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by Anthony de Mello
A woman in great distress over
the death of her son came to
the Master for comfort.
He listened to her patiently
while she poured out her
tale of woe.
Then he said softly,
cannot wipe away your tears,
my dear. I can only teach
you how to make them holy."
After the devastating loss of my 26-year old daughter to murder in November of 2004, I was forced to navigate a journey through the unknown.
My grief counselor said, "Welcome to hell. There is no way out, but I am here to help guide your way."
Anthony de Mello's master says, "I cannot wipe away your tears, but I can teach you how to make them holy."
This Sunday, I'll share what I have learned about resilience, forgiveness, and hope.
November 10 - 10:30 AM - "After Leslie ~ Variations on Love"
Rev. Cathy Harrington, Hal Gurian
UU minister and poet, Nancy Shaffer, wrote a meaningful poem about hope for Rev. Cathy after the loss of her daughter, Leslie. It is called, After Leslie; Variations on Love. The poem invites a series of questions.
The question is how to enter grief
and be torn into nothing
and yet be whole.
How to look into the abyss
and choose to turn.
The question -- always the question is -- what does love do now?
Nursery care is available for infants through age 4
hildren and Youth are asked to stay in the sanctuary with their family
until after the Children's Benediction
Last Sunday in RE we continued our study of Judaism, learning how the question, "Where do we come from?" is answered in the Torah. The children had fun learning about the Judeo Christian creation story by building the world out of Duplo blocks as it was described in Genesis, then by individually illustrating how they would create the world over seven days. We briefly looked at various creation stories, including the scientific explanation for the origin of the universe, and emphasized that all are equally valid.
This Sunday we will learn about some important Jewish traditions.
Volunteer for our All Music Service!
Sunday, December 8
Music Makers wanted to take part in our
All Music Service on December 8!
All are welcome!
UUCGT Thanksgiving Potluck Feast!
Sunday, November 24
Additional Turkeys are needed for our Feast!
(cooked, sliced and placed on re-heatable platters or pans
in the social hall this Sunday!
Sign up on Sundays at UUCGT
$5.00/person or $15.00/family
Bring a dish
& your own table service
Twin Lakes Park - Gilbert Lodge
Room and food set-up - 10:00
Arrival & Fellowship - 10:45
Service & Music - 11:00
Dinner - 12:00
UUCGT Bulletin Board
UU Brewing Community: Please join co-hosts Sarah Montgomery-Richards and John Hoffmann on Thursday, November 21 at the Workshop Brew Pub 5:00-7:00 pm for conversation, your favorite brew and food choices from the menu. The Workshop Brew Pub is located on Garland Street behind the Indigo Hotel. Contact John Hoffmann if you have questions.
Artwork of MaryAnn Force ~ a Celebration of Her Life and Art
Several of MaryAnn's watercolor paintings are hanging in the
UUCGT Corridor Gallery
for your viewing pleasure ~
BENZIE UU November Schedule
Benzie UU meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at "Grow Benzie" at 5885 Frankfort Hwy, Benzonia. Potluck is at 6:30pm and service begins at 7:30pm. For more information, email
or call or text 231-499-7276.
- Kathy Ross, a student of Thich Nhat Hanh, will discuss "Engaged Buddhism".
UUCGT will be providing the volunteers at Safe Harbor from the evening of Saturday, November 16 through the morning of Saturday, November 23. We will have a sign up table in the Gathering Space this Sunday.
We only have three slots left for our four days, but we may need to help our Humanist and Pagan friends fill in a few spots on Wednesday and Friday.
Stop by and see us at the sign-up table and participate in a hands-on ministry to those experiencing homelessness in our community.
There will also be a brief training session on Sunday, November 10 at 12 noon for volunteers who have not availed themselves of the other training options.
For more information contact Mike or Sandra McDonald (231)935-3759.
UUCGT Social Justice Action Team
Demand humane treatment of immigrants at the border!
Emmy Lou Cholak, co-chair
UUCGT Calendar of Events
Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
- Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary
Weapon Free Task Force: Saturday, November 9, 10:00am, library
Sunday, November 10, 10:00am - 12:00 noon, meditation room
- Safe Harbor Volunteer Training: Sunday, November 10, 12:00noon, sanctuary
Program Council & Potluck: Sunday, November 10, 12:30pm, social hall
- UUCGT Book Club: Sunday, November 10, 2:00pm - "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones - Bonnie Mathias will host
- Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, November 10, 5:00 - 7:00pm, sanctuary - see
for more information
- Stretch & Strengthen:
Monday, November 11, 11:00am, social hall
- Plant-Based Lifestyle - Food as Medicine: Empowering the Alliance of Food, Soil & Health: Monday, November 11, 6:00pm, social hall.
Food, Community Panel - Learn about Plant-Based Lifestyle Traverse City! Mix and mingle with like minded individuals and enjoy a delicious meal! Open to public/$5 - see more here https://www.pbltc.org/
Indivisible GT: Tuesday, November 12, 11:30am, sanctuary
SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation:
Tuesday, November 12, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room. See
for more information
Stretch & Strengthen:
Wednesday, November 13, 11:00am, social hall
- Death Cafe: Wednesday, November 13, 1:00pm, sanctuary
- Finance Committee: Wednesday, November 13, 3:30pm, office
- Membership Team: Wednesday, November 13, 3:45pm, library
Wednesday Supper - $5/adult - $3/children:
November 13, 5:30pm @ UUCGT - E
veryone is welcome!
- SokukoJi Buddhist Meditation Retreat: Saturday, November 16, 9:00-4:00pm. See https://sokukojitc.org/ for more information. Everyone is welcome, donation appreciated, light lunch
- UUCGT Volunteers @ Safe Harbor:
November 16 - 23
UUCGT office hours
day - Thursday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm