UCM Weekly Announcements 9/17/2017

UCM Weekly Announcements 9/17/2017

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Unitarian Church of Montpelier

Weekly Announcements
September 17, 2017

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A member of the Unitarian Universalist Association


This Sunday

September Worship Theme: Welcome

Sunday, September 17, Welcoming New Beginnings, Rev. Joan Javier-Duval
In many religious and spiritual traditions, this is a time of celebrating the new year. For many of us, fall is also a time of beginning again as school and church years begin and we embrace the change of seasons. How might we each welcome this time of new beginnings in our own lives?

Upcoming Services

Sunday, September 24, Welcoming the Other, Rev. Joan Javier-Duval
Division and conflict often arise based on how we treat - and mistreat - “the other.” How do we come to define who is “the other” in our lives and in our communities? How might we go about offering welcome even across our apparent differences, no matter what they might be?

Church News

Update: Two Service Planning Process
As many of you know, in order to create more space in our packed sanctuary during worship, we will try out two Sunday morning services for the month of January.  All committees involved with Sunday morning logistics are choosing a representative to be part of a Two Service Planning Group.  This collaborative group, led by Rev. Joan, will meet twice this fall to work out the specific details related to the January services.  Last year's Two Service Study Group interviewed 12 congregations that offer two services.  That report will inform the planning group's process. Also, on Sunday Oct. 1st after the service the RE Committee is hosting a discussion for families and teachers about what RE offerings will look like in January.  Childcare provided. ​- Liza Earle-Centers

Rev. Joan's September mUUsings
The four day Kairos retreat I went on during my senior year of high school was an intense experience. There was an air of secrecy around the retreat itself as those who attended or facilitated the retreat were not allowed to share what happened there with anyone who had not gone before. <<continue reading>>

September's Theme-based Spiritual Exercises - Welcome
Join in a monthly spiritual exercise inspired by our worship theme of the month. Each month we focus on a broad theme that has resonance for Unitarian Universalists in our personal and spiritual lives. We explore this theme in worship, in religious education, and in our own personal lives. Choose an exercise and see how it nurtures your spirit this month!

Community Pouch - UCM Care Fund
Half of the proceeds from the pouch on September 17, 24, and October 1 will go to the UCM Care Fund. This is a special fund supported by your donations only. This fund is used to provide financial assistance to members of our community in need of short term support. This could be assistance with rent to avoid eviction or homelessness or heating fuel for a family that has lost employment. When folks experience any of these situations and many more, our support may help to avoid a major crisis in their lives.

Extra Copies of Annual Report Available
Missed picking up a copy of the 2016-2017 Annual Report in May? Extra copies will be available in the Vestry on Sunday along with the amended 2017-2018 budget.

Whole Church Welcome Back Pancake Breakfast
Saturday,  September 16th.  Pancakes served from 8:30-10:30  This is a FUN raiser...not a fund raiser. Donations accepted, but not expected. You may add to the fruit potluck if you wish. Fellowship and Fun Required!  Sponsored by the Jollification Team. Question?  Sally Armstrong

Religious Education

Kids' Snack Table
We depend on families to share in th​is​ tradition to keep it going.  THANK YOU for being part of this important part successful Sunday mornings.
It is quick and easy to sign-up for a Sunday or two here on Signup.com.  (Signup.com doesn’t require you to create an account, and it will send you an email reminder.)  Click here to check out our guide to Hosting the Kids Snack Table for details with ideas of what to bring, tips for set-up, and the how-to’s to clean-up.​

High School Youth Group
8 high school youth joined together in the first UCM Youth Group outing of the year--a field trip to the Pride Parade in Burlington.  A fantastic time was had by all. "I actually do feel proud after today!" was one of the youth's comments. Big thanks to this year's volunteer co-facilitators, Sue Koch and Hannah Kiah Wirth, for a great launch!  Stay tuned for next meeting dates of the youth group.

Join a UCM Chalice Circle
'UCM Chalice Circles' is the name we're giving to some of our small group offerings this year.  Chalice Circles are designed  to  foster  deeper  connections  within  our  church community by providing a space to explore spiritual questions and matters of the heart in a loving atmosphere based in compassionate listening. The  groups  are  designed  for  8-10  people  and  vary  in  duration,  frequency  of  meeting, and topics for reflection.  The current offerings include Small Group Ministry and Soul Matters Circles. Ideas  for  new  Chalice Circles are also welcome — please contact Rev. Joan or Liza.  Find out more here.  T​o sign up, visit the Adult RE table during coffee hour.

​Child Care Available
W​e want to make Adult RE available to all adults, including parents!  We are happy to arrange child care at the church while parents attend Adult RE programming.  Youth from the nursery staff are eager to spend time with your little ones!  If this would be helpful, please email Liza at ucm.dre@gmail.com with a minimum of one week's notice before the class/workshop you wish to attend.  ​There is no charge for the child care.

Tai Chi
Sun. Sept. 17 4:30 p.m. in the vestry
Join baylen slote for the final session. All are w​elcome.  Following a year-long study of Taoist movement meditation through Tai Chi and Qigong, baylen wants to transition his offerings to the congregation to explore practices of Taoist meditation (see below). 

Taoist Meditation Group
Sundays Oct. 29, Nov. 12, Nov. 19 9 - 9:30 a.m, Children's Chapel
In movement we can find stillness, and in stillness we can become aware of the internal movement of energies. The tradition of Tao presents a rich history for becoming aware of and working with these internal energies.  Starting with posture and progressing to an awareness of the mind, there are several deeper practices we might explore.  We'll begin with three sessions, with the option to continue if there is interest.  Facilitated by baylen slote, acupuncturist and herbal medicine practictioner at black turtle TCM in Plainfield. Tai Chi class alumni can come at 8:45 a.m. for Tai Chi review.  Email baylen@blackturtleTCM.com with questions or to come early.

Adult RE Library
The Adult Religious Education Committee is starting a library in the tall tan bookcase in the vestry. It will feature books about spiritual practice, UU theology and issues, and past Common Read volumes. These will be available for three week loans using the sign out sheet. If you can contribute to stocking the shelves please contact Kristin Glaser (kristinglaser@comcast.net).

​UCM Common Read Books
This year the UUA selected two Common Reads. Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema centers the stories, analysis, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious leaders of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in UU communities. Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines what led to the Trump presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to take our civic life to a place it has never been. Loaner copies of both available at the Adult RE table.

Needs & Volunteer Opportunities

Montpelier Food Pantry Update
During one of the last weeks of August, 42 pounds of food  were donated and delivered to the Montpelier Food Pantry, and last week  12 pounds were.  The food needs in Central Vermont continue and it is a good time to set up a habit of donating food to our UCM basket on a regular basis, say once a month, more or less. - Harris Webster

Community Pouch Update
Please note that the Community Pouch organizing meeting on Sunday, September 17th  has been changed from at 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  The meeting will still be in the Children's chapel. We will determine the organizations that that will receive the community pouch during our upcoming church year. We encourage all who are able to participate in this process. Organizations interested being considered for the community pouch are asked to send a representative to provide a brief presentation. - Mark Hughes

Seeking SPUDS Volunteers for Sept 27
SPUDS, UCM's community service initiative, is partnering with Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity to build a ramp for a homeowner in Cabot. No woodworking experience is necessary, just a willingness to assist. Needed are three volunteers for the 9:00 to noon shift and three volunteers for the 1:00 to 4:00 shift. If you can assist in either the morning or the afternoon, please email Nancy Schulz. Thank you!

Social Action

H.308 Racial Disparities Panel
The first meeting of The Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems (created by H.308) happened on August 29th. The meeting was open to the general public.  Attorney General T.J. Donavan gave passionate opening remarks and the Panel moved to appoint Christine Longmore as the Chair and Mark Hughes as the Vice Chair.  The panel charge was reviewed and it was agreed that the Panel would meet in the evenings in moving forward to ensure that the general public has the ability to attend.  There was a discussion on priorities and input and questions from the general public.  The next meeting was will be announced in the coming days. You can find the Panel membership and the Legislative charge to the Panel here.  - Mark Hughes

H.308 Addressing Systemic Racism in other Systems
H.308 (The Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile System Advisory Panel) calls for the Attorney General, the Human Rights Commission and interested stakeholders to “develop a strategy to address racial disparities within the State systems of education, labor and employment, access to housing and health care, and economic development."  There will be a meeting of Stakeholders at the Statehouse, in room 10, on September 28thfrom 2:00 till 4:00 PM.  The goal of the meeting is to gather sufficient information to enable the Attorney General and the Human Rights Commission to provide the Justice Oversight Committee with the requested strategy for moving forward in addressing racial disparities in these systems.  The Stakeholders invitation with initial questions and stakeholder groups can be found here.  The Attorney General and the Human Rights Commission are required to jointly report on the strategy to the Justice Oversight Committee on or before November 1, 2017.  - Mark Hughes

The NEW Poor People’s Campaign
Join us on the Poor People’s Campaign.  Our next meeting will be on September 17th at 6:00 PM at the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington at 5:30 PM.  The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will necessarily be a multi-year undertaking. The Summer of 2017 through the Spring of 2018 will be used as the public launching of the Campaign. By engaging in highly publicized civil disobedience and direct action over a 6-week period in at least 25 states and the District of Columbia during the Spring of 2018, the Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and environmental devastation during a key election year while strengthening and connecting informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state, increasing their power to continue this fight long after June 2018. https://www.facebook.com/events/2046070795676711/  - Mark Hughes

Run Against Racism September 17th
Come to run at 11:30 or join us for the rally 12:30. The 1st Annual Race Against Racism is a rally and an inclusive community walking and running event.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1675800779128969/  - Mark Hughes

In the Broader Community

LGBT News of the Week
Artificial Intelligence can now be used to determine if someone is gay or straight. Concern is widespread that the technology could bring harm members of the LGBT community. Article from The Guardian. - Nancy Schulz

International Day of Peace
Thursday September 21st  is the International Day of Peace, a day initiated by the United Nations,  a day celebrated around the world.  Our UCM initiated celebrating this day about 15 years ago and joined by Bethany  almost every year since with a variety of activities.  This year there will be churches ringing bells at 12 PM on IDP  for about 5 minutes.  (Probably the best place to hear these is in front of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.) The main activity that day will be a  sing-along of peace songs in the Christ Church Courtyard starting after the bell ringing led by Arthur Zorn. - Harris Webster

The Bridge Seeks Managing Editor
The Bridge is seeking a Managing Editor with solid newswriting, editorial and publishing experience.In cooperation with the paper’s Publisher an ideal candidate would perform these tasks:
Would report news and feature stories for The Bridge and its website. Would propose themes and a story list for each issue of the paper. Would assign stories to staff and freelance writers and establish precise editorial guidelines for each story. Would work with staff to see all stories through editing, design and production. Would assume responsibility for evaluating the paper to ensure continued editorial excellence.
Salary range from $30,000--$38,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Job is to be performed in the newspaper's office in Montpelier, VT and not remotely. Please apply no later than Monday, October 2, 2017. Send a letter of application, attention Nat Frothingham to this e-mail address. Please include a resume, three samples of published writing, the names and contact information for three references who know your work well. - Margaret Blanchard

An Evening with Starhawk: Collaboration in the Climate Movement Workshop
September 26th, 6-830pm; UCM Vestry
Join 350VT for this incredible workshop.  With an eye towards the climate movement, this interactive workshop will offer participants the opportunity to engage in different ways of approaching strategy and collaboration. How can varied approaches support one another? What patterns and dynamics transform our work so that we are living the change we want to see today? What holds us back from courageous living? All are welcome. $15 suggested donation.  RSVP at: www.350vt.org/starhawk  Contact jen@350vt.org with any questions.

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