April 14, 2019 - Asking the Right Questions

April 15, 2019

Joining Rev. Justin in the service will be the LaPointe family, a Lakota family that First Universalist has been in relationship with for a number of years.

The LaPointe Family shares some reflections on the importance of relationship in organizing, the Earth, and spirituality.

Then, Rev. Justin weaves a homily with the themes of the LaPoint family's work. What if the question is not “what do we do?” in the face of climate change, but “who are we in relationship with?” and “how can those relationships deepen?” 


Call to Worship: Thorne LaPoint

Reflections: The LaPointe Family

Sermon: Rev. Justin Schroeder

Piano Music: Franco Holder

April 7, 2019 - The Third Body

April 8, 2019

Our promises transform us. Being unwavering in our commitment may feel static, but it will shape us. Transformation will happen.
– The Third Body, by Robert Bly.

Wisdom Story: Life Itself, by Rev. Kristin Maier; read by Lauren Wyeth

Sermon: Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink


March 31, 2019 - It Takes A Village

April 1, 2019

Me'Lea Connelly has a compelling spiritual, moral, and economic vision for a black-owned credit union in North Minneapolis. Learn more about how this vision came to be and how we can support it.

Call to Worship: Rev. Justin Schroeder

Sermon: Guest Speaker, Me'Lea Connelly

March 24, 2019 - Called to Beloved Community

March 25, 2019

Unitarian Universalists are being called in this moment to live more powerfully and boldly into a vision of Beloved Community. What does this look like and how do we answer “Yes” to this calling in our lives and in our congregations?

Call to Worship: Rev. Jen Crow

Sermon: Guest Minister & UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

March 17, 2019 - Wisdom of Trees

March 19, 2019

What if sacrifice is more than a matter of giving something up? What if sacrifice moves us closer to what is essential, to what is holy and whole? What if in the act of sacrifice we move into the great exchange, where giving becomes receiving and offering transforms into blessing? What if the dynamics of sacrifice mean staying close to what is relevant — the “real” of reality? What if we quit paging through holy books and asked the trees to school us in the sacred work of community and sacrifice?

Worship Associate: Leila Ambrus

Sermon: Rev. Ruth MacKenzie

Music: Free Music Archive

March 10, 2019 - American Sacrifice

March 11, 2019

Sacrifice is an evocative word. We have immediate images when we hear the word. What role has sacrifice played in creating value? What does sacrifice in our culture teach us about agency and destruction? How do we challenge the the doctrine of American sacrifice as people of faith?

Worship Associate: Taylor Putz

Sermon: Rev. Karen Hutt

Piano music: Franco Holder

March 3, 2019 - Stretching the Circle

March 4, 2019

This month we consider what the theme of sacrifice might mean for us as Unitarian Universalists. In a world where sacrifice has so often meant the destruction of the less powerless for the pleasure or salvation of the powerful, what value can this concept possibly hold for us? Come join the conversation as we consider stretching the circle of "I" to include a much larger "we."

Wisdom Story: Rev. Justin Schroeder

Sermon: Rev. Jen Crow

Piano music: Franco Holder

February 24, 2019 - What We Build Together

February 25, 2019

Guest preacher Rabbi Michael Latz, senior Rabbi of Shir Tikvah in Minneapolis, gives a sermon about history, co-location, and Vision. 

Worship Associate: Jason Berry

Sermon: Rabbi Michael Latz

February 17, 2019 - The Purpose-Driven Church, Pt.2

February 20, 2019

In 2011, Rev. Justin preached a sermon called “The Purpose Driven Church.” Now, eight years later, he's preaching part 2, as we explore our theme of “Vision” and the deeper purposes of faith community. As Oscar Romero said, “A church that doesn’t provoke any crises, a gospel that doesn’t unsettle, a word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin, a word of God that doesn’t touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed — ​what gospel is that?” In this service, we’ll explore our purpose, the power of an unsettling gospel, and where that is leading us.

Worship Associate: Juliet Ali-Caccamo

Sermon: Rev. Justin Schroeder

Piano music: Franco Holder


February 10, 2019 - Wake Now Our Vision

February 11, 2019

Meditation has taught me that each breath is new and unique, and worthy of my full attention. My Unitarian Universalist faith teaches me that this is true for each interaction with another human being. When I am deeply attentive, not assuming I know what my breath or the person in front of me is going to do, I open up to the holy, to the possible. All of a sudden, my assumptions, “shoulds,” and expectations are sidelined, and a wide open horizon unfolds in front of me, a whole new vision of what could be. What happens when we, as community, practice putting down our assumptions, “shoulds,” and expectations? Does a whole new vision wake up in us?

Worship Associate: Pamela Reed

Reading: Our Visions are Ropes through the Devastation, adrienne marie brown

Sermon: Rev. Justin Schroeder

Piano: Franco Holder