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.
Schedule for the Evening
6:00 p.m.: The evening begins with a hot, nutritious meal and a good conversation. Menus are posted as available both online and in This Week at Unity. Gluten free and vegan options are always available. The cost for dinner is: $7/adult, $4/child ages 5 to 12, $2/child ages 2 to 4, and $20/family, and can be paid by cash or check. (Children under the age of 24 months are free.) Reservations for dinner are not required. People with specific food allergies may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to have a special preparation. Financial assistance is available to cover the cost of dinners, contact Lisa Friedman by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 651-228-1456 x107.
6:45 p.m.: Everyone is invited to a short worship service in the Ames Chapel.
7:10 p.m.: Classes and programs follow worship and begin at approximately 7:10 p.m. Childcare and children's programming is offered at no cost during this time. Families should check their children in on the evening’s sign-in sheet in the Parish Hall before heading to their program. The Children's Library is also open from 6:00-8:00 p.m. each Wednesday.
March/April Wellspring Wednesday
During the month of March, our Wellspring Wednesday meals will celebrate the rich cultural diversity, food, and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. The menus come from countries and communities who are currently facing potential bans and deportation. We share them in the spirit of resistance and solidarity. Recognizing that some of the cuisine might be adventuresome for younger members of Unity Church, we will offer specifically kid-friendly meals each week as well.
Dinner: (Libya) Curried chicken legs, pickled carrot salad, Boosla (chickpeas and onion), rice
Reading, comments and book discussion by anthology editor and poet Sun Yung Shin
Focusing on the book, A Good Time for the Truth, the second offering of this three-part series will share insights from the book’s editor, Sun Yung Shin.
Welcome to Unity
If you have been visiting Unity Church and would like to find out more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation, we invite you to join us for a Welcome to Unity class.
Yoga Movement and Mindfulness: Ishvara Pranidhana
The practice of Ishvara Pranidhana, surrender, means if we are able to completely surrender our individual ego identities to our higher self, we will attain the identity of the Divine. This week, we'll contemplate what that sense of harmony would look and feel like for each of us.
Learn and Play Go: A Chinese Board Game
Dinner: Vegetable lasagna, house salad, and lemon coconut icebox cake
A Good Time for the Truth: Guided Writing on Race and Whiteness
Led by Rev. Karen Hering and focusing on the book A Good Time for the Truth, the third part of this three-part series will offer participants an opportunity to reflect and write on their own experiences of race.
This session will offer training for mentors who have signed up to be a part of Unity’s new Mentor Program for active visitors and new members. If you are interested in learning more about being a mentor, or about receiving one, please contact Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Family R.E. Orientation
This session with Rev. K.P. Hong, Director of Religious Education, is for families new to Unity Church who would like to learn more about religious education for children and youth.
Bring your knitting, crocheting, tatting, embroidery, needlepoint, and cross stitch for an evening of fellowship and service. All ages and levels of experience are welcome!
Yoga for Stress and Anxiety
Using breathing techniques, movement, and guided meditation, Elen Bahr will lead this class that aims to help find the source of physical stress. Participants will leave with ideas for how to bring this practice into your daily life. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, a few are available for loan. This class is suitable for all body types.
Go: Learn and Play the Chinese Board Game
Dinner: Roasted steelhead trout with herbs, roasted asparagus, scalloped potatoes, baguette, Meyer lemon bars
Minnesota Muslims Up Close
Historical records show a Muslim presence in Minnesota that goes as far back as 1880. Current estimates put the Muslim population in Minnesota at about 140,000. This class, led by Memoona Ghani, is based on the exhibit Tracks in the Snow: The Minnesota Muslim Experience Since 1880 which the Islamic Resource Group put together with support from the Minnesota Historical Society in 2014. You will get an exclusive insight into the lives, experiences, and pioneering work of Minnesota Muslims from different cultural backgrounds.
Meeting this World of Fear with Compassion
For what reason would we spend a portion of our precious time exploring the inner landscape in silence? For what reason would we make the effort to develop the skill of meditation or the art of mindful presence? Mindfulness can chip away at the rigid boundaries that define this small world of self, the boundaries that allow us to forget that the "other" we meet is, in fact our own life. Mindfully present, we recognize in the other the anxiety and the fragile joy that we know so well as our own and we can offer the gift of compassion. Come for an exploration of this inner work of meditation and mindfulness and for an introduction to the Unity Church Tuesday evening meditation group led by Ken Ford.
Spirit Map: An Introduction
Join Laura Park, Managing Director of Unity Consulting, and members of our Board of Trustees for an introduction to the Spirit Map portion of the congregational survey. Learn how Spirit Map was developed, how we’ll aggregate the data to better understand the culture of spirituality in the congregation, and the implications for the work of the church. Hear how you can benefit personally from the Spirit Map information you provide in the survey. And, earn the eternal gratitude of Unity's board by completing the congregational survey during the last half hour of the session. Bring your iPad, laptop, or phone!
Spring Tune Up: Yoga for Shoulders and Upper Body
Elen Bahr will lead a practice of movement and breath work specific to releasing some of the upper body tension our bodies accumulate from the stiffness of winter. This session is based on both classical and therapeutic yoga techniques and is suitable for all body types. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, a few are available for loan.
Mother/Daughter Film Group: A League of Their Own
Please join Unity Church moms and daughters (grade 6 and up) for a female focused film. The following month we’ll discuss the previous month’s film during dinner.
Come jam on your ukulele. Beginners to pros, ages 8-120 welcome! Show up with your uke, copies of music you wish to share, an open mind, and a sense of humor.
Go: A Chinese Board Game
Dinner: Tostadas, salad, guacamole, pico de gallo, and Mexican wedding cookies
UU History Book Club
Want to learn more about Unitarian Universalist history? Curious about all those great authors quoted in Sunday sermons? Join the monthly UU History Book Club. April’s discussion will be on the book Prophetic Sisterhood by Cynthia Tucker.
Open Page Writing Session
What Saves Us: Writing about Redemption
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The poet William Stafford once said of his poems, "I have woven a parachute of everything broken." This session explores the many different parachutes that save us, as we reflect on the topic of redemption. Led by Consulting Literary Minister Karen Hering, Open Page writing session participants use stories, poetry, images, and objects as well as wisdom from religious teachings, science, and history to reflect on the monthly theme in their own words. No writing experience is necessary.
Spirit Map: An Introduction
Join Laura Park, Managing Director of Unity Consulting, and members of Unity's Board of Trustees for an introduction to the Spirit Map portion of the congregational survey.
Spring Tune Up: Yoga for Pelvis and Core
Guest teacher, Kristina Kliber, will lead a practice to bring freedom to the pelvis and core for moving with greater ease. This session is based on both classical and therapeutic yoga techniques and is suitable for all body types. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, a few are available for loan.
Religious Education Enrollment
This is one of the opportunities to enroll in Religious Education at Unity Church for the 2017-18 year.
Go: A Chinese Board Game
Dinner: Breakfast for dinner! Savory and sweet breakfast buffet.
Northwest Passage: In a New Light
Come hear from Rachel, a teen turned artist who spent nearly a year at Northwest Passage, a residential mental health treatment in northwestern Wisconsin. Rachel will share her story of healing and discovery as she explores the power of living a therapeutic lifestyle and the restorative properties of art and nature. In a New Light is the April Parish Hall exhibit.
Welcome to Unity
If you have been visiting Unity and would like to find out more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation, we invite you to join us for this class.
Spring Tune Up: Yoga for Hips and Legs
We'll focus on building healthier walking patterns to release tension and get ready for spring and summer outdoor activities. This session is based on both classical and therapeutic yoga techniques and is suitable for all body types. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, a few are available for loan.
Yoga: Chakra Tuning
May 3 is the last Wellspring Wednesday yoga session of the church year.
7:15 - 8:30 p.m. (75 minute practice)
In yoga, chakras are seven wheels of energy throughout the body, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Chakras help to regulate all of the body's processes from organ function to the immune system and emotions. When the chakras are balanced we experience our greatest sense of health and wellbeing. This practice will include breath work, movement and meditation, and is suitable for all body types. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, a few are available for loan.
All Church Talent Show
Do you have a talent or hobby you’d like to share with the congregation?
... tell a few jokes?
... play a musical instrument?
... recite a poem?
... lead a song from the hymnal?
... make a bunny disappear?
... do an interpretive dance?
... jump rope?
... paint a picture like Bob Ross?
... make an origami chalice?
... eat a donut in one bite?
Then we want to see it! Join us for our annual (indoor) picnic dinner and stay to share in the fun of this talent tradition. Performers of every age are welcome! Sign up online today: www.unityunitarian.org/talent-show.html
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