Special Newcomer/Guest Break-out Room Every Sunday After the Service
Newcomers and other guests, whether you have attended one virtual service or many, please join us in a special break-out room any Sunday during the social time following the service. You are welcome to participate in this break-out room more than once. It will be an opportunity for you to get to know us and us to get to know you. You can also share about what brought you to UUCT and ask questions you might have. And if you would rather just participate in one of the general break-out rooms during social time, you are always invited to do so. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the break-out room or about the church, please email: email@example.com
– The Welcome Team (Trudy Deyle, Sally Andersen and others)
You are welcome to join us every Sunday from 3 PM to 4 PM on Zoom. We are a community of meditators who come together for a chance to center ourselves with calm and focus. Each week a member of the group leads the meditation, drawing from a variety of Buddhist thought. Our usual practice starts with a guided meditation or a passage reading while seated, followed by a walking meditation, then finishing with a silent meditation. At the conclusion, we share our experiences with each other.
Whether you are new or seasoned to the practice of meditation, all are welcome. Please email Ardenkelly@yahoo.com for the Zoom link invitation to be sent to you every Saturday.
Arden Kelly is a Director & Teaching Artist Acting/Voice & Speech/Voiceover/Singer pursuing a Masters in London.
Indwellers Group at UUCT
Adults 25-49 are invited to join Indwellers, a new cohort group for socialization, community connection and spiritual exploration.
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, June 8 at 8 PM
Christian Spirituality @ UUCT
Join us for a twice-monthly, Zoom Bible study. 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 second and fourth Wednesdays of each month 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM For zoom information contact Alana Katherine “Kay” Stuart-Tilley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 9.
Join us weekly via Zoom for a synergistic interfaith spiritual practice of many forms of singing, chanting, and group observation of silence.
The goal is to help each participant reach a place within themselves where they can connect with the Divine, their Inner Core, the Spirit of Life; wherever they find Peace. Led by Angel de Armendi, Music Director.
Singing Meditation will is on an alternating Tuesday/Thursday rotation schedule. Our next gathering will be Thursday, June 10 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.
If interested in joining or for more information, contact Music Director Angel de Armendi at email@example.com
Food For Thought
Why does food waste have a profound impact on global climate change?
While navigating Drawdown’s Ecochallenge website, I learned that food waste contributes greatly to climate change. In fact, reducing food waste is rated as Drawdown’s third most-impactful solution for reducing global warming, only behind hi-tech refrigerant management and onshore wind power, with eating a plant-rich diet a close fourth solution.
It’s hard to believe that about “a third of the world’s food that is produced is never eaten, which means land and resources used and greenhouse gases emitted in producing and [transporting the food] were unnecessary.” (Drawdown, 2017) As individuals, we might not be able to totally alleviate this problem, as we need big Ag and our major food producers to greatly change their ways, but we, personally, can definitely reduce the waste from the food that we purchase and/or grow.
At our next Food For Thought zoom meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 10th, at 7 PM, we will discuss ways in which we can reduce our food waste, learn about food product dating and share “zero-waste” recipes. If you are interested, you can learn about these topics from the Ecochallenge website (https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/reduced-food-waste), or do your own research and share your ideas with us. If you are not on our Food For Thought email list and would like to be, please email Linda Oaksford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church Work Day
Join us Saturday, June 12 from 9 AM – 2 PM for our monthly church work day.
Feel free to bring your lunch. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. For more information contact Bonnie Abellera.
Even if you can only help for an hour or two, that will be appreciated. Hope to see you there!
Centering BIPOC Voices: June and July Discussions
By Robin Gray
The book discussion group Centering BIPOC Voices will devote the June meeting to sharing thoughts about the last four parts of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer. We’ll meet via Zoom at 3:30 PM on June 12, the second Saturday of the month.
Looking ahead to July, the Centering BIPOC Voices group has selected The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai. An NPR review offers this summary: “In The Mountains Sing, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai has created a luminous, complex family narrative that spans nearly a century of Vietnamese history, from the French colonial period through the communist Viet Minh’s rise to power, the separation between North and South Vietnam, the Vietnam War, all the way to the present day. Told alternately by Diệu Lan, born in 1920, and her granddaughter Hương, born in 1960, the novel resembles a choral performance with multiple voices.”
To join the discussion in June or July, contact Robin Gray (email@example.com) to receive additional information and the Zoom link.
Allies for Racial Equity (ARE@UUCT)
ARE@UUCT began meeting bi-weekly in early September 2020, patterning ourselves after the UUA organization, Allies for Racial Equity. We share leadership and make decisions by consensus. We ground ourselves in our UU Principles and make relationship building a priority. We are UUCT members with white privilege working to: Understand our own whiteness and privilege and help others in our church community to do so Unlearn and re-evaluate white supremacy in ourselves and our church community Challenge white supremacy wherever we encounter it.
ARE@UUCT group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 pm. Our next meeting will be Monday, June 14. For more information, contact Linda Wright
Green Sanctuary Committee Meeting
Any and all are welcome to join the regulars at our next Zoom meeting Friday, June 19 at 2:00 PM. We will be discussing all things environmental as they relate to our church campus and engaging congregants in sustainable practices that reflect our commitment to our 7th Principle.
Topics we’ve been discussing lately include: divesting fossil-fuel stocks in the church’s Endowment Fund stock portfolio, support of the UU Ministry for the Earth, our participation in Tallahassee’s Green Faith Alliance, our Food for Thought discussion group, GS Meridian article submissions, maintanence of our solar panels, ridding our campus of invasive plants, our involvement with the Macon Community Garden and our current ongoing Drawdown Ecochallenge that will end June 30th.
Hope to see you there. The Green Sanctuary Committee meets every month on the third Friday. For more information or Zoom invite contact Ed Oaksford at firstname.lastname@example.org