FMUU MINISTERIAL SEARCH
CALL FOR LEADERSHIP
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Fargo-Moorhead (FMUU) seeks to call a half-time seminary-trained professional leader to serve the church. Our preference would be someone who is or would be willing to be physically local. The called professional must openly support the UU principles. The called professional must be accepting of a diverse spiritual and religious congregation that is committed to a variety of worship services. The called professional will serve the congregation in the following capacities:
Provide worship service twice a month.
Be the face and voice of the congregation in the FM community.
Provide spiritual and moral counseling within and outside the church.
Assist the Care Team in outreach to members who cannot attend church.
Support religious education and exploration for all congregants.
Advise on church operations.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
This Month at FMUU - January 2022 Services and Events
IN PERSON & ONLINE
Speaking the Languages of Identity
Four Sundays in January
Our January 2022 theme is Speaking the Languages of Identity. This month we'll be exploring the topics of mindfulness through the lens of a psychologist, a special perspective on Judaism, the creation of identity through ritual, as well as special storytelling and music from our congregation. Join us for this exploration through the month of January.
Sunday, January 23, 2022, 11 a.m.
Telling Our Stories -- My Search for Identity
with the FMUU Congregation in the Identity series;
New Member Ceremony
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January 23, 2022, 11 a.m. - Telling Our Stories -- My Search for Identity with the FMUU Congregation in the Identity series; and New Member Ceremony
Storytelling knits the community together. Storytelling makes us laugh and cry and see one another more clearly. Storytelling is back in 2022! This Sunday bring your story of identity to share with our FMUU community. We will also welcome our new members to the FMUU Congregation.
Sunday, January 30, 2022, 11 a.m.
5th Sunday Read and Sing
in the Identity series
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January 30, 2022, 11 a.m. - 5th Sunday Read and Sing in the Identity series
Stay tuned for more information about this program. Special music will be provided by Joseph de Masi.
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FMUU Church 121 9th St S, Fargo.
PAST SERVICES AND EVENTS
RECORDINGS AVAILABLE IN THE SERVICE RECORDINGS LIBRARY
January 16, 2022, 11 a.m. - Bending Towards Justice: One More Step by Paul R. Beedle on MLK Jr Day; read by Carolyn Monzingo
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day, our January 16th service will feature a UUA sermon from Paul R. Beedle, "Bending Towards Justice: One More Step".
Thomas Jefferson said that "We are all created equal," and Martin Luther King Jr. challenged us to build the highway through Inequality and enter the river of Diversity. This is achieved when we share, help one another, and treat each other fairly and justly.
January 9, 2022, 11 a.m. - Celebrating Eve’s Act of Disobedience: Defying God for God’s Sake with David B. Myers in the Identity series
There is a traditional interpretation of the myth of Adam and Eve that tells a very negative story about Eve and by implication women in general. The denigration of Eve—as a kind of Everywoman—has generated a long history of religious misogyny. Eve has been accused of bringing sin into a sinless world. From a traditional Christian point of view, she was often seen as responsible for the fall of humankind—for original sin. On this conventional telling of the story, Eve is demonized and, indeed, seen as an instrument of Satan as the serpent. I urge a fresh look at and a radical retelling of this myth. Adopting a transgressive view, I see Eve as a heroine who, paradoxically, in disobeying God makes it possible for human beings to realize their God-like potential. Eve, according to my take on her, is the first of many women portrayed in the Hebrew Bible who stand out for their courage and boldness, often in defiance of male authority.
David B. Myers. Retired professor of philosophy, MSUM. A member of the FM Interfaith Center which he established in 2010. Member of the Interfaith Council on Native Boarding School Accountability. Member of Temple Beth El, a Reform synagogue. Author of Did God Die on the Way to Houston? A Queer Tale (2020, Wipf & Stock).
January 2, 2022, 11 a.m. - What a Psychologist Thinks of Mindfulness with David Harston in the 'Speaking the Languages of Identity' series
There is a gap between the two cultures in how they search for God or the Tao. One is our Western World's logical method, and the second is the Eastern World's intuitive way.
This program will explore the divide, and suggest how those who have been enculturated by the logical world can use its pedagogical and psychological skills to overcome our culture's intuitive bankruptcy and have an experience with that aspect of reality called the sacred.
David Harston is a clinical psychologist with over 50 years of experience as a therapist, educator, seminar leader, and speaker.
December 26, 2021, 11 a.m. - Mary Oliver: Prophet of the 7th Principle with Bill Thomas in the Hope series
Mary Oliver died this year. For at least the past 20 years she has been the poet most quoted in UU services. Her words are non-dogmatic, powerfully spiritual. A critic said she "... can describe and transmit ecstasy, while retaining a practical awareness of the world as one of predators and prey.” Which sounds a little scarier than she is, her work is compassionate and humane. She said, "The Real Prayers Are Not The Words" Nonetheless, this service will be mostly her words.
December 19, 2021, 11 a.m. - An Intergenerational Celebration of Christmas with Emma Hetland and Laurie Baker in the Hope series
When the Sun has weakened to a few short hours, the winter holidays converge and we lift our spirits with play, song, and the promise that the Sweet Spring will come again. You and all your dear ones are invited to join Emma Hetland, Laurie Baker, and the FMUU children in a celebration of the winter holy days.
December 12, 2021, 11 a.m. - Do you have the Will? Do you know the Way?
with Tim Peterson (in the Hope series)
Do you have the will? Do you know the way? Both of these questions must be answered in the affirmative if hope is going to be more than just a wish and a prayer. Hope connects us with our future. It matter because the future matters. Come December 12 to hear the critical ingredients to make hope come alive in you life.
December 5, 2021, 11 a.m. - Hope, Despair, and the 'Don’t Know' Mind: A Buddhist Perspective with Mary Struck (in the Hope Series)
In a nation largely peopled with immigrants driven by their hope for a better life, the idea of hope seems to be part of America’s DNA. Could there be a downside, though, to the notion that hope is always a beneficial mind state? Buddhism suggests that the question is worth investigating.
November 28, 2021, 11 a.m. - What Makes For Human Goodness with Skip Wood in the Healing series
Skip Wood is a long-time member of FMUU and a former board president. He is a producer for Prairie Public Broadcasting’s radio division. What will he have to say to us? That is just going to have to be a surprise. But if you’ve heard Skip’s past programs you already know it will be a good one.
November 21, 2021, 11 a.m. - Self-Care as a Healing Ritual with Randi Kay Olsen in the Healing series
A lot of times when we think of self-care, we think of bubble baths and pedicures. But self-care is more than a relaxing activity - it’s a powerful ritual that connects you to your inner wisdom and your true needs.
November 14, 2021, 11 a.m. - Through the Lens of the Enneagram: A Spiritual Path with Linda Johansen (in the Healing series)
The Enneagram is a geometric figure that maps out the nine fundamental personality types of human nature. It is a development of modern psychology that has roots in spiritual wisdom from many different ancient traditions. The wisdom of the Enneagram can be used by persons of almost any spiritual belief system as a tool to understand themselves and others, and to overcome inner barriers to realize their unique gifts and strengths and discover their deepest direction in life.
November 7, 2021, 11 a.m. - Vedanta - a philosophical foundation of Hinduism with Indranil Sen Gupta (in the Healing Series)
Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient spiritual philosophies and one of its broadest, based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India. It is the philosophical foundation of Hinduism; but while Hinduism includes aspects of Indian culture, Vedanta is universal in its application and is equally relevant to all countries, all cultures, and all religious backgrounds.
Dr. Indranil SenGupta is an Associate Professor of the Department of Mathematics, NDSU. He is a co-founder of the Vedanta Study Circle of North Dakota (Web: http://ndvedanta.org/). He has studied Hindu scriptures with a focus on Advaita Vedanta.
October 31, 2021, 11 a.m. - Nature Being Human: Remembering Our Connection To a Living World with Jennifer Moldenhauer (in the Harvest Series)
In our busy lives, it is easy to imagine we are somehow separate from nature. When we see ourselves outside of nature, we create a sense that we are living ON a planet rather than within an interconnected world. Jennifer Moldenhauer, a long-time friend and member of FMUU, invites you to use your senses in simple, playful, and meditative exercises to deepen your awareness of connection to the world around you. By entering into the regular practice of honoring and strengthening our connection with nature, we become more aware of how we are not so much humans being, but nature being human.
October 24, 2021, 11 a.m. - Growing Together Community Gardens with Jack Wood (in the Harvest series)
Growing Together Community Gardens: Many Hands Make Light Work with Jack Wood (in the Harvest series)
In 2005 a group of community leaders in Fargo, North Dakota met to discuss better ways to embrace New Americans into our community. One of the ideas was to start a community garden. One of the members at the meeting was the Church President from a congregation in Fargo. He called Jack Wood after the meeting to see if he would be interested in helping with this project. Jack’s passion for the past ten years had been Tomatoes. He has over 50 Heirloom varieties that he has been seed saving in the gardens in his backyard. For Jack, this was a great way to expand his passion for Tomatoes. For our 1st volunteers, it was about the vegetables that we grew. It soon became about learning about other cultures and helping people.
October 17, 2021, 11 a.m. - Telling Our Stories about Homecoming or Harvest with the FMUU Congregation (in the Harvest Series)
Storytelling knits the community together. Storytelling makes us laugh and cry and see one another more clearly. Storytelling is back as a Sunday program. This Sunday bring your story of homecoming or harvest and share with our FMUU community.
October 10, 2021, 11 a.m. - Bearing Witness (in the Harvest Series)
We are living in challenging times, but when have we not? With help from our UUA resources, we will discuss what it means to see pain up close and to understand justice. The harvest of justice comes from long labor and bearing witness to harsh truths.
October 3, 2021, 11 a.m. - A Journey through the Qur’an (and Beyond!) with Mary Struck, Ron Gaul, and Guests (in the Harvest Series)
What happens when an interfaith group spends five years together reading and studying the Qur’an? Find out as some of the participants tell you their stories.
Relating their experiences will be Dr. Ahmed Kamel, Professor of Computer Science at Concordia; Dr. Anne Blankenship, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at NDSU; Ron Gaul, a long-time progressive, social activist, and member of the FM UU Church; and Mary Struck, another (grateful) FMUU Church member.
September 5, 2021, 11 a.m. - Putting the Labor Back In Labor Day (in the Homecoming series) with Carolyn Monzingo
Why talk about poverty when you can talk about the good old days and the golden age? The American labor movement – made nominally legal by the Roosevelt government in the 1930s and mostly illegal by the Reagan government in the 1980’s – is still the best anti-poverty initiative in the United States history despite institutional opposition. Unions work because they go to the root of the poverty problem: getting paid fairly for a day’s work. Unions are one of the few hopes for poor working people in the United States – and the world. Poor people stop being poor when they get a fair wage. Inherent worth and dignity of every person, justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
September 12, 2021, 11 a.m. - A Brief History of FMUU (in the Homecoming Series) with Jarrad Prasifka
As we officially re-open our doors, we are still haunted by the COVID-19 pandemic and hoping that we won’t have to close them again. Over the last year and a half, the FMUU congregation faced many changes. We’ve lost a good minister to other opportunities and are likely to be a year before finding someone to fill that position again. These are not new experiences. These and other “crises of faith“ are sprinkled throughout FMUU‘s history. Our long-time member, Laurie Baker, spent time reflecting on the history of FMUU including the tumultuous pandemic time.
Jarrad Prasifka is an entomologist who studies sunflower insects for the Department of Agriculture. When not working, Jarrad enjoys reading, watching sports, or spending time outside with his wife, Patti, and daughter, Ada. Jarrad's first exposure to Unitarian Universalism was at the UU Fellowship in Ames, Iowa, which hosted a mindfulness meditation group many years ago, and he has been an FMUU Board member since 2019.
September 19, 2021, 11 a.m. - What’s Homecoming without a Home? The State of Homelessness in FM (in the Homecoming series) with Cody Schuler
Reasons people find themselves without a home will always exist. But with enough affordable housing in our community, increased employment and income, and coordinated service delivery systems, we can make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time for individuals and families in our community—virtually ending long-term homelessness. How do we do that?
Cody will present the 2021 State of Homelessness in the FM Metro that was published earlier this summer. This annual report includes statistics and information about efforts and progress being made in ending homelessness in our community. Additionally, he will provide context around the issues of systemic homelessness and policy solutions being implemented or sought.
Cody Schuler is Executive Director of the FM Coalition to End Homelessness, an advocacy, education, and collaboration nonprofit with a mission to prevent and end homelessness in the Fargo metro area. He sees his work personally and professionally as a piece of a larger puzzle of ending homelessness by organizing people to come together to change systems and advocate for social justice. Cody is a Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority Commissioner and serves on the boards of directors for the Fargo Downtown Neighborhood Association and The Human Family.
August 1, 2021, 11 a.m. - Community with Matthew Lindholm (in the FMUU Values series)
Matthew teaches sociology at Concordia College. His interest in the fact and meaning of community started in childhood and continues to this day. Matthew studied conflicts in inner cities in 1990s, a Muslim religious congregation in the 2000s, and kept looking for and struggling with trust in the possibility of community today.
August 8, 2021, 11 a.m. - Compassion with Michelle Lelwica (in the FMUU Values series)
Dr. Lelwica will be sharing about and reflecting on her experiences working with incarcerated youth—specifically, what they are teaching her about the need for a compassionate approach to justice. What Michelle Lelwica calls “compassionate justice” recognizes and responds to the suffering inflicted by systemic oppression (especially racism, sexism, and poverty) and by the historical traumas that have shaped the lives of youth “offenders.” A compassionate approach to justice is more likely than a punitive approach to encourage accountability because, in the words of one of the youth she's worked with, “It can be hard to take responsibility for things you feel shame [about].” The principle and practice of compassionate justice also underscores the need for accountability to be shared by justice-involved youth and the rest of us, who are often unknowingly complicit with the systems that jeopardize vulnerable youths’ wellbeing.
August 15, 2021, 11 a.m. - Belonging with Jessica Jensen (in the FMUU Values series)
"Joining" is a personal choice to be a part of something. "Belonging" is something different. Jessica Jensen—UU member, scholar, and mother—will share her reflections on this topic.
August 22, 2021, 11 a.m. - Spirituality with Patti Prasifka (in the FMUU Values series)
Patti Prasifka is a mom to a lovely young lady, Ada (9), a wife to a great husband, Jarrad, and an entomologist that works for Corteva Agriscience. Patti was brought up in the religious faith of Catholicism but like many at FMUU, the religion of her youth and perhaps religion in general does not fit her worldview any more. Patti knows she's not religious but, is she spiritual? Around a quarter of all U.S. adults consider themselves spiritual but not religious. When some hear “spiritual but not religious” they feel that term is indecisive and devoid of substance, but others embrace it as an accurate way to describe themselves.
July 4, 2021, 11 a.m. - Susan B. Anthony (In The Women On Our Wall Series) with Larry Peterson
“Failure is impossible,” said Susan B. Anthony, women’s suffragist, slavery abolitionist, and convert to Unitarianism. As an orator, she grew accustomed to public hostility. In 1872, she was even arrested in Rochester, NY, for the crime of registering to vote as a woman. She likely never guessed her image would be featured on a dollar coin more than 100 years later. Please join historian Larry Peterson, as we reflect on this complicated and determined historical figure.
Larry Peterson is a retired professor of history at NDSU, coordinator of Breaking Barriers: Red River Rainbow LGBTQ+ Seniors Oral History Project, and a newer member of FMUU.
July 11, 2021, 11 a.m. - This I Believe with Tracey Wilkie
A recent candidate for the North Dakota legislature, Tracey Wilkie has been a friend of FMUU for many years, particularly this past year. As an Anishinaabe woman, her roots are at Turtle Mountain, where she has spent a good part of her life. She is devoted to violence prevention, particularly of Murdered and Missing Indigenous People. Her spiritual story is one of transitions, revelations, and moments of synchronicity – like being born in Fargo and recently returning here to live.
July 11, 2021, 11 a.m. - This I Believe with Emma Hetland
Emma Hetland, our Religious Education Coordinator, has known she wanted to work with children since she was a child herself, partly because she is an only child with many younger cousins and partly because she spent much of her childhood in a family member’s in-home daycare. Raised in a Christian church, she came to struggle with that identity, as she began to experience inconsistencies in the messages she heard. She is passionate about social justice and strives to educate herself continually on her own privileges and biases.
If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. --Aboriginal Activists Group
"Love is the spirit of this church, and service its law.
This is our great covenant: To dwell together in peace,
To seek the truth in love, And to help one another."
- James Vila Blake