Weekly Update - January 21st, 2021
Sunday Service: "Reflections on Our Racial Justice Journey"
led by the Racial Justice Committee
January 24th at 10:30 am
This Sunday your Racial Justice Committee invites you to look inward, as we journey together in doing the work needed to promote racial equity. Several committee members are participating in the service and a couple will share their reflections on how they have been changed through their committee participation over the past six months.

To join online, go to zoom.us/j/89214621289
To join by phone, call 301-715-8592, meeting ID 89214621289
Board Update on Congregational Justice Work
We recently met with a UUA consultant who is going to be working with UUCSW over the next few months. Our goal is to get your input about the justice issues that matter most to you, and use that to build a more comprehensive justice program for UUCSW. We’re hoping to present that plan at our annual meeting, assuming we've completed this collective process by then. Our next meeting with the consultant is mid-February, so please check your weekly updates for ways to participate as the plan develops.

As always, if you would like to raise a concern about the work of the congregation, please email board@uucsw.org. That will go to all members of the Board, including Rev. Laurel. The Racial Justice Committee email is rjc@uucsw.org, if you would like to reach them directly.

We ask that you not raise these concerns or opinions during the Sunday candles. We value having space to share our personal joys and sorrows, and it is not a forum that allows for open dialogue. Justice issues are of profound importance and we want to engage them thoughtfully and effectively.

- Board of Trustees
UUCSW Celebration Week 2021!
January 30th at 6:00 pm:
Zuumapaluuza is a celebration of our members and friends with games, shared cakes, and funny hats. RSVP on SignUp Genius at Zuumapaluuza RSVP or by email to membership@uucsw.org.
January 31st at 10:30 am:
Members & Friends Sunday
Just as we did last year, this Sunday we’ll spend celebrating the joy of being a congregation together. This is a chance for new folks to formally sign the membership book and for all of us to renew our covenant to this beloved congregation. If you're interested in joining please email laurel.gray@uucsw.org.
February 6th at 2:00 pm:
The Ordination of Laurel Gray
Rev. Laurel is honored and excited to invite you to her ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister. In the UU tradition, only a congregation may grant ministerial authority. Your participation is therefore central to what promises to be a memorable event.
February 7th at 10:30 am:
Celebration Sunday
Join us for the final service of Celebration Week 2021 and the official kickoff of our 2021-2022 Pledge Campaign.
SMOC Food Drive for January
Please consider participating in a congregational food drive to benefit the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC). They are in need of: 6-8 ounce juice boxes/pouches; fresh fruit, especially apples and pears; 16 oz. packages of bologna, pre-packaged; and boxes of chewy/soft granola bars. There will be a collection on Thursday, January 28th between 4:30 and 5:45 pm at the Ruggles Street door of UUCSW. Please reach out to Libba Moore at libbamoore13@gmail.com ahead of time if there's a better time for you. Thank you for help with this.
Help UUCSW Help People in Need
SMOC is in need of warm winter clothing, especially socks, coats, sweatshirts, sweatpants, long sleeve shirts, hats and gloves. New socks only please, other items should be new or gently used and clean. Please bring your donations to UUCSW on Thursday, January 28th between 4:30 and 5:45 pm. If this timing does not work for you reach out to Nancy Siegal at NSIEGAL185@msn.com or Pauline Sciarappa at psciarappa@gmail.com for other options. Thanks in advance!
Book Group - Next Meeting February 12th
For February, we are reading My Notorious Life by Kate Manning. Please join us. The group is open to all. You are welcome to attend.

Because of the pandemic, Book Group will be online.
If you are planning to attend for the first time, please email Judith at Judithteacake@gmail.com.
Spiritual Resources for the Month of January
Imagination doesn’t just help us make our way through life, it makes
our life come to life, illuminating the magic in the everyday.

Imagination not only pulls us into an improved future, it illuminates our present and helps us to perceive it as precious, even miraculous.
Visit our website uucsw.org
Listen to our podcast bit.ly/UUpod
Invite a friend uucsw.org/invite-a-friend
Request a meeting calendly.com/revlaurelgray