The Drummer – Weekly Beats – August 10, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
August 10, 2018


·        Worship likely to be held in Fellowship Hall Sunday 12 August  

Hope may be on the horizon.  Repair people may have been here by the time you read this, or maybe early next week.  Reconnection of the AC unit for the sanctuary is in the works.  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. 


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

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

9/2 Breaking Free


·        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 Regional delegates, pot luck dinners, UUCGB Thanksgiving or Seder, Maypole, picnics, clean-up days, New Member Sunday, Annual Tea& Luncheon… Please contact Marilyn.


·        Homecoming 9 September

REMINDER:  We will be doing our traditional Earth and Water ceremonies for the Homecoming service (Sept. 9). So, gather up some dirt and some water from places that are important to you to bring in and commingle with the offerings of your fellow UUs. And if you’re doing any traveling, it’s great to have samples of your visits to share.


·        Connecticut Hospice looking for volunteers

The Connecticut Hospice is recruiting transportation volunteers to drive homecare patients to and from doctor’s appointments or take families without cars to visit their loved ones at the inpatient hospice in Branford.  Please call Volunteer Services at 203-315-7510.


·        Mercy Learning Center Seeks Volunteers!

Mercy Learning Center provides basic literacy and life skills to low income women.  The Center is seeking volunteers to teach English Language Learners as well as basic adult reading and math.  No experience necessary.  Training and materials are provided.  New Tutor Trainings:   Monday 27 August, Friday 14 September or Friday 28 September 9 AM – 3 PM, lunch provided.  The post-training commitment is twice per week for two hours.     Call 203-334-6699 to register or for more information.


·         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 return to our exploration of our Seven Principles.  On 12 August, we will continue our discussion of the use of the democratic process in our congregations and in the wider world.


·        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, 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. 


·        Common Read 2018-19
The Common Read Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Common Read: Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom (Skinner House Books, 2018).

At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. Those on the margins are invariably those most affected by climate disaster and environmental toxins. The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes multiple pathways for follow-up action. Justice on Earth is available at in Spirit: UU Book and Gift Shop. A discussion guide for congregations, offering both a single session and a three-session format, will be available online October 1, 2018.


·        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.


·        Love Resists Blog

As the deeply racist and oppressive nature of the Trump administration continues to reveal itself and we see our country returning more and more to overt and often violent methods of disempowering people of color and other vulnerable communities, we can find the strength to remain steadfast in our resistance by reinvesting in solidarity.


Ever faithful on our commitment to building Beloved Community, we must keep our hearts, eyes and ears open to the guidance and needs if those most at risk.  Love Resists the racism that is tearing apart our shared community.  And we know we must be courageous in our resistance. 

To renew courage and sustain commitment, we’ve compiled stories, resources and actions on the Love Resists blog. Check them out.  We hope they can provide the support and encouragement so needed to stay the course in this work.


·         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 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

8/11/1901 – Margaret Mosley was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  She wanted to be a nurse but was refused by every hospital-nursing program in Boston because she was African-American.  Moseley joined and became president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).  She was also a leader on the fight against McCarthyism in the 1950s.  She served as a president of the Community Church (Unitarian) in Boston.  After moving to Cape Cod, Moseley helped start a chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a chapter of the WOLPF, and the Fair Housing Commission.  She was the first woman to chair the governing body of the Unitarian Church of Barnstable on Cape Cod.  In 1965, Moseley marched in Selma, Alabama, to support voting rights for African-Americans.   In 1989 the WILPF established the Margaret Moseley Memorial Peace Education Fund.  She received the Martin Luther King Jr. award from the Fellowship of Reconciliation.  Margaret Moseley died in 1997. 

8/13/1910 – Florence Nightingale, a Unitarian nurse who devoted many years to public health reform, died at age 90. 

8/14/1553 – John Calvin brought 38 charges against Michael Servetus in Geneva, Switzerland, saying he had offended the Trinity, and Servetus was thrown in prison.



 UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 8/12, 10:00 am worship, Freedom of Others with Mike Ingber

Tuesday 8/7 7:00 pm Taize Service

Sunday 8/19 10:00 am worship, Freedom From Fear with Anita Sanders


Upcoming Services:

8/19 Sunday Service—Freedom From Fear with Anita Sanders

8/26 Sunday Service—Any Which Way, the Winding Path to Freedom with Ellen Hardy and Peter Morse



**Office Administrator out of the office for 1 week**

I will be producing the Drummer while away.  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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