We are a Congregation
creating a better world by nurturing the heart and expanding the mind.
We provide a safe, caring community where all can freely explore diverse religious thought.
We work for justice and equality with the power of compassion and compassionate power.
If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter
Reflection...Mother's Day, a history
The following comes from Rev. Stefan Jonassen's
A Canadian Unitarian Almanac And Liturgical Calendar"
"In 1872, Unitarian Julia Ward Howe began advocating the creation of a "Mother's Day for Peace" to be held on June 2 each year. The following year, eighteen cities held such a gathering. Bostonians continued to observe the day for more than a decade, while some cities continued the observance until the turn of the century, when the annual "Mother's Day for Peace" appears to have died out.
In 1907, Anna Jarvis, a Methodist, began a campaign to establish a permanent Mother's Day. By the following year, the YMCA had taken up the cause and, in 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a congressional resolution establishing Mother's Day in the United States. In time, the day came to be marked in many other countries.
Jarvis was troubled by the commercialization of the day, saying, "I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit." Unalterably opposed to the sale of flowers (but not the giving of homegrown blossoms), she also lamented the advent of the Mother's Day card, describing it as "a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write."
Interestingly enough, Mother's Day is the most heavily attended Sunday in North American churches, outside of the Christmas and Easter seasons! In Unitarian Universalist congregations, the day has increasingly taken on a sense of being a day to mark the contributions of all women."
The history of Mother's Day reminds us that it is more than a day for flowers and pancakes. It's a time to highlight the aspects of motherhood that are not usually visible in the greeting card aisles. It's a call to honor the resiliency of all those who mother, especially those who bear the brunt of hurtful policies or who are weighed down by stigma in our culture. It's an opportunity to take action to create the conditions so that all families can thrive.
May all who mother be blessed.
Sunday, May 12 - Rev. Beth Marshall
Andi Kramer, coordinator
"The Goddess Within" - Honoring Mother's Day
On this special day, we celebrate all those who mother. We will raise up inspiration from deep and ancient wells.
Children and Youth Programs this Sunday
PreK-5th grade and Youth (5th-8th grade) programs are available; and Nursery child care for infants through age 4. Children please remain in the sanctuary until after the Children's Benediction.
Upcoming Child Dedication for Children and Youth
Sunday, June 16
Rev. Beth will be leading a Child Dedication ceremony as part of the Sunday service on June 16
A Unitarian Universalist Child Dedication ritual includes three parts:
A blessing for the life of the child;
An expression of the parent(s) or guardian(s)' hopes for the child;
A promise by the Congregation to support and nurture the child.
All ages are welcome to take part in this dedication.
If you have questions about the ceremony, please contact Rev. Beth at
. If you would like your child to participate, we will need the following information submitted to the UUCGT office at email@example.com by June 1st so that we can have a certificate ready for your child at the Dedication:
1) Child's full name
2) Parents' names
3) Child's birth date
4) Godparent(s) names (optional)
Work Bees in May & June
Landscape & Facilities
We're sprucing up the UUCGT grounds & building!
Bring a lunch, work clothes, TOOLS!
Sunday, May 12, 12:00 - 4:00pm
Sunday, May 19, 12:30 - 4:00 pm (after Potluck!)
Sunday, May 26, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Questions? please contact Lauren Keinath at 342-0617
Sunday, May 19 after service
Everyone is Welcome!
Please bring a dish to share and table settings!
UUCGT Bulletin Board
The UUCGT Policy Committee
has completed its update of the Manual on Board and Committees and it was approved by the Board. The Manual is posted on the UU website at
under Board of Trustees. A big thank you to Judy Myers, Tom Darnton for their work on this project!
Tuesday Community Lunch Information Table & Sign-up
On Sunday, May 12,
Mary Kiner will have a table set-up after service to inform people about our 28 year ministry of providing Tuesday Lunch for people facing food insecurity.
Can you give of your time one Tuesday a month? Or, s
ign up any time you can! Opportunities also to help feed and care for homeless people through programs at Central United Methodist Church - daily breakfasts and donation of personal care items like soap, razors and socks.
Contact Mary Kiner @ 935-3050
Member Gerry Schatz will talk on Current Immigration Issues
@ Potluck Supper on
Wednesday, May 15
Jerry has expertise in regulatory law, international law and is helping clients at Justice for Our Neighbors.
Potluck begins at 5:30 pm in the Social Hall. Join us!
Adult RE Class with Rev. Beth: "Articulating Your UU Faith"
Friday, May 17, 10:00am, social hall - Join Rev. Beth for a spirited conversation!
Rev. Beth is also available for appointments May 10-19. Please contact the office to schedule
2019-2020 Candidate Forum & Budget Review
On Sunday, May 19 at 9:00 am, in the Sanctuary, we will provide an opportunity to review and discuss the 2019-2020 Budget and meet the candidates for Board of Trustees, Leadership Development Committee and Endowment Committee. This meeting is a preliminary to the Annual Meeting on June 2 and will give those interested an opportunity for questions in a smaller environment. We hope you can attend.
Mike McDonald, President, Board of Trustees.
Adult RE Class with Tony Wilgus - "Spiritual Exercises for the Unenlightened"
Sunday, May 19, 9:00 - 10:00 AM.
Sign Up! American Waste Recycle Plant - W
ed, May 22, 11:30am
30 minute presentation and 30 minute tour. Participants need to RSVP to UU office 231-947-3117.
Wear comfortable shoes, no sandals - there are 3 sets of 10 stairs. Join Us!
Greeters are so important! Share your smile and warmth!
Interested? Sign up on the bulletin board by the office.
* * * * * * * *
New Member Service - May 5, 2019
Welcome our newest UUCGT Members!
(in order left to right)
9:00 - 3:00
Set-up help is needed on Friday, June 7, 1-4!
We're cleaning out the basement and
welcome your "Good" household items!
Contact Jolynn Paige asap - 409-2050
We are a Welcoming Congregation!
Please connect & sign for Equal Rights for LBGTQ
Together we can do great things
Emmy Lou Cholak, Co-Chair UU Social Justice
Director of Religious Education (ages 5 - Youth)
Great opportunity for someone with experience or coursework in education, child development or social work! The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse is a congregation devoted to creating a better world by nurturing the heart and expanding the mind. We provide a safe, caring community where all can freely explore diverse religious thought. We work for justice and equality with the power of compassion and compassionate power.
To apply: Please send cover letter, resume and 2-3 professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls please.
UUCGT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, genetic predisposition, ancestry, or national origin.
$18.00/hour - 10 hours per week - 52 weeks per year
UUCGT Calendar of Events
- Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, May 12, 5:00-7:00 pm, sanctuary
- Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00a.m.
Be Fit - Be Strong! Everyone is Welcome!
- Finance Committee: Tuesday, May 14, 4:30pm, office
- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation: Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room
- Law of Attraction: Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-8:30pm, social hall
- Sunday Services: Wednesday, May 15, 12:00, social hall - brown bag!
- Membership Team: Wednesday, May 15, 4:15pm, library
- UU Book Club: Sunday, May 19, 2:00pm, Barb McLellan hosts
Supporting Michigan's Fresh Waters
Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 PM
- Singing Sisters of Northern Michigan
- Gaia Women of the Great Lakes Basin
- St. Andrews Social Justice Committee
People in Michigan are concerned with the health of the Great Lakes surrounding our state. From the groundwater under our feet, through the wetlands, through rivers and inland lakes, the waters that enter the Great Lakes are our particular responsibility.
Any water taken from our Great Lakes basin is our responsibility; any water diluted by chemicals not naturally there is our responsibility.
MCWC is working at all levels to assure that.
Suggested donation: $20.00 - All proceeds to MCWC
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beulah, MI
Questions? contact Misty Sheehan, email@example.com
UUCGT office hours
day - Thursday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm