News and Announcements
- Thank You For Supporting the UUSC
Thanks to all who contributed to the Guest At Your Table (GAYT) program to support the UUSC’s efforts towards social justice around the world. Not counting whatever comes in over this weekend we raised $1,730, and with the match, a total of $3,460. AND, with the Shelter Rock match the total for the UUSC will be $6,920.
Be assured that with the UUSC’s model of working on the ground with local partners, this funding will make a huge difference to people struggling to survive under enormously difficult circumstances.
Here’s to Social Justice for all,
Pam and Glen
To donate, checks can be made out to HUUC or through Vanco GIVEPLUS+ on the church website, in both cases referencing the UUSC/GAYT. In addition, we will match all of the congregation’s donations and any donation of $150 or more will also be matched by the Shelter Rock Church on Long Island, effectively quadrupling your donation. Of course donations in any amount are welcome and will be matched.
- A Message From Our Partner Church
Dear Mary and Congregation,
We are well in the pandemic time, healthy, and a little bit afraid what will bring the future for all the world. The restrictions in the pandemic is changed a lot. Now we have to wear mask all the time. The church is open, and Sunday the members, who are coming in the church have to wear mask. The schools were opened Monday, before all the schools were closed, and the education was online.
In the congregation, we had few death people buy Covid, and there are strict laws about the sermons. The vaccination it is started, but many people with me too are afraid, more confuse with the vaccine, still we are waiting. Economically we are already feeling the COVIDs problems. Many people are losing there jobs, the prices are high up almost 1.5. The most important can be, to stop in some way the problems, and we wish a lot to get back our life free.
We hope that the problems will be resolved in the whole world, and we wish you and for our partners in faith all the best you wish.
God bless you all, God bless the world.
In love, faith and peace
Rev. Berei Istvan
- Weaving the Stories of Our Life Journey
Facilitated by Carol MacFarlane
If you are inspired by hearing the stories of our recent “Stories Group” Sunday morning, Feb. 16, please consider signing up for the next class starting in March. Contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org, letting her know which evenings (Monday through Thursday) you would be available.
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 via Zoom for six weeks (and may choose to continue once a month). A minimum of five participants is needed.
- Film Screening – Healing From Hate
SJMC is partnering with Mass Peace Action’s Racial Justice & Decolonization Working Group, to host a panel discussion about the film entitled Healing From Hate: Battle for the Soul of the Nation, a documentary film that takes a deep dive into the minds of men who gravitate toward hate groups. Focusing on the bold work of the group Life After Hate – an organization founded by former Skinheads and Neo-Nazis now engaged in de-radicalizing violent extremists on the front lines, the film examines the root causes of hate group activity.
Click here to view a trailer to the film.
To register and learn more about the event use this link: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/3256910
A link to view the film from home anytime between Friday, March 5 and Sunday, March 14 will be sent to all registrants. Join a Virtual panel discussion featuring among others Sammy Rangel, one of the members of Life after Hate on Friday, March 12 from 7 to 8:30 pm. A separate link for the panel discussion will be sent to all registrants in advance of the event.
Net proceeds will go to Life After Hate and the MA Poor People’s Campaign. This program is presented by Mass Peace Action’s Racial Justice & Decolonization Working Group and the Social Justice Ministries Council of the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, as part of the Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series.
- Deeper Than The Skin
Coming Jan. 30, 2021, a musical presentation on Race in America titled “Deeper Than The Skin), by Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway. ( DeeperThanTheSkin.com )
Two friends, one Black, one White, born three days apart. Racial divisions that are the reality of America started them in two different worlds, but the amazing bonds of music, respect, admiration and shared vision have brought them together as friends and colleagues.
“Deeper Than The Skin” is an experience of singing and listening, It is an invitation to open your heart and mind to a story of shared humanity that resonates with your own.
As Reggie and Greg reach across the racial divide, they encourage others to foster the relationships that are, in the end, a path to healing.
“Deeper Than The Skin is an absolutely amazing experience. Not a performance (although these are two fine performers) but an experience. If you are anywhere within reach of this, don’t miss it.” Selma Civil Rights activist Rev. Gordon Gibson, author of Southern Witness, Knoxville TN.
This will be streamed, free of charge on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Click here for link:
Sponsored by First Church Unitarian in Littleton, First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, First Parish in Concord, Greater Littleton Interfaith Council (GLIC), Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, and Maynard Anti-Racism Alliance (MARA).
- Help Us Name our Outdoor Classroom!
A call for ideas! The space behind the Fellowship Building is often called The Outdoor Classroom – which it is! Though it also seems to be more. A space for meditation, reflection, walking and observing nature, sitting with friends on the log rounds (oh to do so again!). Our own Glen Frederick has put so much thought and care into it, and even plans to expand trails next summer. Do you have an idea on an official name for this area??
E-mail Elizabeth at email@example.com
- Adult Religious Education
Soul Matters small group ministry is reflecting on what it means to be a people of healing. Next month they will reflect upon what it means to be a people of stillness. If you are interested please contact David Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org or Belinda Friedrich at email@example.com.
- Shoeboxes of Gifts for the Children of ACE in Worcester
Religious Education is presenting our 2nd Annual 2020 Holiday Shoebox Project to benefit the African Community Education (ACE) program of Worcester. Last year many of you signed up to fill a shoebox of gifts for the children of refugee and immigrant families of poor circumstances that have come to the US. This year’s families are from Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their kids range from grades 5 through 8th. ACE offers 57 children and youth of these families after-school academic support. We have signed up to give a shoebox to 10 children. If you would like to participate, please email me, Laura Vilain, with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd preference. First come basis. Shoeboxes will be needed at the church office by Thursday, Dec. 10.
- Raymond: M, age 12, 5th grade – DR of Congo
- Allah: M, age 11, 5th grade – Central African Rep
- Clement: M, age 12, 6th grade – Central African Rep
- Dorcas: F, age 14, 6th grade – Central African Rep
- Gastien: M, age 12, 6th grade – Central African Rep
- Chance: M, age 14, 7th grade – Central African Rep
- Everina: F, age 14, 7th grade – Central African Rep
- Nathan: M, age 13, 7th grade – DR of Congo
- Lixion: F, age 14, 8th grade – Central African Rep
- Wakongwe: M, age 15, 8th grade – DR of Congo
And thank you!
** Updated 11/25 for shoeboxes “taken”
“Discovering the Power of Poetry” is delayed by two weeks for election related training and vigils. New start date is Nov 12. Pease contact Rev. Jill for the link. We need 4 people for this class to run.
Writer June Jordan says that “the first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what you really think.” And this is what we will be doing together during this six session series on poetry of water, of fire, of the moon, of sustenance, of lament and of place. Join Rev Jill on Thursday 7-8:30 pm. Come to one, come to all. Nov 12, Nov 19, and Dec 3, Dec. 10.
Last spring when the pandemic hit, we put together a Buddy system – you and your Buddy would reach out to and check in with each other from time to time. It was a way to keep a church connection in the face of the isolation of the pandemic. We heard from many people that this has been a success! But we have heard from some who did not get a Buddy, or their Buddy was not interested. So, as we head into the Fall, let’s try to all have a church Buddy – someone we can connect to and check on. Please contact the Caring Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like a Buddy – or if you want more Buddies! You don’t have to have just one!
The Caring Committee