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                 January 2022   Theme: Living with Intention       
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
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              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- SMSC Meeting 10-11:30  
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             30 31                 


        Jan  2   "Thousands of Answers"      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [54+ Connections]   
          11am                               Facilitators: Ralph Gandy
             
             Octavia Butler advised a student, "there's no single answer
             that will solve all of our future problems. There's no magic
             bullet. Instead there are thousands of answers-at least. You
             can be one of them if you choose to be." As we begin a new
             year, what might we choose to be?


        Jan  9   "Our Best Intentions"       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [57+ Connections]  
          11am                               Facilitators: Jan Cook

             Charles Duhigg writes, "Once you understand that habits can
             change, you have the freedom - and the responsibility - to
             remake them. Once you understand that habits can be rebuilt,
             the power becomes easier to grasp, and the only option left is
             to get to work." A new year carries the invitation to live
             into our UU values with our best intentions. What might this
             have to do with remaking habits? 



        Jan 16   "Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed"   Speakers: Amy Slagell            [60+ Connections]
          11am                               Facilitators: Ralph Gandy
  
                                           

        Jan 23   "Becoming the Rainbow       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick     [58+ Connections]
          11am    (pre-recorded and live)"   Board Welcome: Sam Ose
                                             Facilitators: James Parrin, Sarah Carlson
                                             
             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!


        Jan 30   "Without Hesitation"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick     [61+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Ralph Gandy
                                             
             In her poem Intentions and Trust, Amy Loyd suggests that by
             letting go of barriers that diminish our joy might open a more
             genuine path to authenticity and trust. How might we change if
             we believed in the best intentions of ourselves and others?




                February 2022   Theme: Widening the Circle        
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                    1  2  3  4  5  
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- SMSC Meeting 10-11:30  
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             20 21 22 23 24 25 26  
             27 28                 

 
        Feb  6   "Widening Our Faith"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick     [57+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Christopher Chase
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook

             The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism represent how
             we might be and how we should act with each other and the
             larger world. Often, we have fallen short. How does the
             mandate of the 8th Principle call us to be intentional in our
             actions and how we understand, interpret, and share our UU
             theological "container" which holds multiple religious
             belongings and theological understandings?


        Feb 13   "Side With Love Sunday"     Speakers: UUA Recorded Service    [43+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Keary Saul
                                             Facilitators: SMSC (Dan Haug - Tech)


        Feb 20   "Living Our Values"         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick      [61+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson 

             The UUA Commission on Institutional Change observes: "Our
             internal work as people of faith is to be more inclusive,
             equitable, and diverse while our external work is to be
             accountable to those most affected by injustice." How might we
             hear and follow the voices of those most at risk?


        Feb 27   "Beyond Denial"             Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome: Nichole Olsen
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell

             Ibram X. Kendi writes that "Fundamentally racism - its
             heartbeat – has always been denial. And the sound of that
             heartbeat has always been 'I'm not racist.'" His hope is to
             eradicate the term “not racist” from the American vocabulary.
             This would force us to recognize that we are either racist or
             anti-racist in every thought, action, and deed. How might this
             widen our understanding and experience of accountability to
             ourselves, our ideas, our UU principles, and our country?





                March 2022   Theme: Renewing Faith      
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                    1  2  3  4  5  
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- SMSC Meeting 10-11:30  
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19 <-- Spring Forward Mar 13 
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26 <-- Spring Equinox Mar 20, 10:33am CDT  
             27 28 29 30 31        

 
        Mar  6                               Speakers: Guest minister: A.J. Galazen     [57+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sam Ose
                                             Facilitators: Rev. Kent McKusick 

        Mar 13   "Filling the Cup            Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick               [40+ Connections]
          11am     in Front of Us"           Board Welcome: David Brenner
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy
                                             
             In her book Grace (Eventually), Anne Lamott weaves a tale of
             skiing, questioning faith, and finding her way through
             troubled times. Skiing was an “on ramp” to my spiritual life
             over 60 years ago. How might lessons learned long ago inform
             the way we move in the world today with renewed faith?
             

        Mar 20    "Faith: it's not           Speakers: Dan Haug                         [38+ Connections]
          11am       just for believers!"    Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson

             The meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg claims that the
             opposite of faith is not doubt, but despair.  If this is true,
             then regardless of whether one believes in a higher power, it
             is possible to cultivate an attitude of trust in one another
             and in the universe that will make it easier to bridge
             divides, sort truth from misinformation, and begin to repair
             our broken society.


        Mar 27   "I Am Broken, Too:"         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick               [38+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
             
             In her book After the Good News, Nancy McDonald Ladd calls us
             to renew our faith through greater authenticity and
             truth-telling rather than blind optimism.  She writes: "If
             liberal religion is to step into a future of engaged,
             anti-oppressive work, we will be called to serve not only
             because others are broken or the system is broken, but
             because, as Bryan Stevenson says, 'I am broken too.'"




                  April 2022   Theme: Awakening         
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                             1  2 <-- Ramadan Apr 2 - May 1  
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- SMSC Meeting 10-11:30  
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16  
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- Easter, Apr 17, Earth Day, Apr 22  
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30  
 
 
        Apr  3   "Awakening to Beauty"       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick               [40+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sam Ose
                                             Facilitators: Dan Haug
                                             Generosity Moment: Sam Wormley

             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 we awaken to beauty as a way
             to embark on a journey of discovery, action, and hope?


        Apr 10 "Wakening to Radical Dharma"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Ralph Gandy

             In her book Radical Dharma, the Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams
             challenges us to understand that social liberation requires
             personal liberation. Radical Dharma sets out to apply Buddhist
             ideals and principles to the plight of African-Americas who
             persistently seek liberation from marginalization and other
             prisons imposed on them by bigoted advocates of sexism,
             homophobia, and transphobia. From this perspective, what does
             liberation look like, and where does it live?
 

        Apr 17  "You Are the Resurrection "  Speakers: Amy Slagell
          11am       [Easter]                Board Welcome: 
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Ralph Gandy


        Apr 24  "UCC Interfaith Earth Day"   Speakers: Many Congregations (Ames)
          10:30am    [Virtual Only]          Board Welcome:
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                   May 2022   Theme: Nurturing Beauty         
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        May  1   "Nurturing Laughter"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: kitty Fisher

             May 1st is World Laughter Day! Laughter... affects our bodies,
             our minds, our emotions, and our spirits in a healing,
             connecting, and health promoting way. Laughter is a spiritual
             practice. Cultivating a sense of humor in response to life is
             something we can choose to do.


        May  8                               Speakers: SMSC service
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Amy Slagell

        May 15   "Nurturing Radical Self Love"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Dan Haug
                                             Generosity: 

             In The Body is Not an Apology, Sonya Renee Taylor encourages
             us to love every facet of our body. Radical self-love has the
             capacity to dismantle systems of oppression when we interrupt
             the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against
             all bodies.

 
        May 22   "RE Sunday"                 Speakers: (Kent will work with Janelle)
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        May 29   "Starting Over or           Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          10am     Continuing the Journey?"  Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook
                                             Generosity:

             What might happen if a celebrated black historian decides to
             go to art school at the age of 64? The story of Nell Painter
             is a story of how women and artists are seen and judged by
             their age, looks, and race. What does it mean when someone
             says, "You will never be an artist"? Who defines what an
             artist is and all that goes with such an identity, and how are
             these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of beauty, value,
             and difference?



                  June 2022   Theme:  Nurturing Beauty        
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                       1  2  3  4  
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- SMSC Meeting 10-11:30  
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18  
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25 <-- Summer Solstice Jun 21 4:14 am CDT
             26 27 28 29 30       <-- GA Jun 22-26   


        Jun  5  "Woven in a Single Garment   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am        of Destiny"            Board Welcome:
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        Jun 12   "Something Amazing"         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlsen
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        Jun 19   "State of the UUFA"         Speakers: Sue Koehrsen (Gen Team)
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Dan Haug

        Jun 26   "Another Amazing Service"   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am     [Kent's Last Service]     Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Kay Puttock



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      All July Services are Virtual Only

        Jul  3                               Speakers: Matthew Farris 
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                 August 2022   Theme:       
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                September 2022   Theme: Belonging    
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             18 19 20 21 22 23 24 <-- fall equinox Sep 22  8:04 pm CDT 
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                 October 2022   Theme: Courage    
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                November 2022   Theme: Change      
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                December 2022    Theme: Wonder    
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             18 19 20 21 22 23 24 <-- winter solstice Dec 21   3:48 pm CST 
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31     Hanukkah  Dec 18-26 




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September: Belonging
October: Courage
November: Change
December: Wonder
January: Finding Our Center
February: Love
March: Vulnerability
April: Resistance
May: Creativity
June: Delight
      
             Ref: UUA Resources
             Ref: Soul Matters Themes
             Ref: UU Music Online
             
             Ref: Index Of Hymn Titles In Singing The Living Tradition
             Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_the_Living_Tradition 
             Ref: Hymns in Singing the Living Tradition

             This is a particularly powerful sentence from our Generosity
             Team:  "Our budget assigns money to categories like staff,
             building maintenance, and supplies, but actually it's for
             inspiration and friendships and teaching children and
             provocative worship and for changing the world".

             
             Ref: https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?year=2000&n=5815 
             
                  
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