Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport

The Drummer – Weekly Beats – June 2, 2017

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
June 2, 2017

Notice of Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport will be held Sunday, June 11 2017, at 11 a.m. following the Service. Your attendance is strongly encouraged for the purpose of considering Bylaws changes, approving the 2017-18 operating budget, electing officers and trustees-at-large to the Board of Trustees, and conducting any other business that may come before the congregation. UUCGB will be providing lunch in the afternoon to thank you for your attendance and participation. The agenda and bylaw changes are attached to the Drummer email or included at the end of this printing.

Sunday Service
Please join us Sunday with ReBecca Sala for her sermon titled “Left Foot, Right Foot, Breathe”. She will help us remember to live in the present moment, even when it might be a present moment that we don’t like. This has a broad range of applications, from the current political state of affairs to difficulties in our personal lives.

Pledge Forms
Please get your pledge form in, as we are about to finalize next year’s budget on June 11th.
Thanks! – Finance Team

You Are Invited!
The Tent of Abraham is sponsoring their annual Community Iftar on Wednesday, June 21st at the new location of the Bridgeport Islamic Community Center (BICC), 877 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. Enjoy fellowship, learning about Ramadan, and celebrate unity in our diversity.

Jim Key, recent UUA Moderator, dies at age 77
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Interim Co-Presidents, the Revs. Sofía Betancourt and William Sinkford and Dr. Leon Spencer, shared the following news of the death of UUA Moderator and Chief Governance Officer, Jim Key:

Jim Key, who served as Moderator of the UUA from 2013 until he recently was forced to step down for health reasons, died this morning. Jim was many things to us: an inspired and collaborative leader, a warm and humble colleague, an advocate for justice with respect and love for people deep in his DNA, and an evangelist for our faith.

He offered warm friendship, hope and confidence through complex and challenging times. We will miss him deeply. We hold Jim and his family in our hearts and prayers. We hold the larger circle who knew and loved Jim. And we hold our entire community as we grieve his passing and remember the gift of his presence among us.

US Withdraws From Paris Climate Agreement
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Interim Co-Presidents, the Revs. Sofía Betancourt and William Sinkford and Dr. Leon Spencer, issued the following message in response to President Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change:

As people of faith and conscience who affirm both the inherent worth and dignity of all and the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, we find President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change to be an affront to that depth of connection. Our interconnectedness does not end at a wall on the border or at the oceans that we cross.

In these times, it matters what company we keep. With this decision, the United States joins only two other countries in opposing this historic accord: the war-torn nation of Syria and Nicaragua, whose government is run by a virtual dictatorship. We are deeply troubled by the message this sends to our global allies and trade partners. Such a choice eliminates the United States’ seat at the table in negotiating policy action on global warming and creates greater space for authoritarian nations like China, Russia, and Iran to influence the direction of global climate action.

Unitarian Universalists have been dedicated to action on climate change for years now and clearly our work must continue. For those in the Washington D.C. area, we urge you if you are able to join a rally later today to show your support for the Paris Agreement or to organize a rally in your own community. There will also be opportunities for Unitarian Universalists to engage in climate justice activism at our annual General Assembly in New Orleans this June.

Unitarian Universalists remain committed to resisting the politics of hate, fear, and isolationism coming from the Trump Administration. For our own faith and values, and for the generations who will come after us, we know that we cannot remain silent.

2017 UUA General Assembly
Join us June 21 – 25 in New Orleans for the 2017 UUA General Assembly. General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend!

Tuesday Evening Taize Prayer Service
Are you looking for some time for quiet contemplation? Are you looking for a worshipful experienced in which there is no sermon and no one telling you what to believe before you are sure you believe it? Then the Service of Taize Evening Prayer may be for you.

This 30-minute service is inspired by the worship of the international ecumenical monastic community of Taize, France. The service consists of simple, modern chants sung repetitively or in a round, a brief reading of Scripture, a long period of peaceful silence and some time for intercessory prayer.

There is no preaching, no monetary collection, no attempt at recruiting church members; it is simply a time to come together in song and prayer. People who have attended often comment on the rich spiritual atmosphere of the service. Its serenity and simplicity provide a wonderful midweek opportunity to feed one’s soul.
Every Tuesday at 7:00

This Week in UU History
6/1/1652 John Biddle was arrested while leading Unitarian worship in London. He was exiled to the Scilly Islands and granted a pension by Oliver Cromwell, the lord protector of England.

6/2/1921 Phebe Ann Coffin Hanaford, the first womaqn ordained to the Universalist ministry in New England, died at age 92.

6/4/1901 Joseph H. Jordan died of an unknown disease at the age of 59. He was born a black free man in West Norfolk, Virginia, in June of 1842. After trying his hand as a laborer and grocer, he achieved financial success as a carister in 1880 but he became a Universalist after reading The Plain Guide to Universalism by Thomas Whittemore. He met with Edwin Chapin Sweetser in Philadelphia and studied under him. Jordan began preaching Universalism and the Universalist Ordaining Council voted to ordain him as the first African-American Universalist minister. A small group of Jordan’s followers became the First Universalist Church of Norfolk, which was admitted into fellowship by the Universalist General Convention. Some white Universalists who had no church of their own attended Jordan’s church. Jordan named a son Richard Sweetser Jordan in honor of his Universalist mentor.

UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:
Sunday 6/4, 10:00 Sunday Service
Tuesday 6/6, 7:00 Taize Service
Wednesday 6/7, 7:00 Choir Practice
Sunday 6/8, 10:00 Sunday Service
Sunday 6/8, 11:00 Annual Meeting

Upcoming Services:
6/4 “Left Foot, Right Foot, Left Foot, Breathe”
ReBecca Sala
6/11 Annual Meeting
Board of Trustees

Please send any items you would like listed in next week’s Weekly Drummer Beats to church.office@uucgb.org by Friday at 9 am! The weekly email is sent every Friday at noon!

Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport
275 Huntington Road, Stratford, CT 06614