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THE FOREWORD - NOVEMBER 2014  

 (Part One:  Spiritual --- listing Sunday worship activities, religious education for all ages & Notes from the Minister, or visit our entire November newsletter)

 

Upcoming Sundays:  Services at 10:30 am

November 2 - Today’s service will be led by Marlana Rice. Her sermon topic is Plastic Future! Gramma, Have We Arrived Yet? Let’s put on those ruby slippers of technology and look behind the veil to see where we have been, where we are, and how we might best adapt to the lions, and tigers, and bears….oh my!

November 9 - Unity and Diversity in the 21st Century Rev. Mark Kiyimba, the 38-year-old founder and senior minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda will be in the pulpit for this service. He and his congregation of 150 souls with very large hearts run a school for 650 children who have lost parents due to HIV and AIDS, and an orphanage for 22 children infected with the virus. He and the members of his Kampala congregation are outlaws in Uganda for welcoming LGBT people. They meet illegally. Join us to hear about Rev. Mark’s important work and his unifying message.

November 16 - Compassionate Communication Rev. Art Severance. Buddha felt that how we talk to one another was so important he made it one of the 8 Fold Path “Right Speech.” And of course, one of the 10 Commandments says do not lie. How we talk to each other and with each other is a more practical, every day part of religion and is more about behavior and love.

November 23 - Over the River and Through the Woods for Thanksgiving. This is an inter-generational service.

November 30 - TBA

 

 

 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 commemorated our 50th Aniversary! 

 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

 

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 UUCA website. 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.

 

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