July 13, 2018
“As a people of faith, we seek to better ourselves, our community, and our world through integrity, justice, and hope.”
I once saw and love the bumper sticker that says “If you’re not outraged you’re not paying attention.” But paying attention has its purpose for something besides outrage. It also helps us to love. This Sunday we explore different forms of eschatology, or different visions of the end times, how this whole thing will end, and thus, what is the purpose of our, as poet Mary Oliver writes, “one wild and precious life.” Fundamentalist Christian eschatology has dominated our political and cultural landscape. It imagines an end of great battles, violent storms, and a Great Savior God who comes to save the faithful (and leave the rest behind). The liberal religious have an eschatology, too, which is instead of an ultimate separation between the good and the damned there is a universal society. Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God, where everyone is seen, welcomed, cherished as a beloved child of the universe.
With everything that is going on in the world today I find myself seeking something more than even our positive liberal eschatology of “Kin-dom come.” I find myself going local, looking for little interruptions of divine love amidst the brokenness. Farmer’s Markets. Forgiveness in unexpected places, or natural beauty carried even by the tiniest flower, the smallest bird. As theologian Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker writes, “Our hope…will arise from the seeds of Eden sown everywhere; from the life that is within us and around us in our communities and cultures; from the gifts of our resistance, compassion, and creativity; and from the very stones crying out their praise for the presence of God who is here, now, already wiping the tears from our eyes.”
Yours in Hope,
Sunday Sermon – July 15 at 11 AM
Love of This World – Rev. Cassandra Howe
Where do you place your hope? Your answer to this probably depends on what kind of day you are having. Join us as we explore what Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker calls radically realized eschatology, or more simply put: a responsive hope. Not hope in the far away future but hope grounded in the realities and possibilities of the here and now. Join us as we explore our thoughts around eschatology (study of end times).
Religious Education for Children and Youth
July 1, 2018
Drumming Tales: Folktales form Gambia and China – Jim Scott
1. IMPORTANT: Adult RE cancelled this Sunday. There will be no Adult RE (“Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion”) this coming Sunday (7/15), but we will pick back up on 7/22. And you are still welcome to come to the class next week, even if it’s your first time.
2. Have a Love Seat or couch to spare? We are excitedly anticipating Herb Mann’s return home from nursing care June 30th but need help furnishing his home. Please call Carol Mann at 478-719-5974 if you have any leads. Thanks!
3. Join the Social Justice Committee July 22nd after the service (12:30-1:30) as set our Share the Plate recipients for the next six months and talk about a strategy for seeking out future Share the Plates!
4. Ministry Council meets July 29th after the service, 12:30-1:30 in the adult RE room downstairs. Ministry Council is comprised of leaders from Religious Education, Social Justice, Social Activities, Membership, Worship and Finance committees. Our goal is to build community and communication across our various ministries.
5. Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU), High Street Chapter meets August 6th at 5pm in the RE room across from the office. We’re getting to know each other and plan for an upcoming BLUU worship service. If you identify as a Black UU please join us!
6. The blessing in disguise of all the building work (and RE class room closure) this spring is that it has forced a very important and timely question upon us: how do we welcome children into our community? Please join your Board, worship committee and Religious Education committee in reading an essay by Director of Religious Education Kim Sweeney by following this link:
Be part of the conversation!
7. Summer Adult Religious Education (RE) Special Offering: “Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion”. Sunday mornings 9:30 – 10:40 downstairs.
- July 22 – Morality binds and blinds. Why are we so “groupish” and why is that not necessarily such a bad thing?
- July 29 – The grand narratives of liberalism and conservatism. If we can’t all agree, how do we learn to disagree more constructively?
Note from Lori Johnson, facilitator: Our discussions will be based on Jonathan Haidt’s book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. You are welcome to purchase the book, but there is no requirement that you do so or read specific chapters before coming to class (there will be a handout available tracking our conversations with the relevant chapters in the book). Also, because it’s summer, I will try to frame the discussions in ways that you should feel free to drop in for the classes you can attend, even if you can’t make it to all of them.
8. Gather Water This Summer! September 9th will be our annual Ingathering and Water Communion service where water representing our individual journeys will be added to a common vessel representing our communal journey.
9. High Street to El Refugio. Want to offer a hand or word of comfort to immigrant families visiting their loved ones behind bars? Want to visit undocumented immigrants- too many still practically children- and with a compassionate presence show them that they are not alone? Join Rev. Cassandra and others from High Street in a visit to El Refugio Hospitality House in Lumpkin, GA. We are considering the following dates:
- Labor Day Sept 1-2
- Oct 20-21
- Oct 27-28
10. Are you in a financial pinch? Medical bills make rent hard to pay? Could use marital therapy but you just can’t afford it? Consider talking with Rev. Cassandra about the Minister’s Discretionary Fund! This fund is set aside for members and friends of the High Street Community who find themselves in a short term financial pinch. Kroger cards are also available for those in need. Call 510-225-8921. Rev. Cassandra
11. Rev. Cassandra is holding new office hours. They are now Thursdays from 2-4pm. Rev. Cassandra is available throughout the week for phone and in-person pastoral consultations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set something up or just drop by her office hours!
12. Coffee Hour. If you would be willing to host a coffee hour after a Sunday service, please contact Craig Rowland at 478-318-1084 to volunteer for a Sunday.
13. Help Others! Please check out the Social Justice webpage for what you can do for others. Specific needs that change often will be placed in this Announcements section
The following calendar is from this month’s newsletter. Please check the Announcements section above for any updates!