The Drummer – Weekly Beats – August 31, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
August 31, 2018


·        AC in sanctuary repaired,
final summer worship to be held in Fellowship Hall Sunday 2 September  

In a happy accident, it appears that it is easier to hold discussion style worship in Fellowship Hall.  The final worship of our summer series on Freedom will be held in Fellowship Hall this Sunday 2 September.


·         Last Summer Worship

Our last service with our “less formal” but still “structured” participatory discussions is here.  “Freedom” has been the overall theme for the series.  Each week’s specific topic is inspired by materials distributed by our denomination’s Church of the Larger Fellowship; the discussions are 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 also share cherished worship elements and music.  Our discussions create an inspiring “sermon.” Come as you are!  Come with an open mind and an open heart, but come!  


9/2 Breaking Free


Our traditional  UU “Homecoming” service is on September 9th.


·        Feedback needed

What did you think of the summer series on Freedom?  What did you like?  Not like?  Change?  Retain?  What would you like to explore next summer?  Continue to use this format?  Would you like to participate in worship creation?  Please speak to one of the Worship Weavers or send email comments to Sarah Miller.


·        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.



·        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.


·        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:   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

No regular class this Sunday 2 September or next Sunday 9 September.  We will resume our discussion of Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources on 16 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 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 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 1 September 2:30 pm, Explorations:  Dolores

+Monday 3 September 7:00 pm, Social Dinner at Turkish Kebab House, 1157 Campbell Ave, West Haven, 203-933-0002

+Saturday 15 September 2:00 pm, Book Discussion: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire by Kurt Anderson

+Monday 17 September 7:00 pm, Monthly Meeting, Main program TBD

+Sunday 23 September 3:30 pm, Board Meeting

+Monday 24 September 7:00 pm, Dinner Discussion at Wood-n-Tap, 2100 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, 203-248-9663  Topic TBD


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

8/30/1770 – John Murray, an émigré from England, preached his first Universalist sermon in America when his boat ran aground at Cranberry Inlet, New Jersey. There he met Thomas Potter, who had been waiting for God to send him a preacher with a message of universal salvation.  This occasion is often used to mark the beginning of Universalism in America. 

9/1/1844 – Meadville Theological School opened in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  As the Unitarian movement spread west it was felt that a center for training Unitarian ministers was needed somewhere besides Harvard. 

9/1/1852 – Eleanor Elizabeth Gordon was born in Hamilton, Illinois.  She learned radical Unitarianism from her uncle, William Gordon, and read widely in Unitarian authors.  Gordon became an educator and teamed up withMary Safford.  Together they organized the Unitarian church in Hamilton, where Safford served as minister with Gordon as her assistant.  The pair also served churches in Humbolt and Sioux City, Iowa.  Gordon was ordained in 1889 where she remained as minister until 1896.  She served churches in Burlington, Iowa; Fargo, North Dakota; Des Moines, Iowa (with Safford); and Orlando, Florida.  Gordon was also field secretary for the State Unitarian Conference of Iowa and edited and wrote for its newspaper, Old & New.  She retired from ministry in 1918 but remained active in church affairs and women’s issues until her death on January 6, 1942.


 UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 9/2, 10:00 am worship, Breaking Free with Virginia Smith

Tuesday 9/4, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Sunday 9/9 10:00 am worship, Homecoming Water Communion with Worship Weavers


Upcoming Services:

9/9 Sunday Service—Homecoming Water Communion with Worship Weavers

9/16 Sunday Service—My Last Mistake with Peter Morse


Office Hours

10 AM- 1 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  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