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Community News - January 22-29, 1017


Morning Worship                                                        January 22, 2017

11 a.m.                                  

“The Spiritual State of the Union”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

The signs of the times are chaotic… surreal… and challenging.  Contradictions and illusion blend with grandiosity and ignorance in our new President’s tweets, announcements, attacks, appointments, and behavior. 

Yet, resistance and renewed vision are emerging, as with the Women’s March on Washington (and so many other cities).  In such times, our prophetic voices and faithful deeds are part of the spiritual armor and weapons that shall make a difference.  How goes it for you?

See you at Community!


The Third Reconstruction by Rev. William Barber II

Common Read Discussion – Sunday, January 22 – 12:45 pm – Chapel

The Third Reconstruction (Beacon Press) is available in the Bookstall


Morning Worship        January 29, 2017

11 a.m.                                           

“Creating a New Vision”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

At the turn of the 20th century, our congregation’s leadership and members came from among the business elites – C.E.O.’s of banks, businesses, insurance companies, etc. In a little more than a decade, prophetic witness and transformational diversity (economic and racial) began to replace profit-making as a vision of the good life.  What happened?

This morning I revisit another chapter of our congregational history, instructive in these difficult times of inequality, injustice, and inequity.

See you at Community!         


Quarterly Congregational Meeting

Sunday, January 29 – 12:45 pm – Assembly Hall


Sunday School 

Our children and teachers begin 

in the Chapel Of Peace at 11 a.m. 


Fellowship Hour – Assembly Hall – 12:15 p.m.

Please join us after worship.

be especially welcoming. 


Classical Vocal Arts For Children

Sun., Jan. 22, 12:30 pm


Community Book Study

Third Reconstruction Discussion

Sun., Jan. 22, 12:45 pm


Cardmaking Circle

Sun., Jan. 22, 1:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa

Tues., Jan. 24, 6:00 pm


Henry George School

Wed., Jan. 25, 6:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa

Sat., Jan. 28, 12:30 pm



Invitational Show

Sat., Jan. 29, 3:00 pm


Studying Humanism

Mon., Jan. 30, 6:30 pm


Social Tea

Safety in Your Home: How 

to Avoid Falls for People of 

All Ages and Challenges

Dr. Katherine Albright

Tues., Jan. 31, 2:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa

Tues., Jan. 31, 6:00 pm


Secular Humanist Society 

Book Club

Thrs., Feb. 2, 7:00 pm


1st Saturday Feeding Program

Sat., Feb. 4, 10:45 am


Yoga with Nafisa

Sat., Feb. 4, 12:30 pm



The winter season coupled with the current political climate of our country can make one feel like retreating, but there is much work to be done. January is associated with reflecting on the year that has passed and then transitioning into the New Year. This year it is all the more important that we review the previous year, gather strength from our church family and resolve to make improvements in our lives and in the world. This year, perhaps we will notice more newcomers and visitors – people who might be looking for a safe harbor, a community of people, so that they might not feel alone. We will need to be mindful to be especially welcoming. This year we may feel called to be more involved. On the Unitarian Universalist Association website, a webinar, Solidarity and Sanctuary, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, will be given on January 22 from 3:00-4:15 pm. I encourage you to view the UUA webpage (UUA.org) and click on "Week of Action" to register.  If you would like to view it together, you can join me in the Gallery on that day.  Paz Esther



SUNDAY–January 22

9:30 am           Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am Sunday School

12:15 pm Fellowship Hour 

12:45 pm         Volunteer Choir Rehearsal

WEDNESDAY–January 25

6:30 pm           Board of Trustees

SATURDAY–January 28

1:30 pm           Gallery35         

SUNDAY–January 29

9:30 am           Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am Sunday School

12:15 pm Fellowship Hour

12:45 pm         Congregational Quarterly Meeting

WEDNESDAY–February 1

6:30 pm           Gallery35

SUNDAY–February 5

9:30 am           Choir Rehearsal

9:30 am           Shelter Meeting

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am Sunday School

12:15 pm Fellowship Hour

12:45 pm         Volunteer Choir Rehearsal

1:00 pm           UN & Global Affairs Meeting


Minister’s Corner ~ Thank you!

I deeply appreciate all the good wishes that I am receiving since announcing in November that retirement planning is underway after 37+ years of service with you. The privilege of ministry with you is an extraordinary blessing in my life, with our partnership and significant accomplishments on behalf of our Vision to help build the Beloved Community.

Looking ahead, I expect to find more time for several writing projects nearing completion, plus some new ones. Kay and I do plan to remain in the city and to enjoy it even more without

so many weekend and evening church commitments.

I am grateful to our Committee on Ministry, members, and colleagues for their counsel and guidance, as we all enter this new chapter.

I especially encourage you to attend our quarterly Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 29th after Fellowship Hour.

(1) The Board will likely have updates on conversations with the UUA about how it

can assist with transitions in ministry.

(2) Also, there is a recommendation from the Board about honoring Justin Vranek for his truly generous bequest of $574,000 by naming a capital budget fund after him. (Among his commitments, Justin served our Buildings and Grounds Committee with enormous insight and skill.)

Our congregation’s Bequest Policy calls for congregational action on use of bequests of this size.

One of our Unitarian Universalist “principles” speaks of promoting the “use of democratic process” in our congregational life and society at large. When we speak of Congregational Polity, we affirm that our religious community is self-governing, independent, and self-supporting (without the hierarchy, e.g., of bishops, dioceses, etc.).

With our elected Board of Trustees, we are a representative democracy, which as such has a system of checks and balances (included in our Bylaws) on the authority of members, lay leaders, and ministers.

On a sad pastoral note, we grieve the recent death of Board Member Michael Orzechowski, age 83, on January 12.  His grace, kindness, wisdom, and devotion to our freethinking religious faith touched all who knew him.  When plans are confirmed with his family for a Memorial, they will be announced.  We are grateful for his gifts and his years of service.                Faithfully, Bruce


Unitarian Universalist Association Principles

“The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.” 

Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove

(1) The inherent worth and 

dignity of every person;

(2) Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

(3) Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

(4) A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

(5) The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

(6) The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

(7) Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.



Battling for Truth

In these days of worldwide confusion, there is a dire need for men and women who will courageously do battle for truth.  

We must make a choice.  Will we continue to march to the drumbeat of conformity and respectability, or will we, listening to the beat of a more distant drum, move to its echoing sounds?  

Will we march only to the music of time, or will we, risking criticism and abuse, march to the soul saving music of eternity? 

More than ever before, we are today challenged by the words of yesterday, “Be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

“The Transformed Non-conformist" 

Strength to Love



Sermon Brief – Sunday, December 11, 2016 

“Virtually all the world’s ills boil down to mindlessness.” Ellen Langer

How shall we live between our birth day and our death day? With increased health, happiness, and competence from mindfulness, or continue in mindlessness?

… With 30 years of experimental studies, Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer declares, “Wherever you put the mind, the body will follow.

She and her colleagues concluded, “It is not our physical state that limits us. It is our [unhelpful] mindset about our own limits, our perceptions, that draws the lines in the sand.”

She describes mindfulness like the Down East farmer’s habit with the same word:  Noticing.  For her, it is the process of (1) actively noticing new things, (2) relinquishing preconceived mindsets, and then (3) acting on the new.

Her work on Mindfulness – state of mind – reframing our responses – letting go, and entertaining new possibilities – was a precursor to the field of positive psychology that emerged in the 1990s. She describes much of her work as “the psychology of possibility.”

… Mindfulness is about “noticing”, letting go of rigid mindsets, and acting on new possibilities.

As we tell our own stories and seek to live our authentic stories, and in reading Langer and kindred spirits, theological conclusions – core faith convictions dear to me – reverberate:

            Appreciative awareness opens us to abundance, new life. 

            Our days are brief, life is a gift: Be here now… give thanks.

            Change is Life’s way, and letting go at times – that courage – frees us.

            The power to change is within us and a blessing, step by step.

            Each day continues its revelations of beauty and possibilities.

            Be curious and reframe what is stuck or shackles you.

            We tell stories, our story, with loyalty to matters greater than us, and 

            if our home is in Sacred Creativity itself, we shall undergo great changes without despair….                                                                                                       

Rev. Bruce Southworth



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