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- Annual Meeting & Budget Input
- Thank You For Supporting the UUSC
- A Message From Our Partner Church
- Weaving the Stories of Our Life Journey
- Film Screening – Healing From Hate
♦♦♦ Gem of The Week ♦♦♦
Hearing the last song of a male Kauai ‘O’o brings up in me quiet sobs. Click below to hear his haunting call. Kauai'O'o
He was singing for a female who will never come, and now his beautiful voice is gone too. First listed as endangered in 1967, the Kauai ‘O’o lived in the forests of Kaua’i, and was extinct 20 years later, after their habitat was destroyed by human activity.
Advocacy Earth Day
This Earth Day send a message to the messengers. Sign This Petition to ABC News, CBS News and NBC News: “Cover the climate crisis with the urgency it deserves.”
Gems From Prior Weeks
This is a video of a TED talk by Christian Picciolini who was very deeply into the American Neo-Nazi movement. He very eloquently describes how and why he became so attracted to the movement, and what needs of his were fulfilled there. He also tells the story of how and why he got out, using the power of love to help himself and others that were trapped in the movement. This is a powerful and inspiring video. Christian Picciolini was also featured in the film Healing From Hate: Battle for the Soul of the Nation that many of you watched last month – see below for the link to the panel discussion about film.
"It’s our disconnection from each other. Hatred is borne of ignorance, fear is its father and isolation is its mother. When we don’t understand something we tend to be afraid of it and if we keep ourselves from it, that fear grows and sometimes it turns into hatred." - Christian Piccolini
Healing From Hate Panel Discussion
In case you missed the excellent Panel Discussion that our church co-hosted on March 12 about the documentary film Healing From Hate, you may view it on here on Youtube.
"What would it mean to imagine a system in which punishment is not allowed to become the source of corporate profit?” UC Santa Cruz Professor Emeritus Angela Davis asks. Good question. This article in Truthout shows the ugly reality of the New York State (NYS) Division of Correctional Industries, a state-run prison labor corporation that operates a range of enterprises in 13 prisons across New York State. In reality, it is slavery, and a crucial cog in the self perpetuating evil that is America’s prison industrial complex.
Women’s Alliance meets on Tuesday May 4 at 7:00 pm
Come hear Heide Solbrig, a volunteer member of Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN), as well as a cartoonist and communication scholar. Since 2018, Solbrig has been working with BIJAN to connect immigrants in detention with legal support, while responding to constantly changing needs of immigrants caught in a dysfunctional and abusive immigration system-- first under Donald Trump’s explicitly racist agenda and now under a Biden administration which has so far has been reluctant to prioritize the broken immigration system. Everyone is welcome.
By phone: 646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 814 3634 1260
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aczIPyd3ke
Wednesday Open Meditation
Chimers rehearse in the church on Saturday’s at 11 a.m.Thanks!
Loaves & Fishes Neighborhood Project
Glean Team Volunteers
A Year Later
Remember last year we spent a whole year strengthening our commitment to our covenant? Remember how Piali De, John Green, Barbara Kemp and I met with six groups representing our six ministries: Caring and Connections; Funding our Mission, Leadership and Governance, Families and Children; Worship and Music, and our Justice ministry? Remember how each of you in the ministry groups identified 2 core values that guided your work and how you then listed all the ways these values inform what you do, and what you are being called to do? Remember how the covenanting team shared with you these heart word clouds last May that summed up the conversations they had with each ministry group? Heart clouds that show authentic connection, and radical kindness are the two core values listed by the over forty participants who participated. Remember how in our conversations we drew a triangle and at the top of the triangle we put these values and asked you what virtues they inspired you to embody? And you said justice, zest, perseverance, and hope? But mostly you said these values call you to love and put this love in action.
I was reminded of all this when I came across a video UU Nashua did on youtube called the covenating triangle. The covenant triangle shows how these core values at the top-for us authentic connection, radical kindness and love in action- give shape on one side to your spirituality-your relationship with your true self (the “me” point of the triangle); and how the core values give shape on the other side to your religiosity- your relationship with that sense of the divine that connects you with that specialness beyond yourself (the “we” point of the triangle). Connecting the “me” and the “we” at the base is our community and in the center is our covenant, the promises and principles that guide who we are together in the community.
Little did we know COVID would take over our lives only 8 months later! This covenant triangle is and has been a powerful force in our individual, collective, and communal lives. A force that has guided and grounded us all these long months. A force that has held us and kept us strong, and helped us extend our community of care beyond us. A force that is a bond of love. This is our great covenant.
Who we are
We are a liberal religious community of people of all ages who hold diverse theological beliefs. We come not only from Harvard, but also from many surrounding towns. We gather together "in the spirit of love," to worship, to learn, and to care for one another. We come together both to be comforted and accepted for who we are, and to be challenged to transform and grow as moral and spiritual persons.
We believe in the value of personal experience and reason, and use both as we explore the wisdom of the world's religious traditions, seeking to find and make meaning for ourselves. We celebrate and honor the prophetic words and deeds of many of those who've come before us, which call us to serve not only one another, but also those outside of our community. We long for a world that is fair and just and filled with compassion, and we work to make it so.
We welcome you! We'd love to have you join us on our journey!