September 13, 2019
“As a people of faith, we seek to better ourselves, our community, and our world through integrity, justice, and hope.”
Give Us the Spirit of a Child
Play is for adults just as much as it is for children. We just call it different things, instead of playground it is gym or work out equipment. But play does bring to mind children and so I’d like to share some ways High Street values our children.
The value of children was part of the very birth of High Street, then called the UU fellowship of Middle Georgia. Members wanted their children to have a liberal religious option here in bible belt country. They wanted their children to feel equipped to not only respond to the questions about faith from peers on the playground but also live lives of moral imagination and courage.
We value our children through our religious education program where we teach our children our faith in ways that honor their wisdom and interests and gifts. We value our children through the teaching of Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive, evidence-based LGBTQ friendly sexuality education curriculum which we have taught in the past and which we look forward to having a chance to offer again in the future. We value our children ritualistically and spiritually through child dedication ceremonies, where we celebrate in the uniqueness of the newest among us and commit to their growth as a Unitarian Universalists. We value our children through multigenerational worship services where we get into our bodies a little more than our word-heavy worship services usually do and show our children that they are a core part of our worshipping community.
But mostly we value our children through our expectations of them. Children are not just empty vessels waiting to be filled. Children have gifts that contribute to the larger community. Gifts of giving (this is why we have the offering so early in the service, so our children can participate), gifts of blessing (pouring water for water communion, lighting the chalice). Gifts of service (many of our children are here today because of their involvement in a service project like Weekend Lunch or extending a hand of friendship to our local muslim community after their mosque was vandalized). And gifts of leadership and love. Our Religious education committee includes a “youth representative” and many of our children care for our church as if it were their own (which it is). When I was in Michigan I remember when a child came up to me a few minutes before the service started concerned that no one was making the coffee (for after the service). This is our greatest hope: that our children will bless us with their gift of love.
The FaithRocket theme for September is
To access FaithRocket resources for the current week, go to https://hsuuc.org/faith-rocket/
The Birds and The Bees – Beth Collins
Not “preaching to the choir,” but “teaching to the choir.” Beth will share good news about latest trends in gardening and ways that every one of us can help to support the interdependent web of life of which we are a part. Don’t miss it!
Religious Education for Children and Youth
September 15 , 2019
Teacher: Vanessa Sullivan
Curriculum: Faith Rocket
Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd)
Teacher: Paula Del Rio
Curriculum: Faith Rocket
Upper Elementary (4th – 6th)
Teacher: Leon Jackson
Curriculum: Faith Rocket
Paula Del Rio – DRE – email@example.com
1. If you were not able to make the ingathering service last week and want to sign our congregational relationship covenant, come this Sunday and find Kim Lynn after the service who will have ink pads and covenant ready to go!
2. At the Water Communion the Sources of Your Water were: Ocmulgee River, Beech Mt. In NC, “Our Little Next”, St. Pete Beach Gulf of Mexico, Refuge Camp El Paso, Fernandina Beach in FL, Santa Monica and San Pedro Bays, Vogel State Park, St. Simons Beach/Ocean, Lake Wildwood, High Falls, Niagara Falls in NY, Home, Towaliga River, Lake Michigan, Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg, White River, Amicola Falls in GA, Virgin River in Zion Canyon, French Broad River in NC, Bemidji in MN, Kalama Greece, Atlantic Ocean from Spring Hill in FL.
3. TIME AND DATE CORRECTION: The Calendar at the bottom of this page which is the same as on your newsletter has service date errors for September 15 and 23. The following are the correct service descriptions for September 15 and 23:
- September 15: The Birds and The Bees – Beth Collins – Not “preaching to the choir,” but “teaching to the choir.” Beth will share good news about latest trends in gardening and ways that every one of us can help to support the interdependent web of life of which we are a part. Don’t miss it!
- September 22: Copy Cat – Rev. Cassandra Howe – One of the lessons my children are teaching me is that we first have to meet one another exactly where we are (in child’s play this could be understood as parallel play or copy cat) before we can actually play together. Meeting each other where we are is one of the skills taught in seminary. It is a great pastoral skill. How else is “play” a resource for our relationships with one another? Rev. Cassandra will be using the book “Improv Wisdom” by Patricia Madson to deepen our exploration on play.
4. TIME AND DATE ADDITION: The Biplolar Support Group will have an additional meeting on Monday, September 23 at 6 PM.
5. TIME AND DATE CORRECTION: Continue the celebration of Tom’s life and come to a second memorial on Thursday Sept. 26th at 3pm at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, in Athens. Contact Bretta Perkins (706) 476-6451 or the Horticulturalist office of the Garden for more information.
6. Your Social Activities Team is seeking Coffee Hour Set Up and Clean Up Volunteers! We want to honor the legacy of Craig Rowland (our former Coffee Hour Guru) and keep Coffee Hour a time of fellowship and fun for all at High Street! Food and coffee helps facilitate community, and food and coffee require preparing and cleaning. If you are interested in volunteering for one Sunday a month, or every fifth Sunday (or any other schedule that works for you) contact Cassandra Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
7. “UU Theologies on Tap” A six week class based on the book A House for Hope The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century* by Rebecca Parker and John Buehrens.
- Every Monday, 5:30-7pm from September 16th through October 21st
- At Just Tap’d, basement room (488 1st St. downtown Macon)
- Co-led by Revs. Arlen Goff and Cassandra Howe
- Please RSVP to Cassandra at email@example.com.
- Please come to first class having read introduction and first two chapters.
*Participants need to order their own copy of the book “A House for Hope” available at inSpirit UUA Bookstore and Gift Shop, Amazon, and on kindle. Here is a link for easy ordering: https://www.uuabookstore.org/House-for-Hope-P17156.aspx. We have pre-ordered five copies. Contact Arlen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to buy one from him.
8. September 15th 9:30-10:45am Adult RE with Lori Johnson. A facilitated discussion on “Work and Play.” What is work to you? Drudgery? A joy? Somewhere in between? More relevant to Unitarian Universalism, how do your work and spirituality relate? And what about play? Join us in a facilitated discussion with readings, contemplative time and sharing as we delve into this month’s worship and RE theme!
9. September 22nd and 29th 9:30-10:45am “White Lies” with Lori Johnson. Join Lori Johnson and others in discussing NPR’s White Lies Podcast* and it’s relevance for our racial justice efforts here at home. Participants should listen to the episodes prior to the class: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510343/white-lies.
*From May 14 through June 25, NPR ran a seven episode podcast entitled White Lies, which focused on an investigation into the murder of the Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian-Universalist minister who was killed during the civil rights protests in Selma, AL in 1965.
10. Adult Religious Education Needs You! This summer your Adult Religious Education team is looking for class proposals for the fall, winter and spring 2019-20. Proposals that connect with our UU principles, values and beliefs will be given priority. Courses may be Sunday morning before Sunday Service (anytime between 9:30-10:45am), or other times throughout the week. Please submit all proposals to Cassandra Howe at email@example.com.
11. Reproductive Justice Worship Team. Are you concerned about reproductive justice in Macon? In Georgia? In our country? Do you want to be part of a team to offer a worship service around such issues as abortion care, families separated at the border, families separated by our criminal justice system, global warming, and more? Please contact Rev. Cassandra if you want to participate in any way: firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Join The Mountain’s Fall Institute: Aging to Saging! Oct 6-11. Become a “Superb-Ager!” Want to be a “Superb-Ager” or know someone aiming for this? Learn which of our behaviors empowers us to flourish as we age, and which behaviors to avoid for a successful journey from aging to saging. SUUFI (Southern UU Fall Institute) 2019 will help us learn what superb-aging is and how to get there!
Dr. Rita Brodnax, our Lead Presenter is an expert in neuroscience and learning. She brings her passion for applying brain research to teaching so that every individual learns and reaches their goals. Dr. Brodnax gives definitive, research-based answers about how to use your own brain better and how to capture the blessings and benefits of elderhood to become a Superb-Ager. Rita gets rave reviews for participant engagement as she consults and teaches OLLI classes in JAX, FL. She is fun and epitomizes sage-ing…!
The morning general session sets the stage for an afternoon of 20+ workshops by other skilled leaders to enable further understanding, refresh priorities, review productive strategies, and participate in various opportunities for relaxed enjoyment.
A workshop “Snapshot” is attached reflecting the range of choices, including indoors or outdoors, contemplative or hands-on, instructional or interactive, onsite or offsite, etc.
Do it! Pursue it! Lift your Spirit, Mind, and Body at SUUFI 2019. Enjoy The Mountain’s retreat site and the autumn coolness as it helps you escape the hassles and demands of city life, while offering excellent food including vegan, evening entertainment, and small group interactions for renewing and connecting fellowship.
Register at https://themountainrlc.org/event/suufi-southern-uu-fall-institute-2019/ by 8/9 to get Early Bird Discount of $25/person on 6day/5night package. Hurry—33 have registered already! Reserve your spot!!!
13. Daybreak is in need of the following items: Lysol spray and hand wipes, bleach, iced tea & lemonade mixes, powdered drink mix/juice, stirrers for coffee, napkins, and canned fruit for snacks & breakfast.
14. 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
15. 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!