This Sunday February 19, 2017
February's ministry theme is "Identity."
Children four-years old through 4th grade (9:15 service) and Kindergarten through 4th grade (11:15 service) begin in the church parlor with Children's Worship.
We will explore our third UU principle "
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations." This is represented by our yellow candle on the rainbow chalice.
Following Children's Worship, children will be sung out to their religious education classes.
Participants in the lower hall infant through pre-K class begin
in Lower Hall Classroom 1.
Parents pick children up at the end of the sanctuary worship service
(10:30 or 12:30PM) in the RE classrooms.
FOR CHILDREN or YOUTH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
TJMC UU to Host "Showing Up: A Racial Justice Conference for Youth and Adults, March 10rh-12th, 2017
Join us in taking the next steps in showing up for racial justice!
For Adults, this conference will take you to the next level in your racial justice work via hands-on and role play learning skills such as:
-Increase your capacity to read the power dynamics of a situation,
-Identify your position within that situation
-Intervene in productive and accountable ways (de-escalation, bystander intervention, active listening, etc.)
-Facilitated by the Deep Abiding Love Project team
For Youth, this conference will include:
-Peer Chaplaincy Support Training (condensed)
-Harness personal power of storytelling for racial justice
-Direct action campaigns - what are they and how to build them
-Facilitated by a combined team of UUA staff, congregational staff and the Deep Abiding Love Project team
Adults Friday March 10 7-9pm and Saturday March 11 8:30am-4:30pm
Youth Friday March 10 7pm to Sunday March 12 7:30am
Registration Fees: Adult $65, Youth $95 (financial assistance available)
Meals included: Adults (Sat breakfast/lunch) Youth (Fri heavy snack,
Sat Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, Sun grab & go breakfast)
Childcare Provided: free (sponsored by TJMC-UU)
Lodging: Youth and chaperones will stay onsite. Lodging blocks at local hotels available for discounted rate as well as TJMC B&B available for low cost.
SPACE IS LIMITED! REGISTER TODAY!
Combatting Racism: a Class for Parents, Grandparents & Caregivers, Tuesday March 21, 5:45-8:30 PM
, social hall
Linda Dukes and Leia Durland-Jones lead an evening designed especially for parents and other caregivers to help build awareness and skills for raising anti-racist children. A simple dinner and child care provided. Please contact Leia
to register. Cost is $5/person with a $20 family maximum. Financial waivers available, please speak with Leia. Limited to 25 participants.
Religious Education this Sunday for Children & Youth
Celebrating Me & My World (Infant through 3 year-olds at 9:15, Infant to Pre-K at 11:15 service)
Our lesson is "I Can Remember" and the class activities will play matching a memory games. We will also hear a story, light our chalice, have snack and play!
Spirit Play (4 & 5 year-olds and Kindergarten at 9:15 only)
This Sunday's story is "Little Yellow and Little Blue" and emphasizes the joy of friendship. Children hear the story and then are invited to do their own "work" with a variety of class materials to internalize the morning's message. There will be time for sharing Joys and Sorrows and the class "feast."
11:15 "Love Surrounds Me" (K-1st grade)
The theme of this session is "Making our voices heard can show love." Whether it is letter-writing campaigns, marches, or calls to our congressional representatives, every time we speak to support those with too little power, we are living our Unitarian Universalist Principles. The story in this session is a true story about Ruby Bridges who, at six years old, became a hero of the Civil Rights movement. Ruby was the first African American child to integrate an all-white school in Louisiana. The session focuses on helping participants discover what gifts or talents they have to offer to others to build a loving community.
(1st-4th grades at 9:15 & 2nd-4th grades at 11:15)
9:15 & 11:15 "Love Will Guide Us"
Gratitude is a spiritual orientation connected to the experience of joy and the practice of generosity. This session cultivates an "attitude of gratitude" as a practice that leads to spiritual health and well being. Children talk about the importance of gratitude in their lives and explore how gratitude can feel, in our feelings and in our bodies. In a gratitude circle, participants practice articulating specifically what they are grateful for and appreciate, when they say "thank you."
11:15 "Riddle & Mystery" (5th & 6th grades)
Big Question: Can we ever solve life's mystery? The session examines this seemingly obvious answer inviting youth to revisit a few Big Questions from previous sessions. A story, in the form of a drama, suggests that questioning is basic to human nature. In WCUU, youth create UU entries for a Mystery Day Parade modeled on the traditional Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. WIT Time leads them to consider the big questions most important in their own lives.
Our Whole Lives (7th & 8th grades)
OWL does not meet this Sunday.
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (9th-12th grades)
Pam is leading a session on being true to yourself. Many thanks to YRUU for leading such an awesome worship service last Sunday!
Adult Faith Development Racial Justice Offerings
Friday movie White Man's Burden - a walk in different shoes
, Friday, February 17, 6:30-9 PM, church parlor. Facilitated by Bob Gross. How would our daily lives be changed if those of us who identify as white were "of color" ... and those of us identifying as people of color were "white"? That's what this 1995 film is about. Starring Harry Belafonte and John Travolta, the story's black characters are the wealthy, powerful establishment types and the whites are the poor, disadvantaged minority group. There are oversimplifications, but the film underscores and reveals many of our current assumptions and prejudices. Food for thought. After viewing the 90-minute film we'll encourage sharing our considered reflections, insights, and ... new learnings. For more information, contact
Seeing With New Eyes: racial justice as a white necessity, Tuesdays
March 7, 14, 21 & 28, church parlor (except 3/21 in LH2), 7:00-9:00 PM
The majority of White Americans rarely, if ever, thing of themselves as "White." Instead, we generally think of ourselves simply as "Americans." This is problematic, because institutional racism is build on the idea of "whiteness." If white people don't see their "whiteness," they can hardly be in a position to dismantle the systems that have been built to defend it. This "color blindness" also perpetuates the notion that racism is a problem for people of color, where as the truth is that the full freedom of people of color will only be achieved when white people recognize their role in the systems of oppression and understand that our full freedom is at stake too.
: Rev. Wik Wikstrom
Please register by contacting
so that you can receive the reading materials in advance of the first class.
The Third Reconstruction Book Group
, Sundays March 19, March 26, April 9, 12:45-2:15 PM, Lower Hall 3. Facilitated by Jaime McReynolds. Unitarian Universalists were electrified at General Assembly 2016 by Rev. Barber's call for building and sustaining a movement for justice for all people. The Third Reconstruction, selected as the UUA 2016-17 Common Read, offers helpful, practical guidance for engaging with justice movements born in response to local experiences of larger injustices. Drawing on the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, while making room for other sources of truth, the book challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, even when there is no reasonable expectation of political success, and to do the hard work of coalition building in a society that is fractured and polarized. For more information, contact Jamie
Please register in advance by contacting
so that you can receive the reading assignment.
Participants need to purchase their own copy of the book.
The Role of Children in African American History, Sunday April 30, 12:45-2:15 PM, Lower Hall 2.
Kate Fraleigh will do a slide show presentation of her February 2016 African American History Tour of the southeast. The focus will be the life of children in the times of racial injustice and the burden on children in racial strife and on the road to justice. For more information, contact
Other Adult Faith Development Offerings:
Contemplative Worship, 11:45-12:30 PM. Join others on the outdoor labyrinth for this mid-week sacred pause. In addition to the labyrinth, stones are available for stacking/meditation under the oak tree outside the social hall. Linger in the Remembrance Garden as you make your way to the sanctuary for readings, reflection, meditation, candles of Hope and Remembrance and/or writing in the sands of Atonement and Forgiveness. Bring your journal and write. Close your eyes and rest. Give yourself the gift of renewal during the week. All are welcome. Come and go as you need.
Wednesday Wonderings, from 12:45-1:15 PM, Church Parlor.
Join us for thoughtful readings and discussions in a open-minded and open-hearted atmosphere. Of late we have been reading and reflecting on passages from "The Book of Awakening" by Mark Nepo. Take a mid-week break to feed your mind and spirit.
Eighth annual Women's Dream Quest Friday evening February 24 & Saturday February 25, 2017.
Stop by the table in the social hall after the service today to learn more. Space is limited to 40 women-early registration encouraged! Registration is sliding scale ($75-$100 with limited financial aid/work scholarship available.) Contact
for more information. You can register HERE
Return to the Land of the Soul, Sunday February 26, 4-8 PM, social hall.
Join us for song, meditation, art, writing practice and labyrinth walking. In these challenging times, it is imperative that we slow down and remember what it means to breathe, share in the sacred circle and tend our inner lives. Led by therapist, healer, musician, teacher and Dream Quest Facilitator Judith Tripp, MA MFT. To register or for more information, contact: Leia Durland-Jones, 434-293-8179.
Registration is $40 with a limited number of work scholarship registrations available. Please bring your own brown bag supper. You can register HERE
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