The Drummer – Weekly Beats – July 20, 2018

The Drummer

Weekly Beats

July 20, 2018



·        Worship to be held in Fellowship Hall Sunday July 22

Due to problems with the air conditioning in the Sanctuary, we will be holding worship in Fellowship Hall again this Sunday.  Diagnostics and repairs began on July 11.  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 began July 1st and will conclude September 2nd, to be followed by the traditional UU “Homecoming” service on September 9th.


The overall theme for the series is “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. 


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

8/12  Freedom 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

Religious Education follows the worship and a snack break.  This week we will conclude our discussion of our 4th Principle and the book God In Between.



·        Religious Education for Children Emergency

We have a Religious Education emergency.  It is more acute in the summer than the rest of the year.  UUCGB does not have a tradition of children’s religious education in the summer.  However, most UU churches offer something.  We should too.  People do more church shopping in the summer (both July and August) than at other times of the year.  If they cannot see our commitment to nurturing children in our congregation, they will shop elsewhere.  We’ve been a little spotty so far this summer but have the chance to finish up strong.  We are using selections from The Picture Book of UU to explore our 7 Principles.   The classes are relaxed, all ages, picture book centered, with follow up activities related to elements in the story.  Karen Pirhala has been our main teacher this summer.  Molly has been able to help out and do the planning but we need a couple more trusted adults to be in class with our children.  RE begins about 15 minutes into coffee hour and goes for 45-60 minutes.  Can you take a Sunday or two in August/early September?  Please contact Karen or Molly if you are able to help particularly on 12 or 19 August or 2 September?   



·        Religious Education for Children and Youth OPPORTUNITY

In mid-September we hope to roll out a new way to offer RE at UUCGB.  We are contemplating moving to a Spirit Play (Montessori style) structure.  The children will all be together to do chalice lighting, check in and hear the story for the day.  Then we will break into two age groups to continue the lesson.  We’ll come together again to close and extinguish the chalice.  If you’ve had a chance to get to know the children of this congregation you know they are bright, curious and engaging.  This is your opportunity to help UUCGB help our children become who they are meant to be.  We need teachers to carry out this new vision of RE.  We are -staying with the second hour for RE and other meetings and discussions for the 2018-9 church year.    We will be offering training in late summer/early fall.  If you are interested in teaching or assisting, please contact Karen or Molly. 



·        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.



·         NEW Ride Request

Ginny Gardner needs a ride from the New Haven train station to her home in Stratford on Friday, 31 August, at approximately 4:30.  Please contact Ginny directly by phone or email if you can be the person to get her home.


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.  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: 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

7/21/1683—In the last official book burning in England, Oxford University destroyed books it considered dangerous to the Church of England, including books that advocated Unitarian views. 

7/21/1813—King William IV of England signed the Trinity Act, which repealed penalties for Unitarian belief.  Robert Aspland said of this act, “Unitarians became for the first time free men in their native land.”  

7/21/1923—Robert L’Hommedieu Miller was born.  He was a curriculum editor for the Council of Liberal Churches in Boston and a professor of religious education at Crane Theological School (Universalist) of Tufts University.  His writings include The Faith of a Universalist (1958) and The Religious Value System of Unitarian Universalists (1976).  He died on August 31, 2000.



UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

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

Tuesday 7/17 7:00 pm Taize Service

Sunday 7/29 10:00 am worship, Freedom of Choice with Jim Torriani

Sunday 7/29 11:00 am PB & J Sunday



Upcoming Services:

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

8/5 Sunday Service—Freedom of Expression with Al Post



**Change in Office Hours this week**

Wednesday 9 AM-3 PM and Friday 9 AM-noon.  Please send any items for the Drummer and/or Order of Service to the office  by 9 AM Wednesday.


Thanks, Molly Nolan, Office Administrator


Please send any items you would like listed in next week’s Weekly Drummer Beats to dnesday at 9 am!  The weekly email is sent every Thursday evening!



Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport
275 Huntington Road
Stratford, CT 06614