This Month at FMUU - May 2021 Services and Events

Sunday, May 23, 2021, 11 a.m.

Seven Steps To Healing Trauma

with Jo Verdis

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May 23, 2021, 11 a.m. - Seven Steps To Healing Trauma with Jo Verdis

Most everybody has experienced some kind of trauma. Trauma causes us to feel shame and disempowerment. When we take responsibility for experiences of trauma in our pasts, we can regain our personal power. We can exchange pain and shame for blessings and gratitude. Currently, we are consciously grappling with collective trauma as well—the traumas of our social history as well as many recent months of collective fear and loss of control over our daily lives. In this talk, Jo Verdis identifies seven steps to healing trauma of all kinds, using examples from her own life. This healing process is a rewarding journey from spiritual imprisonment to emotional freedom, from anger to forgiveness, and from grief to gratitude. 

Jo Verdis is a multidisciplinary artist who channels her emotions and life experiences into songs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, hand-sewn rugs, and writing, or whatever else she can get her hands on. While studying to be a classical pianist, criticism from a professor traumatized Jo and separated her from her creative spirit. Several mental illnesses, a car accident, and a traumatic brain injury later, Jo found herself disabled and living with terrifying daily episodes of psychosis. During this time, she received an inspired intuition called Art Lessons. The seven simple principles contained in these lessons taught her how to heal her creativity by practicing process-oriented artmaking. Jo was then able to use painting to heal her creativity and then use her creativity to heal her traumatic brain injury, PTSD, depression, and low self-worth. A prolific, thriving multimedia artist was born.


Jo’s experiences of mental illness showed her how her own creative spirit could be a lifeline--a refuge that she could access at any moment. Now she is sharing her process to assist others through the uncertain, anxious, and often lonely times many of us are presently experiencing. Her first book, On Earth I Am Safe, is set to be a resource for readers who want to develop their own healing creativity practices.

Sunday, May 30, 2021, 11 a.m.

Celebration of the Seasons 

with DeMasi Brothers

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May 30, 2021, 11 a.m. - Celebration of the Seasons with DeMasi Brothers

Award-winning singer-songwriters John and Joseph DeMasi are beloved in the FMUU community – and beyond. All are welcome to join us for this joyful, all-ages celebration of spring, summer, and the seasons of the earth! Since this will be Rev. Karen’s last Sunday as our minister, this service will also be a chance to celebrate and honor our wonderful year together.

Sunday, May 2, 2021, 11 a.m.

7 Lakota Values, 7 UU Principles (In the Collective Liberation Series) 

with Michael "Rattler" Markus & Rev. Karen Van Fossan

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May 2, 2021, 11 a.m. - 7 Lakota Values, 7 UU Principles (In The Collective Liberation Series) with Michael "Rattler" Markus & Rev. Karen Van Fossan

Join us for a dynamic conversation about the connections – and disconnections – between the 7 Lakota Values and the 7 UU Principles. What are the sources of each? How have Lakota Values influenced a contemporary understanding of the UU Principles? What can Values and Principles tell us about relationships among culture, spirituality, and identity? Rattler is a Lakota Water Protector and Political Prisoner from the DAPL/NoDAPL conflict at Standing Rock; Rev. Karen serves on his Support Committee.

Sunday, May 9, 2021, 11 a.m.

Building a House United - Working to Understand our Neighbor 

with Bruce MacKenzie


In Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address in 1861, with the nation on the brink of Civil War, he appealed to the “better angels of our nature.”  Again America is a dangerously divided nation. Political polarization impedes our democracy's ability to overcome urgent challenges and today even ordinary Americans say they dislike, distrust and even view members of the other political party as enemies. How did this come to be? Is there a way out of this endless outrage? Can we be touched by something “better” within us and within the country we share? Bruce MacKenzie, a member of Braver Angels, will address these questions and discuss methods that can promote constructive discourse with those with whom we disagree.

Braver Angels is a non-profit organization with a mission to unite America by bringing together people who differ politically. The organization seeks to accomplish this goal by creating opportunities for better understanding and finding common ground when it exists through its structured workshops, debates, and constructive Town Hall meetings. Bruce joined Braver Angels as a volunteer in early 2017 and is a workshop organizer and moderator, serves as Debate Chair for both the organization's state and national Debates and is a member of the Minnesota Braver Angels Steering Committee.


Sunday, May 16, 2021, 11 a.m.

Our 7th Principle. And 8th. (In The 7 Principles Series)

with Rev. Karen Van Fossan

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A favorite of many, the 7th UU Principle affirms “the interconnected web of all existence of which we are a part.” Often associated with care for the earth and the countless species who live here, the 7th Principle is also a key reminder of the interconnectedness of humanity. Over the past few years, Black UUs in particular have worked toward an 8th Principle, to reinforce our commitment to all of humanity – and to “build a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community” that is engaged in “actions that accountably dismantle racism and other forms of oppression.”

What are some of the central connections between the 7th and 8th Principles? How might an 8th Principle help us to live more deeply into the original 7? What would it mean to declare that anti-oppressive actions are at the heart of our faith expression? 


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In response to COVID-19 protocols, we are not meeting in our building until further notice. However, Sunday at 11 a.m. is still time for church, so we are meeting on Zoom. The online sanctuary opens at 10:45 a.m. and service begins at 11 a.m.

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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


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To seek the truth in love, And to help one another."

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