UUCGT  Flash 
September 19, 2019
Vol. 13, Issue 604
 
In This Issue
Minister's Musings
Sunday Service
Children & Youth
Pronoun Stickers are here!
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Landscape Team News!
Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar
Community Needs
End Note...
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We work for justice and equality with the power of compassion and compassionate power.

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Reflection...

Being Human

To be human is to be in touch with the larger rhythms and harmonies of the universe;

To be human is to be aware of the beauty of a creation that continually unfolds;

To be human is to be the servants of the earth upon which our existence depends;

To be human is to embrace the present moment as a sacred, joyful occasion;

To be human is to nurture bridges of intimacy that are global and inclusive;

To be human is to be in a state of process; to live, to love, and to never die.

~ David Rankin

Sunday Service 
10:30 AM Sunday, September 22 - Rev. Cathy Harrington
"Holy Heresy"
Karen Casebeer, coordinator

The Unitarians and the Universalists historically have been labeled
"heretics." It's true, we are! But, what is holy about our heresy is not what we believe, but how we believe.

Children & Youth
Religious Education
Nursery care for infants through age 4 is available

C hildren are asked to stay in the sanctuary with their families until after A Time for All Ages and Children's Benediction.
 
Last week the students learned about the Hindu concept of "One God, Many Names". Just as they are calle d different things ("sister", "daughter", "friend", etc.) and have different relationships associated with each name, so does Brahman have different names that allow for different relationships. The students then chose a universal value that is important to them and drew or sculpted a physical representation of that value.
 
Next week we will hear the story of Rama and Sita from the Ramayana.
  
Pronoun Stickers are Here!
 
You are invited to join us as we work to make the UUCGT a more welcoming place for all people by adding a pronoun sticker to your nametag. You will find the stickers on the Welcome Table. She/her, he/him, and they/them stickers have been pre-printed, and there are also blank stickers to write on if you use pronouns other than the pre-printed ones.

Why do we need pronoun stickers, you ask? Using a person's correct pronoun validates them, and addressing someone using the wrong pronoun can make the person feel alienated and disrespected. Even if you feel that your pronouns are obvious, adding a pronoun sticker to your nametag normalizes the practice - we do not want people to feel conspicuous when they feel the need to let others know their pronouns. We want people of all genders to know that they are welcome and respected in our congregation. 
 
UU congregations all over the country are making pronoun stickers available. See why one congregation has chosen to do so: 
 
And finally, for those grammar lovers among us who may object to the use of a singular "they":   https://www.grammarly.com/blog/use-the-singular-they/

UUCGT Bulletin Board
 
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Book, Bake & Craft Sale!
  
Sunday, October 20
Sunday, October 27
11:45 am - 2:00 pm

Do you have an Art or Craft that you'd like to sell?
Contact  Chris Lautz   or call 860-884-7741

-- FAQ's --

BOOK SALE:  We are getting books from UUA's   Beacon Press  and Skinner House.  So we are not looking for book donations.

BAKE SALE:  We are looking for folks to do some baking and we will sell those goods during the event!

CRAFT SALE:  We are looking for people to rent a table ($25/date) to sell your art/craft goods, your book if you are an author, or anything else you want to rent a table to sell. Table rent goes to the UUCGT, any proceeds from what you sell from your table is yours. You can sign up for one date or both, your choice. 

You do not have to be a member of the Congregation to rent a table. Vendor forms available in either the office or contact Chris Lautz to reserve your space.  We will need volunteers on both event days to help sell baked goods and books, and to set up tables. 

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Landscape Team News!
 
Meandering Path Party & Final Push
September 22 after Service
We'll do some final clean-up, lay boundary logs,
walk the Path & celebrate with cider & donuts!

garden shovel  
Additional Landscaping Help Needed
Lend a Hand / Help beautify our UUCGT Grounds!
Sunny Maple Garden - West side next to office windows
Removing grass, sumac, bracken to prepare this garden
for new plantings in 2020!
 
Please contact Rick 989-430-5174, Chris Walter 989-430-4776
or Jalene Moore before digging!
-- Charter cable and irrigation lines are present --
Assistance during September 20 - October 11 appreciated!

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Wednesday Night Speaker Series
Katie Grzesiak, Invasive Species Network Coordinator
Wednesday, September 25 - 7:00 pm
 
Following our Wednesday Night Pizza Supper (vegan alternative available), Katie will talk about herbicides and their use, including the use of organic herbicides. Katie will also join us for dinner, so lots of time to chat and ask questions:  How deep do I dig?  Which herbicide will work? Can I burn it?  What about human health and the environment?  Where can I turn for help? 
                
Join us for an evening about invasive species control methods - We'll explore what works, what doesn't, how ISN chooses between the many options, and how you can make invasive species control decisions for your projects.

  
 
Global Climate Strike
September 20 - 27


Plant a Tree Today!

UUCGT Social Justice Action Team
Emmy Lou Cholak, co-chair
UUCGT Calendar of Events

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

- Congregational Care Team: Thursday, September 19, 1:00pm, library

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

- Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary

- SokukoJi Buddhist Meditation Retreat: Saturday, September 21, 
9:00am - 4:00pm, sanctuary. Open to public, $40 fee, light lunch - All are Welcome!

- Meandering Pathway Final Push & Celebration: Sunday, September 22, 11:45am - Join us!

- Social Justice Action: Sunday, September 22, 11:45am, library

Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, September 22, 5:00-7:00pm, meditation room - see www.tcmmg.org for more information

Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00a.m. Lay-led through October 2 - Everyone is Welcome!


- Indivisible GT: Tuesday, September 24, 11:30am, sanctuary

- SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation: Tuesday, September 24, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room. See  https://sokukojitc.org/ for more information

- Wednesday Pizza Supper: September 25, 5:30pm - (shared cost, vegan options available) Everyone is Welcome! 

- Speaker Series, Katie Gresziak, Invasive Species Network "Herbicides - What To Do"  Wednesday, September 25, 7:00pm, sanctuary

- Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, September 26, 9:30am, sanctuary

- Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary



Our next quarterly distribution is in November.
We always welcome your suggestions and ideas.

End Note...

Compassion is the keen awareness
of the interdependence of all things.
- Thomas Merton
UU 7th Principle

  

UUCGT office hours
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9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Friday

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