JULY 2021
Embracing a free and responsible search for truth and meaning while demonstrating our strong belief in the interdependent web of all existence.

Once again someone has sent a bogus email to a UUCG member. At first glance it appears to be from Board President Beth Stevenson, however, the email address that it is coming from is NOT Beth's. Here is a copy of this email.
Please be very careful about replying to emails.
METAMORPHOSIS
I’ve been considering metamorphosis this morning. No, not the Franz Kafka novella that we read in our literature classes. I try NOT to think about that! But real biological metamorphosis that many species go through.  More specifically I’ve been thinking of moths and butterflies and the wonderful process involved in their transformation from their larva state, commonly known as caterpillars.

I found these stages of the moth’s life cycle to provide a good lesson for us as our congregation begins our next stage of development. The quotes and pictures are from an article at this link: https://www.pestwiki.com/moth-life-cycle/
The very first stage of the life cycle of a moth is the embryonic stage. This is the stage where the embryo develops inside of the egg. I envision this as the part of our history where we were just beginning, meeting in houses or other temporary places, trying to find out who we were and what we were going to be.

The second stage is the larva stage (commonly referred to as a caterpillar). “When the caterpillar first hatches, before it molts and sheds, it is said to be in its first instar. It continues to go through this process as it grows.” I envision this as what has been occurring in our congregation since we hatched out of temporary housing and became more visible and active in the community.

The third stage is the pupa stage. “A caterpillar has the ability to spin a type of silk made from proteins which it produces. A caterpillar spins this silk into a protective shell called the cocoon, inside of which the transformation process will occur. The purpose of the cocoon is to offer protection for the vulnerable larva while it transforms, plus it keeps everything contained.” Some think of the organism as resting during this period. But it is not resting. It is in a cocoon so that it can be protected as it works to transform. I feel like this pandemic and our pulling into our shells for protection has been a time that our congregation has found new ways of being together and new ways to serve one another. We were not growing bigger, but we were transforming.

Stage four is the adult moth or the imaginal stage! An adult moth is technically called an “imago,” therefore making this stage of its life the imaginal stage. And here is something important to remember: “It takes quite a while for the adult moth to emerge from the cocoon, as at this time it is soft, weak, and quite fragile. Getting out of that cocoon is a difficult process. When the moth first emerges from the cocoon, it will have a severely bloated abdomen and shriveled wings, rendering it unable to fly for the first few hours of its adult life.” 

Wow! I think this is important for us to remember as we emerge from our pandemic life. We will need to be patient with one another and know that not everyone will be ready to fly! It will take some time and planning. We also may be worried that we seem to be weaker than before the metamorphosis process. But this is natural. It takes some time for the transformation. Indeed, we may even be smaller than that big caterpillar. But, folks, if we do this right, we can fly!
May it be so!
Peace, Love and Courage,
Jane
Because we are using different Zoom Rooms during July the correct Zoom Room link is included with each service description.
July 4
“Reparation"
We will again join All Souls UU Church of D. C. and Rev. Kathleen C. Rolenz, Interim Senior Minister.
Go to All Souls zoom ID: https://zoom.us/j/9187584433, or go to their website then click on the link to their Sunday service: https://all-souls.org.
Denise Anderson has arranged for our visits with All Souls Church.

July 11
“Raising Awareness about equality for African Americans in Glynn County as well as Nationally.”
Beth Sutton, Worship Leader
Audrey Gibbons, Guest Speaker
Audrey is an alumna of Brunswick High School, Georgia Southern, and Troy State University. She is currently serving on the Board of Education for Glynn County.  She has extensive background in social services for several organizations. Come and learn more about Equality here in Glynn County for African Americans.
Go to our UUCG ZOOM ROOM: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/4793253254

July 18
“A Bluu-grass Celebration”
Beth Stevenson, Worship Leader
Time to embrace your inner bluegrass soul!! This Sunday join us for lots of bluegrass – with an emphasis on singing a bit of bluegrass gospel music.  The message is about celebrating the joy, energy, and passions in Christian bluegrass gospel and seeing how we as Unitarian Universalists can musically honor one of the 6 sources of our faith: “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.”
Go to our UUCG ZOOM ROOM: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/4793253254

July 25
"The Life and Times of Jazz Artist Billie Holiday"
Lollie Bohannon, Worship Leader
Dr. Anthony Springer, Lay Minister, UU Church of Atlanta is our guest speaker.
Dr. Springer presents a very moving service about the life and times of jazz artist Billie Holiday. He includes beautiful music by members of the Atlanta choir.
Go to our usual zoom ID for this impressive service. UUCG ZOOM ROOM: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/4793253254
PLAN TO CONTINUE TO ZOOM OUR SUMMER PROGRAMS

Our summer programs team has planned an exciting zoom summer series for July, and the first two Sundays in August.  You can join in by using the Zoom links above.
DON’T MISS OUT!!!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 15TH In-Gathering Service
MARK YOU CALENDARS! Rev. Jane will lead our annual in-gathering service which will be a service at the church where you can actually attend in person.
More details to follow...
In addition to Rev. Jane, Denise Anderson and I were thrilled to attend the UU General Assembly (GA). It was an awe inspiring event and I have been charmed with how well it has been transformed into a virtual gathering of UU's from across the globe. Ask Denise or me to share some of our favorite things about this year's GA.

Once again, lots to be thankful for in this congregation. Sharon Ehle has agreed to lead the Social Justice Team for the next year -- and is organizing a gathering of people interested in being part of the team. Kim Merck on the board is taking the lead on helping all of us at UUCG review and refine our vision, mission and 5 year plan. She has already met with some expertise at UUA to help us all think about the process for dreaming where we want to be in 5 years! Thanks to Kay Golan who already started us with that dreaming with the service and workshop on how we experience the holy. Thanks to Carolyn Wallace for serving as a UUCG delegate and representing us in the UUA elections. Huge thanks to Barbara Sprouse as our Program lead for organizing us in creating wonderful Sunday services for June and July while Rev. Jane takes a much deserved break from leading worship.

I can feel the energy building as we look forward to gathering in person once again!

In beloved community,
Beth
Beth Stevenson
President, Board of Trustees
Heather Turner, Trustee

I was born and raised in Altoona, PA. I grew up with my mother, father, and two older sisters. I loved animals, especially horses, and I loved to spend time with my best friend and go on family trips. After high school, I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in philosophy. For almost two years after that I worked as a corrections officer in a maximum security women’s prison. I knew that career wasn’t for me, but I met a wonderful partner at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) Training Academy, and we are happily married to this day.

After leaving the DOC, I returned to college at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and earned a Master of Education degree with a specialization in curriculum and instruction. While I was at PSU, my husband and I visited his grandparents in coastal Georgia. One visit was all it took for us to decide to relocate to Georgia, which we did just before my first year of teaching. For approximately the next 18 years I taught high school English (and a little college English as well.) In 2016, I left teaching and became a Realtor. I’m now an agent at Coldwell Banker Access Realty working in residential sales. It’s a rewarding career that lets me meet many new people. When I’m not working, I love to travel (international trips are my favorite), read, and go to the beach.

I found Unitarian Universalists of Coastal Georgia a few years ago. For several years I attended services off and on and mostly observed. I wanted to be certain it was not a place of dogma and intolerance, like some churches I had known. I found it refreshingly open, and I especially appreciated the free exchange of ideas. I am thankful that our community has such a group of open minded and kind people.

Are you a friend who wants to become a member of UUCG?

We are organizing now for a new members induction and ceremony in early September. If you are ready to become a member, please contact Carolyn Wallace at carolynswallace@yahoo.com. She will give you more information on becoming a member.

Carolyn Wallace
Membership Team Leader
Sunday, July 18 at 9:15 a.m. (NOTE: New time!)
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Book Discussion Group

"Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing"
by Jacob Goldstein

Will your money be worth much next year?  

But first, what really is money?  
The co-host of the popular NPR podcast Planet Money provides a well-researched, entertaining, somewhat irreverent look at how money is a made-up thing that has evolved over time to suit humanity's changing needs.

Money only works because we all agree to believe in it. The author shows how money is a useful fiction that has shaped societies for thousands of years, from the rise of coins in ancient Greece to the first stock market in Amsterdam to the emergence of shadow banking in the 21st century.

You will learn about the cypherpunks, a group of radical libertarian computer programmers, who paved the way for bitcoin. Will this change your future? Read and see.

Better yet, join our intimate discussion group on Zoom and let us know how you feel after reading this short 200-page easy-reading gem.

DISCUSSION GROUP LEADER: Dorin Schumacher 912-266-6558 or drdorin@earthlink.net

IMPORTANT - NEW LINK for RE
There is a SPECIAL ZOOM ROOM set-up for the ADULT RE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. 
Join THIS Zoom Meeting at https://uuma.zoom.us/j/93962934425
Meeting ID: 93962934425
Green Tip of the Month

Attention beach lovers! Before you slather up with your favorite sunscreen, take some time to read about the latest research. Be aware that a few popular brands have been found to contain benzene, a toxic chemical. – Bad for you, bad for the water. Here’s a good article – even though it mainly addresses the tropics, still has good information. I’ve included some excerpts below:
“The next time you take a dip in the warm waters of the Caribbean or Hawaii, think about this: you aren't just swimming in seawater. There may also be as many as 82,000 kinds of chemicals from personal care products that have made their way into the world's oceans, according to a report by Marine Life, a marine conservation NGO. And one of the biggest and most permanent contributors to this massive pollution is sunscreen. In 2015, it was estimated that around 14,000 tons of sunscreen are ending up in the world's coral reefs per year and causing irreparable damage.”

"Eighty-five percent of the Caribbean coral reefs died before 1999 or 2000. That wasn't global warming. It's pollution," says Dr. Craig A. Downs, Ph.D., executive director of Haereticus Environmental Laboratory.”  WHAT CAN YOU DO? GET INFORMED!

Be sure to read about: “The Safe Sunscreen Council, a coalition of companies working to raise awareness about the impact of toxic sunscreen ingredients on our planet.”
Have a fun and safe summer!
Sharon Ehle
The Virtual Choir of Statesboro and Coastal Georgia has completed its performances. Past anthems are viewable at:

Stay tuned for news about the re-formation of the live UUCG Choir.
John Cowlishaw, Music Director
Please remember those in need...
If you are able, please take some items to Sparrow's Nest Food Bank. 
Especially during these difficult times there are many families in need. They can use canned fruits, meats, pasta and sauces, beans, rice, cereal, diapers, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, etc.
Cash or checks payable to FAITHWORKS are also always welcome.
Sparrow's Nest is located at:
2911 Altama Ave, Brunswick, GA 31520
PHONE: 912-261-8512 x110
You see men and women in our community carrying their life's belongings in shopping bags and back packs walking to get out of the elements or looking for a place to sleep. Doorways, under bridges, abandoned houses or cars become their homes, or for a lucky few the couch of a friend or relative.

The Well is a hospitality center for people who are homeless , providing resources such as a shower, laundry room, phone, internet access, and address for correspondence. By providing this venue, FaithWorks helps those who are homeless with opportunities to reconnect with family members, access important services to help them leave the streets, and recover from sickness and disease. Our guests often regain employment and restore hope in their lives.

Guests at The Well are always in need of towels and toiletries.  
Please drop them off at The Well . It is located at
1101 Gloucester Street - Brunswick
HOURS: 7 Days/Week from 7 AM- 5PM
PHONE: 912-261-8512 x 119
The Robert S. Abbott Race Unity Institute envisions a community where healing and reconciliation are commonplace amongst people of all identities, social justice is upheld and honored, and people honestly engage in history in order to live more truthfully in the present. Ultimately, we strive to influence thought, which leads to changed hearts, which leads to changed behavior.

The Abbott Institute is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 2007.
Mail: P.O. Box 1834 | Brunswick, GA 31521
Our UUCG CARING FUND was established for the benefit of UUCG affiliated folks. The Fund is intended for members and friends of our congregation who are undergoing hard times, such as extensive medical bills, loss of home, etc. There are times throughout the year when we specify that a certain amount of our offerings will go to this fund. 
Just click on the image to
view (or print) a copy of these community directories.
Diane Knight
UUCG Social Justice Coordinator
Home Phone: 912- 634-1367
Cell: 912-577-8168 (call or text)
Rev. Jane Page, Minister
C: 912.682.3566 
Interested in joining UUCG? 
Contact...
Rev. Jane Page
OR
Carolyn Wallace
Membership Team Leader
C: 478.279.2769
Rev. Bill Phillips, Pastor Emeritus
Phone: 912.635.3512 (home) or 912.434.4140 (cell)

John Cowlishaw, Music Director
248.891.4498

Elaine Deaver
Newsletter Editor/Part-time Administrator
912.230.2675
President: Beth Stevenson
Vice President: Judith Longfield
Treasurer: Ted Davis
Secretary: Peggy Lee
Trustee: Lollie Bohannon
Trustee: Kim Merck
Trustee: Heather Turner 
Our location is 1710 Gloucester Street - Brunswick, Georgia
PLEASE SEND MAIL TO: UUCG, P.O. Box 1056, Brunswick, GA 31521