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                 January 2017   Theme: Prophecy
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
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              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
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              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!


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       May  21   "Celebrating Religious      Speakers: RE Youth, Janelle Carlson with Rev. Kent McKusick  [98]
                        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   [61]
                                             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   [98]
                                             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   [72]
                     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   [80]
                   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)   [83]
                                             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
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              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)  [64]
              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)  [82]
                    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)  [60]
                                             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)  [53]
                                             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)  [76]
                                             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)  [50]
                       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)  [71]
                                             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  [71]
               "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.)



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       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
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       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
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       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?