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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.

February 4 - Shannon Smith - The Heart is the Last Frontier
February 11 - Stan Carignan facilitating a panel consisting of Tere Mann, Florance Thompson, and John Miersch - Why I Am UU: We Are a Pilgrim People, Pilgrim Church
February 18 - Adam Martin - F5 Project - Hustle Harder
February 25 - Victoria Creek - An Update from the Field: How Did I Get Here?
March 4 - Spencer McGrew - A Geographer's Perspective
March 11 - Kara Beckman - Using Restorative Justice in Schools
March 18 - Victoria Creek - An Update from the Field: How Did I Get Here?
March 25 - Winona LaDuke - The Seventh Fire
April 1st - Easter Sunday - Ellen Eastby - Being the Resurrection
April 8 - Empowerment Grant Recipients
April 15 - Abbreviated Service - Mary Anderson - We Have a Plan!
Brunch and Annual Meeting
April 22 - Joan Vorderbruggen - Getting Back to the Garden
April 29 - Danny Givens - Intersectional Justice and UU

Sunday Morning Speakers

April 1st - Easter Sunday - Ellen Eastby - Being the Resurrection - UU Principles 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and Sources 1, 2, 3, 4,

Easter Sunday is the day that people all over the world rejoice over the resurrection of Jesus, the man who taught the world about love, compassion, and forgiveness. There are many different ways of understanding the resurrection. Reason would lead us to believe that Jesus did not literally rise from the dead. But, in reality, he can be resurrected. Ellen will be talking about the resurrection of Jesus, as well as, why Unitarian Universalists might have an interest in observing the Easter holiday.

Ellen has worn many hats over her 11 years of membership at the Unitarian Church of Underwood, One of her favorite roles is that of a Celebrants. As a Celebrant she not only officiates weddings, funerals, and other ceremonies, she also has the awesome privilege of speaking a couple of Sunday mornings a year at UCU. In 2014 she attended class at Meadville-Lombard Theological School, a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago, to learn how to write and deliver sermons. She has found she loves doing this and takes advantage of most any opportunity to speak to congregations about a wide variety of topics. But, as much as she enjoys her role as a celebrant, Ellen's favorite activity is spending time at home with her mother, sons, and grandchildren.

April 8 - Ron Roller - Empowerment Grant Recipients

The theme of the empowerment grant service will be about the joy of giving and receiving. Ron will give a presentation on the history and what it means to us as a church and also have 3 people give short summaries of what the grants meant to their organizations.

April 15 - Abbreviated Service - Mary Anderson - We Have a Plan! UU Principles 5 & 7

Hear Mary's perspectives on how "The Plan" came about and why we find strategic planning useful.

Mary has served the past two years as President of the Board of Directors. Her six-year term om the Board ends this year. Mary was the chief drafter of the 2018-23 Strategic Plan. She is the UCU monthly newsletter writer/editor, chief of the Membership Committee, acts as a service leader, brings treats, and when she can stand still, maybe a greeter. Because of role as President and "snoop reporter," her own curiosity and a fervor for organization, Mary gets herself involved in many areas!

April 22 - Joan Vorderbruggen - Getting Back to the Garden

At a time when many in our Western culture have become incredibly disconnected from Nature, we have also seen an upswing in stress and its related diseases, depression, and alienation from both humans and the natural world. What was once understood intuitively by people who lived closely to the land is now being backed by research: Nature promotes a sense of well-being, balance, gratitude, and connection in our lives. The more we can let go of thought, and instead deeply connect to the natural world with a sense of presence, the more we see ourselves as participants in a beautiful and sacred harmony.

Joan Vorderbruggen, a certified Forest Therapy Guide, has had a long love affair with Nature. As someone who is actively engaged in the creative fields such as architecture and art, Joan recognizes that intentional, present-centered time spent in the natural world is where she finds the greatest inspiration, clarity, and balance in her life, as well as a sense of well-being and deep healing.Through over a decade of teaching at a university level, Joan has encouraged others to discover, question, and even play in their natural surroundings to allow them to forge deeper connections to the wisdom of the Earth.

April 29 - Danny Givens - Intersectional Justice and UU

A time to unpack the narratives of our injustice at the intersection of rage and grief in America. This will be a time of historical reflection and contemporary action.

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 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
February 11, 2018 - Love is the topic

Podcasts - Audio Recordings

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

April 15, 2018 - Mary Anderson - We Have a Plan

April 8, 2018 - Ron Roller - Empowerment Grants

April 1, 2018 - Ellen Eastby - Being the Resurrection

March 25, 2018 - Winona LaDuke - The Seventh Fire

March 18, 2018 - Victoria Creek - An Update from the Field

March 11, 2018 - Kara Beckman - Restorative Practices in School

March 4, 2018 - Spencer McGrew - Water: A Geographer's Perspective

February 18, 2018 - Adam Martin - F5 Project

February 11, 2018 - UCU Panel Discussion - Why I am UU

February 4, 2018 - Shannon Smith - The Heart is the Last Frontier

January 28, 2018 - Karen Terry - Native Plants in Public Places: Creating Helathier Communities

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

January 7, 2018 - Bob Worner - Shadow and Light

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