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Sunday Worship Services for September, 2013

IMGP0031-00109/01         “The Fruits of Our Labor”                 

                           Amy Rowland, Ministerial Resident

 

09/08         “At it’s Core: What Unitarian Universalism Is About”

                            Rev. Howell K. Lind, Developmental Minister

09/15         “What’s Your Passion?”                                                              

Rev. Howell K. Lind, Developmental Minister                                                                       

09/22          “Making a Clean Spot in a Grimy World:  On Buddha Nature and Our First Principle”

                           Beckett Coppola, Naropa Ministerial Student

09/29         “Standing On The Side of Love”

                           Front Range Unitarian Universalist Clergy

Full Church Worship Service at the State Capitol Steps*        

                   “Changing Hearts and Minds”

                           Rev. Barbara Molfese, Affiliated Community Minister

                           Worship Service at UUCB

 

*Stand (and sit and pray and sing and worship) on the side of love!  8th Annual Standing on the Side of Love Service.  The Unitarian Universalist congregations of the Front Range will soon celebrate our eighth annual “Standing on the Side of Love” public worship service, coming together to affirm radically inclusive and transformative love. Folks of all ages are welcome to join us in worship, song, prayer, ritual, affirmation, rededication, and joy. On the West Steps of the State Capital, 200 E. Colfax Ave. Denver 80203

 

Autumn Means Life-Long Learning

AutumnThe kids are back in school – how about you? Do you like learning new things? Do you value the thoughts, insights and opinions of your fellow UUCB members and enjoy meaningful interactions with one another? Do you have ideas and/or questions to share? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you’re a natural to join one or more of our Fall Adult Classes; and we’d be delighted to have you!

Call it Faith Development or Religious Education or Life-Long Learning, we have a vital and enriching program of classes, workshops, seminars and discussions in three distinct areas of interest that will resume again this Fall. What’s your interest: Salvation in this lifetime? Justice, peace and harmony in our world?  How to handle teens, or retirement, or a tv addiction? All of the above?

Here is a brief rundown of coming attractions for the “Fall Quarter”:

Deepening Faith

• Lifecraft – The skill and the art of making and discovering meaning in our daily lives. With guidance from the dearly departed Rev. Forrest Church

Enacting Justice

• The Future of Democracy in America – Threats and Opportunities for 21st Century Citizens

Living Well

• The IM (Inquiring Minds) Open Book Group reads: Incognito – The Secret lives of the Brain by neuroscientist David Eagleman

• TTs4UUs – Ted Talks for Unitarian Universalists. Watch and be amazed. Engage and be enriched.

 

Visit our table in the Sky Room during the Coffee Hour on Sundays in September for more information, schedules and signups.

Membership Matters–September 2013

barbWe honor members, friends, visitorsOur thoughts and good wishes continue to be with:  My 99 year old Aunt Ruth died the end of July.  She was the last of eight.  My generation takes over, and we had all hoped that she would have made it to 100!  Our Grandmother, her mother, made it to 104 and was sharp until the end.  Someone, at church, told me “you’ll be around for awhile” — hopefully, but on my Dad’s side they all died by fifty except for one.  Mary Grey is back in Hospice care.  Daphne Lewin was in the hospital, last month, with a small stroke.  If you did not get a card to her I’m sure she would still enjoy them, but better yet we were able to hug on her Sunday, August 18th, and she was doing well.  A funeral was held on August 9th for Maria Frances Rodriguez — killed in the casino bus crash last month.  She was the first person “companioned” by our Immigration Ministry.  Sue Masterson’s dear college friend, Eric Johnson, from Kansas ended up in the hospital with a broken hip socket, and two broken wrists after trying his skills at the new Valmont bike park.  He and his family arrived one day before his mishap for their vacation. Thus, Mary Dineen has been taking care of two extra teenage boys, along with Elliot & Evan.

 

Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to:  Ed Self for receiving the 2013 Pace Setter Award for the Environment, awarded by the Daily Camera.  Last month on August 3rd it was Happy 15th Birthday to Kerry Guttierez, daughter of Mercedes, who helps out in the nursery.  Betty Skipp and Jean LaDue, after over 30 years together, were married last month in Washington state, and are very excited and pleased.  Thanks to everyone who turned out to help with laying the flagstone patio next to our playground.  After an unexpected encounter with a large chunk of buried concrete, much progress was made, but there is still more to do before the snow flies.

 

Random Thoughts:  September starts an exciting time as we welcome our new Director of Religious Education, Janen Wright.  In the 70’s I was DRE at First Universalist Church. I have grounded reasons for supporting your children to attend Sunday morning as often as they are available.  I remember when Eileen Tobin & Steve Lubbs’ twin daughters were ready for the Ninth Grade Trip, and they said no they did not want to participate.  I talked to both of them and asked that they go to classes and events for a minimum of three times.  They did, and they were hooked, and had a great experience.  Allie went on to be involved in MDD (Mountain Desert District) events, and also an officer at the national UUA level.  I feel we owe it to our children to give them our UU values and beliefs as a basis before they make their own decisions, and that takes your support as parents.  On Sunday’s we teach our youth how to make decisions as well.

 

With Love & Care, Barb

Soul 2 Soul by Amy Rowland, Ministerial Resident

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve been so enjoying getting my bearings and beginning to become acquainted with all you here at UUCB. I began as your ½ time Ministerial Resident on July 1st. If you’re wondering where to find me, you’ll see me at worship some Sundays, but my primary focus this year will be on three specific projects: small group ministry, the young adult sponsored all church social change project on GLBTQI issues, and share-our-plate. All three of these projects focus on making connections – making new connections, and making deeper connections. If you have an interest in growing your sense of connection in the congregation and in the community or deepening your sense of connection within yourself and to others, I invite you to consider these projects and see if one of them speaks to you. Here’s how they look at this point in time:

Small group ministry:  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sharon Belew, who has stepped into the role of coordinating small group ministry opportunities this year. There are a number of ways you may want to participate. If you have small group experience, you may consider being trained as a facilitator. If you’re new to small groups, there are a number of groups starting up this fall. Look for sign up info or contact Sharon or myself – the fall groups will begin the week of September 15th. The courses this fall will follow the Heart to Heart curriculum. This winter, groups will be added that will follow the Soul to Soul curriculum.

Young Adult sponsored All-Church Social Change – GLBTQI issues: I am enjoying collaborating with Young Adult project lead, Justin Butterworth (my summer office-mate as well!). On the immediate horizon, UUCB will participate at Boulder Pride on September 15th, and at the Standing on the Side of Love service on the Capital steps on Sunday, September 29th. The Young Adult leadership will be collaborating with me and with Janen Wright, our new Lifespan Faith Development Director, to create learning opportunities for the congregation throughout the year. The project is sponsored by the Young Adults, and all are invited and encouraged to participate in this project and the project planning. Please contact Justin Butterworth to become involved!

Share-Our-Plate: It’s been great fun to meet the liaisons and the chair for this year’s share-our-plate program. This year, the program is in the capable hands of congregant lead, Aaron Norris. My role this year will be to work with the liaisons and organizations to identify ways in which members of UUCB can become more involved with our recipient organizations. We will share those opportunities throughout the year and encourage participation in all of these organizations throughout the year.

Please feel free to call or email me. I can be reached at arowland.uucb@gmail.com or (303) 815-5181. I look forward to working with you and getting to know you in the coming weeks and months!

President’s Column–September 2013

Sisters 2Right before school let out in May, a friend suggested that we read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. My friend said it was a great read-aloud book for the family, especially for my age sons (11 and 9). While on our annual extended-family retreat in Southern Colorado, I read the book to Jim and the boys nightly before bed and first thing in the morning. It was an amazing read and thoroughly enjoyable for everyone. If you haven’t read it, do. If you have read it, you know what I am talking about.

 

The story is about and written from the perspective of a 10-year-old boy name August (Auggie) Pullman. I’m not spoiling anything here (yet). The book jacket reads “Auggie was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can be convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?”

 

I couldn’t stop thinking about the book and especially Auggie Pullman for at least 2 weeks after finishing the book. Even over the 5 days we read the book, we went to sleep with Auggie, and we woke up with him, reading an hour each morning before we even got out of bed. With my eldest son starting middle school this year and being a small fish in a big sea, there were many parts of the book that struck home for me (social clicks, mean kids, parental worry). Those parts I sobbed through.

 

But it was the message of the book that I can’t let go. Here’s where the spoiling comes in (still read the book, it’s so worth it). The moral of the story is about kindness. At the end of the book, the headmaster gives his middle school address and offers a quote of advice from J.M. Barrie’s The Little White Bird: “… always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.” He goes on to tell the students “Kinder than is necessary. Because it is not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed. Why I love that line, that concept, is that it reminds me that we carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness. … If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary—the world really would be a better place.”

 

Ah, this is where our faith comes into the picture. Several of our principles are wrapped up into this concept of being kinder than is necessary—to ourselves, to our family, to each other, to strangers, to the earth. That is much of what our covenant asks of us. We promise to walk together, to hear one another, to support one another, to be in relationship with one another.

 

Being kinder than is necessary asks more of us. It is not passive. It requires intention and action. Sometimes, it requires courage. Auggie Pullman brought out the best in people, asking them to be more. May we each find ways to honor that strength and character in Auggie. May we strive to be kinder than is necessary in all that we do. May it be so.

Climate Change Activism Is Big News at UUCB!!

Earth from spaceOn August 11, 2013, we celebrated the 2nd anniversary of the startup of our solar panel project. While this in itself is a wonderful achievement, there is much more afoot at UUCB in our efforts to mitigate climate change.

First, a little about the history and contribution of the solar panel project. Our solar panel system is owned by Lighthouse Financial Co. with UUCB obligated to purchase all power generated by the system at favorable rates through a Power Purchase Agreement or PPA. We currently pay Lighthouse $0.082 per kwh compared to $0.112 from Xcel. The system is a nominal 19.1 kw system with 72 panels and three inverters. As of August 11, the system had generated 49,800 kwh of which 37,900 kwh were consumed by UUCB. The remainder, 11,900 kwh, is banked at Xcel Energy for future use. Our congregants contributed $15,000 to make this project a reality. For those interested in the details of the system power generation, please log on to the website: lg222.d.lighthousesolar.com.

But the real action now is in the efforts of the UUCB Climate Change Ministry.  Watch for next month’s CLM for a one-year anniversary update of their activities!  You can also learn about them during coffee hour; check out their table!

Many of our congregants are also making their contributions to the climate change effort, both big and small. Bob Ford has recently purchased a Leaf all-electric car and upgraded his solar panel system to charge the car battery. Steve Todd and George Brandon are also expanding their solar systems. Herman Sievering is working on a project with the South Korean government to define the effects of dust and aerosols blowing into South Korea from China. Further, he intends to develop additional topics for the Science-on-the-Sphere (SOS) which some of you have witnessed at NOAA. One topic is the effect of global warming on the world’s food supply. And let’s not forget our UUCB Garden to grow local food. In the aggregate, our congregants have made an impact on global warming, perhaps the greatest of which is the contribution of their time.

 

Teacher’s Training and Collaborative Discussion with Janen, our new Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Our new Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Janen Wright, is holding an initial Teacher’s Training and Collaborative Discussion on September 4, from 6-8 pm at UUCB.  Please attend this meeting if you are interested in helping with teaching in the RE program (we need new teacher volunteers!  I cannot emphasize this enough!), interested in learning more about Janen and her ideas, or just feel particularly invested in the future of the Lifespan Faith Development programming at UUCB.

Talk About

Post-service “Talk About” discussions are continuing once a month.  Please join Diana King and others for camaraderie and discussion on Sunday, September 1 from 11:30 to 12:00 pm.  In nice weather discussions will take place outside on the benches in the front of the Church.  During inclement weather they will be at the back of the Earth Room (near the hearth).

 

Pridefest

Gay PrideBoulder celebrates Gay Pride in September! Check with OutBoulder to find out about the large number of events going on. As part of PrideFest, UUCB and the Boulder Valley UU Fellowship in Lafayette will have a UU booth on Sunday, September 15, in the Farmer’s Market area in downtown Boulder. Look for us there, or volunteer to help staff the booth. Talk to our Social Justice chair Suzy Belmont if you can help.

Holy Bikes!

IMGP0031-001August 4, 2013: 13 cyclists rode to church (including one tandem) – that’s more than 10% of the attendance! Good job, everyone!

You can see, however, there is room for more. Cycling reduces your carbon footprint, helping the environment, and is good for your health and spirits. The church is right on a couple of bike paths and routes, so join us!

“Create Meaning” Classes Begin

Create Meaning is an online and in-person center for spiritual renewal where seekers can find resources for their spiritual journeys, connect with others, and engage in the world to make it a better place.  It is based on Unitarian Universalist values, although its focus and content is not specifically UU.  It is intended to reach the fastest growing religious affiliation in America – the Spiritual But Not Religious. Create Meaning Denver has just published a Fall 2013 Schedule of Gatherings. Here is the link:  http://www.createmeaning.org/#!create-meaning-denver-/c18ju.

All of us are invited to attend, and let’s consider inviting our friends.  Questions?  Contact Kelly Dignan at First Universalist who is the Director of Create Meaning. Kelly@firstuniversalist.org.

PRISM Barbecue, Goody Bags, and Dinners

PRISMPRISM  The Progressive, Really Inclusive Student Ministry at CU begins its new school year program with a barbecue for the students on Tuesday, September 3. Please remind your friends or family members who are either undergraduate or graduate students at CU or nearby schools that they are welcome for a free home-made meal at PRISM with an  informal liberal religious program each Tuesday evening at 6 during the school year. It’s held at the PRISM house on Grandview Avenue, near the CU campus. This is an interfaith program with many UU members. Tell your student friends to check out the PRISM website.

We are filling welcoming goody bags for PRISM students on September 1. Please bring a non-perishable snack item or school supply item for the bags. Items such as granola bars, soup mixes, nuts, dried fruit, popcorn, pencils, pens, sticky notes, and the like are all items that will fit our lunch-bag sized goody bags. If you see any coupons in the newspaper or your mail that they might use, donate them. The students get really excited about our small tokens!

UUCB provides the dinner for PRISM on the first Tuesday of the months when CU is in session for the regular academic year. Other congregations feed the students on the other Tuesdays. On September 3, our assigned Tuesday this year, we will assist the PRISM Board with providing the food. The Board usually provides the first meal each year. This time they’ve asked us to provide burgers (beef and veggie ones) and buns with tomatoes, lettuce, and onions, plus ketchup, mustard, and pickles or relish. The board will fill in the rest of the meal. If you can provide part of this, please sign up at UUCB or call Dianne Ewing. Other months we will provide the entire meal, and we’ll need some folks who like to cook to prepare parts of the meal. There are always some things that do not require any or much preparation (ice cream, perhaps), so plan to help at least once this school year even you don’t cook. Someone will pick up your donation or you may bring it to UUCB on Sunday beforehand (if it will keep well), or you may deliver it to PRISM about 5:30 that day.

Images from Flagstone Patio Build

Thanks to everyone who helped construct the new flagstone patio in the playground area. This will be a great gathering place for our church for many years to come!

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George Brandon & Peter Ewing

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Howell in the bobcat, Will Kropp on the compactor, Peter Holt

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George Brandon, Peter Holt, Will Kropp

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Mary Clough, Project Manager

 

September Tea House

Enjoy the the beautiful flower and vegetable gardens at the home of Mary Jean and Peter Ewing on September 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. They will supply iced tea, and you, the guests, will supply finger food. It should still be a lovely time to enjoy their yard.

September Circle Supper

Get out your sari! Karen Morgan will host an Indian dinner at her south Boulder home on September 7, at 6 p.m. We’ll have an exotic meal with Asian aromas greeting us! Space is limited, so sign up early, if you’d like to attend. Look for the sign-up sheet at UUCB on August 25 and September 1, or you may phone Karen to reserve your spot. If you are stuck for what to bring, Karen can suggest items and provide recipes. If you have a sari or other ethnic clothing from Asia, plan to wear it and add to the colorful atmosphere of the evening.

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