UUCGT Flash 
October 19, 2017
Vol. 11, Issue 504
In This Issue
Sunday Service
Lifespan Experience for Children, Youth & Families
Announcement of Special Meeting
What's Going on at UUCGT?
End Note

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Reflection...The Service Continues ...  


Thank you to those who attended and reflected on last Sunday's service on "Listening is an Act of Love:  Voices from the Margins."  It was challenging and thought provoking.  Thanks to Andi Kramer, our service coordinator, and Karen McCarthy for selecting such powerful reflections. 
We had many requests for the sources used, mentioned and displayed in the sanctuary.  Susan was kind enough to type up Andi's list, which you can find here.   My sources are there as well.
I would especially lift up for your attention "Voices from the Margins:  An Anthology of Meditations" by Mark Morrison-Reed and Jacqui James; and "The Moral Imagination:  The Art and Soul of Building Peace" by John Paul Lederach.
Ann Marie Love offered the suggestion that we include  a section in the monthly Beacon called, "The Service Continues ..." which will offer our sources more regularly for those who wish go a little deeper.  Great idea! Will do! 
This Sunday, Karen Mars will lead a beautiful service on the next aspect of listening:  "The Five Languages of Love".  The following Sunday we will honor Samhain, our Annual Service of Remembrance.  Please bring a memento or photo to share in creating our setting on October 29th. 
In blessing - 
Rabbi Chava 

Sunday Service 
Sunday, October 22
10:30 AM Service:  "Languages of Love" - Rev. Karen

If we are to communicate effectively across cultural lines, we must learn the language of those with whom we wish to communicate.  Similarly, to be able to communicate our love or appreciation to a partner, friend, or even a colleague, we not only have to understand our usual love language, but must also try to discern the love language of the person we wish to communicate with.
Lifespan Experience  f or Children,
Youth  and Fam ilies!
Sundays in October for preK-8th grade

We have officially kicked off our UU & YOU at Hogwarts year with our first "horcrux", or issue - hunger.  The children will learn and grow together as they consider this topic, all while engaging with each other through the magic of the world of Harry Potter.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about this exciting program.


As part of the "Hunger Horcrux" that our elementary and middle school children and youth have been working on, they are collecting canned/dried goods for the Grace Episcopal food pantry.  The donation box is located outside of the kitchen - please donate generously!

Our families will deliver the food in November, and the children/youth will have the opportunity to meet the coordinators of Grace's pantry, as well as learn more about what a food pantry is, and the community that this particular pantry serves.  Food collection will continue until AFTER SERVICE on November 12.

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Suggested readings for families/pare nts this month include:
  • Ravenclaw Reader:  Seeking the Meaning and Artistry of J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts Saga, Essays from the St. Andrews University Harry Potter Conference  - by John Patrick Pazdziora (Editor), Micah Snell (Editor)
  • Into the Pensieve:  The Philosophy and Mythology of Harry Potter - by Patrick McCauley
Announcement of Special Meeting of UUCGT

called by the Board of Trustees for the Purpose of a Vote
on the UUA Declaration of Conscience
Sunday, October 29, 2017
following 10:30 AM  Sunday Service
UUCGT sanctuary

The Board of Trustees of UUCGT calls for a Special Meeting on Sunday, October 29, 2017 - following the 10:30 AM Service for the purpose of voting on the UUA Declaration of Conscience.  The Board of Trustees voted its approval on the Declaration at its September, 2017 regular meeting.  

This special meeting will consist of the single of item of voting on the Declaration of Conscience.  Current members in good standing are eligible to vote.   Voting will be by paper ballot.   

W hat's Going On At UUCGT?

~ Please Note ~
Contact office@uucgt.org to schedule meetings and events

UUCGT Calendar -  Click Here

Meetings & Activities

Staff/Staff Resources:   Thursday, October 19, 1:00pm, sanctuary

Peacemaker Needleworkers:    Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall

UU Safe Harbor Planning Meeting:  Thursday, October 19, 4:00pm, library

Policy Committee:  Thursday, October 19, 5:00pm, library
Meditation Workshop: 
Thursday, October 19, 5:30pm, classroom

Vocal Ensemble:   Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

Facilities Committee:  Friday, October 20, 10:00am, social hall

Congregational Care Team Retreat:  Friday, October 20, 10:00-4:00pm, Joanie Jackson's

New Moon Women's Group:  Saturday, October 21 - Contact Carolyn Kelly for time and location - 392-5761

MENSA Testing:  Saturday, October 21, 1:00 -4:00pm. Contact Stan Cain, 938-1506

Mindfulness Meditation:  Sunday, October 22, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary

Stretch & Strengthen :  Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00am

Committee on Ministry:  Monday, October 23, 2:00pm

Community Lunch :  Tuesdays - V olunteers meet at 10:30am.  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  marykiner@charter.net

Indivisible GT:  Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm, sanctuary

Bridge Group:  Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00pm, social hall

CUUPS:  Wednesday, October 25, 12:30pm, Robby's Tacqueria

Wednesday Pizza Supper:  Wednesday,  October 25, 5:30pm social / 6:00pm supper - Pizza, salad, dessert (shared cost)

Shantideva Fan Club:  Thursday, October 26, 9:30am, sanctuary

Brewing Community:  Thursday, October 26, 5:00pm @ Terra Firma


Safe Harbor Open Houses:   Safe Harbor will be hosting Open Houses at our new building at 517 Wellington Street:  
- Sunday, October 22 - 10:00am to 1:30pm
- Thursday, November 2 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Please drop by and see the new home of our temporary overnight shelter for those experiencing homelessness.  
If you have questions contact  Mike and Sandra McDonald

Donated Dinners:    Checking interest level and 6 - 10 Hosts!   Please contact John Hoffmann if you would be interested in hosting a dinner in 2018!  Typically, sign-ups are made available at the Thanksgiving Dinner - this year by November 19.

Wednesday Night Program:  November 1, 7:00-8:00pm following Wednesday Supper.   Hal Gurian will make a presentation on behalf of VOTERS NOT POLITICIANS on how gerrymandering affects your vote in Michigan.

Shantideva Fan Club V2.0:   Thursday, November 2, 9:30am - Organizing meeting for fall/winter program.   The Shantideva Fan Club is a Dharma study group formed in spring 2017 at UUC-GT for the study of and meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.  T he group will again follow the book,   A Fearless Heart, How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives , by Thupten Jinpa.    Read more here...

InterPlay Workshop:  Saturday, November 4,10:00am-1:00pm.  All are welcome!  Click here for more information

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End Note...


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