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Listening is an Act of Love
"One of the benchmarks of great communicators
is their ability to listen not just to what's being said,
but to what's not being said as well.
They listen between the lines."
- Laurie Buchanan, PhD
Our 9 AM Dialogue in Community program resumes this Sunday. Come and share, or just listen and be present. A
t 10 AM, I will be available for a brief greet-and-meet with prospective members.
Our 10:30 service this week, coordinated by Andi Kramer, will be a powerful one: "Listening is an Act of Love: Voices that Call Us."
We are in a time when the work of justice is to lift up voices that have been silenced or ignored by the dominant culture. Joining with UUs around the nation, and heeding the call of Black Lives of UU, this Sunday will raise up voices of Black Americans, Native Americans and DACA recipients - voices that too often dwell on the margins of our awareness.
Our national association, the UUA, is currently considering adding an 8th principle to our most cherished beliefs - the 8th Principle Project comes from the work of Black Lives of UU. You will want to learn about this!
And through it all, we will practice listening with love.
I look forward to seeing you -
Join me! Comedy for Community takes place this Saturday night 10/14 at Horizon books at 8:00 PM. I will be doing 10 minutes of stand-up along with some fellow comedians. �� �� ��
Sunday, October 15
9:00 AM Program: "Dialogue in Community"
Rabbi Chava Bahle, Sarah Montgomery-Richards
10:30 AM Service: "Listening is and Act of Love"
Rabbi Chava Bahle, Andi Kramer
At the recent "Peace in the Midst" gathering co-organized by Rabbi Chava, our community made a pledge to move the stories of disenfranchised peoples at the margins to the center.
This Sunday as we join with UU congregations across the country, we will participate in raising our awareness through Part 2 of the UU White Supremacy Teach-in.
Sundays in October for preK-8th grade
We will officially be kicking 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.
The world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters.
We have all got both light and dark inside us.
What matters is the power we choose to act on.
That's who we really are.
- Sirius Black
Suggested readings for families/parents 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
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Friday Night Out - O
ctober 13, 5:30 - 9:00pm
ASAP to reserve a spot!
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
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.
hat's Going On At UUCGT?
Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, October 12, 9:30am, sanctuary
Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
Group will not meet today, October 12th. Meditation will resume on October 19th
Thursday, October 12, 5:00pm, The Workshop - Family-friendly, great food, micro-brews & community!
Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary
Friday Night Out!
Friday, October 13, 5:00-9:00pm, classrooms. RSVP to
Singing Sisters: Saturday, October 14, 10:00-2:00pm, sanctuary
Social Witness Committee: Sunday, October 15, 11:45am, classroom
Sunday, October 15, 12:00 after service.
Anyone who's interested may join in for a walk around the UU property
(landscape experience is not a prerequisite!). Following the walk, we'll have a short organizational meeting. Lauren Keinath
Sunday, October 15, 5:00-7:00pm, sanctuary
Stretch & Strengthen
: Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00am (Please note time change)
UUCGT Board Meeting: Monday, October 16, 5:30pm, classroom
: 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
Indivisible GT: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm, sanctuary
Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00pm, social hall
Lifespan Experience: Wednesday, October 18, 12:00 noon, library
Sunday Services Committee: Wednesday, Oct 18, 4:00pm, classroom
Membership Committee: Wednesday, October 18, 4:15pm, library
Wednesday Potluck: Wednesday, October 18, 5:30 social / 6:00 supper
Staff/Staff Resources: Thursday, October 19, 1:00pm, sanctuary
UU Safe Harbor Planning Meeting: Thursday, October 19, 4:00pm, library
Policy Committee: Thursday, October 19, 5:00pm, library
Meditation: Thursday, October 19, 5:30pm, classroom
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UUCGT Financial Report as of September 30, 2017: Please
Safe Harbor Open Houses!
Safe Harbor will be hosting Open Houses at our new building at 517 Wellington Street for church volunteers. The open houses will be on Sunday, October 15 and 22 from 10:00am until 1:30pm.
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
Thanks to all who either contributed and/or walked in this year's
CROP WALK on Sunday, October 8! We had a nice group of walkers from the UUCGT and others who contributed but were unable to walk with us.
We are hoping to make this an annual participatory event! John Hoffmann, Sarah Montgomery-Richards
Benzie County UU: Wednesday, October 18 @ Grow Benzie. Misty Sheehan will coordinate the program, "What are some of the ethics Lao Tzu is accredited with promoting? How is his point of view different than other points of view? Can his ethics promote a better world?"
New Moon Women's Circle:
Saturday, October 21. Contact Carolyn Kelly for information - 231-392-5761 or
"One of the most important things you can do on this earth
is to let people know they are not alone."
- Shannon L. Alder
(from Daily Compass)
FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week