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Sunday Services August 2015

AffirmationAugust 2     “The Future of Human Evolution”, Jim Hester, Guest Speaker; Diana Maiden, Worship Leader.

August 9     “In It For the Long Haul: A Year After Ferguson”, Diana K. McLean, Summer Minister; Steve Todd, Worship Leader.

August 16     “Restoring our Connection”, Rev. Kelly Dignan.  This is our annual, Homecoming and Water Communion celebration for all ages. Each person in your household is in invited to bring a small jar or vial of water from a place that is meaningful to you.  Nursery will be provided.

August 23     (Retreat) “Full Circle”, Diana K. McLean, Summer Minister. (UUCB) “Pausing for Peace”, Rev. Kelly Dignan; Fred Cole, Worship Leader.

August 30    “Intentional Transformation”, Rev. Kelly Dignan; Briana Robustelli, Worship Leader.

 

 

Share Our Plate 2015-2016

Share Our PlateWhen we Share-Our-Plate, we give half our Sunday morning plate collections for an entire month to a selected local non-profit. Members also volunteer to help these non-profits.
This is part of our external ministry.

Year Month 2015-2016 Recipient Liaison
2015 July
August
September PRISM (Progressive Radically Inclusive Student Ministry) Sam Fenzel Alexander & Robert Ford
October SPAN (Safe-house Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence) Mary Dineen
November Colie’s Closet Mary Clough
December
2016 January Circle of Care Robert Ford & Beth Schmahl
February Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder Fred Cole
March
April Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountain Boulder Chapter Carol Saunders
May Boulder Food Rescue Akane Orlandella
June Community Link Judith King

Life-Long Faith Development – New Opportunities for Fall!

Add together a new school year, a new minister, new challenges and new ideas and what do you get? New opportunities for Lifespan Faith Development here at UUCB! Whether you would describe yourself as a young adult, a mid-lifer, or a… um… wise elder!… there is much to learn – and offer to others – as you bring your life experience to the areas of Deepening Faith, Enacting Justice, and Living Well. We hope you’ll find something – or everything – in the offerings listed below that you’d like to participate in this fall!


The Power of Covenant (Deepening Faith: 6 classes; Tuesdays; 7-8:30 pm; Starting Sept. 8th)

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal, not a creedal faith.  Rather than being bound by doctrines dictated to us, we promise to walk together in love and loyalty as we search for meaning and truth.  However, as Martin Buber says, we are promise-making, promise breaking, promise re-making creatures.

In this six week class, Rev. Kelly will help us explore the history and theology of covenant and why it serves as a foundation for liberal religion.  Then we will explore and practice how to actually live in covenant.  For instance, how do we disagree respectfully, address conflict, have difficult conversations?  The concepts apply to our congregation and to all the relationships in your life.  Each session will include spiritual practice, dialogue, and interaction.  Reading assignments will come from Redeeming Time: Endowing Your Church with the Power of Covenant edited by Walter P. Herz; The 2000 Minns Lectures By Alice Blair Wesley; and the 2012 Berry Street Lecture by Fred Muir.  You may want to consider buying a used copy of Redeeming Time on Amazon.

Sessions will be held Tuesday evenings September 8 – October 137:00 – 8:30.  Emerson Room. Please RSVP to Steve Todd.

  • Session 1:  The History of Covenant in Unitarian Universalism
  • Session 2: Covenantal Theology
  • Session 3: Errors of Individualism
  • Session 4:  Ways We Break Covenant
  • Session 5: How to Re-build Covenant When It’s Been Broken
  • Session 6: Covenanting With Those Beyond Our Walls

Bringing Unitarian Universalism  Home– Parents as Spiritual Guides (Deepening Faith: 4 classes; Sunday Mornings; 9:15 – 10:10 am; October 4th through 25th)

“Will our children have a spiritual life?”  The late wise elder Joseph Campbell answered:  “If we do.” Spirituality is the depth dimension of life and parents can be excellent spiritual guides if they take some time to honor their own yearnings, wonderings and reflections and share them with their children and others.

In this 4 week course, facilitated by Janen Wright (UUCB Faith Development Director) parents and others who work closely with children will join together to share experiences and ideas of how to honor and deepen our faith and the faith of our children in our day to day lives. Together we will learn ways to create an environment where children can grow spiritually as well as mentally, emotionally and physically.

Class will be held Sunday mornings in October from 9:15 am- 10:10 am.  Childcare is available. Please RSVP to Steve Todd


This Changes Everything – A Climate Change Perspective on Capitalism and Social Justice (Enacting Justice: 4 classes; Tuesdays; 7-8:30 pm; Starting Oct. 27th)

 In her new international bestseller, This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue among many but an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Her conclusion is that we either embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world – the status quo is no longer an option. Klein builds an intriguing and hopeful case that massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies.

Using excerpts from Naomi Klein’s international bestseller This Changes Everything (Paperback will be available 8/4: in local bookstores, or $8.90 at Amazon) and other current writings by David Korten, Charles Eisenstein, Paul Gilding, and others, we will explore the economic and justice issues that climate change has brought us and envision a significantly different kind of world we are being called to co-create. Steve Todd will faciliate.

(Reading Klein’s book is encouraged but not required for participation in this discussion class. The paperback edition will be available 8/4: in local bookstores, or $8.90 at Amazon)

Class will be held Tuesday Evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, October 27, November 3, 10, and 17.


Ted Talks for Unitarian Universalists (TTs4UUs!) (Living Well: 4 sessions; Sunday mornings in September, 9:15 to 10:10 am, starting Sept. 6th OR Thursday evenings in October, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, starting October 8th

 If you’ve ever watched a Ted Talk video, you know they are world-class educational, intriguing, surprising, and even life changing presentations. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading” where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Topics range from how your mind works, to the power of vulnerability, to adventure and travel, to questions like “do schools kill creativity?” or “does money make you mean?” and so much more!

Wouldn’t it be great to see one with friends and discuss it together? Here’s your chance. You can even nominate a favorite for the group to see and engage with. It’s your choice whether to get the mental and social circuits humming before worship on Sundays, or for an hour on Thursday evenings. (Or you might find it so satisfying you choose to do both!)

Viewing and discussion will happen Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:10 am on September 6, 13, 20, and 27. Or, come Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on October 8, 15, 22 and 29.

OWL Train the Trainers

The OWL program (which stands for Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for all ages) has been part of what our faith has to offer our members and our communities since 1993.  We need at least two Certified Trainers to offer any of the OWL programs at our church.  Right now, those who are trained are few in number. However the good news is that between the UCC and UU professionals there are 4 OWL Trainings coming up in our district.  Take a look at these opportunities and see if you could fit one into your summer/fall plans.

Mark your calendars and register now!

August 7-8 Durango, CO. K-1/4-6 and 7-9/10-12. Sponsored by MDD LREDA, hosted by UU Fellowship of Durango. Register at  https://owl-durango.eventbrite.com. Home hospitality available. Contact Lisa McCorry: lisa.mccorry@gmail.com

August 14 – 16 Fort Collins, CO. K-1/4-6 ,  7-9/10-12, and Young Adult/Adult. Hosted by Plymouth UCC. Registrar: Terri Schulz tschulz@tnc.org, 970-556-3183

The other locations are : September 18-20 Logan, UT, September 25-27 Bozeman, MT

Reflections on the Journey – Rev. Kelly Dignan

Kelly April 2015smallHere we go!  On August 16th, we will begin our journey together – to deepen faith, live well, and enact justice.  Pete and I have been packing – literally.  On July 1, we moved from Littleton to South Boulder. We’re getting settled, learning the layout of our new King Soopers, navigating the spots of heavy traffic in Boulder, and soaking up the beauty of the Flatirons.

Check out the picture we took on a walk after dinner one evening. 2015-07-05 19.43.56 (2)

Two of our kids, Michael and Meghann, are students at CU. Although we don’t expect to see them much, they say they are looking forward to free laundry, home-cooked meals, and quiet bedrooms away from the chaos of college living.  Pete’s kids live in the New York City area now.  They graduated from CU, and they hope to visit soon to get their Boulder fix.  It’s great to be here.

And we can’t wait to join you on August 16th for the annual Homecoming and Water Communion worship service.  Water Communion is a tradition in Unitarian Universalism and a way we restore our connection to one another.  It is a full church service for all ages.  Nursery will be provided.  Please bring a vial or small jar of water from a place that is meaningful to you.

The following weekend (August 21-22), I will attend the All Church Retreat until Saturday afternoon before returning to the church to hold the regular worship service on Sunday morning. While I am there at the retreat, we will have a transition ritual to honor Diana McLean. She and I have met several times so I can hear about the wonderful summer you have shared with her. Let’s thank her for her ministry!

Starting August 17th, my office hours will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Often, I will lead classes on Tuesday evenings and attend meetings on Wednesday evenings. My day off will be Monday.  On Fridays, I will study and write.

You will be able to contact me by phone:303-494-0194, Ext. 4

And by email: revkelly@uuchurchofboulder.org

Again, I can’t wait to join on the journey.  See you August 16th!

Rev. Kelly

On the Path: Musings of a Summer Minister – Diana K. McLean

Diana MIt is with a full heart that I sit down to write this, my last newsletter column here at UUCB. There is gratitude for the journey I’ve shared with you, sadness that the time has come for good-bye, and excitement for what the future holds for us on our separate paths.

It has been my honor to serve as first your Ministerial Intern and then your Summer Minister. This congregation will always hold a special place in my heart.

Although my last Sunday in the pulpit in the Boulder church will be August 9th, my final time with you will be at the All Church Weekend in Allenspark two weeks later. It seems fitting that I end my summer ministry the same way I began my internship, sharing the retreat with you and leading that weekend’s worship service.

Over the last year, I’ve had the chance to share in the life of this church in many ways. I’ve benefited from your commitment to being a teaching church. I’ve seen you inspire other Unitarian Universalist congregations by being a Breakthrough Congregation, by being a mentor congregation in the Leap of Faith Program, and by being the first Front Range church to hang a Black Lives Matter banner. I’ve witnessed your dedication and enthusiasm throughout the Search process that resulted in you calling the Reverend Kelly Dignan as your next settled minister. On a more private level, I’ve been honored to share in some of your lives as you’ve come to me with both joys and sorrows.

As we each begin new chapters in our ministry—yours with Kelly, and mine as the new Assistant Minister on the ministerial team serving both Foothills Unitarian Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley—the image that keeps coming to me is one of hands out, unfolding into open, palms-up postures. We are letting go of each other so that we all are open to receive the gifts of what comes next.

I’ve talked a lot about covenant in my time with you, and this is one more aspect of it. I am in covenant with my colleagues—both Kelly and any future interns who are blessed with the opportunity to serve this congregation.

As those of you who have been here at UUCB for the departure of one or more other Ministerial Interns may recall, there are rules that govern how these departures are handled. One of those rules is that we will not be in contact with each other. There are good reasons for this, including that letting go of your connection to me makes room for a new intern to come in the future. I deeply appreciated the healthy boundaries this congregation has with its past interns, which allowed me to find my own place here, my own ministerial relationship with you, free from assumptions or influences from prior congregation-intern relationships. I, in turn, need to ensure the same opportunity for those interns who will serve here in the future.

Because I’m staying in the area, some of you will undoubtedly see me at district events and elsewhere. We don’t have to ignore each other when that happens—but we won’t talk about church business. I won’t ask how things are going at UUCB, and I ask you to hold that boundary too.

I am so excited for UUCB’s ministry with Kelly beginning this month. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will continue to be a welcoming place for those seeking a liberal religious home, and an inspiration to other Unitarian Universalist congregations.

My blessings and my love go with you into this new chapter of your ministry.

Faith Formation Focus – Janen Wright

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how people would marvel and stare!” Ralph Waldo Emerson I once had an extraordinary experience from watching the passing of an ordinary day. This came about because I signed up for a silent meditation retreat weekend at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, not knowing what I was getting myself into. The day began early, long before the sun came up and ended after dark with breaks only for meals and sleep. And they weren’t joking about the silent part. Participants weren’t even supposed to make eye contact with anyone else, since that is a form of communication, even during mealtime.

New to the practice of meditation, I was not good at it; I struggled to clear my mind at the beginning of each new hour and maybe lasted 10 minutes, if that. The rest of the time I was saved by one thing. The room where we sat to meditate was all windows looking out towards the valley and mountains. Since I had to stay on my mat and be still like all those around me, I began paying attention to the details of the passing of the day. I watched the sun come up and cast a golden hue over everything. It seemed like the heat of the day went on for a full eternity before the shadows lengthened and gradually the night closed in. There was a beautiful tree in my view that I came to know intimately since we shared the same occupation of staying in one spot. To be a witness to the passing of a day was a spiritual experience and I never doubted that I was in the presence of the Holy.

I think humans in general, have a biological urge to be close to nature. Nature has a power to bring balance and harmony into our fragmented and chaotic modern lives. In our family vacationing means camping and now that my kids are older I can see how they have benefitted from their relationship with the great outdoors and will pass that along to their own children. Author Sarah Breathnach says, “Therapists who specialize in ‘ecopsychology’ believe that deepening our emotional ties to nature is as vital to our well-being as the close personal bonds we pursue with family and friends. We might not consciously understand it but we need to reinforce our strand in the web of life. When we honor this ‘holy hunger’ by getting in tune with nature we experience personal harmony.”

This summer my daughter and I spent our last morning in Hawaii playing in the ocean waves instead of going to church with the rest of our group. My daughter commented, “We are at church mom,” and I happily agreed. I look forward to our Full Church Camp at the end of August where all of us will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauties of nature and the beauties of love and friendship at the same time. It was a wonderful experience last year for everyone who was able to attend and I felt blessed to be part of it.

Janen Wright, Director of Faith Formation

Membership Matters – Barb Richards

BarbWe honor members, friends, visitors

Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with: Tessa Davis and family, as she again faces Cancer by meeting it head on.  She and Alan enjoyed a planned trip to Alaska before her upcoming surgery. Karen Morgan who is with her Mother, home from the hospital, and receiving home Hospice.  Former member and longtime friend of UUCB June Howard died on July 5th.  A memorial will be held on August 22nd at the Boulderado. Becky Palmer and family, on the death of her Mother Margaret Beebe in Indiana last month at the age of 100. Mary Dineen and family, on the death of her Mother, Rosemary Dineen, last month.  Mary sent word that her Mother “is dancing with the angels”.

Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to: Susan and John Lemp who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary, July 12th. They started the day by attending church.  Pete Palmer and Janet Klemperer were married on July 15th.  To the Families that have greeted during this past Church School season.  You made a difference, and I am so appreciative.  My heartfelt Thanks to all these families (they may or may not choose to continue in the Fall) Hughes, Martin, Raschke, Rowe/Wheeless and Weinstein!

Random Thoughts:  We enjoyed yet another great time at our annual UUA General Assembly working as volunteers in the Volunteer Office.  It is always the same, but always different as we have different “bosses”, and meet local and visiting volunteers.  To say that this year was the same is far from the truth as the running joke always was…”oh yes that was on the pallet”.  It is amazing what we can do without, or re-create, as we made do.  The handmade stand in it’s own carrier for our beautiful flaming chalice used at all events — gone, 250+ volunteer Portland green T-shirts — gone (on Monday they went to all the Dollar Stores, in Portland and purchased red and blue bandannas) which we wore, instead of T-shirts when we were “working”.  UUA forms and supplies — gone, all the supplies for the Volunteer Office — gone, Usher vests — gone.  This is just a very small example of what was missing. The pallet was lost in a huge warehouse in Columbus OH, and my theory was that they knew we would be there next year anyway, June 2016.  Powers-that-be felt that it would probably never appear, but first time GA attendees did not miss anything — as the experience, as always, happened, and it was awesome!

We, as UU’s have an incredible amount of power.  Evidently the Planning Committee negotiated with the Portland Convention center to eliminate all the paper dispensers for drying hands while we were there, and they put in the electric high powered hand machines.  Fred said the paper dispenser maybe were back the day after we left, but they were NOT available while we were there!!!

Also some of the regular ribbons did not make it — Delegate, Volunteer, etc, but newly printed ones (for this year) did, so we brought home a large supply of Breakthrough Congregation ribbons for our Church, signifying the honor we received last fall. They will be available at the Greeter’s Table on Sunday mornings until they are gone.  And finally I was interviewed by UU World Editor, Christopher Walton –in a short video about my volunteer charm bracelet, which can be found on the UU World Facebook page for June 27th.

Enjoy the rest of your summer — travel easy, collect your small vial of water, and return again!! Meanwhile we will be open, and welcoming all who walk through our doors as we continue to be a year-around Church.

 
 
With Love & Care,
Barb
 

 

Circle Supper – August 1

circle supperOn Saturday, August 1, at 6 p.m., Carol Saunders and Reed Bailey invite us to their home near Baseline Reservoir for our August Circle Supper. Bring a dish to share. The grill will be fired up, so you could bring something to cook on the grill. If you did not sign up at UUCB, please call them at 303-499-3731 to reserve your place. Their home has a lovely view of the foothills and mountains beyond. It’s a great spot to watch the sunset! All are welcome!

Ice Cream Social

Sunday, August 16, after Service – Ice Cream Social to welcome Rev. Kelly Dignan.

All are ind51beb2e-ce6b-496a-ae71-110a987ea172[1]vited to the ICE CREAM SOCIAL after the service on the patio to Celebrate Kelly’s first day.  We would like some help with food, setup, serving and cleanup.  Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.  Contact Lisa Hughes, lphughes57@gmail.com  if you have questions.  We will also have paper signup sheets at church.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4CABAC29A20-uucb/2883123

Tea House – August 16

teapot[1]On Sunday, August 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., all are invited to the home of Susan and Paul Riederer in the Gunbarrel area for good conversation and informal visiting. Bring finger food to share. Plan to enjoy the summer flowers in their lovely backyard or sit on their front porch and enjoy the late afternoon breezes. No sign-up required, just come! Directions to their home will be available at UUCB that morning, or call them for directions at 303-931-3228.

All Church Weekend at Highlands Camp near Allenspark

2014 RetreatAug 21-23, 2015 (Friday 4pm to Sunday 1pm)

 Official end of registration for this event was Monday, July 20 – AND if you want to join us and haven’t yet registered, we may have room – we will work to find some. Send an Email to maryfclough@gmail.com and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

 Workshops:

  • Our members along with our new minister will be providing a variety workshops and activities – details on the website (uuchurchofboulder.org). Sign-ups have started in July and will continue through our arrival Friday, August 21, at Highlands.
  •  The Camp provides great outdoor activities and access to beautiful hikes. We will plan hikes and games and lots of outdoor fun. The camp offers several activities for us: their challenge course looks like fun for ages 8 and up. They offer archery and canoeing for all ages and their zip line is available to ages 13 and up. We will have a kids’ programs running concurrently with adult programs and many will be multi-generational.

Accommodations:

We choose from one of 3 ways to stay at Highlands.

  • They have a beautiful Retreat Center with rooms accommodating 3-6 people in twin beds (and a few queen beds) with private bathrooms.
  • They have 3 rustic log cabins reserved for us, each with 20-24 beds. These have central living rooms, multiple bedrooms, and shared bathrooms.
  • And the third option for a limited number of tents – they’ve designated several sites where we can cluster tents; tenters will use bathrooms in the Retreat Center.

August 21-23:

Reverend Kelly Dignan will join us Friday evening through Saturday afternoon and our Summer Minister Diana McLean leads us in worship on Sunday in the beautiful outdoor Vespers area (car and wheelchair accessible).

 Plan to join us for community, connection, fun and food in this beautiful mountain environment. Highlands Camp is about 35 miles (about an hour drive from Boulder).  We will gather between 4 and 6pm on Friday at the camp and then share an evening meal, then some music and games. On Saturday we will have numerous activities and workshops for all, and 3 meals. Sunday will include breakfast, more community fun, a service before lunch, and parting shortly after lunch.

Task Force:

Our task force is busy scheduling workshops and activities for all ages. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns you are welcome to contact any one of us. Task Force Members include: Whitney Wheeless, Mary Clough, Jason English, Ed Self, Nicole deLormier, Helen McGrath, Dianne Ewing, and Heidi Todd.

We looking forward to a fabulous retreat! details and video of last year’s retreat at: http://www.uuchurchofboulder.org/retreat/

Welcoming Congregation

Gay PrideWe celebrated marriage equality this summer! However, marriage equality is not the only issue that has concerned and still concerns our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, and intersex  friends and colleagues. At the UUCB retreat, on Saturday, August, 22, at 10 a.m., our WC Committee is sponsoring a panel discussion: Living with LGBT Experiences. This is a G-rated event. Panelists will include guests from PFLAG and OutBoulder, as well as UUCB members. There will be panelists from many generations, from a middle schooler to a retired person, and ages in between! Gender identity varies. Some are gay; some are straight. Some identify as gender queer or trans. Experiences differ from generation to generation and depend on many other factors too. Plan to join us for this panel. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Even if you are not coming to the entire retreat, you may come for just this event, or you may come for the panel and lunch or for the entire day. Please sign up with the retreat committee if you want to come for any part of Saturday. There is no charge to just attend the panel discussion. If you stay for lunch, you must pay for it, and you need to be signed up for lunch ahead of time.

Climate Action Ministry Teams with Citizen’s Climate Lobby

UUCB Members Travel to D.C. to Lobby for a Solution to Climate Change In late June, UUCB members Susan Riederer, Tom Denkenberger and Susan Secord were part of a 35-member delegation from Colorado (including 12 from Boulder) that traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby our members of Congress for a solution to climate change. They joined with over 900 other Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) volunteers from across the U.S. who visited with over 500 congressional offices to discuss the CCL carbon fee and dividend legislative proposal. The Colorado delegation met with every Colorado congressional office, including face-to-face meetings with Senator Bennet and Representative Polis. According to the CCL report summarizing the 2015 meetings: “We found that the conversation on the Hill around climate change has shifted in ALL offices toward serious discussion of solutions. In many of those offices, Republican and Democrat alike, Carbon Fee and Dividend is emerging as an idea whose time has come.”

The CCL philosophy of political engagement aligns with our UU first principal of respect for the worth and dignity of all human beings. The basis of our CCL work begins with building respectful relationships with our Members of Congress. During our meetings, we always start by appreciating our Member of Congress for something they have accomplished, and we then work to find common ground as we engage in discussions about our proposal.

To give you a sense of perspective about the growth and impact of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the organization began lobbying Congress 6 years ago. At that time, there were 24 volunteers who went to DC. Three years ago there were about 350 CCL volunteers; last year there were 600 of us, including just 7 from Colorado. This year we were 900+. There are now ten CCL chapters in Colorado, with at least one in every congressional district. If you would like to join us in working for a solution to climate change, please contact Susan Secord (sasecord@aol.com) or Susan Riederer (sjriederer@comcast.net). We hold our Boulder CCL chapter monthly meetings in the evening here at UUCB. Our next meeting is on August 5

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Over 900 CCL volunteers gather for a photo before heading out to meet with their Members of Congress.

 

Meeting with BennetColorado CCL volunteers – including several from Boulder — meet with Senator Bennet.

 

 

 

Polis MeetingTom, Susan, Susan and other Boulder CCL members wait for their meeting with Representative Polis.

PRISM

PRISMCU students and other post-high school young adults will be back in classes in August. UUCBers will be planning meals once a month for the Progressive Really Inclusive Student Ministry (PRISM) members for the academic year. And we will be filling goody bags to welcome the students to campus at the end of August/beginning of September. We’ll be collecting small back-to-school supplies, such as pens, pencils, or hi-lighters, and non-perishible snack items, such as small packs of crackers or cookies, granola bars, small cans of juice, popcorn, and the like. Our collection basket will be out in the front hall on Sundays,August 30, and September 6. If you are away those Sundays and would like to contribute, contact Dianne Ewing (303-776-0227) ahead of time. We’d also like to have some fresh apples and home-made cookies on September 6 for the bags. Let Dianne know if you can help with apples or cookies.

Usually the first meal for PRISM is a barbecue on Tuesday after Labor Day—September 8, this year. The PRISM board members (representatives from various faith communities) host the barbecue, and we help provide some of the food. After that, the first Tuesday of each month when CU is in session, UUCBers provide a complete dinner for about 20 people. UUCB committees or groups, families, or individuals are welcome to take one month, plan an easy, balanced meal, cook and/or purchase the food and deliver it to the PRISM House on Grandview Avenue, near CU. Dianne Ewing has coordinated the PRISM meals in recent years. She will still help with this project, but it would be great if we could get someone else to take charge of each month (none needed in December; January’s meal will be late in the month; March may not be needed). The teen RE group has already asked to have one month. How about you? Dianne will be available to consult about logistics. Contact Dianne Ewing at 303-776-0227, with your questions or to volunteer.

Vigil for Charleston held at UUCB June 23, 2015

Charleston Vigil 6-23-15 On Tuesday evening, June 23, the Boulder chapter of Standing up for Racial Justice along with UUCB and other groups held an interfaith vigil at UUCB. Suzy Belmont was the moderator for the vigil. The Earth Room was filled to more than capacity that evening with people from many different faith communities. On the first page of the Local section, the Boulder Camera printed a very large color photo of people holding lit candles during the program. The large headline quoted the Reverend Alicia Forde, a member of the UUA staff, who was present. She said, there are “no safe places left to be black.” The event was covered by Denver’s ABC news (Channel 7) and Denver’s Fox News. Racial justice will continue to be an issue concerning us as UUs. This summer’s events have reminded us with white privilege that racism is still a real problem in the United States.

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