Sermons 2018-12-28T18:56:52+00:00

Upcoming Sermons

Jan 19th and 20th: MLK Weekend of Service and Reflection

Sunday January 20, 2019 - Rev. Laura Thompson

Jan. 19th & 20th: MLK Weekend of Service and Reflection: We once again will focus on volunteerism for MLK
weekend. There are volunteer opportunities on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, we’ll gather for brunch and
fellowship in lieu of our regular service. Please sign-up for volunteer opportunities online here or on the sign-up sheets
located in the upper lobby.
Jan. 19th:
10am-12pm: VEAP: Bring our toilet paper and diaper donations to VEAP and get them sorted and
packaged (ages 12 and up)
4-6pm: Brunch Prep & Set-Up for Sunday: help and table set-up for Sunday Brunch
7-9pm: Feed My Starving Children: Eagan Location (ages 5 and up)
Jan. 20th:
9-11am: Brunch Crew: Cook and serve brunch
11:30pm-1:30pm: Doing Good Togethertm; Family Service Fair: After a short presentation from the
folks at Doing Good Together, folks will be invited to various stations to engage the following
projects (all ages):
Making cat toys and dog treat bags for local animal shelters
Decorating conversation placemats for MVUUF families
Making Caring Cards to send to MVUUF members
Making Valentine’s treat bags for OASIS for Homeless Youth
Make Breakfast Bundle Packs for Cornerstone Shelter
11:30am-1:00pm: Superstar Clean-up Crew

Jan. 20th, 10:30am: Food for Thought Sunday: What Possibilities Do We Create?: We will gather briefly in the
sanctuary for a song and blessing, before joining together with one another at tables for a community brunch
celebrating the possibilities we create together. Whether or not you are able to participate in our volunteer activities
for the weekend, we would love to have you present for this service of fellowship. *This service often runs longer than
our usual program, please plan accordingly.

Emerging Gracefully

Sunday January 27, 2019 - Andrea Johnson, Minister of Congregational Programs

Emerging Gracefully: The poet, John O’Donohue, suggests that our inner teacher emerges: “In the
out-of-the-way places of the heart, where your thoughts never think to wander, this beginning has been quietly
forming, waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire, feeling the emptiness
growing inside you, noticing how you willed yourself on, still unable to leave what you had outgrown.” How we might
listen to our longings and learn to slow down and dance with life in a new way – not as an obstacle course to get
through, but as a host of holy voices calling us to greater loving and living.

Past Sermons

Welcoming Possibilities: Are We Accessible?

Sunday January 13, 2019 - Rev. Laura Thompson and Linda Hayen and Carla Ries

Welcoming Possibilities: Are We Accessible: As diverse as we are in our theologies, we are
also diverse in our physical and mental abilities. Among us are those who live with or love someone with physical
disabilities, cognitive disabilities, chronic illnesses or mental illnesses. This service will give us time to hear from folks
about their experiences and to reflect about how we can be a more accessible and inclusive community.

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Fire Communion

Sunday December 30, 2018 - Rev. Laura Thompson

The New Year brings us into a space of looking forward at who we want to become and what we want to create. An important first step in moving forward is taking an inventory of the things that might be holding you back. During the service we will feed the fire with those things we need to let go of and imagine how we want to arise out of the ashes.

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1-13-19 "Welcoming Possibilities: Are We Accessible?" Rev. Laura Thompson and Linda Hayen and Carla Ries


12-30-18 "Fire Communion" Rev. Laura Thompson
12-24-18 "MVUUF’s Interactive No-Rehearsal Christmas Pagaent: What’s that Noise?" Rev. Laura Thompson and Andrea Johnson
12-16-18 "Music Sunday" Sonja Johnston and a host of heavenly voices and players.
12-09-18 "What are you Waiting for? The Mystery of In-Between" Rev. Laura Thompson and Fran Bohlke
12-02-18 "Mystery: Fear of the Unknown" Rev. Laura Thompson and Tom Ehlinger
11-25-18 "The Voices of Our UU Ancestors" Andrea Johnson and Carla Ries
11-18-18 "Celebrating Our Roots; The Fellowship Movement" Rev. Laura Thompson
10-14-18 "Race and the Criminal Justice System – Are We Awake?" Mary Moriarty
3-25-18 "Change Happens: Finding Your Way in an Ever-Moving World" Rev. Laura Thompson
3-18-18 "It’s Stewardship Sunday! Let’s Talk About Someone’s Money Besides Yours!" With Guest Speaker Bill Clontz and Rev. Laura Thompson.
3-11-18 "Music Sunday!"
3-04-18 "Weaving Webs" Guest Speaker Dr. Rita Capezzi and Worship Associate Lorna Prell
2-18-18 "Resistance & Resilience: Songs of Freedom" Rev. Laura Thompson
2-11-18 "Persevering Pioneers of Unitarian Universalism: Olympia Brown" Rev. Laura Thompson
1-28-18 "Cabbage Town" Guest speaker Rev. Karen Hutt and Worship Associate Eve Bergmann


11-26-17 Abundance: When Do We have Enough? Rev. Laura Thompson and Gabby Vigliaturo.
11-19-17 Gratitude; Practice~ Practice~ Practice Rev. Laura Thompson and Eve Bergmann with special music by Ann Reed.
11-12-17 You Are What You Eat Rev. Laura Thompson
10-22-17 It’s a Good Day to Die Rev. Laura Thompson and Worship Associate Lorna Prell
10-15-17 The Courage of Vulnerability Rev Laura Thompson and Worship Associate Linda Hayen.
9-24-17 Come~ Come Whoever You Are Rev Laura Thompson with Worship Associate Linda Hayen.
9-17-17 All are Welcome; Beloved Community Rev Laura Thompson & Worship Associate Carla Ries
5-7-17 The Cultural Embodiment of Racism: Minister Laura Thompson and Eve Bergmann
4-2-17 Transforming the Fear of Transformation Minister Laura Thompson and Worship Associate Linda Hayen
3-26-17 Hungry for Truth; A Quest For Meaning Minister Laura Thompson and Worship Associate Betsy Carter
3-19-17 Learning to Fly Minister Laura Thompson and Worship Associate Tom Bergmann
3-5-17 The Cracks Are Where the Light Gets In Jack Gaede~ Guest Speaker
2-19-17 Oops~ My Bad; Valuing Imperfection~ Vulnerability~ Failure and Other Things We Don’t Like About Ourselves Minister Laura Thompson and Worship Associate Betsy Carter
2-5-17 Who are U(U)? Minister Laura Thompson and Worship Associate Carla Ries
1-29-17 Prophetic Voices of Women Minister Laura Thompson and Worship Associate Lorna Prell
1-22-17 The Prophetic Voice of the Arts Kevin Kling


12-18-16 The Presence of Angels Laura Thompson, Linda Hayen
11-27-16 A Story of People: Bearing Witness Laura Thompson, Diane Bick and Tom Ehlinger
11-13-16 Finding Light in the Darkness Laura Thompson
11-06-16 Once Upon a Time… or Maybe Twice Laura Thompson
4-17-16 Partisanship, Gridlock, and the 2016 Elections David Schultz, Professor Hamline University, Author
3-20-16 The Eternal (Vernal) Return Rev. Myron Andes
2-28-16 Tradition: Anchor or Shackle Rev. Myron Andes
2-21-16 Seeing Theodore Roosevelt Adam Lindquist
50th-anniversary 50th Anniversary Celebration Observance 50th Anniversary Committee
2-7-16 Tradition and the Future: Did You Ever Have to Finally Decide? Rev. Myron Andes
1-24-16 Drinking Water and Justice: The Minnesota Challenge Rep. Jean Wagenius
1-10-16 Strength: An Open and Closed Case Rev. Myron Andes
1-03-16 Environmental Destruction by Industrial Agricultural Practices in Minnesota Sonja Trom Eayrs


12-20-15 The Terror and Comfort In Awe and Wonder Rev. Myron Andes
12-06-15 Wondering About Wonder Rev. Myron Andes
11-22-15 Thanksgiving Harvest Communion Rev. Myron Andes
11-08-15 Love Generation Rev. Myron Andes and Jan Fitzgerald, Dir. of Religious Ed.
11-01-15 “Toward Being the “Love People”” Rev. Myron Andes
9-27-15 Community Connection and Restorative Justice in an Era of Racial Strife Rev. Myron Andes
9-20-15 Connections in Time, Life and Right Relations Rev. Myron Andes
8-09-15 Income Inequality – Effects on Child Health Dr. Linda Eelkema
6-07-15 Seasons of Change Reverend Myron Andes
5-10-15 Our Mental Health Rev. Myron Andes
5-03-15 Being a Transgender – Welcoming Congregation Jendeen Forberg, Rev. Myron Andes, and the Welcoming Congregation Committee
4-26-15 Eternally Grateful Frank Dreisbach
4-26-15 Ceremony of Installation of Reverend Myron Andes
4-05-15 A Crack in the Egg: Hope in Passover and Easter Rev. Myron Andes
3-08-15 Wild and Precious Life Rev. Myron Andes and Glenn Corliss
2-15-15 Why are Immigrants So Important to All of Us? Sheila Stuhlman


12-08-14 The Cool Hand Luke Sermon Rev. Myron Andes
11-23-14 Thanksgiving Harvest Communion Rev. Myron Andes
11-02-14 All Souls Are Worth Remembering Rev. Myron Andes
10-26-14 Barb Olson, Spencer Baldwin, Robert Reedy, and Brenda Daly discuss their journeys to MVUUF
10-19-14 Chain of Emotions: Addressing Violence Rev. Myron Andes
10-12-14 I Beg to Differ, Mr. Spock: Logic, Life, and Love Rev. Myron Andes
10-5-14 Healing The Hoops RedHeart
9-28-14 The Transitive and the Intransitive in Worship: What is the Object?” Rev. Myron Andes
9-21-14 Hello. I love you! Won’t you tell me your name?” Rev. Myron Andes
9-14-14 Rev. Myron Andes on the Water Communion
8-24-14 Inequality in America,” PDF presentation with notes also available. Dale Lewellyn
6-01-14 Rev. Myron Andes, candidate for called minister, on the Flower Communion.
5-25-14 I Do! I Do! The joy of volunteering Rev. Janet Newman
5-04-14 I Have a Dream” Rev. Janet Newman
4-20-14 So Much in Bud” Rev. Janet Newman
4-13-14 The Water of Life Sally Mills and Green Sanctuary
3-30-14 Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World” Rev. Janet Newman
3-23-14 If Music Be the Food of Love… Rev. Janet Newman
3-09-14 Unmentionables” with intermezzo by Rita Phillips Rev. Janet Newman
2-23-14 Virtues of Life Senior High youths:
2-16-14 The Faces and Phases of Love Rev. Janet Newman
2-2-14 Gather the Spirit Jan Fitzgerald, Rev. Janet Newman
1-26-14 Upstairs/Downstairs Jan Fitzgerald
1-12-14 Science, Nature, and Spirituality” with discussion Betsy Longley
1-5-14 For The Time Being Rev. Janet Newman


12-8-13 The Handwriting on the Wall David Olson, Melinda Conness of the transition team and Rev. Newman
12-1-13 What Are You Waiting For? Rev. Janet Newman:
11-17-13 Collaborative Law: A Kinder, Gentler Way Bruce Peck
11-10-13 Remembrance and Veterans’ Day Rev. Janet Newman
11-03-13 The Unity and Diversity in the 21st Century Rev. Mark Kiyimba
10-27-13 Peace Education Martha Roberts
10-20-13 Moses and the Trapeze Artist Rev. Janet Newman:
10-13-13 Beyond Categorical Thinking Eddy Carrol and Mary Esther Johnson
10-6-13 We Are The Promises We Keep Rev. Janet Newman
9-29-13 Of Reverence & Reverends Rev. Janet Newman
9-22-13 The Sense of Wonder Rev. Frank Driesbach
9-15-13 Hospitality as a Lifelong Practice Rev. Janet Newman
8-25-13 March on Washington Anniversary Rev. Janet Newman
8-18-13 The New Jim Crow Kathy Park
7-21-13 Is Buying Locally Grown Food a Moral Imperative? John Peloquin
7-14-13 Can a Godless Church Be Spiritual? Dale Lewellyn
5-26-13 The Moral Injury of War Rev. David Breeden
5-12-13 Reason or Rationality Eve Webster
5-05-13 Osiris Goes Green Rev. David Breeden
4-21-13 Green Sanctuary Committee (Sally Mills, Vanessa Iiams) and Rev. David Breeden.
4-14-13 Some Ministry of Stars Rev. Meg Riley, Senior Minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, with music written and performed by Namoli Brennet