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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.
She is a founding member of Spin-A-Story Tellers of WNY, Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY, We All Storytellers, and Daughters of Creative Sound. Storytelling has taken her throughout the United States, Southern Ontario, Canada and to West Africa.     

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 BeliefRev. 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.
     Preaching by Parishioner veterans, Jerry Kent and Marlena Barry, will be covering the pulpit while Rev. Art is recovering, and Rev. John Rex will be available for emergency pastoral care. If you need the services of a Minister, please contact Rev. John Rex at 853-1002.

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.




     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


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