After years of service, Ann Ringland has stepped down as the coordinator of Pride of Place gardening events. We extend our gratitude for all her hard work in helping keep our campus beautiful! We are now looking for her replacement, someone who has organizational skills and maybe knows a bit about gardening. This position is primarily needed to coordinate volunteer efforts towards the maintenance of ERUUF landscaping.
I Carry You, You Carry Me
Rev. Deborah Cayer
I’ve recently learned of the deaths of three longtime friends. The first, not unexpected at the ripe age of 93 was my first UU minister, a kind and loving man who served on many boards, preached just about every Sunday of the year, and always wore a tie, even to picnics. He was encouraging and kind, a beloved pastor, and years later my wonderful colleague and friend.
by Rev. Xolani Kacela
We on the Adult Programs Team are exploring ways to better focus courses and help facilitators deliver classes that ERUUFians really want to attend. This is in-line with the program staff’s efforts to steer ERUUF programs in directions that deepen our spiritual practice. To help us along, I want to find a unifying principle that programs can aim for.
Wednesdays beginning July 6
Noon, Chapel (next to Sanctuary)
Rev. Dr. Xolani Kacela & Trish Rafalow, facilitators
Rev. Dr. Xolani Kacela and Trish Rafalow will facilitate a course on world religions. This course will run for several weeks on Weds at noon beginning July 6. Beginning with the first presentation, the lectures illustrate and emphasize the importance of self-conscious awareness of one's presuppositions.
BY THE SEA - works by Robert Harrison
Robert Harrison’s exhibit of alluring boats and seascapes is up through September 8. Meet the Artist on Sunday, July 31, 11:45 am
In Love, With Love, Be Love
by Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
We practiced meditative breathing in a recent service. We gave ourselves a great big exhale, and with the inhale we thought of the word “Centered”, and then with the exhale, “in love.” And we just repeated these words with each inhale and exhale for a little while. Later we did the same with the words, “Deeply….Connected.”
The point of doing this was twofold. This kind of breathing calms our bodies and brains; you feel better after you’ve done this for even just a short time. On Sundays we’ve been facing some difficult stuff in the world, and also have been finding ways to center, calm and strengthen ourselves. This kind of breathing is one of the good ways to do that.
From ABC News: More than 50 people attended the service. The participants sang hymns, shared reflections on the tragedy in Orlando, and lit a candle for each of the victims. The ministers also shared prayers from a revised Jewish prayer book, with inclusive text written by and for LGBTQ.
"Nightclubs have historically been a place where LGBT folks can gather in safety for support and to have an attack like this it causes concern. It's an attack on everyone's dignity, everyone's sense of safety," said Shawn Long with Equality NC.
Short video and more pictures on next page.
As you may have read in in UU World (http://www.uuworld.org/articles/ support-black-uus-attend-ga16), the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees voted unanimously to designate Black Lives of UU as the recipient of a the Saturday special offering at GA this year and set a goal of $60,000 to be raised. The UUA board is working in partnership with UUA administration to “ensure a successful offering.”