PLEASE NOTE SCHEDULE: We are now on our regular schedule. We meet at 11:30 a.m. every Sunday.

We have been in Sioux City for more than 100 years! Services are at 2508 Jackson St. Sioux City, IA. Come join us any time or call if you have any questions (712-258-3116)



Location and Events

October 7, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

"Overpopulation and Overconsumption" by Gerald Iversen

Overpopulation and Overconsumption are the primary drivers of the current
and ongoing Creation Crisis, politely called global warming or climate
change. Most of us bemoan the effects of Overconsumption. Few of us are
ready to talk about Overpopulation. This Sunday (10/7/18) all are welcome to
hear a talk about it at 11:30 worship at First Unitarian Church, Sioux City.

Deacon Gerald "Jerry' Iversen has served as a Minister of Word and Service
in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) for over 30 years. His
pastoral ministry was for 25 years as a professional church musician. His
prophetic ministry continues to be advocacy of voluntary simplicity as a
faithful, effective, satisfying, comprehensive way of life.  

Sunday, October 07, 2018 at 11:30 AM
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October 14, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

"Pet Blessing" by Judy Cowley and Janice Kooiker

We invite you to bring your pets with you to church today for a special blessing.

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 11:30 AM
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Sunday Service 10-21-18 @ 11:30 a.m.

"Music Service" by Chad Dunning and Thad Sand

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 11:30 AM
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Sunday Service 10-28-18 @ 11:30 a.m.

Program presented by the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (CSADV)

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 11:30 AM
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Blog and News

Civility vs. Complicity

[This blog post is the opinion of Greg Nooney and not necessarily the view of the First Unitarian Church of Sioux City.]

 

Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher confronted Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona in an elevator on Friday September 28, 2018.  Ms. Archila indicted that she had planned to speak “nicely” to him but as she started talking she became angry. At one point she told him to “Look at me when I am talking to you. You are telling me that my assault doesn’t matter.”

There are conservative postings that are describing this as an example of how “the left” is becoming uncivil. Civility is being spouted by the alt-right as something that they promote even though their leader Donald Trump regularly verbally attacks and insults anyone who disagrees with him. What is missing from this conversation is the power differential. Senator Flake was standing in that elevator in a position of power. Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher were standing in subjugated positions.

Civil disobedience is uncivil behavior. When Dr. King organized protests, he was being uncivil. When Mahatma Gandhi set his cup in the bay with the intention of making salt, he was being uncivil.

The police were in a position of power and Dr. King was in a subjugated position. The British army was in a position of power and Gandhi was in a subjugated position. Dr. Ford was in a subjugated position and the Republican senators did everything they could to keep her there and to elevate Judge Kavanaugh to a position of power. This was in spite of his uncivil behavior at the hearing and of Dr. Ford’s civil demeanor.

When the prime minister of India Indira Gandhi declared martial law in 1975, she took away civil rights and incarcerated her opponents and it lasted 21 months. Mother Teresa said: “People are happier. There are more jobs. There are no strikes.” She was being civil, cooperating and supporting the oppression. Civility in the presence of oppression is complicity.

Another way to look at this issue is in terms of being kind rather than being nice. Ana Maria Archila was not nice to Senator Flake. Mahatma Gandhi was not nice to the British army. Dr. King was not nice to the police. I would argue however that they were kind. It was a kindness to remind Senator Flake of his duty. It was a kindness for Dr. King and Mahatma Gandhi to stand up as humans against oppressive practices.

How can we practice being uncivil in these times, practice kindness, and refrain from being nice?

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Terry Brooks and Friends Entertain to Support Mary Treglia Community Center

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"Low Carbon Crossing" Cyclists Present at First Unitarian

Two cyclists biking across the United States to raise awareness of Global Warming stopped in Sioux City on Wednesday, October 12th to give their presentation to an inquiring audience at First Unitarian Church. For the full video, follow the link.  To find out more about "Low Carbon Crossing", go here.

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Leif Erikson Park Cleanup - Saturday April 23rd 2016

Join us Saturday April 23rd, 2016 from 10am to Noon at Leif Erikson Park for our annual cleanup. Bring a pair of gloves and some helping hands. 31st and Virginia, Sioux City.

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Art Sale and Auction

What a great night. The Art and Auction raised over $3,000.

 

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A Different Kind Of Ressurection

Thanks to Andrea Buckley for sharing the story on a different kind of Ressurection. Here's the story as it originally appeared on This American Life.

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New Website

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Welcome to our new webpage! We are in the process of updating the content and design of our old website. check out our blog, events page, and dont forget to create and account so we can better stay in touch and keep you informed. 

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Up from the Earth

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First Unitarian Church and its members receive recognition for their amazing garden by UP FROM THE EARTH, which is a voluntary system for connecting excess produce from home gardens to people in need. Read the full post for pictures and more information! Doing good, AND making the church a beautiful place to be. WA

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