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April 18, 2021 – How Many Names

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Ann Hutton

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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April 11, 2021 – One At a Time

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Beth Atkinson

Guest Musician:
Peter Mayer

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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April 4, 2021 – Easter Service – Loved Back to Life

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associates:
Trish Braga
Gus Braga

Guest Musicians:
Prairie Revival String Band
Jane Foote, guitar/vocals
Rose Marie Shepel Mish, violin/mandolin
Carl Stephenson, banjo/mandolin
Alex Higano, percussion
Joe Mish, cello
Austin Ferguson, piano

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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April 1, 2021 – The Welcome Table

A service of poetry, music, and reflections, echoing the Jewish Passover and Christian Holy Week, including a traditional Universalist Communion.

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Reflections From:
Paula Horner
Jodi Edmonson
Joe Lobl

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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March 28, 2021 – Worth It

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Dave Siljenberg

Musicians:
Walden Hill Vocal Ensemble
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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March 21, 2021 – The Fire of Commitment: Reflections from First UU Youth

We welcome Claire Nelson and Ani Bulbulian to the pulpit, sharing their reflections on the monthly theme of Commitment – during and beyond pandemic time.

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Guest Musicians:
The OK Factor
New-classical crossover duo, The OK Factor is cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan. Based in Minneapolis, Olivia and Karla are passionate about composing, performing, and teaching, creating unique and unexpected musical experiences for their audiences all across the Midwest.

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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March 14, 2021 – Promises in Fog

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Greg Wimmer

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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March 7, 2021 – The Air (Is/Is Not) Ours

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Guest Musicians:
Jane Foote and Carl Stephenson
Walden Hill Vocal Ensemble

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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February 28, 2021 – Mid-Topia

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Gus Braga

Guest Musician:
Ellis Delaney
Ellis Delaney is an open-hearted folk musician from Minneapolis, as well as a Unitarian Universalist. She has played multiple times on a Prairie Home Companion, and is regularly featured in folk festivals as an accomplished singer-songwriter. 

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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February 21, 2021 – On Call

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Anne Black-Sinak

Guest Musician:
Debbie Winters
Debbie Winters studied piano under Evelyn Miller in Knoxville, Tennessee, and clarinet under Gary Sperl at the University of Tennessee. Even though she began taking piano lessons at a young age, Ms. Winters’ interest in music truly began at the age of 10 when her father randomly brought home a clarinet from a garage sale and gave it to her. She enjoys teaching piano and clarinet lessons in Rochester.

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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February 14, 2021 – Side With Love Sunday – A UUA Service

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February 7, 2021 – Watch Out!

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Ann Hutton

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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January 31, 2021 – Images and Idols

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Trish Braga

Guest Musician:
Matt Gender
Dr. Matt Gender is currently the Director of Music and organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City, Iowa. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida where he studied organ, harpsichord, and carillon. He completed graduate degrees in organ performance at the University of Kansas. In addition to his work with the organ, he is also involved with electroacoustic composition and specializes in granular and particle synthesis.

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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January 24, 2021 – Always (For Now)

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Anne Black-Sinak

Guest Musician:
Yaneui Riba-Marmolejo, bass

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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January 17, 2021 – (Dis)Agreeable

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Mark Brutinel

Musicians:
Walden Hill Vocal Ensemble
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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January 10, 2021 – Imagine That

Preaching:
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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January 3, 2021 – So Here’s What I Want You to Do

Preaching:
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie

Guest Musician:
Rose Mish

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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December 27, 2020 – Ritual of Change and Growth

An annual ritual of celebrating the threshold of the new year with gratitude, openness, and possibility.

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Reflections:
Austin Ferguson
Linda Ortiz

Readers:
Trish Braga
Ann Hutton
Gus Braga

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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December 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve Service – Distant Light

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Musicians:
Walden Hill Vocal Ensemble
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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December 21, 2020 – Winter Solstice Service 2020

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Guests:
Angela Davey
Anne Black-Sinak
Kate Thompson Jewell
Amy Nelson
Ramona Barr
Autumn Harff
Kim Edson

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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December 20, 2020 – Still, in Winter, There is Green

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Trish Braga

Guest Musicians: WyBlue
Andrew Hanson – vocals & guitar
Rose Mish – vocals & violin
Lekenneth Miller – drum set & cello
Will Deblaey- bass guitar

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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December 13, 2020 – Don’t Let the Light Go Out

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Reflections:
Jodi Edmonson
Paula Horner
Jerry Katzmann
Joe Lobl

Guest Musician:
Emilie Mish

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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December 6, 2020 – Blizzard Mind

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Paul Trewartha-Weiner

Musicians:
Connie Schuelka, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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November 29, 2020 – This I Believe

A regular tradition of spiritual reflections from members of our church.

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Reflections from:
Aaron McGrath
Patty Trnka

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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November 22, 2020 – Pull Up Another Chair

Preaching: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
Worship Associate: Greg Wimmer
Additional Reader: Jessica Hoffman

Musicians:
Walden Hill Vocal Ensemble
Austin Ferguson, keyboards
Joe Mish, strings

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November 15, 2020 -Speak. Hum. Hurt. Love.

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associate:
Mark Brutinel

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, piano
Joe Mish, cello

Service information: Click HERE

Reading:
My President by Danez Smith

November 1, 2020 -May Their Dreams Be Ours To Do

All Souls Sunday
A service that focused on ancestors – both their lasting presence in our lives and in the world, but also that we are the continuation of their hopes, dreams, and work – that we are the living embodiment of them, and that we honor their legacy with our living, our voting, and our action.

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Guest Musician:
Morgan Robertson

Worship Associate:
Ann Hutton

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, piano
Joe Mish, cello

Service information: Click HERE

Readings:
Visitations by Deborah Gordon Cooper
And Do I Die by Kathleen Horb

October 25, 2020 -Universal(ism) Sin

 

Preaching:
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Worship Associates:
Stephanie Evans Hanson
Alex Higano

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.

Musicians:
Austin Ferguson, piano
Joe Mish, cello

Service information: Click HERE

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