The Drummer – Weekly Beats – October 6, 2017
October 6, 2017
· UUCGB has a new office administrator!
Molly Nolan has been officially Unitarian Universalist for 33 years. She has served as a volunteer teacher, Children and Youth RE committee member and Chair and an Adult RE Committee member and Chair, and was the Director of Religious Education at the UU Church in Meriden. She continues as the Chair of the Membership Committee and serves on the Leadership Development Team at the UU Church in Meriden. Molly enjoys vegan cooking and baking, caning and knitting. She lives in Durham with cats Myrlie and Joycellen.
Due to an ongoing medical situation in her family, Molly will be in the office on a varying schedule for the next few weeks. She will aim for work hours in the middle of the week. Therefore, materials for the order of service and the Drummer Weekly Beats need to be in the office by noon Wednesday. The Drummer Weekly Beats will go out on Thursday evenings. When her mother’s condition resolves, we will establish regular office hours.
· 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, firstname.lastname@example.org . 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. For more information and to register please call 203-237-1120.
· UUA Disaster Relief Fund
Our UU friends and neighbors in Florida and the Caribbean—including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—have experienced extraordinary devastation following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 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. For more information, including suggestions for how to contribute beyond the UU sphere, visit our website.
· Volunteer to Help with Hurricane Disaster Relief
The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is keeping a close eye on updates regarding the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, particularly those who are most vulnerable. In partnership with RAICES and other UUSC grassroots partners in Texas and Florida, UUCSJ is exploring where and how volunteers can be most useful once the worst flooding has receded. More detailed information will be shared as it becomes available in the coming weeks. If you are available to travel to Texas or Florida to support relief efforts, please sign up to join the volunteer list. UUCSJ will notify you when volunteer placements that fit your skills are available.
· 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 Services
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!!
· 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
· 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
10/9/1635 – The Great and General Court of Massachusetts banned Roger Williams from the colony over his insistence on full religious liberty. Native Americans welcomed him in what is now Sowerns, Rhode Island. Williams founded Providence, Rhode Island, where he proclaimed “that no man should be molested for his conscience.” He was not Unitarian but his actions encouraged Unitarians to broaden their search for freedom of religious belief.
10/11/1822 – Samuel Johnson was born in Salem, Massachusetts. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School, he was a regular preacher at Unitarian churches in eastern Massachusetts for several years. In 1853 he became the minister of the Unitarian church in Lynn, Massachusetts, where he remained utnil 1870. Johnson published Book of Hymns (1846) with Samuel Longfellow and later Hymns of the Spirit (1864). A transcendentalist and abolitionist, he wrote three volumes on Oriental Religions.
10/11/1564 – The anti-Trinitarian Martin Cellarius died in Basel, Switzerland, at the age of 65. Considered the first self-proclaimed Unitarian, he was imprisoned in Germany for his beliefs. Cellarius is the author of several biblical and philosophical works, and he influenced both the Polish and the Transylvanian Unitarian movements.
UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:
Sunday 10/8, Sunday Service with Worship Weaver Ellen Hardy
Tuesday 10/10, 7:00 Taize Service
Wednesday 10/11, 7:00 Choir Practice
Sunday 10/15, 10:00 Sunday Service
10/15 Sunday Service
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