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Reflection: Loving Our Neighbors - Forgiveness
"Forgiveness is a promise, not a feeling.
When you forgive someone,
you are making a promise
never to use the past against them."
Friends, this month, as we continue our Sunday explorations of Unitarian Universalism's 4th source - "Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves" - my heart turns toward the concept of forgiveness. Having "neighbors", whether we define that as those in proximity to us or humanity as a whole, means that sometimes we are hurt by each other. Intentionally or unintentionally, our human imperfection means we misstep with each other; and missteps sometimes require forgiveness.
I had a powerful experience around forgiveness this week - giving and receiving forgiveness - and it made me aware that in our imperfect human relations, forgiveness is essential. Forgiveness doesn't erase the past, but it immeasurably broadens the future.
As we honor our 4th UU source, take some time to consider whether there is anyone who would be blessed if you offered forgiveness or whether there is anyone from who you might want to ask forgiveness. It is a hard thing to do, but the liberation that comes from being sincerely heard, from speaking our truth and being accepted is powerful. In human community, with all its messiness and imperfection, forgiveness is a vital practice of our 4th source.
In Blessing -
P.S. I am so excited to meet with the Program Council this Sunday following the service!
April 17, Sunday Service (one service only)
10:30 a.m. "Water: Art, Music, Message" -
Nothing defines a region better than a body of water. We are drawn to the water for all kinds of reasons ranging from its sheer beauty to sport, relaxation and fundamentally, survival.
Join us as we celebrate the love of water with speaker, Jeanie Williams(passionate head scientist with Inland Seas), some of our favorite poets, the Vocal Ensemble and other musicians. To protect this shared resource, it takes deep love. When we love these waters enough, we will naturally protect them, as if protecting a child. Therein is the essence of this celebration.
This Sunday for Children and Youth
10:30 a.m. Programming & Education for Children and Youth
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... April brings with it the theme of Traditions & Celebration of our Judeo-Christian Heritage, as it relates to our UU principles and sources. Lessons will include a basic understanding of the figure of Jesus as a teacher of love, peace, and justice. Additionally, we will have a children's Passover Seder this month. The last Sunday of the month will feature our Activity Centers.
This Month for Youth...This month our youth will continue to explore justice as they consider Leadership.
What's Going On At UUCGT?
Link to the UUCGT WEBSITE CALENDAR
Weekly activities are also listed in Sunday's Order of Service and the monthly calendar in the Beacon.
Program Council: Meets this Sunday, April 17 after the service in the classroom. Committees chairs and/or their representative please plan to attend this important (and fun!) planning meeting.
Wednesday Night POTLUCK: Wednesday, April 13, 5:30pm social time, dinner at 6:00pm. Delicious meals and shared fellowship! Come join us!
April 27: 7:00 p.m. Paul Ward, "The Art of Medicine"
May 11: 7:00 p.m. Karin Killian, "
Fair Trade Farmers in Latin America"
NEW! CONCERT SERIES at UUCGT
Saturday, April 16, 7:30pm
Stefano Barone, Italian Guitarist...has a masterful guitar technique, great orchestration, harmony, infallible sense of rhythm and a natural ability to
improvise. Limited tickets are available in the UUCGT office.
Coming Saturday, May 21: Robin Lee Berry & Glenn Wolff
NEW! Parent Empowerment Series
presented by Planned Parenthood
Mondays, April 18 - May 23,
at UU. Six week workshop series to help parents build confidence in discussing personal values about sex, reproductive anatomy and child sexual development.
Free childcare. Cost: $25/person, $35/couple.
Link to flier
, or contact
NEW! Memoir Writing Group
Mondays at 1:00pm on May 2, 9, 16, 23
Write stories from your life experiences and share them with the group. No topics will be assigned. Write about happenings in your own life. Maybe this can be the beginning of your personal memoir. Questions? Contact Sara Boys, at 231-620-3921 or email email@example.com
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UUCGT Financial Report as of March 31, 2016: View
"Little Spiritual Book" Brown Bag Lunch & Learn:
Join Rabbi Chava for this monthly brown bag "lunch and learn" program. Pack yourself a lunch and come with an open heart.
Tuesday, April 19:
Robert Lawrence Smith, "
A Quaker Book
of Wisdom: Life Lessons in Simplicity, Service and
(Quill Press) 12 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, May 17:
Brother Benet Tvedten, OSB, "
How to be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life" (Paraclete Press), 12 - 1:00pm
Orientation for Prospective Members:
Sunday April 24, noon-1:15pm
15 Minutes with the Rabbi:
Sunday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.
SAVE THE DATE! UUCGT Spring Clean-up!
Saturday, May 14, 9:00-3:00. Donuts provided! Yard work & window washing! Bring your own tools for these tasks, and please join us as you are able ~ 15 minutes or an hour or two!
"Let the beauty of what you love
be what you do."
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