UUCSC News and Updates
Weekly on Fridays
Volume I * Issue 52 * May 28, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister uucscminister@gmail.com
All are welcome!
Sunday Offerings : May 30, 2021
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
~Neil Gaiman & G.K. Chesterton 
Memorial Day: Its Significance
Live on Zoom with Adria Evans

Why do some folks associate Memorial Day with flowers, picnics, and visits to family graves, while others commemorate the valiant dead of the Civil War?  
What can this holiday teach us about our nation's history and how that history still matters today?

  • Coffee hour follows directly after the service at the same Zoom link.
Religious Exploration
What If Nobody Forgave?

Imagine if we had to carry our grudges in large, heavy sacks on our backs. How do we learn to put these burdens down?

  • RE Family Hike: Sunday, May 30. Fisherville Brook Audubon Refuge
This is a beautiful place to hike with big trees and a pond. Please register here for our hike!

Stories of Courage
Spiritual Enrichment
May's theme is Story
A Nigerian author talks about why having only a single story of a place or a person is so detrimental. “I’ve always felt that it is impossible to engage properly with a place or a person without engaging with all the stories of that place and that person”

Board News
The UUCSC Board would like the congregation to know that the next step in the process of dealing with DL's resignation is for the board, with support from the UUA Congregational Consultant and Rev. DL and DL's Good Officer to meet to discuss the terms of DL's departure.
Submitted by Elizabeth Donovan, Clerk of the Board
Calling for Volunteers
From the Facilities Committee...
Calling for Volunteers to help prepare the building for when we can come back together! We need to do lots of cleaning and small scale repair and maintenance projects. Contact Sally Barney at sbarney07@aol.com if you can help clean or are a "fix-it" person!
Submitted by Sally Barney
Our Stories
Everyone Has a Story, Share Yours
Elizabeth Donovan reflects
on the power of stories to connect us.

As the current and unofficial chief UUCSC Story Gatherer (an awkward title to be sure) I have recently been delighted to realize I have an enthusiastic and amazing partner in Lee Cowan. And I am following in the footsteps of Helene Gersuny and others who have worked to capture our history. But I have also felt a special purpose during the pandemic. I felt as if I was making a personal plea to us all to stay connected. I know it was serving that need for me. As we emerge from Covid life yet are still unable to gather at our sanctuary we need to find some new ways to connect with our UUCSC community.

"In Memoriam" Page Planned
for UUCSC Website
RI Veteran's Cemetery, Exeter, RI
Each Memorial Day, I find myself reflecting upon what this day really stands for, and who it brings me to think about. This Memorial Day, I am reflecting on my father and on our dear friend, no longer with us, Charlotte McLean.
Submitted by Betsy Dalton
UUA General Assembly
UUA General Assembly is Virtual - June 23-27, 2021
Credentialing has begun for delegates. Contact President Natalie.
Scholarships are available for the registration fee. Email Rev. DL.

A Candidates Forum sponsored by the Election Campaign Practices Committee (ECPC) is scheduled for June 1 at 8 p.m. Jay Kiskel and Rev. Sam Trumbore are running for a single position (#8) on the UUA Board of Trustees. Candidates will give statements, answer questions, and engage in discussion. Rev. KC Slack and Elizabeth McGregor of the ECPC will serve as moderators. Attendees are invited to submit questions for the candidates in advance by email to elections@uua.org, or during the forum by typing them into the Q&A panel. Register for the Candidates Forum Webinar on Zoom.

What to Expect at GA 2021 Webinar
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
7 pm

Webinar will last 75 minutes and advance registration is required. Both webinars will be recorded and posted on uua.org for on-demand viewing.
Black Lives Matter
Do not circulate graphic videos of police brutality.
May 25, 2021

Key Takeaways
  • The U.S. has a long history of distributing assets depicting violence on marginalized bodies.
  • The circulation of police violence videos often exacerbate stress, anxiety, vicarious trauma and PTSD in the Black community.
  • We need to evolve beyond sharing for shock and awe and take action for solidarity.
Submitted by Etta Zasloff
Something New!
I just rediscovered how much I love the game of chess, which I learned many years ago from my father and surprisingly still remember! I recently purchased a chess set and have started playing again. I’d love to start a UUCSC Chess Group. Do you like chess? Would you like to learn? Please contact me at elizabehtmdalton@gmail.com or give me a phone call. No age limits (older or younger) and no experience needed. If you think you’d like to play chess or learn how, maybe once or twice a month, then let me know. We’ll figure out details once we know who is interested. It won’t be the “Queen’s Gambit”, but it will be fun, and mentally stimulating. Let’s do it!
Submitted by Betsy Dalton
Community Connections

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
6 pm 
Potluck in Person

The Village at Wardens’s Pond
Club House
14 Little Pond Rd, South Kingstown

Bring your own drink, plates & utensils and a POT LUCK dish to share. 
Submitted by Gail Burchard
Important Links
Contact Elizabeth Donovan at (401)783-1362 or elizdn@hotmail.com to share your story.

Your search for truth and meaning begins here.

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.