Join us this Sunday
10:00 a.m. Service:  Whose declaration is it anyway? Inspired by the scholarship of Dr. Danielle Allen in Our Declaration, Verdis L. Robinson will argue the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence as a document of empowerment and inclusivity in the context of polarized public discourse and widespread frustration with politics.  Can we make this Fourth of July our declaration of freedom? Verdis Robinson, Guest Speaker.  

11:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  Patriotism. What loyalty do we owe our country?   What constitutes loyalty and disloyalty?  Is there a difference between nationalism and patriotism?  Can you have dual loyalties?  Can you be both a patriot and a citizen of the world?  Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion.
Upcoming Events
Join the Children's Worship Team!

Have you noticed more regular faces among the kids at our church? Attendance is up, and we are looking to train a few more adults to lead and assist with Children's Worship. No teaching experience needed! We will be holding our Children's Worship Team training Sunday, July 9th @ 11:30am-12:30pm. Please feel free to come to get more information and feel out if this ministry is a good fit for you.

Also we are looking for members to share a craft, memory or life experience by being our "Guest" on one Sunday. This is a great way to learn about our program first hand, and get to know the youngest members of our community. Contact Rev. Michelle with questions or to sign up at

March with us in the Pride Parade!

March with us in the Pride Parade, with other UUs, on July 15.  Please sign up on the Social Justice bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge with your contact information, so that you can be notified of the exact place to meet. Or contact Connie Valk at

Additional Announcements

CBL REMODEL PROJECT:  Please note that tentatively, the carpet in the Clara Barton Lounge will be getting replaced July 17 - 21.  Please avoid entering the building through the parking lot during during that time, as the lounge will be inaccessible.  Thank you.

WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK NEWS:  The cannon re-dedication will not happen July 4th as previously reported. Cannon repairs have taken longer than expected. 

LIBRARY SUMMER SCHEDULE:  During the summer, the First Universalist Church library and bookstore will be open July 16, with Marcia Weaver, and August 13, with Keith Stott, for buying, borrowing and browsing.  But our free books box, free magazine exchange and free children's books shelf are available any day at any time.

SOCKS &TOWELS SUMMER DONATIONS:  "Homeless Heartbeats" (formerly called Homelessness Task Force) is collecting: SOCKS and TOWELS (used OR new) for footwashing at House of Mercy. There, our own Kate Fleury joins others in washing the feet of those who walk the streets. A soothing foot wash makes such a difference ... for health as well as comfort. Let's help out!  Please donate as you are able:
* Socks and/or Towels (used OR new) ~ any size, any color
* Clara Barton Lounge ~ place in box labeled for this drive
* We will collect all summer long.  HH members will deliver your donations directly to the new House of Mercy on Ormond Street.
Your compassion is greatly appreciated! 

~Lois Baum, Chair

Homeless Heartbeats (formerly Homelessness Task Force)

To submit an item for "This Week at First Universalist", e-mail no later than Thursday at noon.  

Rev. Celie Katovitch, Minister

Rev. Michelle Yates, Director of Life Span Faith Development

Stacey Yang, Director of Music

Melissa Davies, Office Administrator
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