January 2017 Theme: Prophecy Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Jan 1 "Hope in the Dark" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [35,36] Board Welcome: Jan Cook, TBD Facilitators: Cris Matibag, Jan Cook Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard Special Music: Ginny Molgaard and Kitty Fisher Sound: Sam Wormley As the days slowly increase in light, we begin a new year and look ahead with prophetic expectation. We anticipate radical and difficult transformation and search for hope. Rebecca Solnit suggests: "The grounds for hope are in the shadows, in the people who are inventing the world while no one looks, who themselves don't know yet whether they will have any effect..." Jan 8 "A Phrogphetic Voice" Speakers: Sarah, Ralph, Kitty [47,56] Board Welcome: Alexandria Coffman, Jan Vine Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Sarah Carlson Accompanist: Anne Kimber Special Music: Doug Gentile (Kermit, the Frog) Sound: Sam Wormley As we think of phrogphetic voices, that of Kermit the Frog is a familiar one. Kermit is ordinary, like "every frog," the Jimmy Stewart of frogs, yet he is a thinking frog with an introspective soul. He ponders his own ordinary essence and being able to make a difference in the world, and tackles the grand mysteries of the universe "What's so amazing that keeps us stargazing, and what does it really mean." Though Kermit does not claim a particular religion, the principles he lives by should be of interest to UUs. Music and "voice" by Doug Gentile. Jan 15 "Prophetic Resistance" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [72,56] Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy, Jan Cook? Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Jane Runneals Accompanist: Mary Richards Special Music: Aliya Gurganus Sound: Dallas Thies (1st) and Sam Wormley (2nd) The Rev. Dr. William Barber calls us to base our resistance to poverty, racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny and other forms of inequality on what is morally right, not on what is politically possible. He speaks of saving the soul of America and notes that each person's wellbeing is connected to the well-being of those who suffer. His book, The Third Reconstruction, is the UU Common Read this year. Jan 22 "Prophetic Imagination" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [61,57] Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Jan Vine Facilitators: Catherine Huisman, Karen Bates Accompanist: Barb Evenson, Peggy Earnshaw Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Spirit of Wind" Sound: Sam Wormley During times of devastating loss, destruction, and grief, eighth century Biblical prophets called the people to return to covenantal faith. Hope was an essential part of their message to the people. How might developing prophetic imagination contribute to our search for deeper purposes, possibilities, and hopes as a community of covenant, respect, dignity, fairness, cooperation, and non-violence? Jan 29 "Hope for Mental Health" Speakers: Social Justice Committee & Hon. Lisa Heddens [59,45] Board Welcome: Hayden Pritchard Facilitators: Cris Matibag, Kitty Fisher Accompanist: Amber Anderson Special Music: Hayden Pritchard & Women in the Round Sound: Sam Wormley The Social Justice Committee worked last year to convince us all that services in Iowa for those who are mentally ill are dismal. Shortages in psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers who deal in mental illness are unprecedented. In this service, we will talk about the one bright spot in support for the mentally ill and their families in Ames and other communities in Iowa - the Iowa chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). We will hear from Lisa Heddens, director of the Ames chapter, about local classes, support groups, special events, and outreach services available through NAMI. We will also hear from a client who will speak about how NAMI has changed her life forever. February 2017 Theme: Identity Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 <-- Joann Masterson 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Feb 5 "Life on the Mobius" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [55,46] Board Welcome: Jan Cook, Ralph Gandy Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Karen Bates Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw Special Music: Ethy Cannon, Cello, accompanied by Peggy Earnshaw Sound: Sam Wormley The Quaker theologian, Parker Palmer, uses the "mobius strip" as a visual aid and metaphor for life and identity. How might this simple aid help us discover the outward and inward flow of who we are? Feb 12 ""Who Am I Really? Speakers: Jane Runneals, David Sahr, Jan Cook [61,51] Journeys of Self-Discovery" Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen, Ben Woline Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Jan Cook (shepherd) Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard in for Barb Evenson Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Instrument of Peace" by Greg Gilpin Sound: Sam Wormley Each person is born unique and wonderful self, but it's easy to lose parts of ourselves as we grow and mature. Well-meaning adults, teasing peers and our own desire to fit in may force us into the limited identities society offers. Painful experiences can cost us parts of ourselves. Illness, disability, loss of a job or loved one can all challenge our sense of who we are and send us on a personal quest to rediscover or reinvent ourselves. In this service, members will share personal journeys of self-discovery. Feb 19 "What You Are" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [65,47] Board Welcome: Melissa Niesen, Ralph Gandy Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Amy Slagell Accompanist: Cynthia Marten in for Mary Richards Special Music: David Slade Sound: Sam Wormley What makes us real in our personhood, to ourselves or to others? Sometimes, it is challenging to see life (or even ourselves) as we truly are. The philosopher Alan Watts has written about the enlightened person as being someone detached from the past and future and living in the eternal now. How might we recognize this, and by doing so recognize ourselves? Feb 26 "AP Honors Intro to Speakers: High School Youth Group, Kent McKusick (shepherd) [58,51] Identity Exploration (2 Credits)" Board Welcome: Alexandria Coffman Facilitators: Youth Group Accompanist: Anne Kimber (if needed) Special Music: Aliya Gurganus, Kristin Szuda Sound: Sam Wormley (if needed) The high school youth group invites you to join them as they instruct this advanced crash course on all things pertaining to identity. This course is required for graduation. March 2017 Theme: Risk Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30, CST ==> CDT 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 <-- Iowa State Spring Break March 12-19 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 <-- Spring Equinox Mar 20, 5:29 AM CDT 26 27 28 29 30 31 Mar 5 "Truth as the Ultimate Risk" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [62,56] Board Welcome: Melissa Niesen, Hayden Pritchard Facilitators: Catherine Huisman, Kitty Fisher Accompanist: Anne Kimber Special Music: Hayden Pritchard - Claranet, Ginny Molgaard - Piano Sound: Sam Wormley A long list of martyrs is testament to the risk of telling one's truth. How might we navigate the often confusing culture and continuum of truth, alternate truth, and fact checking as Unitarian Universalists who have promised to promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning? Mar 12 "The Exquisite Risk of Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [79,67] Being Human" Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen, Jan Vine Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Cris Matibag Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard Special Music: Recorder Consort Sound: Sam Wormley On this day of child dedications, we explore the spiritual practice of opening ourselves and slowing down our lives so we might experience and fully embrace life instead of simply managing it. Mar 19 "Guest At Your Table" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, Jenelle Carlson [57.49] Board Welcome: Jan Vine, Jan Vine Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Jan Cook Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw Special Music: David Slade and Friends Sound: Sam Wormley Whether making quilts for our partner church, trick or treating for UNICEF, or collecting food for MICA, he children of UUFA are committed to increasing love in our community and the world. Come and hear stories and sing songs of hope as we work together to build a deeper presence of love. Mar 26 "Let's Go Outside" Speakers: Rich Leopold (Andrew Williams, shepherd) [61,55] Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Mary Richards Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Karen Bates Accompanist: Barb Evenson Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Hold Fast to Dreams", Andre Thomas Sound: Sam Wormley Spring is here and it is time to go outside, not only to enjoy nature and rejuvenate our spirits, but it's time to go outside of anger politics, go outside of our comfort zones, and get outside to explore our potential. Join our special guest, former Director of Iowa's Department of National Resources and current gubernatorial candidate for a thought-provoking, invigorating Sunday. April 2017 Theme: Transformation Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 <-- Easter, Apr 16, Earth Day, April 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Apr 2 "Transforming to Wholeness: Speakers: Sally Daub (Sarah Carlson, Shepherd) [55,43] a path toward healing" Board Welcome: Jan Vine, Hayden Pritchard Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Kitty Fisher Accompanist: Mary Richards Special Music: Recordings Sound: Sam Wormley Sally Daub was recently trained at the Opus Peace Institute to provide Soul Injury programs in Iowa. "Soul Injury" involves a penetrating breach of integrity within one's deepest self that pierces beyond the defenses of our ego. VA hospice nurses witnessed unresolved emotional injuries coming to the surface of dying combat veterans--veterans who had lived long lives since coming back from war. Sally will talk about the ground-breaking work described in the book by Deborah Glassman, "The Hero Within" where lives were transformed when soul injury was addressed with people who experienced trauma. Beyond veterans, others who may have sustained a soul injury include: Families of Veterans, Civilians in War Zones, First Responders (police, firefighters, medical staff), Victims of Sexual Assault, Crime, Accidents, Natural Disasters, Abuse, Neglect, and People who have Experienced Loss of Personal Health or a Loved One's Health, Death of a Loved One, Betrayal by a Significant Other. Soul injuries injury can subtly and not-so-subtly rob people of their vitality. No matter where the source of trauma originates, the source of soul injury is the same: unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt and shame over things we think we should or should not have done, and this soul injury can sabotage lives. Apr 9 "Transforming Our Vision Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [56,39] from Personal to Shared" Board Welcome: Jan Cook, Jan Vine Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Catherine Huisman Accompanist: Anne Kimber Special Music: Nathan Schmidt, Cello Sound: Sam Wormley This participatory service is an invitation to explore the development of a vision statement as an articulation of how we can live into the values of our mission. At its simplest, a vision statement answers the question: What do we want to create? How will we grow spiritually, create community, strive for justice, and learn to love? Apr 16 "Resurrection and Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [76,72] Transformation" Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy Facilitators: Karen Bates, Sarah Calson Accompanist: Barb Evenson Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "You Are The New Day" - King's Singers Sound: Sam Wormley The Easter season is a season of hope. UU minister Carl Scovel understands the resurrection as a recognition that any of our lives can be transformed at any time, and we can begin again. As Unitarian Universalists, we have an opportunity to learn about living and transformation from the Easter story. Apr 23 "How Soon Is Now?" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [52,44] Board Welcome: Melissa Niesen, Dave Fox Facilitators: Jan Cook, Jane Runneals Accompanist: Cynthia Marten Special Music: Aliya Gurganus Sound: Sam Wormley This Earth Day service will explore the writing of Daniel Pinchbeck. He considers the ecological and geopolical crises facing humanity to be rites of passage. Survival will require a transformation of our collective soul and the way in which we relate to the earth and each other. Ranging from practical to radical, his ideas respond to and reflect the chaos and turbulence of our times. Apr 30 "To Be of Use" Speakers: Lori Allen (Amy Slagell, Shepherd) [61,41] Board Welcome: Alexandria Coffman, Mary Richards Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Kitty Fisher Accompanist: Amber Anderson Special Music: Kitty & Amy Duet Sound: Sam Wormley Lori Allen, UUFA Director of Youth and Children's Ministries from 2007-2014 updates you on her life since her days of OWL, Stories of Our World Family, Coming of Age, and Youth Group. She'll share with you the "ah hah" moments that affirmed her decision to leave UU work, as well as the difficult moments when she's grieved the loss of weekly storytelling, crafting, laminating, and youth overnight duties. The challenges and gifts of transitioning from UU religious educator to trauma counselor and advocate will be told through story, song, and poetry. May 2017 Theme: Embodiment Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 <-- Ramadan starts May 28 May 7 "White Supremacy" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [54,51] Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Jan Vine Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Jan Cook Accompanist: Anne Kimber in for Peggy Earnshaw Special Music: from UUA GA 2016 Sound: Sam Wormley With this service, we answer a call to action from a growing network of UU's of color and white UU's working together to look critically within our faith to better understand how racism and white supremacy arise in our communities. "White supremacy" is a provocative phrase, yet in 2017, actual "white supremacists" are not required in order to uphold a white supremacist culture. Building a faith full of people who understand that key distinction is essential as Unitarian Universalism works towards a more just society in difficult political times. May 14 "Mother's Day Flower Speakers: Janelle Carlson & Rev. Kent McKusick [63,37] Ceremony" Board Welcome: Jan Cook, Mary Richards Facilitators: Jane Runneals, Ralph Gandy [Intergeneration] Accompanist: Barb Evenson Opening Words: Fellowship Voices - "Harmonia Mundi", Deibler Special Music: Fellowship Voices - "The Heart Hears Music", Philip M. Young Sound: Sam Wormley (and Donald Lewis) With a 100 plus year historical mix of celebration, commercialism, honor, and emotion, the second Sunday in May remains a part of our lives as Mother's Day. We engage this day in the spirit of Julia Ward Howe's call to live in peace and in the spirit of reconciliation, celebration, and honoring of all women. In this intergenerational service, we will also share flowers in the ceremony, inspired by Norbert Capek. Please bring a flower to share! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Transition to single 10am service from two services at 9:15am and 11am ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- May 21 "Celebrating Religious Speakers: RE Youth, Janelle Carlson with Rev. Kent McKusick  Education" Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy Facilitators: Jan Cook, Catherine Huisman [RE Service] Accompanist: Mary Richards Special Music: None Sound: Sam Wormley Come and hear the journey that students have taken in Religious Education this year! Learn, from the students themselves, more about the principles, holidays, and theology that they have been discussing in their classes. Enjoy stories of famous UU's in history, a skit about religious holidays, and a mini lesson on moving beyond assumptions in "Dances with Wolves". May 28 "Becoming the Rainbow" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  Board Welcome: Alexandria Coffman Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Kitty Fisher Accompanist: Amber Anderson Special Music: Sound: Sam Wormley The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum offers mythical insights and illumination on how we embody the journey to come of age in a changing and challenging world. Each character personifies aspects of the developmental journey we each make as seekers: developing our minds and hearts with courage and speaking truth to power. We're off to see the wizard of ourselves in this service of fantasy, fun, and spiritual growth! June 2017 Theme: Zest and Joy Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 <-- Summer Solstice, Jun 20 at 11:24pm CDT 25 26 27 28 29 30 GA June 21-25, New Orleans, LA Jun 4 "Theology and Joy" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  Board Welcome: Ben Woline Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Jane Runneals Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw Special Music: Music Men - Let the Heaven Light Shine on Me (arr. Johnson) Special Music: Music Men - Ride the Chariot (arr. Smith) Sound: Sam Wormley How are we able to be joyful when there is so much sadness in the world? Is it possible that playfulness and zest are liberating and might build the foundation of a spiritual life? Jun 11 "Finding Zest and Meaning Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  in Vulnerability" Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy Facilitators: Karen Bates, Catherine Huisman Accompanist: Mary Richards Special Music: Dennis Kain Sound: Sam Wormley In "Daring Greatly", Brene Brown explores how she strives to engage the possibilities that come if we truly took on this thought: Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn't change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging. How might we learn to "own" vulnerability and re-discover each of the unique gifts we bring to the world. Jun 18 "Recognizing Joy from Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  the Edges of Life" Board Welcome: Jan Vine Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Amy Slagell Accompanist: Anne Kimber Special Music: Zach Witherspoon Sound: Sam Wormley Paul Martin is bedridden with an incurable illness. He writes: "To notice your joys instead of minimizing or discounting them is to become joyous. Notice joy, nourish joy, and consciously take advantage of your opportunities to experience joy. Joy known over a long period of time takes you beyond yourself, deepening and expanding your mind beyond the boundaries of your disconnections." As summer begins, may we remember to notice joy and grow into it. Jun 25 "What Gives You Zest?" Speakers: Amy Slagell (shepherd)  Board Welcome: Jan Vine Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Amy Slagell, Karen Bates Accompanist: Amber Anderson Special Music: Amber Anderson Sound: Sam Wormley "In my own worst seasons I've come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window." Barbara Kingsolver What is it that adds zest to your life? What stands in the way of your experience of joy? On this last Sunday of a month dedicated to the discussion of joy and zest we'll reflect on these questions and nurture our connections. We'll certainly do some singing and, with some luck, we'll also create some poetry together! July 2017 Theme: None Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 SSC Meeting 10-11:30 TBD 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Jul 2 "Dancing in the Streets: Speakers: Jan Cook (Shepherd)  The Power of Collective Joy" Board Welcome: Melissa Neisen Facilitators: Sara Carlson, Kitty Fisher Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard Special Music: Sound: Donald Lewis In her book, Dancing In the Streets, Barbara Ehrenreich talks about the power of festivals - shared music, dancing, feasting, ceremony, playfulness and joy - to unite people and strengthen community relationships. Festivals were and are events created by the people, for the people, with everyone actively involved. Hierarchical societies have always been uneasy with the egalitarian nature of festivals and often sought to suppress them or substitute passive spectacles or solitary activities. The loss of a sense of community in modern times has gone hand in hand with a loss of homemade collective joy. What would it take to bring more of that back? Jul 9 "Building Bridges: Speakers: Dr. Rose Carraway, Kitty Fisher (Shepherd)  Lessons From Cuba" Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Ralph Gandy Accompanist: Mary Richards Special Music: Video Sound: Sam Wormley, Donald Lewis On either side of the short distance between Cuba and the United States, the points of entry at airports open up a window into relationships between loved ones in the midst of more than 50 years of (political) separation. On both sides of the water, everyday individuals hold onto the hope that one day, contact between friends and family members won't be so difficult. What lessons can we learn about hope, reconciliation, and building bridges in looking at the case of Cuba? Jul 16 "Qigong" Speakers: Karen Bates (Shepherd)  Board Welcome: Ben Woline Facilitators: Amy Slagell Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw Special Music: Recordings Sound: Sam Wormley Qigong is the system of ancient Chinese exercises that uses our awareness and breath to move, transform, direct, and balance our energies. Qigong is the mother of other Eastern types of exercises such as Tai Chi. Included in qigong are mindful movements, breath work, self-applied massage, and guided meditation. Qigong is often thought of as a moving meditation that relaxes and calms the body and the mind. In May, Karen studied with a Chinese master in the Wudang Mountains of China and will share some of what she learned. Jul 23 "Summer Hymn Sing" Speakers: Jane Runneals (Shepherd)  Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Jane Runneals Accompanist: Amber Anderson Special Music: Jess Severe Sound: Sam Wormley "Music. Whether we create it or just listen to it, music has a way of speaking -- or singing -- directly to our souls, taking us to a deeper place than words alone can manage." ~The Daily Compass Join us for a summer hymn sing service, and help choose a personally meaningful song from one of our hymnals! Keeping a song in your heart will be easy to do after you've attended this service! Hymns: 1024, 1008, 1030, 123, 346, 396, 16, 1068 Jul 30 "The Awe Gap" Speakers: Steven Cannon, Sarah Carlson (Shepherd)  Board Welcome: Dave Fox Facilitators: Ralph Gandy Accompanist: Anne Kimber Special Music: Ethy Cannon, Cello Sound: Sam Wormley As we move through day to day experiences, we try to make sense of it all, looking for answers and getting caught in routine and details. We sometimes forget the wonder around us. Let's pause this week and remember moments of awe within in our lives -- those times when we feel pleasantly insignificant and connected to the whole world. Let's consider how those awe moments have impacted our lives. August 2017 Theme: None Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 <-- Burn the Mortgage Picnic, Aug. 20 after the service 27 28 29 30 31 Aug 6 "How to Address White Speakers: Fred Van Liew, Jan Cook (Shepherd)  Privilege" Board Welcome: Melissa Niesen Facilitators: Kitty Fisher Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw Special Music: Bonnie Raitt Recording Sound: Sam Wormley Aug 13 "Meditation" Speakers: Karen Bates (shepherd)  Board Welcome: Ben Woline Facilitators: None Needed Accompanist: Anne Kimber Special Music: Sound: Donald Lewis Aug 20 "A Year of New Beginnings" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  "Burn the Mortgage Picnic" Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy "Emma McCarthy Lee Park" Facilitators: Sarah Carson, Jan Cook Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard Special Music: Thea Brenner Sound: Donald Lewis In this service, we celebrate our work together to pay off the mortgage in full. We will also reflect on how each of us and this community might change whenever obligations or burdens are released. At this time of new beginnings, we have the opportunity to renew our time together with energy, enthusiasm, and new ideas. (The actual mortgage burning will take place at Emma Lee McCarthy Park after the service.) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Transition from single 10am service to two services at 9:15am and 11am ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Aug 27 "Naikan: Gratitude for Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [48,42] Reality (As It Is)" Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy, Jan Vine Facilitators: Karen Bates, Catherine Huisman Accompanist: Mary Richards Special Music: Mary Richards Sound: Donald Lewis Naikan is a reflective practice that draws on the Eastern spiritual and psychological traditions. It is a practice that has the capacity to develop a sense of gratitude for blessings bestowed on us by others and blessings that have always been present and have gone unnoticed. September 2017 Theme: Welcome Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 <-- RE Programming starts on Sep. 10 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- Fall Equinox Sep 22 at 3:02 PM CDT 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Sep 3 "The Tom and Doug Speakers: Doug, Tom, Joe & Rev. Kent McKusick [55,48] (plus one!) Sunday Service Show" Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen, Dave Fox Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Jane Runneals Accompanist: None Needed Special Music: Doug Gentile, Tom Florek & Joe Sound: Sam Wormley For Labor Day Weekend, we welcome everyone to the Fellowship for a holiday service of the original music, storytelling, and fun that Tom and Doug are known for on their radio show. Rev Kent serves as the "plus one" to either minister or be ministered to. This service will surely lift your spirits! Sep 10 "A Community of Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [66,44] Possibilities" Board Welcome: Mary Richards, TBD Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Kitty Fisher (Stewardship Kick-off Weekend) Accompanist: Mary Richards (Potluck after 2nd Service) Special Music: David Slade... Sound: Sam Wormley In his book, "Community", Peter Block writes: "Community offers the promise of belonging and calls for us to acknowledge our interdependence. To belong is to act as investor, owner, and creator of this place. To be welcome, even if we are strangers." A paradigm shift created by shifting our attention from the problems of our communities to the possibilities of our communities is the beginning of collective transformation into the future. Sep 17 "Finding Home in the World" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [72,50] Board Welcome: Jan Vine, Ralph Gandy Facilitators: Karen Bates, Jan Cook Accompanist: Anne Kimber Special Music: Recorder Consort Sound: Sam Wormley Padraig O Tuama is an Irish poet, theologian, and healer in our world of fracture. His understanding of how we might be more welcoming is embodied in an old Irish proverb: "It is in the shelter of each other that the people live." This service explores "welcoming" as a spiritual practice through story, poetry, and reflection. Sep 24 "A New Arrival: Speakers: Amy Slagell [78,57] Contemplating Rumi" Board Welcome: Melissa Niesen (both services) Facilitators: Kitty Fisher Accompanist: Barb Evenson Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Harmonia Mundi" Special Music: David Slade Sound: Sam Wormley "This being human is a guesthouse. Every morning is a new arrival." These are the words of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, the most popular poet in the United States (according to the BBC). This week marks the 810th birthday of this Persian poet and Sufi master. Join us as we engage the poetry of Rumi in a service structured around a simplified version of a contemplative practice of Benedictine monks called Lectio Devina. This practice of deep listening and sharing is an opportunity to allow a new idea to coalesce or a "new arrival" to help us grow. October 2017 Theme: Courage Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Oct 1 "Courage" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [58,41] Board Welcome: Jan Cook Facilitators: Jan Cook, Karen Bates Accompanist: Anne Kimber Special Music: Jen McClung (two original songs) Sound: Sam Wormley The mystic and spiritual teacher, Osho, believed that courage is the total presence of fear and our ability to face it. His teachings blended various schools of thought, theology, and religion in his search for unity and inclusivity. How might Osho and Unitarian Universalism intersect and help us to understand and engage our fears and our courage? Oct 8 "The Courage to Confront Speakers: Ralph Gandy [48,41] Our Myths" Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Dave Fox Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Ralph Gandy Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw Special Music: None Needed Sound: Sam Wormley "It takes courage... to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives," says author Marianne Williamson. The dull pain of unconsciousness referred to in her quote is often aided by the stories (myths) we tell ourselves. Be these family stories, congregational stories, or historical stories, it takes courage to confront the stories and determine for ourselves their meaning. Oct 15 "Bridging the Confidence Gap" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [64,43] Board Welcome: Jan Vine, Mary Richards Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Kitty Fisher Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard Special Music: Women in the Round Sound: Sam Wormley It is a common human occurrence to have a lack of confidence or an abundance of self doubt at time in our lives. Dr. Russ Harris writes: "Our minds are truly brilliant at coming up with reasons why we can't do what really matters to us. But that doesn't mean our minds are right!" How might we let go of the struggle and learn to form a more courageous and wiser relationship with our self doubt and fear? Oct 22 "The Courage to Learn Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [77,60] from Failure" Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy, Dave Fox Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Sarah Carlson Accompanist: Barb Evenson Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Ubuntu" Sound: Sam Wormley Last spring, 65% of all UU congregations (including UUFA) examined how white supremacy plays out in UU spaces and in our culture. One of the organizers, Kenny Willey said, "UUs are a lot braver on the whole than we give ourselves credit for. We have the capacity to have hard conversations, I really believe that." Fifty years ago, similar conversations, controversies, and the resulting loss of many people of color was taking place in what is referred to as the Black Empowerment Crisis. Reflecting on our past and how it repeats invites us to be bold and courageous during these transforming times in our tradition. Oct 29 "Honoring Courage of Speakers: Lay-Led Services (Jan Cook Shepherd). [52,37] No regular RE classes Our Ancestors" Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy in for Ben Woline, Mary Richards Facilitators: Karen Bates, Jane Runneals Accompanist: Amber Anderson Special Music: Music by Sweet Honey in the Rock Sound: Sam Wormley Halloween/Samhain is traditionally a time to reflect on and honor our ancestors. Many of our parents, grandparents and beyond endured personal or political trials and tribulations with courage, fortitude and perseverance. In this time of political, moral and spiritual challenge, looking to them can inspire our own courage and moral strength to carry on and to act bravely for our families and for the common good. November 2017 Theme: Abundance Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 <-- Thanksgiving Day, Nov.23 26 27 28 29 30 Nov 5 "We Were An Island" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, Amy Slagell, Kitty Fisher [90,43] Board Welcome: Mary Richards and Kent McKusick in for Jan Vine Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Kitty Fisher, Dan Haug Accompanist: Anne Kimber Special Music: Kitty Fisher, Reggie Greenlaw Sound: Sam Wormley In 1949, Nan and Art Kellam moved to an isolated, 500 acre island off the coast of Maine to live there year round for forty years. Cut off from the world and living with the most basic necessities. Amy Slagell and Rev. McKusick offer readings from the Kellam's island journal and correspondence. Theirs is a story of abundance in simplicity, determination, isolation, and devotion. Nov 12 "The Tao of Abundance" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick. [75,54] Board Welcome: Jan Cook Facilitators: Karen Bates, Catherine Huisman Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw Special Music: Women in the Round Sound: Sam Wormley The Taoists believe that if we all lived in the Tao, we would all live in abundance. Abundance is the natural way of the universe. This service introduces how we might be more open to receive the natural abundance of the universe and let go of attachments that keep us from experiencing it. Nov 19 "Partner Church Sunday: Speakers: Dr. Rev. Brian Eslinger, Kitty Fisher, and the Partner Church Committee. [66,50] The Legacy of Religious Freedom" Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Dave Fox Facilitators: Jan Cook, Kitty Fisher Accompanist: Barb Evenson Special Music: Fellowship Voices (No. 322, 352), Peggy Earnshaw, Anne Kimber Sound: Sam Wormley As we celebrate our ongoing partnership with our friends at the Unitarian Church in the village of Tordatfalva, Romania, we'll also reflect on the role Transylvanian Unitarians played in the journey of religious freedom. This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda, arguably the first official edict of religious tolerance in the Western world. We'll trace these early efforts of creating tolerance to the role of the First Amendment in the United States today. Nov 26 "Finding the Gift of Rest Speakers: Karen Bates shepherd [60,40] in the Midst of Abundance" Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy, Dave Fox Facilitators: Jane Runneals, Cartherine Huisman Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (in for Mary Richards) Special Music: Sound: Sam Wormley In today's world, with it's relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. We feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. Many years ago, the tradition of the Sabbath created a special time within a life of continual labor. How can we recreate a special time of rest and renewal? How we can use this time of rest to refresh our bodies and minds, restore our creativity, and regain our inner happiness?