October 25, 2020 -Universal(ism) Sin

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Guest Musician:
Vona Murrell
Vona Murrell is a Minnesota native and long-time Rochester resident with a love of all things music since her early childhood. She has been playing the piano, singing, and teaching in the area for more than 25 years and is grateful for the incredible privilege to help students develop on their musical journey.

Worship Associates:
Stephanie Evans Hanson
Alex Higano

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, piano
Joe Mish, cello

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Readings:
Why There Will Always Be Thistle by Maxine Kumin
A New World by Arundhati Roy

October 18, 2020 -Sources

Guests:
Larry McDonough
Larry McDonough is a composer, pianist, singer, teacher, Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame member, and recent recipient of the American Composers Forum Showcase Award for the composition “Strait of Gibraltar.” He also serves as Senior Minnesota Counsel, National Anti-Eviction Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, helping to coordinate eviction defense and tenant protection programs in Minnesota through training and mentoring attorneys and law students and policy advocacy. http://www.larrymcdonoughjazz.homestead.com

Richard Terrill
Richard Terrill, sax player, poet and retired Minnesota State University Mankato English Professor, received the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry for his poetry compilation “Coming Late to Rachmaninoff” (University of Tampa Press, 2003). In September 2020, he released his new book, “What Falls Away Is Always” from Holy Cow! Press. https://richardterrill.com/

Worship Leader:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

October 11, 2020 -Sound. Silence. Echo.

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Beth Atkinson

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, piano
Joe Mish, cello

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Readings:
How to Survive the Apocalypse by Sean Dennison Parker
How to Listen by Joyce Sutphen

October 4, 2020 -UU the Vote

UU the Vote is a non-partisan faith initiative, in partnership with broader justice movements, to engage our neighbors, educate our communities,  mobilize voters, and rally around key ballot initiatives. Join with your UU community to create a future defined by love, justice, and faith.

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September 27, 2020 -Faithful Dissent

This service focuses on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and a lot of focus on the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in particular with her focus on dissent of the “status quo” and her work toward an unknown future – always working for what would come, because of our work now, unsure of how it would grow…

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Anne Black-Sinak

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, piano
Joe Mish, cello
Connie Schuelka, piano

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Readings:
The Birthday of the World by Marge Piercy
Dissent by Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsberg

September 20, 2020 -Soul Stitching

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Gus Braga

Guest Musician:
Jeff Daehn

Originally from Chicago, Jeff Daehn studied music at Valparaiso University in Indiana and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He came to Rochester in 1977 as organist and music minister at Zumbro Lutheran Church, studied carillon with Dean Robinson and other well-known carillonneurs and served as carillonneur of Mayo Clinic from 2004 through 2016.

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Readings:
Generation to Generation by Antione de Saint-Exupery
Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church by Emily Dickinson

September 13, 2020 -Circling the Drain
Water Communion Sunday

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Ann Hutton

Musicians:
Joe Mish, Strings
Austin Ferguson, Keyboards

Guest Musicians:
Jane Foote
Carl Stephenson

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Readings:
New Water by Sharon Chmielarz
Drought Year by Wendell Berry

September 6, 2020 -Endless Repair

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Beth Atkinson

Musicians:
Joe Mish, Strings
Austin Ferguson, Keyboards

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Readings:
The End of Summer by Rachel Hadas
Hope: An Owner’s Manual by Barbara Kingsolver

August 30, 2020 -The Calendar is Melting (and how to survive)

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Trish Braga

Musicians:
Joe Mish, Cello
Austin Ferguson, Keyboards

Special Guest Musician:
Sam Buchl

Sam Buchl is a pianist and piano teacher in Rochester, Minnesota. He studied with Goldie McCoy in his hometown, Kasson, and has accompanied high school choir concerts, church events, and weddings. Sam studied Psychology & Cognitive Science at Swarthmore College, currently works at Mayo Clinic as a research assistant, teaches students of all ages at the Rochester Academy of Music and independently, and is applying to graduate school to study regenerative neuroscience and neurologic music therapy. He is excited & grateful for the opportunity to contribute to Rochester’s Universal Unitarian community.

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Reading:
Last August Hours Before the Year 2000 by Naomi Shihab Nye
Hours by Hazel Hall

August 23, 2020 -Whatever It Takes

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Mark Brutinel

Musicians:
Joe Mish, Cello
Austin Ferguson, Keyboards

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Reading:
Leaf Blower by Lynn Ungar

August 16, 2020 -Crossing the Line: Borders, Bravery, and Belonging.

We live in a time of deep and dangerous divisions – and a time of people coming together like never before. In the face of great uncertainties, how do we cultivate hope and human connection?

Preaching:
Rev. Jim Foti
Rev. Foti is one of the ministers at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. He last spoke at our congregation in the fall of 2018.

Worship Associate:
Paul Trewartha-Weiner

Musicians:
Joe Mish, Cello
Austin Ferguson, Keyboards
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

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Reading:
The Complaint of Rio Grande by Richard Blanco

August 9, 2020 – Cast. Drift. (Repeat)

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Ann Hutton

Musicians:
Joe Mish, Cello
Austin Ferguson, Keyboards

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Readings:
Let the Artists Win by Bob Janis-Dillon

August 2, 2020 – Offensively Nice

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Musicians:
Kathleen Covalt, Violin
Austin Ferguson, Keyboards

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Readings:
Nice and Kind by Maggie Lupin
Life is Not Intended to Be Safe by Ethel Waters

July 26, 2020 – Celebrating 30 Years of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

Participants:
Gail Bishop, Paula Horner, Ann Lien, Kim Reid, Lyn Smith, Harriet and John Hodgson, Shelly Rohe

Musician:
Laurie Helmers

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Reading:
This is the Landscape by Julia Watts Belser

July 19, 2020 – Love Will Guide Us

Preaching: Regina Mustafa

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson
Joe Mish

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Reading:
This is the Reality We Live by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

July 12, 2020 – From Precincts to Paradise

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson

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Readings:
Give the Police Departments to the Grandmothers by Junauda Petrus
Tomorrow I’ll Wake by Jonathan Butler

July 5, 2020 – The Dream the Dreamers Dreamed

Preaching: Rev. Ashley Horan and Rev. Karen Hutt

Musicians:
Joe Mish
Rose Mish

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Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes

June 28, 2020 – Catching the Threads of Sorrow

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Leader: Mark Brutinel

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson
Joe Mish
Connie Schuelka

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Readings:
Before You Know What Kindness Really Is by Naomi Shihab Nye
Now I Love You, Now I Witness by Theresa Soto

June 21, 2020 – Sighs Too Deep for Words

A service about the power and beauty of art, especially during times of struggle and distance. This Sunday, we also celebrate Connie Schuelka, retiring as Co-Director of Music after 30 years of service to the church, and becoming Musician Emerita. The service includes some of her favorite pieces to celebrate the beauty of music.

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Leader: Trish Braga

Musician:
Connie Schuelka

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Readings:
Music  by Juhan Liiv
The House that Music Built  by Rita Dove

June 14, 2020 – Imagine Abolition

Preaching: Rev. Victoria Safford
Worship Leader: Beth Atkinson

Musician:
Joe Mish
Connie Schuelka

Guest Musicians:
David Townsend, Clarinet

June 7, 2020 – Uprising Through Weeds and Streets

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Leader: Ann Hutton

Musicians:
Joe Mish
Connie Schuelka

Guest Musicians:
Rose Mish
Morgan Robertson

May 31, 2020 – Mind the Gap

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Leader: Paul Trewartha-Weiner

Musicians:
Joe Mish
Connie Schuelka

Guest Musician:
Rose Mish
Cook with Honey:
Jane Foote & Carl Stephenson

May 24, 2020 – Tick Tock (Old School)

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Leader: Gus Braga

Musicians:
Joe Mish
Connie Schuelka

Guest Musician:
Morgan Robertson

May 17, 2020 – Inspiration + Necessity

Musicians:
Joe Mish
Connie Shuelka

Guest Musicians:
Allen Bishop
Rose Mish
Bells and Whistles

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Readings:
Bread by E.J. Mudd
Beyond Recipes by Robert J. Levy

May 10, 2020 – Far Beyond the Lintel and Sill

Musicians:
Joe Mish
Connie Shuelka

Guest Musician:
Nanilo

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Readings:
From Final Triumph of the Good by Rev. Olympia Brown
Open Up the Doors by Rev. Lindasusan Ulrich

May 3, 2020 – Bloom-in-Place

Musicians:
Joe Mish
Rose Mish
Connie Shuelka

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Script of Prayer and Homily: Click HERE

Readings:
Homesteading by Joyce Sutphen
Excerpt from Maypole on Merry Mount by Nathaniel Hawthorne

April 26, 2020 – Univers(alsim)

Musicians:
Joe Mish
Connie Shuelka
Special Guest Musician: Ellis

Order of Service
Univers(alism)

Readings:
Autobiography by Ansel Elkins
To the People Who Have Mistaken Freedom for Liberation by Rev. Theresa Sota

April 19, 2020 – Learn the Flowers – A Celebration of Earth Day.

Reflections on the Environment and Spirituality from Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick and Angie Gupta, with worship leaders Ann Hutton and Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Musicians:
Joe Mish
Connie Shuelka
Special Guest Musician: Peter Mayer

Order of Service

Readings:
Earth Teach Me from the Ute Native Americans

April 12, 2020 – For Christ’s Sake – Easter for Unitarian Universalists in Pandemic Times

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Leader: Greg Wimmer

Musicians: Joe Mish, Connie Shuelka, Walden Hill Vocal Ensemble
Special Guest Musician: LaSonya Fleming

Order of Service

Readings:
An Excerpt from the Gospel of Mark
After by Fred Hammond

April 9, 2020 – Welcome Table Service – Meditation & Music in Honor of the Jewish Passover and Christian Holy Week

A service of music, readings, and reflection with Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Ann Hutton, Joe Mish, and special music from Rev. Luke’s installation

April 5, 2020 – No More, No Less

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Leader: Mark Brutinel

Musicians: Joe Mish, Connie Shuelka

Special Guest Musician: Large Mouth Brass

Order of Service
No More, No Lesss

Reading:
This is the Part by Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen

March 29, 2020 – The Journey of Stillness

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Leaders: Ann Hutton, Amy Nelson, Melissa Eggler, Derik Robertson, and Darin Podulke-Smith

Musicians: Joe Mish, Connie Shuelka

Order of Service
The Journey of Stillness

Readings:
Today by Mary Oliver
Imagine by Lynn Ungar

March 22, 2020 -Gathering of Spirits: Soulful Connections in a Time of Social Distance

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Associate: Linda Ortiz

Order of Service

Readings:
Lockdown by Richard Hendrick

March 8, 2020 -Why DId the Soul Cross the Road?

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Associate: Mark Brutinel

Order of Service

Readings:
Traffic Misdirector by Pedro Pietri
An Excerpt from Thomas Metron

March 1, 2020 -From This, We Live

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Associate: Paul Trewartha-Weiner

Order of Service

Readings:
Information by David Ignatow
Numbers by Mary Cornish

February 23, 2020 -Hazy Heaven

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Associate: George Thompson

Order of Service

Readings:
A Step Along the Way by Ken Untener
Remeber the Angels of Bread by Martin Espada

February 16, 2020 -The Music of Centuries

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Associate: Greg Wimmer

Order of Service

Readings:
Believe, Believe by Bob Kaufman
A Map to the Next World by Joy Harjo

February 9, 2020

All services canceled due to weather

February 2, 2020 -Books, Bricks, Grief

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Readable Version: Books Bricks Grief

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Associate: Trish Braga

Order of Service

Readings:
Heavy by Mary Oliver
Won’t You Celebrate With Me by Lucille Clifton

January 26, 2020 -Becoming Our Choices

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Associate: Mark Brutinel

Oorder of Service

Readings:
Rebus by Jane Hirshfield
Another World is Possible by Rev. Ashley Horan

January 19, 2020 -The Time is Always Right to do What is Right
An annual service celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., with reflections from
Molly Dingel and Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Speaking: Molly Dingel and Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Associate: Jeff Larson Keller

Order of Service

Readings:
After the Vigil for the Charleston Church Massacre  by Stevie Edwards
What Would Gwendolyn Brooks Do by Parneshia Jones

January 12, 2020 -Still Working On It

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Associate: Gus Braga

Order of Service

Readings:
I Want to Be Unfolded by Anne Lamott
Rise by Ana Lisa de Jong

January 5, 2020 – On the Brink

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Associate: Paul Trewartha-Weiner

Order of Service

Readings:
Praise Song for the Day by Elizabeth Alexander
The New Year by Barbara Crooker