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Services for September and October, 2017

September 10 “Water is Life” Rev. Suzanne Wasilczuk
Today we celebrate the presence of water in our lives. We bring waters, real and virtual, representing our journeys through the past summer, mingling their memories and their power, celebrating our many connections.

September 17 “What we Said and What it Might Mean” Facilitated by Marlise Riffel
Last March 12, we participated both in-person and, later, online, in a survey about our congregation. We collectively answered 32 questions about who we are, what we dream to be, what MUUC means to each of us, and some logistical questions about music and services and space use. In this service, we'll look at our answers and ponder how they might move us into our future.

September 24 "Lessons from Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Reflecting on the Unthinkable". Rev. Eric Northard
September 21 is the International Day of Peace and September 26 is recognized by the United nations as the "International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons". This service will explore various interpretations of the use of nuclear weapons on two cities and I will share some of the messages shared with me by hibakusha (survivors of these bombings) and by residents and activists in contemporary Japan. We will also explore current efforts to promote peaceful societies and explore some of the obstacles that remain in the struggle for peace.

October 1 There will not be a service in Virginia We are invited to the Duluth UU Congregation
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Duluth is hosting a “Great Northern UU Gathering” Sept. 30 through Oct. 1, 2017.
www.uuduluth.org/great-northern-uu-gathering/ Register for the event at this site. We encourage carpooling and will have signup sheets for that at the Sept. 10 service. Go for the weekend or just for the service on Sunday. If you are interested in singing with the choir at this event see the note below and contact Jeanine Emmons.

October 8 “Notes of a Native Daughter: Reflections on Indigenous Peoples’ Day” Rev. Suzanne Wasilczuk
A first-generation white woman reflects on her introduction to Native American peoples, indigenous history, and sacred vision.

October 15 "Are we what we Eat?" Rev. Eric Northard
We live in an era where food and food security are important issues. Despite amazing increases in food production over the past 50 years, millions of people around the world still face food shortages and famine. The issue is not that there is not enough food to feed the world; rather it is a distribution issue with gross inequities in food resources and access to adequate nutrition. What are some of the issues with food security and how can we make a difference? This service will be informative, reflective and action oriented. For this service I would encourage that all who are able bring something to share with the local food bank.

October 22 “The Beliefs that Sustain Us” Facilitated by Doug Gregor
As UU’s we believe that each person is free to search for their own personal truth on issues, such as the existence, nature, and meaning of life, deities, creation, and afterlife. Though we gather together as one congregation, we UUs come from many different religious backgrounds, and often hold beliefs and adhere to morals from a variety of cultures or religions This service will be a time for us to celebrate that rich diversity as individual congregation members explain and share the beliefs that sustain them at this point in their life and individual spiritual journeys.

October 29 Intergenerational Service to Celebrate the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)
A holiday celebrated throughout Latin America between October 31 and November 2. During that time, people gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and to help support their spiritual journey. Carmen Seppa and Toni Nemanick will share their photos, stories and experiences. Anyone who would like to help make a small, traditional altar to honor a family member who has died, please bring a small memento and take a moment to talk about it.

Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church
Virginia, Minnesota, USA