A Message From Rev. Deane Perkins
You will soon see a sign in the Wayside Pulpit (outside) that will read: “Black Lives Matter.” In addition, the banner that we have that says: “Standing on the Side of Love” will soon be hanging on the left side (as you face the front doors) of the church. With the recent shootings in Charleston, the numerous deaths of blacks by police, the increasing awareness of institutional racism and classism, and general racial unrest in our country, it is imperative that our congregation ask: “What can we do?”
A number of ideas have been forthcoming. For example, perhaps we could have a forum with the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department here in Belfast to find out what kinds of training our officers have and how they deal with prejudice and racism, both within their ranks and in the larger community. During a Congregational Conversation at church a month ago it was also clear that our schools need to engage in serious work to educate our young people about multi-culturalism, diversity, racism, and prejudice. It is difficult to know how to respond adequately to the systematic dehumanization of minorities and people of color when those of us in our church community are predominantly white and middle-class. We have our own, personal work to do, and so ideas for classes, book groups (e.g. reading Waking Up White) and resources were suggested as well.
As UUs, as a beloved community, we need to stand in solidarity with all people who are disenfranchised, and together find ways to dismantle systematic oppression. Our two outdoor signs may be small, but they tell the larger community that we are willing to struggle with our neighbors to overcome fear and bigotry.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Listening to You: Results of the Stewardship ABD Survey(7/2/2015) This spring we surveyed UUCB members and friends to learn our collective preferences regarding the Annual Budget Drive. Eighty (80) responses meant that more than half of our members took the time to share their views. The most encouraging finding is that our campaign this year aligned well with the preferences of most members and friends. (more)
UUCB Welcomes Karen Nelson, Our New Music Director(7/1/2015) We are excited to welcome Karen Nelson, our accompanist since 2009, as our new Music Director, replacing Lila Nation. Karen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has over 15 years of experience in both choral and instrumental music instruction from kindergarten level through community college level. (more)
“Farewell to Lila” video(7/1/2015) June 2015 marks the retirement of UUCB's Music Director over the past 12 years. I saw a golden opportunity to pay tribute to our esteemed music director with a video including some candid interviews of members of the choir and our congregation. Sadly, there is never enough time to include everybody, but I was lucky enough to reach a wide range of folks willing to share their valuable thoughts and feelings concerning Lila's contributions to our church. I hope you enjoy the video. -Frets Halligan, June 30, 2015 (more)
Space Needs Team(6/29/2015) When the asking price of the Crosby School was lowered to approximately 1 million dollars, the Space Needs Team (SNT) assembled a team to investigate if the building could be a feasible, sustainable and viable option to consider as a home for the UUCB. Concurrently, at a meeting in April, the Congregation voted to reengage the architects to move our building project forward through the next phase of design in preparation for the congregation’s consideration of a capital campaign in the fall. (more)
Church Community thanks Lila Nation for her Service(6/29/2015) On Sunday, June 14th, the congregation celebrated and thanked Lila Nation for her 12 years of service as UUCB Music Director. Under Lila’s direction the choir has lifted the hearts of our congregation beyond measure. Our choir has a reputation as one of the best vocal groups in the midcoast (if not the entire state!). (more)
Many Thanks for a Successful Stewardship Annual Budget Drive!(6/29/2015) We recently celebrated our church’s twentieth anniversary, a true milestone in our dynamic history. Our community’s members and friends, all of us, are truly the heart of our church, lending inspiration, initiative, imagination, and commitment to our daily, monthly, and yearly activities. (more)
UUCB Communications Survey Results(6/29/2015) Thanks to all who responded to our recent communications survey. We wanted to measure use of our four primary communications media: UU News/UUBB, our website, the newsletter and UUCB’s Facebook page and ask for suggestions. We discovered that all four have devoted followers and interestingly, yet each was rarely or never used by some others. (more)
Mythology Summer Camp at the UUCB(6/22/2015) Our very first week-long summer day camp! Open to the community, it will be geared toward two age groups, 6-7 and 8-10, and children of diverse abilities will be welcomed. The theme is mythology. Camp counselors, including YRUU members along with Jessica Falconer and Jane Morgan, will guide campers in activities that center around mythology, ranging from Greek and Roman gods and goddesses to the modern mythology of Harry Potter. (more)
Lila’s Last Sunday and a Personal “Note”(6/22/2015) UUCB's annual All-Choir extravaganza was held on Sunday, June 7 to rousing applause and standing ovations! The UU Belfast Choir worked very hard to make this our best choir service ever, with all thirty-two members participating. The service was dedicated to our recently departed member, Helen Hughes. (more)
New Orleans Service Trip(6/22/2015) The service on May 17 was conducted in its entirety by Belfast, Ellsworth, Bangor and Rockland youth who traveled to New Orleans for a service trip during the April school break. They shared what they learned about the ravages of Hurricane Katrina and the injustices done to the residents of the Ninth Ward. (more)
Elder Oral History Project Getting Started(6/22/2015) The Adult Life Span has been talking for the past year about an Elder Oral History Project that would be a series of interviews with some of our church elders to hear and record parts of their life stories. We are aware that we have some very interesting and wise elders among us, and we would like to be able to preserve and share some of those stories with the rest of the congregation. (more)
Space Needs Priorities Workshop – Lots of Congregational Input(6/11/2015) The Space Needs Team is grateful for all the folks that showed up for our Priorities Workshop on a beautiful Saturday morning in June! We had a lively and focused conversation, led by our wonderful architects Cynthia Wheelock and Nancy Barba, talking about what we want for our building expansion. Some themes emerged that the SNT and the architects will use to further develop schemes for the expansion project. We are excited and looking forward to next steps...watch for further updates! - The Space Needs Team
Overcome The Blocks To Writing(6/2/2015) Join with other seekers to explore the topic, "Overcoming the Blocks to Writing". Every Tuesday at 1:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church. We talk, we write, we read. We seek to explore the deepest reaches of the unconscious and free ourselves from restraints to self-knowledge, self-acceptance and self-expression. Please visit this dynamic group and decide for yourself if you can thrive in this environment. Contact Jan Anderson, 207-505-5710.
Creative Writing in Community Workshop(6/2/2015) Every Friday at noon the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast is open for the joy of "writing to express the self." Experience the creative freedom of writing in community. We are all guides and seekers and offer to each other supportive listening. Please join us. Contact Jan Anderson, 207-505-5710.
The UUCB Hit Parade of Hymns(5/23/2015) Hi folks! The date is July 12, 2015. I’m starting earlier this year to see if we can collect even more favorites than last year! So pick one or two of your favorites that you’d like everyone to sing at church in July! Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and put UUCB Hits in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you! Frets, Always strumming!
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