Friday, March 20, 2009

Weekly Update

Weekly UUpdate for March 20  . . . Yesterday was the sixth Anniversary of Iraq war. It is hard to believe so many years have passed, and things are still so unsettled. Some UUs are pacifists and believe that war is always wrong, and other UUs believe in Just Wars. But we come together we pause and remember that war costs human lives. We each have been touched by this war over the last 6 years. Some of us have served in Iraq, some of us have had loved ones in harm’s way, or who have died. Some of us have been horrified by the stories that have emerged, and others have been horrified by the apparent blindness of our populace that we are even at war. But we come together when we pause, and remember these painful moments are real, and to be treated with respect and dignity. Each week, we pause in our service, ring our Bell of Remembrance, and remember that we still are at war. Each week we remember that both soldiers and citizens have died in the past week. And each week this is truth. It is a truth that after this long, long six years few of us want to remember. But the path of being truly religious is one of discipline, and knowing that from our discipline our spirits will grow and flourish.  Take a special moment now, pause and remember these past six years that we have been at war. Don’t be afraid at the mixture of fear, pride, pain, anger and love we feel. For these are all truths: the truths of being human. And the truths that will help us sustain authentic relationship with those who have served, often at a great cost.  The truths that will help sustain authentic relationship with Iraq and the Iraqi people. This is a part of what it means to believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. And in this we can agree.
See you in church!
This Sunday

9:30 am “Rite of Spring” A Service For All Ages
Join Rev. Eva Cameron and the Service For All Ages Team in this celebration of Spring with music and drama. We will dedicate children who are new to our UU faith!
10:45 am Fellowship Time
11 00 am Children’s Chapel
11:15 am Sunday School for children & youth
11:15 am Adult Classes:
   Doc” Shorts (3 short films in the sanctuary)
   Walking The Talk: “Heroes of the Spirit” Join Pat Malloy in the back of the fellowship hall to learn about the UU Service Committee.
11:15am Nominating Committee Meeting (in Eva’s Office)
12:15 pm Outreach Committee Meeting
2 pm Second to Last Sunday Small Group
2 pm Last Sunday Small Group

This Coming Week
7 pm What’s Up Doc?umentary “Escape from Affluenza”
WOW! Workshops on Wednesdays ~~all welcome
5:00 pm Children’s Choir (sanctuary)
5:30 pm Dinner (Please RSVP)
6:15 pm Family Choir Practice (sanctuary)
6:15 pm Self Realization Workshop (high school room)
7:15 pm Theoretical String Band (sanctuary)
7:30 pm Committee on Ministry (Eva’s Office)
Childcare is provided during children’s choir and from 6:15 until 8:15pm. (nursery)
7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)

6pm - Buddhist Movie Night

Looking Ahead:
Sunday March 29th  Adult Sunday School
Book Group
– with Pat Malloy The book is: Religion Is Not About God: How Spiritual Traditions Nurture Our Biological Nature And What to Expect When They Fail, Rutgers University Press, 2006, ISBN-10: 0813539552 Balcony
Town Hall Forum - Jan Gallagher and others from the siding sub committee will be presenting information about the siding project In the Sanctuary

Save the Date:  First Friday in April is April 3rd.  It is Passover. It is usually a fun gathering and since we do have place setting we will started asking for reservations Monday, March 16th
YoUUng Child Play Group is currently cancelled for the rest of the year. It needs a new leader. Anyone interesting in forming a play group or parenting group should talk with Eva or Kathy.
Hymnals have been ordered. Will arrive in 7 -10 working days.
Pastoral Update:
Bob & Shirley Robinson
were in a car crash this past Wednesday. They are okay, but their little truck got totaled. So they are feeling a bit banged up as you might imagine.
Closing Thought:
"Open the door that opens toward the sky;
Press mind and body hard against this world,
Before we fall asleep, before we die." - John Holmes

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