Articles, Reflections, & Announcements
Covid Task Force Revises Guidelines
Group Gatherings Are Now Allowed!
The Covid-19 Task Force met this week to consider current Covid-19 numbers which thankfully are showing a steady downward trend. We know the congregation is eager to return to in-person gatherings under safe conditions and the task force is confident that in incremental steps we can start to do that.
The following changes to the guidelines have been approved effective Sunday November 7, 2021:
Small internal group gatherings up to 12 persons, such as Old Guys Lunch and the Women’s Lunch Bunch, may meet both inside and outside under Covenantal Consent. *(See details of Covenantal Consent below).
Intermediate size groups consisting of 13-25 persons may meet outside only under Covenantal Consent. Approval has been given for choir members to meet on the veranda for singing meditation under CC and inside with singing masks required.
* Covenantal Consent allows for persons who have been vaccinated and meeting in small groups to remove masks if there is unanimous agreement among the group. This does not apply when children under the age of 18 are present.
All groups are required to reserve space (indoor and outdoor) by contacting the Office Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (850) 385-5115 during office hours.
We’re happy to announce that plans are underway for returning to the sanctuary for in-person services possibly in early 2022. Rev. Holly is working with the multi-platform committee tasked with resolving issues related to technology, seating and other details necessary to assure everyone’s safety and comfort. More details will follow as progress is made.
The Covid Task Force consists of Phil Kiracofe, chair, Janet Temkin and Steve Urse serving as members, Rev. Holly Brown as an ex officio member, Bonnie Abellera, VP for Management and DRE Helen Rivers Cassara as consultants.
Volunteer Opportunity – Canvass Committee Chair
UUCT is looking for one or two volunteers to coordinate the Canvass effort that will begin in early 2022. The annual Canvass is an important part of our budgeting and planning process. The Canvass chair (or co-chairs) works closely with staff and volunteers to coordinate the communication effort, arrange for testimonials and other service content, and report to the executive board and congregation as to the status of the Canvass throughout the spring.
If you are interested in serving in this critical role, please get in touch as soon as possible with Dan D’Arcangelis, VP-Finance at email@example.com or 269-598-9017.
Why Is the 8th Principle So Long?
By Trudy Deyle
I first heard about the proposed 8th Principle almost two years ago. My first impression was that it seemed long and complicated compared to the other seven principles! But as I continued the journey to understand more about my own white privilege and complicity in upholding systemic racism and other oppressions, I came to see that every element of the principle is important and needs to be there. And I learned that we cannot help to build equitable structures and institutions in our society until we first dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and in our UU institutions. Otherwise, we will carry forward racist and oppressive attitudes and behaviors into whatever new structures and institutions we help to build, even if we are unaware of those attitudes and behaviors.
I also learned more about our decades-long UU failure to follow through on association-wide commitments to become anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and multi-cultural. I began to understand why adopting the 8th Principle at the congregational level is important regardless of whether our association ends up incorporating the principle into revised Purposes and Principles in a few years. The work to build Beloved Community is needed now. We can make the commitment at the congregational level to become anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and multi-cultural and to hold ourselves accountable to take the actions to fulfill that commitment.
By participating in on-line gatherings of the association-wide 8th Principle Learning Community, members of congregations that have not yet adopted the principle have a chance to hear how adopting the principle has transformed many of the 125 congregations who have already adopted it. There is something very powerful and compelling about so many individual congregations adopting the same words of commitment to engage in this important work!
Note: 8th Principle Learning Community on-line gatherings are open to all UUs. The next dates are 11/10 and 12/8/2021 at 8:00 p.m. If you’d like to attend or you have a question about the 8th Principle, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harmony Camp 2023
By Kerry Burner
Because of the uncertainty around the pandemic and primarily because of lack of volunteer support, Harmony Camp will not be held Summer 2022.
Visioning meetings for Summer 2023 will begin in the Spring of 2022 – keep an eye out for announcements in the Meridian. If you are interested in leading or participating in these sessions, please share your contact information using the link below and someone will reach out in the Spring.
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.
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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 email@example.com for more information.