UUCSC News and Updates
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Volume I * Issue 35 * January 29, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister
This Sunday * January 31, 2021
9:00-10:00 AM

Video worship service at the UUCSC Website.
10:00 AM

Hear our guest speaker, Eva Agudelo, Founder and Executive Director of Hope’s Harvest RI, an organization that mobilizes volunteers to collect unharvested produce and deliver it to needy populations, also known as “gleaning."

Join us for Coffee Hour on Zoom. 11:00 am. We’ll spend a bit longer in coffee hour, with our own Nessa Richman, Network Director for the RI Food Policy Council, to learn more about the justice work of food distribution.
Accessibility Tip
Did you know that you can easily turn on Closed Captions (subtitles) for videos that you watch from YouTube? Wonderfully, it applies to our weekly YouTube UUCSC services!

When you open the video to watch it, run your mouse over the menu bar at the bottom of the video picture and click the small "CC". Captions will show at the bottom of the screen throughout the entire video. Just one exception... subtitles for the lyrics of hymns or songs are not displayed - just a note that [Music] is being played. It's that easy. Try it Sunday or for any YouTube video.
Submitted by Betsy Dalton, Disability Justice Chair
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
Imagining New Worlds
The power of a good fairy tale, fantasy novel or science fiction story is that it lets us try out different scenarios, options and ideas in a pretend world to get more insight into our own lives. This week, join us as we dive into some fabulous fictional worlds. In our weekly video, Hippo and Lee improvise a story about a village that exists entirely inside of an electrical socket!
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.
 Multigenerational Project for February 
UUCSC Flurry of Love
Everyone enjoys a piece of real mail from a real person they know, and valentines are especially cherished. Our Multigen Project for the month of February encourages you to connect by sending a surprise valentine to someone from the congregation by snail mail. You may sign your name or be anonymous, and include the phrase UUCSC Flurry of Love somewhere on the card. See the DIRECTORY for addresses and choose one or more people to send to. This would be a good time to check and make sure your address in the directory is accurate. Folks are not expected to respond, so this will be a one-way flurry of love!
Love is the spirit of this congregation
Submitted by Lee Cowan
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.
Be sure to turn on Closed Captions.
It will translate to English for you!

This week's guest at our table is Adela Ramirez who tells us about Pop No’j, a civil society organization that advocates for the rights of people migrating and supports people after they have been deported from the United States or Mexico to Guatemala.
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
For our last week of January, let's inspire our imaginations
with the creative works of some talented people.
Here is an article about the importance of black Science Fiction and here is a list of 11 Sci-Fi books by black authors, including Kindred by Octavia Butler.
And for a few good laughs, because we all need some laughter in our lives, check out Whose Line is it Anyway: a fabulous improv comedy show.
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
In Case You Missed This...
2021 Reading Across Rhode Island
Virtual Kick-Off Event

It's worth watching this engaging conversation on race in Rhode Island by Mayor Jorge Elorza, Val Tutson and Maureen Nagle, moderated by Jim Ludes. Teachers who are being challenged to provide more racial equity in their teaching will be especially inspired by Moses Brown Middle School teacher Maureen Nagel's approach to this journey. And the book? It is worth reading by all of us!

Contact Kate Lentz at kate@ribook.org for sets of books available to classroom teachers, library discussion groups and senior centers. Further reading lists, book discussion guides, the author’s website, audio interviews and other supplementary materials may be found on the Rhode Island Center for the Book website.
Submitted by Etta Zasloff
Submitted by Martina Muller
for all the resources that have been listed here in the past few months.
Our Stories
Natalie Herbermann stepped up to be the President of UUCSC in 2019 thinking that it was time to give back to the community that had given so much to her and her family through the years as she and her husband, Henry, raised their four children. Little did she know how much she would receive in return. Working with the dedicated staff, Board members and other volunteers at UUCSC has been an education and an inspiration. 

If you would like to share your story, please contact me at elizdn@hotmail.com.
Read all of Our Stories HERE.
Community Connections

Running virtually through January 31, 2021, celebrating 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.
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.