Last Sunday, as we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, we concluded our sessions on being a creator as we explored how we can take the injustice and pain we experience in life and use it to look up, to feel inspired to build a better world for all. Although we shared these last week, we continue to invite you to bring your stories of being moved by injustice--in words or pictures to place on our Sanctuary wall. We will keep those stories and art up for a while. As we shift our focus from being a creator to being a compassionate being, Dr. Martin Luther King’s journey was a great one to inspire us towards an amazing open compassion for all humankind.
The interesting thing about compassion, is that it is a choice. It is a choice we make day after day, week after week. And like all things practiced, it gets easier with time. Our journey to explore compassion using Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to Compassionate Living, will teach us that compassion is more, a lot more, than just deciding you are going to be. I’m really looking forward to exploring some of these ideas and tools with you . . . as together we Reconnect with our Creative, Compassionate Center.
Give someone you love a hug. Help somebody you don’t know very well. And if you can possible manage . . . consider making a snow angel. Who knows, you might just find a certain joy that only comes from snow angels!
See you in church!
This Sunday 1/22/12
8:30 am Music Rehearsal
9:30 am Service: “Charter for Compassion: A Wish for a Better World”
Rev. Eva Cameron, Maureen Murphy - Worship Associate
This begins the next subject in our theme for the year, that of compassion. It is possible for us to act without thinking of self-interest. This tendency lies within the heart of each of us. We can stamp out this instinct or cultivate it assiduously. Karen Armstrong is leading the way in asking all of us to join her in a Charter for Compassion.
10:45 am Fellowship Time
11:00 am Children’s Chapel (balcony)
11:15 am Sunday School for Children & Youth (classrooms)
11:15 am Adult Religious Education ~ The Four Agreements, Part 1
What agreements are you making every day without even being aware of it? Would you like to transform your life to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love?
Join Nate Callahan and Heather Flory on the fourth Sunday of each month to discuss
The Four Agreements and other spiritual teaching of don Miguel Ruiz.
Calendar for this Coming Week
7:00 pm Committee on Ministry meeting
7:00 – 9:00 pm Movie Screening: abUSed: The Postville Raid
5:00 pm Festival Sunday planning meeting
5:15 pm Children’s Choir
5:45 pm Dinner: Lasagna, plus beans, rice, salad & fruit
6:30 pm Adult Choir
7:30 pm Theoretical String Band
7:30 pm Buddhist Path
1/14/2012 - Love to the friends & family of Adam Burton who passed away during heart surgery at the beginning of this month. For all the joy your smile has brought and the joy it’s memory still brings/ give great thanks! Lara Martinsen-Burrell
1/14/2012 - Yeah!! I’m finally “edumacated” and graduated with my undergrad degree in Business Administration. Anyone have a job for me? Ha Ha. Crystal King
Sending love and light to Deblyn’s little friend: Nakoa MoonHawk, October 5, 2008 - January 10, 2012. With healing thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
Sending love and hope to anyone who is hurting. Please reach out and let us know. And please, let me know of any other pastoral updates to include from week to week. People want to know, and send you love, prayers or bring you a pot of soup! ~Eva
We are making a needed appeal for people who would be interested in running the sound board once a month or so. A simple training is all that is required. Please contact Staci Chananie-Hill for more information if you are interested. (319) 427-0873 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Death of Josseline books
The CF Library is receiving interlibrary loan copies of Death of Josseline. So far they have two available and will probably be getting another four. UUs with CF Library cards can check them out at the service desk.
We also now have a congregational book table account at the UUA and 12 copies of the book have been ordered and have arrived. The book will sell for $15. Contact Sally Browne if you have any questions.
Donations to help the Jimy Gomez family are still being accepted, and may be made payable
Come to the Unhappy Birthday Party ---this Saturday!
Learn how unlimited hidden campaign contributions were sanctioned by Citizens United v FEC Supreme Court Decision. The Unhappy Birthday Party commemorates the 2 year anniversary of the Supreme Court's passage of Citizens United, which some have said is the most disastrous Supreme Court decision ever created. It essentially gives corporations a free hand to "buy" politicians.
Free & open to the public Have fun! Free Gift Certificates
10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 21, 2012
3912 Cedar Heights Drive (Unitarian Universalist Society)
Although this party is not designed for children, kids of any age supervised by their parents are most welcome. Start their political education early!
Movie Screening: abUSed: The Postville Raid
Critically acclaimed director Luis Argueta will be in town briefly and host a screening of his immigration film abUSed: The Postville Raid on Tuesday, January 24, at 7pm. Refreshments will be served. Free will donations will benefit the Jimy Gomez family.
Cedar Prairie Vegetarian Potluck
January 30th - 6:30 pm; followed by the documentary "Forks over Knives" at 6:45 pm.
Some folks still aren't sure what to expect at the upcoming General Assembly.
There will be something for everyone at this GA, no matter where you may be in the spectrum of social justice work. Whether you're a seasoned activist or a beginner, there will be educational and preparatory programming and other opportunities for you to have meaningful involvement.
There will be community events outside as well as work done indoors. Phoenix will be hot, but you will be able to limit your exposure. GA housing is very close to the Phoenix Convention Center, and there are many food options within the Center. There will be an exhibit hall - the Justice GA Expo - with social justice exhibitors and resources. GA programming will be focused on justice issues, including topics such as the spiritual foundations of justice work, the theology of social justice, as well as a more tactical focus on organizing.
The Empowering Parents program is a 6-week program to give parents the group support they need to reach their parenting goals. It helps families improve their parenting skills using the Nurturing Program Curriculum. The program is taught in a group setting at Family & Children's Council. Issues covered in the curriculum include using effective discipline, understanding age appropriate behaviors, establishing family rules and stress management techniques.
Next Session: Tuesday January 31st at 5:30 - 7:30 pm (Every Tuesday for 6 weeks)
at the Family & Children’s Council Office; 500 E 4th St (KWWL building - 4th floor) Room #409.
All classes are free to participants and include a free meal!
**Call 319-234-7600 ext 12 to reserve your spot!!!
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