Articles, Reflections, & Announcements
Meet our new Sabbatical Music Director
I’m Li Kynvi (pronounced ‘LEE KIN-vee,’ they/them pronouns) and I’m happy to be joining you as your temporary music director through January, while Angel de Armendi is on sabbatical.
From Danish ancestry, I grew up in the midwest and have lived a number of places here and abroad. I currently reside in Maynard, Massachusetts which is 22 miles almost due west of Boston.
I’ve been a board-certified music therapist for over 20 years, and have enjoyed bringing music to numerous UU services. I’m currently in my third year of seminary at Starr King School for the Ministry, and will be starting my 2-year internship the day after I finish serving you at UUCT. I’m looking forward to getting to know you!
Helping others helps us
As Covid takes us on another roller coaster ride (not in a good way) and more people are without work and some will be losing their places to live, need is going to increase. UUCT’s participation with ‘helping organizations’ we support becomes even more important.
Due to self-quarantining, many people are more alone now than they have ever been
and some need a friendly voice. This can be true in our own congregation. While we have members, led by Leanne Rhodes who reaches out as part of the caring committee, we can each play a role. Whether with an organization or with our own congregation, we can each be part of the helping community. And as we help others, we help ourselves – it is a great two-fer.
Our own church family
…Call Leanne Rhodes (in directory) and ask how you can help with her efforts on
…. Go through the directory and identify people who may be alone or older or have
children. These are three groups of people who right now can use a friendly “check
in” voice. Someone that will just listen and maybe allow them to vent (without judgments). Sometimes we think only of old or sick or alone. Families, especially with children, also have a rough time right now – lots of playgrounds closed, limited social opportunities outside with friends; patience of both kids and parents a bit frayed. Give someone you know a call.
…Pull out those old cards we receive by the dozens and send quick “thinking of you;
miss being able to see you at church” – include your email/phone if you like and
send to people you usually talk to at church.
Repurpose, reuse, recycle
Many of you have participated in our summer projects (had to give it a name). UUCT members have contributed plastic ware and paper goods that have helped Grace Mission as they help Kearney feed the homeless during this pandemic and has saved them money they can use for food and other items.
The paper bags you continue to supply will be used (the ones with handles) by Grace to pack holiday dinners in to deliver to their clients since their dining room cannot be opened; the other paper bags and reusable shopping bags are used by Manna to pack groceries and produce in for clients – helping save money on purchase of paper bags and reducing use of plastic bags. Wow, the amount of toiletries donated has been excellent – people need new toothbrushes and soap and it can be expensive when you have no income coming in (and you can buy full size ones at $Tree, just saying).
Sheets – oh my goodness – I believe you have contributed over 4 dozen cotton sheets. They will all be torn into 2-inch strips and those strips made into the straps that are sewn to PPE masks for TMH and other health care facilities. These masks are made by Tallahassee Volunteers in the Mask Marvel Group. UUCT’s own Leanne Rhodes has made hundreds of masks this summer. While these things may not seem ‘big’, together they are huge. Example: Saving $50 by not having to purchase paper bags, means $50 Manna can spend on food. Anything we can do to reuse and repurpose helps save the planet. Thank you.
Food For Thought – What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner?
Thanksgiving, one of our most celebrated holidays is just around the corner. With a pandemic still raging, an election that may still be undecided, and many social injustices that concern us, how will you “pause” on Thanksgiving Day this year?
For most of us in America this Thanksgiving will be quite different from our previous holidays and we will probably remember this special day for years to come. So, I ask you all to think about how you can make this Thanksgiving memorable and challenge yourself to make this Thanksgiving different from your previous ones, but not because of COVID, the election, or social unrest. Here’s the challenge: Make this Thanksgiving unique because it will be a healthier and a more sustainable holiday than the ones you’ve had in the past.
Come join us for our Food For Thought Zoom meeting on Thursday, November 12th, at 7:00 PM, just two weeks before Thanksgiving. Bring your ideas on how you are going to make this holiday healthier and more sustainable. Tell us what you plan to cook and how you plan to improve your dinner. If you’d like, send your ideas and/or your recipes in advance to me at email@example.com by November 10th, so that we can share them via screen sharing at our Zoom meeting, or just be ready to share how you plan to make your day healthier or more sustainable. If you need some help in getting started, checkout some of the following resources:
If you would like to join us and are not on our Food For Thought email list, please email me in advance so that you can receive the Zoom link. I look forward to all the wonderful recipes and ideas that we will share with each other.
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Centering BIPOC Voices: Book Group
By Robin Gray
November and December Selections Centering BIPOC Voices: Book Group
In a society that continually disposes of those deeper in the margins, it is a critical disruption to intentionally center them.
– Whitney Parnell, founder/CEO of Service Never Sleeps
We will continue disrupting “the way things are” by accompanying Kiese Laymon on the journey of his life in November. Heavy: An American Memoir will lead us through a childhood with a very difficult mother* and a society that taught him to hate his own body. We’ll gather at 3:30 PM on Saturday, November 14 to share reflections.
On December 12, at 3:30 PM we’ll consider Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya. First published in 1972, the book follows a six-year-old boy who befriends a curandera, or native healer, who comes to live with his family. The book was well reviewed by critics. It was placed on many English literature high school reading lists. However, it has been challenged and banned in schools and libraries by those who object to its explicit language and anti-Catholic content.
As always, everyone who has read the book is welcome at the book group discussion. Contact Robin Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be on the distribution list for the Zoom address.
* You may wish to avoid this memoir if it will recall previous trauma.
We want YOU!
UUCT’s Manual of Policies and Procedures calls for an ad-hoc audit committee to perform an internal review of our financial accounts and procedures every two years. The board is looking for volunteers to do this important work. A financial background is not necessary and there is a checklist from the UUA to help ensure a thorough review.
While this is a significant project, prior volunteer auditors tell us that it can be done by one person, or alternatively a small committee. Members performing these audits cannot be serving on the finance committee or serving in positions directly related to UUCT’s finances.
So are you detail oriented and willing to review our financial records and interview our treasurers? If so, please let the board know – email email@example.com.
Register Now for Upcoming Screenings of The Condor and the Eagle
Friday, November 6th
3-5:30pm PT / 4-6:30pm MT / 5-7:30m CT/ 6-8:30pm ET
SIGN UP TO CO-HOST WITH YOUR CONGREGATION / ORGANIZATION: HERE
Co-hosted by Bull Run Unitarian Universalists, Prince William Conservation Alliance, Williamsburg JCC Indivisible, Earth Rise Indivisible, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ), Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun, Earth Justice Team, Citizens Climate Lobby, Prince William Chapter, Mothers Out Front, and the Greater Prince William Climate Action Network.
Thursday, November 19th
4:30-7pm PT / 5:30-8pm MT / 6:30-9pm CT/ 7:30-10pm ET
Co- hosted by The United Religions Initiative, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, Unitarian Universalist Association, North State Climate Action, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, GA, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lima, OH, Michael Servetus Unitarian Society of Fridley, MN, Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, and many other faith-based groups.
This event will feature Indigenous religious and spiritual leaders from the North & South, Rosa Delia Quizhpe Macas, Francisco Morales, Director of the Native Roots Network Jonathon Freeman, and Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., who will lead the after-film discussion. Film protagonists Casey Camp-Horinek and Patricia Gualinga, who have both played an important role in the fight for Inidigenous rights, will also be speaking at this event.
Also Thursday, November 19th
5:30-8pm PT / 6:30-9pm MT / 7:30-10pm CT/ 8:30-11pm ET
SIGN UP TO CO-HOST WITH YOUR CONGREGATION / ORGANIZATION: HERE
Co-hosted by North State Climate Action, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, GA
ABOUT THE FILM – WATCH THE TRAILER
The Condor & The Eagle premiered in October 2019 at the Woodstock Film Festival, was selected by 28 world-renowned film festivals and has won 8 awards including Best Environmental Documentary at the 2019 Red Nation Film Festival.
Witnessing the overwhelming and terrifying current political climate, many are looking for answers or a form of immediate sacred activism to aid in this rapid need for change. As world climate scientists predict unprecedented global catastrophes, The Condor & The Eagle film features frontline Indigenous women leaders deploying unparalleled global response. The documentary offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the film’s four protagonists learn from each other’s long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy on an unexpectedly challenging and liberating journey, which will forever change their attachment to the Earth and one another.