This Month at FMUU - October 2021 Services and Events - IN PERSON & ONLINE


FMUU Harvest Series

Four Sundays in October

The theme for October is Harvest, an evocative word, a special season. What does it conjure for you?

Like the farmers and foragers around the world, we also gather to pick the ripe crop of our fields. The growing season is drawing to an end and many of us begin to think of the future darkness and cold while clinging to the last sunny days of the season. The days and nights have reached their equinox; the stars aligned once more, suspending us in a ripe moment for reflection and joy in the opulence of the harvest season. 

We hope you will appreciate this thoughtful series, featuring longtime members of FMUU, colleagues, and community members. 

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 11 a.m.

Growing Together Community Gardens: Many Hands Make Light Work

with Jack Wood (in the Harvest Series)  

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October 24, 2021, 11 a.m. - 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.

We hope you will join us, as Jack Wood shares the story of how growing community gardens, grows the community itself.

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Sunday, October 31, 2021, 11 a.m.

Nature Being Human: Remembering Our Connection To a Living World

with Jennifer Moldenhauer (in the Harvest Series)  

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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. 
Jennifer Moldenhauer is a vocational rehabilitation counselor and has worked in human service for 20 years.  She also offers life coaching, meditation, natural craft classes, and tuning fork sound sessions through her business Simple Sacred True. Jennifer enjoys hiking, photography, and weaving stories inspired by rural North Dakota life.

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Church services are offered in person on Sundays at 11 a.m. 

***Masks are required for in-person attendance.***

FMUU Church 121 9th St S, Fargo.



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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 2021

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