A religious community concerns itself not only with spiritual development; it also invites all people into a circle of connection, caring, fun, and
friendship.  
We value and support each other through opportunities to both give and receive care and we develop treasured connections by gathering together for celebration and fun.

Upcoming Leadership Meetings…

Board of Directors: Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 pm
(meets 3rd Wednesdays)

Upcoming Events…

Summer Saturdays UU Playgroup
Bring your kids to play at a different park or location each week, chosen by the host family of the week.  Enjoy some fellowship for families.  Sign up on the sheet in the Commons or contact Joyce Rood, dre@uurochmn.org
Saturday, June 9, 9:30-11 am | Playground next to the Farmer’s Market, at the intersection of 4th St & 6th Ave SE | Hosted by Claire Langton-Yanowitz
Saturday, June 16, 9:30-11 am |Allendale Park, across the street from John Adams Middle School (1895 Allendale Park Ln NW) | Hosted by Laura Ann McGrath

Ice Cream Social in the Courtyard
Wednesday, June 13 | 6 pm | Church Courtyard
Bring your favorite topping; Fellowship will provide the ice cream. We’ll have bubbles, chalk, and balls to toss. (Please kindly take home your own leftover toppings to reduce clutter in the church kitchen!) No sign-up necessary. Hosted by Lyn Smith & Robin Taylor.

Forum: Immigration and Racial Justice
Sunday, June 17 | 11:30-12:30 pm | Hearth Room
Kathryn Lozada, an organizer from Isaiah MN, an interfaith justice organization, will be our special guest at our 10 am service and will also lead a forum on immigration and racial justice.

Sunday Nature Hike at Chester Woods
Sunday, June 24 | 3 pm | Chester Woods County Park
Hike at Chester Woods to look for wildlife and wildflowers. Option to stop for ice cream afterward at Dairy Queen on the way home. Please email Anna Lovrien to sign up or call/text 507-202-0388. (Chester Woods is located at 8378 Hwy 14 SE, Eyota, MN.)

Heads up Sci-Fi Lovers!   Join us for “Science Fiction Summer” UU Reading Group! 
4th Monday of the month (July 23, August 27, September 27) | 7 pm in the Hearth Room
Breeze through these reads and join us on the  to discuss!! Teen-Adult welcome! For more info or questions, contact Ann Black-Sinak (charyut@gmail.com). Books on the list:
Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
Underground Airlines, by Ben Winters
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

JULY:

Summer Saturday UU Playgroup July locations to be announced
For PreSchool – going into 5th grade and their parents
Fellowship for families on Saturdays through August 26 at a different park or location each week, chosen by the host family of the week.  Sign up on the sheet in the Commons or contact Joyce Rood, dre@uurochmn.org

Down by the Riverside Concert
Sunday, July 8, 6 p.m.
The Gin Blossoms (an American rock band whose hits include, “Hey, Jealousy” and “Follow You Down”) perform a free outdoor concert at Down By the Riverside, (Mayo Park) hosted by Sarah and Jason Hayes. Bring your own picnic and beverages and come hang out for fellowship before the concert starts at 7 p.m. Questions? Text Sarah at (302) 465-6712.

Wildflower Hike
Sunday, July 15, 3 pm at Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center
Hike hosted by Anna Lovrien, followed by optional outing for ice cream at Flapdoodles North (3525-22nd Ave NW). Email Anna to sign up at annalovrien@gmail.com or call/text 507-202-0388.

Pridefest Potluck Brunch
Sunday, July 22, 11 am
Co-hosted by Robin Taylor and the Welcoming Congregation (Paulette DeMers & Patty Trnka).

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
Sunday, July 29, 1 pm
Rochester Honkers against the Willmar Stingers, hosted by Leslie Kummer & family. General admission tickets $8 at the gate. Contact Leslie to save you a seat: (401) 464-1697 or email lesliekummer@icloud.com

 

AUGUST:

Summer Saturday UU Playgroup August locations to be announced
For PreSchool – going into 5th grade and their parents
Fellowship for families on Saturdays through August 26 at a different park or location each week, chosen by the host family of the week.  Sign up on the sheet in the Commons or contact Joyce Rood, dre@uurochmn.org

Young Adults “Good Cheer”
Wednesday, August 1 | 7:30 p.m | Forager
Join Rev. Luke and friends in their 20s-40s for “Good Cheers!” in the library at Forager Brewery to discuss the church’s theme of the month. Usually meets the first Wednesday of the month (June and July will be different). Drinks at your own expense, some snacks provided. Contact Rev. Luke at revluke@uurochmn.org to sign up.

Nodding Wild Onions at Squash Blossom Farm
Sunday, August 5, 4-6 pm
Come for music and fellowship. BYOB or picnic. Woodfired pizza available for purchase. Questions? Contact Robin Taylor, 254-1963

 

Sharing | Volunteering | Social Justice…

Community Food Response
Friday, June 29 | Shifts 1:30-4:00 pm and 4:35-6:40 pm | Bethel Lutheran Church
Help sort or distribute food recycled from hospitals, restaurants, and bakeries for families in need.  Sign up and a fuller description are available at CFR Volunteers
Contact: Sarah Rothwell

Saturday Noon Meals
June 23, August 25, October 27
Christ United Methodist Church (400-5th Ave. SW)
Volunteers of all ages are welcome and are needed in two shifts. A signup sheet is available in the Commons or sign up at: Saturday Noon Meals. Questions? contact Roxanne Schlasner, 289-3959.

Hawthorne Helps Project
Summer Blue Barrel Collection:  Dental floss, Toothbrushes, 32-ounce Laundry soap
Mini-Store – Contact Sandy MacLaughlin for more information or sign up here: Hawthorne Helps

 

Groups…

UU Book Club – 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm
Tuesday, June 19| 6 pm | Diane Closson’s home (Potluck supper at 6 pm)
Book: Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult; hosted by Diane Closson; reviewed by Kay Eberman

UU Horton Bridge – (generally 3rd Saturdays)
7-11 PM | Joyce Lewis’ home
Saturday, June 16 (3rd Saturday)
Saturday, July 14 (3rd Saturday)

Clara Barton Guild 
On hiatus for the Summer

Great Books Club
1st & 3rd Tuesdays | 9:30 am | Chapel
UUs and the community at large are welcome. For information about upcoming readings, contact Sandy Ramage.

 

Classes | Study Groups | Interest Groups…

Aging: The Journey – Elders Discussion Group
3rd Wednesdays | 12 pm | Hearth Room
Sign up is not required. Simply bring a sack lunch, a beverage, and engage in conversation with others who, like you, have embarked on a new adventure. Contact: Pat Calvert or Darrel Waters 

Racial Justice Task Group (RJTG) Book Group – on hiatus for summer
2nd Sundays | 2 pm | Clara Barton Room
Books relating to race and economic justice topics will guide our discussions.  Contact: Paulette DeMers 

Class: “The Bible as a Historical Document”
2nd Sundays | 7 pm | Conference Room

Lecture and discussion facilitated by Frank Druktainis & Jim Olson. All are welcome!

Study Group: Principle 4
4th Sundays | 7 pm | Hearth Room
The Principle 4 Study Group is centered around a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Contact: Anne Black-Sinak

Study Group: Chosen Faith
4th Tuesdays | 7 pm | Hearth Room

Contact: Anne Black-Sinak

Interest Group: Humanism
3rd Mondays | 7:00 pm | Hearth Room

Contact: Pat Calvert

Interest Group: Buddhism
1st Wednesdays | 7:00 pm | Clara Barton Room

Questions? Contact Frank Druktainis