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HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2021

Children's Worship Service at 9:30 AM
Sheila Schuh, Director of Religious Education, co-leads
Worship Service at 10:00 AM
"Listening"
Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, preaching
Annual Congregational Meeting at 11:00 AM
Next Sunday, June 13 at 10:00 AM - Coming of Age students lead Worship
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.
A church community event for all! Join us Saturday, June 5 at 2:00 PM for Fostering LGBTQ+ Intersectional and Inclusive Spaces. This interactive workshop, led by The Safe Zone Initiative, is for those ready to learn more, or perhaps for the first time, about our LGBTQ+ siblings and community. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to hear the personal coming out stories of the facilitators and be able to have a safe and affirming place to ask any and all questions and have an open dialogue. You will be able to further understand what it means to be OUT, the difference between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and orientation. We look at the current climate for LGBTQ+ people, and go through tangible tips for best practices for communicating respectfully with our LGBTQ+ siblings. Part of the benefit of attending this program, beyond understanding how to be more inclusive and welcoming to our LGBTQ+ siblings and community, is that it will support our goal of becoming a certified LBGTQ+ Welcoming Congregation. In order to achieve this goal, which is a part of our church Ends, we need 75 folks to attend. So in the spirit of growth, care and radical hospitality, we ask that you register here and join us for this valuable workshop. 
EVENTS THROUGH JUNE 13, 2021
Elder Tree - Saturday, June 5 at 10:00 AM
Our guest this week will be Anita Augesen, a long-time member who will share her life story with us. The following week, June 12, the Legacy Society will offer a presentation on "Personal Legacy." On June 19 we’ll celebrate summer with shared memories. Join us on the Zoom link above. Everyone is always welcome!

Black Lives Matter Silent Vigils - Saturdays at noon
All are invited to participate in these weekly silent vigils, held each Saturday from noon to 1:00 PM at various locations. Here is the June schedule. Led by Elders and Allies of Black Lives Matter and Free the People ROC. Questions? Contact Trish Dorland.
See above! Registration is requested. Contact Shannan with any questions.

Annual Congregational Meeting - Sunday, June 6 at 11:00 AM online
The Board of Trustees will be holding the church’s Annual Meeting online, via our main Zoom link, immediately following the worship service on June 6. View the meeting agenda here. Our congregation will, among other things, vote to adopt the proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism.

Caregivers Support Group - Wednesday, June 9 at 12:00 PM
If you're providing care for another and would like to connect with others who are also caregivers, we hope you'll join us on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12:00 PM. The next meeting is on Wednesday, June 9. Please use this Zoom link. Feel free to contact facilitators Elise Wall and John Farrell with any questions.

Vespers Service - Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00 PM (Last one for the summer!)
Join us next Wednesday for a Vespers Service where we’ll share music, words and silence to lay down the burdens of the day in a beloved community. This will be the last Vespers as we take a break for the summer. Please join us via Zoom.
 
Coming of Age youth lead Worship - Sunday, June 13 at 10:00 AM 
Our Coming of Age youth will lead the worship service next Sunday at 10:00 AM online. Come at 9:30 and share the joy of our Leap of Faith service where our 5th graders leap to Junior High RE. Our youth are busy bringing these services to life and we can’t wait to share them with you!
PASTORAL SUPPORT - WE'RE HERE FOR YOU
Support from First Unitarian Church
In these uncertain and anxious times, we want you to know that First Unitarian is here for you. If you need support in any way, we hope you'll reach out. 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
Environmental Justice Ministry Green Tip
As the weather gets warmer after a long, cold New York winter, you may start to be outside more, enjoying the wonders of nature. You may find yourself being more active with gardening or biking or running or just sitting on your deck reading or some other activity that leaves you wanting a nice cool drink. So you go to the fridge and fix yourself a tall, ice-filled cup of soda. It tastes good, but is that good-tasting soda good for you? And is it good for the environment? These are questions you may never have thought of asking yourself. Read on for more refreshing information on soda. Remember to: Reduce, Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle.
Rochester Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk
In partnership with our sibling congregation First Universalist Church, together we are Team UUROC and invite you to join in this event either In person (first 200 sign-ups) or virtually. Sign up and/or donate here. 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. In Person: Saturday June 19, 2021 1:00 PM at Genesee Valley Park 
Virtually: Anytime and anywhere through June 19. Consider a donation to support the creation of a Rochester Civil Rights Heritage Site.
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