Unity Church-Unitarian is a vibrant intergenerational congregation grounded in the history and heritage of liberal religion. Our shared ministry enlists the whole church family in living out the values we proclaim. At home, at church, and in the world, we strive to usher in the reign of mutual respect. The mission of Unity Church is to engage people in a free and inclusive religious community that encourages lives of integrity, service and joy.
Holy Week at Unity Church
Maundy Thursday Worship • Thursday, April 17, 7:00 p.m., Ames Chapel
Please join us for a service of ritual and community, sharing in traditional holy week practices of Eucharist and Foot Washing. In the Memorialist tradition, we join to remember the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, which include welcoming all people to a meal of love, giving thanks for the gifts of life, and serving each other in humility.
Easter Family Sunday • April 20: Practice Resurrection
Rev. Lisa Friedman, Jennifer Nordstrom, Rev. K.P. Hong
The ancient story of the life and death of Jesus still speaks to us today - new beginnings emerge with fresh possibilities, even in those moments when it seems that all is tragically lost. As a whole church family, we will celebrate the wondrous power of resurrection and new beginnings in our lives. On Family Sundays, children experience the entire worship together with their families in the Sanctuary. A children's message and activity books related to the stories and sermon help children to engage in the experience of worship. The nursery is open for children under three years of age.
Understanding Mass Incarceration
April 23 • Housing • Foote Room at Unity Church
The sixth and final program in this series will look at the difficulties formerly incarcerated youth and adults face in finding safe and affordable housing upon re-entry. In addition, this session will explore the impact the “War of Drugs” has had on the lives of people caught in the pipeline and the explosion of for-profit prisons in this country. Get more information.
Religious Education 2014-15 Enrollment Sessions
New and returning families wishing to enroll in Religious Education will have a chance to receive orientation, volunteer to teach, and enroll children for age-appropriate classes for 2014-15. This in-person session with staff and Unity's Religious Education Ministry Team members will help you review Unity's religious education programs and answer any questions you may have. Get more information. Enrollment session dates:
The Spirituals Project with Dr. Arthur Jones
Arthur Foote Music Weekend
Saturday, May 3
The Spirituals Project Workshop • Noon-2pm • Sanctuary
The mission of The Spirituals Project is to preserve and revitalize the music and teachings of the sacred songs called “spirituals,” created and first sung by enslaved Africans in America in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Spirituals Project is a broad-based initiative to explore the many, varied dimensions of African American spirituals as art form, tradition and tool; and to invite all people to experience the joy and power of this dynamic music and gift from African Americans to the world.
Community Sing • 2-3pm • Sanctuary
Sunday, May 4
Arthur Foote Music Sunday • Services at 9am, 11am, 4:30pm
Music presented in the Sanctuary by the Children’s Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Unity Singers, Unity Choir and Unity Percussion Ensemble; Laura Sewell and Teresa and Will Richardson, cello, and Andrea Stern, harp; also welcoming special guest Dr. Arthur Jones, The Spirituals Project.
Writing Green: Nature Poetry and Ecology
Saturday, May 10 • 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. • Unity Church
There are many ways to advocate for the natural world! Join master poet Thomas R. Smith as we survey the world of nature poetry with masters such as Wordsworth, Thoreau, Mary Oliver, and Wendell Berry. Along the way, we’ll look at some Minnesota poets who have written notably of nature, and borrow liberally from the British “ecopoetics” scholar Jonathan Bate and French poet Francis Ponge. Taking time for enjoyment and discussion of great nature poetry, while staying aware of serious threats to our environment, we’ll use writing exercises to hone our ability to create poems celebrating and advocating for the natural world. Cost: $59 for Unity Members, $79 for non-members. For registration please go to http://www.nicolelynskey.com/wp3/ecopoetryclass/ or contact Nicole at 612-578-9783.
Thomas R. Smith has had hundreds of poems published on three continents. He is the author of six books of poems, and has had poems featured in Garrison Keillor’s public radio program The Writer’s Almanac, The Best American Poetry 1999, and elsewhere. He lives in River Falls, Wisconsin, where he is able to write about and observe the natural world, and teaches poetry at the Loft Literary Center.
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