Community, Love, Justice – UUCL All Church Email (ACE)

Upcoming Events and Worship
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE of EVENTS
and ALL-CHURCH EMAIL (ACE)
Friday November 6, 2020
Upcoming Worship:
Sunday 10:00 AM

Making Sense & Moving Forward
No matter who wins the election, there are complex truths to process. Join us on Sunday and bring all the feels. We’ll reflect on moving forward, even if we don’t know exactly where we are going.

Preparing for Worship
This week you are invited to gather some candles to light during the service.

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.
A Week of Beloved Community
A Moment of Gratitude and Celebration
This election season, UUCL has shown up in BIG ways to help ensure each and every voice is heard.

Each and every effort – each postcard or letter written; each call, text, or conversation; every poster hung, every petition signed, every meal prepared; every bit of encouragement and inspiration; each connection grown or sparked – whether taken on individually or with our UUCL community, has created a powerful impact on this election, regardless of the political outcome. We have grown our community, our connections, and our faith. 

Let’s take a moment to celebrate all that we’ve accomplished together! 

Sent 1,000 letters to voters with Vote Forward (Over 50 people participated!)
Mailed 300+ postcards to voters with Moms Rising
Volunteered with UUtheVote, Lancaster Votes, and CASA
Trained and showed up as Election Defenders and CASA Voter Guardians 
Participated in phonebanks, textbanks, and conversations
Hosted a (very successful) Joy to the Polls action at our building
Enjoyed a special visit from Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and Rev. Cathy Rion Starr.
Countless individual efforts outside of the UUCL community

Thank you for showing up as a community during this time of great stress and hardship. Our faith calls us to carry the flame of justice forward by participating in the fight for a fair and equitable democracy, and we will continue to fight together until that dream is realized! 

UUCL Brought #JoyToThePolls!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone for showing up and bringing SO MUCH JOY to the polls on Election Day. Music, movement, laughs and smiles, snacks and treats, stickers and bubbles – and most importantly, voting! It was beautiful, powerful, and inspiring to share that space of love and hope with our neighbors and each other. 

This faithful witness was a celebration of democracy, and a testament to our faith and what we can accomplish together as a community. 

It’s amazing to think that this action went from conception to reality in only a few short days and that you all showed up! Thank you to Susan, Michele, and Lenore for organizing and to Rev. Israel for the tremendous support in making this happen; to Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray (UUA President) and Rev. Cathy Rion Starr (UUtheVote) for joining us as CASA Voter Guardians; thank you to the national organizers of #ElectionDefenders and #JoyToThePolls for the concept and guidance; to our musicians and artists who shared their talents with us, including John, Tim, Robert, and BB; and to everyone who danced, clapped, smiled (with their eyes, of course), dropped off goodies, staffed our table… this event couldn’t have happened without each and every one of you!

President of the Unitarian Universalist Association Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and UU the Vote organizer Rev. Cathy Rion Starr spent Election Day with UUs in Lancaster as CASA Voter Guardians. Thankfully, the day went mostly smoothly, with a few de-escalations and incidents reported. See Rev. Susan’s videos at our church
It was a busy day at 538 West Chestnut St:
SUNDAY EVENING RED ROSE SANGHA:
Open Zen Buddhist Meditation Group

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

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
Weekly Drop-In Series: Processing the Election Season 
Every Tuesday at 7PM, gather together to share . The theme of the evening will be chosen in advance by Co-facilitated by Rev. Israel and/or Lenore. 

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. 

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. 

Open Table is open again!

We are meeting each Sunday at 3 PM. There is both an in-person group and a concurrent Zoom option. 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
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. 
CONSUMPTION
I remember laughing out loud when I read the following in Thoreau’s Walden, ‘The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. .. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.’ I laughed because this is some serious ‘shade’ circa 1850s style and it was aimed at folks leading a life that would completely challenge most of us – woodstoves, no central heating, no electricity, etc. With that as context, even those of us who are trying to lead a more meaningful life with less stuff are forced to look around and perhaps laugh at our efforts.
 
The following list of sources will hopefully challenge and inspire.
·        ‘The Story of Stuff’ video and the companion book (2011) by Annie Leonard are simultaneously amusing and sobering.
·        You can listen to a UCLA lecture from 1966 by Vance Packard on his seminal work about consumption and planned obsolescence (warning – he is not the most dynamic speaker) or read his book The Waste Makers.
·        Lizabeth Cohen’s book A Consumer’s Republic: The politics of mass consumption in postwar America (2003).
·        ‘A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance’ From UCLA Sloan Center for Everyday Lives of Families.
 
On a more uplifting note check out, look for or watch the following.
·        Scandinavian Hygge Lifestyle:  Babette’s Feast – a timeless classic movie; ‘Hygge Life’ by UU Reverend Fiona Heath; and the youtube video ‘Hygge a Danish Ritual’ from Meik Wikking, the founder of the Happiness Research Institute and author of The Little Book of Hygge.
·        Leading a Simple Life: The Green Renaissence YouTube Channel; ‘Life’, from Fairy Tale Cottage; ‘The Unconventional Life of Tasha Tudor’; and Walden, by Henry David Thoreau.
Share the Plate – Reach out and Read

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. And click here for a video message about Reach out and Read.
 

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/

Please submit all ACE announcements to publications@uuclonline.org by 9 am Tuesday.
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