November 25, 2015  |  Vol. 2 No. 39
A Response to the Local Terrorist Attack on Monday Night
By Reverend Justin Schroeder, Senior Minister, and Reverend Jen Crow, Executive Minister
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Rev. Jen Crow

Monday night, dozens of you, including some of you with your children, joined several of the ministers and staff at the 4th Precinct to deliver food and wood, to collect blankets to wash, and to stand in solidarity with those demanding racial justice. We sang and talked with those who were there. It was a peaceful gathering, though there is deep anger and grief being expressed as well.
 
Later that night after we left, three men allegedly shot and injured five black protesters, one block from the Precinct. This is terrorism, and it is clear that the people of color connected to this movement are in real danger. For several days now, white supremacists and others have been gathering to oppose, taunt, and threaten peaceful protesters. The point of terrorism is to frighten people, silence people, to create such fear that people no longer have the courage to gather or act for justice. We must continue to stand together.
 
Showing up to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of color is an act of love, compassion, and justice. The situation Monday night was frightening and the way forward is not always clear, but as people of faith, we are compelled to stand on the side of love, justice, and hope, in whatever form and whatever expression that takes. For information about church members gathering for upcoming rallies, please pay attention to the church's Facebook page. For the latest information about what is happening at the 4th Precinct, see the Black Lives Matter Minneapolis Facebook page.
 
Moments like this can feel hopeless; the antidote to hopelessness and despair is action. What conversations about racial justice might you have around the Thanksgiving table? Could you drop off supplies at the Precinct or make a donation to an organization doing racial justice work? Perhaps talk to a trusted friend and share your anger, confusion, or grief. Then, figure out what you can do together. As always, come to church. We are here for one another.
 
Know that we love each and every one of you, and we, like you, long for a day when our community might be at peace with itself, when all might thrive.
 
May we continue to work toward that day.
 
In love,
Justin and Jen
SUNDAY WORSHIP AT FIRST UNIVERSALIST
Worship this Sunday
Nov. 29, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Thanksgiving Weekend Multigenerational Worship (No RE classes; optional childcare for ages 6 months to 3 years)
"Bringing Out Our Best"
Rev. Jen Crow
What are you bringing to this holiday season? How might we bring forward the best of ourselves - our thoughtfulness and care, our attention and our generosity - to one another and our community as move through this time of darkness and light? Join us for a multigenerational service of story and song. Read more
November Worship Theme:  
Border Crossing

Looking Ahead
Dec. 6, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Sharing Sunday
"Hauling Out Stones" 
Rev. Justin Schroeder

Dec. 13, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Sharing Sunday
Choir-led Worship
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
Miss a Recent Sunday?
Nov. 22, 2015
"What Guides You in the Borders?
Rev. Justin Schroeder

Nov. 15, 2015
"Dropping the Storyline"
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink

Nov. 8, 2015
Crossing Borders: Worship Led by the People of Color Community Circle 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Bde/Mde Maka Ska Community Conversation
Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m., for a practical and generative community conversation about Bde/Mde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun), with the theme "Water Wisdom: Carrying Us Into a Bold Future of Deep Restoration." It will be an evening in which to envision bold possibilities that transcend the boundaries of the past, to call a powerful future into the present and to advance a more vital, valuable, and vibrant future. Food provided. All are welcome.
Racial Justice and Our UU Faith Workshop
Tuesdays, Dec. 1 & 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join us for an interactive workshop exploring a framework and tools for understanding race, racism, and whiteness and the spiritual imperative that drives our racial justice work. This is a distilled experience of the 24-hour training offered by Dr. Heather Hackman. This session is offered in two parts and both days are required. To register, contact Sandy DiNanni at Sandy@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701.
Video Discussion: Slavery by Another Name
Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m.
or Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
Join us for a discussion and viewing of excerpts from this documentary which challenges one of Americans' most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. This is a drop-in group; no registration is required. Childcare is available with at least 7 days advance notice. 

Global Gift Fair
Sunday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Our annual Global Gift Fair will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Social Hall. It will be smaller this year and will include new organizations. Come and purchase handmade items from organizations that help people in need. Gift responsibly! Participating organizations include: Mano a Mano, Under One Roof, Open Arms of MN, Books for Bassodawish, Tibet Arts & Gifts, FryBread Love, Divas Fair Trade/Global Mamas, and Honor the Earth.
 

Daytime Connections:
Solstice, Transitions & the Journey of Aging
Thursday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Church members Karen West and Dick Reuter will share stories about their journeys through the three stages of life transitions. Using stories, songs, and written reflections, we will explore the question: What lessons might the winter solstice offer us about navigating from the darkness of uncertainty into the light of new beginnings? Program includes a presentation, discussion and small meal ($5). To RSVP, contact Sandy DiNanni at sandy@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Christmas Pageant Sign Up this Sunday
Calling all children ages 5 years and up! We need your to help tell our Universalist Christmas story of love and hope in our annual Christmas Pageant on December 20 and 24. Sign up will be held in the Atrium on Sundays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6.
 
Our annual Christmas Pageant is a beautiful telling of an ancient story. It is a tale of hope and hospitality, a reminder that every child is born a redeemer, a story that speaks to us all of what it means to be a seeker, a star, a wise one, a wanderer. The Pageant lasts approximately one hour and will be held on Sunday, Dec. 20 and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. Children and youth with speaking roles must perform in both Pageants. All others performers may choose to participate in one or both Pageants. 
 
The Pageant rehearsal will be held Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m.-noon. All Pageant participants are required to attend - no exceptions, please! One parent or guardian from each family must be present at the rehearsal and must serve as a Pageant volunteer.
 
Pastoral Care Team Applications Due Nov. 30
Do you have an open heart, a compassionate presence, a listening ear and a few hours each month to offer? If so, we invite you to consider joining our Pastoral Care Team. Members of the Pastoral Care Team provide confidential pastoral care to friends and members of our congregation in need of support. They visit at homes, hospitals, and hospice or at the corner coffee shop. 
 
Team members will receive a full-day of training in January of 2016, ongoing monthly support with Rev. Jen Crow, and will be commissioned by the congregation in a ceremony that endorses their role in serving our church community. While our ministers will continue to be with members of the congregation in crisis situations, this team will be able to provide continuing care to our growing community and enhance the practical support offered by our Congregational Care team. Team members agree to serve for a two-year term, attend the January training session and monthly meetings. 
 
For more information, contact Andrea Johnson, Pastoral Care Team coordinator at ajohnsonfry@gmail.com. Applications are due by Nov. 30, 2015.
NEWS IN BRIEF
Holiday Giving
We invite you and your family to join us as we continue our spiritual tradition of re-imagining the holidays. This year we are partnering with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative to expand the ways we can give the gift of home. Our goal is to raise $70,000 as a congregation. On Sunday, Dec. 20, we will give our gifts together as a faith community. We invite you to learn more about Beacon on our website.
Congregational Care:
Meal Support
New baby? Illness? Accident? Let us know if you or somebody in our community would like us to create a meal train for you. Meal trains typically run two to six weeks depending on need and give congregants a way to help. Contact Kathy Urberg, kathyurberg@gmail.com. 
Planned Giving at First Universalist
We're asking congregants to consider putting First Universalist in their wills or estate plans. You may think you don't have enough money to bother. Not so. Every bit helps. We like this story: A retired Minnesota teacher once said she didn't have sufficient money to create a library in her name, but she had enough to donate a book. Please let the office know if you wish to honor the church by including it in your plans, or if you have already done so. 
Let Us Keep You in Our Thoughts and Prayers
If you are experiencing a crisis or transition, or celebrating a joy, please let us know. To be included in our Cycle of Life each Sunday in worship, contact Sandy DiNanni at sandy@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701. If you would like support, contact Rev. Jen Crow at jen@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701 or any member of our Pastoral Care Team.
COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD
Black Friday at Unity Church: The Cost of Justice
Feeding the Spirit on the Feast Day of Consumption
Friday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. at Unity Church 
With Rev. Danny Givens, Jr.; Special Guests Nekima Levy-Pounds and Lena K. Gardner; and Musical Guest Kevin Jackson
Unity Church's eighth annual "Black Friday at Church" celebration offers you an opportunity to launch the holiday season with spiritual renewal, fellowship, and good cheer, an alternative to the habitual consumerism on display in the broader culture.

Ministerial Resident, Reverend Danny Givens, Jr., will share a message of hope and a call to action, challenging us to confront how capitalism's greed has silenced the voice of justice. As laborers all over the country fight for better wages, fair scheduling, and improved benefits; as violence and racism continue to prove that black lives don't matter; as immigration detention centers, border patrols, and the prison industrial complex render liberty for all a moot point, we are called to proclaim that black, brown, yellow, and red bodies are not commodities to be used in our pursuit of more. Activities for children and families, as well as child care, will be provided. Details.
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