July , 2017
“As a people of faith, we seek to better ourselves, our community, and our world through integrity, justice, and hope.”
“Our lives are a mystery of growth from weakness to weakness, from the weakness of the little baby to the weakness of the aged. Throughout our lives, we are prone to fatigue, sickness, and accidents… Weakness becomes a place of chaos and confusion if in our weakness we are not wanted; it becomes a place of peace and joy if we are accepted, listened to, appreciated, and loved.”
Jean Vanier, Becoming Human
This week we had our own experience of our seventh principle calling us to respect the interdependent web of existence. One of the staff members of Special Plants- whose name I can’t remember- discovered an injured baby bird Wednesday morning as he was caring for our front lawn. He gently held this bird and explained to me, “The “nature” part in us calls us to care for other animals. We are animals, after all.”For this Special Plants staff member and all the caregivers, animal rescuers, doctors, and healers, may your hands, hearts, and minds be blessed with the peace that you offer to others.
Sunday Sermon – July 23 at 11 AM
I am Part of the Rainforest – Rev. Cassandra Howe
For the most part our seven principles are adapted language from the original principles that were drafted in 1961. Except for our seventh principle. UU women are responsible for this addition, which speaks to our sense of oneness with the earth as well as supporting a collective identity—both sorely lacking in the first six. Join us as we celebrate the web of life and the mysteries of the universe that can teach us how to better live today.
Religious Education for Children and Youth
SUMMER PROGRAM – 2017 –
|DR SEUSS AND THE UU PRINCIPLES|
|DATE||TEACHER 1||TEACHER 2||THEME|
|June 4, 2017||Vanessa Sullivan||Kim Merritt-Kuo||1st Principle: Everyone is important / “Horton hears a who”|
|June 11, 2017||Jennifer Zimmerman||David Hensley||2nd Principle: We are fair and kind to each other / “The Sneetches”|
|June 18, 2017||INTERGENERATIONAL SERVICE SUMMER SOLSTICE|
|June 25, 2017||Christina Charette||Jennifer Zimmerman||3rd Principle: Church is place where we learn together / “Dr Seuss’s ABC”|
|July 2, 2017||Leon Jackson||David Hensley||4th Principle: We are always learning / “Oh, the places you’ll go!”|
|July 9, 2017||Jennifer Zimmerman||5th Principle: We have a say about things that are important to us / “I am no going to get up today”|
|July 16, 2017||Christina Charette||Gaye Martel||6th Principle: We help make the world a better place of everyone / “How to Grinch stole Christmas”|
|July 23, 2017||Jim Scott||Gaye Martel||7th Principle: We help take care of our world / “The Lorax”|
|July 30, 2017||Carolyn Hargrove||Be satisfied with who you are / “Gertrude Mcfuzz”|
|August 6, 2017||Carolyn Hargrove||Ice Cream Social|
|August 13, 2017||INTERGENERATIONAL WATER COMMUNION – RE KICK OFF|
|August 20, 2017||FIRST DAY RE 2017-18|
Paula Del Rio – DRE
1. The Rev. Arlen Goff is retiring! This means that it is up to us to provide thoughtful, spiritual, faithful adult Religious Education! While we work out a more long term plan, Rev. Cassandra is organizing adult RE classes for the 2017-18 year.
Please let her know by the end of July if you are interested in teaching one, two, or ten Sunday morning classes (before the service). We are NOT trying to re-create Arlen (who would dare?) Outside of the box ideas are welcome! Priority will be given to classes that can be connected to any of the following:
- our seven principles;
- connect with the worship theme of the month (see themes below);
- help us to look ahead into the future and celebrate our past for our thirtieth anniversary;
- focus on immigration or homeless advocacy- the priorities of our social justice committee;
- focus on anti-racism- the priority of the UUA;
- involve heart-felt and intellectual discussion;
- help to ground us through an embodied spiritual practice.
Classes will begin the Sunday after Labor Day. If you would like to serve on the Adult RE Council please let Rev. Cassandra know.
Themes for 2017-18: What does it mean to be a people of…
- September: Welcome
- October: Courage
- November: Abundance
- December: Hope
- January: Intention
- February: Perseverance
- March: Balance
- April: Emergence
- May: Creativity
- June: Blessing
2. Are you a kid wanting to deepen your Unitarian Universalist identity in a beautiful place? Are you an adult wanting the same? Check out The Mountain (UU camp and retreat center: http://themountainrlc.org)- less than four hours away in the mountains of North Carolina. Scholarships are available upon request. Contact Rev. Cassandra for more details.
3. 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.
4. 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!