UUFA Sunday Morning Program Committee
        
        Sunday morning services are the most visible manifestation of the
        ministry of the UUFA. The Sunday Morning Program Committee (SMPC)
        supports the minister's responsibility for Sunday morning services. We
        actively embody our Fellowship's tradition of shared ministry, and we
        cherish James Luther Adams' famous concept of the "priesthood and
        prophet-hood of all believers." Specifically, the SMPC aims to realize
        the congregation's commitment to being "a beacon of social justice and
        liberal religion" by providing collaborators, facilitators, ideas, and
        feedback to support the minister's Sunday morning services and by
        planning, shepherding, and implementing services when our minister is
        not in the pulpit.


        Programs Presented in 2013



                 January 2013
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                    1  2  3  4  5
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- Program Committee Meeting
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28 29 30 31


       Jan   6   "Epiphany"                  Speakers: C White, etc.  [66,70]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Chris White
                                             Accompanist: Amber A Mba
                                             Special Music: Yoyo Ma
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Prepare for Epiphany. Sunday January 6 is the Christian feast of the
             Epiphany, and our services will focus on capital E and lower case e
             epiphanies. In her book, epiphany, Elise Ballard remarks,

             Wonderful riches are to be mined from everyone around us, from those we
             meet in random everyday encounters to the people closest to us. So many
             of the people who have helped me throughout my life turned out to have
             riveting and important stories to share with me. Because I had never
             asked, I had no idea about their epiphanies. I had known them for years,
             but what they shared with me has given me greater insight into them and
             into my own life.

             We invite you to reflect on moments great and small where an insight or
             revelation made a difference in your life and gather on the 6th to share
             your reflection. Please plan to speak for about a minute so we can hear
             from as many as want to share.  We look forward to strengthening our
             community by learning about one another.


       Jan  13  "What Do You Want, Really?"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [74,87]
                                             Facilitators: Paul Ferrone, Carolyn Myers, Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Coppocs with Toby Ewing
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Ann Kimber

             Inspired by the work of Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman, an African-American
             minister, mystic, theologian, civil rights leader and mentor to Martin
             Luther King, this service invites you to search for balance in your
             needs and the needs of the world.   Thurman suggested: "Don't ask
             yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive
             and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have
             come alive." 


       Jan  20  "Hold Fast To Dreams"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [76,73]
                                             Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Greg Bruna

             Martin Luther King Day is on Jan 21st.  Many Americans will honor Dr.
             King's memory in a national day of service.  As a country, we continue
             to struggle with difference, inequality, division, and racism.  45 years
             after his death, is the dream still alive?


       Jan  27  "Winter Tales"               Speakers: Lori Allen (CANCELLED DUE TO FREEZING RAIN)
               [All Congregational]          Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Sarah Carlson
                 [chili cook-off]            Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices?
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Navvab Munirih

             Lori Allen and her band of Winter Tellers share stories of cold and
             darkness transformed by love and human connections. "The Fire that Would
             Not Burn,"  "Mother Frost," and other tales of the frigid season will
             warm our hearts.


                February 2013
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                             1  2
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- Program Committee Meeting
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23
             24 25 26 27 28


       Feb   3  "Stories We Tell Ourselves"  Shepherds: Toby Ewing, Liz Rohret, Crystal Tice  [63,69]
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Crystal Tice
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Greg Bruna

             Once a Goddess, then a Saint, Bridget keeps the flame of renewal burning
             in midwinter. Her story has changed with each telling, and each telling
             can change us. How do we choose the stories we tell ourselves and how
             do those stories tell our lives?


       Feb  10  "Share the Love Sunday"      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [72,64]
                                             Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             In this UU journey of love, the blending of social justice with
             compassion and truth are embodied in all the values we endeavor to
             live.  Hear stories and reflections of UUFA members who are committed to
             building a better world.  What is their inspiration?  How have they been
             changed?  What keeps them going?  How might you share your love with the
             world?


       Feb  17  "Luminous Darkness"          Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [86,88]
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Crystal Tice
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices - Make Them Hear You
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Dallas Thies

             This service explores the cultural and spiritual impact of racism and
             segregation as written about by the Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman in the
             1960s.  Fifty years later, how do his experiences inform or relate to
             our culture?


       Feb  24  "Youth Service"              Speakers: Fellowship Youth  [89,106]
           [All Congregational]              Facilitators: None Needed
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies with youth

                  March 2013
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                             1  2
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- Program Committee Meeting
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- Spring Equinox Mar 20 11:02 UTC
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30
             31 <-- Easter Sunday


       Mar   3  "I Got the Music In Me"      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [63,86]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Ralph Gandy
                       [Meal]                Accompanist:
                 [Meaning of Music]          Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Dallas Thies in for Sam Wormley

             A 1974 song by Kiki Dee invited us to engage music as a means to help us
             stay positive: "I got words in my head so I say them. Don't let life get
             me down. I got the music in me."  This music based service is woven with
             reflections on how modern lyrics and contemporary music nourish our
             spirits and contribute to the stories of our personal and collective
             journeys.


       Mar  10  "A Land Ethic and the        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [83,100]
                    Seventh Principle"       Facilitators: Chris White, Carolyn Myers
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices [Adiemus]
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Greg Bruna

             On the day that UUFA hosts Ames Reads Leopold, this service considers
             the intersections and parallels of deep ecology and the UU Seventh
             Principle.  These connections invite us to deepen our awareness and
             engagement in the challenges of changing ourselves and our relationship
             with the Earth


       Mar  17  "Being in Fellowship"        Speakers: Andrew Williams  [54,67]
                                             Facilitators: Amber Anderson Mba, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
       [Spring Equinox Mar 20 11:02 UTC]     Special Music: Aaron Mann
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             This week we pause for personal reflection. Why do you come to
             Fellowship? What can Unitarian Universalism do for you? You will be
             surprised by the deeper answers to these questions. Come learn the
             secret benefits of life through our principles.


       Mar  24  "A Journey of Risk"          Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [100,55]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Paul Ferrone
              [All Congregational]           Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                 [Palm Sunday]               Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Theis in for Sam Wormley

             What meaning might a Unitarian Universalist find in the story of Jesus's
             entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, a few days before his death? 
             What are we willing to risk on our Unitarian Universalist journey of
             love and hope?


                                             Shepherds: Jim Coppoc and Sam Wormley
       Mar  31  "Passover: Festival of       Speakers: Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank  [80,76]
                    Freedom"                 Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Jim Coppoc and Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Amder Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Kitty Fisher
                                             Sound:Dallas Thies and Navvab Munirih

             Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank serves at the Israel Synagogue in Des Moines.
             As our guest speaker, he will offer a presentation on the meaning and
             observance of the Jewish holiday of Passover.



                  April 2013
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                 1  2  3  4  5  6 <-- PSD Annual Conference April 5-7, 2013
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- Program Committee Meeting
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27
             28 29 30


       Apr   7   "Awakening: Emerging from   Speakers: Faith Winchester, Chris White  [70,67]
                       Dormancy"             Facilitators: Crystal Tice, Chris White, Amber Anderson Mba (Shepherd)
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             As spring (hopefully) begins, we see a return to more vibrant life. 
             Meditation can help us awaken to a greater life.  Come and join us in a
             service which fosters growth and protects us from getting swept away in
             the storms of life. 


       Apr  14  "Serving With Grace:         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [85,78]
                  New Member Sunday"         Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             People attend or join a fellowship to gain or increase a sense of
             belonging.  On this day of welcoming new members, this service explores
             membership, service, and lay leadership as a spiritual practice that
             offers more wholeness, connection, satisfaction, and meaning to our
             lives.


       Apr  21  "Earth Day: Active Hope"     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [80,66]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Jan Vine
               [Earth Day - Apr 22]          Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies and Sam Wormley

             April 22 marks the 43rd Earth Day.  This service offers further insights
             into the work of ecophilosopher Joana Macy.  How we might strengthen our
             capacity to face environmental crisis and find spiritual transformation
             and hope while healing ourselves and the planet?


       Apr  28  "Fellowship of the Ring:     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, Campus Group  [78,81]
                    The Hero's Journey"      Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Stu Huntington
               [All Congregational]          Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis and Navvab Munirih

             The ISU Campus Group and Rev. McKusick offer this service of exploring
             personal journeys  inspired by or related to Tolkein's trilogy of heroic
             quests.


                   May 2013
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                       1  2  3  4
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- Program Committee Meeting
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25 <-- Annual Meeting on the 19th
             26 27 28 29 30 31


       May   5   "Called: From Membership    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick & Linda Barnes  [79,70]
                      to Ministry"           Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Stu Huntington?
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richard
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung
                                             Sound: Anne Kimber (both)

             The directions our lives take often begin in unexpected places or even
             from seemingly inconsequential events. Knowing that, the opportunities
             and support we offer one another, matter. The path to lay and ordained
             ministry most often begins with congregational service. When a call to
             ordained ministry is pursued, the relationship changes between the
             minister in formation and the congregation that nurtured "the call."
             This transition holds a complex mixture of challenge, excitement,
             sadness, celebration, and growth. Come and celebrate as Candidate Linda
             Barnes moves into intern ministry.


       May  12  "Mother's Day and Youth      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, Lori Allen  [74,109]
                       Bridging Ceremony"    Facilitators: Paul Ferrone, Carolyn Myers
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Sam Wormley

             For our last Sunday of two services until August 18th, we will celebrate
             Mother's Day in both services. During the second service, we will honor
             and support the UUFA graduating seniors in a Bridging Ceremony as they
             transition from high school to young adulthood.


       May  19  "From Choice to Justice:     Speakers: Rev Kelli Clement  [85]
                 Our Spiritual Work          Facilitators: Amber Anderson Mba
                 40 Year After Roe"          Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
              [Annual Meeting 30-min]        Sound: Dallas Thies in for Sam Wormley

             Labels are polarizing and do not help us build or strengthen our
             movement for reproductive health, rights and justice. We will explore
             the Unitarian Universalist's current Congregational Study Action Issue
             (CSAI) and how we can increase our conversational capacity in this
             ongoing work that is pastoral, prophetic, and progressive.

             Rev. Kelli Clement is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Religious
             Coalition for Reproductive Choice. A Unitarian Universalist community
             minister in affiliation with First Universalist Church of Minneapolis,
             she is a graduate of United Theological Seminary where she was the
             coordinator of Seminarians for Choice, and is a part of the national
             speakers bureau of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project. When
             her family was living in the Netherlands last year, Kelli was privileged
             to speak at UU congregations in Amsterdam, Basel, Brussels, Paris, and
             rural Germany. Kelli lives with husband Mike (whom she met at a
             pro-choice rally!), daughter Fia, and poodle Memphis near Lake Nokomis
             in South Minneapolis.


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       May  26  "Worship, Service or         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [82]
               Program: Why We Gather"       Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             35 years ago, the Abraxans were an order of Unitarian Universalist
             ministers and lay people who viewed worship as the center of our liberal
             religious life and work. How has their understanding of worship
             influenced your minister and our Sunday gatherings?


                  June 2013
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                                1
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Program Committee Meeting
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15
             16 17 18 19 20 21 <----- Summer Solstice Jun 21 5:04 UTC
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29     GA June 19-23, Louisville, KY
             30


       Jun   2  "Our Religion/Spirituality"  Speakers: T. Ewing, F. Winchester, M. Harmison  [107]
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing and Faith Winchester
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Ben Woline/Jen Coppoc, The Ewing-7
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Today many people shun organized religion and declare themselves
             "spiritual but not religious". What might this actually mean? How are
             spirituality and religion related? Can you live a full life without one,
             the other, or both? Join us as we explore the meaning of these complex
             and interrelated terms.


       Jun   9  "Flower Communion"           Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [98]
                                             Facilitators: Stu Huntington, Andrew Williams
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Paul Ferrone and Anne Kimber
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             This ritual has been celebrated in Unitarian and Universalist
             communities since 1923 when Norbert Capek introduced a simple flower
             ceremony to celebrate the beauty of our faith and the people who join
             together in community. Hear some of Capek's story, and bring a flower to
             share in this annual Sunday service.


       Jun  16  "The Possibilities of Joy"   Speakers: Amy Slagell, Carolyn Myers  [101]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Paul Ferrone
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             This morning we begin our summer service series formed around UUFA
             members sharing their mediations, examinations, celebrations, critiques,
             journeys, sorrows and transformations tied to the experience of Joy.
             We'll explore the complex intersections of mind and body, practice and
             authenticity, confronting realities and walking with hope. This service
             will introduce the summer theme, examine what UU traditions have to say
             and give us a moment to remember and embrace the possibilities of joy in
             our lives.


       Jun  23  "Joy of Transition"          Speakers: UUFA Members  [96]
                                             Facilitators: Stu Huntington
       [Summer Solstice Jun 21 5:04 UTC]     Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Have you ever been through a trying transition only to later realize how
             it improved your life? We seldom realize we are in the "good old days"
             while living them. Today's service is an amalgam of personal stories and
             secret journeys that all lead to one special place ~ the corner of
             greater understanding and happiness.


       Jun  30  "Joy of Changing Seasons"    Speakers: Andy, Amber, Chris & Jeff  [89]
                                             Facilitators: Amber Mba, Jan Vine
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Craig Mushel
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

              Many people experience joy when winter turns to spring and summer, but
              not everyone feels that way. This service addresses the complex feelings
              evoked by seasonal changes. As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we
              recognize our diversity of ideas and backgrounds and strive to celebrate
              this diversity. Although this can be challenging--perhaps like a winter
              that stretches beyond our expectations--celebrating the joys of the
              turning seasons enriches us all.



                  July 2013
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                 1  2  3  4  5  6
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- Program Committee Meeting
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27
             28 29 30 31


       Jul   7  " The Promises and           Speakers: Amy Slagell  [81]
               Challenges of Democracy"      Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

       Jul  14  "Spirituality & Humor"       Speakers: Carolyn Myers  [77]
                                             Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Jan Vine
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Recording
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

       Jul  21  "Holy Chao"                  Speakers: Toby Ewing, Crystal, Kathy, Liz Rohret  [115]
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Crystal, Kathy, Liz
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Most religions oppose chaos, one religion embraces it. Come learn about
             Discordianism.


       Jul  28   "Joy of Caring"             Speakers: [Kay Puttock will shephard] Jamie, et al  [102]
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Recording
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis



                 August 2013
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                          1  2  3
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- Program Committee Meeting
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31


       Aug   4  "Dog Days of Summer"         Speakers: Kathy Gandy, Clay Guganus & Sam Wormley  [98]
                                             Facilitators: Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort - Percy Grainger, Shepherd's Hey
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             Come celebrate The Dog Days of Summer!  Reflect with us on how our
             canine friends can help us learn about unconditional love, loyalty, and
             how to live in the present moment.


       Aug  11  "Joy of Quiet"               Speakers: Ralph Gandy (Sarah help Planning)  [~100]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
          (Hymn 352 Find a Stillness)        Special Music: Ethy Cannon - Bach
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Our modern high-tech world of 24/7 connectedness separates us from the
             "quiet" that surrounds us. Come spend a moment connecting with that
             "quiet."


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       Aug  18  "A Way of Walking and        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [65,56]
                    Acting in the World"     Facilitators: Andrew Williams
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, both services

             In 1995, the Rev. Jack Mendelsohn wrote a classic text affirming
             Unitarian Universalism as a liberal alternative to fundamentalism. 
             Being Liberal in an Illiberal Age was (and is) an invitation to think of
             "faith" as a verb.  This service explores and reflects on Mendelsohn's
             essential question: Without supernatural promises, how shall we live
             while we live?


       Aug  25  "Beauty: Moving From Chaos   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [54,88]
        Imagination and Perfection to Hope"  Facilitators: Paul Ferrone
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Jim, Jen Coppoc & Ginny Molgaard
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Sam Wormley

             Is beauty only in the eye of the beholder? The poet Frederick Turner
             writes "Beauty... is the highest integrative level of understanding and
             the most comprehensive capacity for effective action. It enables us to
             go with, rather than against..."  How can beauty emerge from chaos or
             escape the medieval understanding of it as perfection to inspire a
             journey of discovery, action, and hope?



                September 2013  New Beginnings: Now and Then
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7 <-- Program Committee Meeting
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28
             29 30



       Sep   1  "Not Quite Right: Scientific Speakers: Toby Ewing, Lori Allen & Sam Wormley  [45,66]
             Curiosity and Intuition"        Facilitators: Stu Huntington
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba (both services)
       [Toby and Sam will present this to    Special Music: Lori Allen
        the UUFNCI (Mason City) on Sep 8]    Sound: Navvab Munirih (Sam will help with setup)

             A free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Join Toby and Sam
             as we explore how scientists, those paragons of skepticism, sense when
             something is "not quite right" and how their curiosity drives them "to
             question, truly, as an answer".


       Sep   8  "Ingathering and Water"      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [74,81]
                       Service"              Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw, Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Jen and Jim Coppoc
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both services)

             As we gather to begin another year of Fellowship, we will offer thanks
             for the gift of water and for the web of life which we all share. Please
             bring a small sample of water from near or far to be used in a
             traditional Unitarian Universalist Water Ritual and Community Blessing.


       Sep  15  "Toward Dialogue: Beginning  Speakers: Jon Coffee, Jordinn Nelson Long  [60,66]
               a New Kind of Conversation"   Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw, Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Liz Rohret
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Sam Wormley

             As we mark the beginning of a new Fellowship year, how are we going to
             make a difference as a congregation and as part of the liberal religious
             movement? How will we engage those with whom we disagree? In the wake of
             the Boston Marathon bombings this spring, UUA President Peter Morales
             wrote that our ability to spread compassion, understanding, and
             acceptance is literally a matter of life and death. Is this sense of
             urgency justified? Can something as simple as listening help us to live
             into this vision? Join us, together with visiting Meadville Lombard
             seminarians Jon Coffee and Jordinn Nelson Long, to consider what true
             dialogue might look like - and why it matters.


       Sep  22  "Building Committees         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [54,56]
                      of Compassion"         Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Jan Vine
       [Fall Equinox  Sep 22 3:44 CDT]       Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba, Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: David Slade
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both), Amy Mayer

             Acts of kindness and compassion have the capacity to change and heal
             individuals. Almost automatically, we reach out to help one another in
             acts of random kindness when someone needs help. We begin the year with
             multiple vacancies on several committees. Your Fellowship needs help.
             What might happen if each of us mindfully chose to regularly give our
             time and experience by serving on a UUFA committee? How would these
             gifts of kindness and compassion change UUFA and us?


       Sep  29  "Begin With the Letter "A"   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [77,78]
                   [Story for all Ages]      Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson (both)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices - "For This We Stand"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both), Amy Mayer

             210 years ago in Winchester, NH, the letter "a" was significant and
             controversial in a "colorful contentious" debate regarding the
             Winchester Profession of Faith, the minimally unifying Universalist
             statement of belief in the 19th century and contributor to the
             development of creedal vs. non-creedal examinations.



                 October 2013  Being Human
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                    1  2  3  4  5
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- Program Committee Meeting
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28 29 30 31



       Oct   6  "Covering, Passing and       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [66,54]
                     Coming Out"             Facilitators: Paul Ferrone, Jan Vine
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba (both)
                                             Special Music: A Women's Vocal Ensemble
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Dallas Thies

             October 11 is National Coming Out Day. In Covering, Kenji Yoshino
             writes, "Nothing has convinced me of the power of words as much as the
             experience of coming out the first few times -- one ends the sentence a
             different person." This service reflects on "coming out" as an ongoing
             multi-layered spiritual, cultural, and social process.


       Oct  13  "New Faith for a New Age"    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [66,61]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards, Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson - Harp
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Dallas Thies

             Rev. William Schultz writes, "The Humanist Manifesto of 1933 was
             consciously designed to encapsulate a religious faith, not just a
             philosophy of life, and for all its religious failings, it represented a
             heartfelt attempt to amalgamate intellectual integrity with religious
             expression." This service celebrates the eightieth anniversary of
             religious humanism.


       Oct  20  "How Science Fiction Will    Speakers: Rev. Amy DeBeck  [65,75]
                    Save the World"          Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba, Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw
      [Kent's Installation in Afternoon]     Sound: Donald Lewis, Dallas Thies

             Jules Verne, Steampunk, Star Trek, and more are lifted up and exegeted.
             Science fiction speaks to many dreamers of the hopes for future
             generations, and we have all benefitted greatly from this genre whether
             we are fans or not. Maybe saving the world seems like a big claim, but
             why not reach for the stars on Kent's installation day.


       Oct  27  "Dia de los Muertos"         Speakers: Lori Allen with Rev. Kent McKusick  [62,56]
                                             Facilitators: Andrew Williams, 
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw, Anne Kimber
        [RE Intergenerational Service]       Special Music: David Smith
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             Bring an ofrenda, or offering, for our Dia de los Muertos (Day of the
             Dead) altar on Sunday, October 27. At both the 9:15 and 11:00 services
             people (adults and children) will have an opportunity to place their
             ofrenda on the altar. The ofrenda should be small - a picture, flowers,
             food, jewelry, a drawing or painting, a poem, a rock -- anything that
             reminds you of a person, experience, or place that you no longer have
             the ability to physically access.

             We'll also have plenty of candles to light as tribute to the people and
             places we remember fondly from the past. After the service you can
             reclaim your ofrenda to take back to its special place in your home or
             you can leave it to be gathered and burned at a later date in a special
             ritual by the youth. We hope you'll join us for this Sunday Service of
             celebration where we remember how people and experiences in our pasts
             have changed us; where we deepen our connections to one another as we
             share our experiences.



                November 2013  Festivities of Autumn
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                             1  2
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- Program Committee Meeting
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30


       Nov   3  "Root Hold Me Close,         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [84,97]
                    Wings Set Me Free"       Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson (both)
                     [Iowa Meal]             Special Music: Women in the Round, Fellowship Voices
               [Good Neighbor Concert]       Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             Music is central to our gathering each week and deepens our connections.
             Hear the stories behind Carolyn McDade's Spirit of Life and UUFA's Women
             in the Round. Learn how women's spiritual circles and music have the
             capacity to build compassion, justice, community, freedom, reverence for
             nature, and the mysteries of life. Special music will be performed by
             the Fellowship Voices and Women in the Round.


       Nov  10  "Free to Be You and Me"      Speakers: Songs and Stories from the Actors Production  [113,73]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Crystal Tice
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (both)
                                             Special Music: Cynthia Marten and Actors Cast
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             Free to Be You and Me was an Emmy award winning project designed
             to encourage post1960s gender neutrality, saluting values such as
             individuality, tolerance, and comfort with one's identity. A major
             thematic message is that anyone--whether a boy or a girl--can achieve
             anything.


       Nov  17  "Transylvanian Harvest       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                       Service"              Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Brenda Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Mary Richards, Peggy Faden (2nd only), Kitty Fisher and Bob Anders
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             The annual harvest service will honor our partner church in
             Tordatfalva, Transylvania. Harvest communion is a traditional and
             anchoring practice for Unitarians there. Hear about rituals of
             remembrance and self-examination and how a 500 year old Unitarian
             spiritual practice is relevant to our faith.


       Nov  24  "Unfold Your Own Myth"       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [65,65]
                  [Story for all Ages]       Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba, Ginny Molgaard or Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Louis Dupuis
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             New Member Sunday Family and socio-cultural truths, untruths, and myths
             abound to the glee and sometimes pain of those who gather after a family
             dinner to remember and retell the stories and myths of the past. Often,
             there are multiple and differing versions of the same story... and
             frequently, some of the versions remain untold. This service explores
             some of the mythology of Thanksgiving and how we might rediscover,
             reconstruct, and reconnect thanks and giving.



                December 2013  Seeking Common Ground
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- Program Committee Meeting
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <-- Winter Solstice was Dec 21, 11:11am CST
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28
             29 30 31


       Dec   1  "World AIDS Day"             Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [51,52]
                  [UUSC Service]             Facilitators: Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (both)
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             December 1st marks the annual observance of World AIDS Day. This service
             offers a time to remember loved ones and to find common ground as we
             move forward with renewed commitment, compassion, and hope in our work
             to build awareness and end this epidemic in our lifetime.


       Dec   8  "Gift for the Future"        Speakers: Merry Rankin (Sam will shepherd)  [52,51]
                                             Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Sarah Carlson, Erv Klaas
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw, Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Jim and Jen Coppoc
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both)

             What does the future hold for our community-in terms of energy, food and
             quality of life? Merry Rankin, Director of Sustainability at ISU and
             chair of the Ames Sustainability Task Force will explore how our efforts
             today are our gift for the future.


       Dec  15  "Stories of the Season"      Speakers: Lori Allen and Rev. Kent McKusick  [106 Adults, 31 Children, 90 Adults, 8 Children] 
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell and Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson (both)
               [RE Intergenerational]        Special Music: Lullay Alleluia with Ethy Cannon on Cello
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both) Used TASCAM DR-02 

             We reprise our celebration of the many holidays that are celebrated this
             time of year, but instead of old favorites, you will be treated to new
             holiday stories. Children in Preschool-grade 6 will tell a story of a
             tree that wants to be a Christmas tree, grade 3-4 students (9:15)
             Highlights and high school students (11:00) are working on original
             Solstice pieces to share. And--there will be music, holiday music. Join
             us for this annual intergenerational service. 


          [Winter Solstice was Dec 21, 11:11am CST]
       Dec  22  "Faithiest - An atheist's    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [30,32]
             perspective on who we can be    Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Sarah Carlson
                     Together"               Accompanist: Anne Kimber, Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Deb Kline
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both) Using TASCAM DR-07MkII

             This service shares the story of Chris Stedman who writes, "We can be
             dogmatically fixed on who is 'right' and who is 'wrong,' or we can
             discern a way to live together in tension and ambiguity. Joining forces,
             we can buck the clash-of-civilizations story that has come to define our
             world and dictate a new narrative one that bridges the religious and the
             secular, rather than threatening the 'other' with extinction."


       Dec  24  "Traditional Christmas Eve   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [90]
         5:15pm     Candlelight Service"     Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Thea Brenner, Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             Traditional Christmas Eve Service: Please join us for a traditional
             Christmas Eve service with seasonal music, carols, holiday readings, a
             sermon offering a UU perspective on the birth of Jesus, and the
             comforting glow of candlelight.


       Dec  24  "Non-Christmas Christmas"    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [18]
         9pm                                 Facilitators: Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music:Liz Rohret and Sam Wormley
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Searching for Light, Hope, and Connection: If the holiday season makes
             you "blue" or if you want to gather with others for a non-traditional
             Christmas Eve, this is the service for you. The service will include
             music, poetry, shared stories, candles of remembrance, laughter, and
             silence.



       Dec  29  "Yuule!"                     Speakers: Toby Ewing, Kathy Gandy, Liz Röhret  [48,36]
           "Reflections and New Beginnings"  Facilitators: Crystal Tice, Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (both)
                                             Special Music: Cynthia Marten
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             Yuule: A reflection of traditions, new and old. A service to find 
             meaning in winter's cold.