Articles, Reflections, & Announcements

 

Remembering Linda Hendricks Logan

By Marty Beech

UUCT has received a very generous gift of money from the estate of the late Linda Hendricks Logan, who passed away December 15, 2019. Linda was a member of UUCT beginning in the 1990s and served on the Program Committee and the Executive Board as secretary. Linda also served as President of the UU Church of Pensacola.

Linda worked for the State of Florida for many years. She and her husband led the way in getting laws passed about handicapped accessibility for state and public buildings. Linda had many close friends who were members of UUCT. We are grateful for Linda’s memory.

 


Christian Spirituality @ UUCT

By Kay Stuart-Tilley

Before there were UUs, there were Unitarians and Universalists, both of them Christian denominations. Subsequently, Unitarian Universalism has come to draw from many sources of which the Christian tradition is only one. This challenges all UUs, Christian or not, to develop a framework for religious pluralism, something that is desperately needed in today’s world. I think of Christianity (and other traditions) as a language through which I ground our UU Principles and Purposes, and which inspires me to live and grow fully into them. During the last several years, we have explored history, theology, Bible and more. We have celebrated the holy days of Easter and Christmas, and shared communion during worship in between.

While each week’s Bible passage will be the focus of the meeting, the real purpose of Christian Spirituality is to create a friendly association, to give and receive support, and to find our lives expressed in the Bible. Our meetings will be the first and third Wednesdays each month 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  For zoom information contact Kay Stuart-Tilley kaystuart545@gmail.com

6th January 2021 Matthew 2:1-23

20th January 2021 John 1:1-18

 


Indwellers Nature Walk

By Natalie Binder

Join us Saturday January 9 at 2 p.m. for a Nature Walk at Birdsong Nature Center.

Kids are welcome but no dogs. There is a $5 admission fee, but anyone who would like to go but can’t afford the fee should reach out. Social distancing and face coverings required.

Adults 25-49 are invited to join Indwellers, a new cohort group for socialization, community connection and spiritual exploration. Indwellers is inspired by the Hindu “Grihastha” stage of life. Usually translated as the “householder” stage, this stage of adulthood is focused on caregiving, citizenship, career and personal development, and deep engagement with daily life.

You can look forward to a bimonthly Zoom discussion on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, social events, and community care.

For more information, visit  http://facebook.com/indwellers  or contact Natalie Binder.

 


Upcoming Church Work Day

By Bonnie Abellera

Join us on Saturday January 9 from 9am – 2 pm for our monthly church work day. Feel free to bring your lunch. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Hope to see you there!


Centering BIPOC Voices January and February Plans 

By Robin Gray

On January 9th we will discuss “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolpho Anaya. This is a coming of age story that quickly became a classic work exploring the lives of Chicanos in New Mexico. Young Antonio is presented with distinct world views – his mother, father, brothers and Ultima offer different perspectives of the future he can choose.

Bob Deyle is facilitating the discussion and plans to send questions before we read the book. If you want to join the January 9th discussion, please contact Robin Gray as soon as possible to join the distribution list.

For the February discussion we selected the duo “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin and the documentary film “I Am Not Your Negro”.

The “Fire Next Time” is “James Baldwin’s impassioned plea to ‘end the racial nightmare’ in America.” “I Am Not Your Negro” offers a view of Baldwin’s thought through his own unfinished manuscript and interviews. I Am Not Your Negro is available on Netflix and as a rental from other streaming outlets. We are looking at having a “watch party” for the film before the February meeting date.

We meet each month on the Second Saturday at 3:30 p.m. New participants are always welcome. Contact Robin Gray (robingray021@gmail.com) to learn more.

 


Indwellers Group at UUCT

By Natalie Binder

Adults 25-49 are invited to join Indwellers, a new cohort group for socialization, community connection and spiritual exploration. Indwellers is inspired by the Hindu “Grihastha” stage of life. Usually translated as the “householder” stage, this stage of adulthood is focused on caregiving, citizenship, career and personal development, and deep engagement with daily life.

You can look forward to a bimonthly Zoom discussion on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, social events, and community care.  Join us for our next  Zoom discussion on Tuesday, January 12 at  8 p.m. 

For more information, visit  http://facebook.com/indwellers  or contact Natalie Binder.


Old Guys Lunch

The next Old Guys Lunch will be Wednesday January 13 at 11:30 am on the veranda of UUCT. Social distancing and current facility use guidelines will be followed. We will continue meeting every other Wednesday weather permitting.

If interested in joining this group or for more information, contact John Sample.

 


Food for Thought ~ a Heathier You, a Healthier Planet

By Linda Oaksford

Our Food For Thought group gathered for over a year in person, where we shared recipes, shared meals, and discussed how by eating healthier, we are actually helping the planet, by fighting climate change, and helping the people and animals involved in food production. Last March, due to the pandemic we were advised to meet via zoom. As we head into the new year, we hope that once we get vaccinated and the virus abates, we will be able to once again share meals and meet in person.

In the meantime, on Thursday January 14 th at 7:00 pm we will have our first zoom meeting of 2021, when we will be discussing dairy. John Robbins, the grandson of the Baskin Robbins walked away from his family’s multi-million-dollar business and became an advocate for eating plant-based diets. In this short video, we will hear him discuss his reasons. In addition, Jennifer Johnson, a long-time vegan and new participant of our group, will discuss her reasons for a plant-based diet, the benefits, and offer some helpful tips to eating without dairy.

If you are not on our email list, but would like to join us, please contact me, Linda Oaksford at lloaksford@gmail.com so that you can get the zoom link.


Last Call for Manna’s 12 Days of (After) Christmas Food Drive

By Carolyn Pardue

All donations for Manna (food, toiletries, money) are gratefully accepted and welcomed by volunteers and clients. To mix things up a bit, a couple of the churches volunteering with this program are asking memberships to participate in a “12 Days of Christmas” Food Drive beginning Christmas Day and ending January 5. Donations can be brought to UUCT veranda or call me and I will pick them up.

Bring any donation, if possible, in a double brown grocery bag OR a reuseable bag you won’t use anymore. This enables Manna to use those bags again.

December 25 a box of cereal
December 26 a jar of peanut butter
December 27 a bottle of vegetable/canola oil
December 28 a can of soup
December 29 a 2 to 4 pound bag of sugar
December 30 a tube of toothpaste
December 31 a box of crackers
January 1 a can of beans
January 2 a can of chicken
January 3 a bar of soap
Janury 4 a can of tuna
January 5 a cake or muffin mix

 

As always, thank you for all you continue too do to help feed our brothers and sisters.