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UUCL LOVEletter
(your new ACE newsletter)
Standing on the side of LOVE

Friday November 20, 2020

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Please submit all UUCL LOVEletter announcements to Mandee Metzger at communications@uuclonline.org by 9 AM Tuesday.

Upcoming Worship:
Sunday 10:00 AM

Gather Round the Table: A Sacred Time for All Ages 

Together we’ll explore practices and reflections for all ages on what grounds us in gratitude, sorrow, and complexity as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving during the COVID pandemic. Come share in our feast of story, song, and connection!

Gather Round the Table Literally for Worship
During the service, the worship leaders will be gathering at actual tables, and you are invited to join the service seated around your own table as well! You’re also encouraged to decorate your table or make it feel sacred/special to you in some way, perhaps by lighting your own chalice. 

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

JOIN THE SERVICE
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.
SUNDAY EVENING RED ROSE SANGHA:
Open Zen Buddhist Meditation Group

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

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.”

Drop into the ongoing six-week series for an hour every Tuesday at 7PM as we 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

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

COVID putting a damper in your holiday plans? TONIGHT 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!

Children are warmly invited to the online worship service for all ages this Sunday!

Rev. Israel and Lenore will be laying a table for Thanksgiving. If you haven’t been to worship lately, now is a great chance to come back. We invite children to stay for the all-ages social time after the worship service, too!

Calling all Minecraft players! We are delighted to announce “UUtopia,” a Minecraft collaboration between a few neighboring UU churches this winter for grades 1-5 and middle and high school youth! Gather online to explore and build sacred spaces in the game world of Minecraft with other Unitarian Universalist kids (led by a few religious educators who know their way around Minecraft, too). For more information and to register, please go here. Every other week, Sundays at 3PM!

Sacred stuff is coming…Check your mail! Following this summer’s Wonder Boxes and October’s materials for at-home worship kits, we’re excited to bring you some November holiday materials and prompts to help your family (ages pre-K all the way through youth) continue to make sacred space right where you are. November’s packet contains materials for a harvest gratitude tree and prompts for connecting with loved ones from afar. It is being mailed this week. 

Please contact Lenore (Lenore@uuclonline.org) if you are not in our system (were not registered in the program last year), so that we may make sure you get your packet! And if you missed October’s at-home worship kits, let us know. We have a few still and would be glad to get them to you. 

One of the temples the kids piloting this program ‘built’ as their shared sacred space this summer.

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

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.


UP TO HEAVEN AND DOWN TO HELL: Fracking in Pennsylvania
Environmental Justice Program sponsored by
Main Line Unitarian Church UUJusticePA
Thursday December 3, 2020 At 7:00 PM Via ZOOM

Shale gas extraction, or “fracking”—once portrayed as an energy revolution to transform the American economy and geopolitics—is now mired in controversy. But in greater Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and around the Commonwealth, fracking is personal.
Colin Jerolmack, Chairman of the Environmental Studies department, New York University, spent eight months living with rural communities outside of Williamsport as neighbors confronted the unique opportunities—and sometimes heartbreaking pitfalls—associated with fracking. He shares his research discoveries in this talk, and in a forthcoming book, Up to Heaven and Down to Hell: Fracking, Freedom and Community in an American Town (Princeton University, Spring 2021). 
REGISTER HERE

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

Fall’s Congregational Meeting Minutes

Drafts of this Fall’s Congregational Meeting Minutes can be found at —
https://bit.ly/3eUBvAf
If you have questions or concerns, including additions and corrections, please contact Fred Foster-Clark, Board Secretary, at ffccfc@verizon.net (or call 717-872-1939 before 9:30 pm). If no changes or objections come forth in the next few weeks, the minutes will be considered as approved.

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 Newsletter SUBMISSIONS !

Please submit all UUCL LOVEletter announcements to Mandee Metzger at communications@uuclonline.org by 9 AM Tuesday.

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