Archive for March 2021

March 28, 2021- To Care About One Another- Rev. Karen Hutt

Monday, March 29th, 2021

First Universalist is a church that cares about its members and friends. We demonstrate this care in all kinds of ways and we also care deeply about the world outside of ourselves. Yet sometimes, the historic nature of liberal religious enlightenment takes us away from feelings, suffering and pain. Many of us do not reach out when we need help, when we need healing, or when we need the nurturing of human care.

This Sunday, March 28 at 10 a.m., learn about WE CARE Ministries at First Universalist. Find out more about how to become a care seeker or a care provider.


Words of Welcome- Rev Karen Hutt (:21)

Wisdom Story- Seth Anderson-Matz (1:47)

Anthem- I Just Called to Say I Love You- First Universalist Choir, Dr. Randal Buikema, conductor (4:02)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Rev. Arif Mamdani (6:42)

Message- To Care About One Another... It's Not That Hard!- Rev. Karen Hutt (12:59)

Outro- Lean On Me- Aimee K. Bryant and Franco Holder 

March 21, 2021- Collective Truth, Collective Power- Rev. Jen Crow

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

Each of us has a piece of the truth, and together, we are so much wiser and braver. Together, we have strength and imagination, accountability and encouragement big enough for transformation. When each of us brings what we can, including our vulnerability, we have the collective power to build a community of liberation and joy.  Join us as we explore our collective truth and our collective power, with a special cameo appearance from a modern day UU superhero.

Words of Welcome - Rev. Jen Crow (:31)

Story for All Ages- Aimee K. Bryant (4:46)

Hymn- All Creatures of the Earth and Sky- First Universalist Choir, Dr. Randal Buikema, Franco Holder- (8:30)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Rev. Justin Schroeder (11:10)

Message- Collective Truth, Collective Power- Rev. Jen Crow (22:50)

Outro Music - Aimee K. Bryant and Franco Holder

March 14, 2021 - How Do You Measure a Year? - Rev. Justin Schroeder

Monday, March 15th, 2021

How do you measure a year? How do you measure “five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes?” The hit song from “Rent,” invites us to measure a year in love, and that’s certainly a good measure. But this past year has been full and complicated: fear, grief, loss, struggles with mental health, slowing down, re-evaluating everything, new rituals, recipes, and cooking adventures, and the death of loved ones are ways many of us have measured this past year.

This Sunday, March 14 we will mark the one year anniversary of the pandemic, make meaning of what we’ve experienced, acknowledge we’re not through it yet, and lift up ways to care for ourselves and one another as we move through the third quarter of the pandemic.


Words of Welcome - Rev. Justin Schroeder (:30)

Story for All Ages - Lauren Wyeth (3:19)

Interlude- Where You Go, by Shoshana Jedwab- Adrian and Juliet- (8:22)

Message- How Do You Measure a Year? - Rev. Justin Schroeder (9:13)

Interlude and Outro music by The OK Factor

March 7, 2021- Faithful Action Sunday

Monday, March 8th, 2021

What does it mean to act on your faith? This Sunday, March 7, you’ll hear moving testimony and reflections from members of our Faithful Action Council, the group that oversees the church’s Faithful Action Ministries, and you’ll hear from congregants involved with our Faithful Action Partners*, and how this involvement has grown their spirits, deepened their faith, and given them hope when things have seemed hopeless.

*Our Faithful Action Partners are Augsburg Fairview Academy, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, Habitat for Humanity, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, Simpson Housing, a variety of Immigration Justice Organizations and the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement (CLNE.)


Words of Welcome- Rev. Justin Schreoder (:31)

Spoken Word- Joe Davis (5:11)

Story for All Ages- Aimee K. Bryant (8:35)

Hymn- We Shall Be Known- Seth Anderson-Matz (17:04)

Faithful Action Team Conversations (19:16)

Interlude- We'll Build a Land- Sarah Lindsay and Franco Holder (27:49)

February 28, 2021- The Truth of Now- Rev. Arif Mamdani

Monday, March 1st, 2021

The only place our lives happen is in the present, yet for many of us, our minds spend a lot of time being everywhere else but here, now. In this service, we’ll enter into the truth of the present moment through word, song, and shared practice and see if we might get a bit more comfortable hanging out here, now, together. 


Words of Welcome- Rev. Arif Mamdani (:31)

Interlude music by The OK Factor

Story for All Ages- Lauren Wyeth (6:05)

Interlude music by The OK Factor

Poetry and Music- Franco Holder (12:33)

Sermon- The Truth of Now- Rev. Arif Mamdani (15:25)

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