Transylvania Pilgrimage • July 31- August 13, 2018
Pilgrimage Information Session
Sunday, December 3 • 10:15-10:45 a.m. • Center Room
Gather with Rob and Janne Eller-Isaacs in Budapest. From the glorious city on the Danube we will travel by private coach into the Unitarian homelands. We will visit Unitarian headquarters, the seminary, and the oldest Unitarian congregation in the world, before we settle in with our beloved friends in the little village of Homorodsztpeter. This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda (1568), to which we trace our beginnings. We will join in the festivities. To find out more about this unique opportunity for travel and learning, come to the information session between the morning services on December 3.
Racial Justice Movie Night
Friday, December 8 • 7:00 p.m. • Parish Hall
Join Unity Church members and friends for an ongoing film series to further our growth in the understanding and challenging of white supremacy and structural racism. Popcorn will be served and there will be time for conversation after the film.
Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam, or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save — his childhood love, Jenny (Robin Wright) (IMDB).
Morgan Forum with Michael Cowan
Solstice Yoga Practice
Wednesday, December 20
7:00-8:30 p.m. • Foote Room
In yoga, and in astrology, the sun symbolizes the soul. The word “solstice,” in Latin, means sun standing still, so in a sense, we could say the soul stands still on the solstice—maybe even long enough for us to catch a glimpse of it. Join Elen Bahr for a yoga practice of stillness and quiet in which we recognize our souls as the light of the world within the darkest time of year. If you'd like, bring an item to place on the altar to help manifest the collective soul energy of the group.
Crossing and Blessing Our Thresholds
Register now for 2018 series
We are all living in threshold times, on the cusp of significant changes nationally, globally and environmentally. But for some of us, these large scale changes are compounded by personal thresholds closer to home — changes in our relationships, work, home, roles, identity or abilities that feel like a significant turning point in our lives. Our lives are full of thresholds — times of heightened awareness as well as both risk and possibility. Whether we’ve chosen them or not, they are places of great vitality and exchange, where new greets old, where the familiar gives way to the unknown.
If this describes your own life now, consider joining the 2018 Threshold series, a facilitated small group for reflecting on the changes in our lives and discovering the support that comes from exploring our thresholds in the company of others. (NOTE: Group size is limited and pre-registration is required.)
“The support of the participants was amazing,” said Jill van Kooljik, after participating in 2015. “I connected with many congregants and made new friends. Most of all, the workshop confirmed that we are not alone in our struggles.”
In a supportive small group facilitated by literary minister Karen Hering, we’ll each reflect on a threshold we’re currently crossing while accompanying others in crossing theirs. Using conversation, guided writing, and a variety of non-writing activities both playful and serious, we’ll consider the meaning, risks and possibilities present on the cusp of change.
“The series helped me let go of fear and realize that moving forward meant leaving some things behind,” said Pam Sheen, who participated in 2015. “The group process is perfect for threshold crossing, a ‘safety net’ of like-spirited individuals.”
The group meets four Saturdays (January 20, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., and three additional Saturday mornings, 9:00 a.m.–noon: February 10 and 24, and March 17), and participants are asked to commit to all four sessions. At the end of the series, on March 18, the group will blessed by the congregation in worship, honoring the role of community in giving us all safe passage across the many thresholds of our lives.
The series is free to members; a fee of $100 will be charged nonmembers at the time of registration. Register early to reserve your place — e-mail Karen Hering (firstname.lastname@example.org) or put a note in her church mailbox. Include your name, phone and email or street address, and a sentence or two describing the threshold you have crossed or will be crossing soon.
Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast
Monday, January 15 • 7:00–9:30 a.m.
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
285 Dale Street N, St. Paul, MN 55103
Each year, the General Mills Foundation and UNCF present an annual MLK Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year's keynote will be presented by David Oyelowo, lead actor from the film Selma.
With the help of countless volunteers, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul hosts breakfasts at nine neighborhood locations, featuring a live broadcast of the General Mills event as well as a hot breakfast and local programming. Unity's neighborhood location is Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. For more information and to register for the event, please visit http://interfaithaction.org/mlk.
Child care for Church Events
Unity Church offers childcare for all church-sponsored events. The child care is free of charge but reservations are required. Please fill out the online form to request childcare for a church-sponsored event.
Wellspring Wednesday is a multi-generational opportunity to gather midweek at church for food, fellowship, and fun. All are welcome. This is a time to engage in religious community, a time to cultivate our values and beliefs. Click here for weekly programs details.
Embodied Spiritual Practice
Tuesday Meditation at Unity Church
A portion of the time in Unity Sangha’s Tuesday meditation meetings is devoted to teaching and discussion to deepen our understanding of the meditation path and its roots. Join us Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Ames Chapel. Meditation instruction is offered at 5:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Please notify Ken Ford at email@example.com if you plan to come for instruction.
Wellspring Wednesday Yoga
Come just as you are, no previous yoga experience needed. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, we will have a few available for loan. Class begins at 7:15 p.m.
Kung Fu at Unity Church
The House of the Upright Ox, a weekly Kung Fu class at Unity Church, approaches martial arts as spiritual practice focused on resolving conflict on multiple levels. Hung Gar Kung Fu is a beautiful Chinese martial art which emulates the movement and disposition of the Tiger, Snake, Crane, Dragon, and Leopard. We welcome curious first-timers and experienced martial artists to join us for a practice which calms and invigorates the spirit and body. Join us on Saturday mornings in the Body Room from 10:00 a.m. – noon. This class is recommended for ages 15 and older. Childcare is available. Questions? Contact Bryan Kujawski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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