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Why Forgiveness Again??!!
"Our screens and phones fume with righteousness.
Our superheroes have forsaken us and
our fictions pale against our headlines.
Social media taunts have poisoned our political discourse and
disfigured our reality.
We have become an angry, fractious lot, a "Game of Thrones"
for a digitized and unsettled century."
- Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2006
Why are we doing this series on forgiveness right now? Is this some backward looking attempt?
Quite the contrary, beloveds. As we move into June, the Annual Meeting, the end of our program year and (hopefully) a lovely Summer, more than ever we need to be leaders in being counter-cultural. Where the pervasive popular culture and much of media revel and wallow in negativity, it is our sacred task to call ourselves, our congregation, our community, our families, to something higher: a culture of gratitude and the ability to be less brittle when people make mistakes or don't live up to our ideals.
We are called to this because we are living in a broader culture awash with anger and false apologies - as UUs we are called to do better than that. Forgiveness is a skill, a process, not an event.
With each of these Sunday services we look at a slightly different angle of the process of forgiveness. In this way, we build a congregation that is more resilient in dealing with our imperfections and each other's, but also we influence all the places we interact, from home to community, as agents of peace.
Join us this Sunday as we explore why it is better to be like a rubber band than a crystal goblet on the topic of forgiveness.
In blessing -
Sunday, May 21 -
Rabbi Chava Bahle with Donna SteinHarris
0:30 AM Service:
"Forgiveness Part 2:
How Do We Forgive?"
Dr. Robert Enright, a developmental psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shaped a 4-part process for forgiveness:
Deciding to forgive;
Working on forgiveness; and
Discovery and release from emotional prison."
How does this relate to our UU principles, and how does this work in community?
or Children and Youth
Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.
Sunday programming for Children and Youth throughout the remainder of this program year will complement Sunday Services in our efforts to move closer to congregational thematic ministry. This thematic calendar will explore the Six Source traditions, and consider wisdom from around the world.
In May, we enter the last month of regular Lifespan programming for children and youth on Sunday mornings for the 2016/2017 programmatic year.
We will round out this year for our children prek-5th with lessons from "Picture Book UU" which utilizes popular children's books to teach UU identity.
Starting in June, we jump into yet another wonderful Specialty Class Summer for our younger children! If you have a hobby or a lesson that you'd like to share with the children prek-5th grade over the summer, please contact me. June-Labor Day our youth will attend services.
Suggested reading for families/parents this month
- The Three Questions [based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] - by Jon Muth
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Summer UU Wednesday Potlucks
begin June 7th!
Thank you to all who have volunteered to host!
No Wednesday Supper on May 24th
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UUCGT ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - following service
A meeting packet with pertinent election information will be emailed on May 23, 2017.
Please watch for this information and plan to attend the meeting on June 4
Absentee ballots will be available in the UUCGT office on the following dates/time for those members unable to attend the meeting:
Wednesday, May 24 9:00am - 1:00pm
Thursday, May 25 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday, May 28 after 10:30 service
Tuesday, May 30 9:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesday, May 31 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday, June 4 before 10:30 service
All absentee ballots must be returned before the Annual Meeting commences on Sunday, June 4, 2017. If you have questions regarding absentee ballots, please email Phyllis Jessup, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sunday, May 21 - 9:00 a.m.
2017-18 Budget Review & "Meet the Candidates"
hat's Going On At UUCGT?
Activities are also listed in the Order of Service & Beacon
If you need the code for entrance to the building, please make arrangements during office hours: Monday - Thursday, 9-4
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Weekly Activities & Meetings
Sunday, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary
LGBTQ Group: Sunday, 5:00-6:30pm, classroom
Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday, 11:00am
Tuesday, 11:30am. 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
Bridge Group: Tuesday, 1:00pm, social hall
No Wednesday Supper May 24th
International Dances: Wednesday, 7:00pm, classroom
Peacemaker Needleworkers: Thursday, 1:30pm, social hall
Introductory Meditation Workshop:
Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm, classroom. Contact
for more information.
Vocal Ensemble: Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm, sanctuary. All are Welcome!
Additional Meetings & Gatherings
UU Book Club:
Sunday, May 21, 2:00pm, "My Brilliant Friend
" by Elena Ferrante @ Harriet Wall's. Join us!
(June 11 Title:
"All That Man Is" by David Szalay)
Shantideva Fan Club - Organizational Meeting: Thursday, May 25, 9:30am, sanctuary. T
his Tibetan Buddhism
Dharma study group
will begin a
detailed study and meditation practice based on,
A Fearless Heart, How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, by Thumpten Jinpa, PhD. Jinpa, a former Tibetan monk now living in the West, is best known as H.H. the Dalai Lama's English translator. See
for more information. Contact Rabbi Chava, 947-3117, or Chris Innes,
New Moon Women's Circle:
Saturday, May 27, 3:00pm, sanctuary.
Women gathering to celebrate the New Moon to rest in the potential of the dark quiet and consider the time ahead. For more information contact
Brewing Community & Wednesday Dinner Out
~ Last Wednesdays ~
SUMMER format begins May 31!
Brewing Community: Wednesday, May 31, 5:00pm
Wednesday Dinner Out: May 31,
at The Workshop
This is a great way to meet to chat, share and
laugh with friends at a family-friendly get together!
if you plan to join us for dinner so we can get a general count.
UU Men's Group: Monday, June 5, 5:30pm, Minerva's.
Topic: Our National Park-lands, presented by Max Old Bear.
Hand-outs are available in the office.
F Y I
BEACON articles are due by the 25th of each month to
#UUWhiteSupremacyTeachin follow-up Webinar - Today, May 18
Sunday Services Committee...
is updating its list of members and friends who would like to participate in a Sunday Service by
doing a reading.
June 11 - Poetry Service:
Sunday, June 11, will be a lay-led service with the theme, "Poetry of the Earth & Celebrating the Coming of Summer".
If you have a poem or short prose piece that you would like to share at the service, contact Betsy Emdin,
This can be something you wrote or a favorite poem by another. If you are uncomfortable reading in front of the congregation, we can find someone to read for you.
"Hard times require furious dancing."
- Alice Walker
FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week