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Community News -September 14-21, 2014

 

Morning Worship                                                                               September 14, 2014

11 a. m.                                                                                                                 Homecoming Sunday                                        

“Welcoming Each to the Service of All:

Building the Beloved Community”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

For our Homecoming Sunday today, I return again to fundamentals of a life richly lived – of spiritual wisdom – and to the purposes of gathering in religious community.  Among these, we welcome a new season of service – service to all whom we encounter and to our high ideals – daring to help shape the Beloved Community. 

Our children will join us for the first part of the service, and the expanded choir will sing.  And as a reminder and invitation, it is always a good Sunday to invite a friend or friends.

See you at Community with great gladness!

 

Morning Worship                                                                               September 21 , 2014

11 a. m.

“Earth Lovers and Star Throwers: The Power We Have”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

With the Climate Change March this day, we too shall explore themes of self-destruction, public policy, private practice, reverence, gratitude, resistance and action. 

See you at Community!

 

Climate Change: Unitarian Universalists Unite

Here at Community – 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Sunday School 

Our children and teachers begin in the Hall of Worship at 11 a.m., and then 

will go to their classes.

Fellowship Hour 

Assembly Hall – 12:15 pm

If you are visiting with us this morning, we welcome you! 

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., Sept. 16, 6:00 pm

 

Peoples’ Climate Change Event

(Resistance Cinema)

Thrs., Sept. 18, 6:00 pm

Groundswell Rising

 

UU Christian Fellowship

Thrs., Sept. 18, 7:30 pm

 

Esperanto Society

Fri., Sept. 19, 7:00 pm

 

Green Sanctuary

Fri., Sept. 19, 7:30 pm

 

Hellenic Greek Class

Sat., Sept. 20, 4:00 pm 

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Sat., Sept. 20, 12:30 pm

 

Peoples’ Climate Change Event

Sun., Sept. 21, 3:30 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., Sept. 23, 6:00 pm

 

Green Sanctuary Solar Salon 

Fri., Sept. 26, 5:30 pm

 

Hellenic Greek Class

Sat., Sept. 27, 4:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Sat., Sept. 27, 12:30 pm

 

Nancy Ruckes Memorial Service

Sun., Sept. 28, 1:15 pm

 

LIFESPAN RELIGIOUS 

EDUCATION

As summer finally makes an extended appearance, these last few lovely warm days also remind me that I am looking forward to the return of the familiar routines of the fall church year. I hope you have enjoyed some spirit-filled adventures and are preparing for Homecoming Sunday on September 14, when we gather together as a church family. RE/FM will be using the UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculum for the younger grades, Windows and Mirrors.  Some of the topics covered are faith heritage, public service, anti-racism and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone, including their viewpoint, is to be treated with dignity and worth.  

The upper grades will begin with be using “The Fifth Dimension” which uses episodes of the television show “The Twilight Zone” as a basis for discussion on social issues. The Writers Guild of America has just voted The Twilight Zone one of the three best-written television series of all time.  We will cover topics such as racism, bigotry, prejudice, conformity, greed, mob mentality and other moral/ social conflicts as presented in various Twilight Zone episodes.

We are looking forward to another year at RE/FM where we focus on caring for the hearts, minds and spirits of Community.       

Paz, Esther

 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

SUNDAY–September 14

9:30 am Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour 

WEDNESDAY–September 17

6:00 pm Finance Meeting

SUNDAY–September 21

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–September 24

6:00 pm Board of Trustees

SUNDAY–September 28

9:30 am Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour

12:15 pm              Annual Activities and Committees Fair

12:45 pm              Volunteer Choir Rehearsal

 

Minister’s Corner ~ Coming to One’s Senses

 

Like nothing else I know … [being back in church] brings me to my senses.” - Kathleen Norris

Over the summer, I took in a variety of worship services.  

Like every meal I partake of, I receive nourishment, which of course is to be expected. 

Similarly, in attending worship, I almost always find nurture.  The sustenance comes from taking time apart from the busy-ness of life for centering, reflection, 

spiritual provocation, and blessing, always trying to approach the particular service with openness to whatever words and music are offered. 

Almost always, I come away with something for heart and soul (perhaps bracketing anything too discordant, quizzical or traditionally supernatural).

Like some meals (e.g. for a 40th wedding anniversary), some times of worship were memorable. I think especially of Morning Prayer that I attended recently at Harvard University’s Appleton Chapel – something I had never done before.

The music from a student choir was astonishingly good.  The brief message (four or so minutes) was from Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard. Her theme was the “symphony of diversity,” in and to which her particular academic institution was engaged and committed.  

She called it “a brave and bold commitment” and added, “we know too that our differences are the foundation of our greatest strength, enabling each of us to grow beyond who we could be alone.” Along the way, she acknowledged challenges, and imperfections, but also shared commitments to deep, enduring humanistic values and community (with a touch of humor too).  

President Faust’s presence at the chapel that morning signified the new academic year, and I am glad that we too undertake a new season of church life together. 

Worship, fellowship, service, spiritual growth, witness, and action…. “from these we receive, to these we give, together we share, and from these we live.” (adapted from Rabbis Joseph and Nathan Segal) 

Together, we grow our souls and help shape a better world. We nurture and are nurtured by a sustaining Spirit of Life.

I turn again to the postscript to my summer letter with Kathleen Norris’ reflections.

“… being back in church... is a place set aside from the noise and relentless commerce of the world for giving thanks for all that is larger than myself… for a loving and creative spirit at work in us, and in the whole creation.  Like nothing else I know, it brings me to my senses.” 

See you at Community for Homecoming on September 14!  

Faithfully, Bruce

 

I ask you today as we begin this new year to rededicate yourselves to that commitment, to that effort... [of] cherishing our diversity, to making it work, to enabling all of us to be our best selves.

President Drew Faust, Harvard University

 

These are the things of which people think, who live: of their own selves and the dwelling place of their parents; of their neighbors; of work and service; of rule and reason and women and children; of Beauty and Death and War.  

To this thinking I have only to add a point of view: I have been in the world but not of it.            

W. E. B. DuBois   

 

COMMUNITIES OF RESISTANCE

When we talk about that which will sustain and nurture our spiritual growth as a people, we must once again talk about the importance of community. For one of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone.

Yearning — bell hooks

 

BOLDNESS AND COMMITMENT

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness… the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. 

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance.... 

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.  

Attributed to Goethe by William Hutchinson Murray  (1913-1996) in The Scottish Himalayan Expedition, 1951

 

“The Four Noble Truths:  When Things Fall Apart”

Sermon Brief – Wesak Sunday, May 11, 2014

… On a day like this, do you try to let go of any hurts that your mother may bring or once brought your way? Of arising from your father?  Do you reach out even when it may be hard? 

For many of us, do you forgive your mother (or other loved ones) for having died and left you? And do you forgive yourself for all you wish you might have done but could not do at the time? 

Can we honor the humanity of those who did their best for us, even when the best was less that what we might have hoped? 

How goes it this day? And, if all is well, then rejoice! 

… In Buddhism, living more fully occurs in living in each moment such that we might awaken and see suffering as transient. 

Suffering is transient.  This too shall pass. 

Rituals of mindfulness, meditation, or prayer… such practices are simply tools toward living with peace … even joy at times… without crippling attachments… seeking and finding moments of non-duality… living the secret of oneness.

Enlightenment comes through simple things: A bell, a poem, a story, the music of a flute, sitting in silence, walking in wonder, taking time for mindfulness, offering a smile.

In the spirit of mindfulness, Alice Walker, who has a Buddhist flavor, says, “Helped are those who find something in Creation to admire each and every hour.  Their days will overflow with beauty and the darkest dungeon will offer gifts.” 

How does it come? Mahakashyapa looked upon the flower being held before him and seeing it, truly seeing it, he smiled and awakened. 

May this music bless us once again and help us to open our souls, remembering we own nothing and are to share everything, and thus may we bless one another and the world throughout our days.

Rev. Bruce Southworth, Senior Minister

To read entire sermon - click here When Things Fall Apart