This Sunday
June 19
10:30 am

     Blessings~ In a week with so much sadness how does our UU theology inform us as we try to make meaning, find hope and move forward? How do we find love despite the rage? Short of hiding from the news, how do we remain whole?       Click here for Sunday's reading, "Choose to Bless the World" by Rebecca Parker.

with Reverend Wendy von Courter

**Summer Services begin next Sunday**

 **June 26th** 
**Services start at 9:30 am** 

Sunday Seminar

Sunday, June 19th, we will finish the year's seminars on Sunday.  It will be to review this year, and share ideas, wishes for the fall and winter; think of what you are burning to say, or topics you wish someone else would take on.  To lighten the morning, Linda Weltner will share and gather ideas about what would make this a very special summer from and for each of us.  

Gather at 8:45 am, begin at 9:00 am

Our Voices Matter #2-
    Multigenerational Experiences

Thank you to all who participated in our first "Our Voices Matter!" We received 28 responses and will continue to review them as we collect more information. Our next area of focus is on multigenerational experiences at UUCM, and specifically the program for children and youth. This isn't, however, only for parents. All perspectives are helpful. Whether you had children in the RE program many years ago, taught in our RE or simply engage with our young people because you attend UUCM, we'd like to hear from you.

If you missed the first Our Voices Matter, it's not too late. Click here to participate in
* For those unable to access this electronically, printed copies will be available on Sundays.
** Our Voices Matter will continue in September with questions about communication, adult religious education, small group ministry, our building and other topics.

As always, direct communication about any aspect of UUCM is welcome by any staff member, volunteer leader and minister. Committee on Ministry members for 2016-2017 are Patricia Sullivan, Cindy Moore, Dan Tucker and Hazel Grenham.
In solidarity with the lives lost and loved ones grieving in Orlando. We'll meet on the sidewalk in front of the community center at 7 pm. Bring signs if you'd like and/or rainbow attire. Candles will be available.

Annual Meeting Thank you for coming! 

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it! The Annual Meeting is an important and essential part of UUCM. 

Home Needed for Hugh's Cats!
Before his trip to Japan!

Two senior cats (ca 15) - The grey one is a female named Truman - small and shy but loves attention.  The black and white boy is Oreo - big and sociable.  Oreo likes to go outside but never far, Truman only if it's warm and nit for long.  Both need a new home, preferably together, by end of July.  Contact Hugh Stewart - 978-595-8522

New Music Fund

We are pleased to announce that a new fund has been set up in honor of our music director, Karen Gahagan. In past years donations have been made in recognition of her work and this year in particular many wished to recognize her in some way. Karen suggested the creation of a fund that would allow her to supplement the UUCM music program.
Anyone is welcome to contribute any amount and at any time. Just make out the check to UUCM and note Special Music Fund on the memo line. We were already blessed to have Karen and offer further appreciation for her generosity of spirit in creating this fund. 

Bell Ringing
July 4th - Join us!

We could use some help ringing the church's bells on
Fourth of July! Stop by at
noon and/or 6 pm and help ring the bell to celebrate the 4th of July!

There will also be exhibits for Marblehead Festival of the Arts in the church!
me&thee coffeehouse night
Crocker Park at 6:00 p.m

On Sunday, July 3 the Marblehead Festival of the Arts is presenting a special me&thee coffeehouse night on the stage at Crocker Park.  

The music that was chosen for this show celebrates the spirit of the celebrated coffeehouse which has been presenting live music since 1970.  

Pesky J. Nixon is a Boston-based folky roots band who know how to have fun on stage and how to delight each and every audience.  Connor Garvey and Sorcha Cribben-Merrill are extraordinarily talented musicians from up yonder in Maine.  They appear as solo artists as well as a duo and they have a few surprises in store for this show. 

The music begins at 6:00 p.m. with Garvey and Cribben-Merrill  and continues with Pesky J. Nixon at 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music!

Building Security

Please be sure lights are out and doors are pulled shut! Thank you for your assistance in keeping the building secure!

Stetson Gallery: "Circle of Friends"
Opening reception this weekend at noon 

"Circle of Friends," an exhibit of five local artists whose works focus on love and compassion in honor of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Pride Month, will be on exhibit throughout the month of June in Stetson Gallery in Marblehead. 
Holly Jaynes of Marblehead, who organized the exhibit for Stetson Gallery, said of her artistic process: "My artwork is explorative and a spiritual gift, and brings happiness, fulfillment, challenge, and creativity to my spirit. I reveal the connection of the spirit inherent in my relationship with my art to the viewer, which brings my art closer to the viewer: to ponder, question, wonder, enjoy and perhaps even purchase! " Jaynes was a graphic designer and art director for advertising agencies before returning to school at Mass College of Art & Design, pursuing a dual major in painting and photography. She received her Masters from Lesley University in Expressive Therapy, and uses various art modalities leading groups in the mental health and addictions fields. Holly taught art across the lifespan and has exhibited in the Boston area and on the North Shore for more than 35 years. She is a member of the Marblehead and Salem Arts Associations, as well as a women's art group. She is co-chair of the Crafts Exhibit for the Marblehead Festival of Arts, and has been an exhibitor in several MFoA exhibits for many years. Jaynes has won awards from art associations and the Marblehead Festival of Arts.
Nancy Ferguson, Marblehead: "The works in this exhibit reveal several mediums through which I have celebrated the relationship of people to people, and people to their surroundings. I have been an active participant in the Marblehead Festival of Arts since 1970, both as committee chair and exhibitor, earning several prizes including Best of Show and Outstanding Work in a variety of categories. I am also a life member of the Marblehead Arts Association where I've also served as President in the 80's, and after a six year absence from town, became the second Executive Director from 95-2000. Since then I spent 5 years as an adjunct professor in the Department of Interior Design at Endicott College, teaching rendering, and concurrently to the present, for 14 years as director of the Gallery at Grosvenor Park. In my distant past, I also taught lettering arts for 12 years in Marblehead's Adult Education. My most notable public work is my oil painting on the harpsichord at Old North Church, Marblehead in honor of the 350th anniversary in 1982."
Sandra Winter, Marblehead:  "I make collages and mixed media pieces because I have a desire to express the great tragedy, beauty, and comedy I see in this world. I try to convert these thoughts, impressions, feelings, and concerns into visual images I can share with others. My work falls into three general areas:  social justice and environmental concerns, aging and death, and images of what I perceive the spiritual life to be. I also create for the sheer fun of using found and recycled materials in playful and unique ways. I am primarily a self-taught artist who has taken a few courses here and there."
Pat Chase, Marblehead: "I am a self-taught artist who has explored a large variety of mediums and techniques with several teachers over the years. Widowed in 2012, I shifted my focus from business to more introspective and creative work. Art has opened a world of color, shapes and textures to me, enriching my life. I love to work in layers, as life is so full of them. My intention in creating these pieces has been to show color and diversity - evoking strength, acceptance and most of all Love. I have lived and raised my family in Marblehead for 36 years. I am a very proud parent of two loving daughters and sons-in-laws and recently became a grandmother to a beautiful baby boy. I am a member of the Marblehead and Salem Arts Associations. I have displayed work in the Marblehead Festival of Arts in Crafts and Mixed Media. One of my Encaustic entries won an Honorable Mention in 2015. If a viewer stops, even for a moment to reflect on a piece I have created, I'm satisfied."
Jolene Sabirai, Swampscott: "I am a self-taught artist. I have been a registered nurse for over 30 years. Working as a trauma nurse in Boston and as an oncology nurse, I have experienced many life-changing moments and situations - some happy, but usually sad and devastating. I have always searched for an outlet for my emotions, a way to express my thoughts and beliefs. It wasn't until I experienced cancer myself that I was introduced to mixed media art and photography. Experimenting with inks, paper, acrylics, oils, glazes, watercolor, and my digital camera, I have been able to heal from the cancer journey and continue to express myself. I have exhibited and sold my mixed media art at the Marblehead Festival of Arts. All this has grown my compassion towards all living beings and shown me how vital it is to be there for one another. "We are all just walking each other home." Ram Dass."
Missed it?

Life's a Theater. You're On Stage. What to Do? What to Do? (June 12, 2016 Rev. Wendy von Courter)

"But those, are old stories. Old characters. Stories about old characters on an ancient stage. They can inform us and transform us but they can not replace our roles on the stage of today. We are not acting as Jesus, Goliath, or Miriam, even if we would choose to act Jesus-like, Goliath-like or Miriam-like. How then do we learn our parts? And how then do we learn to deliver our lines? The rules of improve could help, since that's a theater form intentionally created in the moment It too, an ancient practice. " Click here for the entire sermon & reading

Finding the Mystic Within (June 5, 2016 Rev. Wendy von Courter)

"Too often, we as Unitarian Universalists, are seen as the people who have no stories - because we left them all. I don't think that's true. The stories are all still there, and more arrived into our expansive, welcoming theological home. The challenge is that we lack any commitment to re-understanding them. It's so much easier to dismiss them as stories told to manipulate a people or naïve stories held on to despite scientific proof that would lead a rational person away from belief." Click here for entire sermon and reading.

Ella's Song (May 22, 2016 Rev. Wendy von Courter)

"we must heed Ella's message to teach our young people well. Through sharing the stories of our pieces of the struggle but also by taking their hands as together we fight for justice - and then letting them take ours. Letting them lead as we follow. Recognizing their leadership may feel edgier, riskier as perhaps our leadership felt to the generations who welcomed us in the battle."   

Newsletter Guidelines
#UUCMHappenings is moving to a monthly format with the calendar shared weekly in case there are changes. The July issue will share the new deadline information and regular contributors will be contacted directly in preparation for the change.