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Welcome to Groveland UU!

We are a small, lay led community with
strong roots and many branches..

Mission: Groveland is a mutually supportive and inclusive community, which fosters individual spiritual growth and inspires its members to do good works in the world.

Vision: We, the members of Groveland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, shall live our faith in a welcoming, inclusive congregation that provides a safe community for spiritual exploration and operates in accordance with the principles and traditions of Unitarian Universalism. Groveland welcomes seekers on their spiritual journeys.

Sunday Services: Our Services are held at 10:00 in the St Paul Council of Churches Chapel at 1671 Summit Ave. in St. Paul, MN 55105.

Our mailing address:
Groveland UU Fellowship
PO Box 40011
St. Paul, MN 55104

Accessibility: Ours is a wheelchair accessible building, with handicapped parking behind the building.

Families with children: Families with children aged 8 and up are invited to attend the service.



Our Next Presentation

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Scientist's View of Climate Change
with Bruce Jarvis, PhD

As most people are aware, climate change is a politically-charged topic. On the one hand, there is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of Nobel Prize stature. “The IPCC is a scientific body under the auspices of the United Nations (UN). It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis. Review is an essential part of the IPCC process, to ensure an objective and complete assessment of current information.”* Ninety seven percent (97%) of all climate scientists accept the prevailing estimate that the average temperature of the earth will rise 2o C (about 4 o F) above preindustrial levels by 2050. One of the most serious outcomes will be melting of continental glaciers and the subsequent sea level rise of about 1.5-3 feet by 2100.**

The other camp consists of fossil fuel industries that emit carbon dioxide and methane, two of the “greenhouse gases” responsible for man-made global warming. In this regard the US faces a marketing, legislative and legal blitz similar to that displayed by the auto industry, when it spent far more in litigation to try to avoid padded dashes, seat belts, catalytic converters and air bags than the installation of such measures ultimately cost. It is noteworthy that just this year, the fossil fuel industry’s allies in Washington have made a semantic concession from the previous stance that climate change does not exist to the new position that climate change is not man-made. With this political background in mind, we shall explore the scientific evidence for climate change, what the US can and is doing to counteract the warming and what you might consider doing in your own lives.

* http://www.ipcc.ch/organization/organization.shtml
** http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg1/

Bruce Jarvis trained in Microbiology (PhD) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the 1980s where he made monoclonal antibodies to probe bacterial cell surface recognition. (Monoclonals have just recently arrived on the scene as clinically-approved therapeutics after all the intervening decades!) During that time he married Alison Schmidt. In the ‘90s they moved to Madison, raised two sons and, at UW-Madison, Bruce worked out a step in the biosynthetic pathway for one of the sugar molecules comprising the antibiotic erythromycin. Later at the VA Medical Center there, he investigated one of the molecular mechanisms of bacterial toxic shock syndrome in cultured mouse macrophages. Eventually, Bruce spent nine years in the biotechnology industry in Madison, both as an R & D scientist and as a product manager. When corporate politics and economics ultimately overshadowed science for him, he began teaching Biology at UW-Platteville in the late 2000s. He teaches both majors and non-majors in lecture and lab classes. Part of the non-major course includes a unit on ecology and climate change.

Bruce is a member of Groveland UU Fellowship