Worship Services at Unity Church
During the church year (the Sunday after Labor Day through the third Sunday in May) 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 recip ients 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.
September Sunday Worship
September 6: How Radical Should We Be for Racial Equity? — Dane Smith • 10:00 AM ONLY
New research about the history of civil rights and racism in Minnesota reveals how truly radical some of our Unitarian Universalist pioneers were, not only for abolition, but for absolute economic and social equality for people of all races. These radicals have been largely vindicated by history and their vision, though still unrealized, has become consensus. As the confederate flags finally come down, as we are informed by Charleston and Ferguson and our own disturbing disparities right here in this neighborhood, let’s think about today’s cutting edge. What are the radical equalizing actions we can embrace that will vindicate us a century from now, and move our community to that Promised Land where race makes no difference in health, wealth or happiness? Musician: Rochelle Lockridge, guitar and vocals
Offering recipient: Pillsbury United Communities Full Cycle
September 13: Merging of Waters Family Sunday
Come celebrate the start of a new church year by merging the waters of the world in a time of reunion. There will be a story for all ages, music from special guest Peter Mayer, and an opportunity to consider how best to make amends and to begin again in love. Janne Eller-Isaacs will return to the pulpit to begin a series of services on hospitality. Please bring the water you have collected over the summer for this merging ritual.
Offering recipient: Growth & Justice
September 20: Entertaining Angels — Rob Eller-Isaacs
Abraham, father of three faiths, looms large in our consciousness. He is both the faith-crazed father willing to sacrifice his son and the man who kept the sides of his tent rolled-up so he would never miss the chance to welcome a guest. What sacrifice might hospitality require of us? We join our Jewish friends around the world in a service for the High Holy Days. Rob will be joined by worship associate Nicole Lynskey.
Offering recipient: Will's Education Opportunity Fund
September 27: The Door Standing Open — Janne Eller-Isaacs
Unitarian Universalism is founded upon theological openness. As a non-creedal religion we welcome believers, questioners, and nonbelievers alike. Janne and worship associate Grant Wacker will explore how we can put this foundational understanding into the practice of community hospitality.
Offering recipient: Camp Tamarack
Family and Story Sundays
Family Sundays take place five times each church year:
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
- Family and Story Sundays
- Celebration of New Lives
- Chalice Lighters
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Child care Request Form
- Summer Sundays in the Garden
- Religious Education >
- Community Outreach Ministry Social Justice >
- Library and Bookstall
- Literary Ministry >
- Music Ministry
- Parish Hall Artists
- Pastoral Care >
- Sources Supper
- UU Families Initiative
- Volunteer Corner
- Wellspring Wednesday