Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport

The Drummer – Weekly Beats – September 29, 2017

The Drummer

Weekly Beats

September 29, 2017

 

·         Undoing False and Destructive Myths

“Undoing False and Destructive Myths: The Connection Between Mental Illness and Gun Violence is the topic of a symposium to be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, located at 700 Hartford Turnpike in Hamden.  The symposium will explore how Connecticut citizens can build new relationships and community coalitions to dispel the myth that mental illness and gun violence go hand-in-hand.  For further information, please contact: Claire Bien, 203 804-5507, clairebien1128@yahoocom; or Graziela Reis, (203) 824-2278, grazreis@hotmail.com .  Please RSVP by October 7; all are welcome.


 

·         Small Group Ministry Thank You and an Invitation

The UUCGB Small Group Ministry Group as part of the service component of SGM gave children’s books to the School Volunteer Association of Bridgeport, Inc.   SVA extends its thanks to UUCGB and extends an invitation to their annual Read Aloud Day on October 19th, 9-10 AM. 


 

·         UUA Disaster Relief Fund

We invite you to contribute to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund (formerly the Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund) so the UUA can provide financial assistance to UU congregations impacted by these and other natural disasters. In addition to facilitating their own disaster recovery, congregations receiving disaster relief funds will have discretion to provide financial assistance to their members, as well as to support local partner organizations serving the community at large. The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) may apply on behalf of CLF members living in disaster areas. 

Puerto Rico’s situation is especially severe. To contribute aid beyond the Unitarian Universalist sphere, there are many organizations on the ground doing important work, such as United for Puerto Rico, a collaboration between the Government of Puerto Rico and the Private Sector. 

We know that long after the initial clean-up, real recovery can take months or years. Your donations will allow the UUA to respond flexibly to this tragedy and to new situations as they arise.

In this difficult time, we share this prayer from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray:

           

Source of all, we hold all of those in harm’s way in our care today.

May the people of greater Houston, those along the Gulf Coast who were- in the path of the hurricane, and those who are safe but still watching the waters rise, find their way to safety.

 

We pray for the strength and courage of the first responders, we pray for neighbors who are reaching out a helping hand, for the steadiness of medical personnel in the face of challenging circumstances, and for the wisdom of local officials.  We pray for all those around the world facing the effects of weather disasters, and for those suffering because of violence and human injustice.  May we all join our hearts and hands in the service of the healing of our world. Amen.

 

We are heartened by the generous response we have already received. Thank you for your generosity.


 

·         UUCGB Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

A new year of books and discussions is ahead!  The first book for the new year is “Strangers In Their Own Land.”  We are postponing the first meeting until October due to the preparation activities for the Harvest Festival.  If we stay with the 4th Saturday our first meeting will be Saturday October 28. 


 

·         Seeking  Speakers for Upcoming Service

A few years ago, several speakers participated in collage services entitled Hide and Seek with God. In these services, we heard from members who shared their unique beliefs regarding God or a higher power. These services were very well received, and showcase the spiritual diversity of our Unitarian Universalist faith.

 

I am seeking members and friends who are willing to participate in a new installment of this service, exact date to be determined.

 

For instance, I would love to hear from speakers who: (and these are just some examples)

-believe in a singular God in a traditional Christian or Jewish sense, like a heavenly father

-believe there is no God or higher power of any kind

-believe in multiple Gods and Goddesses

-believe in more of a personal or internal God, that God is different within each one of us

-speakers who are still trying to determine just what they believe

 

Some guiding questions to consider as you prepare your talk:

-how did you come to these conclusions about God

-how does your perspective connect to your life as a UU

-how does your perspective affect how you live your life and interact with others

-has your perspective ever caused conflict, both internal or between you and family, friends, etc. 

 

Reflections should be approximately 3-5 minutes long, and must be written in advance as opposed to being spoken ad lib.  For both collaboration and planning purposes, reflections need to be submitted to the worship weaver two weeks before the service. 

As the worship leader, I am happy to answer questions and help you as you prepare your talk.

I look forward to hearing from you, and look forward to a thought provoking collage service!!

 

Sarah Miller


 

·         Seeking New Worship Weavers

If you are interested in becoming more involved in worship experiences at UUCGB, please join us, new team members are always welcome!

 

Our responsibilities include:

-planning and delivering Sunday services

-working with guest ministers and speakers

-assisting other lay led leaders in creating worship services.

 

If you think you might like to join our team, or if you have any questions, please email Sarah Miller. We look forward to another worshipful year at UUCGB!

The Worship Weavers


 

·         Greetings from Carli

Hi All!

Just wanted to write and let everyone know we miss you! We are starting to feel like we are not on vacation any longer. Unfortunately, the job at the VA did not come through. Right now I am working as a hostess at Ruby Tuesdays with Matt. I interviewed for a position in my field on Tuesday. I hope to hear about that soon. Our church down here is called All Souls Waccamaw UU. It is very similar in size to UUCGB. Our first service here was on Homecoming. They usually just do a water ceremony here. I brought some water from the faucet at UUCGB, a small squash and earth from our UUCGB garden. They had me explain about the earth and water ceremony. We then went out, planted the seeds, covered it with the earth and watered it. Now some of our UUCGB roots will always be here with us. Also, they didn’t have anyone in charge of coffee hour, so guess who volunteered? Yep, me! Thinking of you all and blessed Mabon!

 

Peace, Joy, Serenity, Love and Light,

Carli


 

·         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

9/24/1825 Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She was an important African-American feminist, abolitionist, and writer. Harper was a strong advocate of the Underground Railroad and worked for women’s suffrage, temperance, and education. A member of the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, Harper was also a poet and popular novelist. She also helped found the National Association of Colored Women.

9/27/1616 The Unitarian Church in Rakow, Poland, sent Peter Statorius III and John Lunkwitz to Altorf, Germany, to help free Unitarian students imprisoned for their beliefs.

9/28/1887 The influential Universalist Clinton Lee Scott was born in Newport, Vermont. He served Universalist churches all across the country. He also served as superintendent of churches for the Massachusetts and later Connecticut Universalist Conventions. Scott founded the Charles Street Meeting House in Boston in 1949 and was one of the architects of the consolidation between Universalists and Unitarians. Scott was the only Universalist minister to sign the Humanist Manifesto II. He wrote The Universalist Church of America: A Short History.


 

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UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 9/24, no service due to Harvest Festival

Sunday 9/24, 10:30 PB & J Sandwich Making

Tuesday 9/26, 7:00 Taize Service

Wednesday 9/27, 7:00 Choir Practice

Sunday 10/1, 10:00 Sunday Service


 

Upcoming Services:

9/24, Harvest Festival-No Service

10/1, Ways of the Heart with Worship Weaver 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!

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