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Community News - May 17-24, 2015

 

 

Sunday, May 17, 2015       Morning Worship 11 a. m.

Freedom Sunday

“Three Answers for the Long Haul”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

This morning I have Three “Commandments” for spiritual vitality (that are part of effective social change too), as well as a brief description of the root cause of Western civilization’s fatal flaw. (In addition, perhaps we’ll visit Theology 101 that includes “Forgetting ~ Original Sin”.)

Today is also the 61st  anniversary of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision repudiating “separate but equal” in public education. Here at Community, we have honored that historic date throughout the decades and sought to continue to be activists in building the Beloved Community!

 

CONGREGATIONAL BUDGET HEARING – May 17, 1 pm, Assembly Hall 

                                                                                             

Sunday, May 24, 2015       Morning Worship 11 a. m.

Memorial Day Sunday

“The Glow of Life”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

On this Memorial Day Sunday, I return again to the Life of the Heart amidst heartaches.  The themes are living and dying, loss and memory, and grief and gratitude, as well as honoring the tragic losses that come at time of war. 

As is our custom, we shall have a roll call of names of those members and special friends of our congregation who have died in the past year.  We hold these in our hearts and memories:

Ruth Robinson Deen • Rev. Robert Hemstreet • Jean Krampner 

And, there are many others from other years and other circles whom we carry with us.  See you at Community!

 

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.

 

Social Tea

Tues., May 19, 2:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., May 19, 6:00 pm

 

Henry George School

Wed., May 20, 6:00 pm

 

Henry George School

Thrs., May 21, 6:00 pm

 

UU Christian Fellowship

Thrs., May 21, 7:30 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani 

Sat., May 23, 12:30 pm

 

Anti Racism

Sun., May 24, 1:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., May 26, 6:00 pm

 

Henry George School

Wed., May 27, 6:00 pm

 

Henry George School

Thrs., May 28, 6:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa Degani 

Sat., May 30, 12:30 pm

 

Community Women

Sun. May 31, 3:00 pm

 

 

LIFESPAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Recently, I realized how much we can accumulate so many tangible and intangible items in our lives.  My daughter was moving to her new 

residence and we were forced to decide on what items she would keep of hers and mine and which we had to let go of.  It was a lesson in downsizing, clutter, as well as the Buddhist concept of “attachment”. It inspired me to tell the children the parable of The Monkey’s Fist. A hunter hollows out a coconut large enough for a monkey to slide a hand in to grab the precious peanuts placed there. Sensing the food, a monkey comes along, eagerly slips a hand into the coconut,  and grabs a fist full.  The monkey is unwilling to loosen its clenched fist of food, and unless it lets go it is trapped.  Sometimes we hold onto something we should release and move on.  How are we trapping ourselves?               

                Paz, Esther

 

 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

SUNDAY–May 17

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

WEDNESDAY–May 20  

6:00 pm                 Finance Committee

SUNDAY–May 24

  9:30 am               Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour

MONDAY–May 25

Memorial Day Holiday

Building Closed

WEDNESDAY–May 27

6:30 pm                 Board of Trustees 

SUNDAY–May 31

  9:30 am               Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour

12:30 pm              Volunteer Appreciation Day

 

SUNDAY–May 31

Edd Lee will be preaching.

 

SUNDAY–June 7 

Rev. Bruce Southworth

will be preaching.

 

Minister’s Corner ~ Thank You for Your Generosity

Thank you!  THANK YOU!!

 

Our Annual Pledge Drive is at hand. Many of 

us are able to increase our financial gifts that 

support our Vision to help build the Beloved Community.

 

For others, simply sustaining your giving level is an act of generosity.

 

Each gift makes a difference. 

 

As Unitarian Minister Reverend Vincent Silliman (1894-1979) once wrote, 

                This day is ours, even as we make it ours

                By the readiness and warmth of our appreciations;

                For from it, we shall receive according to the measure of our giving.

                Let our giving then be of ourselves, and from the heart.

 

Thoughtful, committed giving has a spiritual dimension that asks us to reflect upon our values, to set priorities, and to do something.   

 

As I have come to realize in my own life, giving until it feels good really does enhance my life.  Generosity, particularly to this congregation’s mission not only helps sustain our programs, but also helps me in growing my soul. 

 

I am not sure Karl Menninger’s words will necessarily do much to motivate, but they are of interest:   “Money giving is a very good criterion of a person’s mental health.  Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.”  (And, of course, our Pledge Committee and I wish you the best of mental health!!)

 

Bob Hope in a more pointed way observed, “If you haven’t got charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”

 

Given our society’s emphasis on material success – getting and spending and having more and more stuff, it’s tough for some of us to shift and remember how good it feels to give.  And in difficult economic times, the temptation is to turn inward, yet generosity itself is empowering.

 

Thank you again to all who shall make your pledges.  Our budget for next year is among many things a statement of values, plans, programs, and hopes, and we shall in early June be asked to adopt our Mission budget for 2015-16.     

 

As you consider your pledge gift for the upcoming fiscal year, we hope that all who can will stretch a bit, knowing for some of us these are especially challenging times.

 

Your gifts are key to our possibilities!  Thank you for your gifts, your support, and your faith!                                                   

With abundant thanks, Bruce

 

Question Box Sermon – June 7

                “First of all… have patience. I beg you to be patient to all the unsolved problems of your heart and to care for the questions themselves.… For the present, live in the questions, and little by little, and almost unconsciously you will enter the answers and live them too.”

                                                                                                                                                – Rainer Maria Rilke

 

                On June 7th, I will again use questions submitted by members of the congregation to shape the sermon and service. Questions might be theological, ethical, spiritual/existential....

                Please write your question(s) below and hand it (them) in at the end of the service, send it to the Church, or email me by June 2. (Email: bsouthworth@ccny.org – Subject: “Question Box”.)

                Each year I thoroughly enjoy this challenge and opportunity!   Thank you!           Bruce

 

                                                                                                               

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Name (Optional)

 

“The Way of Life”

Sermon Brief – Sunday, April 19, 2015

 

… As my late colleague Roy Phillips affirmed: “To grow in spirit is to grow in appreciative awareness – in our capacity to receive the good there is in existence, and in our inclination to act and to interact in ways that stir up more of the hidden good embedded in any and all occasions.”

 

To stir up the “hidden good” embedded… everywhere!

 

Meditation 67, from Lao-Tzu’s The Way of Life (W. Bynner’s translation):      

                Everyone says that my way of life is the way of a simpleton.

                Being largely the way of a simpleton is what makes it worthwhile.

                If it were not the way of a simpleton, It would long ago have been worthless, 

                These possessions of a simpleton being the three I choose  

                And cherish: To care, To be fair, To be humble.

                When a… [person] cares… [you are] unafraid;

                When… [you are] fair you leave… enough for others;

                When… [you are] humble… [you] can grow;

                Whereas if, like... [those] of today, … [you are]  bold without caring,

                Self-indulgent without sharing, Self-important without shame,…

                   [You are] dead.

                  The invincible shield

                   Of caring

                  Is a weapon from the sky

                  Against being dead.

 

... We know so little, yet we do know this:  “the invincible shield of caring” repudiates violence and offers Courage. This much, at the very least, is the Way of Life.          Rev. Bruce Southworth

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