UUCSC News and Updates
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Volume I * Issue 33 * January 15, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister
This Sunday * January 17, 2021
9:00-10:00 AM

Video worship service at the UUCSC Website.
10:00 AM
From Imagining to Action
Rev DL Helfer

After months of shared education, the anti-racism committee, the Social Justice committee, the Board, and I increasingly recognize why the 8th principle, one that is explicitly anti-racist, is so important to adopt. Join us for this service, which will in turn be followed by education and many opportunities for conversation. Why an 8th Principle by Johnette Rodriguez
Join us for Coffee Hour on Zoom. 11:00-11:30 am
Joys and Concerns
“We’d like to re-create a space for joys and concerns. As they arise, please email Rev DL at uucscminister@gmail.com, letting him know what you’d like shared. It will be shared either in worship or coffee hour each week."
Submitted by Rev. DL Helfer
Religious Education
Imagine Love!
Beginning on MLK day, let's shine a little more love into the world by joining in on the 30 Days of Love campaign from the interfaith organization Side with Love!
In this week's video, Lee talks about using our imaginations to create the world of love that we want to live in.  Plus, she invites us to join in a body prayer, honoring our dreams, our powerful voice and our commitment to making a difference in the world.
Expanding our RE offerings * See NEWSLETTER for details.
EVERY SUNDAY, 9am-9:30: Kid Circle Time.
THIRD SUNDAYS, 9:30-10am: Adult Sharing Time.
LAST SUNDAYS, 9:30-10:30: CartUUns! 
All gatherings continue to be Zoom linked from the UUCSC Website.
DRE Lee Cowan
Midweek Worship Service
Honoring the Losses
Rev. DL Helfer
We, too, have begun to feel the losses of COVID.
Some among us have lost family members and loved ones. Others have lost the opportunity to be with a beloved at the end of their lives. And still others are mourning their loss of freedom, of opportunities gone by and the loss of being with those they love and care about.
Join us for a virtual, but deeply interactive and connective,
zoom-based worship on Tuesday, January 19, 6:00 P.M.
Guest at Your Table
The longest-established fundraising and educational program of
In support of International Justice work
In the past, our congregation has participated in this campaign by handing out boxes to have on your table where you could collect spare change. This year we are asking that over the four week campaign, you watch or read the stories of selected guests to inspire you to contribute.

This week's story features Chief Shirell Parfait-Dardar who is advocating for her community using Indigenous knowledge to combat climate justice.
The first Sunday of every month UUCSC Shares the Plate. For January and February 2021, our recipient is the UU Service Committee, for the Guest at Your Table Campaign. All non-pledge collections received by check or online the first week of the month are shared.
You may make a direct donation to the UU Service Committee at any time.
By check to: UUSC, PO Box 808, Newark, NJ 07101-0808 or online.
The UU Shelter Rock Congregation will match donations of $150.00 or more.
Questions? Please contact Mary Fulton.
401-633-2524 or dhfulton@verizon.net
Soul Matters - A Web of Support and Connection
Theme for January: Imagination
Our theme of imagination this month is powerfully represented in the life and words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He had such a brilliant mind, and painted visions of the future so powerfully real, that it motivated countless people to work for change. So this MLK Day, as we listen to his words and as we continue to work for justice, let's lift up the power of imagination in supporting this work. Imagination is a precious gift, allowing us to envision a better world, one with justice, compassion and love.  
Take 60 seconds to watch the work of this incredible artist, using art to honor the loss of black lives.
Soul Matters is a resource to help UU congregations connect ministry
across adult worship, Religious Education and small groups.
Submitted by DRE Lee Cowan
Letter to Editor from UU Clergy
This LETTER, which was written in opposition to the January 6, 2021 attempted coup, was sent to the Projo and the Independent from the UU RI clergy. Special thanks to Rev. Elizabeth Bukey, of First Unitarian in Jamaica Plain, for the language of much of the letter.
Rev. DL Helfer
Board News
WANTED: Many fun loving and creative folks to help plan UUCSC's first on-line auction to be held in March 2021. We are looking for folks who can help set-up the auction booklet and solicit auction items such as services, dinners, how to classes, art pieces and adventure. We will open the on-line auction with a zoom kick off party with music, comedy and even door prizes...So we NEED YOU to get involved...If interested, please send Rosemary Galiani a note to UUCSConlineauction@aol.com.
Submitted by Rosemary Galiani, Vice President
UUA General Assembly 2021
Registration for the 2021 UUA General Assembly is now open!
Did you attend last year’s GA? Many of us did, and truly enjoyed being connected with other UUs around the country and the world. Due to COVID restrictions, GA 2021 will once again be fully virtual! Registration for virtual GA 2021 is $200 per adult (lesser fee for Youth registration). Financial support for registration as well as a payment plan are available. General Assembly registrants receive access to the 2021 Online Participation Portal, including live, simulative, and on-demand video content, the virtual exhibit hall, chat features, support, and a (new!) GA mobile app. Register HERE.  Volunteer opportunities are also available at this link.
Submitted by Betsy Dalton
Black Lives Matter
This plea comes through an organization called Color of Change. We think these facts are of interest to all of us.

We’re still shocked by how easily an angry white supremacist mob was able to storm the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday — and we’re sure you are, too. 

Let’s be clear: The police force charged with securing the Capitol Complex allowed pro-Trump white supremacists to run wild through the halls of Congress, leading to at least five deaths and putting our democracy at risk. 

Submitted by Johnnie Rodriguez
for all the resources that have been listed here in the past few months.
Our Stories

Elizabeth Donovan shares this: "I have a few profiles in the works and hope to return next week with a new installment of Our Stories. I have found these discussions to be enormously gratifying and quite simply a lot of fun. I have gotten feedback that indicates that others are really enjoying reading them too. Please consider sharing your story, however much or little of it you are comfortable with. Contact me at elizdn@hotmail.com so we can continue to get to know each other."
Read all of Our Stories HERE.
Community Connections
FUNDA means "To Learn" in Zulu.

The Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) is excited to present over 25 artists, in 12 shows over 9 days, online. RIBS is proud to present local, regional, national and international artists from the Diaspora including Lebo Mashili, an award-winning poet living in South Africa who was born in Rhode Island when her parents were in exile from South Africa, Fred Johnson, an improvisational jazz artist who sings his stories,  Master Storyteller, Charlotte Blake Alston who has been delighting international audiences for decades and  Noel Quiñones,  a Puerto Rican writer, performer, and community organizer from the Bronx. Everyone is Welcome! Pay What You Can!
Submitted by Johnnie Rodriguez
READ Barbara Holtzman's review of Braiding Sweetgrass.
Submitted by Jean Bowen
Important Links
How to Submit Info to This Newsletter
Please submit news items via email to Betsy Dalton at elizabethmdalton@gmail.com
by Tuesday Noon each week to assure publication by Friday of that week.