UUCSW Weekly Update
November 7, 2019
Sunday Service: Challenges
November 10th, 2019 at 10:30 am
Led by Marge Fisher and Jerry Breecher
Marge and Jerry will offer a dialogue on how each views challenge and its meaning in their lives. The broader topic includes challenges we seek, challenges we cannot avoid, challenges we simply fall into, and the lessons that we’ve taken from them. Marge believes no experience is meaningless. Jerry believes we seek or avoid challenges based on our personality. We also hope to elicit views-from-the-pews on how a challenge - good, bad, or indifferent - has played a role in your life.
This Week in Religious Education
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!
Registration: A reminder to all our RE families that registration has looked a little different this year. We have added a new discipline policy, a photo release form, and a snack fund donation in addition to the registration form. If you are unsure if you have submitted everything please see Cassie and she can help you get the rest! 
Join us this week for our Religious Education Classes! We will begin in the Sanctuary for a Time for All Ages story before heading downstairs for our lessons. RE Classes will end at 11:45 when parents can pick up their kids from the RE classrooms downstairs. Thanks!
A Letter from the DRE:

Dear families, members, and friends of UUCSW, 

I wanted to take a moment to address the story I read a few weeks ago on October 20th, called “Rainbow People.” While I chose this story to represent the good we can all do as a community, I overlooked the theology the story espoused and caused many people to feel uncomfortable. This is unacceptable and for this, I am truly sorry. This story promoted the belief in an “angry god” who wanted to destroy the world – a belief our very history of Unitarian Universalism has refuted time and time again. This history, particularly Universalism, promotes the idea that all people are saved. As Unitarian Universalists we value this tradition and its inclusive message for our diverse congregations and the world at large. I stand behind this message of universalism and inclusivity, and I apologize for using a story that didn’t live up to these standards. In the future, I promise to plan our messages with greater attention so as to better engage and promote our Unitarian Universalist values. If you have further questions or comments regarding this story or our Unitarian Universalist beliefs, please feel free to speak to myself, the RE Committee, or Rev. Laurel.

Sincerely, 
Cassie Lengel, DRE 
UUCSW Auction March 14
Pssst….we’ve got a secret. The UUCSW Auction is coming back in Roaring Twenties fashion!

See…there’s going to be a Speakeasy opening in the church parlor on Saturday, March 14. We want you to get dolled up and put on your glad rags and join us at the juice joint!

You may be asking’…what’s in it for me? Well, I tell youse….we’ll have food, fun, booze and tea. Plus, we get to raise some clams for the church, see?

This ain’t no chewing gum; this blow’s going to be the cat’s pajamas! 

We’ll be needing a few people on the inside, if you know what I mean…so contact Amy MacDougall at kdjmom3@gmail.com if you wanna lend a hand.

Meantime…get crackin’ on getting some goods for the show. Donations can be dinners, tickets to sporting and art events, classes in baking and gardening…any service you’d like to offer or think someone else would like to buy.

Mark your calendars guys and dolls, this one’ll be for the (fake) books!!! 
Congregation B’nai Shalom hosts "The Rise of Hate in America: How did we get here? What can we do?"
Sunday, November 10th, 7-9 pm
Our local synagogue is hosting a community forum on the rise of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-LGBTQ+ violence, and white supremacism in America and what we can do about it. They’re bringing together expert researchers and academics, along with representation from the Boston office of the Anti-Defamation League. Congressman Jim McGovern will also be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. Register here: cbnaishalom.org/event/rise-of-hate
Get a head start on your holiday shopping with ShopWithScrip physical gift cards!!

When you purchase a gift card through ShopwithScrip, a percentage of the face value of the card goes to UUCSW. These small but significant rebates really add up - we are hoping to raise $1,000 through the holidays with this program.

If you’ve set up a Scrip account, you can continue to place your order online as usual. If you don’t have an account, we have created a paper order form you can use to purchase physical gift cards by check through the holiday season. Order forms are available in the Chapel or from the PDF linked in this message. Checks made out to UUCSW and your completed order form should be returned to Lisa Shumway. We will place orders weekly starting Monday November 4th, and continue through December 9th. Expect a one-week turnaround on all orders.

As you start planning for the holidays, please consider this program. We expect many of the tags on the Annual Giving Tree to be requests for gift cards. Scrip cards make great gifts for teachers, sports coaches, teens, parents, grandparents, and just about everyone else you can think of! You can also buy gift cards to shop for those gifts that require a more personal touch or for your everyday shopping and dining needs.

Contact Lisa Shumway at LSS0907@gmail.com with questions.
UUA General Assembly 2020
This June, we’ll gather in Providence, RI for General Assembly, where we’ll elect the UUA Moderator, reconnect through worship, workshops and small group discussions, and bring our unique faith voice to important local and national issues moving in this moment.

The theme for General Assembly in June 2020 is Rooted, Inspired & Ready! We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith and we are fired up to take action in the wider world. Learn more about GA 2020 and start your registration today!

Called by our faith to support democracy, Unitarian Universalists have engaged in voter rights activism for decades. At General Assembly this year and through the November 2020 elections, the UUA is focusing its organizing support to help Unitarian Universalists hone their skills and focus voting rights activism to make a powerful impact in local and national elections.

For more information and to register go to: uua.org/ga/registration
Social Justice Action
Each week we publish a “Green Sheet” which contains information about Social Justice happenings and opportunities at UUCSW and in the broader community. Please click below to view this week's edition.