In observance of International Gandhi Day (Oct 2) we will hear the compelling story of how the Mahatma came to “be the change he wanted to see” in the world. After the service, we will re-dedicate the International Peace Pole which is located just outside the front door of the church.
We live in a pluralistic world of many religions, and several of them are at war with one another. Is it possible to dialogue and coexist while still holding on to our own truth? It is also Water Communion Sunday. Bring a vial of water from your summer experience.
Dr. Waun will have just returned from the annual business meeting of the UUA in New Orleans where a new President will have been elected – chosen from among three women – and hopefully more progress will have been made on the issues of inclusiveness; especially the Black Lives UU matter, among other things.
Scientists have shown where chimpanzees share over 98% of our human DNA, but we know also that we are closer to other human beings than can probably imagine. Who is our human “family”?
Every congregation grows in different ways; not just numerically. In fact, there are five ways that can be counted as “growing” that can be identified based on work from the Alban Institute. So, let’s not just count noses; let’s see what else counts.
We go through many changes throughout our lives, but does that make someone a different person, or just make that person a truer and truer representation of who they really are apart from all the changes? Who are we in our most authentic self?
For Women’s History Month we will look at UU women who rose above the political conflicts around the Civil War and did some extraordinary work with education and mental health issues. Perhaps this is a model for how, during challenging times women rise to the occasion; organizing and creating new institutions with passion and skill.
Just back from Uganda, Dr. Waun will share updates of the projects and activities at “our” school there, and describe the plan of succession she has put together with others who keep her legacy going there as she looks toward her final trip to Uganda in 2018.
As the new year begins we will talk together about what lies ahead for ESUUC in the coming year with changes and questions on the horizon.
Come share with us as we sing carols, hear the traditional story from ancient texts, listen to a children’s story The Snowbelly Family of Chillyville Inn by Cheryl Hawkinson, make holiday wishes and sing “Silent Night” with handheld candles.