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THE FOREWORD - March 2015

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

 

Upcoming Sundays:  Services at 10:30 am

March 1 - Bring A Guest Sunday! Creating Your Own Religion Rev. Art Severance. While we are not exactly a “do-it-yourself” church, Emerson’s early emphasis on religion as personal, individual intuition changed everything! I thin we’re best described as “Emersonian” even today.

March 8 - Fantasy Auction Sermon:  Heaven, Hell, and Mystery Rev. Art Severance. What happens after we die? What are ’near-death’ experiences? The Bible actually says very little about it, but traditions up over the centuries that everyone thinks are in the Bible!

March 15 - Mission Possible Rev. Art Severance. What is the purpose or mission of this church? We don’t have to believe alike to love alike, but we do need an idea of why we come to this church, why we’re Unitarian Universalists, church was NOT here.

March 22 - Child Dedication Sunday - Psychology and Religion Rev. Art Severance. One of my favorite courses was “The Psychology of Religion,” because I found the psychological and the spiritual to be closely related in my religious search, especially as a UU. We ‘dedicate’ children because we feel a need to find a religious ritual that makes sense to use when a baby is born. (Note: we have one child to be dedicated. If you would like your child dedicated, let Art know).

March 29 - Faithfully Restoring Justice Guest Speaker:  Michael Okinczyz, Lead Organizer and Interim Director of VOICE-Buffalo. There is a critical need to adopt restorative justice as a central philosophy and methodological practice in our schools, criminal justice system, community, and worship centers. Come and be inspired by our recent successes in training and setting up Peace Hubs where restorative justice is put into practice.

 

 

 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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