From the Minister…
Have you ever tossed and turned in your bed, going over an interaction that just went wrong? Or woken up in the night to a fear that a secret had been discovered? It takes a lot of our mental energy to keep us from thinking about the parts of our lives that make us uncomfortable. Everyone, every single person in this community has done something they are ashamed of. I promise. And these things exists, and are real, whether we admit to them or not. They are part of the record of our lives, the record that is making us who we are.
What might differ from person to person is how we have deal with that shame. The only way to let this stuff go is to bring it into the light, to look at it honestly.
We have to be honest about the parts of ourselves that we don’t like so that we can start to forgive ourselves and let others forgive us to. As long as we pretend, we can’t move on.
And we have to move on. This is urgent. This is our only shot at this. If we cling to a history where we are innocent, where we only tell the best parts of ourselves, we deny ourselves the chance to make a better choice. But is we admit to the things we wish were different. If we hold them in the light, look at them, and say to ourselves and others, this is who I was. And I accept that. But it isn’t who I want to be. I’m going to try something else next time.
We give ourselves the opportunity for genuine change. We live in the tension between the fact that we are enough, and loved and loving just as we are and that we could always be better. Two opposite truths that we have to hold at the same time. Jews around the world are about to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The High Holy Days are times that we are reminded of these truths. That we have to give up our imagination of who we are in order to become that person. Accept who you are. Accept what you did. Make a choice to act differently next time. Repent before it is too late. The secret is, it is never too late. We can become the people we have always pretended we are. But first, we have to stop pretending. What might our lives look like if we did?
October’s worship theme is “Inherent Dignity and Worth”
October 2 – “Dignity” We affirm and promote the inherent dignity and worth of every person. That sounds great but what, exactly, does it mean. And how to we gauge dignity? [Can it be lost? Can we surrender our dignity? Take others’?] Rev. Aija Simpson will be preaching with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.
October 9 – “Silence (And Other Figments of Our Imagination)”: It may seem paradoxical for us to focus on silence at our annual Music Sunday service. On the other hand, where else is a musician to begin, but silence? And what do we do when we can’t find any? Our Music Director, David M. Glasgow, leads this special Music Sunday along with the UUCV Choir.
October 18 – Rev. Robert MacDicken
October 23 – “Stump the Minister” Got a burning theological question? Wondering why we do certain things in the service? Curious about the inner workings of the church? Come ask the minister and find out? Rev. Aija Simpson will be preaching with worship associate Gisela Roethke.
October 30 – “Yes, even him. And her. And him again” We don’t mean the inherent worth of everyone do we? Certainly there must be one or two exceptions, right? Spoiler Alert: There Aren’t. Rev. Aija Simpson will be preaching with worship associate Julie Ham.
Change for the World – Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge Flood Fund
The October CFTW is one that we are naming due to the urgency of the need…It is the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge’s Flood Fund. The terrible flooding that occurred in Baton Rouge has left many homeless or in dire need of supplies. The Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge are acting as the clearing house for the donated funds and will ensure that donations received will go to those in need. You can visit their website at http://www.unitarianchurchbr.com/
New Membership Classes
Classes have been scheduled for anyone interested in becoming a member of UUCV or if you simply have a desire learn more about UUCV and the meaning of membership. The kick-off class will be held on Sunday, October 30 from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Lunch will be provided by the Membership Committee for the kick-off class. Remaining classes will be held Sunday, November 6 and Sunday, November 20 both beginning at 12:30. Feel free to bring a bag lunch. Please contact Pam at 717/249-8944 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you still wish to register or if you require childcare.
Town Hall Meeting
Reserve the date: Sunday, November 13 in the Sanctuary following the Worship Service. These meetings are designed to foster a more open, transparent and collaborative relationship between the Board and the congregation. We are looking forward to an open discussion, your questions, and share any particular concerns with our community.
Project SHARE Food Distribution Days
SHOW UP to help on one of following days:
Tuesday, October 18th from 11:30 am to 2:15 pm
Wednesday, October 19th from 8:30 am to 11:15 am
Thursday, October 20th from 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm
Saturday, October 22nd from 8:30 am to 11:15 am
Remaining Open 2015 Auction Event
Oktoberfest and Volksmarch – Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Celebrate this traditional German event at Walhaus, home of Michele and Jim Burton. It will start with a six-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail beginning at 9:00 am. The ‘Fest with bratwurst and bier will begin at 1:00 pm for those who don’t hike. There will also be an opportunity to take a guided walk of the POW camp nearby. Cost $30/pp
Contact the host to sign up for their event. Payment should be made to UUCV with “Auction” in the memo line and sent to Pam in the office.
Mental Health Workshop – Cancelled
This workshop will be cancelled and re-scheduled for a date in late fall/early spring. We did not meet the attendance numbers required by the Mental Awareness Association. Stay tuned for new details.
Adult RE Fall Schedule
Fall Adult RE Classes will be held at 9:00 AM on the second and fourth Sunday of each month in the Board Room from the beginning of September through the second week of December. “Hot Topics” will now be referred to as “Adult RE Topics of Interest.”
“Adult RE Topics of Interest.”
October 9 – Chakras of the body and other octaves. Learn about the traditional chakras mentioned in Yogic literature and how different systems utilize them. See how the seven chakras correspond to the major scale in music and how they fit into what some call the Ray of Creation. Brian McPherson leads the discussion.
October 23 – Part 1: 19th Century mystics and their movements and the influence on our culture. The 19th century produced a large number of new spiritual movements led by charismatic men and women, whom many would call mystics. Many of these movements still hold a significant place in our society. In this first of a two-part series we will discuss the Christian related movements including, Joseph Smith and the Mormons, Ellen Haron and the 7th Day Adventists, Charles Russell and Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science. Brian McPherson leads the discussion.
November 13 – Part 2: 19th Century mystics and their movements and the influence on our culture. In the second part of this series we will discuss non-Christian movements including, Paschal Beverly Randolph and the Fraternitas Rosae Crucis, Helena Blavatsky and Theosophy, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, and Swami Vivekananda and the Vedanta movement. Brian McPherson leads the discussion.
November 27 – Part 1: 20th century spiritual leaders and their movements and the influence on our culture. In this first of a two-part series we will discuss William Seymour and Pentecostalism, Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy, and G. I. Gurdjieff and his teachings. Brian McPherson leads the discussion.
December 11 – Part 2: 20th century spiritual leaders and their movements and the influence on our culture. In the second part of this series we will discuss Hazrat Inayat Khan and the Sufi Order International, Paramahansa Yogananda and the Self-Realization movement, Swami Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta and the Hare Krishna movement, Sun Yung Moon and the Unification Church, L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. Brian McPherson leads the discussion.
Adult Religious Education Classes for Families
Programs for adults give us the chance to go deeper— intellectually, socially, ethically, and spiritually. From workshops to community service, covenant groups to discussion groups, meditation to marching—all in the context of a supportive spiritual community—Unitarian Universalism has much to offer adults beyond our Sunday services. We affirm a free and responsible search for truth and meaning from birth to death. Unitarian Universalism celebrates the ways that our needs, our hopes, and our beliefs change as life change us. Every Tuesday night we will gather at 6:30 for Adult Religious Education. I hope you will join me for one or more of the classes!
First Tuesdays – Parents as Social Justice Educators at 6:30 pm (Childcare Provided)
As we live in a world that seems to be increasingly engulfed in violence, we ask ourselves, how do we talk to our children. How do we give them the information and tools that will allow them to feel empowered to work for change without overwhelming them with the sheer amount of work there is to be done? Join Rev. Aija and other parents as we discuss tools to help us be the social justice educators our kids need.
Second Tuesdays – Hindsight, Humor & Hope: Who, Me, An elder? at 6:30 pm (Childcare provided upon request)
A Work in Progress – Join us as we explore the idea of elderhood as a creative and important time of life, a time to search inside, integrate experiences, and cultivate wisdom. Rituals and activities for the program, such as journaling, sharing blessings, and allowing for silence between speakers, will be established. Participants will begin to get to know one another and to create a community of elders learning together.
Third Tuesdays – The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit & Life at 6:30 pm (Childcare provided)
The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life is a program that goes far beyond “Financial Literacy 101” to include such topics as personal and cultural money stories, economic justice, classism, and the impact of our financial decision making on our ability to live lives of meaning and purpose. Their hope was that such a program would free congregations, families, and individuals to speak openly about a subject that is often fraught with unstated presumptions and unacknowledged tensions and would allow the creation of spiritually healthy approaches to money, generosity, economic justice, investment, and stewardship.
Why is it important to talk about money? We will think about the meaning of money and the ways one’s personal money issues can be a factor in living a fulfilling life. We consider the variety and complexity of individual and social dimensions of our relationships with money. Join Rev. Aija as we begin to develop a productive way of being together to explore money issues.
Fourth Tuesdays – Spirit of Life beginning at 6:30 pm (Childcare provided)
Spirit of Life workshops offer participants space, time, and community to explore their Unitarian Universalist spirituality. Each focuses on a different aspect of the spiritual life, framed by the lyrics of Carolyn McDade’s song “Spirit of Life.” Like the song, the workshops are designed to be welcoming to Unitarian Universalists of many spiritual and theological persuasions. Participants are invited to claim an inclusive definition of spirituality and recognize the spiritual aspects of their lives. Reflecting, speaking, and listening are core activities in each workshop.
This introductory workshop gets participants in touch with spiritual moments in their lives. Rather than offering opportunities to discuss or debate the existence of something external called “spirit,” the activities help participants recognize and claim their own internal experiences of wonder, awe, and connection.
Kit Karnsey is Back
Kit Karnsey is ready to FALL back into the generosity of the harvest season, and she is looking forward to receiving your food donations throughout October so that the bounty then can be shared with our less fortunate neighbors in November. Beginning next Sunday, October 9, and continuing through Sunday, October 30, Kit – who has had an extended rest since April – will once again receive non-perishable food items in her grocery cart basket to go to the Mt. Holly Springs Food Pantry. (Monetary donations also may be deposited in an envelope marked “KIT KARES” attached to the Kit cart.)
So please welcome Kit back from her summer hiatus by putting her to work and filling her cart. She’s eager to make this Food Drive a success
ALICE IN WONDERLAND AUCTION
November 5, 2016
For those of you who are new to UUCV, our Annual Auction is a highlight of the year for our Congregation. Not only is it our biggest fundraiser, it’s also a FUN raising, fun-filled evening!
The Auction catalog will be printed this week and handed out next Sunday so you can look over the offerings and think about what you might bid on. For an even earlier look, the catalog is now available on line at the UUCV website.
So, get those Wonderland costumes ready, and we’ll see you at the Auction!
We Are All Mad Here…Mad About UUCV
Beginning Sunday, October 2 and continuing through Sunday, October 30, UUCV Auction “lottery” tickets will be sold in the Fellowship Hall after worship. These tickets afford the purchaser the opportunity to win a percentage (up to 50%) of the lottery “pot,” with the remaining balance going to UUCV as part of the Annual Auction fund-raising event.
Tickets may be purchased in $5 increments up to a maximum of $25. The winning ticket will be drawn during the live Auction on Saturday night, November 5. If the winner is not present, she/he will win the percentage of the total sales purchases equal to the dollar amount of the ticket purchased (e.g., a winning $5 ticket receives 5% of the “pot.”) If the winner is present at the drawing, he/she will win double the percentage. That is, a winning $5 ticket equals 10%; a winning $10 ticket equals 20%, etc., up to a maximum of 50%. UUCV always nets at least 50% of the total ticket sales.
So stop by the lottery table on Sundays. Take a chance. Join in the “Madness” and support our beloved church community. You’re guaranteed a good time – Go ask Alice!
UUCV Continues Support for Girl’s Education in Mozambique
For the past several years, Sonia Saual Assane, a former Bursary student, has been serving as our project manager. We are pleased to report that she has agreed to oversee the project for the coming year.It’s hard to believe that our UUCV secondary school education project that started in 2005 with only 24 girls is entering its 13th year this January! Since then, UUCV donors and friends have provided secondary school support, known as bursaries, for hundreds of girls from rural Mozambique. In addition, several of our UUCV- funded students who have graduated from secondary school have completed teacher training and are now teaching elementary school near their home villages.
For several years, our UUCV steering committee contracted with the Kenya Office of Church World Service to oversee the project. Consequently, Sarah Tum and Michael Irungu have been traveling from Kenya to Central Mozambique with Sonia to review the project at the two secondary school sites in Namarroi and Molumbo on a regular basis. Although we’ve been happy with their work, their travel from Kenya to the project sites in Namarroi and Molumbo each year to review the project has been expensive and time-consuming.
The UUCV Bursary Steering Committee is making an exciting and efficient change in the project oversight. Although we will miss Sarah and Micheal, we have engaged the services of Titos Macie, a native Mozambican who has worked with the Christian Council of Mozambique in the past. Martha, Dianne, June and Priscilla met Titos during their UUCV oversight visit in September 2014. In addition Titos is highly regarded by Karen and Bill Butt who helped UUCV start the bursary project in 2004. He speaks excellent English, and has considerable experience overseeing related projects for the Christian Council of Mozambique.
We plan to launch our campaign on Sunday November 20th with a Mozambique-themed children’s story. After the service congregants are invited to a Mozambican style luncheon to celebrate the launch of our 2017 Bursary Campaign.
The 2017 Bursary Steering Committee:
Martha Bergsten, Dianne Dusman, June Hoch, Priscilla Laws
Book Group’s October Selection
Join us on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Board Room to discuss Gretta Vosper’s book, With or Without God: Why the Way We Live Is More Important Than What We Believe. Gretta Vosper, an a-theist minister in the United Church of Canada, writes that for the Christian church to survive “it must shift from its time-bound biblical and doctrinal base to a broader base of timeless, life-enhancing values—a base that would include all peoples of the world who embrace humanitarian and ecologically sound ideals.” Does any of this sound familiar? UUs have already made this shift, but it is an ongoing process. Growth and change are never easy. Vosper’s clear articulation of the issues and difficulties offers us another perspective on what it means to be spiritually awake. Muriel and Richard Bronakoski will lead the discussion. Questions: contact email@example.com.
UUCV Grocery Cards
Remember to stop by the Grocery Card table after the service and purchase cards to Karns, Giant and Weis. We have $50 and $100 cards available. UUCV receives 10% of the face value of each Giant card and 5% of the face value of each Karns or Weis card. This is an amazing fundraising opportunity for UUCV! You can also purchase cards at the office Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 1:30.
Special Pre-Auction Opportunity – Ceramics Sale – these items will be on display October 2 and October 9 on the stage in the UUCV Social Hall. Checks, credit cards and cash all accepted!
Collect Fine Pottery?
This is a special opportunity to own a piece of Barbara Diduk’s pottery. Diduk’s works comprise the main focus of this offering, but the collection also features ten ceramic pieces from Dickinson College artist, Brooke Wiley, as well as a few pieces of select works of artists Mark Pharis, Minnesota; Paul Dresang, Wisconsin; Randy Johnston, Minnesota; Kei Hashimoto, Japan; Li Chao, China; Lynn Evans, New York City, and several Dickinson student pieces.
Choose from the large selection of offerings that you will be able to view and purchase online athttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1DwMaJGTF9sugr7dsUeBUqHLMV1qIHe9sR_lpfLtzV2M/edit beginning on Saturday, September 17th.
If you are interested in an item, email Pam Wenger at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the item numbers of the pieces you wish to purchase. After you receive a confirmation email, send a check made out to UUCV with “Auction” and the Item #in the memo line to UUCV, 2 Forge Rd, Boiling Springs, PA 17007. You may pick up your purchases at that address on Sundays, October 16 or 23, from noon to 1 P.M.
BARBARA DIDUK has taught at Dickinson College, Washington University, St. Louis, and Princeton University. Her work incorporates quasi-functional, sculptural ceramics developed from traditional vessel forms and modernist sculptural issues. At Dickinson, she teaches courses in ceramics, three-dimensional design, and sculpture. Barbara has received three Pennsylvania Arts Council artist fellowships, as well as artist residencies at the European Ceramic Work center in the Netherlands. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, (The Vase Project in Jingdezhen, China) and is represented by Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York City. Barbara is the recipient of the Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching.
BROOKE WILEY is the Studio Technician and Manager of the Goodyear Gallery at Dickinson College. She is a graduate of Grinnell College and Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire.
This sale is part of a fund raiser to support the mission of the Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley.