The Drummer – Weekly Beats – October 13, 2017

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
October 13, 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, .  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!!

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

·         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


·         Worship with the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden

There will be no worship service at UUCGB on Sunday November 5.  We will be worshipping with the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden at 10:30 AM.


·         Save the Date

Thanksgiving Potluck Sunday November 19.  More details to follow.


·         This Week in UU History

10/13/1841 – Thomas Lamb Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of William Greenleaf Eliot Jr. Due to an eye injury he suffered as a student at Washington University, materials often had to be read to him. Nevertheless, Eliot graduated from Harvard Divinity School and headed to a frontier town of 6,000 inhabitants — Portland, Oregon — and entered the ministry of its new Unitarian church. He built up the congregation, founded Reed College, and was a civic leader with great impact on the cultural and political development of Portland. 

10/15/1826 – Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emersonpreached his first sermon, “Pray Without Ceasing,” at the Unitarian church in Waltham, Massachusetts. 

10/17/1916 – Julia Ward Howe, a Unitarian activist and author of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” dies at the age of 96.



UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 10/15, Sunday Service with Worship Leader Peter Morse and Worship Weaver Sarah Miller

Tuesday 10/17, 7:00 Taize Service

Wednesday 10/18, 7:00 Choir Practice

Sunday 10/15, 10:00 Sunday Service


Upcoming Services:

10/22 Sunday Service:  “On Mission” with Worship Weavers Ellen Hardy & Peter Morse


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