up to Consumption and Waste

Podcasts - Audio Recordings

Sunday Services are recorded most weeks. To see a list of all podcasts by the Unitarian Church of Underwood follow this link:


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 twice a year. This is the link to the podcast of his most recent sermon:

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