ISSUE 16                                                                                                                                                                                       OCTOBER 2017
October Theme: Courage
Like hospitality and welcome, courage is often something we believe we either have or we don't. Too often courage is attached to those who run into a burning building to rescue someone or the giants in history like Rosa Parks who stood out even when they refused to stand up. Unfortunately, that sort of thinking makes courage (as well as hospitality and welcome) nouns we either possess or we don't, rather than a quality we can practice and live into whoever we are.

This month we take a fresh look inviting each of us to see courage as something not only accessible to us, but also something we can cultivate in ourselves. After all, Mary Anne Radmacher wrote: "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"

Sometimes courage is about saying yes to something new. Sometimes it is about maintaining a boundary and saying no. Sometimes it is about becoming an ally or co-conspirator to someone on the margins. Sometimes it is about letting yourself love. Sometimes it is about crafting a new story from your own life. Sometimes it is forgiveness. Sometimes it is supporting another in his/her/their courage.

Not all courage saves an individual life or shapes history. Yet, I believe that the central task of the religious enterprise, especially ours, is to promote our collective evolution. So, cultivating our capacity for courage is essential.

Any lament we have of the present, and goodness knows, we have many, means that we are responsible to help things change. Change doesn't occur without intention and effort. Change isn't comfortable. Change, by its very nature, says we have to do something or some things differently. For me, that invites us to courage.

The word courage has its origins in French word heart. All of us - each of us - regardless of our native predilection toward boldness or timidity, can take steps to live in line with our heart. By that I mean, our core. We can become more wholehearted doing the next right thing. Perhaps then, we may be able to reverse Mark Twain's regrettable observation: "It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare."
Sisters and brothers... and other things we sing about
From the preface of a 1988 UU Hymnal: 

Hymns in new form for common worship:
"The history of hymnody is a history of amending and altering words and music to fit current needs. Changes are prompted sometimes for psychological, sometimes for theological reasons."

These words written by the 1988 hymnal commission acknowledged a practice that has existed for hundreds of years: that songs which are to be sung in religious community are constantly being updated to reflect new understandings. In this case, the 1988 hymnal collections removed patriarchal language from 51 beloved Unitarian Universalist songs.

"We seek to move beyond gender in the language of our worship. The old patriarchal forms are contrary to present needs and ideals. If any portion of a congregation feels excluded by words sung or spoken in unison, the words fail to express the intended community. If religious language perpetuates views of the divine or the human in purely masculine forms, it runs contrary to our best understanding. Just as in the past Universalists removed the term "hell" and Unitarians eliminated "the Trinity" by recasting old hymns, this brief collection provides changes that should make many more hymns appropriate for our time."

In recent weeks at Jefferson Unitarian Church, you may have sung words that have been changed, reflecting emerging understandings about gender. Some of us feel female, others male, others both, and others neither. In a world where the dominant culture can bully those who move beyond gender-binary identities and where laws are being passed to specify restroom use, Unitarian Universalism seeks to uphold each person's worth and dignity. For us here in Golden, we will be trying out new lyrics in songs that we currently sing, to see what feels right and rings true in this year of Hospitality.

So instead of "Just call on me, brother, when you need a hand. We all need somebody to lean on," we are trying out "Just call on me, darlin'..."
And instead of "Come build a land where sisters and brothers...," we are trying out "Come build a land where strangers and neighbors..."

The preface to the 1988 hymnal collection ends, "We hope others will join in the process of rewriting existing hymns and writing new words and new music to create truly inclusive Unitarian Universalist hymnody." I invite you to join and suggest new musical and inclusive words where you feel that they may have a place in our body of songs, joining in a tradition that connects us to 1517 (Protestant Reformation, where the people could sing in their own language, not in Latin), 1988 (Hymns in new form for common worship) or 2017.
More than Bricks and Mortar
David Flack,  Secretary

Humanity has an amazing connection with the architecture we create and the spaces we inhabit. On a most fundamental level the volumes and spaces of the built environment are created to serve a function, yet they accomplish a great deal more. 

We have a visceral reaction driving an emotional connection with our spaces. Our home at JUC is no exception. It has been home to hold ourselves in times of joy and times of pain. We've seen our children grow in our halls and classrooms from infants to inspired adults. We have said goodbye to those we cherish and found comfort within these walls and with each other. 

Our identity is more than the sum of bricks and mortar. Our identity is the sum of the relationships we build and our unrelenting drive to better the world. Our home must serve our mission to deepen, connect and engage with our current membership and to welcome those yet to arrive. It will be a challenge for many of us to say goodbye to our sacred space and that is because of the amazing spiritual and life altering moments it has facilitated. We must address our future needs in order to truly live into our values. I hope you will join us in holding in our hearts where we are, where we have been and make real the dream of tomorrow.

On Sunday, October 15  at 12:30 p.m. we will have our Fall congregational meeting where together we will envision the next chapter of our shared home. Please join us; to share, to listen, and to dream of our tomorrow.
Time to Sign Up for the Pumpkin Patch!

Your help is needed to represent JUC by participating in the pumpkin patches that are the major source of funding for the Habitat for Humanity home built each year by our faith partnership, West Metro Habitat Interfaith Coalition. Volunteers are needed to help unload the pumpkins at 68th and Wadsworth when they arrive. Delivery is expected to be at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11. A second, smaller load will be delivered on Friday, October 20, at 4 p.m.. We welcome your help to form a human chain to unload the pumpkins. With enough volunteers, unloading is usually done within an hour and a half.

The pumpkin patch will be open for business 10 a.m-dusk beginning Thursday, October 12.  Volunteers are needed to work 4-hour shifts at the patches selling pumpkins. Shift hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2 p.m. - dusk. Shorter shifts can be arranged, if necessary.  Also, weekday morning shifts are quieter for those who are concerned that the work might be too strenuous. Volunteers work with a partner and training is provided. It is fine to bring children along. There are great photo opportunities at the patch. Everyone has a really good time.
Sign up online at (choose "Arvada Pumpkin Patch Sign-Up") or stop by the information table in the commons Sunday between services. Once you have signed up you will be notified by email or phone of any changes in delivery dates or times.

Buy Your Pumpkins at Our Patch at 68th & Wadsworth
Can't work at the patch? Come buy pumpkins and squash! Our pumpkins and squash are the freshest! We have several small varieties at competitive prices. Delivered straight from the farm to us usually in less than 24 hours, these pumpkins and squash are grown on the Navajo Reservation in Farmington, New Mexico. Growing pumpkins is the largest source of employment on the reservation. We expect to have great variety and typically get some huge pumpkins! We also carry carving kits and other fun items such as glow in the dark fangs and light sabers.  Come and help us turn these pumpkins into a Habitat for Humanity home!
Welcome Our New Members
Paul Broughton's  interests include cooking, exercise, public speaking, and self-help.

John Claus is an engineer whose hobbies include mountain biking, reading, and gardening.

Kate Cooke is a land use and transportation planner whose hobbies include skiing, gardening, and sports.

Maria Davison is a first grade teacher whose hobbies include hiking, organizing, and cleaning. 

Peter Farrin loves to hang out with his friends and catch the Colorado Avalanche games when he can. Go Avs!

Peggy Hegg is a retired U.S. GAO whose hobbies include yoga, golfing, and meditation.

Nancy Johnson is a semi-retired lawyer whose hobbies include gardening, needlework, and politics.

Luan Jones is in semi-retirement and her hobbies include reading, knitting, sewing, and meditation.

Briana McCarten works as a paralegal for Jefferson County.

Suzy Rosemeyer is a retired RN/attorney whose hobbies include dogs, gardening, politics, and reading.

Peter and Nancy Torpey are both retired, and they enjoy hiking, music, and home projects.

Greg Williams is an RTD Access-a-Ride administrator whose hobbies include photography, creative writing, and hiking.
Annual Fall Congregational Meeting
Sunday, October 15
12:30 p.m.

A 15% quorum is necessary to conduct the business of this meeting. Please plan to attend! Light lunch will be available for a donation and child care is provided. 

Agenda items will include: 
  • Rev. Wendy Williams on the state of the church
  • Spirit Map: Our Signature Strengths and Key Opportunities
  • Interactive conversation on our Big Hairy Audacious Goal: By May 1, 2018 we will have a viable plan to free JUC from the limits of our campus in order to live more fully into our mission.
Friends and newcomers are welcome to attend and will be given the courtesy of the floor, but only members who have signed the Membership Book no later than Friday, September 15, 2017 may vote.
We Are Family
1st Wednesdays
3rd Fridays
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Worship

Join us twice per month for a fellowship dinner ($5 per person) followed by a lively and brief family-centered worship. We use ritual, song and story for a multi-age worship that fills the heart and grows the spirit. All ages are encouraged to attend. 

October Menu
Wednesday, October 4: Mexican
Friday, October 20: Chili
MDD Delegates Needed!
The 2017 Mountain Desert District Gathering and Annual Meeting will be held October 13-14 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder. All JUC members are invited to attend. Please contact Carol Wilsey if you would like to serve as a delegate. 

Advance registration is open through October 3. Keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, and three workshops will be presented.

Workshop descriptions,
schedule, and more information is available on the
Annual Meeting website .
Welcome and Planned Giving
Estate planning can be a welcoming experience. When you finally decide to really do it, even though end of life planning is well below the last thing on your to do list, you will welcome the peace of mind and clarity that it can bring. Your loved ones will welcome the fact that you have made your wishes clear and they are not faced with difficult decisions to make when stressed and grieving. Your benefactors will welcome your thoughtfulness and cherish your memory.

JUC welcomes and honors your estate gift for it will support the beloved community we all want and need where we are accepted just as you we. We will continue to write the "Book of Welcome" so everyone is loved and valued in our community for generations to come.

Visit the planned giving display in the north commons for relevant information.  Contact JUC's planned giving coordinators:  Bud Meadows , Mike Kramer or Carol Wilsey .
Annual Auction Saturday, November 11
JUC's annual fundraising auction is coming up Saturday, November 11. Watch your email inbox next Monday, October 2 for a special auction edition of IGNITE to find out about all of the fun planned for this year.

Contact: Carolyn Thomas
Just Neighboring: Tutoring at Lumberg
Have you wondered if tutoring at Lumberg a couple of times a week can really make a difference? Here is a story that can convince you:

At our tutoring orientation meeting at the end of August, Debbie, one of the tutors, described her experience tutoring Nina. "I worked with Nina for 2 years. She lost her mom to breast cancer when she was 4 years old. She was withdrawn, didn't like to be touched, and had no friends.  She was way below grade level in reading. Over the two years, Nina has come out of her shell.  She now has friends and is reading at grade level. Her teacher said, "It's a miracle." And her father said, "You have made a difference in our whole family's life." The last day of tutoring this spring, Nina hugged me -  like I was her mom."

As the principal at Lumberg, Rhonda Hatch Riviera, says, "We save lives here."

We hope you consider making a difference in a child's life. It is not too late to sign up. Contact:  Jill Armstrong
JUC Scrip Program
Do you know that you can easily make big bucks for JUC by participating in our Scrip Program?! 

You can purchase retailer cards at the Scrip table in the commons on Sundays. For instance, purchase a King Soopers card, and when you use it to check out, JUC will receive 5% of what you spend! The card is reloadable, and check out when using it is quicker because you don't even have to sign your name! See Pat Emery and Jean Decker on Sunday.

14350 W 32nd Avenue
Golden, CO 80401
Guatemala Partnership Trips

If you heard the Chalice Lighting on the 17th, or were at the Fiesta! on the 24th, you heard how transformative the Guatemala Trip is for participants. 2017 was our first multi-generational trip, scheduled for summer vacation here so that teens could go without missing school; previous years we have gone in October and had an older crowd. The UUSC task force is committed to continuing to provide opportunities for both types of trips.

As shared at the Fiesta! on the 24th,
Sometimes I have wondered if the Guatemala trip is only for our benefit, or if it's only contribution to the program is to raise awareness for fundraising. This year there was a beautiful example of how relationships help both parties. One of our youth, Brooks, was particularly interested in seeing Mayan ruins. There is a sacred Mayan place on a mountain about a 2-hour hike away from where we stay. We included it in the trip planning as an optional event -- I don't do 2-hour hikes. Two days before we were to have gone on the hike our activity included the 30-minute walk Amalia used to take to elementary school. After that I was informed that there were no longer any takers for the 2-hour hike (each way). When I shared that with Marwin, he started thinking about what else they could offer to ease Brooks' disappointment. They decided to replace it with a futbol game (soccer) for those who wanted to join us.  Marwin and Pablo took the field along with scholarship students and our youth. We had a great time. The next day, Marwin told us that he realized that they should organize more events like that for the students.  That the students only see ADIVIMA staff on "official" occasions and that relaxing and playing with them can only improve the relationships. We learn from our experiences together.

As we move forward in planning for future trips, it would be helpful to have an awareness of interest. Please contact Gretchen May , June LeCrone,  or Lisa Bickford  with interest in traveling, volunteering, or supporting the Guatemala Scholarship Partnership.