The Drummer – Weekly Beats – July 6, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
July 6, 2018


·        Worship to be held in Fellowship Hall, Sunday July 8

Due to problems with the air conditioning in the Sanctuary, we will be holding worship in Fellowship Hall this Sunday.  Repairs are slated to begin 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 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. 


7/8 Choosing Personal Freedom
7/15 Freedom of Opinion
7/22 Freedom of Speech
7/29 Freedom of Choice
8/5 Freedom of Expression
8/12 Freedom From Fear

8/19 Freedom of Others
8/26 Any Which Way, the Winding Path to Freedom

9/2 Breaking Free


·         Snacks needed for coffee hour

There are some usable leftovers from the Tea, however we could still use shelf stable snacks to re-supply our back up provisions which are totally 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 continue our discussion of our 4th principle with the story God In Between.


·        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.


·         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 7 July at 2:30 pm Explorations:  The Sweetest Sounds, film and discussion on the life of Richard Rogers.  Feel free to being snacks to share.

+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:  TBD?


Book for July is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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


7/7/1638 – The Diet of Dees in Transylvania issued the edict Complanatio Deesiana (The Agreement of Dees).  As a result, Unitarians officially took the name Unitarian and were recognized by the government under that name.  Unitarianism was then given equal status with other religions.  

7/9/1816 – Elbridge Gerry Brooks was born in Cover, New Hampshire.  He was a strong supporter and theoretician of Christian Universalism.  A Student of both law and theology, he served churches in Cambridge, Massachusetts; New York City; and Philadelphia. He was the main force in creating the General Convention of the Universalist Societies and served as its secretary from 1868 to 1869.  Brooks helped forge a loose group of churches into a more integrated and disciplined organization.  He was chair of the commission to revise the Constitution of the Universalist Church and developed a theory that the church is “the channel through which God communicates His Holy Spirit and saving power most directly and potentially for the enlightenment and redemption of souls.”  Elbridge Gerry Brooks died on April 8, 1878.  

7/10/1660 – After a century of religious freedom, this date was established as the deadline by which all Socinians were required either to conform to Catholicism or leave Poland.  Too poor to emigrate, many Unitarians were forced either live in hiding or practice in secret.  For affluent Polish Unitarians, this date marks the beginning of their Great Exile into other parts of Europe.



UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 7/8, 10:00 am worship, Choosing Personal Freedom with Anita Sanders

Tuesday 7/10, 7:00 pm Taize Service

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


Upcoming Services:

7/15 Sunday Service—Freedom of Opinion with Sarah Miller 

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



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
275 Huntington Road
Stratford, CT 06614