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Reflection...On the Margins
Father Gregory Boyle, of the Delores Mission Church in Los Angeles, is my new spiritual hero. This week's service, "Life on the Margins," highlights some of the good work that his congregation is doing, while anchoring it back to how it applies to Unitarian Universalists. Father Boyle embodies the compassionate work that many of us only dream of doing, while his storytelling skills weave together a narrative with profound implications for the rest of us.
From his book,
Barking to the Choir:
One of the tutors at Homeboy Industries, Ms. June, is managing a roomful of students, whom she is teaching to fill out forms. She is a tiny Japanese American woman, a retired teacher who volunteers once a week helping the men work on their literacy skills. One of men is named Fili, and when asked for his height he doesn't know how to answer; confined to a wheelchair by gun violence, he is about three feet sitting upright. Ms. June asks him to extend his arms wide. She measures him from fingertip to fingertip.
"You're six feet tall," she tells him matter-of-factly. I, for one, never knew that arm span equaled height. For our true height in love, it seems, is measured in how expansively we can outstretch our arms, with generosity and love. Sometimes there are lessons to be learned at the margins that can't be learned elsewhere. It is where the choir finds its true height.
I tend to believe that each of us has experience of life on the margins, in one way or another, and look forward to seeing you Sunday.
Sunday, March 31 - Rev. Beth Marshall
Mary Van Valin, coordinator
"Life on the Margins"
Today's service builds upon these thoughts from Fr. Gregory Boyle:
"For our true height in love, it seems, is measured in how expansively we can outstretch our arms, with generosity and love. Sometimes there are lessons to be learned at the margins that can't be learned elsewhere."
Rev. Beth will be speaking at UUCGT on the following Sundays:
April 21 & 28
May 12 & 19
June 16 & 23
July 14 & 21
Children and Youth Programs
PreK-5th grade and Youth (5th-8th grade) programs are available, as well as
hild care for
infants through age 4.
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Share Your Talent!
Calling all Musicians, Singers, Poets!
Sunday, April 14 is our All Music Service!
featuring original or other compositions of members & friends. We are looking for songs, instrumentals, poetry, improvisations.
If you have something to share, please contact John Bailey, UUCGT Music Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your name, phone and name/type of music.
UU Men's Group: Monday, April 1, 5:30pm @ Minerva's
Mark Gustafson will host a round table discussion on our UUCGT History and UU Roots
UUCGT Book Club - Date Correction: Sunday, April 7 @ 2:00pm - title, Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. Candace Lee will host. UU Book Club welcomes new members!
Adult Religious Education / UU Class with Rev. Beth - Friday, April 26, 10:30am:
Interested in UU 101 or more advanced classes? C
ontact the office with
your name and class level preference by April 15th.
RE teachers are looking for child-sized tables for the classroom:
Tables should be low enough for children to either sit on the floor, or sit in small chairs while working. Wooden tables would be great if we can find them! If you have a donation, please talk with one of the RE teachers. Thank you! - Susan, Katie, and Logan
Check out Lost & Found for your lost items & the b
ack coat room. Free for removal is 6-disk CD player; DVD player; 2 speakers; TV; cart; box of VHS videos.
Remaining items will be donated to Goodwill on April 1
Cyclone Idai is causing increasing devastation as m
ore than 90% of refugee homes and latrines in Zimbabwe's Tongogara refugee camp have been destroyed or damaged leaving 12,000 people without shelter. Flash floods at the camp are a concern and there is a serious danger of an outbreak of waterborne diseases.
UNHCR is already on the ground providing emergency relief and expanding its response to help people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi. UNHCR is racing to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving relief including blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets and hygiene items.
Together we can do great things
Emmy Lou Cholak, Co-Chair UU Social Justice
UUCGT Calendar of Events
- SokukoJi Buddhist Meditation: Tuesday, April 2, 6:30-8:30pm,
- UU Benzie: Wednesday, April 3, 6:30pm potluck; 7:30pm service @ Grow Benzie
- Congregational Care Team: Thursday, April 3, 1:00pm, library
- Peacemakers Needleworkers: Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
"The silence of animals suggests their seamless self-presence...Their untroubled inner silence gifts them with great ease to acquiesce in the fathomless silence of landscapes...that communion of stillness..."
Four Elements, Reflections on Nature
by John O'Donohue
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