What's the difference between equity and equality? Between justice and charity? How much do parents have to earn to support a family of four? What causes poverty? We explored questions like these, then headed out to do some good work on our Urban Immersion service retreat. Projects including cleaning Meals on Wheels containers, prepping an apartment for … Continue reading Serving Others
WBUUC Park Days are an open invitation to families of all ages to connect on weekdays during the summer. We hope to organize weekly gatherings in several different locations around the Twin Cities metro area as an opportunity for children to play together and for caretakers to connect and share resources. Families who participate in Park Days can … Continue reading WBUUC Summer Park Days Are Back!
The world is calling to us, in an ancient language. Let us listen! "Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war." Science author Loren Eiseley penned these words. He … Continue reading The World is Calling
These are stressful times, for both young and old, as our country wrestles with actions by the new administration that leave many feeling threatened. How do we engage for democratic principles, justice, and peace while also coping with fear, sadness, anger, and worry, and bewilderment? Know that you are cherished. As a community of faith, UUs support one another … Continue reading Peace in Hard Times
Photos from an afternoon among friends. What fun!
This month, Prek- 6th grade students, along with adults in the congregation explored our theme, PEACE: The Practice of Spreading light. Children began by reading Todd Parr's The Peace Book in their classes and created their own pages where they answered the question, "What is Peace to you?" Children extended this theme by exploring ways that they … Continue reading The Practice of Spreading Light
Can you think of a time you were able to establish peace in your mind or spirit despite facing turmoil or conflict? What effect did it have? A few parents took time out to ask questions like these about peace in their lives and homes. Youth and children also explored the topic, in an evening we called … Continue reading Room for Peace
For the thirteenth year, our youth spent an afternoon making holiday gifts with guests at the Family Service Shelter in Maplewood. Twenty-nine parents and children came to enjoy some respite as they made jewelry, framed photos, toys, & more. Thank you, everyone who helped - including Sarah, a generous WBUUC parent who made us lunch ahead of … Continue reading A Creative Afternoon
Twenty youth and seven adults raised $974 for Doctors Without Borders, our spring service trip, and the 2018 Boston Bound trip. A senior helped us write a covenant - not just a list of rules, but a positive statement of what we wanted to be for one another. Our minister, Victoria, stopped by to wish us well. During … Continue reading Cookie Bake
They love this congregation where they are moved by music, our teens said. This is a place where people can think deeply, calm themselves, serve people in need, feel accepted, embrace diversity, be with friends. The list came at the end of a long discussion, in answer to the question: What do you love about this, … Continue reading Searching for Wisdom