Dakota Unitarian Universalist Church

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Sunday Services 2018 - 2019




Dec 30

One More Circle Around the Sun

A Circle Sunday discussion. As the wheel of the year begins another cycle, it's natural to reflect on the outgoing year and look forward to the next one. In the dark time of the year it's too easy to focus on the fact that we live in dark times. But it's also when our own light really shines.


Jan 6

Jane Koster

Death surrounds everyone life but most stand unwillingly in its presence. Death like birth is a physical process and these processes are identifiable and knowable. It is however difficult to get outside of the distress one finds themselves in, when they surrounded by death and dying times. Avoiding death does not stop it and caregivers and the dying do many dances in the process. My presentation today will address some of the learning one has when including death as a part of life.


Jane Koster is a now retired social worker and educator. Her masters in Social Work was acquired at the University of Wisconsin in 1984. Her bachelor degree was received in 1977 from the College of St. Benedict. Jane's worked with sexual assault and abuse programs in Minnesota, California and Montana. In 1990, Jane changed her focus and began to work for Hospice of the Lakes where what she learned professionally and personally, will be shared in part today.



Jan 13

Terry Gips

"Taking the Natural Step to Health and Sustainability for Your Home, Workplace, Community and World" Sustainability, affluenza (our consumption addiction) and meeting people's fundamental needs through Dr. Manfred Max Neef's Alternative Nobel Prize-Winning work on bottom-up sustainable development. People find the presentation informative, practical and uplifting. If you like I could show some powerful slides as I talk. A possible title might be,


Terry Gips is a long-time sustainability consultant, agricultural economist, head of a health and sustainability start-up, Natural Step Framework Instructor, speaker and author of Breaking the Pesticide Habitand The Humane Consumer and Producer Guide. He is CEO of Sustainability Associates, which works with business, government, congregations, communities, healthcare, schools and nonprofits to save money, improve performance and become sustainability leaders. He heads Ahas, a start-up which will be a global community and champion for abundant health and sustainability by combining a green health club with co-working, living, integrative healthcare, organic restaurant and entertainment.



Jan 20

Richard Terrill and Larry McDonough

Paul Wellstone: A Remembrance   Through music and readings, pianist/composer Larry McDonough and saxophonist/writer Richard Terrill recount the legacy of the Minnesota senator and champion of social justice.  

Saxophonist and writer Richard Terrill is the author of two collections of poetry, and two memoirs. He is Professor Emeritus at Minnesota State-Mankato. Larry McDonough is a St. Paul jazz pianist, singer and composer. His new CD with the Larry McDonough Quartet is Alice in Stonehenge and Other Accoustelectric Adventures. For fifteen years now Richard and Larry have been performing at UU congregations throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.















Briana Melom

Paths in Buddhism:

Buddhism travelled through Asia, eventually flowing from Japan directly to Minnesota. When we think of Buddhism, silent meditation might come to mind. But there are other ways to practice mindfulness, which is central to Buddhist traditions. This Sunday we'll talk about how Buddhism came to Minnesota, the ways it has informed Western spiritual traditions and psychology, and the scientifically-proven benefits its practices can provide for mind and body. Join us!

Feb 3

Rev Laurie Bushbaum

As I retire after 33 years of UU Parish Ministry, I ponder again the meaning of vocation. Who or what calls us to the work we choose, the major decisions we make? And during life transitions, how to we re-make our lives?

Feb 10

Rev. Shelley Dugan

"Going On"    There are times we are discouraged, tired, and we've hit the wall. We have nothing left to give and can't think of a reason to try again. Sometimes, just when we need it, small miracles occur. Sometimes, we find exactly what we need to keep "Going On."

Feb 17

Rev Laurie Bushbaum

"Markings on the Heart"  Memories are a kind of hieroglyphics of the heart. They teach and build connections between the generations and between our personal past and present.

If you are carrying an invisible basket of memories, what are the most formative memories? Do you carry them or do they carry you?

Feb 24

Chuck McKown

"A Sphere of Influence" We often don't realize how much someone's life impacts others until they are gone. Our beloved member Bruce Peck was a shining example, we will share stories, poetry and music that focus on Bruce's influence on DUUC. All are welcome!



















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