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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.

August 5 - Ellen Eastby - Breath of the Soul and Flower Communion at Phelp's Mill - Potluck Following Service
August 12 - Rev. Roger Parks - Letting Our Light Shine
August 19 - Dave Hage, Star Tribune Editor - The News is Back
August 26 - Marianne Byran - Piano Concert
September 2 - Bob Worner - Open Hands
September 9 - UCU Men - Facilitated by Darryl Booker - Me Too
September 16 - Roger Parks - Becoming the Lighthouse for the World
September 23 - Sandy Barnhouse - Autistic Life, not Life with Autism
September 30 - Ghazi Hassoun - My Lifetime Spiritual Journey
October 7 - Richard Kagen - The Historical and Current Themes in Each UU
October 14 - Stan Carignan - It's a Wonderful Life
October 21 - Rev. Thomas Schmidt - Could You Be a Pagan Without Knowing it

Sunday Morning Speakers

October 7 Richard Kagen - The Historical Origins and Current Themes in Each UU

This talk will include the differences and similarities between the two; the major themes; the relationship with Christian ideas and atheism. It is my hope to give a greater appreciation for our history and a challenge to think about how we are related to each U in the present and the future.

October 14 - Stan Carignan - It's a Wonderful Life

The importance of Fergus Falls Habitat for Humanity to West Ottertail County. Habitat's vision is a World where everyone has a decent place to live, which supports the inherent worth of every individual, as well as supports the principle of equity in human relations. I will discuss why it is important to have a Habitat Affiliate in our community and our plans for the future. I have hand outs and will keep the talk short and will speak extemporaneously and provide a lot of time for questions.

October 21 - Rev. Thomas Schmidt - Could You Be a Pagan Without Knowing it?

In my many years as a Unitarian Universalist, I have heard many people declare they were UU their whole lives without knowing it. I have found the same to hold true to Paganism, once someone learns more about it. For this talk we will consider the core of Earth-centered spirituality through the evolving lens of a UU Pagan.

Bio: Following two full decades as a lay and ordained leader in our Unitarian Universalist movement, Thomas has shifted his focus to writing and other projects. Having served churches in California, Texas, South Carolina, and Florida, he is now working to develop an interfaith ministry in Bemidji intended to share the good news of religious liberalism beyond the confines of our traditional church/fellowship setting. Thomas made the move North to live with his partner Rita where both of them are active with local environmental and justice groups and the larger Unitarian Universalist movement.

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 be...is 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 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!

Podcasts - Audio Recordings

To see a list of all podcasts by the Unitarian Church of Underwood follow this link: soundcloud.com/user-927528278

October 14 - Stan Carignan - It's a Wonderful Life
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/the-historical-origins-and-current-themes-in-each-uu-richard-kagan-october-7-2018

October 7, 2018 - Richard Kagan - The Historical and Current Themes in UU
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/the-historical-origins-and-current-themes-in-each-uu-richard-kagan-october-7-2018

September 30, 2018 - Bob Worner - When Good Things Happen to Good People
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/when-good-things-happen-to-good-people-bob-worner-september-30-2018

September 23, 2018 - Sandy Barnhouse - Autistic Life, Not Life with Autism
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/autistic-life-not-life-with-autism-sandy-barnhouse-september-23-2018

September 16, 2018 - Rev. Roger Parks - Becoming a Lighthouse for the World
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/becoming-a-lighthouse-for-the-world-roger-parks-september-16-2018

September 9, 2018 - Mens Panel - Me too
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/me-too

September 2, 2018 - Open Hands - Bob Worner
tps://soundcloud.com/user-927528278/open-hands-bob-worner-september-2-2018

August 26, 2018 - Marianne Bryan - Pianist
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/pianist-marianne-bryan-august-26-2018

August 19, 2018 - Dave Hage - The News is Back
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/the-news-is-back-dave-hage-august-19-2018

August 12, 2018 - Roger Parks - Letting Our Light Shine
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/letting-our-light-shine-roger-parks-august-122018

July 29, 2018 - Jim Laine - MetaReligion:The Authority that Makes Religious Tolerance Possible
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/metareligion-the-authority-that-makes-religious-tolerance-possible-jim-laine-july-29-2018

July 22, 2018 - Ellen Eastby - General Assembly
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Juy 15, 2018 - Chris Hyslop - Do Two Rights Make a Wrong
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July 8, 2018 - Bob Worner - The Beginning and the End
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July 1, 2018 - Peggy Maxwell - Bhutan
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June 24, 2018 - Rev. Laurel Hallman - I Have Walked Through Many Lives
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June 17, 2018 - Rev. Roger Parks - In Search of Our Light
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June 11, 2018 - Rev. Stefan Jonasson - How Much False Witness Can We Bear?
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/how-much-false-witness-can-we-bear-rev-stefan-jonasson-june-10-2018

June 3, 2018 - Stephanie Sanderson - Shall We Pray?
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May 27, 2018 - Panel - MeToo
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/metoo-sandy-robyn-may-27-2018

May 20, 2018 - Dr. Wayne Barkhouse - Gravitational Waves
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/whispers-in-the-night-gravitational-waves-dr-wayne-barkhouse-may-20-2018

May 13, 2018 - Rev. Wesley Hromatko - Original Purpose of Mother's Day and it's UU Origins
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/original-purpose-of-mothers-day-its-uu-origins-wesley-hromatko-may-13-2018

May 6, 2018, Bob Worner - Learning to Speak Unitarian
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/learning-to-speak-unitarian-bob-worner-may-6-2018

April 29, 2018 - Pastor Danny Givens - Intersectional Justice and UU
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/intersectional-justice-uu-danny-givens-april-29-2018

April 22, 2018 - Joan Vorderbruggen - Getting Back to the Garden
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/getting-back-to-the-garden-joan-vorderbruggen-april-22-2018

April 15, 2018 - Mary Anderson - We Have a Plan
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April 8, 2018 - Ron Roller - Empowerment Grants
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April 1, 2018 - Ellen Eastby - Being the Resurrection
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March 25, 2018 - Winona LaDuke - The Seventh Fire
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March 18, 2018 - Victoria Creek - An Update from the Field
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March 11, 2018 - Kara Beckman - Restorative Practices in School
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March 4, 2018 - Spencer McGrew - Water: A Geographer's Perspective
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February 18, 2018 - Adam Martin - F5 Project
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February 11, 2018 - UCU Panel Discussion - Why I am UU
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/why-i-am-uu-ucu-panel-february-11-2018

February 4, 2018 - Shannon Smith - The Heart is the Last Frontier
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/the-heart-is-the-last-frontier-shannon-smith-february-4-2018

January 28, 2018 - Karen Terry - Native Plants in Public Places: Creating Helathier Communities
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January 14, 2018 - Joanie Ellison - Multicultural Center in Pelican RApids
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January 7, 2018 - Bob Worner - Shadow and Light
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/shadow-and-light-bob-worner-january-7-2018

December 24, 2017 - Bob Worner - Holy Days
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/holy-days-bob-worner-december-24-2017

December 10, 2017 - Jon Solinger - Working Land
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December 3, 2017 - Katy Olson - To Err is Human, To Forgive Divine
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November 26, 2017 - David Grant - The Things We Fear
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/the-things-we-fear-david-grant

November 19, 2017 - Richard Kagan - Felonization: the Evil Fairy Tale for Immigrants
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/felonization-the-evil-fairy-tale-for-immigrants

November 12, 2017- Bob Worner - Thanksgiving and Hope
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/thanksgiving-and-hope

October 29, 2017 - Chris Schuelke - Interpreting Sensitive Matters in History
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/interpreting-sensitive-matters-in-history-chris-schuelke-october-29-2017

October 22, 2017 - Ian Evison - Small, but Mighty
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October 1, 2017 - Ellen Eastby - Grieving Losses, Celebrating Gains
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September 24, 2017 - Stefan Jonasson
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July 2, 2017 - Chris Hyslop - Humanity and Placement: People on the Move
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June 4, 2017 - John Minge - What Have We Learned
soundcloud.com/user-927528278/what-have-we-learned-john-minge-june-4-2017

Music

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: soundcloud.com/user-927528278/how-much-false-witness-can-we-bear-rev-stefan-jonasson-june-10-2018

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