St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

January 2019

10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6: “Protection for the Speech We Hate: How the First Amendment Works” — Judith Siminoe

What is the basis for the conclusion that hate speech is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? How can public entities be welcoming and inclusive to all when they cannot control hateful speech by a few? I would like to share a little information about one of my favorite subjects, constitutional law, specifically free speech and balancing important interests. Our history, as well as our current political climate, offer some evidence about the risks of suppressing opinion.

Please join us for Soup and Bread following the service. Visitors, be our guests!

10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13: “Through the Lens of Hope” — Jane Smith, M. Div.

As we traverse the challenges of life, we may find ourselves in a place of need. How can we transform despair into determination, and anger into action? Join us as we reflect on what hope means for us today. Jane is a recent graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, a UU seminary.
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20: “The Promise and Practice of Our Faith”

What would it be like if our UU worship service centered entirely around the voices and experiences of black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might we hear, however difficult? What might we learn? How might these black UU leaders teach us to be better allies, better siblings in faith, and even better citizens in our community?

10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27: “Enhancing Quality of Life While Preserving our Natural Treasures” — Ben Anderson

As Stearns County Park Director, Ben’s daily life and work embody our UU principle of “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” He will share information and inspiration related to the County Parks’ mission: “to provide natural resource-oriented parks and outdoor recreation opportunities that enhance the quality of life…through physical fitness, community building and economic vitality,” The resources are so diverse, there is something for everyone.

Emergency Notification Plan
When it is necessary to cancel a Sunday Service due to inclement weather or other unsafe conditions, we will:
1. Send a message to everyone on the email distribution list, and when possible, post on the Fellowship website and Facebook page.
2. Notify WJON Radio, AM1240, by phone to request that the cancellation be announced on air and on their website:
3. Call individual members who have requested to be contacted by phone. This option is for members who don't have ready access to email, internet, or WJON radio.
4. If unable to accomplish 1 and 2, make phone calls to the entire directory list.
When in doubt about the weather or the event, members should check for an email or radio message of cancellation. Use common sense and stay home if weather or road conditions look bad.

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