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FEBRUARY WORSHIP THEME
Trust:  
The practice of faith in a love that won't let us go
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Jodi Ede,
Congregational Administrator
Please join us Sunday, February 3

10:30 a.m.
Know Thyself: Compassion, Fear, 
and The Problem of American Racism

Dr. Tina Botts, Guest Speaker
Patti Potter, Worship Leader
Bill Murphy, Worship Associate
Pastoral Care Support for February is:

Kathy Garabed
559-322-6146 ext. 16
MISSION STATEMENT
 
La misiĆ³n de la iglesia Unitaria Universalista de Fresno es:
Amar inclusivamente
Crecer espiritualmente
Servir con gratitud y
Trabajar por la justicia
 
The Mission of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno
is to:
Love Inclusively
Grow Spiritually
Serve Gratefully
And Work for Justice
LOVE INCLUSIVELY
Enjoy a delicious meal of fellowship , crisp green salad and tomato-basil soup at YRUU's First Sunday Lunch on 2/3/19. Join us right after service to sup with your fellow UUs and support the youth group. Suggested donation $5/person, $20/family.
 
UU Men's Fellowship Monthly Dinner will be held Friday, Feb. 15, at 6:30pm in the UU Church Room 5. Please RSVP to Ed Johnson at 559-824-6323 by call/text, or at edj.4956@yahoo.com. Notes will be sent out on potluck assignments. This meeting will focus on the future of our group including what we each gain by attending. If you have not attended, come see why we average 13 people each month.
GROW SPIRITUALLY
Positive Discipline workshop -- Sat, Feb 9, 9am-12noon . Learn the underlying motivations of children's behavior and the role we play in influencing that behavior. Have fun while learning new tools to build your child's self-esteem, self discipline, problem-solving and essential life skills. Facilitated by Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator Alisha Mancinas. Minimum registration 6; maximum 20. Childcare available upon request. Register at uufresno.org/home/adult-re. Contact Alisha with questions -- fgz4life@gmail.com
 
Unitarian Universalist General Assembly Sermon Series -- Brittany Packnett Ware Lecture. Sun, Feb 10, 12:15-2:15pm . Bring a lunch and come hear the annual lecture from the annual gathering of UUs. Brittany Packnett is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice and called upon us all to examine our own roles in justice making. These lectures are always powerful and moving. Stay for discussion. Register at uufresno.org/home/adult-re/. Contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org with questions.
 
Love Beyond Belief -- The Unitarian Universalism of Rev. Dr. Thandeka -- Feb 12 & 19, 10am-12noon or 7pm - 9pm. Rev. Dr. Thandeka is one of the most influential thinkers in Unitarian Universalism. Join Rev. Tim and take the class on its own, or use it to prepare for Thandeka's series of lectures as this year's guest theologian at Fresno's Interfaith Scholar Weekend. Explore her importance as a Black Feminist theologian, and discover why Thandeka believes the personal experience of love beyond belief is the binding principle of our faith. NOTE: There will be a short reading assignment emailed prior to each class, so please register in advance to give yourself time to read the first article. Childcare available upon request. Register at uufresno.org/home/adult-re. Contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org with questions.
 
'The Stories We Tell Ourselves' Retreat -- Sat, Feb 16, 9am-3pm. Drawing on concepts from Jung and Buddhism, we will attempt to unpack and become more aware of the habitual patterns of thought, the many stories we tell ourselves every day. We'll use a variety of exercises and sharing to explore our journey of discovery. Bring a lunch! Facilitated by Al McLeod, who was a professor at CSUF for many years, teaching social psychology and has also taught at Esalen. Childcare available upon request. Registration required at uufresno.org/home/adult-re. Contact Katie Hymans with questions -- khymans@uufresno.org .
 
Key Climate Risks in the San Joaquin Valley workshop -- Thurs, Feb 21, 7-9pm. Led by Prof. Joshua Viers of UC Merced. The State of CA has released the 4th Climate Change Assessment, which provides the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability at the local scale and informing resilience actions and addresses critical information gaps that decision-makers at all levels need addressed to protect our environment. This interactive discussion will highlight new findings on key climate risks impacting the San Joaquin Valley. Childcare provided upon request. Registration required at uufresno.org/home/adult-re. Contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org with questions.
 
Fresno Interfaith Scholar Weekend, featuring Rev. Dr. Thandeka, the first ever Unitarian Universalist scholar selected! March 1-3. The Rev. Dr. Thandeka is the founder of Affect Theology, which investigates the links between religion and emotions, using insights from affective neuroscience. Her new book, Love Beyond Belief: The Access Point to Spiritual Awareness, which explores the intersection of unconditional love and brain science, was published in September. See www.interfaithscholar.org or call (559) 435-2690 for full listing of activities and a registration form. She will join Rev. Tim in the pulpit on March 3.
 
This I Believe workshop -- Sat, Mar 9, 9-11am AND Sun, Mar 10, 12:30-2:30pm. The noted radio broadcaster Edward R. Murrow started a radio program called "This I Believe" in 1951 that has been revived on NPR today. He invited a wide range of people to write a brief statement of one of their core beliefs and share it on his radio program. In the first meeting, we will read statements written by others and learn the basic guidelines for preparing a "This I Believe" statement. In the second meeting, we will share our own statements. Facilitated by member Robert Mitchell. Childcare provided upon request. Registration required at uufresno.org/home/adult-re. Contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org with questions.
 
All Church Read: 'Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment'. Purchase your copy online or from the UUCF Book Shop in the entry of the sanctuary. Start reading and be ready for discussion on Sun, Mar 17 & 31, 12:15-2:00pm. Facilitated by Connie Young and the Social Justice Team. At a time when racial, environmental, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice. Childcare provided upon request. Registration required at uufresno.org/home/adult-re. Contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org with questions.
 
How and why does Buddhism, address the psychological complexities we all face in the 21st century? Learn more by attending weekly meetings of our UU Buddhist group on Wednesdays from 2-4 pm. in the Sanctuary. First hour is meditation, second hour we discuss the assigned section of the current book on Buddhism that we are reading. Join us. The Four Noble Truths await you! sbeskin85@gmail.com
SERVE GRATEFULLY

AND WORK FOR JUSTICE
Tina Fernandes Botts, a much lauded scholar, and Philosophy professor at CSU Fresno, is our speaker this Sunday. The Bookstore has copies of her books: For Equals Only, Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience, and Feminist Thought, which reviewers call an "excellent, and easy to use guide to different types of feminism." After hearing her speak, you WILL want to learn more! 62wendy@gmail.com
 
The UU Social Justice Second Sunday Collection Recipient for February is Earth Day Fresno 2019. Earth Day Fresno celebrates the ecological richness of the Central Valley with a one-day event in April, reaching out to valley residents to teach them important lessons about how supporting and fighting for our fragile environment mirrors the fight for social justice. Info: Connie Young or Ellis Vance.
 
If you are interested in Social Justice issues in our community and around the world, we invite you to join Social Justice Team members over coffee after service the first three Sundays of each month. Look for our table in the courtyard where we hope to have meaningful dialog about issues that affect our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters. Ellis Vance, vev40@comcast.net
MESSAGES TO CONGREGATION
Jodi Baker, Congregational Administrator, will be out of the office Monday, Feb. 4 - Friday, Feb. 8. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the office at 322-6146. 
 
Chuck Creighton's Memorial Service is scheduled in our Sanctuary on March 30. The time will be announced soon.
 
Betty Ramos is currently recovering at Atria Fresno from a fall which resulted in a broken wrist . She would enjoy visits. Please contact Betty prior to visiting to make arrangements. Her cell number is 559-593-5450
 
Don Glasrud's Memorial Service will be in our Sanctuary on Feb. 23, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Notes and Cards can be sent to Sheli Glasrud, 462 W. San Ramon Ave. #102, Fresno CA 93704.

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