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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.

September 1 - Bob Worner - A Late Summer Day's Dream
September 8 - Rev. Roger Parks - Holy Envy - Appreciating Alternative Spiritual Practices
September 15 - John Donahue - All the World's a Stage
September 22 - Lindsey Scherloum - We Tell Time by the Sun and the Moon: Humbled by the Ethnosphere
September 29 - Larry McDonough - TBA
October 6 - Shannon Smith - First, Do No Harm
October 13 - Sydney Bauer - Morris climate strike organizer
October 20 - Noreen Hautala - Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
October 27 - Ann Reed - songwriter, singer, guitarist
November 3 - Ken Pentel - A Glimpse of the Past, a Snapshot of the Present, a Vision for the Future
November 10 - Stefan Jonasson - Bread and Circuses
November 17 - Bob Worner - Leading UU Principle #4, A Free and Resposible Search for Truth and Meaning
November 24 - Liz Kappuola - Caring for our Neighbor

Sunday Morning Speakers

November 3 - Ken Pentel - A Glimpse of the Past, a Snapshot of the Present, a Vision for the Future - How the Genuine Progress Indicator can guide us to restore our relationship with the Earth and improve the prospects for democracy.

Ken will talk about the Minnesota Genuine Progress Indicator: HF1662, and what this means for the health of our communities, democracy, and the Earth; as well as his participation at a recent gathering in the Black Hills and upcoming Bretton Woods IV gathering in New Hampshire.

Alternative: Economic Signal's: How the Genuine Progress Indicator Improves the Prospects for Democracy.

Note: One hour discussion following the service.

November 10 - Stefan Jonasson - Bread and Circuses

In ancient Rome, the state sought to pacify the people by feeding large groups of citizens and then distracting them with entertainment - such as feeding Christians to the lions and other such "sports." In his satire, the Romean poet Juvenal called this practice "bread and circuses.' How much has really changed since then? It seems that the principalities and powers of modern times still offer bread and circuses to distract the masses, so that we won't notice their failure to offer peace, order and good government...not to mention justice.

November 17 - Bob Worner - Leading UU Principle #4, A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning

We are free, but that means we have a responsibility in regard to our search for truth and meaning.

November 24 - Liz Kappuola - Caring for our Neighbors

Liz Kuoppala, Executive Director of MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership, will provide a local update on President Johnson's War on Poverty. Liz will share her own journey from poverty to advocacy as well as the ebbs and flows, successes and setbacks of the anti-poverty movement locally and nationally. Liz lives in rural Erhard with her wife and chickens and goats.

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

Adult RE classes meet in the September through May.

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

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

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

"...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

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