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Community News - October 9-16 , 2016


Morning Worship          October 9, 2016

11 a. m.                     

“Savoring The Day”

Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson

"It's impossible to ignore all that is happening within and around us, as well as in the various communities in which we find ourselves – including here at Community. Even – and perhaps, especially – in these troubling times, an invitation is ever extended to each of us to pay close attention to all that is happening within us. There is room for the positive difference that each of us can make right now, internally and externally ...."

This morning we welcome Community Church member Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson, 

Minister UUCCN, Garden City, NY and UUA Central East Regional Consultant.


Morning Worship        October 16, 2016

11 a. m.         

“Stronger and Better”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

“One cannot live according to the world’s definitions:  one must find a way, perpetually, to be stronger and better than that.”   James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Author, activist, and social critic James Baldwin continues as a mentor and provocateur in our times (e.g., Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, and Jesmyn Ward, editor of The Fire This Time.) With so much racial violence, rhetoric. and hate speech surrounding us, I return to Baldwin’s life and lessons.

See you at Community!


12:45 pm –  UN & Global Affairs Committee Luncheon and Program

The United Nations in the 21st century era of Social Media and Terrorism: 

New Approaches to Peace with journalist Glen Ford


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


Worship Reflections

Sun., Oct. 9, 12:45 pm


Language Circle 

with Sandy Brooks

Tues., Oct. 11 , 11:00 am


Yoga with Nafisa

Tues., Oct. 11, 6:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa

Sat., Oct. 15, 12:30 pm


Classical Vocal Arts For Children

Sun., Oct. 16, 12:30 pm


UNGA Forum

Sun., Oct. 16, 12:30 pm


Language Circle 

with Sandy Brooks

Tues., Oct. 18 , 11:00 am


Yoga with Nafisa

Tues., Oct. 18, 6:00 pm



Fri., Oct. 21, 7:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa

Sat., Oct. 22, 12:30 pm


Gallery35 Self-Portrait


Sat., Oct. 22, 2:00 pm


 Third Reconstruction

Sun., Oct 23, 12:45 pm



The brisk afternoon reminded me of impending seasonal changes.  I entered the church building and proceeded toward the RE classrooms when I was asked, “What books explain to children the death of a pet?”  The family had euthanized a family dog the week before, and the concern was how to begin the conversation with the 6 year-old grandchild.

In faith communities making sense of the world happens through rites of passage that mark beginnings and endings: child dedications, memorial services to honor deceased loved ones, sermons, social justice,  as well as through stories.  I recommended the book, “The Fall of Freddie the Leaf” by Leo Buscaglia.  It is the simple story about how  a maple leaf and its companion leaves change with the changing seasons, until finally falling to the ground after a snowfall.

How we encourage and relate our stories of transition as an individual, a family or a community can help to let us know that we are not alone. 

            Paz, Esther



SUNDAY–October 9

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–October 10

Holiday – Building Closed

SUNDAY–October 16

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–October 19

6:00 pm                       Finance Committee Meeting

SUNDAY–October 23

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


SUNDAY–October 23

UN Sunday

Rev. Bruce Southworth


SUNDAY–October 30


Rev. Bruce Southworth          

will preach.


Minister’s Corner ~ A New Moral Movement


In the church where I was raised, the old folks used to sing a song with the words, “Hold on just a little while longer… every little thing is gonna be all right.”

Holding on to that faith, moral movements have never known how long we would have to struggle before we reach higher ground.

But we’ve always known that, when we get there, every little thing is gonna be all right. 

So we hold on to faith and take care of one another as we travel on this way. 

And lest we get distracted by the snares  and cares of this world, we say to one another, “Forward together! Not one step back!”

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, The THIRD RECONSTRUCTION: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement.

This fall I invite you to join in a Common Read of Dr. Barber’s new book, published by our UUA Beacon Press.  (Copies will be available at the Bookstall during Fellowship Hour.)

In his compelling memoir, he writes about the Moral Monday movement, which arose to combat restrictions to voting access in North Carolina and has now expanded across the nation.  It is a diverse grass-roots movement seeking racial and economic justice.  

Dr. Barber’s appeal arises from his pragmatism and organizing ability, as well as his spiritual maturity and passion for transforming our democracy.  In these times too often so divisive, his words and example help point the way to the Beloved Community.

Our first meeting will be on Sunday, October 23 at 12:45. We are very fortunate that joining us as one of our group leaders will be church member Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, who serves the UUA as the Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director  for the department of   Multicultural Growth and Witness

 “Forward together!”                                                                                                  Faithfully, Bruce


In the private chambers of the soul, the guilty party is identified, and the accusing finger there is not legend, but consequence, not fantasy, but the truth. People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.

James Baldwin

It was a severe cross, and I took

it up reluctantly.  The truth was,

I felt myself a slave, and the idea

of speaking to white people weighed 

me down. I spoke but a few                           


when I felt a degree of freedom, and said what I desired with 

considerable ease. From that time until now, I have 

been engaged in pleading the cause of my brethren….

Narrative of the 

Life of Frederick Douglass,

An American Slave, 

Written by Himself, 1845



Love, like truth and beauty, is concrete. Love is not fundamentally a sweet feeling; not, at heart, a 

matter of sentiment, attachment, or being “drawn toward.” Love is active, effective, a matter of making reciprocal and mutually beneficial relation with one’s friends and enemies. Love creates righteousness, or justice, here on earth. To make love is to make justice. As advocates and activists for justice know, loving involves struggle, resistance, risk. People working today on behalf of women, blacks, lesbians and gay men, the aging, the poor in this country and elsewhere know that making justice is not a warm, fuzzy experience. I think also that sexual lovers and good friends know that the most compelling relationships demand hard work, patience, and 

a willingness to endure tensions and anxiety in creating mutually empowering bonds.

Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward

from Our Passion for Justice



In the chamber

of death, I prayed

in very early years,

“Give me truth;

cheat me by no illusion.”

O, the granting of

this prayer is

sometimes terrible to me!

I walk over the 

burning plowshares,

and they sear

my feet. Yet nothing but

the truth will do.

Margaret Fuller


Erase the lines; I pray you not to love classifications.

The thing is like a river, from source to sea-mouth

One flowing life.

Robinson Jeffers


When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my  vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Audre Lourde


“Think! Thank! Act! –  Part One”

Sermon Brief – Sunday, September 18, 2016

“It matters what we believe.”  Those words from our Responsive Reading are from Sophia Lyon Fahs (1876-1978).  In her extraordinary career as a religious educator, author, editor, and activist, she revolutionized children’s Sunday School curricula for Unitarians by focusing on children themselves… their curiosity, their questions, and their experiences rather than memorization of Bible verses or recitation of Christian Bible stories….

“Think! Thank! Act!”:  Rev. Harry Scholefield’s summary of our faith truly is what helps distinguish us from so many – perhaps all other religious traditions: this constellation of imperatives.  This morning I turn to the first matter, to Think, and I shall take up his other admonitions to Thank and to Act later in the fall….

Susan Jacoby’s Freethinkers (2004) and her book The Age of American Unreason (2008) have been lurking in my mind with her concern for the recurrence of anti-rationalist forces in our society.  She suggests that our Enlightenment foundations – from those like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams – are challenged cyclically throughout American history. 

And, she adds that anti-rationalism is now deepening because of “ignorant popular culture”, media noise and distraction, lack of education in the sciences, pervasiveness of superstitious faith, and escapism in our culture through both consumerism and television….

With gratitude to Rev. William Ellery Channing (1780-1842), we too seek to honor the principle the Free Mind:  To think for yourself.  To trust your experience.  To use your mind and embrace symbols, beliefs, and spiritual paths that speak to you, to your heart and soul.

Do all this, and as Flannery O’Conner observed, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you … odd” (as well as free)….

Honoring Truth offers us its lyrical, pure voice… a virtue that distinguishes our religious path, blesses our days, and changes the world.

“It matters what we believe.”           

Rev. Bruce Southworth   

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