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                 March 2019   Theme: Journey        
             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 <-- Spring Ahead to Daylight time, Mar 10
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- Spring Equinox  Mar 20 4:59 pm CDT, Spring Break - Mar 18-24 
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30  
             31                    
  

        Mar  3   "The Mindful Journey:       Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger, UUFA Minister Emeritus   [74,32]
                  Traveling with Intention   Shepherd: Dan Haug
                  During Difficult Times"    Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Chris McClure
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Aliya Guganus - Piano
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley 

             On the journeys of our lives there are many unforeseen and
             uncontrollable events.  Those moments often create stress and
             anxiety that can cause us to stray from the course we'd
             planned.  How might we foster a spiritual discipline that can
             help not just in those moments but through out our life's
             travels?
             

        Mar 10  "What's in Your Suitcase?"   Speakers: Rev. Rebecca Hinds from the Cedar Rapids congregation  [49,46]
                                             Shepherd: Amy Slagell
                                             Board Welcome: Melissa Niesen, Dennis Dake
                                             Facilitators: Peggy Earnshaw, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Women in the Round
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Like any trip, going on a spiritual journey requires us to
             pack well. What do you bring to the journey? What do you bring
             back from it? And how do you know what is worth carrying and
             what you can leave behind?


        Mar 17   "The Journey of Spring"     Speakers: Birch Spick    [63,49]
                                             Shepherd: Sarah Carlson
                                             Board Welcome: Angie Poole, Sarah Carlson
                                             Generosity: Sam Wormley
                                             Facilitators: Catherine Huisman,
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Where There is Light in the Soul", Sam Wormley Directing
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley
                                             
             As a tradition, we're sometimes hesitant to acknowledge the
             Christian practice of Lent. But like the approaching Equinox,
             Lent and the larger season of Springtime can be an opportunity
             to journey through balance and reassessment. As a people of
             Journey, what does it mean to bring this work of balancing
             into our lives?


        Mar 24  "Spirit Journeys: What       Speakers: Alison Rutledge
                     Do We Seek?"            Shepherd: Kitty Fisher
                                             Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson, Molly Helmers
                                             Generosity: Ben Woline
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Nichole Ose
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Using theology and sources from social science research,
             history and literature, we'll explore areas such as: Who goes
             searching for spiritual meaning and why? For what might we be
             looking? What have some people found? What difference does it
             make?
             
             Alison Huntress Rutledge grew up in Ames, lived in a lot of
             other beautiful places, and has now returned to the roots she
             loves best. She is a psychologist, scholar of medical
             humanities, constant reader, feminist activist, singer, and
             lover of life. She was a member of the Galveston, Texas UU for
             many years, a lay-led Fellowship where Alison presented
             several sermons over the years.


        Mar 31   "A God As Big As Lake       Speakers: Rev. David Kraemer, Minister, United UU Congregation, Waukesha, WI
                     Superior, Revisited"    Shepherd: Ralph Gandy
                                             Board Welcome: Melissa Niesen, Chris McClure
                                             Generosity: Sue Koehrsen
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "The Road Home", Susan Posch Directing
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Rev. David Kraemer, a former member of UUFA, entered seminary
             soon after moving away from Ames in 2008. In a return to the
             fellowship in 2011, he delivered a sermon titled "A God As Big
             As Lake Superior" which used a kayaking to illustrate a
             developing naturalistic, humanistic theology. As this month's
             theme is "Journey," Rev. David will return to Ames to take a
             look at how eight years of formation and ordained ministry
             have changed his views.
             
             Rev. Kraemer serves United Unitarian Universalist Congregation
             in Waukesha, WI, as settled minister. He previously served for
             two years as interim minister in Sioux Falls, SD, and as
             intern in Rockford, IL. He is a graduate of United Theological
             Seminary of the Twin Cities and was ordained in 2015 at his
             then-home church in Rochester, MN. He is a former journalist,
             working as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Minnesota,
             Wisconsin and Iowa. From 2000 to 2008 he served as editor of
             the Ames Tribune. He has been an avid canoeist and kayaker,
             but admits he doesn't find the time to paddle as much as he
             used to.


           
                  April 2019   Theme: Wholeness        
             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 <-- Easter Sunday 21st, Earthday Monday 22rd
             28 29 30              
     
 
        Apr  7   "Wholeness"                 Speakers: HS Youth (Sarah Shepherd)
                                             Shepherd: Sarah Carlson
                                             Board Welcome: Angie Poole, Molly Helmers
                                             Generosity: 
                                             Facilitators: None Required
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: HS Youth
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley
                                             
             Join the UUFA Youth in exploring the connections between whole
             food and our lives as Unitarian Universalists.  Come prepared
             to laugh, and please bring a recipe card to share!            
                                

        Apr 14   "One Molecule of Mercy"     Speakers: Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, Senior Minister, All Souls UU Church, Kansas City, MO
                                             Shepherd: Amy Slagell
                                             Board Welcome: Melissa Niesen, Chris McClure
                                             Generosity: 
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "We Are One", Susan Posch Directing
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Alexandra Rowland, a contemporary literary critic and blogger,
             writes: "Yeah, we're all a messy mix of good and bad, flaws
             and virtues. We've all been mean and petty and cruel, but (and
             here's the important part) we've also been soft and forgiving
             and kind. Hopepunk says that kindness and softness doesn't
             equal weakness, and that in this world of brutal cynicism and
             nihilism, being kind is a political act. An act of rebellion."
             
             Might these also be acts of faith?  What can the newly
             defined literary genres of 'grimdark' and 'hopepunk' teach us
             about what our choices mean to the world?    Rev. Gibbons is
             the senior minister of All Souls UU Church in Kansas City, the
             congregation where Rev. Kent McKusick served as a student
             intern minister.



        Apr 21   "Coming Back to Life"       Speakers: Rev. Dawn Cooley, former UUFA intern minister and current UUA Congregational Life Consultant for the Southern Region
                                             Shepherd: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Sarah Carlson
                                             Generosity: Mary Richards
                                             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Dan Haug
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: String Quartet
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley
     
             What was it like for Jesus to awaken from the dead? How did he
             decide to proceed, once he realized his situation? How did it
             impact his relationships with others? How does this relate to
             us as Unitarian Universalists today? These questions remain
             unanswered in the Easter scriptures, but we get a glimpse of
             some possibilities in the story of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
             
             Rev. Dawn Skjei Cooley was the intern minister at UUFA in
             2006-07. She transitioned from parish ministry to working for
             the UUA , as congregational life staff in the Southern Region,
             in 2016. She is passionate about helping congregations adapt
             to the changing cultural religious landscape, and this passion
             led her to a Masters program in Public Administration with a
             focus in Nonprofit Management, which she will finish up this
             May. She and her spouse and their two teen daughters live in
             Louisville, KY.
 
                                             
        Apr 28   "Who Ended Slavery?         Speakers: Dr Hector Avalos
              Secularization in Context"     Shepherd: Mark Witherspoon
                                             Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen, Molly Helmers
                                             Generosity: 
                                             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Jane Runneals
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Women in the Round
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley
  
             SYNOPSIS
             A number of prominent writers have claimed that Christian and
             biblical ethics were ultimately responsible for the abolition
             of slavery in Africa and the New World. Dr. Hector Avalos, in
             contrast, argues that biblical arguments against slavery began
             to be abandoned by abolitionists themselves because the
             pro-slavery side actually had an advantage in biblical support
             for slavery.  Thus, more secularized forms of argumentation,
             which rested on universalized humanitarian and legal premises,
             became more attractive in abolitionist movements.  
             
             The lecture is based on his book, Slavery. Abolitionism and
             the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship (2011).
             https://www.amazon.com/Slavery-Abolitionism-Ethics-Biblical-Scholarship/dp/1909697184


     
             
                  May 2019   Theme: Curiosity        
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                       1  2  3  4     Ramadon starts, Monday, May 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  
             26 27 28 29 30 31     
             


        May  5  "Creativity and Perspective" Speakers: Rev. Jennifer Brooks, Interim Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church, Des Moines, IA
                                             Shepherd: Karen Bates
                                             Board Welcome: Angie Poole
                                             Generosity: 
                                             Facilitators: Nichole Ose, Jan Cook
                                             Accompanist:
                                             Special Music: Dan Haug, oboe
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

        May 12                               Speakers:
                                             Shepherd: Dan Haug
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Dennis Dake
                                             Generosity: 
                                             Facilitators: Peggy Earnshaw, Pegi Bevins
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship, "Bach, By Jove", Sam Wormley Directing
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

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        May 19  "Religious Education Sunday" Speakers: Religious Education Students & Teachers
                                             Shepherd: Ralph Gandy
                                             Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

        May 26                               Speakers: Rev. Jay Wolin, Minister, UU Congregation of the Quad Cities, Davenport, IA
                                             Shepherd: Jane Runneals
                                             Board Welcome: Chris McClure
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley


             
                  June 2019   Theme: Beauty        
             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    \Ramadan ends June 4
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22 <-- Father's Day Jun 16, GA June 19, 2019 to June 23, 2019, Summer Solstice Jun 21  10:54 am CDT
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29   
             30                   <-- Kent returns from sabbatical Jun.30  (ticker tape parade?)   


        Jun  2                               Speakers: Rev. Chip Roush, Minister, First Unitarian Church, South Bend, IN
                                             Shepherd: Nichole Ose
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley 

        Jun  9                               Speakers: Rev. Diane Dowgiert, Interim Minister, UU Society, Coralville, IA
                                             Shepherd: Kitty Fisher
                                             Board Welcome: Angie Poole
                                             Generosity: 
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                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "In These Delightful Pleasant Groves", Sam Wormley Directing
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

        Jun 16                               Speakers: Andrea Hawkins-Kamper, Ministerial Intern, UU Congregation of the Quad Cities, Davenport, IA intern@uucqc.org  
                                             Shepherd: Sam Wormley
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        Jun 23                               Speakers: Rev. Erin Gingrich, Associate Minister of Social Justice, First Unitarian Church, Des Moines, IA
                                             Shepherd: Jan Cook
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        Jun 30                               Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger, UUFA Minister Emeritus
                                             Shepherd: Mark Witherspoon
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                                             Special Music: Music Men: Steal Away, Loch Lomond
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley



                   July 2019   Theme: None        
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                 1  2  3  4  5  6 <-- Kent returns from sabbatical July 1
              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           


        Jul  7                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick?
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley 

        Jul 14                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

        Jul 21                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick?
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley


                 August 2019   Theme:        
             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  


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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley 

        Aug 11                               Speakers: 
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        Aug 18                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick?
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

        Aug 25                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick?
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             
             
                September 2019   Theme:      
             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 <-- Autum Equinox Sep 23  2:50 am CDT
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28  
             29 30                 



        Sep  1                               Speakers: 
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley 

        Sep  8                               Speakers: 
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley 

        Sep 15                               Speakers:
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

        Sep 22                               Speakers: 
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

        Sep 29                               Speakers:
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             
             
                 October 2019   Theme:       
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
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              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
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             20 21 22 23 24 25 26  
             27 28 29 30 31        



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        Oct 13                               Speakers: 
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

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                November 2019   Theme:     
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
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              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 <-- Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov.28 



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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley 

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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

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                December 2019   Theme:  
             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 <-- Winter Solstice Dec 21, 10:19 pm CST
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28 <-- Hanukkah/Chanukah - Dec 23-30 
             29 30 31              



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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley 

        Dec  8                               Speakers: 
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley 

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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

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                 January 2020   Theme:     
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
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        Jan 12                               Speakers: 
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

        Jan 19                               Speakers: 
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

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                February 2020   Theme:      
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             15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <-- Spring Equinox  Mar 19, 10:50 pm CDT
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       Backup ("hip pocket") Programs
         o  Singing Sunday (congregational member choose their favorites)
         o  Congregational Sharing (topical)


Ref: UUA Resources
Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_the_Living_Tradition 
Ref: http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html 

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


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