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is being able to see that
there is light despite all of the darkness."
- Desmond Tutu
Friends, we are living in strange times; there are days when the darkness and difficulties of the world can seem like too much to carry in our hearts. The beauty and joy of UUCGT is that we come together to remind each other of what is best and blessed in ourselves - our capacity to give and receive love. We come together to remember the audacity of hope.
Join us this Sunday as we honor a wonderful Shinto holiday, Setsuban, where the community gathers to remember that Spring will come, light will dawn, and we are together in joy.
Please bring a can of beans or other high quality protein to donate to the Grace Episcopal Food Pantry. And, if you have them handy, one of those small drink umbrellas - we are going to be blessed with beans!
Looking forward to being with you -
Sunday, February 4 -
10:30 AM Service: "Let It Begin With Me"
The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence (SNV) is an annual 64-day campaign, co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi and The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT), as an educational, media and grassroots awareness campaign spanning the January 30th and April 4th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The purpose of the campaign is to focus educational and media attention on the philosophy of attaining peace through nonviolent action. These themes will be celebrated in contemplative readings, music, and poetry. Join us!
Sundays in February ~
preK - 8th grade
We've been working on some exciting projects in our "UU & YOU at Hogwarts" curriculum as we consider poverty - particularly in our region - and will be continuing this unit through February.
We're learning a lot, and making scarves to donate to Safe Harbor.
Additionally, we will continue collecting items for the Goodwill Housing Support Services Wish List through the end of February - the donation tub is located in the hallway near the kitchen, and a copy of the wish list can be found nearby or via this link
Suggested reading for families/parents this month!
Our book this month is once again connected to our "Hogwarts" program - this month we have another book dealing with poverty & hunger - and this book is based on a true story!
"Katie's Cabbage" by Katie Stagliano
is the inspirational true story of how Katie Stagliano, a third grader from Summerville, South Carolina, grew a forty-pound cabbage in her backyard and donated it to help feed 275 people at a local soup kitchen. In her own words, Katie shares the story of the little cabbage seedling and the big ideas of generosity and service that motivated her to turn this experience into Katie's Krops, a national youth movement aimed at ending hunger one vegetable garden at a time.
Lifespan Experience for Adults!
Adult Lifespan Experience Classes Begin February 18
at 9:00 AM!
Please plan to join us for our first "Branches" Adult Education class of 2018! In late 2017 we met to explore the "Roots" topic of
- now we'll apply that experience to a subject. Together we'll be reading Karen Armstrong's "A Compassionate Life" - please see Rabbi Chava's Beacon article for further detail. You have plenty of time to purchase the book! Couldn't join us for the
class? No worries - all are welcome in this book study.
-- February 9,
Friday Night Out is Full --
The Leadership Development Committee is in the process of building a slate of candidates for open positions that will be voted on at the Annual Meeting in June.
Between now and February 15th, there is an opportunity for any member to suggest candidates for our process. Please see detailed information in the February Beacon to learn how you can participate in this important work.
You can also contact any member of the Leadership Development Committee: Joe Cook, Judy Myers, Betsy Emdin, Jan Zerbel or Richard Miller. Contact information can be found in the February Beacon, in the membership book, or by contacting the office.
Joe Cook, LDC Chair
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The Sound Team
is looking for people interested in running the sound board for Sunday services. No experience is required. To train you need only come and sit beside the board on a Sunday and watch how simple it is. The commitment is one or fewer Sundays a month. Call or text Bob Hicks at 231-360-3183, or email
February is African American History Month: "Let Every Voice Be Heard"
Sunday, February 11, 1:00-3:00pm @
in collaboration with the Benzie County Historical Society and Empire Area Museum
See flier here
Indivisible Grand Traverse (IGT) Sponsored Speaker Event @ UUCGT
Tuesday, February 13, 12:30 PM -
Marian Kromkowski, President League of Women Voters Leelanau County -
"Money in Politics - The League of Women Voter's Commitment to Reform"
(program open to the public and not affiliated with UUCGT)
Wednesday, February 21 - 7:00 PM
UUCGT Wednesday Night Program
(following Wednesday Potluck)
Please plan to join us for a special evening with Liz Kirkwood, Executive Director of FLOW (For Love Of Water). Liz will discuss recent developments on Enbridge Line 5 and other water related activities. Please see FLOW's website for more information on this organization:
Event Rescheduled to February 21, 2018
Local Community Needs
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articles are due by the 25th each month -
What's Going On ... at UUCGT?
Winter weather is here!
Please check UU calendar or website
to confirm cancellations and/or office hours
Meetings & Activities
Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, February 8, 9:30am, sanctuary
Peacemakers Needleworkers: Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
Brewing Community: Thursday, February 8, 5:00pm @ The Workshop on Garland Street
Meditation Workshop will not meet on Thursday, February 8th
Music Committee: Thursday, February 8, 6:00pm, sanctuary
Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary
Friday Night out: Friday, February 9, 5:30-9:00pm - Contact Sarah
Singing Sisters: Saturday, February 10, 10:00am-2:00pm, sanctuary
Program Council: Sunday, February 11, 9:00 am, classroom
UUCGT Book Club: Sunday, February 11, 2:00pm -
"The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro - your host, Barb McClellan
Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, February 11, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary
Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00am
Community Lunch: Tuesdays - Volunteers 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: Tuesday, February 13, 12:30pm -
Marian Kromkowski, President, League of Women Voters Leelanau County -
"Money in Politics - The League of Women Voter's Commitment to Reform",
(program open to public and not affiliated with UUCGT)
Staff Resources: Tuesday, February 13, 12:30pm, library
Bridge Group: Tuesdays, 1:00pm, social hall
Leadership Development: Tuesday, February 13, 5:00pm, classroom
Finance Committee: Tuesday, February 13, 5:30pm, office
Executive Committee - Agenda: Wednesday, February 14, 1:00pm, library
Landscape Committee: Wednesday, February 14, 2:30pm, classroom
Wednesday Supper! 5:30pm social & 6:00pm supper - $5/adult & $3/under 10 - Share food and UU fellowship
Congregational Care Team: Thursday, February 15, 1:00pm, library
Meditation Workshop: Thursday, February 15, 5:30pm, classroom
New Moon Women's Circle: Saturday, February 17 - contact Carolyn Kelly @ 392-5761
A Shinto torii signals that one is entering hallowed space
(The first Otorii of Itsukushima Shrine was constructed in 1168
and was built about 200 meters offshore.)
FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week