Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport

UUCGB – Weekly Beats – July 21, 2017

UUCGB Weekly Beats
July 21, 2017

Summer Series Sunday Service
Come together this Sunday to watch the first video of the “Long Strange Trip” series. Our service, titled “In the Beginning: How UUism All Began”, will move us through the complex foundations that paved the way for our religious establishment to take hold.

New Visitor Seeking Transportation
Someone from Stratford is interested in attending services for the first time, but needs a ride. If you would be willing to do so, please email church.office@uucgb.org for his contact information.

UUA Appoints Carey McDonald as Chief Operating Officer
The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), today announced the appointment of Carey McDonald as Acting Chief Operating Officer effective August 1. McDonald succeeds the Rev. Sarah Lammert who served as Interim Chief Operating Officer following the resignation of the Rev. Harlan Limpert in April.
In announcing McDonald’s appointment, Frederick-Gray said, “There are significant strategic questions alive at the UUA about how to best organize ourselves for impact. I look forward to the creative and strategic leadership that Carey will bring to the position of COO and the work we can do to nurture the vitality, health, and mission-focus of the UUA for years to come.”
Frederick-Gray said the appointment was as Acting COO “so that we may use this time to think flexibly and creatively about how to build collaborative anti-oppressive leadership and practices into the UUA.”
McDonald, 31, joined the UUA staff in 2011 as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Since 2014, he has served as Outreach Director.
“I’m thrilled to be serving alongside the UUA’s first elected female president in this time of great transition and imagination for our faith,” said McDonald. “The call to be fierce advocates for Unitarian Universalist values and for justice inside and outside our congregations has never been stronger, and I look forward to helping Unitarian Universalism answer that call.”
Lammert, who will remain a member of the UUA’s Leadership Council, said, “Carey McDonald brings enormous creative and strategic talent to his new leadership role. He is a seventh generation UU with deep roots in our faith, but his focus is on a vital and relevant future for Unitarian Universalism.”
McDonald, who identifies as a person of color, is a member of First Parish in Malden, MA, and the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio. He was active in Columbus as a youth leader in the Ohio Meadville District Youth Adult Committee and with Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) and is a former lay member of the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee and the Skinner House Books Board. He holds a bachelors degree in Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and a masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Wheelock College in Boston, MA. He lives Medford, MA, with his wife Sarah and son Julian.

Tuesday Evening Taize Prayer Service
Are you looking for some time for quiet contemplation? Are you looking for a worshipful experience 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
6/21/1683 In the last official book burning in England, Oxford University destroyed books it considered dangerous to the Church of England, including books that advocated Unitarian views.
6/21/1813 King William IV of England signed the Trinity Act, which repealed penalties for Unitarian belief. Robert Aspland said of this act, “Unitarians became for the first time free men in their native land.”
6/24/1805 William Gaskell was born in Latchford, England, to a family who attended Sankey Street Unitarian Chapel in Warrington, then called “the cradle of Unitarianism.” He served for 50 years as senior minister of Cross Street Chapel in Manchester, where he helped to found Warrington Academy in 1751 to train Unitarian ministers, and later Manchester College (now Harris Manchester College). Gaskell was a scholar of the English language and dialects. In 1865 he was appointed chairman of the trustees of the Assembly of Presbyterian and Unitarian Ministers of Lancashire and Cheshire. At that time many Unitarian chapels were designated Presbyterian. Gaskell was a co-editor of The Herald, a Unitarian publication, for 15 years. His wife Elizabeth Gaskell was a noted author. William Gaskell died on June 11, 1884.

UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:
Sunday 7/23, 10:00 Sunday Service
Tuesday 7/25, 7:00 Taize Service
Wednesday 7/26, 7:00 Choir Practice
Sunday 7/30, 10:00 Sunday Service
Upcoming Services:
7/23, “Origins of UUism” with Worship Leader Virginia Smith
7/30, “The Birth of Unitarianism” with Worship Leader Carli Harlow
8/6, “Paganism” with Worship Leader Marisa Tyger
8/13, “American Unitarianism 1600-1860” with Worship Leader Anita Sanders
8/20, “Universalism 1600-1860” with Worship Leader Virginia Smith
9/3, “Thoughts from 2017 General Assembly – Looking Forward” with President Anita Sanders

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
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