I Carry You, You Carry Me
Rev. Deborah Cayer
I’ve recently learned of the deaths of three longtime friends. The first, not unexpected at the ripe age of 93 was my first UU minister, a kind and loving man who served on many boards, preached just about every Sunday of the year, and always wore a tie, even to picnics. He was encouraging and kind, a beloved pastor, and years later my wonderful colleague and friend.
Sundays in August 7, 14, 21, 28
Noon-1:30, Fellowship Hall
Rev. Cayer and Rev. Dr. Kacela, leaders
In this interactive class, participants will follow prompts to write and reflect on their memories.
There will be sharing (as much as you choose) in pairs. At the end of the four sessions we’ll schedule times to listen to one another’s spiritual journeys. If you’ve enjoyed this summer’s Sunday morning Odysseys by fellow ERUFFIANs, this is an opportunity to create your own. Please register here so we know how many people to plan for.
by Rev. Xolani Kacela
Wednesdays beginning July 6
Noon, Chapel (next to Sanctuary)
Rev. Dr. Xolani Kacela & Trish Rafalow, facilitators
Rev. Dr. Xolani Kacela and Trish Rafalow will facilitate a course on world religions. This course will run for several weeks on Weds at noon beginning July 6. Beginning with the first presentation, the lectures illustrate and emphasize the importance of self-conscious awareness of one's presuppositions.
The Multicultural team is providing a series of thought-provoking discussions about race and culture in America, the importance of diversity, and how we make progress toward beloved community in June and July at 7 pm in the Commons Room.
Complete list of dates and films on next page.
In Love, With Love, Be Love
by Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
We practiced meditative breathing in a recent service. We gave ourselves a great big exhale, and with the inhale we thought of the word “Centered”, and then with the exhale, “in love.” And we just repeated these words with each inhale and exhale for a little while. Later we did the same with the words, “Deeply….Connected.”
The point of doing this was twofold. This kind of breathing calms our bodies and brains; you feel better after you’ve done this for even just a short time. On Sundays we’ve been facing some difficult stuff in the world, and also have been finding ways to center, calm and strengthen ourselves. This kind of breathing is one of the good ways to do that.
From ABC News: More than 50 people attended the service. The participants sang hymns, shared reflections on the tragedy in Orlando, and lit a candle for each of the victims. The ministers also shared prayers from a revised Jewish prayer book, with inclusive text written by and for LGBTQ.
"Nightclubs have historically been a place where LGBT folks can gather in safety for support and to have an attack like this it causes concern. It's an attack on everyone's dignity, everyone's sense of safety," said Shawn Long with Equality NC.
Short video and more pictures on next page.