Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport

The Drummer – Weekly Beats – August 18, 2017

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
August 18, 2017

Summer Series Sunday Service
Learn about the history of American Universalism with Worship Weaver Virginia Smith.

Co-Moderators Appointed
The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Co-Moderators following the passing of our beloved Moderator Jim Key in June. We are delighted that Mr. Barb Greve and Elandria Williams have agreed to serve as Co-Moderators until a special election for Moderator can be held at the 2018 General Assembly. The Board intends that the new Co-Moderators shall function with the co-equal authority and duties of the Moderator position.

Mr. Barb Greve is a master-level credentialed religious educator and member of First Parish in Framingham, MA.

Elandria Williams currently serves on the UUA Board of Trustees and is a member of Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, TN.

UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray said, “I am excited to begin working with Barb and Elandria, our new Co-Moderators. The skills and experience they bring to their role leading our Board of Trustees will be invaluable in guiding the work of the Association at this crucial juncture for our Unitarian Universalist movement.”

The Board is profoundly grateful to Denise Rimes who served as our Moderator immediately following Jim Key’s resignation in May due to failing health. Denise will remain on the Board as a Trustee.

In accordance with UUA Bylaws, the delegates to the 2018 General Assembly will elect a Moderator to serve out the one year remaining in Jim Key’s six-year term. Delegates to the 2019 General Assembly will elect a new Moderator to a full six-year term.

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
8/19/1884 Henry Nelson Wieman was born in Rich Hill, Missouri. He began his career as a Presbyterian minister but converted to Unitarianism and participated in churches in Eugene, Oregon and Carbondale, Illinois. From 1927 to 1947, Wieman was a professor of philosophy and religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School. An outstanding proponent of process theology, he put forward theses involving the impact of the spirit on each individual and the importance of integrating science and religion. Wieman died on June 19, 1975.
8/22/1804 Timothy Kendrick, who trained English Dissenters for the ministry, died at age 45.
8/25/1553 The attorney general in Geneva, Switzerland, rejected Michael Servetus’s requests for local counsel and release from criminal charges of heresy. The right to counsel was not established until 1734. New charges were added against Servetus, stating that his views upset the Christian conduct of himself and others, and the trial proceeded.
UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:
Sunday 8/20, 10:00 Sunday Service
Tuesday 8/22, 7:00 Taize Service
Wednesday 8/23, 7:00 Choir Practice
Sunday 8/27, 10:00 Sunday Service

Upcoming Services:
8/20, “The Evolution of Universalism in America 1600-1860” with Worship Leader Virginia Smith
8/27, “Evolution of the Two Faiths 1861-1960” 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
275 Huntington Road, Stratford, CT 06614