UUCSC News and Updates
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Volume I * Issue 42 * March 19, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister uucscminister@gmail.com
All are welcome!
Sunday Offerings : March 21, 2021
"I am doing something I learned early to do, I am paying attention to small beauties, whatever I have–as if it were our duty to find things to love, to bind ourselves to this world." ~Sharon Olds 
Hope, Celebration, and the Resurgence of Life, with Rev. DL

 A faith-filled exploration of Holi, Lent, Passover, and Ostara, and the preparation for a resurgence of hope. And of life.

Religious Exploration
Celebrating the Spring Equinox

A day of balance and the promise of new life in the world. Lee celebrates in the backyard of UUCSC with a simple, but powerful ritual.

NEW -- Starting on Easter, and for the rest of this congregational year, all worship services will be live on Zoom on Sunday morning at 10am!
Spiritual Enrichment
Let's commit to being allies. We invite non-marginalized UUs this month to lean into learning more so their commitment to allyship can make the difference we all hope for. Ultimately this is what commitment means: moving from awareness to action, hope to impact.

Check out this Google Doc for spiritual exercises, videos, music, movie, and book suggestions for our theme of Commitment.
2021-22 Pledge Drive Kick-off
We launched our Annual Pledge Drive on Sunday, March 14, 2021 on the anniversary of the start of our year-long virtual journey. Please read the pledge drive letter and print out a pledge card to fill out and mail to UUCSC by April 4, 2021 to facilitate budgeting for the coming year.
Thank you in advance for your support,
Dave Ruede and your Stewardship Committee
Just for Yucks and Bucks
UUCSC Online Auction * April 9 - April 18, 2021
This COVID-safe event will begin with a Zoom Kick Off Party on Friday April 9, 2021, 7:00-8:30 PM.

Auction Details and More at the Kickoff Party!

Thank you to everyone who has donated items for the auction!
Your generosity is appreciated!

Contact us at: uucscri.FUND@gmail.com.  Thank-you!
Submitted by Rosemary Galiani. Event Chair
Black Lives Matter
Believe Black Women
From the March 10, 2021 Anti-racism Daily by Nicole Cardoza

Beyond the obvious racist charges that emerged from the "Harry and Meghan Interview" by Oprah, Nicole Cardoza goes deeper into the nuance of racism against black women, especially those with lighter skin color. I learned a new word - misogynoir - and much more in this brief article. READ IT HERE.
Submitted by Etta Zasloff
Watch for a congregational meeting
to vote on the adoption of the
8th Principle by UUCSC.
Building Beloved Community and journeying toward spiritual wholeness isn’t easy. The proposed 8th UU Principle invites us to 'accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.' Dismantling means taking apart something which has been built up. Racism has been built up for over 400 years. Through this 8th principle UUs commit to the hard journey.
for all the resources that have been listed here in the past few months.
Our Stories
Vikki Lepree, the first Music Director at UUCSC, was also one of the 31 people who signed the UUCSC Membership Book on Charter Sunday, January 17, 1993.

If you would like to share your story, please contact me at elizdn@hotmail.com.

Read all of Our Stories HERE.
Seeking Volunteers...
Garden volunteers needed. Want to get in shape, create beauty, and be inspired in a fun, informal atmosphere? Join Linda Nowicki and Linda Dupuis in caring for the two front garden beds. We take it easy and slow, minimizing strenuous work. We spread various materials, prune, plant, weed and water. We quit when we're tired. We generally come once a week, but not everyone comes every time. Please contact Linda Dupuis (ldupuis4@cox.net), Barbara Nowicki (nowicki.barb@gmail.com) or Janice Marielle (eoyhap@gmail.com) for more info.
Submitted by Janice Marielle, Photo by Linda Whyte Burrell, UUCSC Garden 2019
Community Connections
The 16th Annual Poetry Out Loud State finals to be held virtually Sunday, March 21, at 1 p.m., on Facebook Live. Click here for event registration on Facebook.
High school students from seven Rhode Island schools will be performing. Read more about the poetry recitation contest.

Submitted by Johnnie Rodriguez
Westerly Library in partnership with the League of Women Voters RI and Living Literature Presents

Fighting for Women's Rights:
The Suffragists
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
6:00-7:00 PM

Living Literature created a 45 minute readers theatre program in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment. This three person, ZOOM presentation reviews the decades long struggle for American women to achieve the vote, using a collage of writings and speeches of Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Catt, Elizabeth Buffum Chace, Frederick Douglass, Alice Paul, Lucy Stone, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth, among others, as they share the journey of the women’s struggle for equality that led to the passing of the 19th Amendment.

Registration is required. Please register by Monday, March 22nd. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.
Submitted by Etta Zasloff
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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.