Sermons

Upcoming in May

May 2nd: More Than One Side: Every story has more than one side. But, often we get fixated on just one side. Is there danger in only telling one side to the story? Rev. Laura Thompson
May 9th: A Good Time for the Truth: Our guest speaker will be David Lawrence Grant, who has written major reports on racial bias in the justice system for the Minnesota Supreme Court and on racial disparities in the healthcare system for the Minnesota legislature. Mr. Grant’s essay, “People Like Us” was published in the book A Good Time for the Truth, one of the book discussion classes offered at MVUUF in January, 2021. Fran Bohlke and Linda Hayen are co-hosting the service.
May 16th: Our Story: Celebrating a Year: As a prelude to our annual meeting we’ll take some time to reflect on this historical and unprecedented year. Join us to celebrate our accomplishments and imagine where the story leads from here.
May 23rd: Storytelling: Children’s Sunday: Maria Bavier and MVUUF children lead this service, rich with stories, poems and music.
May 30th: Memorial Sunday: Every Name Tells a Story: As we take time to honor those who have lost their lives in service to this country, we make space to remember that every life had a name and a story. Rev. Laura Thompson

Past Sermons

After January 2020 “Past Sermons” are on You Tube (Click to see the list on You Tube)

Growing Community Through Shared Ministry: Stewardship Sunday (click on “Past Sermons” link above)

Sunday March 8, 2020

We celebrate all that we are and all that we are becoming! How do we continue to engage our work together in a way that is both meaningful to us as individuals and that lives out our mission and vision? Our service will include our projected need for next year alongside reflection on why supporting MVUUF is vital. Music from Mark Lofgren. A potluck and stewardship caucus event is planned for after the service. Bring a dish to share! Childcare provided.

Healing Minnesota Stories with Jim Bear Jacobs (click on “Past Sermons” link above)

Sunday March 1, 2020 - Jim Bear Jacobs

Healing Minnesota Stories is an effort to create understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people. Native people have suffered deep trauma over many years, losing their land, language, and culture, and all who call Minnesota home are the lesser for it. While many people and institutions contributed to that trauma, it happened with the full participation of many churches. We all still need healing and faith communities have a role to play in healing. With music from Lark Lewis. A book making activity will be provided in the vestibule area and in the conference room for folks wanting to keep their hands active. The nursery will be expanded to accommodate children ages 5 and under.

2020

3-08-20 "Growing Community Through Shared Ministry: Stewardship Sunday (click on “Past Sermons” link above)"
3-01-20 "Healing Minnesota Stories with Jim Bear Jacobs (click on “Past Sermons” link above)" Jim Bear Jacobs
2-23-20 "Nevertheless, We Persist (click on “Past Sermons” link above)" Rev. Laura Thompson and Fran Bohlke
2-16-20 "LOVE as Resilience: (click on “Past Sermons” link above)" Rev. Laura Thompson
2-09-20 "Tiny Purses, Goo Bins and Reeds (click on “Past Sermons” link above)" Rev. Laura Thompson, Janet Stevens and Richard Duffin
2-02-20 "Upstairs: Climate Conversation with MN Interfaith Power and Light (no recording available)" Jean Hammink, MNIPL
2-02-20 "Downstairs: What Do You Do When You Are in Hot Water? (no recording available)" Rev. Laura Thompson
1-26-20 "Facing Oppression with Integrity (no recording available)" Rev. Andrea Johnson
1-05-20 "Fire Communion (no recording available)" Rev. Laura Thompson
1-05-20 "Let My People Go – Exodus Lending (no recording available)" Guest Speaker Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer, Executive Director of Exodus Lending

2019

12-29-19 "What Brings You Awe?" Carla V. Ries
12-24-19 "Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 PM" Rev. Laura Thompson and Rev. Andrea Johnson
12-22-19 "Into the Light" Rev. Laura Thompson and Rev. Andrea Johnson
12-15-19 "Music Sunday" Nicole Collins and Lark Lewis
12-08-19 "The Power of Awe" Rev. Andrea Johnson
12-01-19 "(no audio) Fr. Vito Uncensored: The Power, the Pain and, the Shame" guest speaker, Tom Esch
11-24-19 "(no audio) Cornbread, Cider and Gratitude Communion" Rev. Laura Thompson and Rev. Andrea Johnson
11-17-19 "The Heart of Masculinity: Exploring Gender Constructs" Rev. Laura Thompson and Tom Ehlinger
11-10-19 "Lean on Me; Finding Home" Rev. Laura Thompson
11-03-19 "(no audio, guest speaker) Who’s Really in Charge? (upstairs)" Rev. Harlan Limpert and Rev. Andrea Johnson
11-03-19 "(no audio) Tis’ the Ancestor’s Breath: Day of Remembrance (downstairs)" Rev. Laura Thompson
10-27-19 "Belonging; No Country Home" Rev. Laura Thompson
10-20-19 "Belonging; All You Need is Love" Rev. Laura Thompson
10-13-19 "Belonging in an Age of Decolonization" Rev. Laura Thompson and Tom Ehlinger
10-06-19 "The 18″ Pilgrimage (upstairs)" Karen Wills and Danny Givens
10-06-19 "(no audio) Your Experience Belongs to YOU! (downstairs)" Rev. Andrea Johnson
9-29-19 "Give Me a Break!" Rev. Laura Thompson
9-22-19 "(no audio, guest speaker) Someone is Learning How to Be a Person of Faith by Watching You" Kimberly Sweeney
9-15-19 "Expectations: A Climate in Crisis" Rev. Laura Thompson and Linda Hayen
9-08-19 "(no audio) Making Waves; Water Communion" Rev. Laura Thompson, Rev. Andrea Johnson, Sara Sweeney
9-01-19 "The Blessing of the Animals" Rev. Laura Thompson
8-25-19 "(no audio) White Boy Lost" Ed Janes and Tom Bergmann
8-18-19 "The Importance of Faith Formation" Rev. Andrea Johnson
8-11-19 "I Love You Just the Way You Are; Beautiful Bodies, Part 2" Rev. Laura Thompson
8-04-19 "I Love you Just the Way You Are: Measures of Success" Rev. Laura Thompson
7-28-19 "I Love You Just the Way You Are: Beautiful Bodies, Part 1" Rev. Laura Thompson
7-21-19 "A Case for Religious Naturalism" Rev. Andrea Johnson
6-30-19 "(no audio) Beauty of the Ages; Becoming a Dementia Friendly Community"
6-23-19 "(no audio) Soap Box Sunday"
6-16-19 "The Beauty of PRIDE; 50 years after Stonewall" Rev. Laura Thompson
6-09-19 "(no audio) Celebrating Beauty; Thank You for the Music" Rev. Laura Thompson
6-02-19 "Flower Communion – The Beauty of Community" Rev. Laura Thompson and Rev. Andrea Johnson
5-19-19 "(no audio) RE Sunday" MVUUF Children and Youth and their teachers and leasders
5-12-19 "When Fear Becomes Oppression: Phobia (noun): an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something" Rev. Laura Thompson
5-05-19 "“I Don’t Know”; When Bravery Meets Curiosity" Rev. Laura Thompson
4-28-19 "(no audio) Listening to the Future; Youth Sunday" Rev. Laura Thompson and MVUUF Youth
4-21-19 "Wholeness: Rebirth for Easter and Earth Day; The Practice of Rising from the Ashes" Rev. Laura Thompson
4-14-19 "My Pilgrimage with Jesus" Rev. Andrea Johnson
4-07-19 "The Wholeness of Community: Celebration!" Rev. Laura Thompson
3-31-19 "(no audio) Travels on My Religious Journey" Fran Bohlke and Candace McClenahan
3-24-19 "Lost and Found" Rev. Laura Thompson, Rev. Andrea Johnson, and Janet Stevens
3-17-19 "A Song for the Journey; Music Sunday" Sonja Johnston and Nicole Collins
3-10-19 "The Journey of Lent; What Do You Have to Lose?" Rev. Laura Thompson
3-03-19 "The Journey Continues; We are the Source" Rev. Laura Thompson and Linda Hayen
2-24-19 "Trusting Pain and Anger" Rev. Laura Thompson
2-17-19 "Trusting the Beauty Within, Among and Beyond Us: A Tribute to Mary Oliver" Rev. Laura Thompson
2-10-19 "Building Trust" Rev. Laura Thompson
2-03-19 "The Broken Trust of a Nation" Rev. Laura Thompson and Carla Ries
1-27-19 "Emerging Gracefully" Andrea Johnson, Minister of Congregational Programs
1-20-19 "(no audio) Jan 19th and 20th: MLK Weekend of Service and Reflection" Rev. Laura Thompson
1-13-19 "Welcoming Possibilities: Are We Accessible?" Rev. Laura Thompson and Linda Hayen and Carla Ries

2018

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