The Drummer – Weekly Beats – August 17, 2018
August 17, 2018
· Worship may be held in Sanctuary Sunday 19 August
There is a rumor circulating that the AC in the Sanctuary may be repaired by Sunday. Stay tuned.
· 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.
8/19 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
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
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. The last Sunday of summer is 2 September, also the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Can you be present for our children and visiting children we might have that day? We will be using a picture book for children on organized labor as the basis of the story. We will look at how our principles and sources relate to the labor movement.
· Religious Education for Children and Youth OPPORTUNITY
In mid-late 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 onEarth is available at inSpirit: 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 actins 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 email@example.com
“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
· 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
8/16/1553 – Nicholas de la Fontaine opened prosecution against Michael Servetus in Switzerland on 38 separate charges, including defamation of John Calvin’s teachings and of Moses. De la Fontaine quoted from Servetus’s Christianismi Restitutio (Restitution of Christianity), in which Servetus called the Trinity “a Cerberus, a dream of St. Augustine, and an innovation of the Devil” and called believers in the Trinity “Tritheists.”
8/17/1858 – Caroline Julia Bartlett Crane was born in Hudson, Wisconsin. She liked the preaching of Oscar Clute, a Unitarian minister, and decided to become a minister herself in a time when ministry was considered an exclusively male profession. She earned a B.A. and an M.A. from Carthage College and became a teacher and journalist, then city editor of the Oshkosh, Wisconsin City Times. Crane studied theology on her own and was ordained in 1887 as a colleague of Mary Safford. She became minister in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, then Kalamazoo, Michigan. Both churches prospered under her ministry. Crane worked for numerous civic causes, including public kindergarten and urban sanitation. In 1903, she became the meat inspector for Michigan slaughterhouses. Caroline Julia Bartlett Crane died on March 24, 1935.
8/21/1553 – Michael Servetus petitioned the court in Geneva, Switzerland, to dismiss charges against him on the grounds that religious beliefs should not be subject to criminal jurisdiction.
UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:
Sunday 8/19, 10:00 am worship, Freedom From Fear with Anita Anders
Tuesday 8/7 7:00 pm Taize Service
Sunday 8/26 10:00 am worship, Any Which Way, the Winding Path to Freedom with Ellen Hardy and Peter Morse
Sunday 8/26 11:15 am PB & J Sunday
8/26 Sunday Service—Any Which Way, the Winding Path to Freedom with Ellen Hardy and Peter Morse
9/2 Sunday Service—Breaking Free with Virginia Smith
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