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

 

FMUU Values Series

Four Sundays in August
 

We spent the past few months hibernated and awaiting the return to community. During this time we quietly worked on learning about the values important to the FMUU congregation. This series gives us a chance to explore and celebrate the newly-defined FMUU values and deepen our understanding of them together: Community, Compassion, Spirituality, and Belonging.

We hope you will appreciate this thoughtful series, featuring longtime members of FMUU, a colleague, ending with a joyful FMUU community celebration in song. 

Sunday, August 1, 2021, 11 a.m.

Community with Matthew Lindholm (in the FMUU Values series)

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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.  

 

Matthew will speak about his own experiences of community, a bit about his experiences conceptualizing and studying community, and looks forward to a conversation about how others in the congregation see community and what it means to them!

 

All are welcome to gather for this illuminating and personal look at the meaning of community at FMUU. 

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Sunday, August 8, 2021, 11 a.m.

Compassion with Michelle Lelwica (in the FMUU Values series)

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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.

You are warmly welcome to join us for Michelle Lelwica's in-depth reflection on compassion and its meaning for our congregation. 

Sunday, August 15, 2021, 11 a.m.

Belonging with Jessica Jensen (in the FMUU Values series)

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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.

We hope you'll join us for an exploration of this FMUU value, so enthusiastically shared during the visioning process. 

Sunday, August 22, 2021, 11 a.m.

Spirituality with Patti Prasifka (in the FMUU Values series)

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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.

As part of the FMUU values series Patti Prasifka will speak about Spirituality. Please join us as we explore the meaning and the value of spirituality together.  

Sunday, August 29, 2021, 11 a.m.

FMUU Community Sing-A-Long

Sing, Sing a Song, Sing a Value Song with Lisa Falk, Tim O. Peterson, and Jane Van Hatten

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August 29, 2021, 11 a.m. - Sing, Sing a Song, Sing a Value Song with Lisa Falk, Tim O. Peterson, and Jane Van Hatten 

We conclude our August celebration of FMUU values with a sing along of favorite hymns. This is a highly participatory event, so be prepared to shout out your favorites!  As an added "assignment," think of how the FMUU values of Community, Compassion, Belonging or Spirituality are reflected in the music you choose. For example, you may see a connection between "Morning Has Broken" and the value of Spirituality. There are no right or wrong connections -- this is about what speaks to you.

Earlier this year, Tim Peterson and Lisa Falk led the congregation through the Values identification process. This Sunday they will begin the sing along by sharing their personal favorites.

As Worship Leader, Jane Van Hatten will help facilitate the fun, and Suzanne Strache -- as always -- will dazzle with her wonderful musical talents. If you will be attending on Zoom, be ready to offer your music-values selection in the chat box.

Come one, come all and plan to take part in this uplifting event!

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PAST SERVICES AND EVENTS

 
Sunday, July 4, 2021, 11 a.m.

Susan B. Anthony
(In The Women On Our Wall Series) with Larry Peterson

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.


 

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 11 a.m.
This I Believe with Tracey Wilkie

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.

We hope you will join us, as Tracey shares from the heart.

Sunday, July 18, 2021, 11 a.m.

This I Believe with Emma Hetland

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.

 

You are warmly welcome to join us for Emma’s in-depth reflection.

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