UUCSC News and Updates
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Volume I * Issue 34 * January 22, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister
This Sunday * January 24, 2021
9:00-10:00 AM

Video worship service at the UUCSC Website.
10:00 AM
A Black Hero from Across the Sea
UUCSC has collaborated with the Rhode Island Black Storytellers’ (RIBS) FUNDA FEST for the past three years, and this year, we have invited Valerie Tutson, co-founder of RIBS and founding director of FUNDA, to tell us about Abubakari II, an African explorer who sailed across the sea from the Empire of Mali to the coast of Brazil 200 years before Columbus landed in “the New World.”
Worship Leader, Johnnie Rodriguez.

FUNDA FEST 23, running virtually from January 23-31, 2021, celebrates the origins of Black, Indigenous and People of Color and the multicultural diversity of this country. For list of events and registration details, go HERE.
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
Practicing Imagination
Let's practice using our imagination this week! In this video, I show you the Nine Dots Puzzle challenge, how to play Thirty Circles and Imagine a Doodle, plus you get to meet my UU imaginary friend!
DRE Lee Cowan
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.
Many at UUCSC, in South County, and indeed around the world, are mourning the passing of Joanne Friday, early on Jan. 20th. 
For many years, Joanne led a Buddhist sangha (Clear Heart Sangha) in UUCSC’s building, and many among us were committed participants. 
Joanne had many longtime friends within the congregation and community, including Minister Emerita, Betty Kornitzer.
Submitted by Rev. DL Helfer
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 guest at our table is Mark Stege who is fostering healing, agency, and leadership among others through involving Marshall Islanders in his research on climate change.
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.
OR
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
Imagination not only brings us visions of the future, but also illuminates our present.  Imagination is what gives the natural world a soul and places us as a strand in the web of life. To quote the Soul Matters curriculum: "through the lens of imagination, we perceive the common as precious, even miraculous. The laughter of children becomes the sound of angels. Sunshine on our face becomes a greater treasure than gold" So we invite you to open the eyes of your own imagination and receive the messages and wisdom that you see.


Here's an exercise to stretch your imagination:

Take a poem, such as this one, and cross out every other line. Then fill in those lines with your own. If you'd like, then cross off the original lines and add your own again, creating an entirely new poem.

Psychology Today

Have you ever had
     delusions of grandeur?
I read all about it
in a magazine
on the coffee table
at Dr. Broadwell's office.

Have you ever thought
you were meant for
something special?
But you were afraid.
Afraid if you tried
you'd fail?
People
would think you
a fool?

You might risk
everything
only for
     delusions of grandeur?

I have.
Thought that, I mean.
Soul Matters is a resource to help UU congregations connect ministry
across adult worship, Religious Education and small groups.
Submitted by DRE Lee Cowan
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
Black Lives Matter
The Hill We Climb
by
Amanda Gorman

READ full text.

WATCH performance at President Biden's Inauguration.


Suggested by Essjay Foulkrod
2021 Reading Across Rhode Island
Virtual Kick-Off Event
Tuesday * January 26, 2021 * 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Pell Center at Salve Regina University 
Readers are invited to join Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Reading Across Rhode Island Honorary Chair Val Tutson and Reading Across Rhode Island Education Chair Maureen Nagle for an engaging introduction to the book moderated by Jim Ludes, Executive Director, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University. REGISTER HERE for Zoom Link.
Submitted by Betsy Dalton
From Johnnie Rodriguez...
"I recognized that Ruby Sales and Brittany Packnett Cunningham, whom I’d heard on NPR, were going to be having a conversation with Rev. Traci Blackman, a minister from the United Church of Christ about “the social gospel” and I registered. I had no idea that it would be one of the most profound statements, heart-stopping testimonies and illuminating webinars that I’ve seen in the whole 7 months we’ve been doing the anti-racism work.

Each of them has the wisdom and perspicacity and passion to be listened to for 90 minutes on anything, but to hear them talk about the invasion of the Capitol…to go deeper into points that have only been touched on…well, I was stunned, captivated, educated and needing to watch the whole thing over again, from beginning to end. I could not take my eyes or ears off these three women." 
Ditto... Rev. DL Helfer, Etta Zasloff, Barbara Holtzman, and Jean Bowen.
for all the resources that have been listed here in the past few months.
Our Stories
Linda and Ed Burrell have been active members of our congregation since before its first meeting in 1989. They were first profiled in 2014 in an entertaining and well-written article by Helene Gersuny. It was a little intimidating to follow but here goes. If you would like to share your story, please contact me at elizdn@hotmail.com.
Read all of Our Stories HERE.
Community Connections
Tomaquag Museum Presents . . .
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.