UUCSC News and Updates
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Volume I * Issue 43 * March 26, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister uucscminister@gmail.com
All are welcome!
Sunday Offerings : March 28, 2021
"The heart of justice is truth telling, seeing ourselves and the world the way it is rather than the way we want it to be. More than ever before we, as a society, need to renew a commitment to truth telling."
 ~bell hooks
Worship
It Takes Practice,
with Matt Meyer from
Sanctuary Boston

Join us for a musical exploration of learning to risk, building the muscle memory of courage, and the spiritual practice of relationship when things around us are changing fast.


Religious Exploration
Getting Curious About
Each Other:
Milo Imagines the World

This week we invite folks of all ages to listen to a story. Lee reads a book that gets us thinking about the assumptions and unconscious bias at work in our brains.



An Invitation for Connection....
Let's grow sunflowers!
~Staying connected by creating beautiful pollinator gardens~
Pick-up at UUCSC:

April 1st-7th anytime
*OR*
Easter Sunday from noon-1pm: If you can make it on April 4th, DL will be there handing out flowers as well!
ANNOUNCEMENT -- The time is here!

A congregational vote on the 8th Principle will take place via Zoom at 11:30pm on Sunday, April 18. Mark your calendars! Feel free to reach out to Jean Bowen (Social Justice Chair), Natalie Herbermann (Board Chair), or Rev DL if you have questions.
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
In celebration of Women's History Month, we invite you to check out this video series celebrating impactful women and their untold stories.

Check out this Google Doc for spiritual exercises, videos, music, movie, and book suggestions for our theme of Commitment.
This is the 40 second introduction to the series
2021-22 Pledge Drive Continues
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!


Generosity abounds! An anonymous donor has provided us dollar for dollar matching funds for up to $5,000 in total dollar donations made directly to the auction.  If you want to support our UUCSC Fundraiser BUT do not wish to purchase any goods, please send a check to the church office with "Auction Donation" noted in the memo line or you will have the ability to make a matching $for$ donation via the auction website, starting April 9.
Contact us at: uucscri.FUND@gmail.com.  Thank-you!
Submitted by Mary Alice Kimball, Event Co-Chair
Response to Shootings at Atlanta Spas
Showing Up for Racial Justice - Rhode Island chapter (SURJ RI) sends love and healing to our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) neighbors, friends, families and loved ones. We grieve for those killed on March 16th and recommit ourselves to working in solidarity and in our shared interests with local groups and the broader AAPI diaspora. READ ALL.
Submitted by the UUCSC Anti-Racism Action Group
Asian Americans: A history of identity, contributions, and challenges
Told through intimate and personal lives, this five-hour film series focuses on the roles that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and California Humanities. 
Submitted by Johnnie Rodriguez
Black Lives Matter
for all the resources that have been listed here in the past few months.
Our Stories
Pam Brightman explored several different spiritual paths before deciding to join UUCSC, the faith and a community in which she felt most at home.

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 Barbara 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
Act on Climate Bill Passes!!

Bill H5445, previously approved on 3/16 by the Senate (S78), passed in the House on Tuesday night with a vote of 53 to 22. The bill now goes to Governor McKee for his signature. McKee has not communicated his position on climate change since taking office and his family is in the home heating oil business, so an email (governor@governor.ri.gov) or call to the governor's office to show constituent support might be helpful.

This bill is important as it provides the framework for Rhode Island to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, bringing us in line with mandatory, enforceable emission reductions already in place in Massachusetts.
Gathering Seeds 2.1
by Deborah Spears-Moorehead
Saturday, March 27, 2021
3:00 PM  5:00 PM

Come and take part in this virtual workshop from the Tomaquag Museum. Explore the impact of ancestors, elders, a significant person through artistic expression, unpacking their life stories to depict their legacy and impact. Registration is required, and free.  Click HERE to register.
Submitted by Betsy Dalton

Enjoy this digital update to a 2004 publication, Public Access to the Rhode Island Coast, developed by URI Coastal Resources Center and the RI Coastal Resources Management Council. It is full of information and ideas on how to access hikes, the RI shoreline, public boat ramps, and more throughout Rhode Island. Enjoy getting out and exploring our beautiful state this spring!
Submitted by Betsy Dalton & Mary Alice Kimball
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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.