UUCGT  Flash 
May 26, 2016
Vol. 10, Issue 431
 
In This Issue
Reflection
Sunday Service
Children and Youth
Nominations for Board & LDC
What's Going on at UUCGT?
FYI
End Note
Congregational Vision
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Reflection:  
No Enemies
 
"We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness."
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Friends, this coming Sunday, when we will celebrate Memorial Day, we have a great opportunity to step forward into a new future.  How can it be that a day dedicated to memory can also be about the future?

When we stop to consider the root causes of war and conflict, what we see is the dual gestures of self-aggrandizement and self-protection.  (These are certainly identified, for example, as root causes of World War One among the European powers.)  These gestures reflect an understanding of reality at variance with our seventh UU principle of the interconnectedness of all things.

So, to renew our vision for a family, a community, a congregation, a world of peace, we must challenge ideas that deny our deep interconnectedness.
That is how we will honor Memorial Day:  by exploring how we can re-vision interconnectedness.  

As Rev. Forrest Gilmore writes in The Seven Principles in Word and Worship, (ed. Ellen Brandenburg), "Our seventh Principle, respect for the interdependent web of all existence, is a glorious statement.  Yet we make a profound mistake when we limit it to merely an environmental idea.  It is so much more.  It is our response to the great dangers of both individualism and oppression.  It is our solution to the seeming conflict between the individual and the group ... [our 7th principle] is a source of meaning to which we can dedicate our lives."

Come, let's begin again in love.
Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, May 29
10:30 AM Service:  "No Enemies"  -  Rabbi Chava Bahle (one service)
Is it possible for us to have no enemies, to love our enemies?  Some say this is too simplistic a notion for a complex world, but our UU philosophy teaches us to continually challenge the notion of otherness. 

"To love our enemy is impossible.  The moment we understand our enemy, we feel compassion towards him or her, and he or she is no longer our enemy." from Thich Nhat Hanh
   
This Sunday for Children and Youth
10:30 a.m. 
Children (preK-5th grade) and Youth (6th-12th grade, 12-18yrs) are invited to join their families in the service through the Story Wisdom.  Following Story Wisdom, Children (preK-5th grade) will follow their teachers to the large classroom space.  Youth (6th-12th grade, 12-18yrs) will join their teacher in the Office.  Following the service, parents of Children (preK-5th grade) should make their way to the classroom/program wing of the building to sign their child(ren) out of programming.
  
This Month for Children... May brings with it the theme of Ecology.  We will celebrate the people who "mom" us, including Mother Earth on Mother's Day.  Other stories this month will include "Henry Builds a Cabin" by D.B. Johnson and the "Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle.  The last Sunday of the month will feature our Activity Centers.

This Month for Youth... This month our youth will continue to consider the ways they can be involved in justice-seeking in our world.
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 * Please note that youth middle school-high school will remain in the sanctuary this week for the duration of the service.
 
UUCGT Leadership Development Team presents this Slate of Candidates for the Board of Trustees, Fiscal Year 2016-2017, t o be voted on at the Annual Meeting, June 5th:
  
One Year Term:
Loraine Anderson
Phyllis Jessup
Karl Love

Two year Term:
Gretchen Kronk
Don Pyne
Kay Sturgeon

Three Year Term:  
Linda Fletcher
     
Ann Swaney, Chair
Leadership Development Committee

What's Going On At UUCGT?
 
  FLASH CALENDAR

 Link to the UUCGT WEBSITE CALENDAR HERE  
Weekly activities are listed in the Order of Service and the Beacon  
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Please note:  The summer season is soon upon us and  the UUCGT office will be closed on Fridays through August.
 

REMINDER!
Wednesday Summer Potlucks

There are a few dates remaining for scheduling Summer Potlucks hosted by members at their home.  Please contact Sarah if you want to sign up. 

1st UU Summer Potluck:  Wednesday, June 1, 5:00 pm at the home of Chris & Rick Walter.  For directions, contact Chris or Rick at 421-3069.

UUCGT Men's Group:  Monday, June 6, 5:30 pm.  For all UU Men - BBQ supper and social gathering at the home of Karl & Lauren Keinath.  Learn more about their multiple interests, home, gardens and land.
For directions, contact Karl or Lauren at 943-7919.
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CONCERT  SERIES  at  UUCGT
Saturday, June 11, 7:30pm
John Kumjian & Dave Viswat

Over the past few years, John and Dave have been working on a variety of musical projects - one of which was the 2016 Release of John's latest CD, "Vulnerable".  This performance will showcase some tunes from this new CD as well as a some new material that they have been working on. Their combined talent will make this a duet to appreciate!

Tickets are $15.00 ($20 at the door) and tickets are available in the UUCGT office.  Check out the bulletin board for more information. 

F Y I

 The Sound System Committee has been working to improve our sound system in the sanctuary.  The initial phase is complete.  A new digital FM broadcast terminal in now in place.  This allows our 4 new hearing devices to receive a better signal with crisper sound.  Try it out.  As soon as monies are available, we will move to install an in-floor Loop System that automatically ties in with current hearing aids.  Keep the faith!
 
 Higher Grounds Coffee:  Coffee purchases support UUCGT Social Justice Action Committee.  Orders are due this Sunday, May 29.

 June Board Meeting:  Due to the GA schedule this year we will be moving our Board meeting to Monday, June 20 at 5:30 PM at UUCGT. Please make a note of this new date.

 New Member Welcome Service:  Sunday, June 12.  Please contact the office or Chris Walter at 231-421-3069 or chris9709@sbcglobal.net as soon as possible if you wish to join our loving UUCGT community.
 
UU Book Club:  Sunday, June 12:  "Secret Daughter" by Somaya Gowda.
 
Local Community Needs
request form is HERE.


End note....

"T he clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."
   - John Muir



Each week we are blessed with the creativity and beauty shared in our sanctuary setting.  With thanks and appreciation to last week's Sunday Service Coordinators, Nancy Cotcamp, Max Old Bear and Andi Kramer, for the lovely setting in honor of 100 years of our National Park Service.


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