Worship Services at Unity Church
During the church year (the Sunday after Labor Day through the Sunday before Memorial Day) worship services are held at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. The entrance to the Sanctuary is at 733 Portland Avenue and parking is available in the church's lot on the corner of Portland Avenue and St. Albans Street. Map and Directions
Each Sunday, through the work of the Generosity Ministry Team, seventy percent of the offering is placed in the hands of the chosen community non-profit recipient. The remaining thirty percent goes to support of the Community Outreach Ministry at Unity Church. Offering recipients for each Sunday are listed below the Sunday service description. If you would like to nominate a non-profit to receive the Sunday offering, please fill out the online nomination form.
March Sunday Worship Calendar
March 1: Falling through Air — Lindasusan Ulrich
They say the first step is a doozy. Whether diving into water or diving into prayer, certain moments ask us to surrender—but it isn’t always easy if we’re used to being in control. Hallman Ministerial Intern Lindasusan Ulrich and worship associate Heidi Mastrud look at what might we gain when we decide to let go.
Offering recipient: Prepare and Prosper
March 8: Crossing Bridges — Rev. Lisa Friedman
Fifty years after the historical events in Selma, thousands are returning this weekend to the Edmund Pettus Bridge to renew our resolve to the work of racial justice and voter rights. Here in St. Paul, we will also march for Selma and for its legacy to our community today. What courage, strength, and surrender did it take to finally cross that bridge? What bridges might we cross today that will matter 50 years from now? Lisa and worship associate Helen Pohlig will explore these questions.
Offering recipient: Steppingstone Theatre
March 15: Two Steps into The Darkness — Rev. Karen Hering
Jazz musician and composer Benny Golson said “The creative person always walks two steps into the darkness.” Not just one step, but two steps, requiring surrender to the risks and rich possibilities present whenever we cross a threshold into the unknown. Karen and worship associate Bailey Webster will explore what must be surrendered in creating a new way, while inviting the congregation to bless the Thresholds group concluding its work together this weekend.
Offering recipient: ComMUSICation
March 22: What Is Your Destiny? — Rev. Jim Eller
Who are you and what is the given in your life? Can you accept it? Can you love the world that is, as much as the world you wish to see? A part of what can bring us peace is the ability to love what we have and to be who we are. Learning to “surrender-to-what-is” is not always easy, but it is one of the paths to peace. Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the “givenness” of our lives.
Jim Eller is a retired Unitarian Universalist Minister and the clergy spouse of a United Methodist minister, Rev. Jeannie Himes. During most of Jim’s career he has been involved in parish ministry, serving congregations in Kansas City, Tulsa, Tahlequah, and Peoria.
Offering recipient: UUSC
March 29: A Different Kind of Power — Rev. Lisa Friedman
On Palm Sunday, we remember the story of Jesus’s entrance into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. But he was not the king that the people expected to arrive. What vision of leadership and power was he asking them to surrender?
Offering recipient: We Are All Criminals
April Sunday Worship Calendar
Family Easter Sunday, April 5: Free At Last
On the night before the crucifixion Jesus gathered with his disciples around the Passover table. He told them all that which would soon occur. They didn’t want to hear it, especially the part about their responsibility to embrace his work and carry it on. What Christians call “the Passion,” the story of the capture, death, and resurrection of Jesus bears some powerful parallels with the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the way in which millions have taken up his ministry. The whole church family will gather with the ministers to practice resurrection.
Offering recipient: Mano a Mano International Partners
On Family Sundays, children experience the entire worship service 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. Regular religious education programming does not take place on Family Sundays; however, the nursery is open for children under five years of age.
April 12: Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning — Janne Eller-Isaacs
Among the principles to which we commit ourselves as Unitarian Universalists is that we will live into “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Worship associate Conor McGill will join Janne Eller-Isaacs in a close examination of what intellectual freedom requires of us.
Offering recipient: Hallman Ministerial Endowment
April 19: The Cost of Freedom — Rob and Janne Eller-Isaacs
Religious liberals are known for our commitment to intellectual freedom, but freedom comes in stages. Without freedom from the linked oppressions of race and class, intellectual freedom seems an almost trivial aspiration. Join Rob and Janne Eller-Isaacs and worship associate Drew Ross as they wrestle with the cost of freedom.
Offering recipient: Water Legacy
April 26: I Call This Church Free — Rob Eller-Isaacs
What does it mean to be a free church? What do we mean when we claim to have a free pulpit? As our ninth graders Come of Age, Rob Eller-Isaacs and worship associate Jen Niemela invite youth in spiritual formation to summon the courage it takes to seek and speak the truth.
Offering recipient: Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
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