UUCGT  Flash 
November 14, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 612
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
Children & Youth
Safe Harbor
Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner!
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar
End Note...


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Minister's Musings...Heart to Heart

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, 

"The aftermath of violence is bitterness. The aftermath of non-violence is the creation of Beloved Community, so that when the battle is over, a new relationship comes into being. The end is reconciliation. The end is redemption. This is the love that may well be the salvation of our civilization."
This Sunday's sermon, "Heart to Heart" addresses the fact that conflict is a natural human experience , and embracing that fact is the first step in uncovering the root causes ingrained enduring conflicts that lead to violence.

  Compassion is a key element in our second principle, 
"Justice, equity and compassion in human relations," as well as our second source,  "Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love." 

The founding of Unitarianism in Transylvania as part of the Radical Reformation was based, in part, on the assertion that "we do not need to think alike to love alike." Many who come to Unitarian Universalism do so because they find "like-minded" people, religious liberals in an illiberal world. The bigger challenge of our faith is for us to become "like-hearted."  Compassion is an essential element in this faith journey.
See you in church!

Sunday Service
November 17 - 10:30 AM - "Heart to Heart"
Rev. Cathy Harrington, Misty Sheehan,  c oordinator

If we heed the wisdom of Lao Tzu, we can do something very real to help bring peace to our troubled world.

Children  & Youth  Religious Education
Nursery care is available for infants through age 4
Children and Youth are asked to stay in the sanctuary with family
until after the Children's Benediction

Last Sunday in RE  we explored ways in which Judaism helps people answer the question "How do I live a good life?"

We looked at some of the commandments found in the Torah and discussed how they are carried out in Jewish life today. After learning about mezuzahs (small scrolls contained in a case which are affixed to the doorposts of Jewish households), the children each decorated a small piece of wood with words and symbols to act as a physical reminder of what is important in their own lives.

This Sunday will be our last week learning about Judaism and we will learn about Jewish places of worship.

Last chance to serve at Safe Harbor!
127 of 128 volunteer positions have been filled! There is only one volunteer position left: One female to stay overnight on Monday, November, 18.

If interested, please contact Mike or Sandra McDonald at 935-3759

UUCGT Thanksgiving Potluck Feast!
Sunday, November 24
Twin Lakes Park - Gilbert Lodge
Service & Music @ 11:00 am
Feast @ 12:00 noon

  Everyone  is Welcome!
Sign up on Sundays at UUCGT
$5.00/person or $15.00/family
  Bring a dish to share  & your own table service
** Additional Turkeys are needed for our Feast! **
(cooked & sliced on re-heatable platters or pans )

UUCGT Bulletin Board
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Community Needs - Helping our Neighbors!
Accepting donations of House Cleaning & Personal Care supplies for residents with mental illness served by NW Michigan Supportive Housing and low-income seniors - Baskets of Bounty/Commission on Aging. 
Collection bins are located near the kitchen!

UUCGT Men's Group: Monday, December 9, 5:30pm @ Minerva's
Mark Gustafson will facilitate - "Abolish the Priesthood" article available in front entrywa y

MaryAnn Force ~ a Celebration of Her Life and Art
Enjoy viewing MaryAnn's watercolor paintings currently hanging in the  UUCGT Corridor Gallery!

BENZIE UU November Schedule
Benzie UU meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at "Grow Benzie" 5885 Frankfort Hwy, Benzonia. Potluck at 6:30pm/ Service at 7:30pm. For more information, email Catherine Green  or call or text 231-499-7276.
November 20 - Kathy Ross, a student of Thich Nhat Hanh, will discuss "Engaged Buddhism".
UUCGT Social Justice Action Team

We still have time to secure our elections ahead of the 2020 presidential vote, but we must act now.  Join us in demanding Congress to do its job and fund election security across the country. 

A proposed rule by the Trump administration would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny their services to L.G.B.T. families on faith-based grounds. Read more:  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/02/us/trump-hhs-lgbtq-rule.html
Emmy Lou Cholak, co-chair
UUCGT Calendar of Events

To schedule meetings and events, contact  office@uucgt.org

Peacemaker Needleworkers:  Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall

Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

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

OWL Program:  Sunday, November 17, 10:00am - 12:00 noon, meditation room

- Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, November 17, 5:00 - 7:00pm, sanctuary - see  www.tcmmg.org  for more information

- Stretch & Strengthen: Mondays, 11:00am, social hall

- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation/Study: Tuesday, November 19, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room. See  https://sokukojitc.org/ for more information

- Stretch & Strengthen: Wednesdays, 11:00am, social hall

- Wednesday Potluck Supper:  November 20, 5:30pm @ UUCGT - E veryone is welcome!

- Benzie UU: Wednesday, November 20, 6:30/potluck - 7:30pm/service @ Grow Benzie, Benzonia - "Engaged Buddhism"

- UUCGT Board Meeting: Wednesday, November 20, 7:00pm, sanctuary

- Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, November 21, 9:30am, sanctuary

- Congregational Care Team: Thursday, November 21, 1:30pm, library

- UU Brewing Community: Thursday, November 21, 5:00pm @ The Workshop Brew Pub, Garland Street. Contact John Hoffmann 

- UUCGT Thanksgiving Feast: Sunday, November 24, 11:00 service @ Twin Lakes, Gilbert Lodge. No service at UUCGT.

End Note...

Giving thanks...
is a spiritual discipline that depends on continued practice -
being grateful not just for the great successes or near escapes, but also for all the day to day small gifts of life.
from Daily Compass


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