August 6 2020
On this August Morning...
Sunday's Service: our Fifth Principle
Music & Religious Education
Ministerial Search Team
UUCGT Calendar: Busy? Yup!
Workshop Aug 21-22 Searching for our Settled Minister
Bulletin Board
End Note: Iris Murdoch, DBE


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August Morning, Benjamin Moore #2615-40  
Sunday, August 9, 2020
The Fifth Principle - The Right of Conscience

This coming Sunday Service, August 9, begins at 10:30 AM.  Start signing into Zoom at 10:00 to visit before the Service begins.  It is being coordinated and led by Margaret Wozniak, who will be assisted by Andi Kramer. The message will address our Fifth Principle, the Right of Conscience, and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.   

Click here for the link to join the Service via Zoom; the passcode is 167208.  Or enter the following URL address into your web browser...


Meeting ID: 817 7744 8560
Passcode: 167208

You'll receive a reminder on Sunday morning!



MUSIC: "A Few Notes..."

- from Music Director RenĂ©e Herman Russell - 

The 5th Principle: "The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large" is an interesting topic to explore in terms of music. For me it brings forth the social justice songs of the 60s, Patti Smith, Green Day, and the Indigo Girls. Where do you explore these concepts through music? My 15 year old step-daughter is learning about her role in society and today said, "I almost forgot I need to start worrying about the elections." As much as I don't want her to worry, her worry equals her understanding that she is part of society and should be engaged, even though she is as yet old enough to vote. The music she finds inspiring and meaningful to be engaged is different from mine. Here are a few songs she and her friends say inspire them to be a part of the democratic process: This Is America by Childish Gambino, The Land of the Free by The Killers [you'll need to scroll down almost to the bottom of the webpage], My Shot from "Hamilton."
While we continue to do online services, I decided it might be helpful and enjoyable to include the links to the videos used in the previous week's service so you can have more time to enjoy them and the talent of our musical community. 



- from Alison Ernst, Director of Adult RE -
      Beginning with a Family Stories workshop last spring, and with the addition of two creative writing sessions, in early summer, a dedicated cadre of UU members have been meeting virtually to write weekly. The writing workshops are facilitated using the principles and practices of the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method, based on the simple core belief that "every person is a writer, and every writer deserves a safe environment in which to experiment, learn, and develop craft."
      Each session begins with a reading of the philosophy and practices of the AWA method, which serves as a verbal chalice lighting of sorts, grounding participants in our purpose and the agreements we have with each other during our time together. We do a short writing warm up, to get our creative juices flowing. Then a more detailed prompt is offered for a longer writing session. Participants are encouraged to write whatever they want/need to, regardless of whatever prompt is offered that day. 
     Next comes perhaps the most moving and learning inducing part of the session: reading of fresh fledgling work, and commenting that focuses on what is strong and successful. Focusing on what works in newly created writing teaches and encourages writers to tap into their unique voice and perspective. Critique certainly has its place in the writing process, but not in this setting. 
     For more information contact Alison at   aae151515@gmail.com.

Families:  If your child has not received the RE Summer Creative/Fun Kit please let Betsy or Claire know.  We will deliver it to you!  

Ministerial Search Team Report
from Jan Zerbel

Members of the Ministerial Search Committee were well prepared for their meeting on August 3 and eagerly met the challenge of a packed agenda.

  • By unanimous vote, and with the intention of involving the whole UUCGT community, the decision was made to change designation from committee to team. (MST)
  • Members' reports included Survey Plans, Finances, UUA Contacts
  • Topics of discussion were: Cottage Conversations, Updates to Congregational Record, Updating Website, Recording a Virtual Tour of UUCGT facilities for prospective ministerial candidates
MST members are already preparing for another full docket when they meet again on Aug. 17.

UUCGT Calendar - Stay Up to Date

Sunday Services, meetings and classes are hosted on Zoom until further notice. Need help with Zoom? Click on Zoom links below.

To request a Zoom meeting setup and link for your group or committee meeting, please call or e-mail Guy at the office

Requests must be made by Wednesday at noon of the preceeding week, please, if you want your meeting or event included in the FLASH, especially if you are requesting a Zoom set-up!


Countdown to "Reverend Cathy Returns" - 

Tomorrow, Friday, August 7 - 10:00 AM
   Facilities Management Committee
   Meeting in-person (!) (with masks and distancing) in
      the Social Hall at 6726 Center Road

This Sunday, August 9 - 10:30 AM
   Sunday Service:  Here's the Zoom Sign-in Information Again! 
   You can sign in beginning at 10:00 AM to visit!

Monday, August 10 - 10:00 AM
   Stretch & Strengthen
   Zoom info 

Every Tuesday - 10:30 AM
   Volunteer Comm. Lunch, Friends Church, for info Mary Kiner
Tuesday, August 11 - 1:30 PM
   Sunday Services Committee
Tuesday, August 11 - 2:30 PM
   Sunday Service Coordinators

Wednesday, August 12 - 11:00 AM
   Stretch & Strengthen Class
   Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86328072766
Wednesday, August 12 - 1:30 PM
   Staff Resources Committee
   Mike McDonald will set up on Zoom.
Wednesday, August 12 - 3:30 PM
   Finance Committee
Wednesday, August 12 - 5:30 PM
   Wednesday "Bring-Your-Own" Picnic Supper - 
   All are welcome! Contact Mike and Sandra McDonald.
Wednesday, August 12 - 7:00 PM
   Board of Trustees Meeting
   Zoom link is here - ID 867 5457 5336  PC: 127300
Friday, August 14 - 2:00 PM
   Rehearsal for Sunday Service

Friday, August 21 - 7:00-8:30 PM
Saturday, August 22 - 10:00-11:30 AM
   "Beyond Categorial Thinking" Workshops with guest
       Keith Kron, UUA Presenter (see below, and more info
       next week!)

To schedule all meetings & events, contact office@uucgt.org

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New to Zoom?

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Beyond Categorial Thinking
with Keith Kron

August 21-22
     All are encouraged to attend a workshop designed to promote inclusive thinking and prevent unfair discrimination during a congregation's search for a settled minister with UUA presenter Keith Kron.  The presentation lasts an hour and a half each day.  It will utilize conversations and case studies of actual events from other Unitarian Universalist congregations.  Please mark your calendars for Friday, August 21st, 7-8:30 pm, and Saturday, August 22nd, 10-11:30 am.  If you have questions, contact Mary Van Valin.

     Rev. Keith Kron is the Director of the Transitions Office for the Unitarian Universalist Association, helping congregations and ministers as they navigate the ministerial search process.
     He is the former Director of the Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns for the UUA. He held this position for 14.5 years, from 1996-2010.
     In his time working for the UUA, he has visited over 450 Unitarian Universalist congregations from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and from Honolulu, Hawai'i, to St. John's, Newfoundland.

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It's never to late to help with this inspired project, coordinated for UUCGT by Kim Gribi: We are again working with the nationally recognized organization, My Block My Hood My City to bring a group of teens to Traverse City on August 30, for a four-day vacation, including a trip to Mackinac Island.  This is our fourth summer doing this, and will involve an entirely new group of students. This summer has been particularly rough on the south-side of Chicago where they live, and this "vacation" will give the kids a chance for some much needed respite and fun.  If you have any questions, please call me at:  499-8664.

and to see just what this experience means to the students:
Video Recordings of the current month's Sunday Services are available online.  If you would like to view on, please contact Guy in the office: call 231-943-3117 or e-mail office@uucgt.org.
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This week Emmy Lou Cholak calls our attention to the apparent intentions of some in government to sabotage the United States Postal Service. Call our senators and representatives and ask them to support the Post Office! 833-924-0085 . While you have their staff on the phone, thank our members of Congress and let them know we are with them in this important threatened work! 

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We still have 
Well-made, 100% cotton. $20 apiece.
This money supports local BLM efforts!
Please contact or come by the office. 

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Reminder: Book Club in August: White Fragility
Please contact Rev. Cathy.

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Coronavirus infections and cases of the Covid-19 illness are rising faster than ever before in a majority of states.  Many thanks to all the UU congregants and volunteers who've been masked - without a single exception! -  when visiting the office.

The city of Chicago announced yesterday morning (Wed Aug 5) that all Fall 2020 classes begin online.  That leaves one of the country's six largest school district - New York City - planning for any in-person classes.  

This article in The Times makes frighteningly clear that a single person's infection may not so much result in the equivalent of a chain reaction as a very complicated arrangement of dominoes falling in every direction outward from the center.  The author shares that "...the 17 people whom S. had come into direct contact with between the date of the test and the result, and the many more who had come in contact with us and then with others [ . . . ] came to almost 70 people."

(The Times is offering their coverage of the pandemic for free, without needing a subscription or running into a paywall.  This is true of The Washington Post and many other major media outlets as well.)

Continue to stay informed, be safe, save lives.

End Note...

"[Every story] is in its essence as well as in its contour a love story. I mean that it is deeply as well as superficially so. Man's creative struggle, his search for wisdom and truth, is a love story."
                   The Black Prince - Dame Iris Murdoch, 1919-1999

Most of the UUCGT building is closed until further notice;
however the office will be manned Tuesday-Friday
for most of the next few weeks.
with any questions or concerns.

Contact Rev. Cathy at revharrington@mac.com
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