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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 )

 

 EXPRESSING JOYS & SORROWS

     Because sometimes the very lighting of a special candle can be healing, during the quiet time after Joys and Concerns have been read, people may come forward silently and light a candle, then return to their seats. We have moved the candle stand for easier access, and also so it doesn't interfere with the children coming forward for the story.

     If you want to share a joy or sorrow with the congregation, arrive early Sunday morning before the service. Visit the table in the foyer next to the Welcome Desk and fill out the appropriate card - yellow for a Joy; blue for a Sorrow. During the service, the cards will be read by a member of the Caring for One Another committee and a candle will be lit for each.

 

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

 

 A Note about Applause
I have found that applause in church is problematic; some people dislike it strongly because they feel it breaks the "mood of worship" and makes it seem like a performance. It raises issues like the mixed feelings when only a few people applaud, or makes one wonder 'Should you applaud after ALL music?' I think that there are times when spontaneous applause must be expressed, but it should be done sparingly. Worship is not a performance which requires or expects applause, AND it bothers some people. If you knew that by clapping you were hurting the worship experience of someone else, would you still do it? 
~Rev. Art

 

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.

 

If you are unable to attend church, or would like to hear a particular sermon again, there is a good chance you can find it on the UUCAwebsite. Go to the "sermons" tab under "Worship & Ministry" on the left side of the page in the Main Menu - or click here. ~Joe Rautenstrauch

 

INVITATION TO MEMBERSHIP
If you are eager to consider religious questions with others who
are not always certain they have all the answers, but who are determined to keep searching with an open mind, and acceptance of other peoples' beliefs....

If you are looking for a religious community in which to seek spiritual growth...

If you would like the fellowship of others for celebration and worship, discussion and education, friendship and mutual support...

If you want children to be helped to develop their own religious beliefs...
If you wish to preserve and extend the traditions of personal freedom and human dignity against the dangers they face today, you may find this church fills your spiritual and human needs.

If you wish to know more about us as you consider membership, talk to our minister.

 

OUR LEADERSHIP

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Minister Emeritus:  Rev. Maureen Q. Thitchener
Chairperson, Board of Trustees:  Lauraine Marcus ()

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