"How Does Your Momma Say, 'I Love You?'" by Vivian Jenkins
May
12
4:00 PM16:00

"How Does Your Momma Say, 'I Love You?'" by Vivian Jenkins

In honor of Mother’s Day this year, and in true UU fashion, we are going to be more inclusive than usual in our examination of motherhood. If all goes well, there is nothing better than a mother’s love, for both the giver and the recipient. We’re going to throw just a pinch of science into a cauldron of givers and receivers of Mother’s love and see what we get.

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"How to Curate Human Potential" by Rev. Anthony D. Makar, presented by Ken Vogele
Apr
7
4:00 PM16:00

"How to Curate Human Potential" by Rev. Anthony D. Makar, presented by Ken Vogele

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”—Muhammad Ali

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"Mary Ellen Should Have Been a Puppy" by Vivian Jenkins
Mar
31
4:00 PM16:00

"Mary Ellen Should Have Been a Puppy" by Vivian Jenkins

 At the age of 8, in 1872, Mary Ellen Wilson was put up for adoption. The little girl with a sparkling and congenial personality was placed in the home of a misguided man and his cold-hearted wife. The light put on the unconscionable abuses Mary Ellen suffered at their hands, in the days before U.S. child protection laws, forever changed the nature of children’s rights and protections.

This is a POT LUCK SUNDAY

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"Don't Fear the "G" Word (God that Is)" by Valerie Naylor
Feb
3
4:00 PM16:00

"Don't Fear the "G" Word (God that Is)" by Valerie Naylor

The Unitarian religion is based on the belief in one god, rather than the trinity of Christianity, and some Unitarians are strong believers in a higher power. Some modern Unitarian-Universalists don’t believe in a god or believe in multiple gods. Some are uncomfortable with any discussion about God. But never fear! If you are a Unitarian of any type, this service should make you feel comfortable.

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"The Inner Life of the Introvert: How Temperament Shapes the World" by Vivian Jenkins
Jan
27
4:00 PM16:00

"The Inner Life of the Introvert: How Temperament Shapes the World" by Vivian Jenkins

Psychologist Carl Jung considers Introversion and Extroversion to be the building blocks of personality. They are basically opposite ends of a spectrum of need for stimulation. We live in an age of the Extrovert Ideal where the value of the Introvert is ignored. We will pull some Introverts out of their places in history and put them in their place in our Web of Existence. Dale Carnegie and Tony Robbins may want us to work and upsell ourselves in crowds, but Einstein's theories didn't come out of a committee.

THIS IS A POT LUCK SUNDAY! If you wish, bring a dish!

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Cookies and Carols
Dec
23
4:00 PM16:00

Cookies and Carols

(This is a change from the previous plans of not offering a service for this date.)

We will be meeting at 4pm for “Cookies and Carols” - come ready to sing some holiday tunes with Laural, our talented music leader, and bring a cookie or holiday snack to share afterwards!

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Thunder Valley: Building a Regenerative Community on the Pine Ridge Reservation
Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

Thunder Valley: Building a Regenerative Community on the Pine Ridge Reservation

“Thunder Valley: Building a Regenerative Community on the Pine Ridge Reservation” presented by Erin Anderson with Lisa WhiteFace as Lay Leader

Thunder Valley is a grassroots Community Development Corporation on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Thunder Valley works to empower the Lakota community through the strengthening of cultural identity. We’ll learn about the exciting work happening at CDC, and have time to discuss how we, too, can work to create systemic change in our own local Rapid City community following this dynamic example being set by our Lakota neighbors.

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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
Dec
9
4:00 PM16:00

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

“Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion” presented by Doug Klinski

Sam Harris is a neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books. “Waking Up” is for the 20% of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the teachings of figures such as Jesus, Buddha, Rumi, and other saints and sages of history.

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Adult Religious Exploration
Dec
1
to Apr 10

Adult Religious Exploration

Starting in October we will begin reading and discussing the book “White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DeAngelo. You can order the book from Mitzi's Books in Rapid City or visit Amazon.com to order online.

 

 

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Want What You Have
Oct
14
4:00 PM16:00

Want What You Have

October 14

Service Leader: Vivian

Presenter: Laural Lantz

Program Title:Want What You Have

Program Description: This Sunday Laural Lantz will present a Soul Matters Sermon by Peter Friedrichs

Inspired by the life and works of Forrest Church, this presentation examines our human tendency to keep focusing on the dark and dismal and those things we can't envision rather than seeing clearly the positive light all around us. We will learn how to replace our "wishful thinking" with "thoughtful wishing".

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Church of the Holy Sunrise
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

Church of the Holy Sunrise

October 7

Service Leader: Jan Snedigar

Presenter: Bruce Roseland

Program Title: “Church of the Holy Sunrise”

Program Description:

“My poetry is about what connects us, we who live on and with the land.“

Bruce Roseland is a fourth generation rancher who grew up in north central South Dakota. His formal education ended when, after receiving a Master’s degree in sociology, he decided to return to the land, a place that made sense to him in a world that frequently does not. “The land talks and I listen. It has made me who I am; what I write and how I write all coming from the noisy quiet of this place I call home.”

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Blessing of the Animals
Sep
30
4:00 PM16:00

Blessing of the Animals

Service Leader:Valerie Naylor

Presenter: Valerie Naylor

Program Title: Blessing of the Animals

Program Description: Our annual service for the blessing of the animals. Bring a pet to receive a blessing – please use leashes and carriers as appropriate for your pets level of socialization, as there will be children and other animals present in a smaller space. If you have a beloved animal companion no longer with us you're invited to bring a photograph or memento for the altar.

informal/circle

POT LUCK SUNDAY - bring a dish to share if you are willing and able - but be sure to join us regardless!

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Rapid City's Affordable Housing Crisis
Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

Rapid City's Affordable Housing Crisis

September 23

Service Leader: Ken Vogele

Presenter: Dr. Jared McEntaffer

Program Title: Rapid City's Affordable Housing Crisis

Program Description: Dr. Jared McEntaffer is the senior author of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation's “Rapid City Housing Affordability Study.” He will explain how decreasing median income and a shortage of low cost housing has converged to cost burden over half of Rapid City's lower income residents by forcing them to pay greater than 30% of their incomes on housing.

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The Feminine Divine
Sep
9
4:00 PM16:00

The Feminine Divine

Service Leader: Laural Lantz

Presenter: Katie Frooman & Teri Weathers

Program Title: “The Feminine Divine”

Program Description: Following a women's summer religious education program from UUWR (UU Women in Religion), Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, the facilitators of the workshop share some of the overarching themes and insights from the workshop about the divine feminine and the impact of patriarchy on women in religion.

formal/sanctuary

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Midwest Leadership School
Sep
2
4:00 PM16:00

Midwest Leadership School

September 2

Service Leader: Jan Snedigar

Presenter: Matie and Tom Tyson

Program Title: Report on Midwest Leadership School

Program Description: Matie and Tom will talk about the various activities, lessons, and experiences from their week in Decorah, Iowa. Each bring a different perspective and “a-ha!” moments.

Formal/Sanctuary

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