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.

Services for March 2019

March 3 - Our program this morning will look at the other half of the coming out story, the straight spouse. We will watch a TED talk by Emily Reese entitled "The Other Side of the Closet: A Straight Spouse Speaks Out". Join us for this informative video and discussion.

March 10 - This morning's program will include a video of a sermon by Rev. Beth Dana, recorded at the First Unitarian Church in Dallas, TX. The video is entitled "The Limits of Tolerance" and explores the balance between tolerance and healthy boundaries.

March 24 - Our service this morning will be a time of reflection on the recent tragedy in Christchurch, New Zealand. From half a world away there may be little we can do to directly help the victims of this terror attack, but there is much we can do to prepare ourselves for when it happens closer to home.  Childrens' religious education will be available for the youth of the congregation.  Come join us for this time of introspection and discussion.

March 31 - Jim Hilkin will give a presentation on the Blue Grass Road, the early predecessor of US Hwy 34, and the first road across the state between Burlington and Council Bluffs. Come enjoy this presentation on a facinating bit of Iowa history.