High Street Happenings

September 14, 2018

“As a people of faith, we seek to better ourselves, our community, and our world through integrity, justice, and hope.”

Pastoral Reflection

We at High Street commit ourselves to…Welcoming all people who share our values into our community of faith and hope.

This is our first statement in our vision. For simplicity’s sake when we read it on Sunday we stop after “welcoming all people,” but the rest of the sentence is important: “who share our values…” We are not an anything goes religion. We do not welcome people who believe that white folks are inherently better than people of color, for example. We honor the individual but we also cherish and protect the community and when an individual is acting in ways that hurt the community, it is right to set limits on that individual’s access to the community.

“Welcoming all people” could be thought of as our first principle of the inherent dignity of the individual. The second part, “who share our values” speaks to our seventh principle about the interdependent web/ community. We need both the first and seventh principle, and together they create a creative tension that can guide us as we strive to worship, work, and play together.

One of the ways we can articulate that “creative tension” between individual and community freedom is through a covenant of right relations. This is something your interim minister, Rev. Cynthia was working on with you before I got here. This fall we’ll return to covenant as we welcome new members into our community.

Rev. Cassandra

Sunday Sermon – September 16 at 11 AM

Our Eighth Principle – Rev. Cassandra Howe

An 8th principle of our 7 UU principles has been written and promoted since 2013. But it has not been formally accepted as part of our UU principles. It reads, “We, the member congregations of the UUA, covenant to affirm and promote journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” One of the tripping points in working for positive change is language and how we frame what we are for, and whether or not we need to be against anything. Come hear why we need to be both against racism AND for multicultural community, and how we can be a part of this vision in the making.

Religious Education for Children and Youth

September 16, 2018

Preschool (K3-K)
Teacher: Vanessa Sullivan
Curriculum: Soul Matters
Lesson:  Vision and the Jewish Holidays

Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd)
Teacher: Christina Charette
Curriculum: Rainbow Connection
Lesson: Vision and the Jewish Holidays

Upper Elementary (4th – 6th)
Teacher: Jim Scott
Curriculum: Soul Matters
Lesson: Purpose in Life Vision



1. While Hurricane Florence is expected to hit coastal cities, Macon may have some residual affects including heavy rain and winds. Most likely these will not be enough to be dangerous or to cause power outages. In the case that we do need to cancel Sunday service, this is how we will communicate church closure:

  • Via website (https://hsuuc.org/).
  • Via email to all members and friends.
  • Via our Facebook page.
  • If the service is canceled, our Church phone (478-741-1714) will have an announcement to that effect.

Keep in mind that power outages may prevent some of these methods of communication from working, so use your best judgment.

2. Ministry Council THIS Sunday September 16th from 12:30-1:30 in the RE classroom. For all programmatic committee chairs to build relationship and strengthen the circle of support for our leaders.

3. CRISIS ON THE BORDER: CURRENT ISSUES IN U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICY: Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm in Willingham Auditorium (Mercer). Panel Discussion with Q&A. Panelists: Eimad Houry, Professor, Chair and Director Of International Affairs, Political Science; Scott Titshaw, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Law;Tanya Sharon, Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts; David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director, Center for Theology & Public Life; Antonio Saravia, Associate Profesor of Economics and Director of the BB&T Center for Research in Capitalism, Stetson School of Business and Economics.

4. New to UU Informational Session 2:30-1:30 Sunday September 30th in the RE classroom downstairs. Are you new to High Street, or have you been attending a while but would like to learn more about the church and the larger Unitarian Universalist faith? Please come to our informational session for those considering membership and those just curious. Please RSVP to Rev. Cassandra at highstreetrev@gmail.com. Childcare provided upon request.

5. Choir practice has begun – join us Wednesdays 7 pm downstairs.


All of us face difficult times. Sickness, financial reversals, deaths of loved ones, broken relationships, accidents, unexpected election results, panic attacks, seasonal depression – the list is endless. Each of us deals with difficult times in different ways. Prayer, meditation, medication, community involvement, professional counseling, reading sacred texts, leaning on family and friends – all helpful resources. Some of us have found that poetry (whether reading poetry or writing poetry) can provide solace and space for healing when our lives seem just too much to bear. During September, October, and November, Adult RE at High Street will focus on poetry as a resource for difficult times. Facilitator for the class will be the Rev. E Arlen Goff, High Street’s Teaching Minister Emeritus.

The text for the class will be Roger Housden’s Ten Poems for Difficult Times (ISBN 978-1-60868-529- 5) which is available at our local Barnes and Noble or through online retailers. Housden is a respected teacher and has written a number of books in the “Ten Poems” series. He has also written extensively on sacred pilgrimages or journeys, on general spirituality, and related topics.

The class will begin on September 9th and will run for 12 weeks (through December 2nd). The class will meet on Sundays at 9:30 AM in the classroom just off the Fellowship Hall.

7. Church Pot Luck Picnic at Casa Del Sol (home of Rusty George) on Saturday, September 29 from 2 to 6 pm. More details to follow at a later date.

8. 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

9. 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.

10. 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

Monthly Calendar

The following calendar is from this month’s newsletter. Please check the Announcements section above for any updates!