May 18, 2018
“As a people of faith, we seek to better ourselves, our community, and our world through integrity, justice, and hope.”
Those who have been with us on Sunday the last two weeks know that the sanctuary looks a little different. The pews near the side entrance (closest to the library) are scrunched together to clear the floor for drying. White plastic sheets cover the wall and parts of the floor to help with the fans/ drying process. Downstairs ceiling tiles are taken out to better dry out the wood on top. White sheets separate the main fellowship hall area from the hallway, kitchen and bathroom. While the RE classrooms and nursery are accessible we are not confident enough of their safety to have religious education classes for our children.
This means that we’ve been worshiping with more children more often this month than we usually do. This means we are invited towards a community spirit. We celebrate the service in a room that is a little bit like a crystal ball. If one person coughs on one side of the room everyone will hear it. Every time someone walks up to the front for milestones and passages the sound of the heels is heard (and felt) across the room. A wail of a child will be heard by all. This can be difficult. It interrupts the order and quiet and because we are already straining a bit because of tricky acoustics it can make it hard to hear what the speaker is saying. But it can also be an invitation to deeper community.
For those with the cough, loud shoes, misbehaving cell phone or wiggly child it can be an invitation to trust that we all know that everyone is trying their best to be present to this hour of reverence, joy and wonder together. We are living beings. No living being is completely silent. Let your breath out. Let’s be human together! For those more able to produce quietness it is an invitation to: remain open in this time of change, to ask, “what is the cry (or laugh) or a child saying to me today?” And to remember that children are just as much a part of this community as adults are.
Sunday Sermon – May 20 at 11 AM
The Promises We Make – Rev. Cassandra Howe
Emily Dickinson wrote, “Forever is composed of vows.” Today we look at the vows we as Unitarian Universalists have made in regards to racial justice, how we have fared in keeping them, and an invitation to fulfill the promises we have broken.
Congregational Meeting Immediately Follows
Religious Education for Children and Youth
May 20, 2018
Due to the downstairs work the children will stay for the service
1. We will be using the Teal hymnals this Sunday, so bring yours if you have one.
2. Social Justice Committee Wants You!! Join the Social Justice Committee and Rev. Cassandra after the service Sunday May 27th to reimagine and re-vision how we might work together as a team that guides High Street members and friends in putting their faith in action in the larger community. 12:30-1:30 in the Adult RE room downstairs.
3. Concerned about Undocumented Immigrants in middle Georgia? Want to be part of a delegation of High Streeters to the Stewart Detention Center near Columbus, GA? Please contact Rev. Cassandra! We’re hoping to schedule a High Street weekend of service with El Refugio (hospitality house for immigrant families) sometime this summer or fall!
4. UPDATED! 3oth Anniversary Service Presentations are Available for download! PDF format copies of both the High Street Memories slide show created by Kim Lynn and the children’s story presented at the “Together Time” are available on the Photos page (https://hsuuc.org/photos/). Note: the High Street Memories has been updated to include Sarah Hargrove’s memories.
5. An Invitation for Your Discernment on May 20th. In April our Board of Trustees voted to recommend to High Street’s membership our participation in The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith for Black Lives Campaign. If successful this campaign will help Unitarian Universalism become the multicultural and multiracial movement we so often talk about. It seeks to mend past hurts by funding the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism money that was promised but never delivered to the Black Unitarian Caucus back in the late sixties.
UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray is asking every UU congregation to make a pledge of both money and mission before GA 2018. She is asking congregations to:
a) commit to $10 per member or soul served (your Board is recommending we commit to raising $1,000)
b) celebrate a Worship on the theme of ending racism and creating a multicultural world, and
c) commit in general to the work of dismantling white supremacy for the long haul. Pledges must be fulfilled before GA 2019.
Please learn more about this campaign by going to this link: https://www.uua.org/giving/areas-support/funds/promise-and-practice . On the left side of the webpage you’ll find a simple menu of FAQs and a History of the campaign that are also important.
After a meager Canvass it is difficult to imagine raising another $1,000, and especially difficult to imagine giving that money away. Yet in this anniversary year we are called to remember what High Street has stood for and what we are willing to risk to make our dreams possible.
Rev. Cassandra Howe
6. Are any of you members considering going to the UUA General Assembly in June 2018 in Kansas City MO? If so, please let Kim Lynn, email@example.com, know.
7. 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!
8. 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.
9. 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!