The three members of UUCB’s Archives Ministry — Tessa Davis, Ginny Black and Nicole Ball — are very pleased to welcome several new people to our team. The mission of the Archives Ministry is to preserve and share our congregation’s rich history, and with the following people joining us, we are looking forward to making significant progress this year. Judith King and Lauren Hinkle have both volunteered to scan and digitize some of our historic documents so that they are searchable, something that Jerry Pearson also helped to do last year. Bob Evans has volunteered to organize some of the hundreds of digital photos that we receive each year, and Kathleen Newton has agreed to put together an album from a selection of these photos for the current church year. Mary Pierce is going to help us with our bulletin boards, and Bonnie Cobb signed up to help wherever it is needed, and has already started to do so, having researched and written an article about events and happenings at UUCB 30 years ago this month!
This year, our Archives bulletin board, which is on the south wall of the hallway leading to the RE wing, will highlight historic happenings each month. Make sure to visit the bulletin board soon to read about the decision made 15 years ago on November 2, 2002 when the congregation voted not to change UUCB’s name from “Church” to “Congregation.”
Here is Bonnie’s article about UUCB events and programs during November 30 years ago in 1987.
The theme of November 1987 was clearly food! The month started with a Harvest Dinner, attended by 180 people. The dinner included square/folk dancing and a skit, and raised money for the church. “We ate, laughed, danced, and pledged to keep our community going for another year.” Also in November, there was a Mostly Singles Restaurant Brunch Bunch get-together; a teahouse at the Bonds’; a men’s group potluck and story circle (with talking stick), and a Third Thursday Potluck to discuss “Are Your Hugs Right On?”
Before Thanksgiving there was a food drive and turkey giveaway to “community folks who have the need.” After the service on November 22, there was a Thanksgiving Communion of fruit, breads, wine, and other harvest offerings in the Sky Room. For Thanksgiving Day itself, people were asked to call the minister if they could either take guests or would like to be a guest.
Food for the spirit included a sermon by guest speaker Prof. Homer Page on Emerson and a Spiritual Ethic for Boulder Valley. Our minister, Forrest Whitman, spoke on Out of the Spiritual Closet, drawing on UU ancestors’ advice on how to tell the difference between a spiritual experience and “just plain egoism or silliness.” There was an ongoing All Ages discussion to explore spiritual paths.
In order to cope with the holiday season, there was a sermon/dialogue with a nurse practitioner on “creating your healthy body and soul,” and techniques for doing so.
Additional events during the month were a Mom’s group, designed to make friends, talk about being a parent, and to “share how we cope and grow.” Two days later, Dr. Bob Majzler, family therapist, gave a talk about relating with the normal, healthy child. Popcorn and cider were provided. There was also talk during the month about starting up a new women’s group, in the spirit of the old Women’s Alliance. This would be a branch of the UU Women’s Federation, and would be open to all (even men could join!)
On social justice issues, study groups were suggested to discuss topics of the right to die, censorship in public schools, housing for the homeless, and the problem of attracting minorities to the church.
It is interesting indeed to see the ways that the themes and events in our congregation are both similar and different today than they were 30 years ago.