St. Cloud UU Fellowship


How to Get Involved



Sunday Services

Coffee Hour and Soup Sundays

Religious Education

Music

Social Justice

Becoming a Member

Community Garden

Contributions

Circle Dinners

More About Us — Pictures



Sunday Service
Sunday Services
We meet at 10:30 on Sunday mornings from September through May. The services usually include music, readings, a presentation by a minister or other speaker, and a chance to respond to the presentation. Casual dress is common and the service is less formal than many churches. A nursery is available for infants and toddlers. Older children participate in the first part of the service and then go to their religious education classes. The service usually ends by 11:45. Visitors are welcome. During the summer months, other activities may be scheduled. See Sunday Services & Events page.

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Coffee Hour
Coffee Hour and Soup Sundays:
After each Sunday morning service everyone is invited to stay for coffee in the Fellowship Hall. Refreshments are provided each week. The first Sunday of each month is Soup Sunday, when a soup and bread lunch is served. This is a time for conversation with the speaker or minister, discussion about the service, or just general socializing.

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Adult RE
Religious Education
Adult RE: Frequent sessions of Adult Religious Education are offered. A wide variety of topics have been included in recent sessions. Examples of past topics include Ethics, Biology and Spirituality, Separation of Church and State, Thoreau's essay on Civil Disobedience, Humanism, and Quakerism. The sessions include readings and open discussion led by one or more Fellowship members. Due to the general nature of the Adult RE topics, it is easy for new members and guests to participate. For further information on dates and topics, contact the Adult RE Chair listed on the Contacts page.

Children's RE: Classes are held for children and youth during the Sunday service.  Topics and activities are adjusted according to the ages of those participating. Children attend the service for the first half of the program, including a Time for Children, and then are excused to their classes. The Fellowship also has nursery care for infants and toddlers.

Children's Religious Education classes offer a variety of lessons, including world religions; right relations; social justice; and Unitarian Universalist history, values, and principles. The classes are planned and directed by educators, parents, and members of the Children's RE Leader Group.

The children also plan and host several intergenerational programs each year. They learn the purpose of holding services and develop their planning and presentational skills. These programs build bonds between the children and adult members of the Fellowship.

We seek to provide a nurturing and growing experience for our children and youth as they develop into adult Unitarian Universalists.


Music
Music with Children
Music is an important and integral part of our weekly Sunday services. Our music coordinators are responsible for supporting and providing a variety of musical styles and for utilizing the talent evident within our Fellowship. 


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Social Justice
Many Fellowship members are individually active in the community on social justice issues. The role of the Social Justice Committee is to support these efforts as well as to provide a framework for collective action. Each year the committee identifies a social justice priority and an action plan.

In addition, the committee organizes ongoing social justice activities, such as Salvation Army bell ringing, food and financial support for our community women's shelter, participation in the annual St. Cloud Pride festival, and educational events on environmental issues.

Our committee also partners with other groups, such as the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance, the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project, St. Cloud Area Regional Human Rights Commission, and other faith groups. Unitarian Universalists, in particular the St. Cloud UU Fellowship, are known for their strong social justice focus. We encourage and welcome new members who have an interest in, and passion for environmental and social justice.

For further information contact Linda Peck (320-685-3365) at jandlpeck@cloudnet.com

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Becoming a Member
Most people visit UUF services a few times before they decide to become a voting member of the congregation. While membership is not required to participate in most aspects of church life, such as attending events and classes, only members may vote on matters that come before the congregation.

To become a member, you contact someone on the Membership Committee, sign the membership book, and commit to a financial and/or service pledge. If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, it is recommended that you attend New Member Orientation classes when they are offered. There you will learn about the history of our religious movement and about our congregation.


Community Garden
Community Garden
The UUF Community Garden consists of 18 8X8 individual plots and small common areas. Neighbors and community members are invited to participate along with Fellowship members. A wide variety of standard crops are tended and grown. Individuals care for their own plots. 


Contributions
People may give to the Fellowship in a variety of ways, including active participation, financial contributions, and in-kind donations of material and labor. Visitors and non-members are invited to make financial contributions during the Offering at our Sunday Service. In the spring all members are asked to look ahead to the coming fiscal year, which starts July 1, and assist planning by making a financial pledge of the amount they intend to give during the next year. There's also a chance to complete a volunteer survey and indicate how they want to be involved in the coming year.

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Circle Dinners
Circle Dinners involve small groups of 6 to 10 people who enjoy having dinner together several times throughout the year. The style is casual and potluck, the talk is good, and the food delicious. Each group arranges its own schedule, but most groups get together about every 4 to 6 weeks. Members of the Circle usually host one dinner during the year. Circle Dinners provide an opportunity to get to know Fellowship people well and have a good time. Each fall the Circles are reorganized, giving a chance to be with a different group of people for the next year. Members as well as non-members are encouraged to participate.

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Covenant Groups

“At a UUA General Assembly, two ministers told of deathbed statements they’d heard from the lips of parishioners.  In one case, ‘...what she wanted from her Church was the opportunity to talk with others about what mattered most to her…and she had never made that happen.’  In the other, a man complained about church experience, ‘All I ever wanted was the chance to talk with others about life’s journey’.”  Small Group Ministry seeks to fill these needs.

Testimony from UUF participants: 

“The group emphasizes listening and sharing.  The sharing has deepened my understanding of the other group members.  I appreciate this more meaningful level of connecting, and feel that each participant is now ‘special’ to me.  We use specially selected topics to focus our sharing.  These topics allow each of us to reach a better spiritual understanding of ourselves and each other.”

“The experience has given me a chance to get more personally acquainted with some of my fellow members and has made the church experience more rewarding.”




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