Services for May 2019

May 5 - We will celebrate our annual Flower Communion this morning. Karla Mundt will lead our service, and we invite you to bring a flower to share during the ceremony. The Flower Communion has a rich history within our religious tradition, and was established almost 100 years ago by Unitarian minister Norbert Čapek to celebrate the diversity of belief within his congregation while promoting unity. Come join us in this service for all ages. Our service will be followed by our First Sunday potluck. Bring a dish to share and join in a time of food and fellowship after our service.

May 12 - In the United States Mothers’ Day has its roots planted firmly in the peace movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s. This morning our service will focus around a sermon from Elaine Harbison of Live Oak UU Congregation in Goleta, CA. Her message, “Mother’s Day for Peace”, will remind us of the power that mothers can have in our community when they choose to act for peace.

May 19 - As we approach the end of our church year and look forward to summer, our program this morning will take a look at the intersection between poetry and Unitarian-Universalist values. Poet, teacher, and songwriter Gene Keller will share his thoughts on how various poets have captured the core of our UU beliefs in verse. Our Annual Business Meeting will follow this service.

May 26 - Memorial Day was originally established as a time to remember those who paid the ultimate price while serving our country. Over the years it has become a time to remember all who have died, whether in active service or otherwise. This morning Rick Johnson will share a presentation about one of his relatives, Winfred Alexander Twidwell, an uncle who served in WWII and was a prisoner of war in Italy and Germany. Rick recently found an account by his uncle of his time in service, and it is a powerful reminder of the hazards our military members face when they are deployed to defend our nation. There will be time for others to share recollections of their family members who served. Come join us as we remember.

Services for April 2019

April 7 - We will review a recorded interview from 1951 with Unitarian minister Rev. Charles Francis Potter. Rev. Potter shares thoughts regarding the corruption he sees in government and public life and what he sees as causes contributing to this. Our discussion will explore applications of Rev. Potter's views in our current political and social environment.

April 14 - Tammy Shull of IowaWINS will be here to present a video entitled “The Genesis of Exodus”. This video explores the root causes of the migrant exodus from Central American nations. From the film website: “We produced a film – The Genesis of Exodus – to tell the whole story, which begins in the streets, homes, and businesses of those families: children, women, and men who love their country, but can no longer survive in their community.” We invite all to come, see the movie, and discuss how we here in SE Iowa can help these refugees.

April 21 - Our program this morning will center around a sermon by Rev. Dr. Andy Burnette of the Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Chandler, AZ. “Resurrection and Transformation: On Being a Born Again Unitarian-Universalist” explores the role of renewal and new life in our religious journey.

April 28 - Kathy Bowman from the UU Congregation of the Quad Cities joins us this morning for a service entitled, “What It Means to be a People of Wholeness.” Through various lenses we will contemplate what it means to be both an individual and a people of wholeness, and the gifts derived: attention, listening, and calmness. Music, poetry, and readings will help us focus our celebration.