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Reflection...The Service Continues ...
Thank you to those who attended and reflected on last Sunday's service on "Listening is an Act of Love: Voices from the Margins." It was challenging and thought provoking. Thanks to Andi Kramer, our service coordinator, and Karen McCarthy for selecting such powerful reflections.
We had many requests for the sources used, mentioned and displayed in the sanctuary. Susan was kind enough to type up Andi's list, which you can
My sources are there as well.
I would especially lift up for your attention
"Voices from the Margins: An Anthology of Meditations" by Mark Morrison-Reed and Jacqui James; and
"The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace" by John Paul Lederach.
Ann Marie Love offered the suggestion that we include
a section in the monthly Beacon called, "The Service Continues ..." which will offer our sources more regularly for those who wish go a little deeper. Great idea! Will do!
This Sunday, Karen Mars will lead a beautiful service on the next aspect of listening: "The Five Languages of Love". The following Sunday we will honor Samhain, our Annual Service of Remembrance. Please bring a memento or photo to share in creating our setting on October 29th.
In blessing -
Sunday, October 22
10:30 AM Service: "Languages of Love" - Rev. Karen
If we are to communicate effectively across cultural lines, we must learn the language of those with whom we wish to communicate. Similarly, to be able to communicate our love or appreciation to a partner, friend, or even a colleague, we not only have to understand our usual love language, but must also try to discern the love language of the person we wish to communicate with.
Sundays in October for preK-8th grade
We have officially kicked off our UU & YOU at Hogwarts year with our first "horcrux", or issue - hunger. The children will learn and grow together as they consider this topic, all while engaging with each other through the magic of the world of Harry Potter. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about this exciting program.
As part of the "Hunger Horcrux" that our elementary and middle school children and youth have been working on, they are collecting canned/dried goods for the Grace Episcopal food pantry. The donation box is located outside of the kitchen - please donate generously!
Our families will deliver the food in November, and the children/youth will have the opportunity to meet the coordinators of Grace's pantry, as well as learn more about what a food pantry is, and the community that this particular pantry serves. Food collection will continue until AFTER SERVICE on November 12.
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Suggested readings for families/pare
nts this month include:
Ravenclaw Reader: Seeking the Meaning and Artistry of J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts Saga, Essays from the St. Andrews University Harry Potter Conference
- by John Patrick Pazdziora (Editor), Micah Snell (Editor)
- Into the Pensieve: The Philosophy and Mythology of Harry Potter - by Patrick McCauley
Announcement of Special Meeting of UUCGT
called by the Board of Trustees for the Purpose of a Vote
on the UUA Declaration of Conscience
Sunday, October 29, 2017
following 10:30 AM Sunday Service
The Board of Trustees of UUCGT calls for a Special Meeting on Sunday, October 29, 2017 - following the 10:30 AM Service for the purpose of voting on the UUA Declaration of Conscience. The Board of Trustees voted its approval on the Declaration at its September, 2017 regular meeting.
This special meeting will consist of the single of item of voting on the Declaration of Conscience. Current members in good standing are eligible to vote.
Voting will be by paper ballot.
hat's Going On At UUCGT?
Thursday, October 19, 1:00pm, sanctuary
Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
UU Safe Harbor Planning Meeting: Thursday, October 19, 4:00pm, library
Thursday, October 19, 5:30pm, classroom
Policy Committee: Thursday, October 19, 5:00pm, library
Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary
Facilities Committee: Friday, October 20, 10:00am, social hall
Congregational Care Team Retreat: Friday, October 20, 10:00-4:00pm, Joanie Jackson's
New Moon Women's Group: Saturday, October 21 - Contact Carolyn Kelly for time and location - 392-5761
MENSA Testing: Saturday, October 21, 1:00 -4:00pm. Contact Stan Cain, 938-1506
Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, October 22, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary
Stretch & Strengthen
: Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00am
Committee on Ministry: Monday, October 23, 2:00pm
: Tuesdays - V
olunteers meet at 10:30am. Every week for the past 25 years, UUCGT has provided a free lunch for anyone in the community who would like to come to Friends Church located at Fifth and Oak Streets in Traverse City. For more information, or to volunteer, call Mary Kiner at 935-3050, or email
Indivisible GT: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm, sanctuary
Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00pm, social hall
CUUPS: Wednesday, October 25, 12:30pm, Robby's Tacqueria
Wednesday Pizza Supper: Wednesday,
October 25, 5:30pm social / 6:00pm supper - Pizza, salad, dessert (shared cost)
Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, October 26, 9:30am, sanctuary
Brewing Community: Thursday, October 26, 5:00pm @ Terra Firma
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Safe Harbor Open Houses:
Safe Harbor will be hosting Open Houses at our new building at 517 Wellington Street:
- Sunday, October 22 - 10:00am to 1:30pm
- Thursday, November 2 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Please drop by and see the new home of our temporary overnight shelter for those experiencing homelessness.
Checking interest level and 6 - 10 Hosts!
if you would be interested in hosting a dinner in 2018! Typically, sign-ups are made available at the Thanksgiving Dinner - this year by November 19.
Wednesday Night Program: November 1, 7:00-8:00pm following Wednesday Supper.
Hal Gurian will make a presentation on behalf of VOTERS NOT POLITICIANS on how gerrymandering affects your vote in Michigan.
Shantideva Fan Club V2.0:
Thursday, November 2, 9:30am - Organizing meeting for fall/winter program.
The Shantideva Fan Club is a Dharma study group formed in spring 2017 at UUC-GT for the study of and meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. T
he group will again follow the book,
A Fearless Heart, How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives
, by Thupten Jinpa.
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