CHANNELS
First Universalist's e-newsletter
WORSHIP
Singing on the Side of Love
Vespers Service and Potluck
Sunday, August 20 at 6 pm
All in our community are invited to join with local musicians as we sing songs of peace. Come sing in solidarity with Charlottesville as we raise up love and peace in our community and for the world. Stay after this musical service to share a meal in community.
Ingathering
Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 10:30 am
Rev. Jennifer Emrich returns from her summer sabbatical and we rejoice in reconvening in fellowship for our 2017-2018 church year.
FAITH FORMATION &
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Children's Chapel
Sunday, September 17, 2017 during worship
We bravely begin our worship theme of courage during Children's Chapel during the week following Ingathering Sunday. Please join us as we create our covenant for the 2017-2018 church year!
Junior Youth Group
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10:30 am
Middle schoolers (5th - 8th grade) can join us on Sunday mornings during worship for snacks, games, social justice work, and faith exploration. Please note we'll be starting in October and our junior youth group will be meeting EVERY week this year (October - May)!
Senior Youth Group
Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 4 pm - 5:30 pm
High schoolers (9th - 12th grade) can join us on Sunday afternoons for snacks, games, social justice work, faith exploration, and to prepare for our justice-based mission trip. Please note we'll be starting in October. 
Adult Conversation Circles
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 9:30 am
There are plans to bring back Adult Conversation Circles every Sunday morning before worship. Please stay tuned for more information.
PEACE AND JUSTICE WORK: 
FAITH IN ACTION
from Aisha Ansano
Aisha Ansano went to a NYC rally to stand in solidarity for love and compassion and against the hate of white supremacy, leaving the rally, she discovered that she was "comforted and empowered by being part of a [Unitarian Universalist] community." She concludes: "I found it reassuring to know that I am not alone in my rage and grief and pain and determination. I found it heartening to know who I could turn to. What happened in Charlottesville is nothing new. We know how to fight it, and it is done in community—wherever we can find it."
How White Folks Can Be Supportive at BLM Rallies
from Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen
1. provide resources to the most marginalized
2. serve as a buffer between white nationalists and people of color
3. take up as little physical and rhetorical space as possible
4. speak up and uplift the voices of the most marginalized
5. realize that whatever you might be doing, some may interpret it as "wrong" or insincere - accept that and continue to work or move aside
6. examine what to do after rallies and how to capitalize on the momentum and dismantle white supremacy that's less "obvious"
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Bridges Out of Poverty Conference ,   sponsored by Freeport Community Services, is for professionals and communities to learn about breaking the cycle of generational poverty. September 21 - 22. $75 registration fee.
New Oasis International Education is seeking a host family for a young man from China who will be attending North Yarmouth Academy this Fall. Families receive 24/7 support, get to experience cultural exchange, and receive a stipend. You can apply to be a host family or contact Dana Manel Jarvis at 207-233-2497 for more information. 
Suzanne Aubrey, a member of the UU church of Ellsworth and a retired EMT, teacher, and social worker, is seeking housing in the Freeport or Portland area. She is moving in order to be closer to her soon-to-be grandchild and while she is on waiting lists for elderly/disabled housing, the wait is long and she would like to be living in the area by December. If you have or know of space where she could stay, please contact Suzanne at suzanneaubrey57@gmail.com 
or 207-272-7008.
News from the UUA 
1. Love showed up in Charlottesville when UU clergy and lay people showed up for justice, for inclusion, for dignity and humanity to counter the white supremacy movement that took place last weekend.
2. The Standing on the Side of Love Campaign encourages those who feel called to attend the  Fight Supremacy! Boston Counter-Protest & Resistance Rally on Saturday, August 19 in Boston. If you plan to attend, please fill out this form
Pastoral Emergencies
Rev. Jennifer Emrich is on Sabbatical from June 1, 2017 - September 5, 2017. If you are in need of pastoral care, please contact the office or reach out to our Caring Connection Coordinators, Joan Guild or Nancy Read, to be connected with an on-call minister.
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