June 2017

Many thanks to EVERYONE for making the 2016-2017 RE program so successful. My thanks go out once again to all our volunteers and mentors.

School year teachers: Molly McGaughey (7-12 grade and teen OWL), Matt Sayre (3-6 grade), Katherine Colburn (K-2 grade), Megan Reece (nursery), Carolyn Ferguson (OWL 5-6), Christopher Renner (OWL 5-6), and Jen & Matt Campbell (teen OWL).

Summer World Traveler Tour Guides […]

Audio Archive, May 21 — Exploring Our Whole Lives

Fellowship member and Religious Education volunteer Molly McGaughey leads an exploration of how UU youth are encouraged to think about their bodies and their relationships in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum. Our convener is Jonalu Johnstone.

Letter to the Mercury

I have received an amazing amount of positive feedback from the community as well as the fellowship about this letter, published in May 8 Manhattan Mercury, so I am copying the letter here:

The noose found on campus Friday (May 5) disturbs and upsets me, as a Unitarian Universalist minister and as a person. More importantly, the reaction to it feels insufficient and dismissive, especially […]


May 12-13 UUFM welcomed many teens from across Kansas for the Spring UU Youth Cluster. After 22 hours of togetherness everyone still looks energetic!

And on Sunday we dedicated some of our youngest members.



Audio Archive, May 14 — The Miracles We Are: How Mother Nature Conspired to Create Us

We’ll take a non-traditional approach to Mother’s Day, using the metaphor of Mother Nature. How did we become who and what we are as human bodies? How have we been shaped as a human species and as the individuals we are? Our convener is Elke Lorenz.

Audio Archive, May 7 — Anabaptist Distinctives: What is a Mennonite?

Rev. Richard Gehring guides an exploration of the ideals and values of Mennonites. Our convener is Rev. Jonalue Johnstone.

Audio Archive, Apr. 30 — Immigration

Fellowship members and friends speak. The topic of immigration inflames political passions and touches real lives. The ACLU has proposed Freedom Cities, and the UUA is working on a New Sanctuary Movement. We’ll consider the economics of immigration, the local impact, and what actions we might take to live out our values. Presenters are Michael Oldfather, Slawomir Dobrzanski, Marie Bovee, and Christopher Renner. Our […]

May 2017

SCHOOL YEAR ENDS / SUMMER BEGINS – The school year comes to an end in May and we’ll cap it off with a program on May 21 celebrating the RE program in the adult service.

Also this month we’ll be bidding farewell to our long-time nursery care provider, Megan Reece and K-2 teacher, Katherine Colburn. Megan is graduating from K-State and then she’s off on […]

Celebrating May Day

Twentieth century American naturalist Edwin Way Teale expressed a sentiment many would agree with: “The world’s favorite season is the spring./ All things seem possible in May.” Spring brings us many signs of hope and celebration – graduations, recitals, flowers, baseball, picnics. We’re in the thick of that season.

For thousands of years, May 1 has been welcomed with dancing and singing. If Maypoles and […]

Growth and Change

Here at the intersection of risk (March’s theme) and transformation (April’s theme), I pause to observe our context.

Our fellowship has committed itself to being a visible beacon of liberal religious messages of hope and meaning in our local community. That means taking risks to create transformation. The first requirement when we speak about transformation is letting go of the idea that we know what […]