The Union Church in Waban
Friday, April 24, 2020 
This Sunday, April 24 th
Worship Continues Online
In these trying time, let us remember that the power and presence of God is even now moving in the world.

A separate eblast will be send out tomorrow, Saturday. In it you will find all the information you need to partake in worship and learning together on Sunday, including how to join our speaker from the Roxbury-based organization Alternatives for Community and Environment following worship.  

New Plans for Sunday School 

Pre-K & Elementary School  will gather from  9:15-9:40 a.m.
Middle Schoolers, & 5th graders   will gather from 5:00 6:00 p.m. (see below
Details and links will be included in tomorrow's e-blast. 
Sunday Speaker - Alternative for Community and Environment
Following worship this Sunday: Dwaign Tyndal from Alternatives for Community and Environment 

Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) is an environmental justice community organization based in Boston's Nubian Square. Founded in 1994, ACE works to eradicate environmental racism and classism and achieve environmental justice. In this month as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we hope you will join us for this important conversation.  The link will be the same as the on e for our worship service - simply stay in our Worship Zoom Room and we'll connect with our speaker.  
Ways to Connect this Week
Book Discussion 
Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

J oin us for a discussion of Rebecca Solnit's Hope in the Dark.  Solnit suggests that hope is moving in the margins often unseen but dynamic and present all the same. 
Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 883 7082 8194
Password: 367476
Dial in: 
+1 646 558 8656 
Meeting ID: 883 7082 8194
Password: 367476
Hymn Sing for Lunch Bunch
Wednesday, April 29, 12-1:30

We will be singing from our homes but singing together all the same as Daon leads us in a hymn sing.  You are invited to send Pastor Stacy a couple of your favorite hymns by Monday.  We will sing them together as Doan leads us through zoom on Wednesday.  After each hymn, we will have a time to hear from the one who suggested it as to what meaning it has for them.   Our time will begin with prayer and a brief check in.   Bring your lunch and pull up a chair for a time of conversation and song.  It will be good to be together.  

Join Zoom Meeting  HERE
Meeting ID: 835 7540 1800
Password: 601458
Or call in by phone: +1 646 558 8656 
Meeting ID: 835 7540 1800
Password: 601458
Tea Time with Stacy 
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 3:00 p.m.

Grab a cup of tea and share in some conversation.
To join via Zoom go   HERE
Meeting ID: 746 243 368 
Password:  016341
or call  +1 646 558 8656. 
Children, Youth and Families 

Parents Group - Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm Gather to connect, laugh and share mutual support as we do the good work of parenting in these challenging times. CLICK HERE to log-in; password (if needed) is 499897

Middle and High School Youth Groups
As we learned this week that kids won't be returning to school this year, we have also been praying, planning and thinking about our youth, and how best to support them during this strange time.  
  • Middle Schoolers will meet THIS SUNDAY from 5-6pm (Zoom Room:  We'll check-in, play some games, and look ahead to a new schedule, including some service projects, for May and June.  
  • Exploring Our Faith & High School Youth Group:  Our next EOF gathering will still be on May 3rd, but we are hoping to gather with parents and mentors before that time to talk about the rest of the year. Please watch for an email invitation.  
Community Photo Album - Signs of New Life, Hope and Love
We are in the season of Easter, which continues until May 31st!    Where are you seeing God alive and moving in the world? Where are you seeing signs of New Life, Hope, Love and Light? Take a picture and add it to our community photo album  HERE .  We'll collect all the photos and share them at an upcoming worship service.  
Story-time with Pastor Amy - Thursdays at 4:30 pm Pastor Amy gathers with kids and families each week to share a story and check-in. CLICK HERE and join our next story-time live (password:  069830).  You can see past story-times with Pastor Amy reading by clicking HERE .

Pastoral Support:
Please know that Pastor Amy is available for calls, texts or video-chats. We'll be working on other ways to get together in virtual small groups as well. Amy's email is [email protected] and cell is 617-938-8112.

Church Matters

  Ministerial Feedback and Review  

Each year the Human Resource team tries to provide our ministers with feedback regarding our experience of their ministries so they can discern the call for the coming year.   In the past we have done this through surveys, congregational meetings and phone interviews.  As we all have a bit more time at home, this may be an opportune time for all our congregants to reflect on the past year and offer feedback to inform the year ahead.  
Everyone is invited to reflect on the following questions and send their feedback to [email protected]     Please base your responses on the entire year - from last Spring through this Spring - and not just the time of Zoom worship.   We plan to follow up with conversations with a sample of congregants, so if you want to talk with us, we want to talk with you!  Please indicate your willingness to engage in conversation in your responses.  
In considering the various ministries of the church (worship, music, Christian Education, youth programming, adult faith formation, mission and pastoral care)
  • *How are you feeling nourished?  What feels like the most vibrant experience for you?
  • *Where do you see opportunities for personal or spiritual growth?  What, if anything, are you longing for?
  • *What might you like to see unfold in the coming year or two?
Thanks and blessings,
The UCW Human Resource Team

The Union Church Stewardship Campaign

Dear Family and Friends of the Union Church,
When our church leaders selected the theme of Light to guide us this year, little could they have known just how important this theme would become. We started in the fall singing This Little Light of Mine, reminding ourselves and others to never hide our light under a bushel. We moved into Advent and the season of light with the hopes borne of Christ's birth and the light brought by it from heaven to earth.   We pledged to carry this light in the form of God's love for the earth and Christ's love for humanity.     
                                                                                            .....continue reading 

Mission Matters
Update From Our Work With GBIO
Even in the midst of the pandemic, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) continues to organize its members and move forward on its priorities, many of which have become more urgent as a result of the public health crisis.  Two weeks ago, Pastor Stacy signed a letter to Governor Baker, along with 97 other GBIO clergy leaders, that pledged to work with him to address the needs of so many Commonwealth residents impacted by the COVID pandemic.  In response, Gov. Baker met with GBIO leaders to discuss GBIO's three priority issues in this time of crisis:  affordable health care, housing (mortgage deferral and assistance, moratorium on evictions, etc.) and reforming the criminal justice system. The housing justice measures recently passed - for a summary go HERE.   And finally, this week five UCW members (Brita, Kent, Nancy, Mark and Pastor Stacy) participated in a GBIO video-conference meeting to discuss ways to stay in touch with and engage members of our community during this time of social distancing.  For more info, please contact UCW's co-liaisons to GBIO, Brita Gill-Austern and Mark Smith.
Facing a Crisis of Health and Inequality
April 16, 2020 :  Written by  Brooks Berndt

(The Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt is Minister for Environmental Justice of the Education for Faithful Action Plus (EFA+) Team in Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ.) 
In the past few weeks, it has become apparent that the present moment necessitates a war on inequality as much as a war on the coronavirus.

Members of the working class bear disproportionate dangers from virus exposure - whether they are riding the subway to work, serving as nurses lacking recommended protective gear, or working in unsafe factory conditions. What we are currently witnessing is part of a long-standing dynamic of injustice: environmental classism. Back in 1845, Frederick Engels used the phrase "social murder" to describe how the factory and housing conditions of the working class led to injury and death, aptly describing a lethal power that can only be attributed to the structure of a society and not individual behavior.

To understand present inequalities, one has to understand a history of accumulated injustices. Consider, for example, the plight of Louisiana's St. John the Baptist Parish, which suffers the highest death rate for Covid-19 for a county with the population of over 5,000 in the U.S. St. John the Baptist and other neighboring parishes have been making the environmental headlines for decades as the region known as "cancer alley." Environmental scientist Wilma Subra notes that the leading corporate polluter in St. John the Baptist "has been releasing toxic chemicals into the air for 50 years."

.... continue reading HERE >
Serving our Community During COVID-19 
Our Friends at Talbot House and Walnut House are Asking for Our Help

For the last many years the residents of Talbot House and Walnut help have been recipients of Christmas gifts through our mitten tree and partnership with Project Care and Concern.  Recently we heard that they could use our help securing food and other supplies in this time of the CoVid-19 crisis.  

Anne Jarvis is willing to shop for food for her residents, as she
says that keeping them out of stores is keeping them healthy--and preventing the virus from spreading.  Anne is willing to shop for anyone who wants to make a donation.  
If you would want to send Anne a gift card (Amazon or Visa/Master Card) or a check made out to her, she has an arrangement with Star Market in Chestnut Hill-- which is where she shops for food

Alternatively it is possible to place an order through Target to be delivered to Anne who will bring it to the residence.  

To donate please send a check or gift cards to: 
Anne Jarvis
22 Ackers Ave.
Brookline, MA 02445
For questions, contact Amy McMahon at [email protected].
R emote Mentoring for 
Russell School students
As most of you know, we have a partnership with one of the Boston Public Schools in Dorchester, the Russell school. It is a K-5 school that serves a large immigrant population, and also has a lot of homeless families.
Learn How   HERE
Donations can be made HERE  
(and specify Chromebooks BPS)

Boston Medical Center
Common Cathedral
In the midst of this scary and unsettling time, many of us are frustrated by our sense of helplessness in being able to help the most vulnerable in more concrete ways.   Our church is providing two ways you can make a difference by dropping off needed supplies for health care workers and food for those with food insecurity in this time.  All supplies may be dropped off at the church in the anteroom outside the elevator in the two marked boxes.   We hope you will tell others in Newton about this drop off place.  We will deliver the medical supplies to Boston Medical Center, the hospital that serves the most vulnerable and homeless in the city and sanitizer and food supplies for those made homeless to Common Cathedral.

For more detail and a list of supplies needed at the  Boston Medical Center and
Common Cathedral continue reading   HERE> 

Our Covenant
We, the members of The Union Church in Waban, true to our founding principle of being an inclusive church, covenant together to nourish and to sustain in our common life and practice a fully welcoming and affirming church for all persons. Welcoming all persons who seek to join with us in a commitment to love God and our neighbors, affirming the inclusive love of Jesus, we are open to all, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, nationality, ability or economic circumstance. We invite all to full participation in our worship, membership, leadership and life of this church.

For a complete listing, and details of all upcoming events,  please 
visit our website, 
Note : Material for inclusion in the Friday e-Blast newsletter should be e-mailed to the office at [email protected] , by 9:00 a.m. on the previous Wednesday morning.