This Week at UUCL – Beginning Again in Love

Upcoming Events and Worship
Friday September 25, 2020
September 27, 2020 SUNDAY SERVICES

led by Rev Israel

Together, we’ll explore the imperfect process of striving to live into our values and commitments.

Worship Associate Elizabeth Haralam Shuba

Link to join:

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

SHARE THE PLATE for this month is Off the Streets Lancaster. Off The Streets provides assistance for people experiencing homelessness to transition to a home of their own. Since its founding in 2013, the 501(c)(3) charity has helped over 2800 people (80% women & children) into apartments of their own.

For more information contact offthestreetsnowlancaster

A note on the Sunday Service from Rev. Israel

I have been inviting us to connect to the themes from our services by engaging in ritual using commonly found household objects. My intention is for this to provide physical touchstones to help you to connect with and embody the concepts we are exploring.

In order to streamline this process, I would like to take up the practice of giving you all advanced notice in this newsletter, to let you know what kind of objects I might be inviting you to use.

This week, we will be continuing to explore the promises and commitments we make to one another. We will also reflect on the ways we have broken our vows, and we will engage in a collective ritual of atonement.

I’m giving you a few options to participate in this ritual. Here are some materials that you can use, so choose either of the following:

  1. A bowl of water and some crumbs
  2. A baking sheet/large plate/platter and either flour, coffee grinds, sand, or dirt
  3. A piece of paper and a pencil/eraser
  4. Chalkboard and chalk
Children’s Worship
11:15AM-12PM: Children and their families are invited to share familiar rituals of chalice lighting and stones of joys and sorrows. Bring a comfy blanket, a candle or cup, and stones.

Click here at 11:15:

SUNDAY EVENING RED ROSE SANGHA: 6 P.M. See this weekly sitting link:
Public Witness Action for Racial Justice and Healing
Today 4:30-6:30PM

A public witness action for racial justice and healing will take place in front of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster (538 W. Chestnut Street) on Friday, Sept 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

These actions serve as a silent moral witness (holding signs) to support equal justice for all. The public is cordially invited to join in and stand with members from UUCL and other Lancaster faith communities. Social distancing will be maintained and mask wearing is required. Participants are encouraged to bring a sign expressing a call for racial justice, anti-racism, and progressive socialchange.

Adult Faith Development
Conversation on Alternatives to Policing
Hosted by All Souls Unitarian, DC
Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 7-9PM

In June, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) voted to adopt a call to action “to engage in the larger movement to end anti-Blackness and defund the police.” (see the text of the AIW.) What does this mean for our congregations? On Tuesday, October 6th, the Central East UUA Region invites us to join India Harris and Rev. Jason Lydon to discuss alternatives to calling the police and over-policing communities.

See the description for more details and pre-webinar reading materials, then click “Register” to secure a spot. When you register, please email Lenore at she will be in touch about UUCL-specific ways to process the webinar.

Soul Matters groups are forming for the fall!

Register now to participate in a Soul Matters group! (link:

In our church community, physical distancing does not have to mean social distancing. Small groups of people committed to exploring spirituality together are forming right now to meet online for this church year! Learn more on our website, or sign up today.
In joining a Soul Matters group, you can expect to gather online each month with 8-10 fellow Unitarian Universalists to explore your spiritual life in a deeper way. Soul Matters groups meet online once a month to explore our church’s monthly theme through an at-home packet of spiritual readings, videos, music, and soul-searching questions. Existing groups will continue or resume in September; new groups will begin meeting as they form, in late September or early October.

Click here to browse September’s Soul Matters packet exploring the theme of “Renewal.”

Church Life & Announcements
UUCL Expressions
Our variety show via Zoom
Saturday Night, 6:30 pm
October 17, 2020

Event details:
Pre-recorded works viewed together in Zoom
Submit Acts through google form by October 11th
3-5 mins per Act
Zoom link available closer to event date!
Contact ginahartwellness

All Ages Welcome to Share:
Music, Visual Art, Comedy, Hobby share,
Tutorial video fun, Movement, Poetry, etc!!!!


Our volunteers have completed just over 820 letters and 200 postcards. Let’s send more! Are you IN?

The Racial Justice and Healing Committee at UUCL has teamed up with Vote Forward to increase civic participation by writing non-partisan letters to voters! Sending a Vote Forward letter is one of the easiest things you can do to increase turnout. It takes two minutes and one stamp, and meaningfully increases the odds that the recipient will vote. It’s a concrete action you can take to get unlikely-to-vote fellow citizens to the polls.

UUtheVote’s goal is to engage 1,000 UUs in PA to take part in moving our values more fully into our political system – that’s 20% of PA UUs & 20% of UUCL.

Please take our 3 question survey and aid us in our goal!

We need you! NOW IS THE TIME!

Contact Michele or Susan for more information and to get set up with instructions and supplies! We will have a table at the Public Witness event on Friday, Sept 25, 4:30 PM.

Michele Capobianco Susan Lithgoe
mrapczyk susan.lithgoe
(516) 398-7742 (717) 725-2750

Doing Theology in the Age of Trump
Walters/Garvin Lecture
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7 PM by zoom

The Walters/Garvin Committee will present a lecture via Zoom entitled: “What the Split in White Evangelicalism Tells Us About the State of Christianity in America Today” by Dr. Jeffrey Robbins, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Lebanon Valley College, Wednesday, October 14, at 7 p.m.

To register for this event, go to:

Side with Love T-Shirts!

Let’s get our message into the community, wear a Side with Love T-Shirt. Please send your size to naomi.levine. We will receive a 10% or a 20% discount depending on how many shirts are ordered. Normally $24. After orders are tabulated an email confirmation with your cost will follow. Checks can be made out to UUCL with T-shirt in the memo line. Shirts sizes: Adult Small to 5X Large. Children’s sizes: Extra Small to Large.

SAVE THE DATE! March 26, 2021
Due to COVID-19, the Auction Committee has postponed the annual Fall Auction. The auction, UUCL’s second-highest revenue source, will be held virtually, with a wider range of items and prices than our traditional live auction. Details will follow in our ACE.
Save the date!

The all church calendar is now live. Please consider following this link [CLICK HERE] to schedule all virtual events. This form is similar to the space reservation form, but has been customized for virtual meetings. If you have any questions please email

Please submit all ACE announcements to by 9 am Tuesday.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster | 538 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster, PA 17603

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