Weekly Update
August 22, 2019
Summer Service
Sunday, August 25 at 9:30 am
led by Sylvia Sirignano
Is it possible to find a win-win solution to American’s differences in beliefs about abortion? More than any other issue Americans differ on, it seems that abortion rights gets cast in a character assessment context: People who believe what you do are good people, people who disagree are bad people. Even UU’s seem to be guilty of this, at least at times. But if we as UU’s truly want to honor our Principles, especially: ‘The inherent worth and dignity of every person’ and ‘the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large’ it seems we can’t just take the high ground and maintain that we’re right and the other is wrong.

Is there an opportunity to reframe the debate about abortion in a nuanced but meaningful way that simultaneously addresses the interests of women and the unborn and that bridges moral and religious beliefs as well as legal rights and prohibitions? UUCSW Member Sylvia Sirignano puts on her “mediator” hat at this service to explore with you whether it is possible to combine legal freedom (right to privacy and freedom to make health care choices about our own bodies and lives) and seriousness about the moral questions. Perhaps, we can find a win-win solution, or at least take a stab at it.
Food Packaging Event September 15
Mark your calendar for UUCSW's upcoming food packaging community service opportunities! Normally these are held on the first Sunday of the month after worship, but September 15 will be the first event this church year. Then we will resume our regular schedule on October 6.
Please Note: No Service Labor Day Weekend
UUCSW will be closed on Sunday, September 1 in honor of Labor Day.
Ingathering Sunday and Potluck
Sunday, September 8 at 10:30 am
led by Rev. Laurel Gray
Join us for the first official Sunday service of the church year. If you can, bring water from a special place you've visited this summer for the water communion. We will have a welcome back potluck after the service. Please bring a dish to share!
Welcome Rev. Laurel Gray!
Several events have been planned for UUCSW members and friends to meet our new minister, Rev. Laurel Gray. We want as many of you as possible to attend these events. Please let us know if you need assistance with transportation - send an email to Elisa (our office assistant) at office@uucsw.org and she'll connect you with a driver.
Open House Events
Friday, September 6 and Friday, September 20
6:30 to 8:00 pm
 
You're invited to join John and Kathie Metzger at an open house at their home to welcome UUCSW's new minister, Rev. Laurel Gray. The Metzgers are hosting two open houses, one on September 6th and another on September 20th. Drop in to meet Laurel at one of these two events and enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers. Please decide which date works better for you and RSVP below.
Ice Cream Social
Saturday, September 28
2:30 to 4:30 pm

Everyone's invited to a fun Ice Cream Social hosted by Ed and Jane Walsh at their home in Northborough. Rev. Laurel Gray will be on hand and she's hoping this event will be well attended by kids of all ages!