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THE FOREWORD - October 2014
(Part One: Spiritual --- listing Sunday worship activities, religious education for all ages & Notes from the Minister, or visit our entire October newsletter)
Upcoming Sundays: Services at 10:30 am
October 5 - Peace Circles & Restorative Justice in Our Community, Karima Amin will lead the service. The Economic Justice/Social Concerns Committee invites you to hear Karima Amin, well-known community activist for justice, educator, storyteller and percussionist. She will share her story and her passion. As her bio (below) shows, she is a woman of many talents. Today we hope to hear about her work on justice issues in our community and maybe a story too. Her work ties in with our committee’s interest in mass incarceration and unequal justice in America. Karima is the Founder/Director of Prisoners Are People Too, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Today’s plate collection will be donated to this organization. Please be generous—as you always are!
* Karima Amin is an educator, curriculum consultant, justice advocate, and percussionist who often works as a professional storyteller, providing performances and workshops for audiences of all sizes and for people of all ages.
Ms. Amin has received numerous awards for her 30 years of dedication to education, community service, and the arts. Recent honors include: 2009 Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the University of Buffalo’s College of Art’s and Sciences;
2012 Zora Neale Hurston Legacy Award for three decades of working to preserve and perpetuate the art of storytelling; 2014 Ntosake Award from VOICE-Buffalo for the leadership she has shown as the Founder/Director of Prisoners Are People Too, Inc. Her bio is featured in Who’s Who Among African Americans.
October 12 - The Blessing of the Animals (Even as they Bless Us), Rev. Art Severance. For those of us with animal companions, they are part of the family and bless us with what we believe is their love. This has become a popular service in Unitarian Universalist congregations, especially among the children, as they get to bring their pets to church, and believe, it or not, the pets are usually very well behaved and there are usually very few "accidents."
October 19 - Stages of Faith; Psychology of Belief, Rev. Art Severance. Based on the book, Stages of Faith, by Harvard psychologist, James Fowler, I’ll talk about why people believe what they and we do.
Rev. Art will not available during the next two weeks as a result of scheduled surgery and recovery in Ohio. He will be having bariatric surgery on Oct. 21 at Lake West Hospital in Willoughby, OH, and should be released by the Oct.22. His plans are to be at home for 2 weeks of recovery, then return to Amherst and continue his recovery, working at his apartment, but attending essential meetings. He hopes to lead the service on Nov. 8, when Ugandan UU minister, Rev. Mark Kiyimba, will be guest preacher.
October 26 - Yvonne Stocker will be in the pulpit this Sunday, leading service with her sermon topic The Network of Religious Communities, regarding the history and significance of the Network in Western New York and for us, UU’s today.
Children will process through the sanctuary in our annual Halloween parade, followed by a Children's Chapel in the RE Wing.
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!
INVITATION TO MEMBERSHIP
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Minister Emeritus: Rev. Maureen Q. Thitchener
Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3 pm
Caretaker: Chris Barry