UUCSC News and Updates
Weekly on Fridays
Volume I * Issue 40 * March 5, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister uucscminister@gmail.com
All are welcome!
Sunday Offerings : March 7, 2021
"Say Yes. Whatever it is, say yes with your whole heart & simple as it sounds that’s all the excuse life needs to grab you by the hands and start to dance." ~Brian Andreas
Worship
Furry Friends and Companions: Blessing of the Animals, LIVE

This multigenerational worship will celebrate the interdependence of humans and their animal companions.
Your flying, swimming, furry, or otherwise special friends are welcome to attend LIVE zoom worship.

  • Worship Service begins promptly at 10, via Zoom
  • Coffee hour will immediately follow our live service
Religious Exploration
Honoring our journey through a year of Covid

Lee leads us through a simple ceremony to honor our losses, struggles, and growth this year and plant our hope for the future. Join her for a time of remembrance and hope.


  • RE Newsletter: Our year of Covid: honoring the year and planting seeds for the future.
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 start this month by remembering our commitments to ourselves. How do you take care of yourself? We invite you to write down your commitments to yourself and put them in a place you will see every day.
And here is a beautiful poem to inspire you: My Commitments to Myself
Check out this Google Doc for spiritual exercises, videos, music, movie, and book suggestions for our theme of Commitment.
Share the Plate Sunday
Designated collections received by check or online the first week of
March and April are shared with the WOMXN PROJECT. 
How to Designate your donation to Share the Plate
in the time of COVID to assure accurate accounting.
 
--On the first Sunday of each month if you write a check, please write Share the Plate on the memo line. If not indicated on your check, your contribution will not be included in Share the Plate, but will be used to support the UUCSC.

--On the first Sunday of each month, if you donate online, please choose Share the Plate in the “Optional” drop down menu.
Submitted by Mary Alice Kimball, Share the Plate Chair and Aline Couture, Finance Committee Chair
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.
Donations of all kinds are needed by March 15,2021
Some suggestions:  
Art Objects
Pottery
Jewelry
Pottery
Vintage Wear
Dinners
Baked Goods
Specialty Baskets
Books
Libations

Workshops/classes
(yoga, dance, mindfulness, meditation)
Photography Services   
Professional Services
Home Maintenance Services
(COVID-safe: Gutter cleaning, run errands, spring yard cleaning, window washing)
Treasures for Children

Contact us at: uucscri.FUND@gmail.com.  Thank-you!
Submitted by Rosemary Galiani. Event Chair
Accessibility Tip
If you own an Apple mobile device, try out this great accessibility tool!

Use Voice Control on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch! With Voice Control, you can navigate and interact with your device using your voice (instead of your finger) to tap, swipe, type, and more. It’s great for those who need it due to mobility limitations, but many others will find it helpful. Why not give it a try?
Click HERE for directions for Voice Control.
Click HERE for a video on how to use Voice Control.
Submitted by Betsy Dalton, Disability Justice Chair
Black Lives Matter
IMPORTANT!
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.
"We UUs have done well in welcoming more women into leadership positions and in welcoming more people from the LGBTQIA+ community and the differently-abled community into our congregations and staff. And yet—those people who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color are still finding it hard to believe in a universal commitment from UUs to work for racial justice and equity."
Excerpted from Why? by Johnnette Rodriguez
A Chorus of Hope: Meet the Chicago Children's Choir
Get to know the history of Chicago Children's Choir and see how they are using
the power of music and community to get through these difficult times.
Submitted by Johnnie Rodriguez
for all the resources that have been listed here in the past few months.
Our Stories
Myron Waldman and Marie Younkin Waldman split their time between Rhode Island and St. Simon's Island off the coast of Georgia. They are looking forward to returning in the spring to Peace Dale and their friends at UUCSC.

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

Read all of Our Stories HERE.
Life at Home

UUCSC Men Out to Breakfast Virtually!

Saturday March 6, 2021
9:00 AM

JOIN HERE by Zoom
Submitted by Will Bender
Community Connections
The Social Justice Team is starting something new this week. We will periodically update you on legislative action occurring at the RI State House. This legislative season, which runs from January 5th through June 30th, is gearing up to be a particularly busy one with lots of new faces. We will try to help you navigate it by bringing selected bills to your attention with suggested action items. 

Subject: CLIMATE ACTION (Environmental)

Bill: Act On Climate 2021 Bill S78
Sponsors: Euer, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Goodwin, Sosnowski, Coyne, Cano, Murray, Valverde, Kallman

Summary: Pro-Climate Action voices dominated the House of Representatives Environmental Committee hearing on the Act On Climate bill last Friday. The hearing included testimony from numerous climate activists, environmental experts, teen activists, state AFL-CIO representatives and the state Treasurer’s office. To see a summary of the bill, click HERE. 

The bill was expected to be taken up for a vote in the Senate Environmental Committee on Wednesday 3/3 and was expected to pass.  

Action: If you are in favor of the Act On Climate bill, contact your state senator to ask them to support this bill when it comes for a full senate vote. If you do not have the contact information for your state senator, click HERE.
Submitted by Cathy Solomon
Submitted by Johnnie Rodriguez
March is Women's History Month
The Women are Coming!
Submitted by Barbara Holtzman
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.