Membership Matters by Barb Richards – November 2016

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Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with:  Peter & Nancy Holt who had a bear break-in with considerable trash and damage to their Estes Park home.  To the Sunrise King Soopers community who lost a very favorite employee, James Biah.  He died suddenly from unknown leukemia leaving behind his wife Rachael and five young children.  James was a gentle giant, always a smile, and was a Lost Boy from Sudan.  Let our love radiate to Nina Peterson whose mother died on October 8th.  Also our love goes to Maureen, Yeni and Jack Arthur, who attended UUCB last month, who lost their beloved Matthew in July. Helen McGrath who is dealing with great disappointment.  We honored Indigenous Peoples’ Day last month.  As we brought to mind the Clovis people who are the earliest known human inhabitants of Boulder.  They left artifacts that date back to approximately 11,000 BCE.  In Subsequent years, many Paleo-Indian cultures inhabited present-day Colorado, including the Ute, Comanche, Cheyenne, and of course Chief Left Hand or Niwot and the Arapaho tribe.  We offered these important people love and gratitude.  Many front range UU’s were saddened by the death of Dan Abrams on October 16th; he was a longtime member of First Unitarian Society of Denver.  His wife Jeanne was RE Coordinator for a time here at UUCB.  His service is November 6 at 2 pm in Denver at the church.  Many of us were also saddened by the death of another friend, Bridget Lemir, a member of the Boulder Valley UU Fellowship.  She died at the age of 50 and leaves a loving wife Beth of twenty years, and four children behind.  Tessa & Alan Davis are mourning the unexpected death of Tessa’s sister Carol Stanwood, who died October 16th.

 

Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to:  Last month our own Beckett Coppola was approved to be ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister by the UU Ministerial Fellowshipping Committee in Boston!  We welcomed back Judith King from her three week solo Ancestry Road Tour to Kentucky, Virginia and Maryland.

 

Random Thoughts:  On October 16th our Sunday morning service was outstanding, memorable, and filled with love.  I am proud to be in a community that honors Bobbi Himes and Cole Hart — giving them a pulpit to share their life stories.  For the record UUCB started the Welcoming Congregation discussion in 1993.  I was part of a very small group of 4-6 women who worked with the first UUA curriculum.  From our studies came the tag line that was approved by the Board, when I was President.  It was printed weekly, in our newspaper ad, and on the front of our Order of Service.  We welcomed people of all sexual orientation, disabilities, and all ages.  The actual wording has changed a bit over time, but the essence is still there.

 

And finally on September 20th Fred and I watched Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War which is an incredible true story about a Unitarian minister.  Waitstill and Martha Sharp who made a difference in many Jewish lives before the beginning of World War II.  They effectively laid the groundwork for what would become the Unitarian Service Committee (now the UUSC).  Two of our present day ministers were featured in the telling of their story.  It was broadcast on PBS, and will likely be shown again.  If you have access to “on demand” service, we highly recommend that you watch this presentation.  It will make you proud to be a UU. Some parts are a little hard to watch, but it is a story that needs to be told today, and into the future.

With Love & Care, Barb