News and Announcements
- Bargains in the Belfry!
Bargains Consignment Shop Opens for Fall Season!
Bargains in the Belfry, our own special consignment shop resells lightly-used clothing. The shop will be open each Tuesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and the first and third Sundays 11:30-12:30. Bargains is located in the ‘Belfry’. Entrance is through the side door, near the front door of the church. Proceeds from the Shop benefit the church and the community. Contact Dorothy Solbrig for more information about Bargains in the Belfry.
- 4th Annual Story Slam 4th Annual Story Slam (Like NPR’s “The Moth”)When: Saturday, November 4th, 7:00 – 9:00 PMWhere: First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster Street, LittletonEnjoy food, fun, and fellowship while supporting UU Mass Action and our shared social justice work!Story Tellers: Rev. Lynda Sutherland (First Parish, Northboro), Rev. Ellen Rowse Spero (First Unitarian Chelmsford), Sam Wilson (Director of Youth Ministries, Winchester), Rev Jo Van Rue Minister-in-Residence, Concord), Rev. Steve Edington (First Church Unitarian, Littleton), and Rev Nathan Detering (UU Area Church Sherborn)Emcee: Rev. Robin Bartlett, Senior Pastor, First Church in SterlingLight refreshments will be served. Please support the work of UU Mass Action by having a great time at our annual Story Slam!
- Boston City Reach Donations
The SHYG will be participating in Boston’s City Reach to benefit the homeless on Nov. 10/11. This year the youth have decided to solicit donations of new white socks, underwear and $5 Dunkin Donuts gift cards along with monetary donations to allow us to buy these articles.
The gift cards enable the homeless to use the bathrooms at Dunkin Donuts shops as a “purchase” is necessary for bathroom privileges. We will have collection boxes in the FB for donations of socks and underwear and please note that 80% of Boston’s homeless are men. If you’d like to donate money please make your check payable to the church (HUUC) with “CityReach” in the memo line.
Thank you for your support!
-Senior High Youth Group
- REACH Party!
2018 Stewardship Drive The 2018 Stewardship Campaign is off and running!
REACH Party Oct 21 5:30 Pot Luck! Talent Show! Door Prize! Dessert! Lots of reasons to join your fellow UUs at a Pot Luck of hearty appetizers followed by a Talent Show led by MC Rick High. BYOB. Simultaneous Kids Pizza Party in Community Room with Juggler Logan Penny. Sign up to attend with Carol MacFarlane (firstname.lastname@example.org) or directly on this spreadsheet.
Talent or No-Talent Show Participants Needed! Have you got a talent? No? Who cares! Come participate anyway in the Reach Party’s Talent Show! We are looking for those willing to act (or act up), to sing (or lip sync), to play an instrument (or simply play). Recite a poem, tell a story, paint a picture, there are many possibilities! Sign up with Barbara Kemp at (email@example.com) or directly on this spreadsheet.
- Dreams Deferred: The Struggle for Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine
For the October 27 screening, we will be showing the film Dreams Deferred: The Struggle for Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine. This will continue our conversation on the Israel/Palestine conflict from September’s screening. The film is 68 minutes long, and is appropriate for middle school and up.
A husband and wife team of first-time filmmakers, Jennifer Hitchcock and Vernon Hall, traveled to Israel and the West Bank to document the nonviolent Israeli and Palestinian peace and justice movement that has received little coverage in mainstream U.S. media. The result is the feature-length documentary Dreams Deferred: The Struggle for Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine. While most American audiences associate the conflict only with war and terrorism, this documentary highlights the voices, opinions, and actions of the growing number of Israelis and Palestinians who are struggling to nonviolently end the Israeli occupation and achieve a just resolution to the conflict. In addition to sit-down interviews, the filmmakers accompany Israeli activists to a demonstration against the separation barrier in Bil’in, take a tour of Hebron with a Palestinian human rights activist, document their experience during an extended military curfew in Jayyous, and follow Israeli activists around settlements and new construction in East Jerusalem. Rather than focusing on one or two personal stories, audiences are introduced to several Israelis and Palestinians who each have their own unique experiences and opinions about the situation, including former Israeli soldiers and refusers, as well as former Palestinian militants, and a range of nonviolence activists. Interviewees express their thoughts about the conflict, including the obstacles to peace, their reasons for becoming activists, the role of the U.S., the importance of nonviolence, and prospects for a future resolution that recognizes the rights of both peoples. Interviews and first-hand tours reveal perspectives and realities that defy stereotypes and humanize people on both sides.
When: Friday, October 27, 7 pm
Where: Sutherland Hall, 7 Elm Street, Harvard 01451
- Updated Sign Up for Glean Team/Roche Bros Pick Up Now Available
Click here to sign up for the Late Fall/Early Winter (through Jan. 2018) pick up. To learn more information, visit our Glean Team webpage.
New volunteers are always welcome. For more information, please contact Bob Benson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Courtney Snyder, email@example.com.
- October Donations for Loaves & Fishes
For the month of October, please bring in condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles and salad dressing.
If you have other items you would like to donate, Loaves & Fishes will gratefully accept those as well.
Donation basket located in Sanctuary foyer.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
- Arm in Arm Presents: “A Rabbi, A Priest, and an Imam Walk Into a….”
Join us for a lively discussion of the Abrahamic religions. How are they related? What do they have in common? What is the meaning of the swastika? Of jihad? The religious leaders will answer your questions.
Volunteers Hall, Harvard Public Library, October 24, 7:00 pm.
Free and open to the public. Rev. Jill Cowie of Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church will serve as moderator.
- Weaving the Stories of Our Lives
Journey Facilitated by Carol MacFarlane
Given a different topic each week (eg. our childhood years, our life work, our spiritual path, to name a few), we will write about two pages during the week, weaving the memories from our past as they relate to each topic. Sharing our stories with the group will enrich all of us, as we take note of differences and similarities with our own life’s journey. The group will meet for six weeks (and may choose to continue once a month). A minimum of six participants is needed, though a group of eight is even better. If you are interested, please contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know which mornings, afternoons, or evenings you would be available.
- Monthly Social Justice Cinema (Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine)
September 29 marks the beginning of our Social Justice Movie Nights at Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church. We will be screening a movie on some aspect of social justice every last Friday night throughout the church year. Meetings will be held at 7 pm in Sutherland Hall. Snacks and discussion will follow the screenings.
About the Movie:
We went to the Holy Land with Dr. Clay Carson, who runs the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute, to film his play about King performed by the Palestinian National Theatre and an African-American gospel choir which was presented to audiences all over the West Bank. It was an intense cultural exchange between two peoples encompassing the joy of new friendships, creative collaborations and eye opening experiences. No one who participated remained unchanged.
We traveled through the Holy Land that the Christian choir were so passionately excited to see, as they were introduced to the other side of the land where Jesus once walked: a man whose front yard has been bisected by the Security Wall and whose children have to play in the dust of its continued construction; the ease with which they as foreigners were able to pass through checkpoints while their Palestinian counterparts took hours to navigate the same distance; a home which had no water because a settlement had taken over their well, where Palestinian women teach them songs in Arabic and join them in singing American gospel songs. And yet, amidst the hardships of occupied life, the choir is greeted with food, humor, and generosity, a mixture that brought some of them to tears.
We also captured the growing non-violent movement of young people in Palestine, who are much like their peers in Egypt and Tunisia–bright, well-educated, social media savvy and deeply committed. They are on the move, changing hearts and minds. Our film brings a fresh perspective in understanding the realities of Palestinian life under occupation and introduces people to the young Palestinians who are changing the landscape non-violently.