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September 9, 2016
Latest News
Open Streets This Sunday, Plan Ahead!
Toward a Just Economy
High School Youth Parent Meeting This Sunday!
High School YUUth Ice Cream Social
Calling All Cookie Bakers and Veggie Choppers!
Ministry Fair- September 18
Parent Orientation & Classroom Open House
RE Classes begin
Startup Sessions for Children's RE Teachers
Afterword: "Is There a UU Jesus?"
Registration in RE: for whom?
NEW Monthly UU Families Newsletter!

 
"Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going." - Mary Oliver

Breath of Fresh Air
  
 
 

 
Upcoming Services
September 11- 
Ingathering Sunday - "A Place Called Heaven" -

One ALL-AGES Service at 10:00 a.m.

Come, join in our annual celebratory Ingathering service! Through a blending of story, homily, interactive ritual, and song, we will consider our spiritual call to help create "Heaven on Earth" through honoring and growing connections between us. Our service will begin at 10, but we will open the Sanctuary starting at 9am for quiet reflection, meditation, prayer and candle-lighting to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. After the service, a UU contingent will depart to partake in the Pride Parade.

 
Important Dates
Sept 11 
Is a multigen worship service at 10 AM!

11:15-High School Youth Parent Meeting 

September 13
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
SBA

FUUSB Book Group: "The Girl in the Green Sweater"

September 15
6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.-
High School YUUth Ice Cream Social
 

Sept 18 
Ministry Fair (after the service)

This is a chance to learn more about the wide variety of programs, activities and other opportunities for involvement here at the UU.  Leaders from each of our Ministry areas will be available to talk with you and answer any questions you may have.  Come find out what's happening and how you'd like to participate this year!  


Big Blue Trunk will be here for lots of fun before, during and after the service. There will also be quiet crafts and indoor games for children who prefer that.

Sept 25
After children are sung from the sanctuary, we'll gather in the Community Room for a special Welcome to RE morning of creating a covenant, connecting and reconnecting with one another, and learning about our year ahead with some fun activities!

 

 
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Dear Ones,
 
I hope to see many of you at the Meeting House on Sunday, as we launch our 2016-17 UU year! We will start the year together, all ages in one 10 a.m worship service, which should offer something for everyone. 

We will explore the power of connection and our related call as UU's to build heaven on earth. At the end of worship, we'll have a creative opportunity to send out our hopes for "heaven on earth" into the wider world. We'll also welcome our new Director of Music, Jennifer Carpenter, and our Ministerial Intern, Andre Mol.

Immediately after the service, we'll have a chance live out our First UU mission and values (not to mention have fun!) by marching in the annual Burlington Pride Parade. Shortly after worship, our First UU contingent will be heading off to the staging area at the old Hood Plant parking lot on lower Church Street. We'll have a handful of rainbow UU flags for folks to take with them, but feel free to bring your own rainbow/festive accoutrements, signs, etc. and/or wear a Standing on the Side of Love shirt if you have one. Meet on the front lawn by the Labyrinth immediately after the service, and head down to the staging area together at 11:15.

Earlier in the day, in recognition of the 15th anniversary of September 11, we will open the Sanctuary for a sacred time of quiet remembrance. The space will be open between 9:00 and 9:40 a.m. for silent meditation, prayer, candle-lighting, and reflection. You are welcome to come for the entire time or stop in briefly to light a devotional candle. We will open and close the space by sounding the Tibetan singing bowl, but otherwise, it will be an unstructured time. 

So much has happened in our community and our world since the start of summer. Amidst it all, it will be good to be back together, friends, to continue our shared search for truth and meaning, to nurture our weary spirits, and to renew our commitment to act for justice and to help heal our world in the year to come.

With love,
Rev. Mara 
Open Streets This Sunday, Plan Ahead!
by Annemarie Granillo, Communications Coordinator

Joining us this Sunday for Ingathering? Open Streets will also be happening from 10-3. Elmwood, the street bordering the west of our Meeting House, will be closed off. 

Click here to view the map and plan accordingly! See you Sunday! 
Toward a Just Economy
by Gene Bergman 

The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington's
Economic Justice Task Force invites you to an evening discussion:
 
"Toward a Just Economy: A Framework for Progress"
with Vermont Interfaith Action, Public Assets Institute, and Rights & Democracy
 
 When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
 
Where: First Unitarian Universalist Society Meeting House
152 Pearl St., Burlington (Top of Church St.)

The greatest defense of democracy is an informed and active citizenry.  In the face of growing inequality and cynicism, we are fortunate to have bold, brave people organizing for change. Please join us to discuss ideas to move us forward to a just society, ways to hold candidates and government officials accountable, and ideas you can act on during the next session of the Vermont Legislature, including the campaign for the $15/hour wage by 2020, paid family and medical leave, and a current services budget.
 
For more information: Gene Bergman, FUUSB Economic Justice Task Force, 802-658-6289, 

 
High School Youth Parent Meeting This Sunday!
by Tiffany Tillman

Sunday, September 11 from 11:15-12PM

Do you have a child in High School?  Want to learn about all we have to offer High School youth?  Come to our informational meeting this coming Sunday and get jazzed for Youth Ministry here at FUUSB.  We'll talk about Youth Group, Coming of Age, Sanctuary Sundays and more.  You'll also get the scoop on our calendar and ways to support our end of the year service trip through fundraisers and more.

No matter if your kid's on the fence, come anyway.  We want to sway you to sway them!

Questions?  Tiffany Tillman, Youth Ministry Coordinator,  youthgroup@uusociety.org or 802-658-3296
High School YUUth Ice Cream Social
by Tiffany Tillman

High School YUUth Ice Cream Social:  Thursday, September 15th 6-8PM

Love ice cream?  Games?  Hanging out with other like and open-minded teens?  Well, come to our ice cream social to meet YUUth who are actively engaged in our Youth Ministry Programs.  They'll show you just how radically accepting they can be, and make you want to participate in Youth Group, Coming of Age and all the other cool stuff we do.  
Questions?  Tiffany Tillman, Youth Ministry Coordinator, youthgroup@uusociety.org or 802-658-3296


Calling All Cookie Bakers and Veggie Choppers!
by Nina Buss

After the service on September 18th there will be a Ministry Fair and an "enhanced" social hour, and we're looking for folks to help with food.  We need cookies, veggie/dip platters and beverages (seltzer/iced tea/lemonade--please no soda).  If you can help with one of these please e-mail Nina:nina@uusociety.org.  Please do be sure to let us know (by Thurs. 9/15) if you will be bringing something so that we can plan accordingly.  Thank you!
 
Ministry Fair- September 18
by Nina Buss

On Sunday Sept 18th we will be having refreshments and a Ministry Fair after the service.  This is a chance to learn more about the wide variety of programs, activities and other opportunities for involvement here at the UU.  Leaders from each of our Ministry areas will be available to talk with you and answer any questions you may have.  Come find out what's happening and how you'd like to participate this year!  
 
Parent Orientation & Classroom Open House
by Martha Dallas

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 25

TIME: 8:30-9:45 AM
WHERE: First UU Community Room

Parents, this time is for you! It's especially geared towards those new(er) to our program, but all parents are welcome. 

Childcare provided and refreshments served. 

 
RE Classes begin...
by Martha Dallas

Sept. 18: 8th grade OWL begins at 10 AM.
Oct. 2: preschool - 7th grade classes begin at 9 AM and 11 AM.

Our High School YUUth group activities start in September, too. To get on this mailing list, contact Tiffany Tillman, Youth Ministry Coordinator, at youthgroup@uusociety.org

 
Startup Sessions for Children's RE Teachers & Assistants
by Martha Dallas

This year, we are offering several differently-focused sessions, all occurring either before or after the services on Sept 18 and 25. Our intent is to conveniently get all our volunteer stewards informed and prepared to provide an awesome experience for our children!

Please go to HERE to learn more and to RSVP. Thank you!!

 
Afterword: "Is There a UU Jesus?"
by Jeffery Trumbower

Readings:  Luke 10: 25-37;  Luke 24:13-35
 
Suggestions for further reading:
Bart Ehrman, Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millenium
Bart Ehrman, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee
Bart Ehrman, Jesus before the Gospels: How the Early Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented the Stories of their Savior
Paula Fredricksen, From Jesus to Christ: The Origin of the New Testament Images of Christ
Paula Fredricksen, Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews
Larry Hurtado, How on Earth did Jesus become a God?
E. P. Sanders, The Historical Figure of Jesus
 
Attached are two pieces that I have written: a short entry for ABC-Clio Encyclopedia of World History, and a 1993 article from New Testament Studies.

 
Registration in RE: for whom?
by Martha Dallas

Reminder that all children, no matter what age, and youth are expected to be registered in RE. The online form takes about 5 minutes and helps us know who to expect in our programs, and when and where.
Here's the 2016-17 registration form. Thanks for taking care of this!

NEW Monthly UU Families Newsletter!
by Martha Dallas

"We Are Going!" will provide more opportunities for depth and breadth of UU ideas and UU spirit for parents, kids, and families. I look forward to sharing it with you! Subscribe HERE