January 2022

Theme: Living with Intention


We gather both in-person at the UUFN and online for Sunday services. Please choose the one that best fits for you. For those who choose to gather in the sanctuary, masks are required, and vaccinations expected for all who are eligible. Links for the Sunday Zoom meeting will be sent each week through the UUFN-Announce email group. Contact jwhitson@uunorthfield.org if you would like to begin receiving the weekly email.


Sunday, January 2 • 10:00 am

“Transforming Inner Darkness into Light” Presented by Paul Krause

Join us for our Annual “Burning Bowl” service. This service is a voyage of self-discovery and awakening; a casting off all that must be cast off and a celebration of all that remains. The service will include both a virtual burning bowl ceremony and a real burning bowl in our   beloved sanctuary. Either way, join us to experience the transformative nature of fire.

Sunday, January 9th • 10:00 am

“Living with Intention”• Rev. Sara Smalley

To paraphrase the words of UU religious educator Katie Covey, “Goals and resolutions 'push us out’ into future possibilities. Intention is different from setting goals or resolutions in that it 'pulls us into' who we truly are.” During this service led by Rev. Sara and worship associate Carol Spear, we’ll consider what it means to be pulled towards who we truly are as we set   one-word intentions for ourselves and our community. Join us for this time of reflection and inspiration!

Sunday, January 16th • 10:00 am

“We Begin Again in Love” • Rev. Sara Smalley

For our Martin Luther King Day service, Rev. Sara will weave together a UU concept of sin, the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a vision of social justice work rooted in intentionally choosing to care. Join her and worship associate Mairi Doerr for this service where we rededicate ourselves to the work of justice and love.

Sunday, January 23rd • 10:00 am

“What’s Love Got to Do With It: The Church’s Response to Racism”

Guest Speaker Dr. Verna Price

Human potential expert, executive coach, award winning international speaker, and best-selling author of The Power of People: Four Kinds of People Who Can Change Your Life. Dr. Verna also founded Girls Taking Action, a mentoring and empowerment program impacting girls around the world. She was recently featured in a series on racism in the community on WCCO radio.

Sunday, January 30th • 10:00 am

Guest Speaker Kent Nerburn, author of Neither Wolf Nor Dog

(the focus of UUFN’s October book discussion)

These are quotes from Kent Nerburn’s website: For several years I worked on the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation helping students collect the memories of the tribal elders. This changed my life and introduced me to the native spiritual traditions that have become so central to the   message in my writings… I am deeply concerned with the human condition and our responsibility to the earth, the people on it, and the generations to come. I believe that we are, at heart, spiritual beings seeking spiritual meaning.

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