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                 January 2021   Theme: Imagination      
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
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              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
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        Jan  3   "Wild Imagination"          Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 76+ Connections] 
          11am                               Board Welcome: Rev. Kent McKusick
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Ralph Gandy

             We begin this new year with the theme of imagination. Geneen
             Marie Haugen suggests that one antidote to the colonization of
             the mind is the wild imagination. She believes that the
             imagination may be at least part of an essential navigation
             strategy for our times of multiple crises and ecological
             peril. Has it ever been otherwise? This service is an
             invitation to begin  2021 in the spirit of imagining the year
             to come!


        Jan 10  "When Pretending Comes       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 84+ Connections] 
          11am      in Handy"                Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson

             Imagining a post-pandemic future can be daunting. As humans,
             we tend to envision negative scenarios. In order to get
             through these challenging days, we need to be able to imagine
             something other than loss or the 10-month status quo. How
             might the capacity of imagination be utilized for positive
             change?


        Jan 17  "Shaping Change              Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 78+ Connections]
          11am      Changing Worlds"         Board Welcome: Matthew Jacobsob-Fisher (They, She)
                                             Facilitators: Nichole Ose
                                             
             Shaping Change, Changing Worlds ~ Adrienne Maree Brown writes:
             "Science fiction is simply a way to practice the future
             together. I suspect that is what many of you are up to,
             practicing futures together, practicing justice together,
             living into new stories. It is our right and responsibility to
             create a new world."  How might her "emergent strategy" shift
             us towards a more imaginative and liberated world.


        Jan 24  "Imagining Community"        Speakers: Amy Slagell & SMSC   [Zoom 81+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Cathy Slade
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Dan Haug, Jane Runneals, Ralph Gandy


        Jan 31  "Rebellious Imagination"     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 76+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Angie Poole
                                             Facilitators: Jane Runneals, Ronni Kahn

             In The Impossible Will Take a Little While, Paul Rogat Loeb
             describes imagination as a form of generosity that can free us
             from a bleak present. Our imagination can give us a glimpse of
             a future that our more rational mind may deem impossible to
             achieve. How might the rebelliousness of a wild heart change
             the world?



                February 2021   Theme: Beloved Community    
             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  
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        Feb  7   "Spiritual Practices for    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 77+ Connections] 
          11am       White Discomfort"       Board Welcome: Matthew Jaconson-Fisher
                                             Facilitators: Ben Woline, Sarah Carlson 

             When Black Lives Matters activities are reported in the news,
             white people react in a number of ways, from vocal, undaunted
             support to blatant racist thoughts or rants. Sometimes, the
             general feeling is discomfort. The Rev. Annie Gonzalez
             Milliken has developed a set of spiritual practices to help
             white people decenter our egos, learn, grow, and be faithful
             to our values while supporting racial justice.


        Feb 14   "Othering and Belonging"    Speakers: UUA Service   [Zoom 76+ Connections] 
          11am                               Board Welcome: Cathy Slade
                                             Facilitators: Rev. Kent McKusick

           In Unitarian Universalism, the Rev. Darrick Jackson has found
           a theological home that does not speak to his black identity.
           Hear part of his story and consider what kind of changes are
           needed for us to be radically welcoming and part of the
           beloved community.


        Feb 21   "Beloved Community"         Speakers: SMSC (Dan Haug)   [Zoom 84+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Angie Poole
                                             Facilitators: Jaiden Fuque, Jane Runneals, Jamie Gurganus, Matthew Jacobson-Fisher, Melissa Niesen



        Feb 28   "The UU 8th Principle"      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 82+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Sue Koehrsen
 
             As a community of faith, we come together from many different
             paths and faith experiences to affirm and promote our shared
             commitment to the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism.
             Many UU's contend that the absence of racism and other
             oppressions in our principles is a glaring omission. The most
             recent crises in the UU world have been related to race and
             racism. A proposed 8th Principle will promote and guide our
             transformation as an anti-racist, multi-cultural faith
             tradition. This service is dedicated to the foundation and
             need to amend the UU Principles.



                 March 2021   Theme: Commitment      
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
Spring           1  2  3  4  5  6  
forward on    7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
Pi Day   --> 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 <-- Spring Equinox  Mar 20, 4:37 am CDT 
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27 
             28 29 30 31           


 
        Mar  7   "Spiritual Practices        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 67+ Connections] 
          11am     for White Discomfort"     Board Welcome: Mike Francom
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Dan Haug 

             When Black Lives Matters activities are reported in the news,
             white people react in a number of ways, from vocal, undaunted
             support to blatant racist thoughts or rants. Sometimes, the
             general feeling is discomfort. The Rev. Annie Gonzalez
             Milliken has developed a set of spiritual practices to help
             white people commit to as a way to decenter our egos, learn,
             grow, and be faithful to our values while supporting racial
             justice.


        Mar 14  "Balancing Conviction        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 62+ Connections] 
          11am        and Doubt"             Board Welcome: Jaiden Fugua
                                             Facilitators: Jane Runneals

             Existential psychologist Rollo May writes: "The relationship
             between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic
             one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but
             in spite of doubt." May stresses that having courage and
             commitment does not denote the absence of fear, but action in
             the face of fear. How might a creative commitment to living
             and acting in the face of fear bridge the tension line between
             conviction and doubt?


        Mar 21  "Spring For Change"          Speakers: Dan Haug, Cassie Sonne, and Mary Richards   [Zoom 63+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson in for Jane Runneals 
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook

             Cassandra (Cassie) Sonne is a passionate environmentalist. She
             obtained her B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies, with a
             focus in wildlife conservation and environmental policy, from
             UC Berkeley. She then went to the University of Oxford to
             receive her Masters in Nature, Society and Environmental
             Governance, with a focus on climate law. Cassie now works as
             an Outreach Coordinator in the Energy & Community branch of
             Green Iowa AmeriCorps, a state-wide AmeriCorps service program
             that focuses on the environment.


        Mar 28   "Nothing Too Big            Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 64+ Connections]
          11am        or Too Small"          Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
                                             Facilitators: 

             March is Women's History Month. Dorothy Pitman Hughes was a
             transformative and trailblazing Black feminist activist and
             community organizer in New York City in the 1970's. She shared
             the stage with Gloria Steinem for 5 years. Her work made
             children, race, and welfare rights central to the women’s
             movement.



                  April 2021   Theme: Becoming
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                          1  2  3 <-- Easter Sunday is Apr 4 
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17 <-- Ramadan Apr 13 - May 12
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24 <-- Earth Dat April 22
             25 26 27 28 29 30     

April 11  Tentative. Speaker Tattoo man. A recommendation by Angie Poole.  Amy Will Shepherd this.  Dan is available for tech if needed.
April 18 Possible guest speaker? Earth Day UUA.  TECH.  Milestones day.
April 25 Kent   Ralph Gandy

STORY is the theme for May
May 2 Sarah Carlson

 
        Apr  4   "Easter: Entering Into A    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 59+ Connections] 
          11am     New Kind of Existence"    Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson

             With Christian teachings as one of the sources of this living
             tradition, how might Unitarian Universalists find meaning in
             the resurrection?  How might the incredible and challenging
             story of “the empty tomb” contribute to the spiritual life of
             a non-believer?


        Apr 11   "Becoming: Look Well        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 69+2 Connections]
          11am        to the Growing Edge"   Board Welcome: Jane Runneals
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell

             During the past thirteen months of pandemic, have you have
             felt out of alignment with your soul, your relationship, your
             work, or the world’s needs? In their theology and in their
             living, Howard Thurman and Parker Palmer encourage us to
             resist the anxiety that compels us to look for the well-marked
             road. By giving in to anxiety, we may miss the clues that
             point us toward the heart’s imperatives. The growing edge is
             rich with the promise of becoming. What is your growing edge? 


        Apr 18   “Pathways to Healing        Speakers: Prerecorded Earth Day Service 
          11am            & Regeneration”    Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 
                                             Generosity:

             When you imagine pathways to personal, social and ecological
             healing and regeneration, what do you see? Who is with you on
             your journey? What transforms and gives way to new beginnings?
             Who and/or what are you accountable to along the way? Join UU
             Ministry for Earth and The Reverend Yadenee Hailu for a
             special Earth Sunday worship service exploring these questions
             in a collective journey on the pathways to healing and
             regeneration. This program will include a special collection
             for the UU Ministry for Earth – donations are encouraged and
             received with deep gratitude.


        Apr 25   "Loved into Being"          Speakers: UUA Service
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy

             Faith in Unitarian Universalism isn't just an intellectual
             exercise: it's "heart" work. This service will explore
             becoming a community where everyone can grow and flourish.
             Building from some materials from the UUA we’ll enjoy vibrant
             music, storytelling, and readings to help us become stronger
             in spirit, in courage, and in generosity.




                   May 2021   Theme: Story
             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 <-- Mothers's Day, May 9 
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22  
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29 
             30 31                 

        May  2                               Speakers:  
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson

        May  9                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        May 16                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
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                                             Generosity: Slades to Recognize Donald & Dorothy Lewis

        May 23    "The 8th Principle"        Speakers: Paula Cole Jones (UUA Congregational Consultant)
          11am                               Board Welcome:
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        May 30                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                  June 2021   Theme: Play     
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                    1  2  3  4  5  
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19  
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26 <-- Summer Solstice Jun 20  10:32 pm CDT 
             27 28 29 30              GA (Virtual) June 23-27, 2021
             
             
 
        Jun  6                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Jun 13                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Jun 20                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                                             Generosity:

        Jun 27   "GA Service Sunday"         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
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                  July 2021        
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
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              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  
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31  
                                   
 
 
        Jul  4                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Jul 11                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Jul 18                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                                             Generosity:

        Jul 25                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
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                 August 2021       
             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              


        Aug  1                               Speakers:  
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        Aug  8                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Aug 15                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                                             Generosity:

        Aug 22                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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        Aug 29                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                September 2021     
             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 <-- RE Begins Sunday, Sep 12
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25 <-- Fall Equinox Sep 22  2:21 pm CDT 
             26 27 28 29 30        


        Sep  5                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
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                                             Generosity:

        Sep 12                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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                                             Generosity:

        Sep 19   "Generosity Sunday"         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick & Generosity Team
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        Sep 26                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                 October 2021    
             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  
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23  
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30  
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        Oct  3   "Founders Service"          Speakers:   Mary Richards 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson

        Oct 10   "Music and Memories"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick and Jamie are point people 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher

        Oct 17   "Building Our Congregation" Speakers: Ginny Huntington and Carole Crosby are point people
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell

        Oct 24   "Youth Focus and RE"        Speakers: Navvab Munirih and Stu Huntington are point people
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Dan Haug

        Oct 31   "Our UUFA future"           Speakers: Navvab Munirih, Sue Keohrsen are point people
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy



                 November 2021      
             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             <-- Hanukkah Nov 28--Dec 6 

 
        Nov  7                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Nov 12                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Nov 21                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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        Nov 28                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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               December 2021      
            Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                      1  2  3  4 <-- Hanukkah Nov 28--Dec 6   
             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 <-- Winter Solstice  Dec 21   9:59 am CST  
            26 27 28 29 30 31     


        Dec  5                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
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                                             Generosity:

        Dec 12                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Dec 19                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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        Dec 24   "Christmas Eve"             Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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        Dec 26                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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             Backup ("hip pocket") Programs
               o  Singing Sunday (congregational member choose their favorites)
               o  Congregational Sharing (topical)
      
             Ref: UUA Resources
             Ref: Soul Matters Themes
             
             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

             
             Ref: https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?year=2000 
             
             Year    March Equinox           June Solstice           September Equinox       December Solstice
             2017    Mar 20   5:29 am CDT    Jun 20  11:24 pm CDT    Sep 22  3:02 pm CDT     Dec 21  10:28 am CST
             2018    Mar 20  11:15 am CDT    Jun 21   5:07 am CDT    Sep 22  8:54 pm CDT     Dec 21   4:23 pm CST
             2019    Mar 20   4:59 pm CDT    Jun 21  10:54 am CDT    Sep 23  2:50 am CDT     Dec 21  10:19 pm CST
             2020    Mar 19  10:50 pm CDT    Jun 20   4:44 pm CDT    Sep 22  8:31 am CDT     Dec 21   4:02 am CST
             2021    Mar 20   4:37 am CDT    Jun 20  10:32 pm CDT    Sep 22  2:21 pm CDT     Dec 21   9:59 am CST
             2022    Mar 20  10:33 am CDT    Jun 21   4:14 am CDT    Sep 22  8:04 pm CDT     Dec 21   3:48 pm CST
             2023    Mar 20   4:24 pm CDT    Jun 21   9:57 am CDT    Sep 23  1:50 am CDT     Dec 21   9:27 pm CST
             2024    Mar 19  10:06 pm CDT    Jun 20   3:50 pm CDT    Sep 22  7:43 am CDT     Dec 21   3:20 am CST
             2025    Mar 20   4:01 am CDT    Jun 20   9:42 pm CDT    Sep 22  1:19 pm CDT     Dec 21   9:03 am CST
             2026    Mar 20   9:45 am CDT    Jun 21   3:24 am CDT    Sep 22  7:05 pm CDT     Dec 21   2:50 pm CST
             2027    Mar 20   3:24 pm CDT    Jun 21   9:10 am CDT    Sep 23  1:01 am CDT     Dec 21   8:42 pm CST
             2028    Mar 19   9:17 pm CDT    Jun 20   3:01 pm CDT    Sep 22  6:45 am CDT     Dec 21   2:19 am CST
             2029    Mar 20   3:02 am CDT    Jun 20   8:48 pm CDT    Sep 22 12:38 pm CDT     Dec 21   8:14 am CST
             
             
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