Dakota Unitarian Universalist Church

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Autumn 2017

Date
Presenter
Description
Sept 10
Briana Melom, MA, BSW
We Gather Together
Join us for the first service of the fall!  Our new consulting minister, Briana Melom, will lead us in reaffirming our mission. We'll celebrate the joy and power created by loving community.  Come help us kick off the new season as we nurture hope for an exciting year to come.  All are welcome!
Sept 17
Program Committee
Water Communion
We will share our stories of summer travels or home that relate to the beauty and power of water in particular and nature in general. It is encouraged to bring a small amount of water or other natural items like feathers, stones, shells, etc.
Sept 24
Rev. Shelley Dugan
The Power and Pain of Perseverance
"Winners Never Quit" at least that is the message of our culture.  Yet is there a time to stop?  And how do we know when perseverance becomes more harmful than helpful?  This mash up of The American Dream, How to be a Hero, What it means to be an adult, and the importance of believing in yourself is a boon and a burden.  Come and explore with us how these concepts impact us personally and culturally.  What does it mean to quit?
10/1
Lisa Myers
"Blinders On". A brief description is: An exploration of why we oftentimes simply do not see, or choose not to see, what is right there in front of us.
10/8
Leslie McKenzie
Transition Towns: Many people, young and old, are concerned about our rapidly changing climate, but feel powerless to do anything about it. They know our overuse of fossil fuels is a factor, but what are our options? Transition is a global, grassroots, citizen-led movement in which people learn and work together to take personal and community action on these pressing problems. In the process, communities are strengthened and people become more skillful, socially connected and prepared for the changes ahead.
10/15
Rev. Shelley Dugan
In The Twinkling of an Eye."
What changes can happen in the twinkling of an eye?  Is it possible to do real damage to others, ourselves, our world, in just a few seconds?  And how long does positive change take?  Healing is often a slow process.  Is there ever healing and hope communicated in the twinkling of an eye?
10/22
Briana Melom
Our Vision
Please join us as we envision the future of Dakota UU Church!  What do we value most as a community?  What kind of future do we want to create together?  What are you looking for when coming to church?  Briana will facilitate a visioning process to contemplate these questions and more.  Your input is vital in imagining the future of our community.  Members, friends and visitors are welcome!

If you can stay, please plan to join us after the service for a potluck and more conversation.  Bring a dish to share.  Coffee, tea and water will be provided.
10/29
Dennis Peters
God: A Perspective.  A discussion of his "understandings" of a supreme presence, based on his long term position within apophatic mysticism.
11/5
Kristen Wernecke
Kristen Wernecke is a non-denominational minister of healing who has been practicing massage therapy and energy healing since 1990. She is also a Wellness Specialist for Hazelden and Nu-Way treatment centers and the author of "ChoosingConscious Health for a Vibrant Life”  Kristen has been
blessed to be a witness to many healing miracles.
11/12
Larry McDonough and Richard Terrill
Music of Resistance.  (1) songs of injustice, like Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday, (2) songs of encouragement, like From Little Things Big Things Grow by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody, and (3) songs of change, like Amazing Grace  by John Newton and William Walker.
11/19
Terri Burnor
Title: The Gap
Description: It can be easy to become tunnel-visioned, to not notice our patterns and the ways we stay stuck in our heads. This Sunday, we will explore what Buddhist teacher, Pema Chödrön, calls the most importing thing to do with each day: leaving a gap.

Bio: Terri Burnor was recently welcomed into fellowship as a minister by the Unitarian Universalist Association. As is our polity, only a congregation can ordain a minister. Pending an upcoming vote by the members of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, Terri will be ordained on March 10, 2018. She is the organizer of the Worthy Now Prison Ministry Network of Minnesota and lives in St. Paul with her spouse.
11/26
Briana Melom
“The Waiting is the Hardest Part”
As the liturgical season of Advent begins, we’ll contemplate ways that waiting for big events can be both thrilling and anxiety-inducing. Taking care of yourself during the holiday season and other busy times can make a significant difference in the quality of your experience.   Come join us to care for your heart and soul through music, poetry and the joy of community.
12/3
Tom Esch
“Finding Your Superpower in Tumultuous Times: How to Leap One Tall Building in a Single Bound”
These are tumultuous times, on multiple levels.  It is time to be courageous and access your super power.
You are Wonder Woman! You are Superman!  You just don’t always feel very courageous.   We feel small, helpless and ineffective against the worldly forces.  And there is always that kryptonite, those things that make us weak.   What if our strength was not where we thought it was?  What if our power was hiding in our weakness?    Come prepared to explore the questions.
12/10
Jeffrey Jeanetta-Wark, MA., LICSW

Hanukkah:  “A Dedication of Light Rising Out of the Darkness”
12/17
Briana Melom
“What Are Unitarian Universalists to Make of Christmas?”
The UU tradition has moved from a Christian denomination to a religion that embraces many paths.  Your own journey may lead to feelings like nostalgia, grief or joy during the holiday season.  Do we need to give up the story of Jesus to be UU?  What ways might Christmas hold meaning for those who don’t believe in a literal interpretation of his story?  Come join us for a time of music, reflection and story as we enter the heart of winter.

Announcing our new consulting minister is Briana Melom! She will be preaching once a month, and providing other support. Details on our ministry page. It’s going to be a great year at DUUC!

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