Please note! The summer worship schedule of one service at 10:00 a.m. ends on September 7 when we return to our regular church-year worship and religious education schedule with services at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m.
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.
August Sunday Worship Calendar
Worship Leader: Rev. Karen Hutt
Worship Associate: Jennifer Niemela
Musician: Kathleen Bartholomay, piano
Offering recipient: Pfund Foundation
August 10: Scarcity in the Midst of Abundance — Jen Welsh
This time of year, there is evidence of abundance all around us. Our gardens are overflowing with produce, our lawns are lush and green, summer days are longer and full of sunshine. Most of us can point to a source of abundance in our lives — finacial security, family and friends, a loving community. At the same time, scarcity is all around us. We see community members struggling with poverty, violence, and disenfranchisement. In our own lives, we struggle with loss and the fear that comes with it. Worship leader Jen Welsh and worship associate Bailey Webster will explore living a rich and full life in the face of the paradox of scarcity and abundance. Musicians: Mary Nienaber, Elizabeth Giffin, and Deborah Cushman, guitar and vocals. Offering recipient: Crossroads Mission-New Orleans
August 17: The Importance of Place — Helen Pohlig
The poems and essays of Bill Holm were heavily influenced by what he called his "prairie eye," originating in his birth and upbringing on the prairies of western Minnesota. Where we're from as well as where we live can have a significant impact on who we are and how we relate to others and to the Universe as a whole. Join Helen Pohlig and worship associate Heidi Mastrud as they explore the theme of "place" and our various relationships with it. Musician: Joseph Caswell, piano. Offering recipient: Teenwise Minnesota
August 24: Addendum to “The Summer Day”: Exploring the Wisdom of Impermanence -- Richard Foushée
During the past year I have struggled with the question at the end of Mary Oliver’s poem, “The Summer Day”: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” At age 76 and on the cusp of retirement, I sensed that the question has a more profound intent than goal setting or having a life plan. Join worship leader Richard Foushée and worship associate Joan Velasquez to explore an addendum to “The Summer Day” that is far more challenging. Musician: Kevin Moonen, harp. Offering recipient: Minnesota Prison Writing Project
August 31: When Love for Labor Is Lost: The Defamation of “Kumbaya” and Overcoming Compassion Fatigue — Dane Smith
Weariness may overtake us as we round the Labor Day corner and face yet another tough election season, and as we all fight for incremental gains in our various struggles for racial, economic and social justice. Losing our love for progressive labor, at some point in our lifetimes, is inevitable. Compassion fatigue is a documented and legitimate malady. But chronic cynicism and despair are sinful in almost every faith system. And the story of what has happened to the great African American song “Kumbaya,’’ and how we can bring it back, can serve as a lesson and inspiration for renewed energy. Musician: Rochelle Lockridge, guitar and vocals. Offering recipient: Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance
September Sunday Worship Calendar
September 7 : A Merging of Waters: A Family Sunday
In Times of Turbulent Waters
Come merge the waters of the world in a ritual of reunion as the whole church family gathers to explore the role of our faith in times of difficulty and challenge. Rob, Janne, and worship associate Jen Welsh will lead this ritual service that ushers in the new church year. Unity Church choirs will participate during all three services. Please remember to bring water for the ceremony.
Offering recipient: Friends of the Mississippi River
September 14: This is the Wonder We Are — Rob Eller-Isaacs
The old adage goes “Unitarian Universalists are people who believe in one God, at most.” As our church school year begins we explore what it might mean to place our faith in human beings. Those raised Unitarian Universalist in the mid to late 20th century were steeped in the gospel of religious humanism. Rob and worship associate, Zoe Leuthner will ponder the possibilities of faith without God.
Offering recipient: Crossroads Missions
September 21: Flowers that Bloom in the Desert — Janne Eller-Isaacs
When faith is lost or feels illusive, how do we call ourselves to the task of living with integrity, service and joy? When the easy God of our childhood no longer seems relevant, how to we find faith in living are some of the issues Janne and worship associate Dew Ross will explore in worship.
Offering recipient: Avalon School Gender Free Bathroom Campaign
September 28: Third Step Theology: Time to Decide — Rob Eller-Isaacs
Thursday, September 25, at sundown marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Days of Awe. The service this week will invite a confession of sorts and an opportunity to map out how best to make amends in the week the follows and leads up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. As we stand at the threshold of a new church year we take a lesson from our Jewish friends and earn the right to begin again in love.
Offering recipient: Center for Victims of Torture
From Memorial Day through the Sunday before Labor Day, there is just one service each week at 10:00 a.m. Lay-led worship services begin June 29. Religious Education ends on May 11, but starting May 25, Summer Sundays in the garden (an outdoor program for children and youth) will be offered during the 10:00 a.m. summer service.
Flowers for Summer Worship
If you would like to bring flowers from your garden for a 10:00 a.m. summer worship service, please contact Marcy at the Church Office at email@example.com. The available dates are June 15 through August 31. The flowers need to be arranged in a vase and placed in the chancel by 9:15 a.m. on the Sunday you select.
Family and Story Sundays
Family Sundays take place five times each church year:
Merging of Waters (September)
Story Sundays happen frequently throughout the church year, with school-aged children (Workshop Rotation, Grades 1-6) beginning in worship with the congregation in the Sanctuary. After the opening hymn, prayers, and children’s message, the children proceed with their Journey Guides to their classrooms for religious education programming.
Story Sundays for the 2014-15 church year include:
- Service & Learning
- Adult Learning & Spiritual Practice>
- Cairns Arts Journal
- Children and Youth>
- Community Outreach Ministry Social Justice>
- Dine with Nine
- Library and Bookstall
- Literary Ministry>
- Music Ministry
- Parish Hall Artists
- Pastoral Care>
- Sources Supper
- Volunteer Corner
- Wellspring Wednesday
- Young Families