The Drummer – Weekly Beats – June 15, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
June 15, 2018


·        Flower Communion

This coming Sunday we will be celebrating one of the most UU of traditions, Flower Communion. Please bring a cut flower or two (or five) to be used when we exchange blooms during this beautiful ceremony. And, as this ceremony celebrates our diversity, let’s all wear our most colorful clothes, so that we can be a walking, talking bouquet!



·        Religious Education for Children

Religious Education for children follows the worship and a snack break.  This week we will finally get to Fannie in the Kitchen, a discussion of our third principle and the story and contributions of Fannie Farmer.



·        8th Annual Afternoon Tea and Luncheon Sunday 24 June

Our 8th annual Afternoon Tea and Luncheon will take place on Sunday June 24, 12pm-2pm. For those who have not yet attended, our tea is a lovely afternoon of fancy hats, finger sandwiches and desserts, teas from around the world, and most importantly, the company of family and friends!

Each year, volunteers serve as table host/esses. Those volunteers are responsible for decorating their tables with linens and dishes, and inviting guests to sit at their tables. Table host/esses are not responsible for providing all the food for their guests.

This event is not just for ladies, and we would love to have a table host….though no gentlemen have ever volunteered. Perhaps this is the year!

The cost for this event is $12 per adult, and $5 per child 12 and under. If you would like to volunteer as a table hostess or host, please email me.

Thank you, Sarah Miller



·        Book Group June Meeting

The book group will meet on Wednesday, June 27th, 5:30pm 


Joey C’s Boathouse
955 Ferry Blvd

June’s book is
Murder Under the Bridge
by Kate Raphael.



·        Introducing the Summer Worship Schedule 

This year’s Summer Worship schedule brings a return of the “less formal”  but still  “structured” participatory discussions that were so well-received several summer ago.  This 10 week series will begin July 1st and conclude September 2nd, to be followed by the UU traditional “Homecoming” service on September 9th.


The overall theme for the series will be “Freedom”.  Attending members and friends will have the opportunity to contemplate, examine and discuss “freedom” from many different perspectives: What it means to you personally; how do you protect it for yourself and for others; how do you exercise and express it; where do you find it; and more. You think the answers are simple, but they can be complex and thought-provoking leading to deepening self-knowledge and understanding of others’ viewpoints.  Each week’s specific topic is inspired by materials distributed by our denomination’s Church of the Larger Fellowship and the discussions will be facilitated by members of the Worship Weavers Team. 


In addition to sharing our personal thoughts and reflections and getting to know each other a little bit better, we will also share a Chalice Lighting, Opening Words, Candles of Community, a hymn or two,  beautiful music performed by David Childs, the reciting of our Covenant and other components of a Sunday service with a welcoming twist; You will all be contributing to an inspiring “sermon” with your comments and insights.  Come as you are!  Come with an open mind and an open heart, but come!   Stay connected with your church friends and family through the long hot summer and leave feeling better about the world. 


Appropriate to the upcoming holiday, we will begin with examining “Symbols of Freedom” on July 1st. 



·         Last Call  for General Assembly participation

You can be a delegate from UUCGB without leaving CT!

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through the democratic process. This year’s GA is in Kansas City, MO.  Anyone may attend.  UUCGB has a delegate spot available.  UUCGB has funds available to assist with registration expense.  You can attend in person or online.  You can be a delegate on site or off site.  


As an online delegate or attendee you will be able to attend several workshops live online.  As a registered attendee, delegate or not, you will get MP3s of all the workshops.  These can come in handy when you are looking for resources or ideas to move a UUCGB approach, change or project forward.


Go to: for all pages related to General Assembly.  Be sure to check out the GA Prep Resources if you are considering going to GA.  If you would be a first time attendee, or even if not, check out


If you are interested in attending General Assembly, on site or online, or have questions, please contact Anita Sanders for more information.



·        Ride Requests

We have had a ride request from a gentleman in Bridgeport  for several months now.  No one has stepped forward.  Doesn’t anyone live nearby or near enough to be able to offer a ride to church?  The person who has reached out to us lives in Harbour Towers, 376 East Washington Ave, Bridgeport.  He has no transportation but would like to join UUCGB. 


Please contact Molly in the church office if you or someone you know is able to help.



·        Are you on Facebook?

If you are on Facebook, please make a point of visiting The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport Facebook page on Wednesday, Thursday and  Friday to “Like” and “Share” our Religious Education and Worship posts.   



Draft Mission of UUCGB

On Sunday, 14 January, we had our second congregational conversation regarding our mission statement.  A follow up discussion will be scheduled soon.  Below is the one that we came up with by the end of the session.  This is a working statement and not yet our “final” decision.  Please send any comments or suggestions to


“Love is the spirit of this church.  We welcome everyone into our beloved community. 

We are here to support each other in spiritual growth so we can go out and make the world a kinder place.”



·        From the Humanist Association of Connecticut

Annual Picnic at Gayle Walter’s home in New Haven 4-8 PM Saturday 23 June

Board Meeting 3:30 PM, Sunday 24 June

Monday 25 June Dinner Discussion at

the Wood-n-Tap
2100 Dixwell Avenue


Topic:  TBD?


Book for July is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

For more information about the group and activities at: or or



·        Tuesday Evening Taize Prayer Service

Our contemplative Service of Evening Prayer is a service consisting of repetitive singing of chants, readings, prayer and periods of silence, in order to reach a contemplative state. The Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic order in France, founded in 1940 to promote peace and justice through prayer and meditation. Our service mirrors Taizé-style attention to silence, holy words, prayer, and singing, but has also evolved to include other meditative traditions, as well.


Service begins at 7 pm, each Tuesday, and runs approximately 30 minutes.



This Week in UU History

from This Day in Unitarian Universalist History by Frank Schulman

6/15/1865 – Hajom Kissor Singh was born in the Khasi Hills of the state of Meghalaya in northeast India, where he lived all his life.  At the age of 15, Singh became a member of the Reformed faith (Calvinist) but found its teachings, especially the threat of Hell, unacceptable.  He developed Unitarian beliefs and began spreading them, although he did not know of the Unitarian movement.  He learned of Unitarianism through Charles Dall, an American Unitarian minister in Calcutta.  Dall sent Singh a copy of works by William Ellery Channing.  Inspired by what he learned, Singh founded a Unitarian church in Jowai, India, now the headquarters of the Indian Council of Unitarian Churches.  Singh led the Unitarian movement in his state, where there are now more than 30 churches with a total of 10,000 members.  Singh also published a hymnal using many American Unitarian hymns translated into Khasi.  Many Unitarian statements are still used in India just as Singh wrote them.  Hajom Kissor Singh died on November 13, 1923.    

6/17/1553 – The civil court of Vienne, France, condemned Michael Servetus to be burned at the stake for heresy, sedition and rebellion.  He had called both the Trinity and orthodoxy into question with his books On the Errors of the Trinity (1531) and Christianity Restored (1552).  Servetus escaped and was burned in effigy the next day. 

6/18/1873 – Susan B. Anthony, the famous Unitarian suffragist, was fined $100 for voting in Rochester, New York, but she refused to pay and the fine was never collected.



UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 6/17, 10:00 am, Father’s Day & Flower Communion with Peter Morse

Tuesday 6/19, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 6/20, 7:00 pm Choir Practice

Sunday 6/24, 10:00 am worship, General Assembly with Al Post



Upcoming Services:

6/24 Sunday Service – General Assembly with Al Post

7/1 Sunday Service—Summer Services begin Symbols of Freedom



Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday  10 AM-1PM.  Please send any items for the Drummer and/or Order of Service to the office  by 9 AM Wednesday.


Thanks, Molly Nolan, Office Administrator


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Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport
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Stratford, CT 06614