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Community News - May 1-8, 2016

 

Sunday, May 1, 2016         Morning Worship  11 a. m.

“Top Five or Ten Things To Do on a Spring Day (or Any day!)”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

I return to some of the really good things we can do to take care of and enrich our spirits. Following up on my recent sermon on The Meaning(s) of Life, I shall again explore some of the small VERY BIG things that we can embrace daily.

As we know well, there are many paths to spiritual growth, daily fulfillment, and Life’s meaning. 

See you at Community!

 

Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2016             Morning Worship 11 a.m.

“Love and Fear”

Ms. Irene Jenkins, Ministry Assistant

Perhaps the two strongest motivations in our lives. How are they different? Are they connected? Are they mutually exclusive? Poet Michael Leunig writes “there are only two feelings, Love and fear; There are only two languages, Love and fear; There are only two activities, Love and fear;…” We will explore the ways that love and fear work in our lives. Isn’t fear present when there is love? Is there some love present when there is fear? Can we live a path of love when we are feeling weighed down by fear?

 

Sunday School 

Our children and teachers begin in the Chapel at 11 a.m. 

 

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

Please join us after worship

 

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes 

w/Irene Jenkins

Sun., May 1, 1:00 pm

 

More Opera RE/FM Program

Sun., May 1, 1:00 pm

 

Green Sanctuary Book Club

Tues., May 3, 6:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., May 3,  6:00 pm

 

UU Christian Fellowship

Wed., May 4, 7:00 pm

 

Secular Humanist Society 

Book Club

Thrs., May 5, 7:00 pm

 

1st Saturday Feeding Program

Sat., May 7, 10:45 am

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Sat., May 7, 12:30 pm

 

More Opera ~ Mother’s Day Concert

Sun., May 8, 12:45 pm

 

Sermon Reflections

Sun., May 8, 12:45 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., May 10,  6:00 pm

 

LIFESPAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again….Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well.  

                 – Margaret Wheatly

 

During Chapel I used the above quote to emphasize the importance of deep listening so that the speaker can feel they are being heard. It requires putting aside the need to prepare a reply, provide encouraging words and/or editing. A common thought shared was that some of the difficulty in just listening is perhaps because we are not apt to believe that our mere presence is more comforting and useful than our thoughts on topic or our advice. It is on occasions that we are not listening deeply, even though our intent is to be helpful.  And yet, the practice of just listening can feel more supportive, and maybe change the world in the process.

When have you found it hardest to listen well? What might you do to listen more carefully?

                Paz, Esther

 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

SUNDAY–May 1

  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–May 4

  6:00 pm               Buildings & Grounds

  6:30 pm               Gallery35             

SUNDAY–May 8

  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

  1:00 pm               UN & Global Affairs

SUNDAY–May 15

  9:30 am               Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour

  1:00 pm               CONGREGATIONAL BUDGET HEARING

 

SUNDAY–May 15

Rev. Bruce Southworth will preach.

 

SUNDAY–May 22

Rev. Bruce Southworth will preach.

 

Minister’s Corner ~ Being a Unitarian Universalist – And Joining!

Joining a church such as ours comes easily for some, while for others there is a lengthier discernment process that leads to this powerful commitment.  

Morris Schweber had attended for more than forty years with his wife Julia, a long-time member, before taking the leap!  

“Why now?” I asked him.  He responded, “It’s time.” 

Others feel at home quickly and join within a few weeks. 

We provide various opportunities in your Path to Membership, from brief information sessions to a three-session series.

I have long appreciated words by my colleague John W. Cyrus who reflects upon why he was a Unitarian Universalist. I share them as further encouragement for those considering joining and as reminders for all of us about our thoughtful, spirited religious path. 

                                                                                                                                                                Faithfully, Bruce

 

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Why I Became A Unitarian Universalist  

John W. Cyrus (1911-1981) 

I was one before I became one – I discovered a new kind of seriousness about religion which did not embarrass me and a new kind of humor about religion which didn’t embarrass me either.

 I discovered a new kind of talking and a new kind of listening, and a new kind of critical thinking. All these new kinds were not really new to me, of course. But it was a great discovery, just the same. 

I can go on. 

I discovered a new view of the Bible, a new view of death, a new kind of appreciation of life. 

I discovered the religious value of doubt.

All these discoveries came together in a new kind of freedom in religion, which wasn’t really new except to me. 

I found I belonged for the first time without being just like everybody else, which I had never been able to be no matter how hard I tried. 

Now I do not try any more to be either like everybody or different from everybody. But life and religion don’t end with that remarkable achievement. 

There remains a self to be known, a more significant communion with others to be entered into, a world to be explored, and working beliefs to be won which may sustain me through the coming years.

Being a Unitarian Universalist keeps me alive and attentive to those further directions of growth, or being a Unitarian Universalist is my aliveness to these directions of growth.

 


 

THE ROLE OF THE MINISTER

What the minister must try to do is to evoke in men and women an authentic religious vision for their lives, trying to awaken to those qualities without which life is barren and clarify to them those 

loyalties without which life is a betrayal.

                                                Rev. John W. Cyrus

 

Thanks to our ability to stop, we are able to observe. The more deeply we observe, the greater our mental concentration becomes. Stopping and collecting our mind, we naturally become able to see. In observing, the mind becomes increasingly still. We do not need to search for anything more.

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

                Tomorrow belongs to those of us who conceive of it as belonging to everyone; who lend the best of ourselves to it, and with joy.

                It takes all of my selves, working together, to integrate what I learn of women of Color around the world into my consciousness and work. It takes all of my selves working together to effectively focus attention and action against the holocaust progressing in... the South Bronx and Black schools across the nation, not to speak of the streets. Laying myself on the line. It takes all of my selves working together to fight this death inside me. Every one of these battles generates energies useful in the others.               

                                                                Audre Lorde

 

“The Meaning(s) of Life”

Sermon Brief – April 24, 2016

… Our journeys are individual, unique, and quite dissimilar with regard to personal history and circumstances. We shall learn different things, many of which shall be wonderful.  The journey to Ithaca also, I am most glad to say, can begin on any day.

The one big thing – our  role as co-creators bringing Creativity, bringing more Love into this corner of the universe – and the many little things that give us, at least me, meaning in Life are part of a spiral journey with ongoing encounters with “Truth, Beauty, and Holiness.” (Nozick)  For me, both/and….

The meaning… the meanings of Life arise:  

                o    in the “struggle for justice in history and in community” (J. L. Adams), 

                o    in each other in the “real living” of “meeting,” and 

                o    in wonder beneath the light-year stars. 

Whether one big thing, or the daily encounters, wounded and blessed, we are co-creators in a story of hope that you write each day.

I join the poet Constantine Cavafy and pray for you that the road is “long, Full of adventure, full of knowledge” and wisdom. Lived wisdom… experiences… knowledge guided by the basics. The basics?

                     Life is a gift. Our days are brief. Give thanks.

                     People are precious. Caring counts ultimately. 

                     Honor each other and Creation. Embrace the journey.

                     Give and share and serve matters greater than yourself with humility and awe….

Basics: 

                     Think and question and act and build community.

                     Love yourself and beyond that love others and the world and creation.

                     We need each other, and the world needs us.

If you do these things, even some of these things, the meaning you shape will be a blessing. And it is enough….

                                                                                                                                                Rev. Bruce Southworth

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