Fall 2021

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“Amend: The Fight For America” Docuseries

Learn about Climate Change

Learn more about our Climate Change, attend this Climate Reality.org Zoom session put on by ALSET.

On November 7 at 4:00p, we will replay a presentation called “Our Climate Change Crisis and Its Solutions” given by Vern and Lea Iverson.

They have shared this with over 50 faith based organizations so far, schools, friends, family and also at the Minnesota State Fair in the Eco Building and LHUMC last April (we recorded that session to share again).

Vern is a retired Research Scientist at Medtronics and Lea is a retired Math Teacher in Elk River. They want to “Create awareness among other people regarding environmental issues” and partner with other organizations to better the Earth. They drive electric cars (a Chevy Bolt EV and a Tesla Model 3). In addition to their research on this subject they have completed training by The Climate Reality Project started by Al Gore.

Please register below ahead of time to receive a link to the Zoom meeting via email.

This is about 50 minutes long, meant to make us all think about what is happening on our shared Earth. The first half shows some of the past climate changes and results, somewhat depressing. But the second half shows many improvements, new ways to improve and great current changes.

Note: Since this is going to be a virtual meeting, we will allow questions through the ZOOM Chat window. Vern has graciously agreed to answer questions afterwards. So you may want to plan to stay on 15 minutes or so longer for the full experience.


“Amend: The Fight For America” Docuseries

Amend is a six-part docuseries that explores the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – which promised liberty and equal protection for all persons in 1868 – as America’s most enduring hallmark of democracy. (Left to right, episodes 1,2,3 and then 4,5,6.)

Amend has a groundbreaking narrative format that features luminary performers (including Mahershala Ali, Diane Lane, Samuel L. Jackson, Pedro Pascal and Yara Shahidi) reciting speeches and writings by the Fourteenth Amendment’s most ardent protectors (from Frederick Douglass to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) with insights from an inclusive array of contemporary thought-leaders and experts. Executive-produced and hosted by Oscar-nominated actor Will Smith, and executive-produced by Emmy-winning writer Larry Wilmore, Amend is a powerful, multimedia journey through American history that encourages viewers to question what a “united states” really means.

Description:  “Will Smith looks at the evolving and often lethal fight for equal rights in America through the lens of the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment.  These six episodes are about one hour each in length. They are rated TV – MA for disturbing visuals.”

  • View on your own schedule on Netflix, YouTube, Amplify Media, or any other source you find.
  • Weekly viewing available hosted by Joe Kennedy = Sundays at 10:30a starting Oct. 3, and Thursdays at 3:30 starting Oct. 7
  • Weekly discussions hosted by Julie Konrardy, Molly Hammel or a substitute on Thursdays 4:30-6:00p, starting Oct 7.

These sessions will be offered virtually and also possibly in Hybrid form in Church too. Details provided to registrants.



“Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit” by Krista Tippet



Sunday Morning Enrichment Hour at 11:00a

Through December 12

Facilitators: Chris Dozier, Stacey Edwards, Don McClung
Cost: $12.95 (You may order from Amazon.com, the public library, or your favorite local bookstore.)

Facilitators: Chris Dozier, Stacey Edwards, and Don McClung

Drawn from Krista Tippett’s Peabody Award-winning public radio program, the conversations in this profoundly illuminating book reach for a place too rarely explored in our ongoing exchange of ideas–the nexus of science and spirituality. In fascinating interviews with such luminaries as Freeman Dyson, Janna Levin, Parker Palmer, and John Polkinghorne, Krista Tippett draws out the connections between the two realms, showing how even those most wedded to hard truths find spiritual enlightenment in the life of experiment and, in turn, raise questions that are richly, theologically evocative.

Whether she is speaking with celebrated surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland about the biology of the human spirit or questioning Darwin biographer James Moore about his subject’s religious beliefs, Tippett offers a rare look at the way our best minds grapple with the questions for which we all seek answers.



United Methodist Women (UMW) Book Club

Date: The first Thursday of the month at 7:00p. The group has been meeting via ZOOM.

Facilitator: Julie Konrardy

Join this group of interesting and diverse women of all ages. The group focuses on one book per month. The book list is developed by the group itself.


November 4 After Francesco by Brian Malloy

December 2 The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

February 3 All the Light we Cannot See Anthony Doerr

March 3 Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy B Tyson

April 7 Somewhere in the Unknown World by Kao Kalia Kang


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