Weekly Connections
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HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2021

LEAP OF FAITH RITE OF PASSAGE at 9:30 AM

Our 5th graders, Annabelle, Murphy, Maddox, and Rollin, will share story, music, movement and witness about the wisdom right at hand - if we only are curious about it!
COMING OF AGE RITE OF PASSAGE at 10:00 AM

Our 9th Grade Coming of Age Group including Ethan, Avery, Wylie, Wyatt, Sasha, Sky, Clayton, Ellis, Cole, and Robert, will lead us in an exploration of the Ethics of Our Time. What questions are most central to our lives right now? Through music, art, and reflection, let us open to the holy curiosity of our community! 

Conversation and Connection following the service
Connect with friends and our youth, old and new. It’s our coffee hour, just held virtually. 

UU 101: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and our church at 11:30 AM
We will be meeting via Zoom - contact Shannan Foos with questions.

Use the Zoom link above for all Worship Services, Wednesday night programs, and Elder Tree on Saturdays. No internet? Call 646-876-9923 and enter meeting ID #5852719070.
Next Sunday, June 20 at 10:00 AM
Rev. Margalie Belizaire, preaching
Our senior youth will also be bridging to young adulthood.
NEWS & EVENTS THROUGH JUNE 20, 2021
Summer Newsletter Schedule!
As we transition into summer, staffing transitions, study leave and the occasional vacation, beginning with next week's newsletter, we will be sending out the Weekly Connections Newsletter every other week through July.

UU 101: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism - Sunday, June 13 at 11:30 AM
Are you new-ish to First Unitarian? Did you discover us through our online worship services and want to learn more? Please join us for UU 101 via Zoom. Contact Shannan Foos with questions.
 
Elder Tree - Saturday, June 19 at 10:00 AM (no meeting on June 12)
As we collectively slow down a bit, let us celebrate the arrival of summer with shared memories from this past year. After this, Elder Tree is taking a break, but we may offer one in July and August depending on interest. Join us on the Zoom link above next Saturday. Everyone is always welcome at Elder Tree.

Memorial Service for Richard Forbes - Saturday, June 19 at 1:30 PM
Family and Friends of Richard Forbes, member of our church, will be honoring his life at a Memorial Service in our church’s Memorial Garden on Saturday, June 19 at 1:30 PM. Richard died last year, on July 29, 2020. "To live in hearts that love is not to die."
 
Rochester Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk – Join Team UUROC!
Come together to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Join with freedom-loving people from all communities. Walk or run in celebration and witness to the continuing struggle for freedom. Donate to support the creation of a Rochester Civil Rights Heritage Site. Sign up and/or donate here.
 
Rev. Margalie’s Farewell Service and Youth Bridging - Sunday. June 20 at 10:00 AM
Rev. Margalie Belizaire will preach her last sermon with us, and our seniors will "bridge" into young adulthood. Afterward we’ll gather to express our gratitude and best wishes to Rev. Margalie as she prepares to begin her next journey in ministry.
PASTORAL SUPPORT - WE'RE HERE FOR YOU
Our hearts are saddened by the passing of long time and beloved member Rollin J. Wilson, who died on June 5. Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a future date. Messages of condolence may be sent to his son Ben, or to Nancy Wilson.
 
Family and Friends of Richard Forbes will be honoring his life at a Memorial Service in our church’s Memorial Garden on Saturday, June 19 at 1:30 PM. Richard died last year, on July 29, 2020.
 
We’re here for you! Pastoral Care is available through our Pastoral Care phone line 585-270-0851 or email us at caring@rochesterunitarian.org. Everything you share will be held in confidence.
CALLS TO ACTION & OTHER REMINDERS
Summer Solstice Outdoor Event - Monday, June 21 at 6:00 PM
Our First Unitarian Buddhist Fellowship will be offering this in-person gathering on our church grounds to celebrate the beginning of Summer. Readings, a short silent meditation, and walking the labyrinth will be part of this hour-long event. COVID protocols will be followed. To be held rain or shine! Bring a chair and an umbrella. Questions? Email Carolyn.
 
Environmental Justice Ministry Green Tip
The NY League of Conservation Voters tells us that this is Invasive Species Awareness week. For years environmentalists have been monitoring and attempting to control invasive species on our lands and in our lakes, rivers, and streams. Learn more here.

From our Social Justice Ministry
Are you concerned about recent human rights violations against the Palestinian people? Our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee issued a statement opposing a recent arms sale to the Israeli government. Our Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East asks people to express support for HR 2590 to Rep. Morelle, a bill sponsored by Rep. McCullom, widely endorsed by many religious groups, which restricts how Israel can use US Aid. We recognize that the Middle East situation is complex with few simple answers, so we encourage individuals to research it further.
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