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UUA DECLARATION OF CONSCIENCE
(adopted by UUCGT congregation on October 29, 2017)
At this extraordinary time in our nation's history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.
In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.
And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change - action that would threaten not only our country, but the entire planet - we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.
We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.
As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.
We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.
The time is now.
- Unitarian Universalist Association, Unitarian Universalist Service
Sunday, July 8
"But That's Not What I Planned!" with Andi Kramer
Our July services are about managing change.
The focus of the service on July 8 is on fully embracing life in the face of unexpected change, and continuing to live with deep meaning and conviction.
The service will integrate thoughts from David O.Rankin, Atul Gawande and Forrest Church, and will feature a teaching titled, "Want What You Have," by Rev. Peter Friedrichs of the Delaware County Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Pennsylvania.
Sundays in July ~
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Our 7th annual Specialty Class Summer is off to a great start!
This summer will be filled with outdoor fun (as weather allows) - lots of games, exploration, and building friendships.
This month will include outdoor eye-spy nature activities, work on our UUCGT "Forest Fort" and more!
Suggested reading for families/parents this month:
This month I am suggesting more activities for the summer!
Ella's Summer Fun: A Kid's Summer Yoga Book by Giselle Shardlow
"Join Ella as she experiences a week full of fun summer activities with her grandparents. Be a surfer, skater, and swimmer. Discover summer, explore movement, and learn the days of the week. The storybook includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide.
Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! The story links several yoga poses in a specific sequence to create a coherent and meaningful story".
Friday Night Out!
July 13, 5:30-9:00 pm
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We're excited to announce that
in the coming weeks
we will be developing a bi-monthly Family Ministry e-blast with a variety of readings and resources, as well as meditations and thoughts for parents!
Please email Sarah if you are interested in being added to our list!
Our first issue is due to launch July 12th - don't miss it!
Please check Lost & Found for your misplaced items!
Sunday, July 15 - UUCGT Social Justice Committee
Invitation to all to participate!
11:45 - Pizza served in Social Hall
Meeting noon - 1:00 pm
Child care (w/ snacks) provided with advance notice by July 8
(sign up sheet at Welcome Table)
During the past year, the UUCGT Social Justice Committee (SJC) has undertaken radical transformation. This re-visioning was informed by meetings held at UUCGT last year, as well as by Social Justice efforts of current UUCGT members and by recent national and international events. The UUCGT Social Justice Committee's mission is to inspire awareness of, and stimulate and coordinate action in social justice issues important to our UUCGT congregation in Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau and Antrim Counties, the state and the nation.
Read more here...
Michigan Primary Election is August 7, 2018
Deadline to Register to Vote is Monday, July 9
Any U.S. citizen who resides in Michigan and will be at least 18 on or before August 7th has until Monday, July 9th to register to vote in the Michigan primary.
Read more here...
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Be A Greeter!
Do you like being greeted Sunday morning with a Smile and an OSS?
Please help out this Summer!
YOUR UUCGT needs 2 Greeters
for the remaining Sundays in July and all of August.
Serving as a Greeter one Sunday would be a tremendous help!
Serving includes: Greeting, Counting attendance, Collecting offering
PLEASE Pitch-In, Show-up and Share!
Sign up on the Bulletin Board near the Office
Thank you! ~ your UU Membership Team
UU Benzie Summer Gatherings
July 11 @ Ann Strehle & Barb Skurdall's in Beulah
August 29 @ Jan & Rick Robb's in Frankfort
6:30pm, bring a dish to pass, BYOB, chairs & a smile on your face!
Save the Dates - Mark Your Calendar!
UUCGT will be providing volunteer staffing for Safe Harbor again this winter. Our week will begin on the evening of
Saturday, December 8 and end on the morning of Saturday, December 15
Please note these dates if you intend to help this year. We will begin recruiting volunteers for specific tasks in early November. Mike and Sandra McDonald
tc Street Voices Magazine -
Stories, poems & images from area homeless individuals - Check out issues in entryway - $2 suggested donation
UUCGT Calendar of Events
Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday
@ 11:00am - Everyone is welcome!
Staff Resources: Monday, July 9, 2:00pm, library
Indivisible GT: Tuesday, July 10, 12:00 noon, sanctuary
Concerned Citizens - Media: Tuesday, July 10, 1:00pm, sanctuary
Wednesday Potluck Supper: July 11, 5:30 pm @ Chris & Rick Walter's
Endowment Committee: Wednesday, July 11, 7:00pm, library
Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, July 12, 9:30am, sanctuary
Meditation Workshop: Thursday, July 12, 5:30pm, classroom
Facilities Committee: Friday, July 13, 10:00am, social hall
Friday Night Out! Friday, July 13, 5:30-9:00pm, classrooms
New Moon Women's Circle: Saturday, July 14, contact
People usually consider walking on water
or in thin air a miracle.
But I think the real miracle
is not to walk either on water or in thin air,
but to walk on earth.
Every day we are engaged in a miracle
which we don't even recognize:
a blue sky; white clouds; green leaves;
the black, curious eyes of a child -
our own two eyes.
All is a miracle."
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