Community, Love, Justice – The News from UUCL

Upcoming Events and Worship
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE of EVENTS
and ALL-CHURCH EMAIL (ACE)
Friday November 13, 2020
Upcoming Worship:
Sunday 10:00 AM

The Spiritual Practice of Racial Justice & Healing
Together, we will reflect on our spiritual commitment as UU’s to the practice of being a beloved community in the making. We’ll also hear reflections from members of the Racial Justice & Healing group.

This week, we also welcome guests from several other faith communities who will be visiting our worship service as part of the Lancaster Interfaith Pilgrimage, which several of our members have attended this fall! 

Preparing for Worship
This week we will be introducing different break out room options for topical discussion and spending time with each other. In order to make this process easy for everyone, please make sure you have updated your Zoom software to the latest version. Go to this link to download the most up to date version of Zoom.

Join Via Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/96623739683?pwd=UWFMQzF5OFR2V05idUJVSVNwYzBVdz09

Or join by phone: (301) 715-8592
Meeting ID: 966 2373 9683
Password: 71717

SHARE THE PLATE for this month is Reach out and Read, giving Lancaster County children the gift of books so they can reach out and read. Early literacy is a prescription for success. Click on the link above for more information.

Update on COVID & the Community

We were informed that the person who was present at Joy to the Polls who later received a positive COVID diagnosis has since learned that their exposure most likely occurred after Election Day, meaning that it was very unlikely that they could had been a source of contagion during the Joy to the Polls event.

We again take this opportunity to remind you that as cases are surging in Lancaster, we hold all those struggling with illness in our hearts.

If you or a loved one need to quarantine, we are here to help with food, groceries, etc. We are here to support you if you need it, and we hope you will stay as safe as you are able.

SUNDAY EVENING RED ROSE SANGHA:
Open Zen Buddhist Meditation Group

6 P.M. See this weekly sitting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/419185030 

Welcome to our new Community Outreach and Communications Coordinator

We’re so excited to introduce Mandee Metzger as our new Community Outreach and Communications Coordinator. She will be responsible for planning and implementing all communications, and she will be our storyteller who helps us share what is happening within our community.

Mandee grew up in Lancaster and resided in the Philadelphia area for almost ten years after graduating college at Arcadia University before returning to her hometown. She has worked in a corporate setting for a number of years before branching off as an entrepreneur. She leads from her heart, follows her curiosity to learn new things, advocates for feeling our feelings, and truly values connecting with others. Mandee always says we need a teacher, a teaching, and a community in order to grow. 

In her free time you’ll often find her teaching yoga, reading, spending time in nature, and playing with her two cats, Chai and Vail, and french bulldog, Olley. 

You can contact her at communications.

Keep on moving forward:
UU Justice PA Advocacy Day
You are invited to join UUJusticePA and the justice seeking faith community as we celebrate our accomplishments and learn about ways to move forward strategically, carrying our faith values into the public square. Sign up here to learn more and to register for UUJusticePA’s Advocacy Day. You will see some familiar UUCL faces there!

*** UUCL is a supporting congregation UU Justice PA! (Formerly known as UUPLAN) ***

Sign up for emails from UU the Vote and follow UUCL’s Facebook page to stay updated on UU efforts to make sure all people have a voice! 

Making meaning together: Lifespan Faith Development

Rooted and Resilient: A UUCL series to process emerging events

Events in Lancaster and in the world are moving quickly. The news can be overwhelming. And there has been precious to pause, feel, and make sense of it all.
We need community spaces to process current events, to nurture our spirits, and to equip us to face challenges. That’s why we’re offering a six-week lifespan faith development series, beginning tomorrow: “Rooted and Resilient: A weekly space to process emerging events.”

For an hour every Tuesday at 7PM for the next six weeks, we will explore a timely theme, chosen the day of gathering to respond to current events. We will gather online to check in (connect), consider a perspective on current events (learn), share discussion (make meaning), and experience a spiritual practice (nourish) to help equip us to go back into the rest of our week.
Drop in Tuesdays between now and December 15 (which marks the end, or perhaps the midpoint, of this particular political season, as it is the Electoral College gathering).

Co-led by Rev. Israel Buffardi, Minister, and Lenore Bajare-Dukes, Director of Lifespan Faith Development.
Contact Lenore (Lenore) if you have questions or requests for a topic.

Join online link herehttp://us02web.zoom.us/j/82927020294?pwd=K1gyWTlCeHI4TnJkdmxFdjNsWVVLZz09
Or call: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 829 2702 0294
Passcode: 247051

Children’s Faith Development
Save the date!

Sunday, November 22nd at 10AM will be our multigenerational Thanksgiving service. Whether you haven’t been able to attend lately or have been present every week, you are  welcome! 

We have been exploring what it means to make sacred space at home. Our worship team would love to feature your family’s sacred spaces in our online services! Let Lenore know (Lenore) if your family would like to light the chalice one week during worship, or if your family would like to record a hymn (talk to the Music Committee about the Spirit of Life Challenge…!).

White Lies Podcast Discussion for UUs!

Join RJH and our Lifespan Faith Development program in a new and exciting multi-congregational Faith Development course developed around White Lies, an NPR podcast that investigates the death of Unitarian minister Rev. James Reeb in Selma, AL in 1965. This virtual, 8-week course starts on November 12th. Youth and adults welcome. Email Michele at mrapczyk with any questions.

Click here for more information and to register. 

Open Table is open again!

We are meeting each Sunday at 3 PM. The current book being presented by Tom Barninger is The Authentic Letters of Paul. Please contact Bob Loftin if you have questions. You can join by Zoom with this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86841939256?pwd=QlFWcndWWVhPd1Zjb0FtUzBtM1k5UT09
Meeting ID: 868 4193 9256
Passcode: 312578

By phone:
1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 868 4193 9256
Passcode: 312578

Church Life & Announcements

A VIRTUAL FRIENDSGIVING: Prepare your tables for online fellowship this Thanksgiving Week!

 COVID putting a damper in your holiday plans? On Friday, November 20th at 6:30PM, gather together online to eat your meal in fellowship at a big virtual table with others from UUCL, hosted by Stephanie Santiago and a UUCL team! We are preparing a special evening of connection online as you savor a meal in your home, including blessings for the table and invitations to conversation. Children who RSVP will have something extra special!

We invite you to “bring” (for yourself!) a dish that has a story attached to it (a personal recollection, a cultural tradition, anything!). We’ll have the chance to share during the evening. If you think you may have trouble having access to good food, please let us know and we will help you out! 

We may all “sit” at one big (Zoom) table, or have smaller groups, depending on how many RSVP, so let us know if you’re attending, if you can!

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/JWEhgUUAr1kbvySPA.

Contact Stephanie – SJSantiago91 – with any questions!

GREEN SANCTUARY CORNER

November’s Theme: RETHINK, Reduce, Reuse.
This month the Green Sanctuary Committee challenges all UUs to rethink the emphasis placed on recycling and instead to examine consumption habits. 

PLASTIC
Approximately 25 million EXTRA tons of waste is generated in the United States between Thanksgiving and the New Year. A significant portion of that waste is plastic: ribbon, sticky tape, shopping bags, strands of lights, artificial trees, stocking stuffers, and convenience food packaging.
And as we have all been made aware over the past two years – recycling is not the solution we had hoped. So, this year why not give a gift to the planet and to future generations and purge the plastic!

·        ‘Planet Plastic: How big oil and big soda kept a global environmental calamity a secret for decades.’ Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone.

·        How Big Oil Misled the Public into Believing Plastic Would be Recycled. Laura Sullivan, NPR

·        Check out these videos/articles about plastic in the grocery store. ‘Why Buying Plastic-free Groceries is So Hard’, ‘This Zero-Waste Grocery Store Should be Everywhere’ , and ‘The Rise of Zero-Waste Grocery Stores’ .

·        The book Plastic Free, by Beth Terry (printed with minimal plastic) is a great source of information and inspiration.

·        Check out some fun ecological holiday decorations at My Green Cocoon, The Peculiar Brunette and The Middle Sized Garden.

November Labyrinth
Welcome! We offer a new topic each month, virtual resources and recommendations for a meditative walking experience. There are different types of labyrinth design from the millennia. The inlaid pattern in Founders’ Hall is the seven spiraling path or Classical style, the oldest design, first documented in 1200BCE in Greece. Those in Rome may be square or polygonal. The UUCL canvass, portable labyrinth is a Chartres Cathedral or medieval of eleven circuits that can be seen as in quadrants. Sacred geometry is essential in the construction of this design. These pathways symbolize the journey of life, a meandering path to give different views, doubles back on itself by turning and going forward that leads to a center, to Life, Love and Wholeness. It is one path in, the same path out. In October, the free, outdoor 11 circuit labyrinth to visit was at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on St. Thomas Road. In November, we direct you to a seven circuit pathway on the grounds of Moravian Manor in Lititz. Contact Judy Hurlbut for directions: eaglenana1941 or 484 506 5377. It is a wooded, restful, cozy space that offers serenity. The virtual site, “Walking the Labyrinth at the A.R.E. “ gives excellent background and introduction as it guides you along the stone paths. TED Talk, “A Journey to Self Discovery: Lessons of the Labyrinth” by Kristen Keyes is another valuable viewing. Entering the word, labyrinths, opens a world of possibilities. May you find peace & wisdom on the path. Welcome to the November UUCL Labyrinth. We offer a new topic each month, virtual resources and recommendations for a meditative walking experience. There are different types of labyrinth design from the millennia. The inlaid pattern in Founders’ Hall is the seven spiraling path or Classical style, the oldest design, first documented in 1200BCE in Greece. Those in Rome may be square or polygonal. The UUCL canvass, portable labyrinth is a Chartres Cathedral or medieval of eleven circuits that can be seen as in quadrants. Sacred geometry is essential in the construction of this design. These pathways symbolize the journey of life, a meandering path to give different views, doubles back on itself by turning and going forward that leads to a center, to Life, Love and Wholeness. It is one path in, the same path out. In October, the free, outdoor 11 circuit labyrinth to visit was at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on St. Thomas Road. In November, we direct you to a seven circuit pathway on the grounds of Moravian Manor in Lititz. Contact Judy Hurlbut for directions: eaglenana1941 or 484 506 5377. It is a wooded, restful, cozy space that offers serenity. The virtual site, “Walking the Labyrinth at the A.R.E. “ gives excellent background and introduction as it guides you along the stone paths. TED Talk, “A Journey to Self Discovery: Lessons of the Labyrinth” by Kristen Keyes is another valuable viewing. Entering the word, labyrinths, opens a world of possibilities. May you find peace & wisdom on the path. 

Housekeeping
New Form for Submitting Announcements

Introducing an easy way for you to submit announcements to be read aloud during worship! We welcome announcements from members and friends of UUCL about programs of the church and connected events in the community. Please fill out and submit this form by noon on Saturday: https://forms.gle/sTYJ65co3h3hK2uL7

From your Board of Trustees

Here is a link to see the Final Financial Report for 2019-20. Please enjoy at your leisure! Please direct any questions to our Treasurer, Jonas Kauffman, at jonaskauffman. He can answer questions or forward them to the appropriate body.

See the report here:

https://uuclonline.org/2019-20-annual-report/

CHANGE for ACE SUBMISSIONS

Please submit all ACE announcements to Mandee Metzger at communications@uuclonline.org by 9 am Tuesday.

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