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                  April 2017   Theme: Transformation
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
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              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
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             16 17 18 19 20 21 22 <-- Easter, Apr 16, Earth Day, April 22
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             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
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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


       May   7   "White Supremacy"           Speakers:  Rev. Kent McKusick
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Jan Vine
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Jan Cook
                                             Accompanist: 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
                     Ceremony"               Board Welcome: Jan Cook, Dave Fox
                                             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

             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: Rev. Kent McKusick, RE Youth, Janelle Carlson
                        Education"           Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook, Catherine Huisman
                    [RE Service]             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             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
                                             Board Welcome: Alexandria Coffman
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson
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                                             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
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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 <-- 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
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Jane Runneals
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                                             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
                     in Vulnerability"       Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Catherine Huisman
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                                             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
                   the Edges of Life"        Board Welcome: Jan Vine
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Jan Cook
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             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)
                                             Board Welcome: Jan Vine
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Amy Slagell
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley



                  July 2017   Theme: None
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       Jul  16   "Qi gong"                   Speakers: Karen Bates (shepherd)
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                 August 2017  Theme: None
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              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
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       Aug  13  "Meditation"                 Speakers: Karen Bates (shepherd)
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                September 2017   Theme: TBD
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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 <-- Fall Equinox  Sep 22 at 3:02 PM CDT
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30



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                November 2017   Theme: TBD
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                December 2017   Theme: TBD
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             17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- Winter Solstice, Dec 21 at 10:28 AM CST
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                 January 2018   Theme: TBD
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       Backup ("hip pocket") Programs
         o  Singing Sunday (congregational member choose their favorites)
         o  Congregational Sharing (topical)


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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