St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

September, 2018

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.


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