UUCSW Weekly Update
October 17, 2019
Sunday Service: Belonging to Each Other
October 20 at 10:30 am
Today we’ll reflect on what it means to belong to each other, to be in relationship as a community. As a congregation, we are a community who shows up for the joys and sorrows of each other’s lives, a community that helps us aspire to our own goodness and can be resilient amidst conflict and struggle. Led by Rev. Laurel Gray.
This Week in Religious Education
Join us this week for Religious Education classes! We will begin in the Sanctuary with the congregation at 10:30 for the opening and Time for All Ages, then our youth will proceed to class with their teachers. Parents, please note that RE does go until 11:45 when we would like to have you pick up your children from their classes downstairs so you can take home any artwork and speak with the DRE/teacher if needed.
Calling all Teachers! We want YOU to join the Religious Education Program for the 2019-2020 program year! There is still time and availability to volunteer! Not sure what you can offer? Feel free to talk to the DRE Cassie! If you have already volunteered, please see Cassie or a member of the RE Committee to finish submitting your CORI and Code of Ethics information. Thanks!
Halloween Food Drive in Costume! Once again this October the RE youth have been a part of the food drive to benefit Westborough Food Pantry. We will still be collecting through October 27th, when we will have the kids do one last collection during service. We invite our RE youth to wear their Halloween costumes to the service and to the following RE Halloween party downstairs. Thank you! 
Giving Tree: Just a reminder that if you and your family have had a hard year and would like some assistance providing for Christmas you may fill out a form to be a part of our interfaith Giving Tree. Each fall several churches divide up the needs of our families and help to provide Christmas gifts to children so they may still have a great celebration! These forms are located in the Chapel and can be sealed and left in the basket provided or given to Rev. Laurel.
Getting to Know UUCSW
If you are new to UUCSW and have questions about being a Unitarian Universalist or about UUCSW, please join us for an informal Q&A Information Session with Reverend Laurel and several members of the congregation.  We will meet on Sunday, October 20th following coffee hour, around 11:45, in the Parlor.
Climate Vote for Westborough October 21
Westborough UUs have an opportunity to affirm our seventh principle and take a stand on climate change at the Fall Town Meeting on Monday October 21st. A YES vote on the Climate Action Resolution will initiate the development of a comprehensive climate action plan for our town and enable Westborough to move toward using 100% renewable energy. This is an opportunity to live your values and take pride in safeguarding future generations by reducing the impacts of climate change.  Click here to read a column that Andy Koenigsberg wrote about this vote.

Come, listen, discuss and vote on Article 11 on Monday, October 21st at 7:00 pm at the Westborough High School. The issue deserves a huge turnout, so bring your friends and neighbors too! Questions? Contact John Metzger at jkmetzger2@gmail.com.
UU Knits Date Change
We are moving our October 21st meeting to October 28th to enable our Westborough participants to attend the Westborough Town Meeting. Please join us on October 28th at 6:30 pm.
Invitation to Attend “Claiming Our Spiritual Leadership” UUA Seminar
November 2 in Worcester from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
The UUCSW Board of Trustees is offering two seats (at no charge) to our congregation to attend this UUA (NE Region) seminar. We have two open seats to go to this event with others already signed up to continue to support a new vision for UUCSW.

From the UUA: “This introductory workshop is available so Spiritual Leadership becomes an embedded congregational practice.”

From the UUA - in reference to this seminar: “Spiritual Leadership is an orientation and practice by which individuals and congregations create, sustain, and restore Beloved Community in which everyone experiences belonging, wholeness, greater equity, and an increased willingness to risk on behalf of our values. Spiritual Leadership is needed everywhere — our homes, schools, places of work, neighborhoods, communities. The call to claim Spiritual Leadership is not just for “leaders” but for everyone.
 
As covenanted communities, congregations are perhaps especially suited to nourish and support it. Consider attending if you and your congregation are looking for ways for congregational life to be:
  • less about volunteer chores and more about soulful engagement with your faith;
  • less about the worry of not having enough volunteers, money or time and more about finding energy and meaning in the gifts already present; or
  • less about the business of church and more about the transformative power of communities living their values in ways that challenge dominant culture — both within and beyond the congregation.”
 
Please let Janet Purney-Balabanis ( janetlpb@gmail.com) know if you would like to attend by October 24th. The first two to respond will be given the seats for the seminar. (Refreshments will be provided at the seminar. Plan to bring a brown bag lunch.)
Social Justice Action
Click below to view this week's Social Justice Action "Green Sheet."