June 28
NEWS & NOTES
A weekly newsletter to keep you informed.
 
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Summer Platform Time Change!
 
For the months of July and August, WES will have one Sunday platform at
10:30am
 
We will also continue to live stream throughout the summer. If you find yourself traveling or unable to attend, we hope you'll consider tuning in on Facebook.

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This Summer at WES: Summer of Love
We hope you'll join us this summer as we explore a Summer of Love. All of our platforms in July and August will be at 10:30am. You can also check out each platform as it is being live streamed on the WES Facebook page. Videos and audios recordings of the platforms will also be available on the WES website a few days after each platform.

Love is not something we give or get; 
it is something that we nurture and grow. 
- Brene Brown


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WES Welcomes a Summer Seminarian

We are delighted to welcome Anthony Cruz to join us as our Summer Seminarian in July, August, and early September (different that the Clergy Intern who will join us in September for two years of half-time work and learning at WES). Anthony connected with us through the Humanist Clergy Collaboratory hosted at WES this past Spring, and we are delighted that he'll be able to spend some time learning more about Ethical Culture and Unitarian Universalism. 

Anthony's personal life journey helped him see "that theological education and religious literacy  is vital for the advancement of society as well as congregational development." He grew up in Puerto Rico and lived his youth in Minnesota and Florida. Later, he returned home to complete a B.A. in Social Sciences and Anthropology (Cum Laude). His roots are Pentecostalism and Afro-Caribbean religion's (Santeria). During his undergrad, he got involved in The Reform Jewish community in Puerto Rico, where he volunteered for three years as an interpreter for the clergy at Temple Beth Shalom. He learned how an anthropological world-view and a religious humanist identity could coexist together. During his last year of undergrad studies, he was accepted into The Humanist Institute Class20 having the opportunity to learn and get involved with Unitarian Universalism, Society for Secular Humanistic Judaism, and Ethical Culture.

Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (inter-religious studies) at Andover Newton Theological School where he is a recipient of the Orlando E. Costas Scholarship and is a current participant of the Hispanic Summer Program. The program is an incubator to help shape his work using Afro-Latinx spirituality and the power of religious symbols as expressions. Recognizing that he is a person that moves in between cultures, also known as Nepantla. This flexibility also transfers to his vision as a future clergy leader by cultivating cohesion with non-theist communities/theistic based on relationships, achieving this work through scholars, seminarians and mentors whose paradigms are interdisciplinary.

You can participate not just by including Anthony in meetings you have or WES events (or other events in the wider community), but also by hosting him for dinner. Please sign up to do so here:   www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904094AA9AA2A1-dinners 

Anthony can be reached at  cruzanthony.1992@gmail.com !



This Sunday's Platform
10:30am.

"You Are Loved: The Broken Truth," Amanda Poppei, Melissa Sinclair, and Jé Hooper.  We begin our "Summer of Love" theme with a multigenerational celebration in story, song, dance, and reflection. Ethical Culture Leader in Training and artist Je Hooper will join Amanda and Melissa to tell the story of the broken truth that tells us we are loved...and help us find  the whole truth that completes the puzzle. Music from award-winning percussionist Tom Teasley. 


This Sunday at WES.

Community Fun, 12pm, Main Hall. Beach ball in a chair fun!

Newcomers' Q and A, 12pm, Library. New to WES? Join us for this informal gathering to learn a little about who we are and what we do here, and to get your questions answered!

Jam Session, 1pm, Library. At the WES Jam Sessions, interested musicians gather to practice music (possibly with the intention of playing during platform or other events) or just to develop musical skills in a group context. Attendees bring the music they want to play, and play what is brought. All instruments, musical genres, and skill levels welcome!  For more information, contact Tom Bishop (tom.c.bishop@gmail.com).
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SEEK SEEK -- Summer of Loving our Planet Earth
SEEK is in need of teachers to run our K-8th grade classes this summer! Do you have an interest in ecology? Science? Taking care of our Earth? This summer we will be discussing these topics: erosion, pollution, Pacific garbage patch, use of plastics, solar power, composting, etc. 

We need teachers for July and August to teach on these topics an average of twice a month for a class of 8-10 students, grouped by 2-3 ages/grades. Could that be you? Contact  Melissa to sign up!


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upcomingweeks The Upcoming Weeks at WES
Wednesday, June 28
  • Red Blue Communication Workshop, 7pm, Library. Wondering how to put your ethical beliefs into action? Want to help change our divisive political climate? Join us this Sunday afternoon for an introductory workshop on communicating across the red-blue divide.  Participants will have the opportunity to: take stock of the challenging times we are living in, understand differences between conservatives and liberals, & learn proven methods to find common ground. For more information, contact john@daken.name or gmcdowellowen@gmail.com.
Monday, July 3
  • Mindfulness meeting, 7:30-9pm Library. This group meets monthly on the first Monday of the month for people interested in practicing meditation and living with mindfulness - or for anyone wanting to find out more about these topics. We explore both practices and ideas. Contact Trish Weil at trishweil@juno.com or Ann Baker at bakera@gao.gov.
Friday, July 7
  • WES People of Color Meeting, 7pm, Sheila's Home. Please join other people of color, WES members and visitors, discuss our experiences and make connections. This month's meeting will be at member, Sheila Water's house. Please email her at twc.sfw@gmail.com or Trang at trangd@gmail.com for the location address.
Sunday, July 9
  • Platform Service, 10:30am. "Relationship Building: WES' Grounding and Growing Love" Amanda Poppei. How do we build a culture in a community like ours--one that values communication and allows us to navigate conflict well? Amanda, joined by words from Jo London and Bob Pokorney, will reflect on WES' historical Relationship Building curriculum and the ways that work informs our unfolding culture. Music from singer/songwriter Maureen Andary.
  • Biology Reading Group, 12:15pm, Library. The Biology Reading Group meets the second Sunday of every month in the Library. Paul Baker will moderate the discussion. We will be reading the Introduction and Parts 1 and 2 of "Power, Sex, Suicide". If you'd like to be added to the mailing list for the group please follow this link: http://eepurl.com/cFxZzL For further information get in touch with Paul Baker, plbaker@me.com.
  • Red Blue Communication Workshop, 1pm, Social Hall. Wondering how to put your ethical beliefs into action? Want to help change our divisive political climate? Join us this Sunday afternoon for an introductory workshop on communicating across the red-blue divide.  Participants will have the opportunity to: take stock of the challenging times we are living in, understand differences between conservatives and liberals, & learn proven methods to find common ground. For more information, contact john@daken.name or gmcdowellowen@gmail.com. 
Tuesday, July 11
  • Jam Session, 1pm, Library. At the WES Jam Sessions, interested musicians gather to practice music (possibly with the intention of playing during platform or other events) or just to develop musical skills in a group context. Attendees bring the music they want to play, and play what is brought. All instruments, musical genres, and skill levels welcome!  For more information, contact Tom Bishop (tom.c.bishop@gmail.com).
Sunday, July 16
  • Platform Service, 10:30am. "Black. Female. Leader: Reflections on Social Justice Work in Majority White Communities," Stephanie Folarin. Discover what it takes to bean advocate for social justice education as a 6 fot, black, female, administrator, with dreadlocks in majority white independent schools. Stephanie will explore her own journey, while reflecting on the lessons it has for any majority white community seeking to support black leadership.
  • Sunday Book Club, 1pm, Classroom 2. For more information, contact Rachel Hartig at rachel.hartig@gallaudet.edu.

You can see the full calendar here. ( http://ethicalsociety.org/blog/events/)
annoucementsAnnouncements
Refu gee Resettlement Team Needs Transportation Coordinator
If you would like to take part in helping a refugee family resettle in this area, but haven't committed yet, this opportunity may be for you. For all of the details, please see the WES website at: 
 
 
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