Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport

The Drummer – Weekly Beats – June 16, 2017

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
June 16, 2017

Pledge Forms
If you have not yet turned in your pledge forms or Vanco authorizations, please do asap. We are about to begin our next fiscal year!

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. Peter Morse will be a speaker and panel member. He will talk about what from our faith tradition calls us to join with other faiths and serve the community. To conclude the evening, we will be breaking the Ramadan fast and sharing a meal in the BICC’s new Bridgeport home. Parking is limited, so carpooling is recommended. Interested in driving or need a ride? 

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
6/18/1819 Samuel Longfellow, brother of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was born in Portland, ME, of a distinguished family. He attended Harvard Divinity School and is best remembered as a hymnist who joined his friend and colleague, Unitarian minister Samuel Johnson, in publishing Hymns of the Spirit (1864), which included many of their own hymns. Theodore Parker called it the “Book of Sams.” Longfellow was well known as a great punster, a strong abolitionist, an active essayist, and a biographer of his brother. He died on October 3, 1892.

6/23/1949 A conference on religious education, organized by Sophia Lyon Fahs, Ernest Kuebler, and Frances Wood for employed directors of Unitarian religious education, was held in Chautauqua, New York. From those meetings, the Unitarian Education Directors’ Association was formed, with Jean Humpreys of Wellesley Hills, MA, as the first president. The name was changed in 1955 to the Liberal Religious Education Directors’ Association (LREDA).

6/24/1578 Emperor Rudolph II, the Holy Roman Emperor, banished John Matthews from Germany for his Unitarianism.

UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:
Sunday 6/18, 10:00 Sunday Service
Sunday 6/18, 11:15 Worship Weavers Meeting
Tuesday 6/20, 7:00 Taize Service
Wednesday 6/21, 7:00 Choir Practice
Sunday 6/25, 10:00 Sunday Service
Sunday 6/25, 11:00 PB&J Sandwiches

Upcoming Services:
6/18/17 Father’s Day/Flower Communion, Peter Morse
6/25/17 Service of the Living Tradition from General Assembly 2016, Sarah Miller
7/2/17 Summer Services Kickoff

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!

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