Articles, Reflections, & Announcements


Green Sanctuary – Global Decarbonization

By Ed Oaksford

Learn more about Global Decarbonization by registering for this TEDx online presentation. The issue is salient given the fact that our congregation has asked our finance committee to examine our endowment fund at church and redirect it toward a more socially responsible investing strategy wherein we would divest in fossil fuel and environmentally destructive industries. Those investments would then be replaced by to green technologies that support new jobs helping those in the fossil fuel industry transition to energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro, and tidal. The TEDx presentation is described below.

TEDxUNEP: Racing to Zero with Higher Education: Acting and Enabling Global Decarbonization | Tuesday October 13th 2:00 – 3:30 PM Virtual/online – To register, go to:

The upcoming TEDxUNEP event focuses on the topic of higher education decarbonization as part of the Race to Zero. The event will take place on October 13, 2020 during the launch of Countdown. Both Countdown and Race To Zero are global campaigns to rally leadership and support from governments, businesses, and other institutions for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. The event will be co-hosted by Second Nature and UNEP’s Youth, Education & Advocacy Unit. This webinar is free and open to the public. If you are not available on the day of the program, you can still register and a link to the recorded program will be sent to you after the event.

Register Now for Upcoming Screenings of The Condor and the Eagle


Monday, October 12th 7-9:30pm ET

REGISTER HERE  —  DONATE HERE (suggested $1-100 sliding scale; avg. $25)


Co-hosted by The Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka, MN (UUCM)


The Condor & The Eagle premiered in October 2019 at the Woodstock Film Festival, was selected by 28 world-renowned film festivals and has won 8 awards including Best Environmental Documentary at the 2019 Red Nation Film Festival.

Witnessing the overwhelming and terrifying current political climate, many are looking for answers or a form of immediate sacred activism to aid in this rapid need for change. As world climate scientists predict unprecedented global catastrophes, The Condor & The Eagle film features frontline Indigenous women leaders deploying unparalleled global response. The documentary offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the film’s four protagonists learn from each other’s long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy on an unexpectedly challenging and liberating journey, which will forever change their attachment to the Earth and one another.

City Clean Energy Survey- Your Input is Needed

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By Steve Urse

City Clean Energy Plan Survey – Your Input Needed The City has taken giant strides towards achieving 100% net clean, renewable energy by 2050 with some transportation goals by 2035. Both goals should result in cleaner air for all citizens. The solar farm and purchases of electric cars and buses are leading the way. Utility staff reported accomplishments and next steps to the City Commission on Wednesday September 23.

Community input is vital to the development of the plan. As such, an online Clean Energy Plan Survey has been developed and posted to the City’s website. Results from this initial survey will be used to facilitate future outreach efforts including community discussions that will occur in the coming weeks and months.

The survey will remain online for several weeks and the City would appreciate your input. The link to learn more about accomplishments so far and to participate follows:

Steve Urse, member City Utility Citizens’ Advisory Committee

Healing the Scars of Trauma

By Linda Wright

People who experience trauma, whether it is from physical or emotional pain or witnessing acts of violence, are left with scars. Often the scars are invisible. That does not mean it is not felt in our bodies. The clenched fist, the knot in your belly, the weight on your stiff neck may all signal a stress reaction. Sometimes before we know what is happening we are saying things we do not mean or making decisions without thinking.

Research shows that if unaddressed the trauma one person endures will be passed to family members, friends, contacts even to generations to come. Much like an infection, stress is contagious unless treated.

Part of antiracism work requires that white people attend to and heal their own trauma. The next meeting of Allies for Racial Equity (ARE@UUCT) will be on Monday, October 12 at 11:00 am. Rev. William Levwood and Annette Pearce will be facilitating using the tools from Resmaa Menakem’s book, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.

Contact Linda Wright to join this meeting on Zoom.

Democracy wins in Michigan!

The election is on in Michigan! Early voting started on September 24th. Thanks to democracy reforms that organizers have won here, we have lots of voting options to help folks vote early and safely in this year’s election–vote by mail, in person at the clerk’s office, ballot drop boxes, on-line voter registration and in person election day registration but a lot of people don’t know about them.

Now that we’re in the homestretch, UU the Vote is asking UUs from around the country to join UUs and their partners in Michigan for a National Phonebank on October 15 from 6:30-8:30 pm EST.

Click here to sign up!

Centering BIPOC Voices: Book Discussion

By Robin Gray

At the first Centering BIPOC Voices we broke into small groups for discussion. Participants agreed that “How to Be An Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi was a good foundation for our continued reading.

The next book to be discussed on October 10th (3:30-5:00 PM) is “The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide” by Zerlina Maxwell. The publisher’s introduction states: “After working on two presidential campaigns…Zerlina Maxwell gained first-hand knowledge of everything liberals have been doing right over the past few elections–and everything they are still doing wrong.” “…(Observing that) the Democratic Party’s most historically diverse pool of presidential candidates finally dwindled down to Joe Biden, once again an older white man, Maxwell has posed the ultimate question: what now, liberals?”

In November we’ll be reading and discussing “Heavy: An American Memoir” by Kiese Laymon. Reviewing the book for NPR, Martha Anne Toll says: “Dear white people, please read this memoir. Dear America, please read this book. Kiese Laymon is a star in the American literary firmament, with a voice that is courageous, honest, loving, and singularly beautiful. “Heavy” is at once a paean to the Deep South, a condemnation of our fat-averse culture, and a brilliantly rendered memoir of growing up black, and bookish, and entangled in a family that is as challenging as it is grounding.”

Intrigued? Read the books and join the discussions on the second Saturday of the month, October 10 and November 14.

How About Those 2020 Amendments–Updates

By Susan Fleming

Here is voting Information from the League of Women Voters to share please!

These links will give you so much information on voting:  2020 Vote By Mail Flyer and on the Amendments you will be voting on:  2020AmendmentsFlyer.

Additionally, do you know about the informational website  This source will give you individualized information on your slate of seats you will be asked to vote on and much more information.  VOTE411 is committed to ensuring voters have the information they need to successfully participate in every election. Whether it’s local, state or federal, every election is important to ensuring our laws and policies reflect the values and beliefs of our communities.

Send your pet photos for our upcoming Blessing of the Animals!

By Adriane Pitt

Join us as we celebrate the world’s animals.  You are invited to email photos of beloved pets to be included in a slideshow presented during our October 18 Sunday Service.

Send images to <> by Wednesday, October 14 at 3pm.