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Community News - January 25-February 1, 2015


Morning Worship               January 25, 2015

11 a. m.                                                                                                                                 

“Religion Without (or With) God(s)”

Rev. Bruce Southworth


At our Christmas Day dinner at the church, several members spoke about an Op-Ed column in that morning’s New York Times. Stanford University professor of anthropology, T. M. Luhrmann included Unitarianism in reviewing many of the functions of religion in her article, “Religion Without God.”     


While acknowledging the usefulness of a “sense of God as metaphor, as story,” she equally affirmed “Religion without God may even be more poignant.” 


All this is a starting point for the sermon this morning. See you at Community!


Quarterly Congregational Meeting – January 25, 2015 – 1 pm – Assembly Hall


Morning Worship               February 1, 2015

11 a. m.                                                                           

“The Little Boy”

Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed


Please join me in welcoming back friend and colleague, the Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed, UU minister, author, seminary professor, and scholar.


About his sermon, Mark writes, “I was hiking up a mountain when a fleeting, but excruciating, moment set me on the path to social activism. Along the way, the challenges taught me some hard lessons, including learning to be thankful for the obstacles I encountered.”

See you at Community! 


“The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement

Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism”

1:00-2:45 pm – Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed

UU minister, James Reeb, was murdered, but given Unitarian Universalism’s uneven engagement in race relations, it was not the most natural thing in the world for so many UUs to rush to Selma. Why did they ­– including Reverends Don and Vilma Harrington – go and what role did UUs end up playing? Explore these and other questions (e.g.), why, after Selma, was UUism unprepared for Black Power? And is becoming more diverse still a struggle? Mark Morrison-Reed will introduce you to The Selma Awakening as well as the meditation manual Voices from the Margins and Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism. 


Sunday School 

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

Fellowship Hour – Assembly Hall – 12:15 p.m. Please join us after worship. 


Studying Humanism

Mon., Jan. 26, 6:30 pm


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues.,  Jan. 27, 6:00 pm


Henry George School

Wed., Jan. 28, 6:00 pm


Henry George School

Thrs., Jan. 29, 6:00 pm


Esperanto Society

Fri., Jan.30, 7:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Sat., Jan. 31, 12:30 pm


Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed

The Selma Awakening... 

Sun., Feb. 1, 1:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues.,  Feb. 3, 6:00 pm


Secular Humanist Book Club

Thrs., Feb. 5, 7:00 pm


Antiracism Team

Fri., Feb. 6, 6:30 pm


UU Community Women’s Assn.


Sat., Feb. 7, 10:00 am


First Saturdays Feeding

Sat., Feb. 7, 10:45 pm


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Sat., Feb. 7, 12:30 pm



'It’s soup day!’ This first line of the children’s book, Community Soup by Alma Fullerton, made it a delightful read in preparing soup for our guests the following week, The New Amsterdam Boys and Girls Choir.  The story takes place in a garden outside a Kenyan schoolhouse, and the children are working together to harvest the vegetables they have grown and make them into a soup for everyone to share.   There is one problem a young girl, Kioni, is having trouble: her mischievous goats have gotten into the garden and are creating chaos in the vegetable paths.  This amusing tale provided a view into the challenges of village life, and the message easily translates into our schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, or congregational life. Community Soup speaks of community gardening, which ultimately is a blend of cooperation, hard work, play and in the end a satisfying good soup to share – all helpful in building a beloved community.      

Paz, Esther



SUNDAY– January 25 

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–January 28

6:00 pm                 Board of Trustees

SUNDAY– February 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

MONDAY– February 2

6:00 pm                 Buildings & Grounds

6:30 pm                 Green Sanctuary Committee

WEDNESDAY– February 4

6:30 pm                 Gallery35

SUNDAY– February 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


Minister’s Corner ~ “Selma” 


The film “Selma” brought me to tears repeatedly… its depiction of 

o              white violence and brutality in the segregated South with the repeated beatings, murders, and inhumanity…. 

o              the stunning courage of and liberating 

witness to non-violence… 

o              the love and loss and spirit of so many engaged in the struggle, both black and white… supporting one another in horrific times and situations…

o              the ugliness of white supremacy, which still wreaks havoc in our society… and

o              the transcendent hope and faith that together we can continue to change our world, helping to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.


For me, it clearly deserves its many awards and now an Oscar nomination as the Best Picture of the year (while sadly omitting a nomination for its director Ava DuVernay and for Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King).


I encourage you, if you have not seen it, to do so for its provocation, challenge, blessing, and grace.

Among the many memorable elements, I 

greatly appreciate the discussion among SCLC leaders about strategy, tactics… next steps: Dr. King, Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young, Hosea Williams, James Bevel, and Bayard Rustin debating legislative goals and actions.  It was a team effort.


Not surprisingly, the compelling synthesis comes from Bayard Rustin, who had been a Journey of Reconciliation/Freedom Rider in 1947, organizer of the March on Washington with A. Philip Randolph in 1963, and supporter of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), as well as a key leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). It was a privilege to officiate at his Memorial Service here in 1987, as well as having had him as a pulpit guest previously.


Grounded in his childhood upbringing as a Quaker, Rustin had spiritual wisdom and depth:  “The major aspect of the struggle within is determined without. If one gets out and defends one’s rights and the rights of others, spiritual growth takes place.  One becomes in the process of doing, in the purifying process of action.”


Selma” – which resonates with the protests in our times – is an invitation (to whites especially who may be ignorant) to understand this decisive protest that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, now under siege.


In addition to this film, we also have an opportunity on February 1 after Fellowship Hour to hear Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed’s presentation of his new book, The Selma Awakening, How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism.                                

Faithfully, Bruce



Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our 

energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when what we expected to happen did not happen. We need to invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.  

~ Maya Angelou



What's it going to take? That's the question. We know we need some big changes, but how are we going to get them? I think it's going to take the courage of people who refuse to stand silently by.

~ Pete Seeger


With Hope

Here on the pulse of this new day

You may have the grace to look up and out

And into your sister’s eyes

And into your brother’s face, 

Your country

And say simply

With hope –

Good morning.

~ Maya Angelou


“Living with Fidelity – So Great A Cloud of Witnesses – 2014”

Excerpts from Sunday, January 11, 2015 

Rev. Bruce Southworth, Senior Minister


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside any mistake that weighs upon us, and let us [too] run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1


Thanks in abundance to all those whose lives inspire us in our peculiar and difficult times, who in voice and deed showed fidelity to deep values, and  who just may give you strength and courage in your own choices.  Wisdom from some of those who died in 2014 includes: 


“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  ~ Maya Angelou


“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez


“I guess that’s my religion.  I walk out of here and I feel like yodeling when I see the sun come up.”        ~ Pete Seeger 


"Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more. The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type … Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!" ~ Brittany Maynard, age 29


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

dignity.”  ~ Ruby Dee 

Full text: http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/1791/1112015LivingwithFidelitySermon.pdf