June 21 - 27, 2018
The CommUUnicator
The Weekly Newsletter of
The Unitarian Society of Germantown
Building Beloved Community

THIS WEEK: At 10:00am Sunday, we livestream the Worship Service from the General Assembly of UUs in Kansas City. Come when you can to witness and be part of this gathering.
In Worship, 10:00 - 11:30am
Live Stream of Sunday Morning Worship at the UU General Assembly
Come to USG to join in this powerful, communal worship experience with the largest annual gathering of UUs via livestream from Kansas City. The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray (pictured here) will lead the worship this year. Her sermon is entitled "No Time for a Casual Faith."

Rev. Frederick-Gray is the ninth president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the first woman elected to the office (Sofia Bettancourt having served as interim co-president). After leading the UU response to Arizona’s anti-immigrant laws in 2010, she became lead organizer for the Arizona Immigration Ministry and a key organizer of the 2012 Justice General Assembly. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Harvard Divinity School. She lives with her husband, the Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray, and their nine-year-old son, Henry.
In Child Spiritual Development
Our Summer CSD programs begin this Sunday. However, given our earlier worship service start time, we are offering some flexibility to accommodate folks' needs.

Childcare for children 4-5 years old and younger is offered this Sunday and most Sundays from 9:00am - 12:00pm in the Committee Room.

For 6-yr-olds and younger, Summer Arts and Crafts will be available from 10:00 - 11:30am in the Committee Room and Dining Room.

For 7-y-olds and older, at 10:00 they can join the Summer Arts and Crafts group or stay with their families until 10:30am, when they can join the Feeling the Spirit Through Music program in Sullivan 2 and 3, this Sunday featuring Drumming with Karen Smith and Janet Haas.

Details about the programs and schedules can be found on the Usguu.org website under the Spiritual Development tab.
Before the Worship Service
Meditate in the Meditation Room
Meditation, reading, dharma and sharing are offered in Sullivan 3 on the First and Second Sundays of the month between 9:15 and 10:20am. All are welcome to join in quietly. On the other Sundays the space is open for those who choose to come and sit. For information on meditation, click here.

Drop off nonperishable food items to the designated carts in the Kitchen for delivery to St. Vincent's Food Pantry. Please see below under CALL TO ACTION the urgent need for food for our neighbors.
Coffee Hour
After the Worship Service
Enjoy refreshments, compliments of Village 9.

At 12:00pm, attend the Humanists (P.U.S.H ) meeting in the Daskam Room.

SignUp is the reminder tool USG uses to organize volunteers for our upcoming activities. Click Here to go to our group page to sign up online.

Return at 5:30pm for the last class in Mindfulness and Dialogue led by Deborah Cooper and Rev. Kent.
Sunday, July 1, 10:30am
World Cup World
Rev. Kent Matthies with Tom Garrabrant on piano
The World Cup of Soccer is being played in Russia. This most important global sporting event contains many elements of the best and the worst of our current global, human society. True stories of rags to riches, players speaking dozens of languages with a common purpose and people all around the globe watching with joy and pain. At the same time bullying, corruption and violence leave a rancid feeling. How can we learn from the world of Messi and Ronaldo, Salah and Modric?

Pictured above from L to R or if viewing on a cellphone, top to bottom:
Midsummer Solstice Celebration
Sunday, June 24, 7:00pm, USG Grove
Join us for a Celtic Midsummer Solstice celebration in USG's Grove in back of the church (weather permitting). Chant! Sing! Bring your drum and watch the Oak King battle the Holly King. If we are lucky on this spirit night, perhaps a faery will join us around the bonfire. . . . As always, light refreshments and lively conversation follow. Contact Donya at earth@usguu.org
Difficult Conversations: Patriotism
Tuesday, June 26, 7:00pm, Sullivan 3
For more details, click here or go to the Upcoming Events section on the USG website. We have more than a quorum but there is still room for a few more participants. If you would like to join in the Conversation, contact gwhelanmd@gmail.com.
UUPLAN Leadership Day, Saturday, October 13
Members and friends of UUPLAN (our PA Legislative Advocacy Network) who are wanting to brush up on leadership and advocacy skills are invited to our Leadership Day in Harrisburg. Contact USG Liaison Dennis Brunn for more information (215-242-2099 or brunn.dennis@gmail.com ).
Urgent Need for Food Donations
Each month, nonperishable foods donated by members of USG are delivered to St. Vincent De Paul’s Food Cupboard. During summer months, supplies run low.  At our last delivery, the food cupboard's shelves were nearly bare.  There is an urgent need for us to increase our donations.  If you’ve never given before or only infrequently, please consider making a habit of dropping off beans, tuna, peanut butter, cereal, rice - or any other non-perishable item - to the carts in USG’s kitchen each Sunday. Or pick up a small bag of items at the supermarket to place on the cart once a month. Let’s help our neighbors in Germantown and Mt. Airy who rely on this community program.
Supporting a Woman in Sanctuary
From Lisa M. Britland
Congregational Administrator,
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence:

Normally when I'm on vacation with my family I am able to leave work behind and clear my mind. This will not be so easy for me to do this time. On April 6 the Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence welcomed Irida Kakhtiranova, a western Massachusetts wife to a U.S. citizen and mother of three U.S. citizen children, into sanctuary. While the outpouring of love and support from this congregation and the local community has been tremendous (and at times over whelming), the fact remains that while everyone is getting ready for summer vacations with family, Irida will be spending her time here within our walls and away from her family. It is very hard on her and her family. It is also hard on those of us here who have come to know and love her over the past 10 weeks. She'll be in my thoughts as I spend time with my family next week. I hope you will keep her in your thoughts as well. Cards and letters of support can be sent to:
Irida Kakhtiranova
c/o USNF
220 Main St
Northampton, MA 01060

For more about Irida and our efforts to support her, please go to uunorthampton.org/sanctuary/sanctuary-news/news-updates
Educators' Book Group:
Welcome to the fifth annual summer reading series! Every summer, the Caucus of Working Educators and the Teacher Action Group–Philly organize book groups focused on social justice for educators, students, families, and community members in Philadelphia. The Ending Racism Committee at USG will sponsor three evening meetings (5:30 - 7:30pm) held in the Edna Jones Room at USG dedicated to the book, So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Please direct any questions to Clarice Brazas - claricebrazas@gmail.com
Dates: Thursday, June 28; Tuesday, July 10; Tuesday, July 24
NO Weekend Train Service
on Chestnut Hill West Line
Saturday, June 23 & Sunday, June 24
Customers should find alternate train and bus service options. USG members may want to car-pool. If you need contact information, please call the church office on Friday between 9:30am and 2:30pm.
USG's Summer Office Hours
Last two weeks of June:
The office will be open from 9:30am until 2:30pm on M, Th, and F; it will be closed on Tu and W.

In July and August , our hours will be 9:30am until 1:00pm, M through F.

We urge you to call ahead - 215-844-1157 - if you need entry to the building. You can also contact communications@usguu.org .
Our brand new Little Free Library is in need of more books! It’s already close to being empty. Do you have books to contribute? Please feel free to put them in the library! If you have a box full (or more) to donate, please contact Jenn Leiby to arrange storage at jennemont@gmail.com . Help us spread the joy of reading.
Did You Know?
Slowly but steadily, the figures for our Annual Pledge Campaign have increased. Two weeks ago, we had reached 82% of our 2018-19 $370,000 goal. We are now at 85%. We now have $314,000 in pledges, as opposed to $304,000, and 63% of our Members and Contributing Friends who have made their pledge have grown to 68%. We greatly appreciate your continuing support of this Beloved Community.
--The Stewardship Committee
Help raise more money for USG AND have fun! If interested, please contact Kay Weiser at kweiser7825@verizon.net or 215-527-3179.

Jewish Immigrant Philadelphia with Lynne Kalish on June 24 , 2018 at noon. 2 hour tour. 13 openings. Travel back in time walking through the Jewish Quarter of Philadelphia. Car pool from USG after the service at noon and start the tour at Society Hill Synagogue. Adults: $15.

Annual 4th of July Parade and BBQ at Deb and Howard Silver's home in Glenside. There are 8 openings. Cost for an adult is $20. 3:00pm is the start time.   
USG Still Needs Cutlery
We do still need spoons - teaspoon size - and forks! If you can help, please do! Shop your pantry, yard sales, Smile.Amazon.com and help USG avoid putting more plastic in landfills.
Nicky Brown Scholarship Opportunity
If you are a pledging/paying member of USG or have been a contributing friend for two (2) years or more, your college-bound son/daughter can apply for a small stipend, the Nicky Brown Scholarship. Please contact Shawn Miller at the email or phone number below for an application. All applications are due by July 31, 2018. milshawn52@yahoo.com , 215-631-9958.
Photo is of Nicky Brown.
We are excited to announce our new Give+ Text option for making pledge and contribution payments to USG!
Please click here to learn how to use this convenient tool.
Thank You, Villagers!
Thank you so much to all who participate! If you are willing to coordinate Fellowship Hour for your Village, please let Treva Burger, trevawb@gmail.com know. Below is the schedule for Fellowship Hour Hosting from June into July.
  • June 24 - Village 9
  • July 1- Village 10
  • July 8 - Village 11
  • July 15 - Village 12
  • July 22 - Welcoming Committee & New Members
  • July 29 -Village 1
Donations Requested:
Help First Universalist Church of Southold, NY, Rebuild after the fire.
Please click here for details.
Greater Philly UU Cluster
Spring & Summer Events
UUMAC Retreat - July 8 - 14
UU Camping at Murray Grove for rising 4th - 7th Graders - August 5 -9
Please register by June 30!
A Labor Day weekend getaway filled with fun, relaxation and loving community. Join members and families of Philadelphia area UU churches for this fun fest at Camp Canadensis in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. MLUC has a minimum that they are trying to reach by June 30, so please register before then if possible. Thanks! For more info, visit: http://www.mluc.org/community/community-weekend. See attached flyer. Highlights: a group sing-along, annual talent show, and a book discussion with Rev. Neal of the UUA Common Read, Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry .
Get Involved! Meet Fellow UUs!  
Follow links below to find out more information about the events and groups at USG that occur usually once a month. Please note that some groups are now on summer hiatus and thus not listed below. Check back in September to see what's new!

20's & 30's SGM Group - Second Thursday, July 12, 6:30pm, Drop-in Young Adults Small Group Ministry group. For more information, please contact Stephanie Bonner at slbonner2@gmail.com or on Facebook where they maintain an active invite-only activities group. 

Book Group on Friday Morning - Will resume its regular Third Friday, 10:30am, discussions September 21 at Cathedral Village. If interested in joining, please contact Barbara Dowdall. The 2017-2018 Book List is posted on usguu.org> About> Affinity Groups> Book Group . In late August, the 2018-2019 List will be posted.

CAMI (Citizens Against Mass Incarceration) - Fourth Monday, June 25, 7:00pm. At USG. Contact Nancy Anderson .

Caregiver Support Group - Second Friday, July 13, 11:00am - 1:00pm. At USG. Contact Maura Gallagher .

ERC (Ending Racism Committee) - First Sunday, July 1, 12:00 - 2:00pm. At USG. Contact Barbara Dowdall .

Finding Our Roots - EarthSpirit Circle . First Monday, except for holiday weekends: (September 10). Next meeting is July 2, 7:00pm. At USG. Contact Donya Coldwell at earth@usguu.org .

Humanists - PUSH - Philadelphia Unitarian Society of Humanists , Fourth Sunday, June 24, 12:00pm. At USG. Contact Paul Teti .

Nature Walking at Valley Green - Every Monday and Thursday at 9:00am (please note new summer start time), you can meet others - whoever shows up- at Valley Green in Chestnut Hill for a morning walk. NEW Point Person is Steve Conrad, who is usually there.

Needle Exchange, a Handwork Group - Next meeting will be July 11 , 1:30 - 3:00pm, off-site. (Usually First Wednesday). Contact Margaret Thompson .

Open Small Group Ministry - Second Sunday, July 8, 12:00pm, Daskam Room at USG. This group is available to people who want to try out Small Group Ministry or attend occasionally. For more information, contact Mark B, mark.bangela@gmail.com , or just show up.

UU-101 - Third Sunday, July 15, 12:00-1:00pm. UU-101 is an Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, held at USG in the Daskam Room, and childcare is provided. Please let the leaders, Eric Foster and Charles Gabriel, know that you plan to attend by emailing them at uu101@usguu.org. If unable to email, you can call Charles at 215-801-2711.
Join A USG Facebook Group!   
You can join a USG Facebook group as well as meet in person!
To find out about special events, post photos, and stay in touch, here are some of USG's groups and their Facebook links:

ASD (Adult Spiritual Development) facebook
CSD (Child Spiritual Development)
YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) A Closed Group great to know about and if desired, ask to join.
YA - Young Adults
Greater Philly UUs - Social Justice & Other Greater Philly UU News

P.U.S.H. Philadelphia Unitarian Society of Humanists

Exploring Elderhood
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Our thoughts and prayers are with...
.. .Burton Froom's family and friends - especially his wife, Louise Lisi, and his daughters Rebecca and Elizabeth. Burt died on Monday, June 18 from Lewy Body Dementia at age 82. Burt and Louise would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this August. A Service of Thanksgiving for Burt's life will be held this Saturday, June 23, at 10:00am, at Summit Presbyterian Church (6757 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119). Cards of condolence would be appreciated.

...Beverly Gross Spencer , our alto soloist and her family. Beverly underwent heart bypass surgery on June 19 at Lankenau Hospital. We will report on ways to help Beverly and Tim when their needs become known. 
... Mark Daugherty and his partner Michael Wardell. Mark is recovering at home after hernia surgery on June 19. Cards and emails are welcome.  
Caring Team
Linda Bernstein (chair), Sarah West, Rev. Kent Matthies

If you are aware of any joys or concerns that should be part of our caring system, please let us know. You can email caring@usguu.org
If you call a caring team member and do not speak directly, leave a voice mail and your call will be returned ASAP.
Rev. Kent Matthies, Minister - kmatthies@usguu.org
Jason Bender, Director of Spiritual Development - dsd@usguu.org
Mark Daugherty, Music Director - musicdirector@usguu.org
Gloria Guldager, Church Administrator- usgadmin@usguu.org
Carolyn Scott, Asst. Administrator- communications@usguu.org
Carolyn Cotton, Rental Coordinator - rental@usguu.org
Mike Rogers, Sunday Morning and Special Events Sexton - sexton@usguu.org  
Tuesday's SPIRIT (not every Tuesday in the Summer) - Friday by 3:00pm
Thursday's Weekly eCommUUnicator - Wednesday by noon
Sunday's Announcements - Thursday by noon

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