Sundays in August 7, 14, 21, 28
Noon-1:30, Fellowship Hall
Rev. Cayer and Rev. 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.
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.
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.
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.
As you may have read in in UU World (http://www.uuworld.org/articles/ support-black-uus-attend-ga16), the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees voted unanimously to designate Black Lives of UU as the recipient of a the Saturday special offering at GA this year and set a goal of $60,000 to be raised. The UUA board is working in partnership with UUA administration to “ensure a successful offering.”
This summer in R.E. we are exploring Howard Thurman’s quote, "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
We invite members to share what makes you “Come Alive!” with R.E. We look forward to San Ramon-ERUUF liaisons sharing their passion for the cross-cultural relationship with a Nicaraguan school in June. The Shibori group is coming in July to help children dye silks to hang in the nursery. Some members will be talking about their vocation and others their passion hobbies. We invite you to share what makes your spirit "Come Alive!” with the children and youth here too.
Two years ago, a team of ERUUFians started out on a Vision Quest to look into the best practices for doing justice work in a congregation of our size. Their final report was completed in December 2014 and led to the appointment of a Transition Team to implement their recommendations.