Dakota Unitarian Universalist Church

Latest News:

2017/ 2018

Date
Presenter
Description
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.
12/24
Music Team
A festival of Music
Come join us for music and fellowship - we will have group singing as well as presentations by some of the musicians in our congregation - come early for coffee, tea and conversation. There maybe even be some Christmas cookies!
12/31
Chuck McKown
Beautiful Imperfections
Chuck will lead a discussion around the question when do flaws and irregularities make for beautiful results.
11/7
Chad Snyder
“Joy Abound”s: Chad Snyder, a member of Michael Servetus Unitarian Society in Fridley, calls on UUs to be agents of joy in the midst of sorrow, challenge, anger and apathy.
1/14
Rev. Ashley Horan, MUUSJA- The Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance
"The Horizon Leans Forward"
What can the fractal patterns in the universe teach us about effective, powerful, faithful organizing for justice in our congregations and beyond?  Together, we'll explore the implications--for both our congregations and our society at large--of the idea that "what we practice at the small scale sets the patterns for the whole system."
1/14
Lisa Myers
"Stealing the Light". Seminary student Lisa Myers will explore the ideas of the holiday season bringing people/families together in these months that are literally the darkest of the year and the metaphor that presents about coming together in "dark" times and stealing back our light.
1/28
Briana Melom
Creating Our Legacy
Through church and careers, families and neighborhoods, our actions help shape the the circles in which we live.  We'll discuss what DUUC has achieved over the last 30 years, goals you have for the future and imagine ways those goals might be achieved.  All are welcome!
2/4
Rev. Shelley Dugan
"How Much is that Nice Church in the Window?"  Religion and money are tough topics all by themselves. It is even more convoluted when we talk about them together!  Join us as we explore the intersection between money and religion.
2/11
Claudia Schmidt
Singer/songwriter Claudia Schmidt brings her beautiful, powerful and spirited voice back to Dakota UU Church!
2/18
Scot Zellmer M.S., M.A.
American Indian Affairs Research and Initiatives
Minnesota State University
The history of the US is rife with the type of stories that serve the needs of dominant society while negating the experiences of “others”. This act of negation is the root cause of many contemporary societal ills. One such group of others are American Indian communities. The Indigenous led protests against the Dakota Access pipeline in ND, the KXL pipeline in NE, and the Enbridge line 3 pipeline here in MN serve as a wake up…it is time to listen.
2/25
Briana Melom
Shaping and Reshaping Our Beliefs
Our spiritual journeys last a lifetime.  We continually learn through scientific discoveries, our own experiences and the stories of others.  What happens when our long-held beliefs are challenged? How do we decide which beliefs to hold fast and which to let go?  Join us as we contemplate these questions.
3/4
Gary D. Gray
R U FEELING ELECTRIC 2DAY?
Which would you rather use to generate your electricity: Alternative Energy; Clean Energy; Fossil Fuels; Green Energy; Nuclear Energy; Renewable Energy and/or Sustainable Energy? Of the 8 most popular methods used to generate electricity, what do 7 of the 8 have in common (coal, oil, gas, geothermal power, hydropower, nuclear power, solar power and wind power)?  Are Alternative Fuels really “better” than fossil fuels?
Gary has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology.  After retiring from the Upjohn pharmaceutical company in Kalamazoo, MI, he moved to Minnesota and performed research in the Dept. of Dermatology at UMN.  After that, he rekindled his interest in a multitude of science topics, many generated from his volunteerism at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  Some of his current interests and concerns are the effects of climate change on our planet and what we can do about global warming.
3/11
Rev. Karen Hutt
Karen Hutt is a Unitarian Universalist minister and educator. She currently serves as a certified Association of Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She is committed to the training of chaplains for the twenty-first century and has developed innovative curricula to teach the practical skills required in today's pluralistic, institutional settings. She edited the book “The Call to Care” Essays by Unitarian Universalist Chaplains.
3/18
Briana Melom
Creating Our Legacy
Through church and careers, families and neighborhoods, our actions help shape the the circles in which we live.  We'll discuss what DUUC has achieved over the last 30 years, goals you have for the future and imagine ways those goals might be achieved.  All are welcome!
3/25
Briana  Melom
Frederick May Eliot: A Brief History of Unitarian and Universalism

This Sunday will include a video discussing some history of our denomination, including how two local ministers helped merge Unitarian and Universalism (including poet T.S. Eliot's cousin!).  The video was part of Briana Melom's thesis project and includes stories, photos and video footage from the last two centuries.  Come hear more about our history and enjoy some discussion afterward.  All are welcome!
4/1
Laurie Bushbaum
Resurrection Stories

A baby penguin, a heart transplant and the youth rising up in Parkland, Fl and around the nation, tell us something about the power of transformation.
We will gather as “one strong body” to sing and celebrate the sorrows and joys of living in earthly bodies. Alll of us can rise up and be agents of transformation.

Rev. Laurie Bushbaum has been serving UU congregations in the Upper Midwest for more than 3 decades. She is recently back in the Twin Cities after serving a 3 year Interim in Wisconsin. She loves to quilt, garden, cycle and walk. Next fall she will complete her yoga teacher training and looks forward to being a volunteer teacher for those who would not otherwise have access to yoga.
4/8
DUUC Council
Vitality and Stewardship in Community; Nurturing Our Roots and Spreading Our Wings
Join us for our annual Vitality Sunday as we look back on our vision and mission we've developed and talk about how we get there.
4/15
Jaime Meyer
“The Price of Gaining Spiritual Power”  What is the cost to us of gaining power, and what is the cost of not gaining it? We will be examining these questions and drumming together. Jaime Meyer has a Masters Degree in theology and has studied cross-cultural shamanism. He is president of international Society  for Shamanic Practice and author of “Drumming the Soul Awake”.
Blizzard cancellation!
4/22
Briana Melom
The Art of Experience: The Spirituality of Our Five Senses

This Sunday we will delight in the ways our senses help us engage with the world.  Using various artistic mediums, we will explore how our gratitude for the world is enhanced through sensory experiences.  Come ready to be inspired.  All are welcome!
4/29
Rev. Shelley Dugan
"Questions for the Non-Jumper".
Beginning with an old Hindu story, we will toy with the idea of being a UU savior.  Perhaps you have super powers you haven't yet discovered!
5/6
DUUC Council
One of the Seven Principles calls for he use of the democratic process within our congregations  and in society at large. In this our annual meeting we will endeavor to fulfill that promise with the business portion of the service but have some inspiration and some fun, too.
5/13
Chuck McKown
“The Transformative Power of Music” This year we will share music that has the power to make change, inspire, rethink, or just lighten the mood. Kathy Grindeland, Cathleen Gempeler and Chuck McKown will do some performing but will also lead some group participation.
5/20
Briana Melom
The Shape of Your Soul
Join us for the final service of the church year! This Sunday will include a meditation on the spiritual practice of working with clay.  Biblical scripture says we were formed from lumps of clay.  If given the chance, what might you make?  Sometimes we can create the shapes we plan.  Sometimes the clay has other ideas...
Learn about the tradition of "throwing pots", how the Japanese phrase "wabi sabi" can inform our daily lives and the way "firing" clay pots in a kiln is absolute magic.
The service will include time to work with a small piece of clay if you choose.  All are welcome!
5/27
Memorial Weekend
No Service this week. No formal services until after Labor Day. Informal gatherings will be on the 2nd Sundays of June, July and August. Have a great summer!

Last formal service of the year is May 20; see below.

Watch for a new website coming over the summer!

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