UUCGT  Flash 
May 28, 2020
Vol. 14, Issue 640
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
RE Children & Youth
Zoom 5.0 Upgrade
President's Letter
Job Opportunity!
Writing Workshops!
Letter from Healthy Congregations
UUCGT Calendar
Social Justice
Online Giving
Bulletin Board
End Note


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Minister's Musings....

Dear Ones,

This Sunday we will explore compassion and its power to heal. What the world needs now more than anything is an understanding of true compassion. It has been said, "Wisdom without compassion is ruthlessness, and compassion without wisdom is folly." What does wise compassion look like?
My doctoral project was titled, "Transforming Violence; a Compassionate Response." From personal experience I began to understand that our collective response to a violent crime has been shaped by a broken justice system. Sister Helen Prejean once said that we will never be a compassionate nation until we abolish the death penalty. She may be right, but I don't think we will be a compassionate nation until we understand and dismantle the systemic racism that terrorizes people of color.
This week we have been horrified to watch a video of a white police officer using such brutal force on an unarmed black man that he died. His name was George Floyd, and as he was dying, he continued to say, "I can't breathe, Sir." We are shocked and sickened as yet another unarmed black person dies at the hands of the police, but sadly we are not surprised. What truths do we need to sit with before we can help bring an end to this endless injustice?
White people have work to do before this system can be dismantled, and before we can be true allies for people of color. This isn't to make us feel guilty or ashamed, though we likely will. Stephanie Long writes, " The goal is not just to have people learn about white supremacy, but to understand how their personal lives support it."
Check out her article called, " Black People Need Stronger White Allies - Here's How You Can Be One".  https://r29.co/2Ads5zQ 
Let's learn together how to be true and better allies to our neighbors of color.

See you in church!
L, Cathy

Sunday Service - Join us on Zoom
May 31 - 10:30 AM - "It is Time to Learn to Lead in Love" 
Rev. Cathy Harrington, Pam Hendrick, Amanda Mangiardi, Betsy Hammerberg, coordinators

Start signing in at 10:00 AM
Please Note: Zoom security password is now required.
Type in password, enter 'waiting room' and then  the service

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://bit.ly/3eoXVbp (shortened link)
Password:  880733
By Phone: 1-646-876-9923
Meeting ID:  865 7665 6471
Look for Order of Service on Friday

Check UUCGT website -  www.uucgt.org  - for information and links on how to connect with Zoom.  Recordings of Sunday Services are a vailable by request - contact  office@uucgt.org

Religious Education - Children  & Youth 
9:45 AM Sunday Morning RE on Zoom

We enjoyed learning about Vesak last week! This Sunday we will learn about the Hindu holiday of Ganga Dussehra. 

For check-in on Sunday, please bring one or two things or stories of experiences that have brought you joy and/or comfort in the past week. (Yes, we have shared things on this topic before, but it is an important one!) 
Note:  Zoom meeting link for Sunday Morning RE will be sent to families in a separate email. If you have a child who would like to attend the RE gathering and you did not receive the link, please contact Betsy Hammberberg at  dre@uucgt.org
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Important ZOOM Notice

Upgrade Zoom Accounts to 5.0 before Saturday, May 30

All Zoom users will need to download this version to their computers, tablets, phones, etc. no later than May 30.  After May 30, users will be forced to execute the download in order to access the Zoom platform.

To update your Zoom app, please visit  zoom.com/download

UUCGT Board President's Letter
June 2020

Folks, we are at a fork in the road. As you know, we have been unable to hold in-person services in our facility for over two months. Your Board, Minister and I are realizing that we will not be able to get back together in our Sanctuary for some time to come, maybe as long as a year. Frankly, we cannot maintain social distancing with 100 people in our Sanctuary, plus group singing is an enhanced way to spread the virus. In addition, our Congregation is particularly vulnerable with many of us over sixty years of age and a significant number of us with underlying medical conditions.  It would not be responsible for us to start in-person services again until conditions improve. Perhaps not until an effective vaccine is widely available. The risk is just too great. Our national UUA organization is encouraging us to not open too soon.

So, back to that fork in the road. One path we could take is to become discouraged. "Oh, woe is us". To me, and to many of you, a big part of being a Congregation is to be able to gather most Sundays, catch up with our friends and share in the message and singing of our worship together. We miss the physical social interaction - shaking hands, hugging, sharing coffee or tea after service and being in the same physical space together. It would be easy to give up and drift away from the fellowship of our Congregation.

The other path is to stick with it through what may be some tough times. We have a great Interim Minister supported by a strong staff. Our Religious Education and Music programs are on a good upward path. We have developed excellent on-line worship. While different from what we are used to, it can be just as fulfilling. Most of our committees and groups are continuing to meet using the on-line tools we are quickly adapting to. New small groups and adult classes are underway, meeting on-line. We have added Friday evening Vesper Services and on-line office hours. We are exploring some innovative ways to connect those in our Congregation who are not "computer savvy". We are encouraged that our search next year for a Settled Minister will happen and be successful. In many ways, we are feeling even more connected than before.

My wife, Sandra, and I are choosing the latter path. Our Congregation has been resilient in tough times before. We believe we can do it again. We hope you all choose to join us. With your help we can get through this and come out the other side even stronger than we were before.

Mike McDonald
President, Board of Trustees

Open Job Opportunity
UUCGT Office Administrator

Our current Office Administrator is retiring soon. We are seeking a friendly, efficient, experienced individual with exceptional communication and organizational skills and the ability to work closely with the Minister, Staff, Board and Committee members - 32 hours/week, $17/ hour with health insurance benefits and paid vacation.

Position requires minimum 5 years administrative experience, proficiency in Microsoft Office; includes database and file management, church  communications and scheduling, WordPress website maintenance, create weekly newsletter and more. Candidate must be comfortable working in a small office environment, or remotely as necessary. 

Submit cover letter, resume and 3 references to  office@uucgt.org  before June 10, 2020.  Start date is June 15, 2020. Interviews will be scheduled soon.
~ A Way to Write ~
2 New Writing Workshop Sessions Offered!
A Way to Write is an online creative writing workshop led by RE teacher Alison Ernst using the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method based on Pat Schneider's book Writing Alone & With Others (Oxford University Press 2003).

These workshops provide a safe and supportive space for both new and seasoned writers to practice their art and generate new work. Creative writing is an art form available to everyone. A writer is someone who writes, and every writer has a unique voice.

Each 3-week workshop meets once a week for one hour via Zoom
Sign up for ONE of the following sessions:

     Monday nights: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. beginning June 8
     Tuesday afternoons: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. beginning June 9
  • There is no charge for UUCGT members
  • Friends and associates of UUCGT are welcome to attend with a $30 fee for a 3-week session - sliding scale is available
Interested?  Email Alison at awa2write@gmail.com indicating which session you want to attend (Monday or Tuesday) as well as your phone number and whether or not you are a UU member.

 What has the UUCGT Healthy Congregations Team been up to?
This article builds on an article published in the May Beacon that strives to answer this question. We want your input and questions. We are working on a process to lead us through our journey to a Healthy Congregations System. We want to discuss how we ideally ARE with each other and share the three steps to guide what we DO with each other when conflict arises. 

UUCGT Calendar -  Stay Up to Date!
Schedule a personal visit with Rev. Cathy via Zoom or phone - contact her by text or email:  231-301-3177;  revharrington@mac.com

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

Friday, May 29 - 2:00 PM
Sunday Services Rehearsal
Zoom Meeting:  https://bit.ly/3gpBN2I (shortened link)
Password Required:  436607

Friday, May 29 - 8:00 PM  ** Social time @ 7:30 PM
Vespers - A quiet time to connect with others, relax, breathe
Look for Zoom link & Order of Service on Friday

Sunday, May 31 - 9 :45 AM
Religious Education for Children 

Sunday, May 31 - 1 0:30 AM   ** Sign in after 10:00 AM
Sunday Service - "It is Time to Learn to Lead in Love"
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://bit.ly/2ZQt57R (shortened link)
Password Required : 880733
By Phone: +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 865 7665 6471
Look for Order of Service on Friday
Sunday, May 31 - 12:00 - 2:00 PM
UUCGT Spring Clean-Up!

Monday, June 1 - 10:00 AM
Staying Home - Staying Fit!  Everyone is welcome!
Zoom Meeting:   https://zoom.us/j/161005737

Every Tuesday - 10:30 AM
Volunteer C ommunity Lunch @ Friends Church C ontact Mary Kiner

Tuesday, June 2 - 1:30 PM
Sunday Services Committee

Tuesday, June 2 - 2:30 PM
Sunday Services Coordinators Meeting

Wednesday, June 3 - 10:00 AM
Stretch & Strengthen Class - Stay Fit at Home!
Wednesday, June 3 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM
Zoom Office Hours with Rev. Cathy
Look for Zoom link on Tuesday

Wednesday, June 3 - 5:30 PM
Wednesday Happy Hour on Zoom!  All are welcome! B ring your beverage of choice and share in fellowship!  
C ontact  Mike & Sandra McDonald   for weekly Zoom invite

Thursday, June 4 - 10:00 AM - Noon - UUCGT Spring Clean-Up

Thursday, June 4 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM
Zoom Office Hours with Rev. Cathy

Thursday, June 4 - 1:00 PM
Congregational Care Team


Demand justice for all people of color by supporting the need to right the injustice done to Ahmaud Arbery who was murdered in Georgia.
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Open Letter to Governor Whitmer and the business community.
Please read, and consider co-signing.
(Link is in the letter at very bottom)
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U.S. Postal Service is vital for our country
Sign petition to urge saving it:  https://bit.ly/3c2d3dq
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The HEROES Act was introduced in the House last week and would provide $3.6 billion in funding for local election officials.
Social Justice Action
Emmy Lou Cholak,  sjatcmi@gmail.com

Online Giving
Check out informative video and links!
Thank you for your generous contributions of support
Questions? Email Glennda Corning at  bookie@uucgt.org

UUCGT Bulletin Board
Visit our website at  www.uucgt.org

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SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITY: I would like to offer a small ZOOM discussion group using the book, "GROWING YOURSELF UP" by Jenny Brown. The sub-title is "How to bring your best to all of life's relationships".  I am suggesting reading it together, then meeting on ZOOM to discuss it.  This very well-written book is based on the theory developed by psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. Murray Bowen. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Mary Anne Rivers at  maryanne.riversfriese@gmail.com , or 267-5058.

UUCGT Membership!

Contact office@uucgt.org to schedule a video session with Rev. Cathy, or an in-person meeting with the Orientation Team can be arranged as soon as we can meet together again. Your choice!

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Face masks are available in the front entryway & donations support the Ministerial Search Committee. Thanks to UUCGT Peacemakers Needleworker s & Friends for making these great masks!

Stay informed, be safe, save lives
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Soul Matters Monthly Packets
Available by request - Contact  office@uucgt.org
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End Note...

Powered by Love - An Emerging World View

"Powered by love?
Indeed the whole thing  is  powered by love:
every forest, every lake,  ever creature,
every human,  every galaxy
is powered by love ---
by a love as potent and  creative
as we allow it to be."

~ James O'Dea

UUCGT office will be closed until further notice
Please email office@uucgt.org with any questions/concerns

Contact Rev. Cathy at revharrington@mac.com
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