UUCSW Weekly Update
October 31, 2019
Sunday Service: All Souls
November 3rd, 2019 at 10:30 am
This Sunday we’re bringing back the old UUCSW Samhain tradition of recognizing our loved ones who have departed from this world. This is an all-ages service that will be filled with ritual and song. Led by Rev. Laurel Gray.
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 a Multigenerational All Souls Service as we remember those in our lives who have passed away and the impact they have had on us. We remember them with gratitude for the time we spent together and we allow ourselves the time and space to grieve the loss of them in our lives. We will have a special interactive time during the service to engage this remembrance. 
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.

Cassie Lengel, DRE 
Westborough COA presents "Aging Enjoyably in a Connected Westborough" November 3rd
The Westborough Council on Aging is hosting "Aging Enjoyably in a Connected Westborough" on November 3rd from 2-4 pm at Westborough High School. Hear inspiring talks, connect with local organizations and resources, discover opportunities to create social connections, and enjoy light refreshments! More information here.
"Happiness as a Spiritual Practice" November 7th
We have started a daytime Adult Religious Education program called “Happiness as a Spiritual Practice.” All UUCSW members and friends are invited to participate. What does the research say about happiness and how to attain it? How can we use this information to enhance our lives and our connections? Meetings are held in the Chapel on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Join us!
Book Group November 8th
For NOVEMBER, we are reading Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs. Please join us. The group is open to all. We usually meet in members’ homes and enjoy small groups of seven to ten people. We enjoy some light refreshments, lively discussion, and wonderful company. You are welcome to attend. If you are planning to attend for the first time, please email: Judithteacake@gmail.com.
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.
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.