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Community News - February 22-March 1, 2015

 

Morning Worship               February 22, 2015

11 a. m.                                                  Music Sunday       

“Music at Community”

Gerald A. Brown

Our annual Music Service will be Sunday, February 22. We will be doing a great variety of music from the 17th to the 21st centuries. The Volunteer Choir and the Religious Family Ministries Singers will be participating in the service. Please join us.

 

Morning Worship                 March 1, 2015

11 a. m.

“Selma”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

Next Sunday, tens of thousands will gather in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” which will include processing across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  It was there on March 7, 1965, that 600 civil rights marchers, led by Rev. Hosea Williams (SCLC) and John Lewis (SNCC) among others, were attacked and bloodied by state police and sheriff’s deputies. 

 

Over fifty demonstrators were hospitalized. It became a nationally televised news story, led to further civil rights actions, and gave new impetus for introduction and passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

 

I shall be joining the UUA sponsored Living Legacy “Return To Selma” Conference in the days leading up to the commemorative march.  This morning I shall be exploring the challenges then and now. 

 

See you at Community!   

Bruce

 

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.

               

Young Adult Brunch

Sun, Feb. 22, 12:45 pm

 

UN  Global Affairs 

Sun, Feb. 22, 1:00 pm

 

Studying Humanism

Mon., Feb. 23, 6:30 pm

 

Social Tea

Tues., Feb. 24, 2:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., Feb. 24, 6:00 pm

 

Henry George School

Tues., Feb. 24, 6:00 pm

 

Jewish Opera Lecture/Seminar

Wed.,  Feb. 25,  2:00 pm

 

Henry George School

Wed., Feb. 25, 6:00 pm

 

Henry George School

Thrs., Feb. 26, 6:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Sat.,  Feb. 28, 12:30 pm

 

Resistance Cinema

Sun., Mar. 1, 1:15 pm

 

Green Sanctuary Book Group

Mon., Mar. 2, 6:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., Mar. 3, 6:00 pm

 

Secular Humanist Book Club

Thrs., Mar. 5, 7:00 pm

 

Antiracism Team

Fri., Mar. 6, 6:30 pm

 

First Saturday Feeding

Sat., Mar. 7, 10:45 am

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Sat.,  Mar. 7, 12:30 pm

 

LIFESPAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

The upper grades began the year using the curriculum The Fifth Dimension that used the television series, The Twilight Zone to encourage discussion on social issues.  We will pause this curriculum mid-way and begin Popcorn Theology Too.  The premise is similar, by referencing a television show; a movie or a song youth can express their opinions to others.  The curriculum uses segments of movies to explore issues of theology and ethics. They will examine ethical and theological dilemmas and will encourage the youth to examine how the choices we make affect our lives as well as the lives of others.  Discussions concerning the concepts of “truth” and “meaning” are related to perspective and point of view.  Each session has a selected movie excerpt, which lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes; occasional activities and/ or exercises, along with facilitated discussions will make it all come together.  I am thankful to Russell Branca and Heidi Siegfried as two of the facilitators who will help lead the discussions.

                Paz, Esther

 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

SUNDAY– February 22

9:30 am                 Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour

WEDNESDAY– February 25

6:00 pm                 Board of Trustees

SUNDAY– March 1 

9:30 am                 Choir Rehearsal

9:45 am                 UN Global Affairs

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour

WEDNESDAY– March 4

6:60 pm                 Gallery35

SUNDAY– March 8

9:30 am                 Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour

 

Minister’s Corner ~ Selma 

The right to vote was the issue at the forefront in Selma in 1965.  Fifty years later, despite some success, this goal remains unfulfilled. 

 

White privilege and systemic structures of racism still undermine the health of our democracy in subtle and not so subtle ways.

 

I am glad to be able to go to Selma for the UUA’s Living Legacy Conference “Marching in the Arc of Justice.” It commemorates the 50th Anniversary Bridge Crossing, and among martyrs being honored are Jimmie Lee Jackson and Unitarian Universalists Rev. James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo. 

 

Esther Rosado, our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, and Kay Xanthakos will also be attending from Community.

 

Two of our members are among the co-founders and leaders of the Living Legacy Project, which is organizing the event for UUs. Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson serves as Minister of the UU Congregation of Central Nassau in Garden City.  Dr. Janice Marie Johnson is a religious educator who serves as the Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director at the Unitarian Universalist Association (and prior to her denominational service was a member of our staff team).

 

On March 8, 1965, the day after “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Dr. King wrote Rev. Richard Nash of the 1st Unitarian Church in Chicago: 

 

“In the vicious maltreatment of defenseless citizens of Selma, where old women and young children were gassed and clubbed at random, we have witnessed an eruption of the disease of racism which seeks to destroy all America. No American is without responsibility. The people of Selma will struggle on for the soul of the nation but it is fitting that all Americans help to bear the burden. I call therefore on clergy of all faiths to join me in Selma.”

 

The response from Unitarian Universalist (and other) clergy was extraordinary.  As Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed, who visited with us earlier this month, has described in The Selma Awakening, Unitarian Universalists across our congregations were challenged and changed.

 

As we know in sustaining our Vision to help build the Beloved Community, the struggle 

continues.           

Faithfully, Bruce

 

The moment we cease to hold each other,

the moment that we break faith with each other –

the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.

James Baldwin 

 

… when great souls die,

after a period peace blooms,

slowly and always

irregularly….  

Our senses, restored, never

to be the same, whisper to us.

They existed.  They existed.

We can be. Be and be

better.  For they existed.

Maya Angelou

 

The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity.

Ruby Dee

 

… thy blessedness is there for thee to seize;

Wouldst thou bestir thyself, and cast aside thine ease. Call not upon thy God; the fountain springs in thee,  

Didst thou not stop its flow, it ever could spring free. 

God became human in thee.

Angelus Silesius“Love’s Stories”

 

Sermon Brief – February 15, 2015

 

… One of the more challenging elements of our lives is this matter of love in action that we describe as forgiveness.    At the national convention of the Democratic Party in 2012 in Charlotte, NC, Congressman John Lewis began his speech this way:

 

 I first came to … [Charlotte] in 1961, the year Barack Obama was born. I was one of the 13 original "Freedom Riders." We were on a bus ride from Washington to New Orleans…. 

 

 We continued on to Rock Hill, South Carolina, about 25 miles from here. When my seatmate, Albert Bigelow, and I tried to enter a white waiting room, we were met by an angry mob that beat us and left us lying in a pool of blood…. 

  

Since then, America has made a lot of progress. We are a different society than we were in 1961. And in 2008, we showed the world the true promise of America when we elected President Barack Obama. 

  

 A few years ago, a man from Rock Hill, inspired by President Obama's election, decided to come forward. He came to my office in Washington and said, "I am one of the people who beat you. I want to apologize. Will you forgive me?" I said, "I accept your apology." He started crying. He gave me a hug. I hugged him back, and we both started crying. This man and I don't want to go back; we want to move forward.

 

Lewis also reported then, “I never thought this would happen.… It says something about the power of love, the power of grace and the power of people to be able to say, ‘I’m sorry.’”

 

… Rumors of transcendence are true. John Lewis… Elwin Wilson… hugging and crying… moving forward… like you and me, characters in a story of hope that we create…. or not….            

Rev. Bruce Southworth

Full text:  http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/1791/21515LoveStoriessermon.pdf