Rapid City businesswoman, wife, and mother, Kimberly Munsel, will talk about how she chose to give the gift of life by carrying a baby for a single man who wanted to start a family.
"Working Together for Social Justice in Housing, Transportation, and Childcare" by Councilman Ritchie Nordstrom
Ward 2 Councilman Ritchie Nordstrom tends to take a liberal approach to Rapid City’s underserved and their problems. He’ll give us his take on what to expect from city government.
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.
The fights for Women’s Rights, Civil Rights, Abolition, Education for Women, Contraception, even Animal Rights, and a host of other issues of justice and equality would not have been the same without the women of the Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist faith traditions.
“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
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
"Nuggets of Lent Can Be Useful for Non-Believers When Uncloaked From a Christian Facade" by Vivian Jenkins
Let's move a period of prayer, penance, repentance and self-denial into a framework more useful to the non-believer. Although Lent provides us with some useful personal considerations, their magical packaging is not very user friendly to the non-believer.
The QLU is comprised of police officers working hand-in-hand with caseworkers in order to provide boots-on-the ground social work services to homeless and vulnerable members of our community. Learn why the unit originated, its current projects, and where it is headed in the future.
A panel of four (Susan, Jan, Jim, Brian) will report on their study of the book White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo. This discussion will include a definition, ways we avoid the issue, how this book affected us, and a discussion of the Intercultural Developmental Inventory assessment.
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.
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!
Our deepest calling is to grow into our authentic selfhood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks; we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.
“The Universal Hour of Peace and Peace Covenant” presented by Laural Lantz
The history and practice of an annual Universal Hour of Peace from the tradition of Laural’s alma mater, the School of Metaphysics.
This will be a pot luck Sunday, please bring a dish to share as you are able.
(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!
“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.
“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.
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".
Service Leader: Jan Snedigar
Presenter: Bruce Roseland
Program Title: “Church of the Holy Sunrise”
“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.”
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.
POT LUCK SUNDAY - bring a dish to share if you are willing and able - but be sure to join us regardless!
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.
Service Leader: Laural Lantz
Presenter: Matie Tyson
Program Title: “What I learned from falling to the Earth – Habits of Resilient People”
Program Description: This sermon, by Sharon Dittmar, is a time for us as UU's and as a Fellowship to examine our resilience to the events we face now.
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.
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.