APRIL 2020  Connections  
Monthly Newsletter
for UU Miami Members & Friends
No Access to UU Miami Premises until April 30
Final Virtual  Sunday Worship Service in March
MARCH 29 on YouTube
Whose Question
Might Be Your Gift?
by Reverend Tom Capo
Sometimes wisdom only comes when we open ourselves to the needs and concerns of other people. Sometimes placing their questions and struggles at the center of our focus, is the answer to our questions about what makes life worth living. American Poet Priscilla Denise Levertov asks us all: "Whose question might be your gift?"  

The Worship Service will be streamed live on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on our  YouTube channel  and a recording of the service will available to view thereafter. You can also visit our webpage, uumiami.org for the link to our YouTube channel.
After- Service Zoom Discussion March 29, 1 p.m.
and each Sunday in April After Service
After each service starting on March 29, 2020, there will be a Zoom Group to discuss the service. Here is the link for the after service discussion:
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/920625207
Or you can dial: +1 301 715 8592 US or  +1 253 215 8782 US
And then type in this Meeting ID when prompted: 920 625 207

You can also download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system using the link below:
Religious Exploration (RE): Children & Families
For information on RE, contact our
Director of Religious Exploration,  dreuumiami@gmail.com

During Spring Break, families can work on the second 7 handouts from our Mindfulness classes

Message from Barby

This time of uncertainty and changes to our daily habits and routines can trigger fear and anxiety within us and therefore is the perfect time to practice the mindfulness techniques you’ve learned. Remember to also try to focus on the present moment and ask yourself if right now in this moment you are well or is there something to fear. Keep focusing on one moment at a time and see how that feels.
April Worship Theme : LIBERATION
All Sunday Worship Services in April on YouTube
All Worship Services until the end of April will be Virtual. They will be streamed live on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on our  YouTube channel   and a recording of the service will available to view thereafter.  You can also visit our webpage, uumiami.org for the link to our YouTube channel.
APRIL 5 on YouTube
Miami Pride
by Reverend Tom Capo

Reverend Tom has asked some of the LGBTQ members of UU Miami to discuss: What support and challenges do you face as an LGBTQ person in our culture? How can our congregation support you outside these walls? 
APRIL 12 on YouTube
Liberation in the Myth of Easter
by Reverend Tom Capo

American Theravada Buddhist Jack Kornfield wrote: “Along with the joy of freedom is a fear of the unknown. Freedom can be both exhilarating and unnerving. The conflict runs deep… Sometimes, we limit our own freedom because we think it will overwhelm us.” What can the Easter story offer to Unitarian Universalists in the 21st century? What might it have to do with the joy freedom and the fear of the unknown?
APRIL 19 on YouTube
50th Anniversary of the First Earth Day Climate Action
by Reverend Tom Capo
“Despite that amazing success and decades of environmental progress, we find ourselves facing an even more dire, almost existential, set of global environmental challenges, from loss of biodiversity to climate change to plastic pollution, that call for action at all levels of government,” said Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970 and Earth Day Network’s Board Chair Emeritus. Liberation is not just about liberation for people, it is about liberation for all creation. How can we support earth’s liberation?
APRIL 26 on YouTube
It’s Not April Fools Day
or Is It ?
by Reverend Tom Capo

April 1st is April Fools Day, and though this is not April 1st, at least it is still April. Reverend Tom didn’t want to miss out on the fun and wonder of being a fool this month. So Reverend Tom will explore the liberation of being April’s Fool.
Search for Truth & Meaning
Vespers Service video
by Rev. Tom Capo
Here is the link for a new Video on our YouTube page. It is a Vespers Service called Search for Truth and Meaning by Reverend Tom Capo
Saturday Discussion Groups, 1 p.m. on Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/675615565
You can also Dial:    +1 253 215 8782 US    +1 301 715 8592 US
Then put this Meeting ID in when you are prompted: 675 615 565
You can download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
MARCH 28 via Zoom
Delving Deeper into
Unitarian Universalist History  
by Reverend Tom Capo
Bring questions, thoughts, and interest in the history of Unitarian Universalism. In the Emerson Room.
APRIL 4 via Zoom

APRIL 11 via Zoom
Unitarian Universalism,
Going Deep into our History 
by Reverend Tom Capo
Bring questions, thoughts, and interest in the history of Unitarian Universalism.
APRIL 18 via Zoom
UU the Vote

presentations by SAVE and
Miami Dade League of Women’s Voters

Spiritual Practice

(look to our Weekly Update for details)
Monthly Humanist Talks
7:00 to 9:00 p.m .   via Zoom

Explaining Evolution
Its Importance and
Its Implications for Theists

Dr. Oscar Valverde-Barrantes, Plant Biologist, will talk about evolution and the threat of creationism.
Join Zoom Meeting : https://zoom.us/j/524704867
Or you can dial +1 301 715 8592  +1 253 215 8782
And type in Meeting ID when prompted: 524 704 867
Rosemary Timmony
Long-time UU Miami member Rosemary Timmony passed away at the home of her daughter, Kathy Moore in Fort Pierce. She had just celebrated her 89th birthday on March 20. She was a also a long-time member of the Alliance and the Lunch Bunch at UU Miami. Here is a link of a video by Jeff Reiter, made at an Alliance meeting celebrating Rosemary's life.
The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) is seeking engaged and thoughtful congregants to consider for a position on Board of Trustees. This is a three (3) year term of service in the organizational governance of the UU Congregation of Miami.
Our 2019-2020 Board of Trustees (Desiree, Terry, Elizabeth, Janice, Christine, Kristin, Selva not in photo)

Kindly submit candidate names by April 5, 2020.
Congregational Leadership Announcement
Potential nominees should be a member in good standing for no less than one year, and will have a demonstrated commitment to the life of this congregation and Unitarian Universalist principles.
If you or someone you know would like to be considered for a Board position, please contact an LDC committee member - Zoltan Bakos, Stephen Maxwell, Andrea Mustelier, or Maria Poviones-Bishop. You may also submit potential candidates online at https://forms.gle/jGvTPuZkqahwPvcm7
Please use the same form if you or someone you know would like to be considered for nomination to the Leadership Development Committee (LDC). This is also a 3 year term.
UU Miami YouTube Channel
Here is the link to our YouTube Channel: 
On this channel you will find past services, short reflective pieces (less than 10 minutes), and this is the channel where you can connect with our UU Miami livestream at 11 AM EST on Sunday mornings.
Other Ways to stay Connected

We are trying to call everyone in the congregation to check in. If you have not received a call, please call the church at 305-667-3697 or email the church at admin@uumiami.org .
Also if you want to set up a Zoom discussion with people in the congregation to stay connected, please call or email us.

To view Rev. Tom's latest sermons, visit : 
UU Miami is committed to promoting a culture of inclusivity & anti-discrimination as noted in our bylaws: “The Congregation declares & affirms its special responsibility to promote the full participation of persons of any race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, ability, affectional or sexual orientation, age, language, citizenship status, economic status, or national origin in all of its activities, without requiring adherence to any particular interpretation of religion or to any particular religious belief or creed. As a Welcoming Congregation, we dedicate ourselves to intentional practices of Right Relationship- in language and in action- that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion for all.”
Submissions for both the WEEKLY UPDATE and for the ORDER OF SERVICE
are due to admin@uumiami.org by noon on Monday.  
Submissions for the MONTHLY CONNECTIONS are due on the 15th of the prior month. Edits may be necessary for concision, clarity, or style.
Regular Office Hours are suspended until April 30 and there is
no access to the UU Miami premises due to pandemic precautions.
Get in touch with us by calling the office at 305-667-3697
or by emailing us at admin@uumiami.org
Minister: Reverend Tom Capo: 630-917-7766  revcapo@gmail.com
Minister's Office Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
If you need to speak to Reverend Tom in the evenings outside of his office hours, please contact him .
Office phone: (305) 667-3697
Administrator: admin@uumiami.org
Administrator's Office Hours
Most Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: noon - 7:00 p.m.;
Most Sundays: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sexton's Office Hours
Monday, Thursday-Saturday: 8:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.;
Sunday: 8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. 

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