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THE FOREWORD - April 2014
(Part One: Spiritual --- listing Sunday worship activities, religious education for all ages & Notes from the Minister, or visit our entire newsletter )
Celebrating the Past; Embracing the Future: In 1962, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst started construction on the chapel. On Easter morning of 1964, the sanctuary was used for the first time. April 2014 commemorates our 50th Aniversary! Save April 26th on your calendar, as we will have a "Creating Our Future" Celebration. More details to follow...
Upcoming Sundays: Services at 10:30 am
April 6 - "Paying the Dues" for Being Human and Religious Rev. Art Severance
No, we are not a country club or a fitness center, but just for argument's sake, how much would religious dues be? Traditionally our congregations reject any idea of dues or even minimum pledges. Our denomination has the highest per capita of any of them, but the LOWEST giving? Why is that? How much religion/spirituality/community can we afford? And if studies show the more generous we are, the happier we are, how happy would we like to be?
April 13 - The Jesus Between the Lines Rev. Art Severance
The old statement about "reading between the lines" seems appropriate when we religious liberals and seekers search for meaning in the hisotrical, mystical, mythological and metaphorical figure of Jesus. In the first three centuries after his death, there were many different interpretations and understandings of Jesus and no central religious authority. We are asked in every age, "Who do you say that I am?"
The plate collection from this day’s service will be donated to Gerard Place, which serves the poor on the East side by offering apartments for homeless single parent families. David Zaphel (who has presented for us before) is most grateful for our generosity to their program. UUCA has had a long relationship with this non-for-profit organization.
April 20 - Easter Earth Day; Nature's Resurrection Rev. Art Severance
Easter and Earth Day come together this year, and after one of the worst winters in a long time, thank God (or whomever) Spring is here! Religion is tied to nature and the changing of the seasons, as are we. Even the Easter Bunny and colored eggs have religious significance. Even the use of the terms Mother Earth, Mother Nature, I will argue, are religious.
April 27 - RE Chalice Lighters Sunday
Rev. Art's Homily: Religious Principles on Purpose The difference between affirming and believing, between "statements of faith" and the seven Principles.
INVITATION TO MEMBERSHIP
If you are looking for a religious community in which to seek spiritual growth...
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If you want children to be helped to develop their own religious beliefs...
If you wish to know more about us as you consider membership, talk to our minister.
Minister Emeritus: Rev. Maureen Q. Thitchener
Chairperson, Board of Trustees: Lauraine Marcus ()
Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3 pm
Caretaker: Chris Barry