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                  July 2021        
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        Jul  4   "What I Know of Country"    Speakers: Rev. Oscar Sinclair Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Nebraska   [Zoom 42+ Connections]
          11am                               Generosity: Tigon Woline

             "Listen, we need to talk," poet Richard Blanco writes of what
             he knows of country. In faith and in civic life, we have been
             confronted with the chasm between our highest aspirations and
             our lived history.  As we move forward into this next season,
             how can we hold the tension between aspiration, history, and
             the present moment?
             
             Rev. Oscar Sinclair has served the Unitarian Church of Lincoln
             since 2017.  A graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland,
             Oscar holds a Masters of Divinity Degree from Wesley
             Theological Seminary in Washington DC, where he is currently
             enrolled in the Doctorate of Ministry program. During the
             pandemic, Oscar and his spouse Stacie have enjoyed the
             challenge of keeping up with the combined enthusiasm of their
             three year old daughter and labrador retriever.


        Jul 11    "Opening Up"               Speakers: Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons   [Zoom 44+ Connections]
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             As the worst of the pandemic continues to ebb, it is clear
             that there is no going backward for our UU communities. We are
             moving into a new world of technology and expectations, human
             connection and faith. Such transitions are always messy, and
             change makes systems anxious. What can guide us as we open up
             to these altered realities? Where IS our holy church?
             
             Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons is in her ninth year as Senior
             Minister of All Souls UU Church in Kansas City. She has served
             as President of the UU Ministers Association, adjunct faculty
             at M/L Theological School and United Seminary of the Twin
             Cities, and co-dean of the Humanist Institute. She recently
             celebrated the 40th anniversary of her ordination and enjoys
             UU hymnody and supervising parish internships.


        Jul 18   "Season of Endings and Beginnings"  Speakers: Rev. Jonalu Johnstone   [Zoom 43+ Connections]
          11am                               Generosity: Sam Wormley honoring Dave Fox and Larry Koehrsen
 
             The seasons of our lives bring continual endings and
             beginnings. We certainly are experiencing that now! The
             feelings swirl. The ups and downs of ending and beginning are
             real. And, in this particular time we have been assaulted by
             loss. How do we embrace the beginnings as we release what has
             been as we mourn the losses we have had?
             
             Jonalu has completed 28 years of ministry in Wisconsin,
             Oklahoma, and Kansas, culminating in six years of
             developmental ministry with the UU Fellowship of Manhattan.
             Originally from Virginia and shaped by growing up near the
             capital of the Confederacy, Jonalu has continually focused
             energy and advocacy on marginalized people. After today, she
             and her longtime partner Jane Powell start the new adventure
             of retirement. 


        Jul 25   "Wait and See"              Speakers: Rev. Shari Woodbury    [Zoom 38+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome:
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             As we emerge from the pandemic, what will "the next normal be
             like?  How and how soon can we get there?  Clues may come from
             a Taoist farmer, a prophetic sister, and a game of ping pong.
             "Wait and see, wait and see what a world there can be if we
             share, if we care, you and me" (#146).
             
             Rev. Shari Woodbury seeks to create pathways for "the
             transforming power of love" to work in individual lives, in
             congregations, and beyond. This Iowa native previously served
             churches in Indiana and Texas, before being called home to the
             Midwest last summer by the First Unitarian Church of Omaha.
             Shari is sustained by music, meditation, hiking, and playing
             ping pong with her husband and tween.


                 August 2021       
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              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
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        Aug  1   “I Know This Lotus Will Open” Speakers: Rev. Shelley Page 
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             As the earth blooms and blossoms around us, please join us for
             a service to redefine human nature, lift up our inherent
             goodness, and reconnect us with the interdependent web of all
             life.

             Rev. Shelley Page serves as the Developmental Minister at the
             Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence, Kansas. A
             graduate of Cornell University and Starr King School for the
             Ministry in Berkeley, she also served congregations in
             Delaware, Michigan Utah and Alaska. A Unitarian Universalist
             for almost 40 years, her lay leadership roles include founding
             mother of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canandaigua in
             New York.  Her previous careers included marketing and
             communications management for business and not-for-profit
             organizations.

        Aug  8   "Darwin's Mistake"          Speakers: Rev. Rose Maldonado Schwab 
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             As the earth blooms and blossoms around us, please join us for
             a service to redefine human nature, lift up our inherent
             goodness, and reconnect us with the interdependent web of all
             life.
             
             Rev. Rose Maldonado Schwab has been the senior minister at
             Shawnee Mission UU Church in Lenexa, Kansas for five years.
             She believes the grief and trauma don't have the last word,
             and thus found great joy during the pandemic in the sacred
             worship art of puppeteering, caring for her own garden and
             chickens, and staying connected to those she loves.  


        Aug 15   “Who is Human and How Can You Tell?” Speakers: Rev. Lynnda White
          11am                              Generosity:

             How can we celebrate the quest for justice, equality, and
             human rights without determining what we mean by human and
             deciding if some people are more human than others or are more
             entitled to more rights than others? Apparently, the answers
             aren’t as simple as we think they are.

             The Reverend Lynnda White is retired from her three-year
             position as assistant, then associate, minister of the
             Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, Illinois, where she
             is also a twenty-five-year member. She received her Master of
             Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in
             2013, has served as president of its alum association, and is
             on its board. Reverend Lynnda is a member of InterNátional
             Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC), a council
             of Original Peoples, People of Color, and Indigenous Peoples
             that has worked with the UUA regarding colonialism and the
             environment.


        Aug 22  “Navigating the Exile of Unknowing”  Speakers: Rev. Jill Jarvis 
          11am                               Generosity:

             As we tentatively emerge from our individual and collective
             wildernesses, we long to return to the comfort of beloved
             religious community. It would be easy to overlook a precious
             gift we've been given:  A rare and unforeseen opportunity to
             transcend our traditional boundaries and discover new meanings
             of community. How can we honor our well-earned need for what
             feels safe and familiar, and still summon the courage to
             venture into unexplored territory? (Note: Maps may prove
             unreliable!)

             Rev. Jill Jarvis served twelve years as the minister of the
             Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence, Kansas.
             Living in Kansas City and semi-retired since 2018, she remains
             active in denominational activities and is committed to the
             transformational work of dismantling white supremacy culture.
             With her husband Chris Cox, she loves playing with her
             15-month-old granddaughter Madelyn, and looks forward in a
             post-pandemic world to spending time in their village home in
             the French Pyrenees. 


        Aug 29  "Bring Your Cares Through the Door" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Generosity:

             We journey together through the portals of virtual sacred
             community to (re)discover beloved, established, and new
             doorways of gathering. With anticipation and longing, we carry
             complex layers of the pandemic experience: pain, sorrow, joy,
             faith, and hope. Bring all that you are as we explore the
             intersections of adversity, possibility, and gratitude.
             
             Rev. Kent C. McKusick is beginning his ninth year as minister
             at the UU Fellowship of Ames, Iowa. Originally from Maine, he
             served as the intern minister at All Souls in Kansas City in
             2008/2009. Prior to recognizing the call to ministry, Kent had
             fascinating and formative life experiences in theatre,
             recreational management, banking, and lay ministry.  



                September 2021   Theme: Embracing Possibility      
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              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  "Coming Back Strong"         Speakers: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart    
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             It's been a long time coming. We've waited to re-gather in
             full strength. And now, here we are. On the cusp. Some of us
             feel broken, others overjoyed, or even scared. One thing for
             sure is that we are resilient. And therein lies our hope, our
             strength, our grounding. Yes, we are coming back. Strong.

             Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart is beginning her fifth year as Sr.
             Minister serving the First UU Church of Columbus, OH. She
             previously served congregations in the Seattle area and on
             Vancouver Island, B.C. She lives in an old house (1881) in
             Yellow Springs (a village with a strong UU heritage) and
             shares space with her dog Fiona and cat Maddie. Her hobbies
             include gardening and anything creative.


        Sep 12                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        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   Theme: Cultivating Relationship     
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              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
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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    Theme: Holding History       
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              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30   
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             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 14                               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   Theme: Opening to Joy        
            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 
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        Dec 12   "Becoming the Rainbow"      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick in collaboration with OneIowa 
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             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! (This will
             be a rewrite of a service I prepared in May 2017.


        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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                 January 2022   Theme: Living with Intention       
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              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
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        Jan  9                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Jan 16                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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        Jan 23                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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        Jan 30                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                February 2022   Theme: Widening the Circle        
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              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
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        Feb  6                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Feb 13                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Feb 20                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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        Feb 27                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                  March 2022   Theme: Renewing Faith         
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              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 <-- Spring EquinoxMar 20, 10:33am CDT  
             27 28 29 30 31        

 
        Mar  6                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Mar 13                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Mar 20                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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        Mar 27                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                  April 2022   Theme: Awakening         
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                             1  2 <-- Ramadan Apr 2 - May 1  
              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 <-- Earth Day, Apr 22  
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30  
 
 
        Apr  3                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Apr 10                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Apr 17                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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        Apr 24                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                   May 2022   Theme: Nurturing Beauty         
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              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
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        May  8                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        May 15                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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        May 22                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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        May 29                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                  June 2022   Theme:  Nurturing Beauty        
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             19 20 21 22 23 24 25  <-- Sumer Solstice Jun 21 4:14 am CDT
             26 27 28 29 30        


        Jun  5                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Jun 12                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
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        Jun 19                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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        Jun 26    "GA Sunday Service"        Speakers: UUA
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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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