SOTSOL & UCNE

Unity Church of North Easton News
(Unitarian Universalist)
"We Pledge to Walk Together..."
Volume 2, No. 5, August 31, 2012
In This Issue
Minister Musings
Music at Unity Church
Children of Unity Church
Child Caregiver Needed
Ride for Kids
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Minister Musings


Dear Ones,

 

Welcome back! I hope you have had a good summer. Mine was restorative and restful, and I am looking forward to seeing you all again.

 

This past June, delegates from our congregations approved a new Congregational Study-Action Issue (CSAI) at our General Assembly in Phoenix. These CSAI's call us to study and take action on a social justice issue over the course of four years, and beyond.

 

The subject could not be more timely, Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling. The introduction to the issue says, "Reproductive rights and health services are seriously under attack nationally. Reproductive Justice represents a broader analysis of racial, economic, cultural, and structural constrains on women's power."

 

This is not the first time delegates from our congregations have addressed these issues. In 1963 they passed their first resolution on abortion, saying it should be safe and legal under certain conditions (including sexual assault). In 1968, five years before Roe vs. Wade, another resolution removed the conditions, saying the decision should be up to the woman and her doctor.

 

There is no one Unitarian Universalist viewpoint here. We are not asked to toe a party line, but rather to educate ourselves, think for ourselves, and engage in respectful dialogue with one another. If you would like to start studying this issue, please follow these links to the Unitarian Universalist Association website.

 

 http://www.uua.org/reproductive/study-actionissue/209024.shtml  

 http://www.uua.org/reproductive/index.shtml   

 

Tess

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Music at Unity Church
by Richard Hill, Director of Music
 

 

Unity Church has a tradition of fine music. This fall there are many opportunities, and all are welcome, to participate in our musical ensembles. 

 

The Choir

Our choir resumes on Sunday, September 9 at 9a.m. Rehearsals are held on Sunday mornings before the service, with extra rehearsals always available per request. The choir sings on Sundays and at several events during the year. 

The Handbells

The handbell choir is now in its 21st year. Ringers rehearse each Wednesday night from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Chaffin Room. They play every 3rd Sunday during the service and give concerts  at other times throughout the year. 

The Youth Choir

The Youth Choir is open to all children who want to sing. Beginning September 23, singers rehearse after Sunday services in the Chaffin Room, and sing in church services on the 4th Sunday of each month. 

The Band

The band started last year and received a warm welcome. This group is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in performing in an ensemble. They rehearse on the 1st and last Thursdays of each month and perform on the 2nd Sunday of each month beginning in October.

Instrumentalists / Soloists

Over the years, many fine instrumentalists have been integral parts of our worship. Several adults and students have graced our services. We have a large repertoire of music for brass, strings, and woodwinds. Keyboard players have performed solos or duets, and many of our choral anthems have parts for flutes, strings, or guitars and drums.

Organ recitals

On the 4th Wednesday of each month at 12:15 p.m., an organ recital is performed by Richard Hill, Unity Church organist for the last 35 years. These programs are usually about 25 minutes and cover a widely diverse repertoire. They are free and open to the public, and any donations go toward the Unity Church Music Fund.  

   

For more information about our music, and who to contact if you are interested in participating in any way, please click here to visit our web site. You may also always contact me, Richard Hill, Director of Music, at  rwsmhill@verizon.net or 508-238-6373.  



Get to Know the Children of Unity Church!
by Deanna Greenstein, Coordinator of Lifespan Religious Education (LRE)
 

 

This year, we will be running the fall Religious Education program a bit differently! Each classroom will have one "permanent" teacher who is there every week, and one "revolving" substitute, who may be a different person each week. In this way, people interested in working with the children, but unable to commit to the full ten weeks, will have the opportunity.

 

This also enables the children to form connections with a wider range of adults in the church, and the adults to get to know all of those munchkins who are running around at coffee hour!

 

We need four volunteers each week to work with the children. Volunteer for just one week or all ten - we would love to have you!  

To sign up, please see our Religious Education Coordinator, Deanna Greenstein at deanna.greenstein@gmail.com or 857-829-3285, or add your name to the signup sheets in the Chaffin Room. 

Part-time Child Caregivers Needed NOW

We are looking for another person to help provide child care in the Nursery during Sunday worship services. The hours are 10:15 am - 11:45 am on occasional Sundays. This is a paid position at $10 per hour. Applicants do not have to be church members. Please mention this need to your regular famuily babysitters. Massachusetts law requires that those under the age of 16 get an "Employment Permit" from their school. 

 

If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Brigante at 508-409-8386 or cherylbrigante@hotmail.com.



Tom Brady, Honorary Chair for Rodman Ride for Kids! Can You Help Support Team School on Wheels of MA?

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EVERY CHILD deserves the right to a quality education.

EDUCATION is the key to unlocking a brighter future and breaking the cycle of homelessness.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT is vital in helping us achieve our goal of providing academic stability and hope for all children in our state who have no permanent home.

 

One way in which you can be part of the safety net for kids impacted by homelessness is by supporting SOWMA during the Rodman Ride for Kids on September 29, 2012. For every dollar raised by supporters of SOWMA, Rodman Ford matches 10%, which goes directly back to SOWMA.

 

Click here for more information about the Ride and how you can help. If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to contact Cathy Adler at cathymadler@comcast.net or 508-243-6679. 



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Big THANK YOU to Our Sunday Helpers!
Thanks to our volunteers for June and July who help to make our service wonderful:
  • Kate Haven, Rev. Tess Baumberger, Rev. Edmund Robinson, Craig and Anne Fredericks; music provided by Dick Hill and Kaeza Fern; and to Ernie Cohen for re-arranging the Chaffin Room. 
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