Jonalu’s Journal — May 2019

On May 5, 1819, two hundred years ago, William Ellery Channing delivered an hour and a half long sermon on the Biblical text, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” The sermon did more than focus on the role of reason in religion, though that was part of it. It laid out the essentials of the unitarian (the “u” is small here, because […]

May 2019


In May, we celebrate curiosity. Curiosity is what drives much of the religious education program as we frequently seek to understand so much by being curious about everything around us. We use our curiosity constantly (and it often takes us in unexpected directions).

We’re wrapping up school-year classes and then heading on […]

April 2019


Sunday, April 21 – Easter

Join us following the Sunday morning service on April 21, for the Fellowship’s annual Easter Egg Hunt and Potluck Brunch. Kids are invited to eat first and then gather in the Jupiter room for the start of egg hunting at about 12:15 pm. If you’ve never seen the egg hunt–we do things a little different. The […]

Jonalu’s Journal — April 2019

In February, our theme was trust. Have you noticed how the themes move into one another? We went from trust, to journey in March and to wholeness for this month. We need trust to make the journey. We need to journey to reach wholeness. As we strive for wholeness, I thought it might be a good time to revisit what it is that we trust.


Jonalu’s Journal — March 2019

In the last year, UUFM has had a sudden uptick in membership. Currently, more than a quarter of our membership is new in the last year. That’s a tremendous amount of change for everyone.

This congregation does well with change. When we’ve experimented with how we worship and with how we organize ourselves, people have been positive and willing to go along. Members and friends […]

March 2019

OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL) The Our Whole Lives (OWL) program for 4th – 6th grade students is in full swing. On Sunday mornings before the service we have a class of seven 5th & 6th graders (9:00-10:15). After the service we have a class of ten 4th graders (12:30-1:45). Seventeen kids in all! Classes continue through April 7. Next winter we plan to offer the […]

Jonalu’s Journal — February 2019

As we approach Valentines Day in this era of #metoo, trust may be a good thing to think about in our personal lives. We’ve witnessed tremendous violations of trust in the public sphere, and the reports just keep on coming.

For most us, though, trust doesn’t feel like a public issue, or even a theological issue; it feels personal. In our daily lives, questions of […]

February 2019

OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL) Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes for 4th-6th graders re in full swing. There is both a morning class 9:00-10:30 and an afternoon class 12:30-2:00. We meet every Sunday until April 14. Thank you in advance for not exiting through the Jupiter room while class is in session. I you have questions about the OWL program, contact Sandy Nelson at 341-0135 or […]

Jonalu’s Journal — January 2019

Why would we think about doing things differently?

That’s the basic question whenever we begin looking at possibilities in our personal or congregational lives. You’ll see elsewhere in this newsletter that the Board has set January 20 as a congregational meeting to talk about exploring a possibility, that of whether we could build a new space in cooperation with the Manhattan Mennonite Church. Many of […]

Partners in Social Justice Work

On the way to the Capitol to lobby with Kansas People’s Agenda.

Protesting gun violence at the March for Our Lives.

Tabling at Juneteenth, commemorating the freeing of slaves in Texas.

Rev. Jonalu Johnstone, along with several other of our members, was arrested during the Poor People’s Campaign, fighting against racism, poverty, militarism, and environmental degradation.

We […]