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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.

June 2 - Ellen Eastby - Spirituality: How Does it feel to You?
June 9 - Sam Miltich - Improvised Life: Exploring Mental Health and Creativity
June 16 - Rev. Roger Parks - Universal Christ, Universal Love
June 23 - Cedar Walters - There is No 'Away': Consumption and Waste from Global and Local Perspectives
June 30 - Dr. Hilda Koster - Women and Climate Change
July 7 - Bob Worner -Dependence Day
July 14 - Rev. Roger Parks
July 21 - Dr. Marta Adelsman - Speaking Peace in a Violent World
July 28 - Chris Hyslop - UN Human Rights
August 4 - Barb Honer - The Good, the Bad, and the Humanity
August 11 - Willard Yellowbird - Understanding the Oneness of the Spirit in the Native American Tradition
August 18 - Tere Mann and Bert Whitcombe - Building Community - Service being held at Phelps Mill
August 25 - Dr. Hilda Koster - Planetary Solidarity:Women, Theology, and Climate Justice

Sunday Morning Speakers

August 4 - Barb Honer - The Good, the Bad, and the Humanity

Barb will describe how her work in Pelican Rapids brought her to Belize for a service trip through Faith Lutheran Church of Pelican Rapids. Using photos, journal and stories, she will share what she learned about helping people, white privilege, and compassion for others both near and far.

August 11 - Willard Yellowbird - Understanding the Oneness of the Spirit in the Native American Tradition

August 18 - Tere Mann and Bert Whitcombe - Building Community - @b[Service is being held at Phelps Mill with a potluck picnic to follow. Bring a dish to share, your own plates, beverage, and lawn chair. (There are picnic tables.) Contact Betsy Wells with any questions -

August 25 - Dr. Hilda Koster - Planetary Solidarity:Women, Theology, and Climate Justice

Dr. Koster is a Concordia College professor of Religion, Environmental and Sustainability studies. She is the co-editor of two books: Planetary Solidarity: Global Women's Voices on Christian Doctrine and Climate Justice and The Gift of Theology: The Contribution of Kathryn Tanner. Both books focus on women and climate change.

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!

June 9th - Cedar Walters - Composting
June 16th - Ron Graham - Review and Bible Stories
June 23rd - Ron Graham - Fun Time with Science
June 30th - Cedar Walters - To Be Determined

Sunday Morning Adult RE

Adult RE classes do not meet in the June, July, and August with the exception of Mindfullness Sitting. Mindfullness Sitting will meet throughout the summer.

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.

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

Podcasts - Audio Recordings

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

June 2, 2019 - Ellen Eastby - Spirituality: How Does It Feel to You?

May 26, 2019 - Katy Olson - The End of Colonialism and the Rise of the Partnership Society

May 19, 2019 - Carole Mitchell - Change a Thought, Change Your Life

May 12, 2019 - Panel Discussion - Motherhood and Parenting

May 12, 2019 - Diane Johnson - Tribute to Mothers

May 5, 2019 - Bob Worner - Acquainted with Grief

April 28, 2019 - Larry McDonough - Wellstone, A Rememberance

April 21, 2019 - Bob Worner - The Day the Stone was Rolled Away

April 14, 2019 - Kris Warhol - Cultivating Joy

April 7, 2019 - Rev. Stefan Jonasson - Radical Moderation

March 31, 2019 - Edie Barrett - Getting Uncomfortable with White Privilege

March 24, 2019 - Maryjane Westra - Stupid Missionary Tricks

March 17. 2019 - View from the Throne - Sandy Barnhouse & Friends

March 3, 2019 - Stewardship Committee - Gifts in Gratitude

February 17, 2019 - Rita Chamblin - The Intricate Weaving

February 10, 2019 - Victoria McWane-Creek - Depolarizing Everything

February 3, 2019 - Ellen Eastby - The Hard, Messy Work of Compassion

January 27, 2019 - Rene Meyer-Grinberg- Transylvania: Homes, Hands, and Hearts

January 20, 2019 - Sherry Bruckner - What's Happening at the US Border

January 13th, 2019 - Luther Aadland - Reconnceting Rivers; Webs of Life

January 6. 2019 - Bob Worner - How to Warm and Cool our Earth

December 30, 2018 - Kevin Hutchinson - A Musical Journey on HipHop & More

December 24, 2018 - Ellen Eastby - The Weary World Rejoices - A Message of Hope

December 23, 2018 - Katy Olson - Witnessingfor Peace, Oaxaca, NAFTA, and Corn

December 9, 2018 - Bob Worner - The Gifts We Bring

December 2, 2018 - Naomi Schliesman - Home and Places/Spaces


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