June 5, 2020
Dear UUCL Community,
“As we witness the pain and grief of centuries of violence without justice find their expression, we bear witness. And as our faith demands, we act.” – The UUA’s Side With Love.
In this Friday’s All-Church Email, you will find opportunities for us to bear witness, to worship, and to act for racial justice this week. We are here to help you connect with the many resources coming from our national UUA and fellow congregations (please see below).
Be sure to notice that this Sunday we will once again engage in Shared Worship with a neighboring UU congregation: this Sunday we visit UU Berks, in Reading, PA. This service begins at 10:30 a.m.
Please note that the UUCL Talent Show & Art Showcase, which was planned for this Friday, is postponed. It feels like a time to pause ordinary activity so that we may witness, make sense of what’s happening, and show up in support of racial justice however we can—to center Black lives. Eli and Lenore thank everyone who has signed up to participate, and we will be in touch soon with a new date.
Friends, we know these are tough days. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for pastoral care: Rev. Barbara is available at firstname.lastname@example.org; Lenore Bajare-Dukes at Lenore@uuclonline.org.
Justice for George Floyd Silent Vigil: Friday, June 5, 4-5PM:
Rain or shine! Join the POWER Interfaith Coalition and the Lancaster Interfaith Coalition for a silent vigil for Justice for George Floyd (and all the others) on Friday, June 5th at 4 PM at Penn Square.
We are planning to mask and stand at least 6 ft. apart. Carry homemade sign(s) with your name, your faith community, and the name of someone who died for being who they were, of which you know their story. This will be a silent vigil unless someone specifically asks you about what is on your sign.
Details and RSVP here
(please note that this event page contains an image of George Floyd’s final moments).
Sunday Online Worship: June 7, 10:30: “Creating Sacred Space”: Rev. Sandra Fees, Minister UU Berks
This Sunday we again offer “Shared Worship,” zooming in to UU Berks, in Reading PA. Together we will explore how we can carve out spiritual time at home and create sacred spaces for ourselves and our families. Please note that this service begins at 10:30 a.m. This is a multigenerational service, so there will be no specific children’s worship this week.
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/562036166
- dial this number to participate: 1-646-558-8656.
- When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 562 036 166
Every evening: 7 p.m.: We invite everyone to create a home chalice, and to light the chalice every evening, knowing that others from this congregation are doing the same.
Every Day: Reach out to at least one other person in this congregation.
May we continue to look for moments of gratitude. May we remember to take deep breaths, to laugh, and to send regular virtual hugs to all whom we love.
Rev Barbara, Lenore, Eli
Note from Rev. Barbara
: Friends the worship service this past Sunday, May 31, represented my last as service leader at UUCL. While I will contribute to other online worship over the next weeks, this was my last “message” to this community. These are challenging times we are in, and the challenge has only escalated since I searched my heart and soul for the nature of this final message. Therefore, I decided to include my portions of the service here — three readings and a sermon — for anyone who could not attend last Sunday, for anyone for whom these words may offer some new perspective since Sunday. I realize how my message of “hope” which I was called to preach last Sunday has already evolved into a message of “action,” evolution here in this congregation, evolution throughout our communities, our denomination, our country. “Hope” and “action”: we can and must have and do both. Please note that the contents of this attached file
is not to be reproduced without permission of any of the four authors (me being one of them). …. Blessings as we go forward.
PUBLIC WITNESS FROM THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION
On Sunday, I joined the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis for their service.
I was grateful to represent UUs across the country in solidarity with Minneapolis, remembering that we are in this together. Together, we prayed for cities and communities all over this country – a prayer for the safety, well-being, and courage of the people. And on Tuesday night, over 10,000 UUs gathered for the #WeCantBreathe vigil
led by the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Organizing and Strategy team.
It matters that we support the uprisings whose goal is the liberation of Black people and communities who for too long have been crushed by white supremacy, militarism, and capitalism. We must find the sources within ourselves to give us courage in this moment. To resist. To risk. To sacrifice for this movement that needs all of us to succeed. To be midwives for a new era in which all of us will be free.
Susan Frederick-Gray | June 4, 2020
How is it with your spirit today? Today, my spirit is struck by grief.
Lauren Smith | 6/4/2020
As people of faith and conscience, we are called to practice active remembrance, a remembrance that requires the pursuit of liberation in response to systemic violence. It would be hypocritical to say Black Lives Matter but then refuse to acknowledge anti-Blackness in one’s self, family, communities, or even congregations.
The UUA | June 2, 2020