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November 2014 Worship Schedule

DSC0082311/02         “Theology for the Hurtin’ Times”

Diana McLean, Ministerial Intern 

11/09         “The Pretense of Accident”        

Rev. Gretchen Haley, Associate Minister, Foothills Unitarian Universalist Church

 11/16         “On Gratitude” – Full Church Worship

Janen Wright, Lifespan Faith Development Director

 11/23         “Thanksgiving Is a Verb!”

Diana McLean, Ministerial Intern    

11/30        “Sanctuary” 

Rev. Kierstin Homblette, Minister of Beloved Community in  Colorado

 

 

Wedding Photos Wanted

The Rental/Lease Committee will be creating a page on the UUCB website for the purpose of encouraging the use of the UUCB facilities as a wedding venue.  For this page the Committee is looking for pictures of weddings that have taken place in the Church which show how the Earth Room and Sky Room were set up.  If you have pictures you would be willing to have included on this webpage-to-be, please contact Rental/Lease Committee member Becky Martin at becky@TheCVD.com or 303-499-9344.

Letter from UUCB Members re: UU World Article on Breakthrough Congregation

The following letter, which the Board has given us permission to reprint in the CLM, was sent to the UU WORLD in response to the article in the fall 2014 issue about our church being selected as a Breakthrough Congregation.  I signed it, but the content was written with the input and support of several UUCB members.  We believe that it is important for our congregation’s historical record and that the factual errors in the article were a disservice to our congregation, past and present.  
I recently met with our President Jennifer Skiendzielewski to talk about the many issues that surrounded both the WORLD’s article and our response.   We both wish, with 20/20 hindsight, that we had had this conversation before I sent the letter.  If we had talked early on, Jennifer told me, an official letter correcting the factual errors and honoring the work and growth of our congregation,  especially under the leadership of Rev. Becky Gunn, might have been sent to THE WORLD by the Board.  Being open to each other’s perceptions and concerns has reinforced for me the importance of our Covenant of Right Relations and the direct communication it demands.   
Tessa Davis

 

RE: “Ready for Change:  UUA Breakthrough Congregation” in Fall, 2014 issue

While pleased to see our congregation honored, many long-time UUCB members were disappointed with the factual errors about us before Rev. Howell Lind arrived in fall 2008.  We rejoice in the growth and positive changes his Developmental Ministry has brought.  However,  church records do not support some of what the article reported.

*UUCB’s certified membership was 147 when Rev. Lind arrived — not the 110 the article states.   Nowhere in UUA’s or our records is there evidence that our membership ever “dwindled to eighty.”

*In 2007 UUCB gave notice to an elementary school in order to return to our long-time practice of renting fewer rooms to a preschool and reclaim space for our growing programs.

*During the mid 2000’s UUCB actively supported a strong social justice program and a thriving Young Adult group (14 members, not 3); spent $17,700 on building and grounds improvements; raised $23,000 to fund employee retirement accounts; and in 2007-2008, paid our fair-share dues and increased mortgage payments in order to pay down the principal.

Yes, we’d been through some difficult times in the early-90’s and 2000’s, but by 2008 we had created a solid foundation upon which Rev. Lind has helped us build so successfully.

Respectfully,

 

Tessa Davis, Archivist, and the following 24 UUCB members

Reed Bailey, Bill Belew, Ginny Black (as member of Archives Committee), Helene Bond, Jon Bond, Alan Davis,  Debbie Davies, Jeff Davies, Dianne Ewing, Mary Jean Ewing, Bob Ford, Julie Ford, Sam Fenzel-Alexander, Adrienne Hester, Jim Hester, Nancy Holt, Peter Holt, Judith King (as UUCB member, not as staff), Karen Morgan, Marge Maagoe, Kathleen Newton, Carol Saunders, Laurel Seppala-Etra, and Kay Stevens RE: “Ready for Change:  UUA Breakthrough Congregation” in Fall, 2014 issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRISM News

PRISMThis month PRISM has asked us to move our usual dinner for them to Nov. 18 and to provide a Thanksgiving dinner. We will need some UUCBers to volunteer some traditional dishes for that Tuesday. Sign up at UUCB or contact Dianne Ewing (303-776-0227) to contribute something for that meal. You can bring your dish to UUCB on Sunday, Nov. 16, or deliver it to PRISM on Grandview Avenue or Dianne Ewing can pick it up that day.

PRISM is the Progressive Really Inclusive Student Ministry, which includes undergraduate and graduate students as well as some recent graduates. They gather for dinner on Tuesdays during the school year and for an informal worship service and discussion. Members come mostly from a liberal Christian or UU background. Many are UUCBers.

Reflections on the Journey by Rev. Howell Lind

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMONDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, 2014 –– It was a Landmark Day for many of us!

On that day, Colorado’s Attorney General instructed City and Town Clerks around the state to begin the process of issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.  The Unitarian Universalist Ministers of the Mountain Desert District were gathered for their Fall Retreat at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado and we all had the joy of participating in one of Colorado’s first (at least the first in Larimer County!) official and legal same sex marriage that celebrated the love and commitment of our colleague, the Reverend Gretchen Haley with her spouse, Carri Ratazzi.

It was especially meaningful for me as Gretchen, Carri and their children, Gracie and Joe, hold a very special place in my heart and in my life. 

Gretchen was our church’s ministerial intern in the 2009-2010 church year and her ministry at UUCB did much to strengthen and advance the shared Developmental Ministry Goals that this congregation had set for itself to achieve.  Our church also had the privilege of ordaining Gretchen to the Unitarian Universalist ministry when she received credentialing by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Gretchen currently serves as the Associate Minister of the Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins (and Gretchen will be in our Boulder pulpit on November 9th!).

Our Unitarian Universalist faith has always affirmed the worth and dignity of all of life and a goodly number of us from UUCB have annually Stood on the Side of Love to get Colorado to recognize civil unions and to continue to work to have the Colorado State Legislature repeal the DOMA in our state constitution. 

The NPR news continues to share (it seems like a daily update!) the growing number of states that are repealing their bans on same sex marriage and I, for one, am appreciative of the growing support around the nation for affirming (and recognizing!) that love and commitment constitute a marriage between individuals rather than any other concern.

In many ways, Unitarian Universalism is finding support for one of our basic tenets of faith by this wonderful and sweeping direction that our contemporary society is heading.  It can make all of us believe more firmly that Unitarian Universalism is a faith for our changing and growing times!

                                                                                          Howell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith Formation Focus by Janen Wright

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur Three Basic Needs 

Just imagine the intense aroma of a turkey roasting in the oven overnight until it is so tender that the meat drops from the bone, apple and cherry pies cooling on the rack, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and gravy, savory stuffing and a table set with sparkling crystal and gleaming china.  A feast shared with close friends and family is indeed one of the blessings of life and a great cause to rejoice.  We have so much to be thankful for in this season of plenty.   It is good.  It is very good.

I love to feed people.  I know I get this from my dad.  He was a cook in the army and makes the best soups that I have ever tasted (in vast quantities.)  Even if you’ve just come from a meal he won’t let anybody leave his home until they have eaten something. (I was once visiting him when a couple of Jehovah Witnesses stopped by to proselytize and they preached their message as they ate a bowl of soup.)

My dad always liked to make elaborate late night snacks as well and, as a child, I was always his partner in crime.  Unlike my sisters, I didn’t care if I put on a few pounds because it was our time to be together.  From as early as I can remember I have always associated good food with well-being.  This quote from M. F. K. Fisher expresses exactly how I feel, “It seems to me that our three basic needs for food and security and love are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.”

One of my family’s favorite on-going charities to support is Doctors without Borders and I know some of the money they receive goes for food because food is medicine if one is starving.   In one of their recent articles they had this quote from Mahatma Gandhi that struck me pretty hard. “There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.“ How wonderful it would be if we could rid the world of hunger, and supply everyone their three basic needs of security, love and food.

However, since we won’t achieve a perfect world any time soon I suggest the following challenge, if your health permits.  I decided that sometime during the month of November before Thanksgiving Day I am going to give myself and my kids the opportunity to see what it is like to fast for a whole day and to feel what it is to go hungry.  We will end our fast by writing a check to a good End Hunger organization.  The act of fasting means different things to many people but I see it as a character and compassion strengthening exercise.  As a child, after I turned 8 years old, I was required to fast once a month–24 hours without food or drink from lunch to lunch. I must admit I was not sad to leave that tradition behind when I left that church but I do have vivid memories of feeling very grateful for food of any sort after our family fasts.  It isn’t easy to fast for 24 hours but I don’t think there is a quicker way to remind ourselves (and teach our kids) how good we have it here in this country on a real foundational level.   Bless us all and happy Thanksgiving!

Janen Wright, Director of Faith Development

On the Path: Intern’s Insights by Diana McLean

Diana MAs part of my internship, I participate in a peer group of interns from a variety of denominations. We meet weekly at Iliff to share our learnings, questions, challenges, and successes. One of my assignments for that group this fall is to write a social analysis of UUCB–an overview of who we are, to help my peers understand the setting where I’m serving.

As I’ve been working on that paper, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on all that this church has accomplished in the last few years. I’m so impressed by what I see as I look at the Boulder Church’s recent history!

Our outreach has expanded to include an all church social change event (really a year-long, or two-year-long, focus on an issue chosen by the congregation), and focused ministries such as our climate change ministry and our immigration ministry.

We are the national “poster child” for a model of shared developmental ministry and are being looked to as a success story for this model. The success of that shared developmental ministry has resulted in UUCB being ready to search for our next called minister, and that process is well under way.

The Mindful Meeting format introduced to us by Kelly Dignan during her internship and used in most of our meetings is now being adopted by other churches. This is one of the ways that we maintain our awareness that what we are engaged in here is ministry, even when the tasks may feel like those we perform in more corporate settings.

We worked together as a community to build the playground our children enjoy so much. There have been other building improvements, including new windows and carpeting in the Sky Room, and I understand there’s a new roof coming this fall.

And of course, my presence here is evidence of UUCB’s continuing commitment to being a teaching church, helping to grow the next generation of Unitarian Universalist ministers.

A lot has happened in the last few years to make this church of ours the strong community we are. As we approach Thanksgiving, it seems appropriate to take a few moments to be thankful for our many successes.

President’s Message by Jennifer Skiendzielewski

jenniferI can’t believe it’s November and I’m writing my first president’s message. So much has happened in the first four months of the year that I’ve barely had time to think, much less write those thoughts down! But today I’m taking a breath– and along with it, a look back and a look ahead.

Of course, the biggest thing that’s occupying us this year is the Search process. Many, many thanks to everyone who participated in the Searchlight Gatherings and in the Search Committee’s survey. All of that information, combined with our goals will help them immensely in the months ahead as they evaluate candidates for our new settled minister.

We have also welcomed our new Ministerial Intern, Diana McLean, and revived the tradition of the All-Church Retreat (where a great time was had by all!). We’ve already welcomed new members, had an excellent training on emotional systems (hosted by the Leadership Development Committee), and held a lovely benefit with John Fielder. I know I’m missing other things… What was your favorite?

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the honor that we received from the UUA in being named a Breakthrough Congregation. That designation is a testament to the work this congregation has done, not just during the 6+ years of Howell Lind’s Developmental Ministry, but also during the three years before his arrival. In 2005, the congregation accepted the challenge of the Building Beloved Community workshops. That work lead us into the Rev. Becky Gunn’s Interim Ministry with our heads up, looking to the future. Under Becky’s guidance, we developed the Dream Team Report and truly established the foundation that we needed to embark on something as radical as a Developmental Ministry.  

Of course, the Breakthrough Congregation honor was accompanied by an article in the UU World magazine. I know that some people were not happy with the article, both because it included some incorrect numbers and because it did not accurately reflect the timeline of our upward trajectory as a congregation, as I laid out above.

Any incorrect numbers that were reported… Well, they came from us. A group of members were interviewed for the article back in May. It was a fairly informal conversation, held over the course of three hours. People came and went throughout that time. Most of the time was spent in lively conversation, with the writer taking notes as quickly as she could.

As we spoke, we didn’t have church records in front of us– we were speaking from our hearts. When we gave numbers, we were relying on our (all-too-fallible) memories to provide values that corresponded with our experiences as we remembered them. It is easy to look back and say, “We should have…” It is much more difficult to know what we “should” do when we’re in the moment. I’m certain that I speak for all of the participants when I say that no malice was intended in the interview– and any incorrect information provided was unintentional.

As for the incorrect timeline… I truly believe that Elaine (the writer) interpreted her notes the best she could. She did not record the conversation, she took notes by hand. And then she compiled those notes into the most dynamic article that she could. That’s her job. Maybe she took some journalistic license. Maybe she was confused by her notes or maybe we weren’t as clear as we thought we were. We weren’t asked to review a draft of the article (much to my surprise) and I, at least, was never contacted with follow up questions (except to provide a phonetic pronunciation of my name for the individuals who were creating the audio version of the magazine).

In the end, I have to have faith that Elaine meant only the best. That she believed she was telling our story in a way that honored and served us. I can attest to the fact that people outside of our congregation have felt that way. I’ve heard from friends in two other states, who were very excited about the article. The church office has received several emails asking for information about our programs, and Howell has spoken with friends around the country who congratulated us for the things we’ve achieved.

And we have achieved a great deal. We have done the work. We have built a community that speaks to people and that reaches out into the world around us. And we are propelling ourselves into the future, carried by the wave that was started by the Dream Team report. In October, we kicked off our Strategic Planning process– and we’ll be continuing it in November. The goal is to have a draft of a strategic plan ready in January, just in time for the Search Committee to show to our prospective candidates when they come for their interviews in February. Please join in the process if you are at all able!

 

 

Membership Matters

barbWe honor members, friends, visitors 

Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with:  our Ministerial Intern Diana McLean,  whose father died on October 4th. Beckett Coppola who is now the Ministerial Intern at Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC) is recovering from recent surgery, as is our former Assistant Minister, Amy Rowland who recently had a meniscus tear repaired. Our son Brandon is recovering from an arterial condition which required emergency surgery, originally thought to be a bleeding ulcer. The Fitt-Peaster & Martin family asked us to help them commemorate the 20th anniversary of their daughter/sister Rachaell’s death on October 19, 1994.

Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings and Thanks to:  On October 6th, Rev. Gretchen Haley our former Ministerial Intern, and wife Cari Ratazzi, were the second couple to receive a marriage license issued by the Larimer County Clerk.  Later in the day, Rev. Nancy Bowen married them at Sunrise Ranch near Loveland.  The event was witnessed by 20 UU Ministers from Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming who were gathered for their annual fall retreat.  Laura Upham who created our very attractive Ministerial Search committee logo, and to Hilton Fitt-Peaster who presented us with business cards for YOU with our website address.  Nancy & Peter Holt announced with joy the birth of their grandson, Charles Otis Holt at 4:12 AM on Sunday, October 12th in Boston. Parents are son Brian & wife Kelsey!   Happy birthday to Janen Wright on Sunday, October 19th.  Kate & David Weinstein shared that they celebrated their 25th anniversary on October 14th. Suzy Belmont said “Yeah!”  her brother Nick is engaged to be married!.

Random Thoughts:  The  past three weekends I took a walk down memory lane at First Unitarian Church in Denver where I first became a UU in 1963.  The first time was to attend the installation of the Rev.  Julia McKay as Minister of Columbine UU. The following week Fred and I attended the celebration of the UU Ninth Grade Trip — “50 Years Goin’ Down the Road”.  On Saturday evening, 70 former Trippers, RA’s (Responsible Adults), and parents gathered at Govnr’s Park to socialize.  Then on Sunday afternoon 100+ gathered at the church for a special service honoring Rev. Betty Pingel who started the Ninth Grade Trip, as we know it today, in 1963-64.  My final visit was Saturday, October 18th when I attended a special luncheon with about 24 other people — where we discussed the history of the Civil Rights movement and FUSD’s involvement.  Their then Minister, Dick Henry, was a driving force behind establishing a CORE chapter in Denver.  My former husband, Dick Richards, and I were on a committee made up of black & white members working on race relations.  We all donated monies toward the purchase of Point-Of-Pines Camp in Allenspark.  At the end of our time together we gave the facility to the black members of the church to operate. One hope was to bring inner city youth into the mountains.  Unfortunately that dream did not materialize, and they gave the property back to the church.  Later the camp was sold  to the Presbyterians, who were the next door neighbors, at what is now Highlands where UUCB goes for our retreat weekend.  My old friends said, “…please come back to 1st Unitarian”, but I told them I was really quite happy here at UUCB! 

It was nice to visit with Paula Baase, who was in Denver for the Mountain Desert District Board of Trustees meeting.  Paula was recently appointed as the Board Secretary.

I’ve been getting some questions on what happens when members have not come to church in awhile. If a member has not attend for six months or so and we don’t know why, someone from the membership committee contacts that member to follow-up with them.

With Love & Care, 

Barb

Thanksgiving at UUCB

TurkeySIGN UP FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER AT UUCB DURING NOVEMBER. Every Thanksgiving Day we have a feast at UUCB. It’s a cooperative meal. Everyone brings food to share, but we make sure we have the traditional basics for the day, turkey and pumpkin pie, as well as vegetarian entrees and other favorites! Our long-time Thanksgiving dinner organizer will be away this year, so we need more people to step up to help organize things. A committee to oversee the dinner is forming. We already have a few people lined up, and we have one family promising to roast a turkey. We always need at least two turkeys, please contact Dianne Ewing (303-776-0227) if you are willing to roast a turkey (could use the UUCB oven) and/or could join the organizing committee.

Thanksgiving dinner will be open to all at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 27. Your family, friends, and out-of-town guests are all welcome! Bring a dish to share to serve at least three to four times the number of people in your party. That means two people coming together bring a dish for six to eight and maybe some other small easy thing, such as juice or cranberry sauce. A family of four could bring two dishes to serve six to eight or one to serve twelve to sixteen. Come early to help with set up or stay to help clean up. Usually at least 50 people attend, including a few from the Boulder Valley UU Fellowship. It’s great fun and so much easier making one or two dishes, instead of an entire feast! And there will be leftovers to take home! We divide things up so you can have some of various dishes, not just what is left from what you brought.

Second Strategic Planning Session 11/15

The Board has approved a Strategic Planning Task Force to develop a three-year strategic plan for the congregation based on our broad church goals. If you were unable to participate in the session on 10/25 or attend on 11/15, please e-mail any comments or suggestions to Whitney Wheeless, Past President.

No Tea House in November

On our usual Tea House day in November we will be thinking about all the wonderful items we just bid on at the Fabulous Feasts that noon. We’ll hold off on the tea house then and wait until our fabulous Holiday Tea House in December on Sunday, December 21. If you’d like to host a Sunday afternoon gathering for tea and conversation in 2015, please contact Dianne Ewing (303-776-0227). This is a very easy way to entertain. The guests bring finger food to share. You just have to put the tea kettle on and clear off your dining table. We gather on the third Sunday afternoon each month, except for those times when there are other UUCB events after the service or in the evening.

Movie Screening – “FED UP”

FedupSaturday, November 15, 2014, 7 PM

Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see.

From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.

  •  In the United States, it is estimated that 93 Million Americans are affected by obesity.
  • Kids watch an average of 4000 food-related ads every year (10/day).

 “The movie that will change the way people think about eating.” – USA Today

“Fed Up is poised to be the Inconvenient Truth of the health movement” – Amy Nicholson, LAWeekly

Doors Open at 6:30 PM, No Charge (donations accepted), Refreshments

Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder

5001 Pennsylvania, Boulder CO 80303

For information call 303-494-0195 ext 3.

November Talk About

Please join Diana King and others for camaraderie and the post-service “Talk About” discussion on the Sunday, November 23 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).

Ending Well Medically & Spiritually

eolUUCB End of Life Seminar Series

November 2, 2014

In the second of the End of Life Seminar series, we will explore the physical and mental changes that occur with declining health, discuss what “spiritual peace” means at the end of life, and learn about how the various “Advance Directives” fit into end of life care.   UUCB member, Dr. Peter Holt, who has worked with Hospice patients for many years, will facilitate this part of the seminar.  

David Brantz, a Boulder lawyer, will also talk us through all the current end of life legal documents needed, as well as how and where they should be kept to ensure that our end of life wishes are followed.

Circle Supper November 1

circle supperWe’ll have a Dia de los Muertos Circle Supper on Saturday, November 1, at the home of Dianne Ewing in Longmont. Bring a dish to share, maybe something orange (or black, but not burnt!) or perhaps something special for Halloween or Dia de los Muertos. You don’t even have to wash off the Halloween make-up from the night before. Costumes are optional, for sure! Call Dianne at 303-776-0227 to sign up. Space is limited. Car pooling advised.

Contact Dianne if you’d like to host a circle supper pot luck in 2015. It can have a theme or not—the host’s choice. The host can limit the size, of course.

 

 

Welcoming Congregation

Gay PrideHooray for marriage equality! We now have it in Colorado! But all states still do not have it. Some of our UUCB members and others in our community had to leave Colorado to get married in the past! October was GLBT History month and Oct. 11 was Coming Out Day. It’s still a good time to share the coming-out and wedding stories of our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or ourselves. The more stories we hear the more understanding and more welcoming we become.

More than ten years ago UUCB became officially a “Welcoming Congregation.” This title means that our congregation worked for more than a year to make our church particularly welcoming to lesbians, gays, and bisexual people (LGB). Over the years the program expanded to include transgendered people, queer, intersexed, and asexual people as well as straight people. The UUA has set requirements that we completed to receive official recognition. We revised our by-laws to use inclusive language. We reviewed the Religious Education program for inclusivity. Several sermons addressed LGB issues. We offered a class to learn about issues affecting LGB people. We offered the class during the year at three different times to accommodate as many of our schedules as possible. We asked all committees to see how they could be more welcoming.

Since that initial work, we have grown and the UUA has expanded the program. The UUA now asks people to learn about trans people and others who may call themselves queer or who may be intersexed or are asexual. The letters designating the varieties of sexuality have become an alphabet soup. The letters appear in different orders in different places and they are a mouthful—LGBTAIQ! We have decided it is easier to just say “Welcoming Congregation.” Many Protestant churches are also involved in becoming more welcoming; they have chosen the term “Open and Affirming,” which means they welcome LGBTAIQ people.

We have also worked in the past to be more welcoming to people of all races, economic status, abilities, ages, and backgrounds. The Welcoming Congregation program does not mean that we do not value the other diverse classifications into which we sometimes put people. We believe in the dignity and worth of all human beings.

Last year we began some more work to renew our Welcoming Congregation status. This year we will continue expanding our knowledge and offering opportunities for us all to become more welcoming and to renew our Welcoming Congregation status with the UUA.

Time to Re-Calculate our Carbon Footprints!

Earth from spaceIt’s been four years since 31 families at UUCB calculated their carbon footprints.    The overall average carbon footprint for these households in 2010 was 34.4 tons CO2 emitted/year.  This compared favorably with the U.S. household average of 48.5 tons CO2/year, but scientists say that in order to have a sustainable climate, we need to do even better.

Over the past four years, many of us have become even more aware that climate change is already happening, and it really is a social justice issue. Climate change is already impacting populations in the world who are less able to respond to it, it’s causing the rapid extinction of animals and plants around the world (now known as the Sixth Extinction), and, according to scientists, it will certainly have an even greater impact on our children and grandchildren.  We understand the urgent need for our society to reduce its use of fossil fuels now just to reduce these impacts.

Many families in our UUCB community have already taken action since 2010.  We have reduced our carbon footprints by adding solar panels to our roofs, adding insulation to our homes, replacing our light bulbs with more energy efficient bulbs, gardening and eating more locally, changing our modes of transportation (reducing our use of our cars, riding our bikes more, purchasing more fuel efficient cars) and more.

The UUCB Climate Change Ministry has decided it’s time to take another reading on our UUCB Household Carbon Footprints.  We encourage everyone to take part!   By analyzing your own carbon footprint, you can identify ways you make improvements yourself.  Here are the steps:

How: We’ll be using the University of California Cool Climate Calculator again. Please input your household information at http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/carboncalculator.   You may want to review the site first to see what data you need to collect.  (If you’d like a worksheet to help in the process, we will have these available at the Climate Ministry table during coffee hours.)

 

Who:  We’re hoping that every UUCB household will take part!  But only one person from each household needs to enter the data.

 

When:   We’ll be collecting the data from now until December 14.  If you have any questions, we will be available at the Climate Ministry table starting November 16.

 

What’s next:  Send your Total Household Tons of CO2/Year to Tim Bailey at timothybailey2@gmail.com.  After we collect all the data, we will report back to the church on our overall average.  We’ll also provide opportunities to learn more about how you can continue to reduce your household average.

 

The UUCB Climate Change Ministry fully understands that solving climate change will take more than our individual actions.  It will take a worldwide, system-wide change, transitioning from a fossil fuel based economy to one based on renewable energy.  But “walking our talk” is also a key component of working toward that solution.  As we all take steps in our personal lives to reduce our carbon footprints, we are moving the system in that direction and we are living our UU value of respecting the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.  Our climate – our atmosphere – is a key component of that interdependent web.  Let us work together to make it a healthy climate for the benefit of all of life.

 

 

 

 

Sister Carmen Food Drive

The children and youth of our congregation are sponsoring a food drive for Sister Carmen food bank. Sister Carmen serves East Boulder County residents and is in desperate need of food for their shelves. They are experiencing a critical shortage of  food while seeing an increase in the number of clients served. Please bring only the following items to church on November 9 and 16 and help our neighbors in need. There will be a barrel in the lobby for your items.

Peanut butter

Canned fruit-low sugar kinds

Canned tuna and chicken

Low sugar cereal

Gift cards for gas , groceries, etc

 

Many thanks for your support.

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