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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.

November 5 - Jay Johnson - The Story of Prospect House
November 12 - Bob Worner - Giving Thanks And Making Plans
November 19- Richard Kagan - Bad Fairy Tales of Immigration Policies
November 26 - David Grant - The Things We Fear
December 3 - Katy Olson - To Err is Human, To Forgive Divine
December 10 - Jon Solinger - Photographer and Author of Working Land
December 17 - Children's Holiday Program Recognizing St. Lucia and other Scandinavian Christmas Traditions
December 24 - Bob Worner
December 31 - Stan Carignan and Panel: Why I am UU - We are a Pilgrim People, and a Pilgrim Church
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

Sunday Morning Speakers

January 14 - Joan Ellison - Multicultural Center of Pelican Rapids

Imagine yourself getting off a plane in a foreign city with your family. You don't know the language, the customs, or how the money system works. The food is totally different, and you don't know where you will sleep that night. If you are on vacation, it is an adventure that will delight family and friends. If you are a refugee, it's the beginning of the rest of your life and in most cases, you have no idea what happens next. Most new arrivals do not speak or understand English and depend on the help of strangers to get them through customs to a place of safety.

After 40 years of welcoming refugees and immigrants, of creating that place of safety, Pelican Rapids is moving into a different phase of assimilation - that of diverse peoples living and working as respected equals to create a healthy community.

Joan Ellison will speak about the changes in Pelican Rapids over the last 40 years, with special emphases on the last year and a half. Ellison has volunteered with and written about the immigrants in Pelican Rapids since 1996. Her book, The Faces of Change was published by the Otter Tail County Historical Society in 2007. With Sally Williams she co-wrote Many Cultures, One Community: a Book of Stories and Recipes in 2011. The photography and printing costs for the book were paid in part by a grant from 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.

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.

Speaker Audio Recordings - Podcasts

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

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

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