UUCSC News and Updates
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Volume I * Issue 32 * January 8, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister
This Sunday * January 10, 2021
9:00-10:00 AM

Video worship service at the UUCSC Website.
10:00 AM
Burning Bowl and Bell Ringing Rituals

Is something burdening your spirit that you'd like to put down or transform? Join Sally Barney, Sarah Bell, and Tracy Hart for a symbolic burning transmutation. Then find a bell or a tone, and experience a breathing practice to usher in an aspiration for the new year. This favorite annual community-bonding service will be followed with a live zoom coffee hour.
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
Using Our Incredible Imaginations!
A new year brings a new RE video! Our beloved puppet friend, Hippo joins us to open the wonder box. What he finds gets us wondering about what we will do, be, and become this year. The RE Newsletter is full of ways to discover more about ourselves, using our incredible imaginations.

And Sunday RE Zoom time resumes this Sunday at 9am from the
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DRE 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.
This week's story features Sujauddin Karimuddin who is creating community and new opportunities for Rohingya refugees in Malaysia.
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 is so precious because it's what we use to envision a better world, one with justice, compassion and love. It's what we use to envision our own lives, as we create new year's resolutions, set intentions and follow our dreams. Here is a short article from The School of Life about the power of imagination to vision your dreams for your life into reality.
Soul Matters is a resource to help UU congregations connect ministry
across adult worship, Religious Education and small groups.
Black Lives Matter
SK’s Uncomfortable Truth Must Be Addressed
Letter to the Editor from Jennifer Krueger
Appearing in the Narragansett Times
December 14, 2020
To the Editor:

"My South Kingstown family held the last person officially enslaved here."

"... my family thrived at the end of the war by establishing slave plantations."

"...To put our local area in perspective, more enslaved people lived in Narragansett Country than all the other non-Rhode Island, New England colonies combined."

"...To this day, South Kingstown still benefits from the old slave cloth business. The Village Green, the Cottage Hospital, Library, Guild, Hazard School and the original Peace Dale School House were gifted by the Hazard family. Kersey Cloth was so important to the town that Kersey Road was named after the slave cloth made in the nearby mills. READ FULL LETTER
Submitted by Penny Hall
From the Narragansett Times...
BIPOC Advisory Board looks to create racial justice, equity in South Kingstown

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Systemic racism has always been a problem in South Kingstown, according to BIPOC Advisory Board Facilitators Robin Wildman and Jonathan Lewis, but from crisis comes opportunity. 

...“It’s almost like a perfect storm, if you will,” Lewis said. “George Floyd brought this to the forefront, we got lucky with this superintendent, we got lucky Robin just retired. It’s a lot of things.”

"...Being able to recognize privilege is hugely important, according to Wildman, and can mean the difference from someone being just an ally and being an anti-racist. 

An ally can feel bad and emphasis[sic] with members of the BIPOC community about the trauma they’ve endured, but and[sic] anti-racist actually does the work to change those things." READ FULL STORY
Submitted by Johnnie Rodriguez, BIPOC Advisory Board Member
for all the resources that have been listed here in the past few months.
Our Stories
Elizabeth Donovan is taking a few weeks off.
She shares this message.

If you would like to be featured in a mini biography, contact Elizabeth Donovan at elizdn@hotmail.com. Please share your story! You matter!

Read all of Our Stories HERE.
Community Connections
Join the SK Sustainability Committee and a panel of experts virtually to discuss the climate change movement as well as global and local solutions. Register Here
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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.