Justice and Just Community
There is too much hardship in this world to not find joy, every day
There is too much injustice in this world to not right the balance, every day
There is too much pain in this world to not heal, every day
Each of us ministers to a weary world.
Let us go forth now and do that which calls us to make this world more loving,
more compassionate and more filled with the grace of divine presence, every day.
~ UU Minister Rev. Darcy Roake
Please note: 9:00 AM programs will resume in April
Sunday, February 5 – Sarah Montgomery-Richards, DLE and Lay Leaders
10:30 AM Service: “Imbolc”
Imbolc is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and there is evidence it has been an important date since ancient times. It is believed that it was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid, and that it was Christianized as a festival of Saint Brigid, who is thought to be a Christianization of the goddess.
Sunday, February 12 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “Shinto Holiday: Setsubun-Sai”
“Fuku-wa-uchi” (Come in Happiness!) Shinto celebration of the change of seasons with the coming of spring with shouts of “Devils out, Good Fortune in”. In the Japanese Shinto tradition, this day reminds us that Spring is coming and we can welcome joy, joy, joy!
What clears the way for happiness for you? Come, let’s celebrate. Happy people make the best peace makers.
Please note, book discussion event postponed: “The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement” by the Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, in conjunction with the UUA program, A Common Read.
Sunday, February 19 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “Dialogue and Justice: National Council of Churches Race Relations Day”
This day came into being in the year 1922 when the National Council of the Churches of Christ in America declared the second Sunday of February to initiate inter-racial dialogue and human rights for all races. The NCC relentlessly pursued this goal and in 1950, NCC distributed pamphlets that contained a ‘Call to Action’ to promote individual and political steps to ensure dialogue between races in USA. The NCC did not stop here: When Montgomery Bus boycott issues surfaced, NCC stood up to support Montgomery ministers and called segregation ‘a violation of the Gospel of love and human brotherhood.’ It also supported Martin Luther King Jr.’s attempts to bring about equality irrespective of color of one’s skin, and opposed the Vietnam War. But its most important contribution is the support that it provided for the historic ‘Civil Rights Act of 1964’ which dealt a death blow to hatred towards Blacks.
Sunday, February 26 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “United States v. Susan B. Anthony” and Welcoming New Members
United States v. Susan B. Anthony was a criminal trial in the federal courts. In the federal election in November 1872, Anthony, the best-known advocate of woman suffrage, registered to vote and then voted. The government charged her with the crime of voting without “the legal right to vote in said election district.” She, in the words of the indictment, “being then and there a person of the female sex.” We are seeking readers for this re-enactment!
Please join us this Sunday and meet our awesome group of new UUCGT members.
Joy and Celebration!
May we hear the melody of Life and find ourselves singing harmony.
May we be open to the dissonances in the Song of the Land and Its People,
that we might be part of the World’s urging toward Justice, Peace, and Love.
May we feel in our bones the rhythms of Life and the Land, and find ourselves dancing.
~ by Joseph Cleveland
Sunday, March 5 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “Let There Be Joy!!”
Let there be joy in our coming together this morning.
Let there be truth heard in the words we speak and the songs we sing.
Let there be help and healing for our disharmony and despair.
Let there be silence for the voice within us and beyond us.
Let there be joy in our coming together.
Sunday, March 12 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “Purim”
Many cultures re-enact chaos (Mardi Gras, Purim) and role reversals prior to the Spring new year. UU writer Sharon Wylie writes: “For millennia, people have gathered together to hear stories, to root for the underdog, to jeer the evil and the unkind. We see in our stories mirrors to our own lives where we hope good things will happen to good people and that evil will be vanquished.” This morning we gather for story, for cheering and jeering, for hope and for justice.
Sunday, March 19 – Lay-led Service
10:30 AM Service: “Spring Equinox & Ostara”
Pagan writer Patty Wigington writes, “Ostara is a time of balance. It is a time of equal parts light and dark. At Mabon, we have this same balance, but the light is leaving us. Today, six months later, it is returning. Spring has arrived, and with it comes hope and warmth. Deep within the cold earth, seeds are beginning to sprout. In the damp fields, the livestock are preparing to give birth. In the forest, under a canopy of newly sprouted leaves, the animals of the wild ready their dens for the arrival of their young. Spring is here.” Come and celebrate balance.
Sunday, March 26 – Rabbi Chava Bahle and UU Music Director, John Bailey
10:30 AM Service: “All Bach Service”
Details forthcoming … There’s no going Bach …