From the Minister…
“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
That sounds like a theology I can get behind. Or to put it another way – here is the great belief of Unitarian Universalism, one that I think we can all get behind: what you do matters. And Unitarian Universalism is here to help you figure out what to do.
In fact, we have some handy dandy guides to what to do. Who reading this could actually recite our principles? One of the reasons they don’t come springing to mind is that as a theology, they are a little, lackluster. While I believe that our fourth principle – The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large – is indeed a very good suggestion about governance, it lacks theological heft. On it’s face, it doesn’t tell me much about the answers to our big questions. On the other hand, it does a pretty good job of giving me a method of finding them. With other people. While honestly exploring my own truths and listening to those of others.
Our principles aren’t statements of how we think about God, they are statements about how we are to move in the world. And for Unitarian Universalists, how we move in the world is how we find God. Or the spirit. Or the answer. Or the mystery. Or science. Whatever you believe, whatever you hold most dear, you are called to explore and enact.
Go forth. Change the world.
April Worship Theme is “Inter-Dependent Web of Existence”
April 2 – “Ripples” – Every moment matters. Even the ones you thought you were alone for. Especially the ones you thought you were alone for. Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.
April 9 – “An Invisible Life” – Is it possible to not matter? Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Julie Ham.
April 16 – “Resurrect, Not Restore” – We will come back. We have before and we will again. We will come back. But can it ever be the same? Would we want it to be? Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.
April 23 – “Leaps of Faith and Taking Risks” Taking risks usually involves a little faith. Why do we take risks and how do they affect our lives? Rachel Teates is service leader with worship associate Gisela Roethke.
April 30 – “The Web” – Pull one string, pull them all. Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.
Change for the World – GLEANING PROJECT OF SOUTH CENTRAL PA
We live in an area that is largely agricultural, yet there are people who have difficulty accessing fresh fruits and vegetables. The Gleaning Project of South Central PA seeks to bridge the gap by improving access to fresh, healthy, local foods for low income Adams and Franklin County residents. The Project uses volunteers to collect excess fruit and vegetables from local farms and distribute them to local food banks, senior centers, shelters, after school programs, and other similar organizations. Donations received are used to purchase fuel for gas, buy equipment used to do the work, and to support the few staff members who coordinate these efforts.
Please plan on staying for the Town Hall meeting Sunday, April 2 following worship service in the Sanctuary. More information on our “Next Steps” Congregational program will be shared and you can ask the Board your pressing questions.
Annual Congregation Meeting – Date Change
Reserve Sunday, May 21 for our annual congregation meeting immediately after the service
Rev. Aija Simpson
I, like most 21st century Americans, am a multitasking machine. It begins when I roll out of bed and start checking email on my phone while I brush my teeth and goes straight through to bedtime: when I am checking my e-mail while I brush my teeth. Despite every study that suggests that we aren’t actually as good at multitasking as we think we are (really, we aren’t) the temptation is difficult to resist. Tell the truth: when was the last time you didn’t work through lunch?
We simply don’t have time to focus all of our attention on what someone is saying, let alone the deeper meaning that might be underneath what they are saying. The world moves entirely too quickly and we have entirely too many distractions and I hate to tell you this: it is only going to get worse. This isn’t really good or bad – it just is. Cell phones at the table aren’t going anywhere and conversations that are interrupted by a text message every 5 minutes are going to continue to be the norm.
In this context, joining the Small Group Ministry Program could be considered a radical act. In the loud, busy, distracted world we live in; deep listening is deeply counter cultural. We come together and for one hour we do just one thing. We listen. We listen with all of our hearts and all of our souls. We don’t check our e-mail and we don’t focus on our to do list. We don’t even think about how we might respond– that too is a distraction. We simply listen as deeply and as empathically as we can. In our modern world that is a revolutionary act.
If you would like to join us in our mini revolution please contact Rev. Aija or Rich Bronakoski.
APRIL — UUCV Social Justice Calendar
Help at Project SHARE’s FARM STAND – Thursday mornings April 13th and/or April 27th
Project SHARE’s Farm Stand, located at 123 Lincoln Street, Carlisle, provides fresh produce, perishable products, and bread to anyone in the Carlisle community who is in need. Volunteers are needed from 9:30 am until about noon to sort donated fruits, produce, and bread. It’s NOT hard work and it is FUN! Please SIGN UP on the Social Justice table in the social hall.
Neighbors helping Neighbors – Saturday morning, April 29th
Join us as we help other community members spruce up Carlisle’s west side neighborhood. Tasks may include simple yard work, painting porches, making small repairs, etc. There is something for everyone. Registration is from 7:30 to 8 am at Heberlig-Palmer Park, located behind the Project SHARE Farm Stand. The work party begins at 8 and is followed by a noon picnic for all. SIGN UP at the Social Justice table by April 22nd.
FRIENDSHIP dinner with our local mosque – Saturday, April 29th – 6:30 pm
We are hosting a pot luck to welcome our neighbors from the Shiremanstown Mosque. YOU are INVITED! Look for the special FRIENDSHIP dinner table in the social hall. RSVP by signing up to bring your favorite dish (No pork products please) by April 23rd. We need to know if you are attending so we can make sure we have enough seats.
Kid For A Day
Do you remember the wonder and curiosity of being a child? Are you interested in experiencing those feelings again? If so, sign up to be a “kid for a day”! The children’s RE program is giving UUCV adults a chance to participate in a “spirit play” class. As a “kid for a day”, you’ll be heading downstairs with the kids during Sunday services to experience what they do on Sunday mornings. During a typical class, a story is shared and then each child picks a quiet activity they feel drawn to. If you would like to participate, please use the sign-up sheet on the RE table in the social hall or contact Mark Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org for available dates. This is a great way for our kids and adults to get to know one another in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Thanks!!
Care & Concern Committee (CCC)
The CCC strives to assist UUCV members and friends with support and assistance. Currently there are only five members on the Committee so we appreciate the “Angels” who give assistance.
In February and March these people have spread their wings to help: Mary Lynn Lynch, Janet Mooney, Darlene Smith, Tom & Carol De Wall, Carol McAnulty, Bobbi Bassett, and Ed Glasgow.
There is a need for drivers to bring some Carlisle folk to services. Drivers for weekdays would be very helpful for occasional needs.
Please call Muriel at 717-877-1159 (cell)
Muriel Bronakoski, Chair CCC
UUCV Book Group
Join us on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM in our Yuuth Room to discuss The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Winner of the 2013 National Book Award, James McBride’s novel retells the “history of John Brown’s abolitionist campaign in a voice as comic and original as any we have heard since Mark Twain. The narrator is Henry Shackleford, aka Onion, an escaped teenaged slave who accompanies Brown while disguised as a girl. Fondly portraying Brown as a well-meaning but unhinged zealot, The Good Lord Bird is daringly irreverent, but also wise, funny, and affecting.” Brian McPherson will lead the discussion. Questions: contact email@example.com.
Carlisle CARES – sign up now
The first week in May is already filled! If you have a preferred date to serve as a host, reserve your date now. Host hours are 8:15 – 10:00 pm each night in May. If you’re a morning person, volunteers are needed on Saturday and Sunday mornings to empty the trash and restock the bathrooms. Don’t delay. Contact June Hoch at 241-3034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date — On Sunday, April 23, at noon, Ray Shaull, Carlisle CARES Program Coordinator, will meet with host volunteers and other interested members in the dining room. A pizza lunch will be provided. Yum!
UUCV WELCOMES UU CONSULTANT TO CONDUCT “NEXT STEPS” WEEKEND
April 28-30, 2017
As we begin planning future stewardship, growth and financial stability, we have invited Barry Finkelstein to spend April 28-30, 2017 with us to conduct a Next Steps Weekend program. Barry has been a Unitarian Universalist Congregational Stewardship Consultant since the fall of 2007. He has worked with UU congregations in all aspects of stewardship, governance, and planning. In addition, he is a professional management consultant with 35 years of experience.
Three goals of the visit are: 1) gather enough information to gain a clear sense of who we are and where we would like to go; 2) generate specific observations and recommendations to help us on our journey; and 3) explain how the Stewardship for Us Team can offer guidance as we move into the future.
Barry will meet with congregational leaders Friday evening and small conversation groups Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon (1:00-2:30) he will conduct an open workshop for everyone. These sessions will be engaging and informative. Childcare will be available.
Barry will participate in our service on Sunday morning. Shortly after service, he will hold an open forum to share his observations and recommendations. Please plan to stay after the forum to enjoy special refreshments and conversation. Childcare will be available and we encourage all to attend this 40-minute conversation.
Please join us in welcoming Barry to our congregation.
Everyone is invited. Together, let’s explore our next steps.
*Saturday, April 29 – Next Steps Workshop -1:00 – 2:30PM
*Sunday, April 30th – Congregation Open Forum – 11:45-12:30PM
*Special refreshments following the Sunday forum.* Childcare will be provided.
Launching UUCV’s 2017 Bursary Project
Namarroi and Molumbo
Dear Friends of Mozambique Bursary:
Sonia Sauale, our day-to-day program manager, submitted a Nov 2016 – Jan. 2017 report. She and Titos Macie, our new-in-2016 program overseer, visited the two rural secondary schools, one in Namarroi and one in Molumbo, in late November 2016. The report includes details on supplies delivered and on meetings with the girls, their parents, the Bursary-paid dorm “educator mothers”, and school personnel. Sonia’s on-site visit in January oversaw the selection of the new girls to the program (their school year begins late January) and enabled another supply delivery.
See your generously donated dollars at work. Perhaps the photos tell the story best! For a full report, contact any member of the Moz Steering Committee.
Mozambique Bursary Steering Committee – Priscilla Laws, Martha Bergsten, Dianne Dusman, June Hoch
Girls with their new bath towels, soap, toothpaste, and sanitary supplies.
The second distribution took place January 27-29, 2017. This distribution included the new girls entering the program, and the old ones who got passing grades, as well as those who had good behaviour. The school year started on January 20, 2017.
The girls got so excited for receiving the material, especially the parents who saw their daughters receiving the material for the first time.
Note: All the girls who received bath towels in 2016 will not receive in 2017.
Below girls lifting heavy bag of rice – plus oil and other foodstuffs.
During the 3 months it was possible to provide food commodities as illustrated below.
|Cooking oil||20 Liters|
|Tomato paste||44 tins|
The dorm’s educator mother as well as the parents thanked the program a lot as there had been many cases where the meal was based only on beans and maize meal porridge.
Staff Meeting Changes
Beginning Friday, April 7 at 12:30 PM, the UUCV Staff Meetings will be moved from their normal Wednesdays, to this new time each Friday. We appreciate that many of you worked around our Wednesday schedule so we had an uninterrupted staff meeting, so we just want to let you know our new day and time for our meeting.
UUCV Yard Sale
Spring is in the air – and that means it’s time to get rid of the clutter. But rather than throwing out those unused items, why not donate them to UUCV?
Foundry Day comes to Boiling Springs this year on Saturday, June 3rd. Besides making our presence known at the annual Strawberry Booth, we will have a yard sale. It will be a great opportunity for UUCV to reach out to the community, as well as raise funds.
Good sellers are most household items, dishes, art work, knick knacks, gently used toys, books, tools, etc. No shoes or clothing. So please box up suitable items, details on when to donate will follow.
Sign Up Time For The UUCV Lawn Mowing Team
We are looking for a few good men and women to join the UUCV lawn mowing team this season. It’s a fun, free, and very much appreciated way to stay in shape. The more volunteers we have…the fewer turns we have to take. If you can spare a little time, please sign up to help. Remember the old saying – the grass is always greener when it’s mowed by a UUCVer! If interested, please sign up in the social hall or contact Cindy Good at email@example.com.
The World of Alice in Wonderland Auction Events Still Available
You still have a chance to be part of the fun. Open Auction events are posted here: click here.
ALL scheduled events can be found on our UUCV Calendar http://www.uucv.net/events/month/
Contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or the event host if you are interested in attending one of them.
For those of you who are new to UUCV, our annual auction is a highlight of our church year. Not only is it our biggest fundraiser, it’s also a fun-filled evening! Stay tuned for news about next year’s auction (already in the planning stages).
UUCV Grocery Cards – Charge Cards Now Accepted
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 for Giant and Weis and $100.00 for Karns. Beginning February 5, you will be able to pay for your Giant Cards with your personal credit card. 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, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm and on Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Adult RE Class Schedule
April 3 – 6:00 PM – First Mondays Drum Circle (RE Classrooms) The first Monday of the month join your community in rhythm! Monday, March 6, we’re hosting a free, all levels, community Drum Circle facilitated by Dani Fiore. A limited number of drums and percussion will be provided but please bring your own if you are able. Didgeridoo? Flute? Bring those, too! All acoustic instruments welcome! We will gather in the main RE classroom on the lower level of the church beginning at 6:00 PM. Reduce stress, improve health and focus, learn something new, connect with others, breathe, relax, laugh, HAVE FUN! Participation is FREE but a love offering will be gratefully accepted; a portion of which will be donated to the UUCV.
April 4 – Parents as Social Justice Educators 6:30 pm (Childcare Provided upon request) 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.
April 4 – Meditation With Bhante Returns – First Tuesday of the month from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Monthly loving kindness practice ( meditation) and Dhamma discussion with Bhante Soma will be held every month on the first Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the RE classrooms at UUCV. The first class will be held Tuesday, April 4. All are welcome! There are concerns benefits derived from the practice of meditation. These include peace of mind, the powerful impact of practicing compassion towards oneself and other, stress reduction and overall spiritual growth and wellbeing. Many blessings! Class is free – donation are welcome to help in the work of Bhante Soma.
April 11 – Hindsight, Humor & Hope: Who, Me, An elder? – 3:00 pm TIME CHANGE (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.
April 25 – Spirit of Life 6:30 pm (Childcare provided upon request)
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.
Adult Re Topics of Interest Agenda February – May 2017
All classes will be held beginning at 9:00 am in the Board Room
April 9 – Swedenborg, Emerson, and the Deep Dimension We will explore how some of the profound metaphysical concepts of Emanuel Swedenborg, an eighteenth century European philosopher, inventor, and mystic compare with the metaphysical ideas of Ralph Waldo Emerson an nineteenth century American transcendental philosopher. Prepare to “go deep” for this one. Don Hoffman will lead the discussion.
April 23 – The Story of Christ: What is Myth and what is Reality? We will focus on the myths of various religious groups that existed during the time frame that Christians believe a man called Jesus lived in the area of the world some call the Holy Lands, and compare the myths of these religious groups with the story of Jesus that appears in the New Testament as Gospel. Don Hoffman will lead the discussion.
May 7 – Process Theology: Christ as a Vedantist We will take a look at Process Theology, a theology developed from Alfred North Whitehead’s Process Philosophy, and see how it relates to Christianity. This theology takes as its starting point the refusal to accept any supernatural events. This single rule has a dramatic effect on how to interpret the Bible and New Testament. We will compare a process theology view of Christ to Vedanta philosophy. Brian McPherson will be leading the discussion.
May 21 – Be Here Now We will take as a starting point the book Be Here Now,the seminal work of Ram Das, aka Richard Alpert. We will explore the impact of Ram Das and his ideas on our culture and manner in which mindfulness has moved from a counter-culture “far out” idea to become the zeitgeist of much of the academic world today. Brian McPherson will be leading the discussion.