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Services - March, April and May, 2019

March 3 "The Rutabaga Project" Marlise Riffel and Jenna Ballinger
At the intersection of the local food movement and the social justice movement, the Rutabaga Project focuses on access to healthy local food for all. We will watch the new documentary about the Rutabaga Project and explore ways in which MUUC can amplify the project's impact.

March 10 "The Journey We're On" Rev. Eric Northard
This morning we will look at the amazing journey of life that each one of us is on. We will explore how our understanding of life and ultimate meaning takes shape over time, and how we gain new insights and awareness that shape the person we are becoming.

March 17 “The Sorcerer’s Stone, the Scientist’s North Star, the Poet’s Muse: Reflections on Truth" Rev. Suzanne Wasilczuk
Truth. It’s part of our religious search according to our fourth principle: “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”} For us, science, literature, religion, social justice are all valuable and venerated tools for truth-seeking. We approach truth with humility; truth not TRUTH.

March 24 "Lessons from the Kalevala: Hearing the Voices of our Ancestors" Ellie Larmouth
The service will examine the Finnish epic poem, The Kalevala, its messages and music, and the continued influence for many of Finnish ancestry.

March 31 “Intricate Weaving" A UU perspective on Enbridge Line 3. How are we called? Rita Chamblin
Rita Chamblin is a Unitarian Universalist lay leader who retired to northern Minnesota a couple of years ago. She engages in lay preaching and small group ministry. She's also a member of the UU Trauma Response Ministry. She's active in opposing Line 3, and through that work became a liaison for Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light in Bemidji.
For more information on MN Interfaith Power and Light, "Like" them on Facebook and go to mnipl.org

April 7 "Health is a Human Right" Rev. Eric Northard
On this, World Health Day, we will examine the importance of health for all. We will come together to investigate how the long history of our liberal tradition has led and continues to lead our fellow religious liberals into advocating and acting for quality health care services for all.

April 14 "The Road to Salvation , Are We Enough? Rev. Suzanne Wasilczuk
In our tradition, salvation is understood as wholeness and health. In seeking wholeness, we are attempting to complete our life before death ends it. Parker Palmer suggests that a primary problem in our age is people living divided lives. Revealing, claiming, and nurturing our hidden wholeness is our life’s work, the path to salvation in this life.

April 21 “ Climate Change, Who Will We Be?" Marlise Riffel
If you’ve read the Fourth National Climate Assessment, you might feel a bit discouraged, given predictions of increasingly damaged infrastructure, ecosystems and social systems as climate change progresses. Or maybe you’ve read The End of Ice and the quote “The world is broken in pieces now” haunts you. Or you might have noticed that the Doomsday Clock was recently moved much closer to midnight, in part because of climate change’s impact. What’s a UU to do? I have found two nearly opposite approaches intriguing: the hopeful idea of a “great turning” (Joanna Macy, David Korten) vs. the more dire “near term social collapse due to climate change” at the heart of the “Deep Adaptation” strategy. These two paths into our future both speak to me as a Unitarian Universalist. They have different implications for our congregation’s role in our community. This Sunday we’ll explore them.

April 28 "Biomimicry" Sue Okerstrom
Biomimicry is learning from and then emulating nature's forms, processes and ecosystems to create more sustainable designs. The word biomimicry is derived from "bio" meaning life and "mimicry" which is to emulate. This shift from learning about nature to learning from nature requires a new method of investigation, a different perspective and an unaccustomed level of humility. We will explore the elements of biomimicry and examples of its users from Leonardo da Vinci to the present day.

May 5 MUUC Annual Meeting

May 12 "Growing Up Biracial on the Iron Range: Challenges and Opportunities as a Community with a Growing Diversity" Bhupesh Pattni
My hope is that through a discussion, we can come up with ideas how we individually can build a more inclusive community and take steps to welcome those who may not feel a part of the community as a whole."
Bhupesh Pattni was born and grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Virginia High School. His father is of East Indian descent and was born and raised in Africa; his mother is Caucasian. Following high school, Bhupesh moved out of the Iron Range area. Ten years later, and after law school, he moved back and has now been in Virginia for almost 7 years - practicing law for the public defender's office, Trenti Law firm and also working at the courthouse in Virginia for Judge Aronson.

May 19 “From You I Receive, to You I Give” Jeanine Emmons
Join us for the last service of our church year until September 8, 2019. In honor of the truly Unitarian ceremony of the “Flower Communion,” we will gather together for music, poetry and community. Bring a flower or a sprig of green if you are able. (There will be extras) Each person will go home with a flower.

Summer Get-Togethers
My mid-May we would like to have a calendar of summer events of interest to those of us at MUUC and/or that MUUC members help organize, and need your help. Please let Toni (tonilee710@yahoo.com) or Jeanine (pnj.pinehill@gmail.com) know of dates and events. Meanwhile, you can mark July 28 on your calendars for our annual picnic at Lake Leander.

Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church
Virginia, Minnesota, USA