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Volume II * Issue 18* October 8, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
All are welcome!
UUCSC does not presently have a minister. If you are in need of pastoral services please contact any member of the Pastoral Care Committee. Rev. Betty Kornitzer, UUCSC Minister Emerita, is working with the committee and if professional ministerial support is needed, she will be called in.  Please do not contact the Minister directly.
This Sunday, October 10, 2021
10:00 AM In-person
"Traditional Narragansett Stories"
Thawn Harris
In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on October 11, 2021, Narragansett storyteller, musician and dancer Thawn Harris will present “Traditional Narragansett Stories.” His stories may include a creation legend, along with other short tales, as he shares the “cultural lifeways” of his people.

*Livestream will not be available this Sunday.
Look for the recording on our YouTube channel Sunday afternoon*
Lawn chair
This service will be held outside in the RE backyard, with a strong mic and speaker amplification. Please bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on and sun protection if it's sunny. Some folding chairs will be available.
*Service will be held inside, if weather is rainy.*
Worship
Thawn Harris

Thawn Harris and his wife and seven children live adjacent to Narragansett tribal lands, and for the past 25 years, he has worked for the tribe
as an Environmental Police Officer.

He has presented his music, dance and stories in venues that range from the U.S. Department of Defense to Tanzania in URI’s Coastal Resources Exchange Program, as well as many New England schools, institutions and organizations.

With a degree in physical education and health from URI, he currently works as a physical education advisor at the MET school in Providence.
Religious Exploration
Indigenous People's Day Celebration

Worship is planned as a multi-generational service outside, weather dependent. Thawn Harris will offer a Narragansett prayer to begin service, then tell several Narragansett stories. He will end by teaching us a traditional dance!

Check out this month's RE Newsletter! It has beautiful pictures from last week's service, info about our October plans, and offerings for our theme of "Cultivating Relationship"

If you missed last week's service, watch it here! Our families put on a glorious autumn parade. And Lee had some important things to say about supporting our kids, youth and each other.
From the President...
Watching Services from Home 
Last Sunday our Music Director Michael Galib set up his own camera to film our second outside service. If you missed it, watch it here.
 
We continue to learn about livestreaming and recording, cameras, smart phones and wi-fi…oh my. This week we are going to again record but not livestream. The recording will be uploaded to YouTube, hopefully by early afternoon. Look for it on our YouTube Channel. It will also be linked to our website as soon as possible. Eventually we’d like for everyone to be able to watch it live or later and for the sound to be audible on all devices. Please let us know what does and doesn’t work for you. 
 
The big difference this week is that we are employing the talents of Sorin Michaels to film using his own equipment. Adria Evans, Chair of the Worship Committee, worked with Sorin at Casey Farm for the last two summers and discovered that he was very knowledgeable about filming and technology. We learned a lot just talking to him! The eventual goal is for the service to be available live and also recorded in a format easily available to all. We will keep you updated as we work to decide what is the best process and equipment for our congregation. Thanks to everyone who has worked hard to fill this need for us.  
 
And welcome to Sorin! 

Elizabeth Donovan
Congregational Administrator Hired
As Chair of the Congregational Administrator Search Committee, I am so very pleased to say that on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Sara Kaplow will join the staff of UUCSC as our new Congregational Administrator.  Sara brings many wonderful skills and abilities to the position, as well as a warm and friendly personality, and I know that she will be a great addition to the UUCSC team. Sara does live in the area, so she is familiar with UUCSC and South County. 

I sincerely thank all of the members of our Search team - Mary Fulton, Mary Alice Kimball, Elise Bender, Etta Zasloff, and Lee Cowan – for their excellent work and their dedication to bringing this search to such a successful completion. It certainly does take a village!

Sara’s first week (Oct. 12-15) will be filled with meetings with various UUCSC Board members, staff, committee chairs and others, who will help her to become well-oriented to our congregation and its needs. Please Don’t Just Pop In during this first week to meet Sara – she will be very, very busy getting started in her position. But after this time, I’m sure that she will enjoy meeting many different UUCSC members and friends, if you have business that takes you into the office. It will be great to have our UUCSC office functioning full-steam again. Welcome once again to Sara!"
Submitted by Betsy Dalton, Search Committee Chair
Fundraising
Fundraising Chair Needed

UUCSC is in need of a person to oversee Fundraising. Do you have some innovative ideas to share? Are you the person that can take on this task? Please email me at elizdn@hotmail.com. 
Submitted by Elizabeth Donovan
Living the 8th Principle
Become Involved...
The UUCSC Anti-Racism Group will meet via Zoom on Monday, October 11 at 7 PM. Any member or friend of the congregation is welcome and invited to attend. Please join us as we discuss the importance of teaching honest history in our schools. We'll consider the need for students to learn about racism and the struggles to overcome it. And we'll work on ways to talk with our neighbors who oppose such teaching. ZOOM LINK
Submitted by Penny Hall, Group Facilitator
Community Connections
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