September 27 is the annual Standing on the Side of Love worship service at the Colorado State Capitol. Join Rev. Kelly and Unitarian Universalists from congregations across the state. This year, we will stand for Racial Justice and Black Lives Matter. More details and a specific time will be coming soon.
September 6 “Radical Hospitality”, Rev. Kelly Dignan; Lou Mazzola, Worship Associate.
September 13 “What Do You Mean?”, Rev. Kelly Dignan; Fred Cole, Worship Associate.
September 20 “Social Change Intersectionality”, Social Action Teams and Rev. Kelly Dignan; Sue Masterson, Worship Associate.
September 27 “A Calling to Love”, Beckett Coppola, Guest Speaker; Steve Todd, Worship Associate.
You may notice that we are using stones instead of candles during our time of Blessings and Concerns. We do this because stones are reusable and therefore more economical. Also, they offer a lower carbon and less wasteful way to conduct the ritual that is so meaningful to us. So join us in placing a stone in a bowl of water as a symbol of your joy or concern on Sundays during worship.
Sign up after Service during Coffee Hour
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 13. 7:00 – 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)ˆ
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.
PRISM (Progressive, Radically Inclusive Student Ministry) is an ecumenical campus ministry at CU Boulder sponsored by local Unitarian Universalist and Christian congregations. Our ministry has been in existence on campus for 53 continuous years. We offer students of all backgrounds a welcoming, safe, and supportive community that encourages them to explore their faith, deepen their spirituality, build meaningful relationships, and put faith into action to make a better world.
We are a liberal, GLBTQ-affirming community of students. We have students who identify as Christian, Unitarian Universalist, and some who are just searching and glad to be in community. We are gay and straight, undergrads and graduate students, some grew up in a spiritual community and some didn’t, but we are all seeking the progressive, inclusive way of the Spirit. We welcome all students wanting a safe place to explore their identity, their faith, and their future. We are the only University of Colorado campus ministry endorsed by the GLBTQ Resource Center on campus.
This year’s General Assembly did not disappoint in terms of interest, stimulation, and challenges! As always it is so satisfying to pick up older acquaintances, and to meet new friends. General Assembly is always likened to “…attempting to drink from a fire hose!”
Although the attendance was somewhat less than what was expected, the total of 4502 youth and adults, plus 157 children was enough to make this the 4th largest GA of all time. 593 congregations were represented by the 1769 Delegates present. In addition there were 115 Delegates offsite representing 83 congregations. The interaction with the offsite Delegates was much improved, pointing the way towards a higher level of “virtual” involvement in the future GAs.
If you wish to learn more, all of the events held in the General Sessions hall have been archived at uua.org/ga and are available for viewing. This includes, not only the business sessions, but also each of the services, some incredible Choir music, and the Ware Lecture by Dr. Cornel West (highly recommended). Rev. Marlin Lavahar’s (Tulsa, OK) reading of a poem by Langston Hughes, and his sermon, which follows, should not be missed. Check it out!
Attending from UUCB were: Howell Lind, Diana McLean, Barbara Richards, Fred Cole (in the Volunteer Office), Whitney Wheeless (her 1st GA), Eliot and Miles Rowe, and Heather Ogren. Everyone present has their own stories to tell — just ask them!
The collection plate passed during the Service of Living Tradition added $72K for the Living Tradition Fund. A special request (in the Exhibit area) for future GA Scholarship assistance raised nearly $19K.
At Sunday’s worship an unprecedented $67K was provided in support of the annual GA Service Project, benefiting The Reentry Transition Center, a local Portland charity.
The Delegates denied a proposed Bylaw amendment which would have made the Commission on Appraisal, a committee of the UUA Board. Three Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs) were passed concerning Reproductive Justice, support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and for keeping Immigrant Families together during the deportation process. On the latter issue, Moderator, Jim Key accepted my verbal “second” from the floor (it’s on the tape).
The Public Witness event was in support of Climate Justice — very well attended resulting in a major Portland thoroughfare being blocked, at “rush hour” for quite some time. We were heard, and heard from!
My favorite quote comes from Miles Rowe: When asked about his participation in GA Day Camp, “…the best thing about it, is the food — which is still pretty awful!”
Fred M. Cole – UUCB Denominational Representative
It is a joy and blessing to be your settled minister! Thank you for welcoming me on August 16th with ice cream and a worship service that was bursting with energy. “We will walk together hand in hand” are the lyrics that opened the worship. And that is exactly what our Unitarian Universalist ancestors asked us to do. Our faith tradition is built upon a promise, a covenant, to walk together and practice the many and complex ways of loving. Each of us has a set of beliefs that help guide us, but we are not asked to espouse a common creed. Instead, we companion each other as we refine and deepen our individual beliefs.
We also practice living the values that our Unitarian Universalist faith has historically honored and emphasized. When we practice at church, we can take those behaviors into our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and all areas of life. This year, we will be intentional about this practice. Each month, one Unitarian Universalist value will be our theme. Here is the lineup:
- September: Invitation
- October: Letting Go
- November: Ancestry
- December: Expectation
- January: Resistance
- February: Desire
- March: Liberation
- April: Creation
- May: Blessing
- June: Simplicity
Dozens of other Unitarian Universalist congregations will be exploring the same themes, so we will be part of a larger movement to live intentionally. To get us started on the September theme, I invite you to consider this poem by Rumi:
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
What unexpected visitor has arrived in your life? Are you welcoming, entertaining and honoring it? How is it clearing you out for some new delight? When you get a chance, share your reflections with someone at church.
I look forward to walking with you this month to practice the many and complex ways of loving.
This year in Children’s R. E. we get to focus on our faith identity. While preparing for our teacher training I came across a wonderful article by Toni Larson called, “Evangelizing our Children.” In it he talks about how 85% to 90% of UUs today are “come outers”(not raised UU.) He says, “We must be doing something right because people keep coming and replenishing our membership and we never have to recruit our children. Now here’s the part where I’m going to sound like a heretic to some, but I’m going to say it anyway. I think we should be recruiting our children.
Oh, I know, I know. We want our kids to make their own choices. We don’t want to push our beliefs on them. We don’t want to shove our religion down their throats… We want our kids to be free. That’s nice and I agree with it. Our children should make their own religious choices. But that doesn’t mean we can’t give a plug for our religion so they’re more inclined to make the best choice. And while I agree we shouldn’t push our beliefs on our children we can at least share our beliefs with them…Sharing is different than shoving.”
He admonishes parents to tell their children what they believe and why and listen to the beliefs of their children. He says, “Tell them why you belong to a UU congregation and, heresy of heresies- tell them you hope they will be Unitarian Universalists too when they grow up. That’s right. Of course you will love them whether they do or not but this is a good religion and its doing good things. And nothing is wrong with telling our kids we hope they will keep up the good work.
He reminds us that as parents we don’t get a choice about whether our kids learn about sex or religion. Our only choice is whom they hear about it from first. If we aren’t willing to talk about religion there will be many out there who are.
He also talks about what we should be teaching our kids. He says that we should teach our kids how to pronounce our name, for starters. We should also teach our kids how to answer the question “What do UUs believe?” Here is his simple answer and I think it is a good one. Unitarian Universalists believe in–
1) Loving your neighbor as yourself, which includes trying not to steal, lie, kill or hurt people in any other way.
2) Making the world a better place, which includes working for justice peace and freedom for all people
3) Searching for the truth with an open mind
It is my fervent wish that this year we can all work toward instilling in our precious children and teens a proud sense of what it means to be Unitarian Universalist.
Janen Wright, Lifespan Faith Development Director
I write with good news to update everyone on the status of our budget. As you may recall, the Finance Council and Board presented information at our May Congregational Meeting, outlining a potential budget shortfall for the prior year, steps to cut costs, and a revamped budget for this year.
The Finance Council just closed the books on last year, and the deficit was booked for a bit over $22K, much smaller than the anticipated figure of $55K. Many thanks to the Finance Council, the Board’s Executive Committee, and all of you in our community who tightened up Committee spending. We are on better footing to move forward.
As you may also recall, there were many things cut from this year’s budget. Many items have been reinstated to that budget, like childcare and the Hospitality Minister. However, there are many items that are still on hold, per our established schedule for reinstatement. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to ask Rev. Kelly or any member of Finance or the Board.
To further reduce costs for this year, we will be kicking off a volunteer drive. There are many things that we currently contract that could be easily done by volunteers. Look for more information on this shortly.
We have a lot of exciting things planned ahead for this year, as we start our journey with Rev. Kelly. The Men’s Group Picnic, Fabulous Feasts, Pumpkin Glow, Family Matters Potlucks, Wine and Spirits, and perhaps even an Installation…I love our feeling of community!
Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with: Tessa Davis, who is home and recovering from her recent surgery. She was in church on August 16th for Rev. Kelly Dignan’s first Sunday as our settled minister! Tessa & Alan will enjoy some down time before she starts six months of chemotherapy. Karen Morgan is back for awhile from Madison, WI where she has been looking after her mother who is bedridden, age 94, and in Hospice. Karen reports, “Currently family has all been pitching in as good families do”! Evan Masterson broke both bones in his forearm and had restorative surgery last month. Shirley Bulla who had a short stay in the hospital last month, and who is now “rehabbing” at home. Also with Diana Maiden and Jenny Fitt-Peaster who are preparing for surgeries this month.
Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to: Auturo Hernadez Garcia whose deportation order was vacated after living for nine months in Sanctuary at First Unitarian Society in Denver. A joyful day of celebration. While dealing with Tessa’s cancer diagnosis, Alan Davis received the great news that he has been granted a Full Professorship at UC-Denver! Eileen Sammell’s son Alex was married the first weekend in August. After a year of sticking close to home, several members of the Search Committee have spread their wings across the water — Sharon Belew to Sweden, Jenny Fitt-Peaster to Norway, Diana Maiden to Scotland and England, and Jim Rowe to Africa.
Random Thoughts: Last month Fred and I needed to attend a memorial service right after church, and we left quickly. Judith knew that we would come back afterwards to clean up after coffee, if needed. To our pleasant surprise on our return, everything was ship shape. Our very special thanks goes to Susan Secord, Deb Hoff, Ginny Black and Kai Monk-McKenzie. Lately it has been harder to recruit clean-up help, and yet to me — if everyone took a turn — it would not be a burden for anyone. Everyone seems to totally enjoy coffee and “crumpets”, but also seem blind to what else needs to be done before they leave.
Please — Sign up today on the sheet that is on the office counter!
We always have UU visitors in the summer time, but August 9th was unusual. We had visitors from Dallas, Hawaii, and Cheyenne. Also two new couples who have just moved to Boulder from Arkansas and Virginia. It is a good thing that we keep our doors open — year around!
With Love & Care, Barb
Everyone is invited to the picnic on Saturday, September, 5, at 6 p.m., hosted by Sharon Larocque and Dianne Ewing at the Heil Valley Ranch picnic shelter. It’s just a little north of Boulder, west of route 36. Bring a dish to share. Before the picnic you might take a hike on one of the trails there. Check the Boulder County Parks website for trails details. The picnic shelter is near the parking lot, so it is accessible to all. There are restrooms nearby.
Sign up at UUCB or phone either Sharon or Dianne to reserve your spot. If you decide to come at the last minute, bring your own chair, plate, cup, and utensils, as well as a main dish. In case of rain, the picnic will be at UUCB. Sharon or Dianne will phone you that afternoon if the location will be changed, but only if you have signed up!!!!
Useful items: small back-to-school supplies, such as pens, pencils, or hi-lighters, and non-perishable 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.
On Sunday, September 20 from 4 to 6 p.m., all are invited to the home of Karen Morgan in Boulder for good conversation and informal visiting. Bring finger food to share. No sign-up required, just come! Directions to Karen’s home will be available at UUCB that morning, or call for directions at 720-938-2304.
Uncle Eddie and Robin – Not Just another Folk n’ Bluegrass Band
Saturday September 26th, 7pm
Columbine UU Church, 6724 So. Webster Street, Littleton, 80128
$15 Adults ($12 adv. purchase), kids (12 & under) $5, all ages will enjoy.
Uncle Eddie and Robin, “Not Your Usual Old Folkies”, are a dynamic musical duet with a taste of the old and a flair for the new. Their energy belies their age, and the breadth of their life experience makes for a rich and rewarding musical evening. This husband-wife team combines guitars and banjo with their voices in stunning, tight harmonies on songs that pack a punch, their musical chemistry is undeniable, and their sound is unmistakable. You will laugh, and cry, and laugh again.
Contact Doug Eulberg @ 303-989-2567 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This book was selected as the UUA Common Read for 2012-2013. This book discussion is being led by the Racial Justice Task Force at BVUUF. The intention is to meet several times in order to deepen a relationship with the book and connect this ideas presented to UU principles and how we are called to respond.
Meetings are Sept. 29, Oct. 27, and Nov. 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Pauling Room at BVUUF.
More details can be found here: http://www.bvuuf.org/
“A Rainbow of Voices” Photo and Story exhibit of the lives and stories of lesbian, gay, pansexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersex people and their allies, hosted by “The Rainbow Bridge” will be open Sunday, September 6th and Sunday, September 13th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder at 5001 Pennsylvania Avenue in Boulder. Please come on September 6th or 13th from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. to view the exhibit, and attend the Storytelling/Singing event at 12 noon on September 6th in the Emerson Room to celebrate the exhibit.