Articles, Reflections, & Announcements
UUCT Trunk or Treat!
Friday Oct 29 from 6-8, your UUCT RE program is hosting a Trunk or Treat for our UUCT family and friends. Bring your ghouls, goblins, and witches of all ages to collect treats safely from fellow UUCT community members. This event is not open to the general public, but you are encouraged to bring your family/grandkids/etc. and invite a friend if you’d like. Costumes are welcome but not required – for trick or treaters and candy-givers alike.
In order for the event to be a success, we need at least 15 people to sign up to hand out treats. Please use the SignUp Genius link below to volunteer.
By signing up, you are agreeing to the safety protocols at the event, to bring treats and/or prizes to hand out to kids from your trunk, and you are agreeing to stay from 6-8. All treats must be individually wrapped, and anything edible must be store-bought and still in the original packaging.
We’d love to have your help! If you’d like to volunteer but aren’t willing or able to offer a trunk or treats, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact DRE Helen Cassara.
This UUCT community event will be fully masked and socially distanced regardless of vaccination status.
The 8th Principle and Challenges Past, Present, & Future
By Deborah Holt
It’s not easy being a Unitarian Universalist. We don’t pledge to believe a set of beliefs. We affirm and promote ‘a free and responsible search for truth and meaning’. And we do it for all of our lives.
Years ago, I grew up in the Universalist Church of North Attleboro, MA. The Universalists had freed themselves from the strictures of the Calvinists who wanted to control Massachusetts. Today our challenge is not freedom from the Calvinists but a paradigm shift in the way we view the world at large and our small corner of it. Today we examine our laws and customs, our rules and regulations, for their impact on ALL members of our society.
The 8th Principle: We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions; challenges us to examine our community and chart a path to the future. No easy task, no roadmap, no guideposts. Like those Universalists of Massachusetts, we want a better world, what Martin Luther King called a Beloved Community.
Why Donate to UU@UN?
By Trudy Deyle
Our congregation has a long history of supporting the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations (UU@UN). The office is a non-governmental organization in association with the United Nations. It promotes our 6th Principle, the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, which is reflected in the United Nations Charter. Through targeted education, advocacy, and outreach, the office also engages Unitarian Universalists in support of international cooperation and the work of the U.N.
UU@UN has an overarching goal of protecting the human rights of marginalized people. Its advocacy encompasses human rights, climate, and peace work, bringing the UU perspective to international justice movements. In addition to the overall work of bringing a UU voice to the U.N., program areas include climate justice, demilitarization, empowering women and children in the region of Ghana most heavily affected by HIV/AIDS, and the Holdeen India Program which provides aid for humanitarian service ventures and social enterprises that seek to advance prosperity for all of India’s people.
From involvement in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to leading the faith caucus to establish the International Criminal Court, to overcoming United Nations apathy about sexual orientation and gender identity issues, UU@UN has a long history of providing strong leadership in all aspects of human rights at a policy level.
This Sunday’s Share the Plate is UU@UN.
An appeal from Unitarian Universalist Young Adults for Climate Justice
“At the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly 2021, UU young adults submitted a Responsive Resolution on Divestment after learning about many of the UU Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF)’s immoral investments. The UUCEF currently owns shares totaling almost $4 million in banks that directly funded Enbridge (Line 3) and other fossil fuel companies. This Resolution passed with 80% of delegates voting for divestment. However, the resolution is non-binding and the work to actually divest the UUCEF from fossil fuels and human rights violations continues.
We invite you to join us in asking the UUCEF to make sure its investments reflect our UU values by signing and sharing our pledge, which right now focuses on asking that the fund and UU congregations immediately divest from banks that fund and provide loans to fossil fuel companies.” – Zoë Johnston, Network Coordinator, UU Young Adults for Climate Justice.
Unitarian Universalist Young Adults for Climate Justice (UUYACJ) is a community of support, resources and action for UU young adults that are passionate about and organizing for climate justice. UUYACJ will next meet in November. Stay tuned for more information.
If you (or someone you know!) would like to join UUYACJ or hear more about it, please email Zoë Johnston at email@example.com.
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Kearney Center Meal Service and Preparation Volunteers Needed
By Janet Temkin
If you and your family are looking for a way to give back to our community, the Kearney Center can use your help.
UUCT has signed up to prep and serve lunches on the first, third and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Kearney Center. We will be assisting with dinners on the second Monday of each month. 4-5 volunteers are needed at each mealtime.
Meal prep is a fun way to connect with others and help our vulnerable homeless population at the same time.
You can easily sign up to volunteer using the link below:
Kathryn Schroeder is now our UUCT coordinator. Please email Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.