Friday, April 18, 2014

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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Brainerd/Pine River MN 4/18/14

Greetings! just a line to say that the fifth Feast Film & Forum event was held last night at Happy Dancing Turtle with excellent attendance.The topic was Bees, with films and Don Jackson on hand to field questions about the current state of affairs in bees and honey production. As you probably have heard, the numbers of bees have been in sharp decline in recent years, due to various factors, and mainly from pesticide use. So much so, that major crop production that depends on pollination (like most plants) are coming under threat. In attendance were several bee keepers, with different levels of experience from beginners to veterans, and great questions. The main film was Tales From the Hive, a NOVA production, and then a televised interview with Don from TPT. He encourages people to join the North Central Bee Keepers Association which meets regularly in Brainerd. Go online for information.

We are exploring a further series in the fall, featuring Harvesting. Stay tuned for this.

Respectfully Submitted, Mary DeYoung, news director NUUF 218-587-2543

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Brainerd/Pine River MN 4/17/14

Greetings! The annual business meeting was held yesterday at Mary's house in Pine River. Routine matters were addressed and a tentative calendar set through December. The month of May still has two meetings scheduled, one on May 10 to assemble packets for STOP to be given to sexual assault victims coming into the Brainerd program. The second meeting is on May 17th, where we will welcome our guest pastor, Suzanne Wasilczuk, for her sermon of song and hope. We are planning for a good turnout!

Plans are moving forward on several fronts. We will be looking into fund raising opportunities, not a garage sale this year! But perhaps something we can offer in several venues as events move along....The TTTT is still with us, and emails have gone out to Fargo-Morehead UUs and Anton Truer at BSU as possible locations as hosts; also CLC has indicated they would accept certain titles, perhaps in their Native American collection, so that is not ruled out. We have perhaps 25-30 titles at this writing, mostly Native American authors.....a bookplate would be very nice, to explain the source and goals of the Tour.

Over the summer, when usually a monthly picnic is scheduled, we decided to join the Pride picnic at the Kiwanis Park in Brainerd on June 14, where we could set up a table with information and perhaps items for the public, making available the calendar and handouts. July 12 and August 16 are dates set for picnics at Pine River in the park.

For the fall programs, although nor yet firmed up, a Water Service in September, Letting Go of God in September and October, Columbus in October, a Thanksgiving dinner at Mary's and discussion of Behind the Kitchen Door in November, Solstice party at Barb's and Chalica celebration in December. Please watch the newsletter, this blog, and the website for better information. This is ambitious, but enthusiasm abounds!

As always we welcome input and new visitors interested in a liberal religious environment! is the website address.

Respectfullly submitted, Mary DeYoung, news director 218-587-2543

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Brainerd/Pine River MN 4/12/14

Greetings! Today we met for the second annual Flower Celebration, in honor of Dr. Norbert Capek, founder of the Czech Unitarian Church in Prague in the 20s.
He originated the Flower Service, in which members and visitors bring flowers for exchange, to commemorate the return of spring and recommitment to the Church. His story is a moving one, being arrested and killed by the Nazis in 1942. We do not have many so martyred in UU history, and surely he is not alone; but his courage and devotion to his beliefs are to be emulated and remembered.

A couple of announcements. The next meeting has been moved to April 16, at 10:30, at Mary's house in Pine River. We will be doing annual business, electing officers, taking care of the budget, setting the calendar. A potluck lunch will be provided. Any UUs and like minded fellow travelers are welcome to attend and get involved. This takes the place of the regularly schedules meeting on April 26.

The Peace folks in Brainerd are holding a TAX DAY vigil on the 15th. Call 218-264-2328 if you are interested and want to become involved.

The Legacy is presenting the next series of musicales April 25-April 27. Aitken First Lutheran Church at 7:30, April 25. Cross Lake Lutheran Church at 7:30, April 26. And at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd, April 27 at 3:30. The Legacy Chorale will be featured, and if you have ever heard them, you will remember how wonderful these voices are. The program is called Legacy on Broadway!

Respectfully submitted, Mary DeYoung NUUF news director 218-587-2543

Friday, April 4, 2014

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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Brainerd/Pine River MN 4/4/14

Last night, April 3rd, the third event was held at Happy Dancing Turtle in the series on food issues. The topic was Toxic Taters: "No more toxic taters: Transitioning to sustainable Potato Production in MN." The presenters were from the Pesticide Action Network, and included organizer Lex Horan; Carol Ashley; and Bob Shimek, from White Earth Reservation. With a short film and discussion, the problems of pesticide toxic drift were outlined, principally from the activities in the state by RDOffutt's growing and spraying practices in their potato farming in western MN. Since McDonalds is the main customer from this supplier, PAN is calling for pressure from that company to require RDO to reduce the use of harmful pesticides that affect animal life, fish life, bird life, probably human life. Of interest is the fact that RDO has now acquired 1600 acres of new potato cropland in Cass County, bringing this issue even close to home along with the potential problems. If you are interested in more information, go to, or find them on facebook.

April 12 is the date for the Flower Service, at the Nisswa Library. It is held by many UU congregations in honor of Norbert Capek, martyred by the Nazis, and the originator of the Flower Service in Czechoslovakia in the 1920s. Bring a flower for exchange if you can, and some will be available as well.

Respectfully submitted, Mary DeYoung, News Directoe

Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Brainerd/Pine River, MN 3/30/14

Greetings! Today, the first day of real spring- like weather, we traveled to Underwood Unitarian Church to pick up the Travelin Truth Telling Tour books, on loan for the past few months. In time for a wonderful service, the topic was "Women's History Portrayals." This was organized and written up by Sandra Barnhouse, and the participants  acted the  parts of significant women of the past. Sandra took the part of various Greek and Chinese characters from mythology as the moderator; the parts were women and one man from the congregation, playing Dolley Madison; Sojourner Truth; Maria Goepper Mayer; Rachel Carson; and Meridel LeSeur. The one male voice was Hermes messenger to the Gods. As is the custom in this church, there was great music, piano, violin, and accordian doing Norwegian dances. And a chili lunch after. We renewed our acquaintances from last fall's workshop, and felt renewed by being in a bunch of Unitarians with all the interests and passions of a liberal church body. Just wish they were not so far away!

Don't forget, the third Feast Film and Forum meeting is on Thursday this week, and we will have a program on toxic drift from potato farming. 5:30 optional potluck, program at 6pm at Happy Dancing Turtle! free and open to the public.

Respectfully Submitted, Mary DeYoung, NUUF news director. 218-587-2543

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Brainerd/Pine River MN   3/20/14

This evening the second of the series on food issues, Feast, Film & Forum, was held at Happy Dancing Turtle. In place of films, a panel of guests talked about local food promotion, production, and marketing. Panelists included grass finished beef producers; vegetable growers; and members of the Farm at St Mathias. The audience included NUUF members, the proprietors of the local grocery, farmer's market advocates, and other farmers and gardeners. This was a lively meeting, with everyone asking pertinent questions and discussing possibilities and problems. A chance to build connections and network was taken advantage of, leaving us with a sense of accomplishment and cohesion in making a new beginning, possibly new friends in a broader community.

The next in the series will be on April 3rd, and the topic will be "No More Toxic Taters: Transitioning to Sustainable Potato Production in MN."  - of especial interest to potato growers, and other gardeners.

Respectfully submitted, Mary DeYoung, News Director 218-587-2543

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Brainerd/Pine River MN   3/19/14

Greetings! NUUF will hold its regular meeting on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Nisswa Children's Library, Nisswa. The topic will be services to the mentally ill, and will feature the film, "Hope for Recovery", a production of Twin Cities Television and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, or NAMI. In addition, there will be two representatives from recovery programs who will discuss their experiences with available services. We hope that open discussion will expose some of the stigmas that surround mental illness, and that as people become more informed, more help will be available to the patients and their families, as they try to cope with these devastating conditions. Mental illness affects an astonishing number of Americans and their families, with eleven million sufferers of the most severe kind. Probably you, or someone you know has had contact with people in this situation. We invite everyone to join us in learning more and understanding what can be of help. The service starts at 11am, with coffee available at 10:40 and a potluck lunch to follow. The Nisswa Children's Library is located at 5533 County Road 18, Nisswa.  (News Release for 3/23/14)

This week also features the Thursday evening second event of Feast, Film & Forum, with a panel of local food producers leading the discussion. At 5:30, an optional potluck, program starting at 6pm, at Happy Dancing Turtle just west of 371 by the wind tower!

Respectfully submitted, Mary DeYoung, News Director NUUF