St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9: Water Ceremony
Please join the community as we welcome each other back for another
church year. We will come together in this multigenerational service as
we blend our waters in a common container and share what the water
represents for us.
*You are welcome to bring water from near or far. Otherwise there will be water available for you to use in our water ceremony.
Soup and Bread will be served following the service.
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16: A Murmuration of Starlings—Rev. Ashley Horan
What can the movements of animals who murmur ate, shoal, and swarm
teach us about building deep trust, agile responsiveness, and communal
safety? Drawing on Adrienne Maree Brown’s work in this dream we’ll
spend time thinking about the lessons nature holds for us about
movements, justice, and beloved community.
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23: Evangelicalism and the Decline of American Politics—Rev. Jan Linn
Evangelical Christianity chose to align itself with the Republican
Party in the late 1970’s, producing an unholy alliance that has both
corrupted American politics and American Christianity. Rev. Linn’s
book, of the same title as this presentation, connects the dots between
the extremism that now controls the Republican Party and the theology
of partisan evangelicalism. While the book was written before
Donald Trump became President, it helps explain how it happened.
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30: Nurturing an Inclusive Mental Health Community—Lisa & Joel Bershok
It's estimated that 16.2 million adults in our country at any given
time suffer from depression symptoms. Suicide rates nationally
are rising, with Minnesota seeing a 40% increase in the last 18
years. In the last 11 years, we have seen rates of adolescent
suicide dramatically increase as well. Half of those who
take their lives every year have had no diagnosis or treatment for a
mental health condition. Also concerning is that rates of mental
health and suicide can be disproportionally varied across ethnic
minority groups. What we do know is that community and a sense of
belonging can dramatically increase recovery from mental health
symptoms and be a protective factor against suicide. Please join
us to discuss how we can work towards an inclusive, supportive
community with the goal of reducing mental health stigma by encouraging
recovery and increasing suicide prevention efforts.