The Drummer – Weekly Beats – July 13, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
July 13, 2018


·        Worship to be held in Fellowship Hall Sunday July 15

Due to problems with the air conditioning in the Sanctuary, we will be holding worship in Fellowship Hall again this Sunday.  Repairs are underway but not completed.  Check this space for updates on the status of AC in the Sanctuary.


·         Summer Worship

This year’s Summer Worship schedule brings a return of the “less formal” but still “structured” participatory discussions that were so well-received several summers ago.  This 10 week series will begin July 1st and conclude September 2nd, to be followed by the traditional UU “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 may think the answers are simple, but they can be complex and thought-provoking leading to deepening self-knowledge as well as 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 cherished worship elements and music.  Our discussions will create an inspiring “sermon.” 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. 


7/15 Freedom of Opinion
7/22 Freedom of Speech
7/29 Freedom of Choice
8/5 Freedom of Expression

8/12Freedom of Others
8/19 Freedom From Fear

·         8/26 Any Which Way, the Winding Path to Freedom

9/2 Breaking Free


·         Snacks needed for coffee hour

We can still use shelf stable snacks to re-supply our back up provisions, which are substantially depleted.  Marissa has been baking something every week.  She could use another couple people to do the same.  Can you help us restock and/or bake something for coffee hour?


·         Religious Education for Children

Our summer schedule is more relaxed as some of our RE teachers are relaxing elsewhere.  No Religious Education this week.


·        Call for materials for the UUCGB archives

General call for any pictures you may have of activities in and by UUCGB over the past few years.  Any Board or Committee minutes that have not already been sent into the office, no matter how dated. And pictures, Pictures, PICTURES—Harvest Fest, holiday worship, Cookie Café, GA delegates, New England Regionl delegates, pot luck dinners, UUCGB Thanksgiving or Seder, Maypole, picnics, clean-up days, New Member Sunday, Annual Tea& Luncheon…


·        Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community–UUJEC

A General Assembly Debrief Thursday, July 19  @ 8 p.m. ET
Join UUJEC members and friends to share highlights and inspirations from General Assembly. New changes to social witness process, our Annual Meeting, Networking Session, Table Talk, new AsIW passed, and the 4 questions to bring home will be discussed. Connect with other justice-seekers for our collective work ahead.

Plus: Meet our new Administrator Christopher Sims, learn how you can join our working groups and become more involved. 

For Webinar information, visit: webinars  


·        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.   We’ve been a little light in posting with the several things going on around here.  But the Social Media folks are back in action.  Help us share the love and grace of Unitarian Universalism.


·         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.


·        Braver/Wiser from the UUA, every Wednesday

Life is full of hard edges and complicated choices. Braver/Wiser gives you weekly message of courage and compassion for life as it is. Every Wednesday we deliver an original written reflection by a contemporary religious leader, and brief prayer, grounded in Unitarian Universalism. Join the Braver/Wiser community and sign up today!


·         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

+Saturday 21 from 2-4 July Book Discussion:  Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sanders

+Sunday 22 July at 3:30, Board Meeting 

+Monday 23 July Dinner Discussion at the Wood-n-Tap, 2100 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden (203-248-9663)  Topic:  Can Humanists Use the Word Spiritual?

+Saturday 4 August 2:30 pm, Explorations:  TBD

+Monday 6 August 7 pm Social Dinner:  Turkish Kebab House, 1157 Campbell Ave, West Haven

+Saturday 18 August 2-4 pm Book Discussion:  Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

+Monday 20 August 7:30 pm Monthly meeting:  Topic TBD

+Sunday 26 August 3:30 pm, Board Meeting

+Monday 27 August 7pm, Dinner Discussion at Wood-n-Tap, 2100 Dixwell Ave, Hamden.  Topic TBD


Book for August is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

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


·        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

7/14/1813 – English Parliament passed the Trinity Act (the formal title was “An Act to relieve persons who impugn the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity from Certain Penalties”), which repealed the Blasphemy Act.  The Blasphemy Act of 1698 made denial of the Trinity a treasonable act punishable by death and denied Unitarians all civil rights.  The English courts held passage of the act did not remove Unitarian belief as a criminal offense under the common law but only removed the penalties.  Unitarianism remained a criminal offense until Dissenters’ Chapels Act was passed on July 15, 1844. 

7/15/1844 — English Parliament passed the Dissenters’ Chapels Act, granting Unitarians the right to own and worship in their chapels even if they practiced a theology different from that of the founders.     

7/16/1836 – Augusta Jane Chapin was born in Lakeville, Livingston County, New York.  She was the first woman to receive an honorary D.D. degree (Lombard University 1893) and the second woman to be ordained a Universalist minister.  She was ordained in Lansing, Michigan, on December 3, 1863.  Chapin served churches in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California, Nebraska, Massachusetts, New York, Iowa and Illinois.  She lectured at Lombard University and chaired the World’s Parliament of t Religions for the Chicago World Exposition in 1893.  Chapin was also active in the quests for women’s suffrage and temperance and worked to reform the Universalists’ disjointed denominational process, proposing that they form a more uniform system of fellowship and polity, including a covenant for ministerial ethics.  She died on June 30, 1905.




UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 7/15, 10:00 am worship, Freedom of Opinion with Sarah Miller 

Tuesday 7/17 7:00 pm Taize Service

Sunday 7/22 10:00 am worship, Freedom of Speech with Mike Ingber


Upcoming Services:

7/22 Sunday Service—Freedom of Speech with Mike Ingber

7/29 Sunday Service—Freedom of Choice with Jim Torriani


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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Stratford, CT 06614