News and Updates

Service and Board Meeting Nov. 20

posted Nov 16, 2011, 5:24 PM by Gary Dannenbring   [ updated Nov 16, 2011, 5:27 PM ]

SLAUUA members and friends,

Our service this Sunday (November 20) will be led by Alice Klinzman.  The theme is "Getting Serious About Unitarian Universalism", and it is taken from a sermon by Scott Alexander, a UUA minister in Vero Beach, Florida.  He has traveled widely speaking, preaching, and doing workshops, as well as teaching the art of preaching in several seminaries.

Also,  there will be a Board meeting at 9:00 before the service. All are welcome to attend the Board meeting. The service will follow at 10:30.

Finally, JoAnn Lanning has sent us the following information on WhaleCoast Alaska 2012, which we want to share with you:  

Have you always dreamed of visiting Alaska? Are you curious about the lifestyles of Alaskan UUs?  Do you enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers?  If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2012 is for you!  Four Alaskan UU fellowships invite you to experience our eco-cultural and spiritual program this summer as we celebrate our 15th year!  See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Sitka with friendly homestays and unique tour activities.  See wildlife, including moose, bear, whales, bald eagles, seals, and caribou.  Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture.  Enjoy all that our beautiful state has to offer. Programs led by Dave Frey, member of the farthest north UU congregation.  To find out more about your Alaskan trip of a lifetime,visitwww.WhaleCoastAK.org, email dfrey@whalecoastak.org, or call 907-322-4966.  We would love to share our Alaska with you!

Dave Frey, Co-director, WhaleCoast Alaska, 675 Gold Vein Rd. Fairbanks, AK 99712, 907-322-4966, www.whalecoastak.org

Service November 6, 2011

posted Nov 4, 2011, 4:10 AM by Gary Dannenbring

SLAUUA Members and Friends,

David A. Brueck will continue his presentation on "A short history of the Middle East and how it pertains to today," which he began at the last service. David traveled extensively during the 70's throughout the Middle East. Hope you will be able to join us.

Gary Dannenbring

Service October 16, 2011

posted Oct 10, 2011, 8:08 PM by Gary Dannenbring

SLUUA members and friends,

This is a brief notice about next Sunday's service. David Brueck's father, David A. Brueck, will speak on "A Short History of The Middle East and How it Pertains to Today." He did extensive travel during the 70's throught the Middle East. David will be leading the service.

Gary Dannenbring

Service October 2, 2011

posted Sep 28, 2011, 6:37 AM by Gary Dannenbring

Good morning, Friends and Members of the Storm Lake Area Unitarian Universalist Association,

Gene Lindgren and Carol Lytle are teaming up as lay leaders. The topic will be "The Five Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion."  In the Bible story of David and Goliath, David is said to have picked up five stones, but one was all he needed to slay the enemy. We'll use this familiar story as metaphor for the five stones that are at the heart of our shared faith of Unitarian Universalism.

Service and Board meeting Sept. 18

posted Sep 12, 2011, 6:09 PM by Gary Dannenbring

Good afternoon, Friends and Members of the Storm Lake Area Unitarian Universalist Association,

The service this Sunday (Sept. 18) will be led by me (Gary). This was originally scheduled for August 21, but postponed since I had to be out of town. We will continue the theme of moral life, also going back to the service we had on April 17, where we discussed the concept of a "moral landscape." We will listen to part of a debate between Sam Harris (the author of the Moral Landscape) and William Lane Craig, an evangelical Christian philosopher. What do they have in common and how do they differ?

Also, there will be a Board meeting at 9:00 before the service. All are welcome to attend the Board meeting. The service will follow at 10:30.

If you haven't been to our new Website yet, please check it out:

https://sites.google.com/site/slauua/home

Please send me any thoughts you have concerning things you would like to see on that site.

Gary Dannenbring

Update on Sunday's service

posted Sep 1, 2011, 4:24 AM by Gary Dannenbring

SLUUA members and friends,

I just received word from Carol about a change in the service for Sunday. Here is her message. Hope you can join us for what I'm sure will be and interesting and thought-provoking service.

Laurence Fennema, a member of Northlake UU Church, Kirkland, Washington, is visiting family in the area this weekend and has offered to lead our service this Sunday. We always are happy to accept!  We'll postpone Gene Lindgren's service of the Five Stones of Liberal Religion for later. Laurence will be sharing his message on unconditional love and forgiveness, basing it on two books by Marilynne Robinson -- Gilead" and "Home" as references.You can read about the Pulitzer-prizing winning author here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94799720.  Marilynne lives in Iowa City and is involved in the Writers Workshop there. 

Hope you're able to make time in your Labor Day weekend for a thoughtful hour with Laurence and always good UU company.

Carol 

UU service Sunday and other information

posted Aug 31, 2011, 12:16 PM by Gary Dannenbring

SLAUUA members and friends,

Here is the latest message I received from Carol:

Best wishes to JoAnn and Ed Lanning who completed their move to Lincoln, Nebraska this past weekend. You will be greatly missed. Their new address is: 3001 S. 51st Street #324, Lincoln, NE 68506.  Email will stay the same: Ed's is: lanning@bvu.edu and JoAnn's is: lanningj@bvu.edu.

Service this Sunday, September 4th will be led by Gene Lindgren. Sermon topic will be "Five Stones of Liberal Religion," presented via video by Rev. Susan Smith, who is a district executive for the Southwestern UU Conference. She has written some interesting articles for the UU World, including one on The Truth About Santa:  http://www.uuworld.org/ideas/articles/6569.shtml which you may find interesting. 

Speaking of online resources, the September issue of Quest is on the subject of forgiveness.  You can read it here:http://clf.uua.org/quest/2011/09/September2011Final.pdf.  Quest is a terrific newsletter published by the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship.  Download and enjoy being inspired by UU theologians and leaders. 

Carol 

UUA Monthly Congregational Bulletin

posted Aug 2, 2011, 5:48 PM by Gary Dannenbring

SLAUUA members and friends,
I received the following from Carol, and forwarding it on to all of you. As she says, there are a lot of resources here.

Gary

Begin forwarded message:

From: Carol Lytle <cjlytle12345@gmail.com>
Subject: Fwd: UUA Congregational Bulletin for August 2011
Date: August 1, 2011 10:42:04 PM CDT
To: Gary Dannenbring <garydannenbring@mac.com>

Gary, will you please forward this to the congregation. Lots of resources  here. Too bad this message didn't come a day sooner to be included with your last message to our congregation. I've never received this bulletin before, nice to be on this list. 
Carol 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michael McGlone <mmcglone@uua.org>
Date: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Subject: UUA Congregational Bulletin for August 2011
To: cjlytle@iw.net


Dear Storm Lake IA UUs,

 

Greetings from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)!  

 

The August 2011 edition of the UUA monthly Congregational Bulletin is now available. You can find it on UUA.org at http://www.uua.org/communications/bulletin/. I hope you enjoy all of the materials included there and please share them with your congregation. In response to popular demand, I have once again included the full list of bulletin items in this email below my signature. If you have trouble with any of the links in this list, I invite you to use the online version linked above.

 

All the best,

 

Michael McGlone
Public Information Assistant
Unitarian Universalist Association
25 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
617-948-6103
info@uua.org

Bulletin Materials

From Administration:
An announcement offering discounted rates to stay at the Elliot and Pickett Houses (PDF) starting August 14th through December 20th.
To post, Leaders and RE Directors

From Beacon Press:
An advertisement offering discounts on Beacon Press titles (PDF) purchased online through August 31st.
To post

From the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF):
The CLF, a unique congregation without walls, has announced course listings (PDF) for online learning opportunities.
To post

Order of Service Covers for your Fall Water Ceremonies (PDF)
For ministers and administrators

From InterConnections:
An announcement. Are you receiving the latest tips and stories about vital congregations? Sign up for the monthly newsletter (PDF).
For ministers, board members, church staff and all lay leader

From International Resources:
International News (PDF) from the UUA.
—For ministers, presidents, and publicity committees

From Joseph Priestly District:
An announcement calling for enrollment in their Jubilee Two Racial Justice Workshop (PDF) scheduled for October 7th-9th.
To post

From Multicultural Growth & Witness:
The fourteenth Catalyst (PDF) and fifteenth Catalyst (PDF), the newsletter of Multicultural Growth & Witness regarding racial and ethnic concerns, are now available for your reading pleasure.
To post

An announcement featuring the 2011-2012 Social Justice Calendar (PDF).
—To post

Social Justice Newsletter (PDF) calling for Congregational Study and Action Issue proposals and other news.
For social justice task force chairs

From Skinner House:
An offer for Congregations buying ten or more copies of Skinner House books (PDF) to receive a 20% discount. Discussion guides and other supplementary materials can be found online.
For ministers, DREs

From Stewardship and Development:
Stewardship updates (PDF) including information about the Annual Program Fund, a new stewardship blog, and news about Association Sunday.
—For ministers, board presidents, and finance and stewardship committees

From UUWorld
An offer for discounted congregational subscriptions (PDF).
For ministers, membership coordinators, office staff and board members

From Worship and Music Resources:
Worship and Music director, Erik Wikstrom, reflects on his work (PDF) at the UUA.
For musicians, clergy, RE directors, and lay worship leaders

For more information contact info@uua.org.

 

 

News from the Storm Lake Area UU Association

posted Aug 1, 2011, 10:57 AM by Gary Dannenbring

Good afternoon, Friends and Members of the Storm Lake Area Unitarian Universalist Association,

This is a reminder that the next Storm Lake UUA service will be on August 7 at the usual time of 10:30, at the Elements. Carol will lead the service. She will share the text of a sermon by Rev. Jim Nelson, pastor at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena California, titled "The Likeness to God."  Neibuhr, ML King Jr., Tillich, Buber, Ghandi all believed that our inner world and outer world are connected, that what we do grows out of what we believe. They all suggested that our moral lives grow out of our faith, and that the essential part of a spiritual and moral life is to grow our very own souls. Rev. Nelson asks the question "how do you grow your own soul?" 

I (Gary) will lead the service on August 21. We will continue the theme of moral life, also going back to the service we had on April 17, where we discussed the concept of a "moral landscape." We will listen to part of a debate between Sam Harris (the author of the Moral Landscape) and William Lane Craig, an evangelical Christian philosopher. What do they have in common and how do they differ, and how does this connect with Nelson's sermon on "The Likeness to God?" 

Also, the first meeting of the new Board will be before the service, beginning at 9:00 on Aug. 21. All are welcome to attend the Board meeting. The service will follow at 10:30.

If you haven't been to our new Website yet, please check it out:

https://sites.google.com/site/slauua/home

Please send me any thoughts you have concerning things you would like to see on that site.

Gary Dannenbring

Article in the Boston Globe Magazine on Rev. James Reeb

posted Jul 18, 2011, 6:01 PM by Gary Dannenbring   [ updated Jul 18, 2011, 6:10 PM ]

Greetings, SLAUUA members and friends,
JoAnn Lanning just sent me a message she had received about a Boston Globe Magazine feature article on Rev. James Reeb, a UU minister who was killed in Selma, Alabama in March of 1965. I have posted this message below:

FYI

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Date: July 18, 2011 2:55:21 PM CDT
Subject: Boston Globe Magazine Feature Article on Rev. James Reeb
Reply-To: bjackson@uua.org


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News from the UUA Bookstore

Greetings!  

 

This past Sunday, the Boston Globe Magazine ran a feature article on Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian Universalist minister who was killed in Selma, Alabama, in March of 1965. He had gone there in response to Martin Luther King's call for ministers to join protests for voting rights. The article details the death of Rev. Reeb and the aftermath of his killing, along with the FBI's recent review of the case. The online version also contains a video featuring Rev. Jack Mendelsohn, minister emeritus of First Parish of Bedford, Massachusetts, and former senior minister of the Arlington Street Church in Boston.

If you are interested in learning more about the Unitarian Universalist presence in Selma in 1965, Rev. Richard Leonard's Call to Selma:Eighteen Days of Witness - available both in print and as an eBook - provides a compelling first-hand account of those turbulent days. To enhance your experience readingCall to Selma, we have compiled a number of additional resources which are available for free on the Skinner House Companion Resources page. These resources include the chapter on Rev. Reeb from Jack Mendelsohn's book The Martyrs:Sixteen Who Gave Their Lives for Racial Justice, which will be included in the Amazon Kindle edition of Call to Selma for a limited time beginning Friday, July 22.    

The Globe article is a fascinating glimpse into an important piece of our shared national heritage, a reminder of how far we've come, and an inspiration for the work we still have to do.  I hope you find it as illuminating as I did.

Happy Reading,
Rose Hanig, 
UUA Bookstore Manager

 

Call to Selma: Eighteen Days of Witness
Call to SelmaIn 1965 Rev. Martin Luther King appealed to clergy across the nation to come to Selma, Alabama, and join protestors in their struggle for voting rights. In all, more than 200 Unitarian Universalists responded, including about one-fifth of all Unitarian Universalist ministers. Reverend Richard Leonard, age 37, was Minister of education at the Community Church of New York at the time he answered Dr. King's call. Leonard's journal, along with the recollections of others who shared the journey, presents Selma as a pivotal point in the advancement of civil rights, and a defining moment for Unitarian Universalism
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