Articles, Reflections, & Announcements

 

ARE You Ready to do Better?

By Linda Wright

Allies for Racial Equity is a group of white Unitarian Universalists who are called to uproot white supremacy culture in Unitarian Universalist faith communities. If you are interested in doing this work at UUCT, please contact Linda Wright for more information.

 

 

 

Centering Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Voices: A UUCT Book Group

By Robin Gray

The first two books have been selected and a regular meeting day and time chosen. Centering BIPOC Voices will meet on the second Saturday of the month at 3:30 p.m.

September’s book is How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi. In October the book under discussion will be The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide by Zerlina Maxwell.

The books were selected by people attending a planning meeting for the book group. In coming months the whole group will be choosing and announcing selections two months in advance to allow people plenty of time to get the book and read it.

Members and friends of UUCT are always be welcome to join the group — as long as they’ve read the book. To join the discussion on September 12 at 3:30 p.m. and receive more information about the group contact Robin Gray (robingray021@gmail.com).

 

Food for Thought — a healthier you, a healthier planet!

By Linda Oaksford

Did you know that by improving your health, you can actually improve the health of our planet to alleviate climate change? “How are these related?” you might ask.

Why are some of us healthy and full of life, while others are sick and tired all the time? Why do some foods energize us, while others make us feel bloated or actually cause harm to our bodies and the well-being of all of our planet’s inhabitants?

Last year a group of us from UUCT gathered once a month to discuss our diets and the impact our diets made on our bodies, the planet, the people of our earth, and on the animals used in food production. We viewed movies and discussed them, and sometimes shared a meal. After completing an evaluation for our gatherings at the end of the year, we learned that the group wanted to continue, but with an emphasis on how to create healthy simple meals.

This year, starting in September, we will gather again, in the hopes that more people will be available via zoom on a weekday evening (TBD). During our time together, we will reflect upon our diets and how our diets impact our own personal health, the health of our planet, the people who are producing our foods, and the animals used in our food production.

Especially during this time of living with a pandemic, we need to learn how to keep up our immunities against diseases. Many of us have read and heard about the concern of our food supply chain breaking down and how food production plants have had to close. We’ve also read that vulnerable populations, such as people living in lower socioeconomic areas, people of color, older people, and people with pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, should be more concerned about the impact of COVID 19 on their bodies.

So, let’s gather via zoom to support and educate each other on how to optimize our health and the health of our planet, by discussing the kinds of meals that we are preparing and eating in our own homes. Rather than viewing videos together, (as we did last year) let’s share the poignant articles and books that we’ve read, and videos that we’ve seen that address this very important topic. Let’s share information about the places where we get our food, recipes we’ve tried, and how we prepare our healthy food choices.

So, pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage, gather up your favorite snacks, and log onto zoom so we can all learn together.

If you’re interested in sharing and supporting each other in your food journey, or if you have any questions, please contact Linda Oaksford at lloaksford@gmail.com, before September 1 st . (The day and time of the zoom meetings will be determined by the group that is interested.)

 

Barefoot Buddhist

By Greg Stewart

Speaking on: Fixer Personality

Most of us wanting a better life are fixers. The key is knowing the difference between needlessly wanting to make things better, and actually working to do so over time (which allows you to feel better), then letting go when you have done all you can. Find new activities, new places and new paths of enlightenment where you can truly transcend the self-imposed shackles of your own doubts, fears, regrets, and deceptions. By living we approach this eternal goal, and live better lives as we lead by example, and learn to treat others better as we feel more like doing so in our better lives. Stand for no injustice, but do not hold grudges. Act to make things right, then let the rest take its course. We can only govern our own actions from here on out, never in the past, so thinking about it only wastes our time and ruins our present. Take the time to monitor your own thoughts from the outside. Have patience as you would with a child, and gently remind yourself you do not need to think about that anymore. If you have trouble doing this after a few weeks, consider why that is, and what actions you can take to improve your situation. The mind does not act without reason, so it is important we listen and gain new perspectives when something does not seem right. That is how we heal, through mutual self-reflection.

 

Let the Power of the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program™ Work for You – presented by Big Bend Area Health Education Center

By Mariann D’Arcangelis

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program™ (DEEP™) is a Medicare-approved, evidence-based diabetes self-management education (DSME) program for people with prediabetes or diabetes. Increasing access to DEEP is essential to ensure that people with diabetes and prediabetes can acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce complications resulting from diabetes, such as kidney failure, amputation, vision loss, heart failure, and stroke.

There are six consecutive weeks of classes held Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 beginning  August 11 through September 15.  Each class covers a different topic. Morning classes available on request. Call Mariann D’Arcangelis at 850-692-2845 with questions or for more information click here.