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                  July 2017   Theme: None
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             16 17 18 19 20 21 22 <-- SSC Meeting was Jul 19
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       Jul   2  "Dancing in the Streets:     Speakers: Jan Cook (Shepherd)  [64]
              The Power of Collective Joy"   Board Welcome: Melissa Neisen
                                             Facilitators: Sara Carlson, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             In her book, Dancing In the Streets, Barbara Ehrenreich talks
             about the power of festivals - shared music, dancing,
             feasting, ceremony, playfulness and joy - to unite people and
             strengthen community relationships. Festivals were and are
             events created by the people, for the people, with everyone
             actively involved. Hierarchical societies have always been
             uneasy with the egalitarian nature of festivals and often
             sought to suppress them or substitute passive spectacles or
             solitary activities.  The loss of a sense of community in
             modern times has gone hand in hand with a loss of homemade
             collective joy. What would it take to bring more of that back?


       Jul   9  "Building Bridges:           Speakers: Dr. Rose Carraway, Kitty Fisher (Shepherd)  [82]
                    Lessons From Cuba"       Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Video 
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Donald Lewis

             On either side of the short distance between Cuba and the
             United States, the points of entry at airports open up a
             window into relationships between loved ones in the midst of
             more than 50 years of (political) separation.  On both sides
             of the water, everyday individuals hold onto the hope that one
             day, contact between friends and family members won't be so
             difficult. What lessons can we learn about hope,
             reconciliation, and building bridges in looking at the case of
             Cuba?


       Jul  16   "Qigong"                    Speakers: Karen Bates (Shepherd)  [60]
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Recordings
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Qigong is the system of ancient Chinese exercises that uses
             our awareness and breath to move, transform, direct, and
             balance our energies.  Qigong is the mother of other Eastern
             types of exercises such as Tai Chi.  Included in qigong are
             mindful movements, breath work, self-applied massage, and
             guided meditation.  Qigong is often thought of as a moving
             meditation that relaxes and calms the body and the mind.  In
             May, Karen studied with a Chinese master in the Wudang
             Mountains of China and will share some of what she learned.


       Jul  23   "Summer Hymn Sing"          Speakers: Jane Runneals (Shepherd)  [53]
                                             Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Jane Runneals
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson
                                             Special Music: Jess Severe
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "Music. Whether we create it or just listen to it, music has a
             way of speaking -- or singing -- directly to our souls,
             taking us to a deeper place than words alone can manage."
             ~The Daily Compass

             Join us for a summer hymn sing service, and help choose a
             personally meaningful song from one of our hymnals!  Keeping a
             song in your heart will be easy to do after you've attended
             this service!
             Hymns: 1024, 1008, 1030, 123, 346, 396, 16, 1068


       Jul  30   "The Awe Gap"               Speakers: Steven Cannon, Sarah Carlson (Shepherd)  [76]
                                             Board Welcome: Dave Fox
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Ethy Cannon, Cello
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             As we move through day to day experiences, we try to make
             sense of it all, looking for answers and getting caught in
             routine and details. We sometimes forget the wonder around us.
             Let's pause this week and remember moments of awe within in
             our lives -- those times when we feel pleasantly
             insignificant and connected to the whole world. Let's
             consider how those awe moments have impacted our lives.



                 August 2017  Theme: None
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             20 21 22 23 24 25 26 <-- Burn the Mortgage Picnic, Aug. 20 after the service
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       Aug   6  "How to Address White        Speakers: Fred Van Liew, Jan Cook (Shepherd)  [50]
                       Privilege"            Board Welcome: Melissa Niesen
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Bonnie Raitt Recording
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

       Aug  13  "Meditation"                 Speakers: Karen Bates (shepherd)  [71]
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline
                                             Facilitators: None Needed
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

       Aug  20 "A Year of New Beginnings"    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
               "Burn the Mortgage Picnic"    Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy
                "Emma McCarthy Lee Park"     Facilitators: Sarah Carson, Jan Cook
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Thea Brenner
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             In this service, we celebrate our work together to pay off the
             mortgage in full. We will also reflect on how each of us and
             this community might change whenever obligations or burdens
             are released. At this time of new beginnings, we have the
             opportunity to renew our time together with energy,
             enthusiasm, and new ideas. (The actual mortgage burning will
             take place at Emma Lee McCarthy Park after the service.)



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       Aug  27  "Naikan: Gratitude for       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                   Reality (As It Is)"       Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy, Jan Vine
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Catherine Huisman
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Naikan is a reflective practice that draws on the Eastern
             spiritual and psychological traditions. It is a practice that
             has the capacity to develop a sense of gratitude for blessings
             bestowed on us by others and blessings that have always been
             present and have gone unnoticed.


                September 2017   Theme: Welcome
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              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16 <-- RE Programming starts on Sep. 10
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- Fall Equinox  Sep 22 at 3:02 PM CDT
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       Sep   3   "The Tom and Doug           Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
           (plus one!) Sunday Service Show"  Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen, Dave Fox
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Jane Runneals
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Doug Gentile and Tom Florek
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             For Labor Day Weekend, we welcome everyone to the Fellowship
             for a holiday service of the original music, storytelling, and
             fun that Tom and Doug are known for on their radio show. Rev
             Kent serves as the "plus one" to either minister or be
             ministered to. This service will surely lift your spirits!


       Sep  10   "A Community of             Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                     Possibilities"          Board Welcome: Mary Richards, TBD
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Kitty Fisher
             (Stewardship Kick-off Weekend)  Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             In his book, "Community", Peter Block writes: "Community
             offers the promise of belonging and calls for us to
             acknowledge our interdependence. To belong is to act as
             investor, owner, and creator of this place. To be welcome,
             even if we are strangers."  A paradigm shift created by
             shifting our attention from the problems of our communities to
             the possibilities of our communities is the beginning of
             collective transformation into the future.


       Sep  17  "Finding Home in the World"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                                             Board Welcome: Jan Vine, Ralph Gandy
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Jan Cook
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Padraig O Tuama is an Irish poet, theologian, and healer in
             our world of fracture. His understanding of how we might be
             more welcoming is embodied in an old Irish proverb: "It is in
             the shelter of each other that the people live." This service
             explores "welcoming" as a spiritual practice through story,
             poetry, and reflection.


       Sep  24                               Speakers: Lay-Led Service (Amy Slagell Shepherd)
                                             Board Welcome: Melissa Niesen
                                             Facilitators: Jane Runneals, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Proposed: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Proposed: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley



                 October 2017   Theme: Courage
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              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
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       Oct   1  "Courage"                    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                                             Board Welcome: Jan Cook
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The mystic and spiritual teacher, Osho, believed that courage
             is the total presence of fear and our ability to face it. His
             teachings blended various schools of thought, theology, and
             religion in his search for unity and inclusivity. How might
             Osho and Unitarian Universalism intersect and help us to
             understand and engage our fears and our courage?


       Oct   8                               Speakers: Lay-Led Services (Ralph Gandy Shepherd)
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       Oct  15  "Bridging the Confidence Gap" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                                             Board Welcome: Jan Vine, Mary Richards
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             It is a common human occurrence to have a lack of confidence
             or an abundance of self doubt at time in our lives. Dr. Russ
             Harris writes: "Our minds are truly brilliant at coming up
             with reasons why we can't do what really matters to us. But
             that doesn't mean our minds are right!" How might we let
             go of the struggle and learn to form a more courageous and
             wiser relationship with our self doubt and fear?


       Oct  22   "The Courage to Learn       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                       from Failure"         Board Welcome:
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                                             Accompanist: Proposed: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Proposed: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Last spring, 65% of all UU congregations (including UUFA)
             examined how white supremacy plays out in UU spaces and in our
             culture. One of the organizers, Kenny Willey said, "UUs are a
             lot braver on the whole than we give ourselves credit for. We
             have the capacity to have hard conversations, I really believe
             that." Fifty years ago, similar conversations, controversies,
             and the resulting loss of many people of color was taking
             place in what is referred to as the Black Empowerment Crisis.
             Reflecting on our past and how it repeats invites us to be
             bold and courageous during these transforming times in our
             tradition.


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                November 2017   Theme: Abundance
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                December 2017   Theme: Hope
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              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16 <-- Hanukkah - Dec 12-20
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- Winter Solstice, Dec 21 at 10:28 AM CST
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30 <-- Christmas Day - Dec 25
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                 January 2018   Theme: Intention
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                February 2018   Theme: Perseverance
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                  March 2018   Theme: Balance
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              4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17 <-- Spring Break - Mar 10-18
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24 <-- Spring Equinox  Mar 20, 11:15am CST
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                  April 2018   Theme: Emergence
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              1  2  3  4  5  6  7 <-- Easter, Apr 1
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
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             22 23 24 25 26 27 28 <-- Earth Day, April 22
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                   May 2018   Theme: Creativity
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                  June 2018   Theme: Blessing
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             17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- Summer Solstice Jun 21 5:07am CDT
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30     GA June 20-24, Kansas City, MO


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                  July 2018   Theme: None
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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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