Unity Church of North Easton News
(Unitarian Universalist)

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Volume 4, No. 2, August 17, 2014

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Welcome to Unity!
Unity News this Summer
RE Needs YOU!
Youth Group
Youth Group
Living into Our Vision
Church Member List
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Dear Unity Church,

By the time this e-newsletter hits your inboxes I should already be on vacation in Maryland, visiting family and some childhood friends. While I'm excited about my ten days to relax and "fill my well" I'm just as excited about all of the wonderful things in store at Unity Church as we gear up for a great new church year. Here are a couple of things I hope you won't miss:

Last 2 Summer Services
I hope you will take advantage of the last two summer Sunday services our wonderfully dedicated lay-leaders are planning. This Sunday, August 17 will be led by Jannelle Codianni, and the following Sunday, August 24 will be led by Katelyn Haven. Both will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary with childcare for children of all ages starting in Chaffin Room at 9:15 a.m.

Water Ceremony Sunday
September 7 at 10:30 a.m.
In this service we will hear a Haitian water story, welcome one another back to church after vacation season, and officially welcome all of the folks who joined the church last year. Everyone is invited to bring a small container of water to this service that represents a special place or experience in your life this summer!

Whether from a vacation to the Cape or just the hose you've used to water the garden you love, we will mingle the waters everyone has brought with water from Water Ceremonies in years past. It is this water, made sacred by the intention of our community throughout the decades, that we use to dedicate new babies and children among us. This is an inter-generational service, meaning that it will be accessible to children of all ages. Childcare for babies and young children is available, as always, in Holly House.

I am so grateful for the precious time I will spend away with my family, and I'm looking forward to greeting all of you as congregational life at Unity Church kicks back into full swing in September. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

In faith and love,
Rev. Kristin
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Hands & Flames Religious Education
Still Needs You!

The Religious Education (RE) program is looking forward to another great year with our children, but for that to happen - our children need YOU!

As of today, we do not have enough teachers to run the religious education program in the fall.

It doesn't matter if you have no teaching experience, you just need to have a desire to help nurture the youth of our congregation!

Whether you can help out for one week or every week - we would love to have you!

The children will be split into three groups this fall - Preschool/Kindergarten, Middle Youth, and Older Youth.  Our Older Youth will work together to form a Unity Church Youth Group (see the article below), and together will take part in the multi-church youth group that is being launched this year in collaboration with 5 other area churches.

Please contact Deanna at deanna.greenstein at gmail.com or by phone or text at 857-829-3285.

Youth Group
August 20th Funding Target

As a reminder, Unity Church is participating in a campaign with 6 other churches to raise funds for a Youth Group. Each church is setting a goal of $1000 each to get the funds needed for this campaign.

Unity Church is offering you an opportunity to buy a cool t-shirt to help raise this money. We are half-way there, and have until August 20th. Let's show our children how important this Youth Group is to all of us!

You can either purchase the shirts here, or give the money and your order to Jenn Gold or Deanna Greenstein, and we will place it. No shirts will be made until the goal is met.

RH 2013
Music for Summer Days

On Wednesday, August 27th at 12:15 p.m., in the sanctuary at Unity Church, Richard Hill plays the 1875 Hook and Hastings organ in a program of light summer selections including:
  • "In Summer" of Charles Stebbins
  • Albert Ketelby's "Persian Market"
  • the Edouard Silas "Meditation in a Cathedral"
  • John Leavitt's "Scenes of Childhood", based on poems from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Child's Garden of Verses"
  • Mayhew Lake's  "Old Timer's Waltz"
The program is free and open to the public. Unity Church is handicapped accessible with parking behind the church.

For further information, please call 508-238-6081.

Living Into Our Vision: Direct Communication

The dedicated leaders on your Executive Committee are already hard at work determining how we will begin living into our new vision of health, vibrancy, and service. As we begin to engage the work of growing the health of our congregation more deeply, it is important for us to remember that the way we communicate with one another impacts the health of our community. So, I'd like to lift up the challenge and the importance of direct communication. Direct communication means conveying our feelings about someone, or about something that someone did or didn't do, with that person directly. Some like to describe this way of communicating as "talking to a person, not talking about a person."

Direct communication can feel risky sometimes, especially if we aren't sure how the other person will react when we share our concern, feedback, or complaint with them. It might feel easier to "vent" to a third person (or several), perhaps even in the hope that they will do our communicating for us. It can even sometimes be tempting to try and express our discontent anonymously, whether by leaving an unsigned note on a bulletin board in the Parish Hall or in a staff member's church mailbox. Even though these options may sometimes seem easier for us as individuals, they actually serve to undermine the health of this community that we love. By conveying our feelings with people other than the person who sparked our concern, we can actually begin to raise the anxiety of the whole congregation. And anxious congregations usually tend to focus inward on their anxiety rather than outward on their life-giving ministries.

One of the first steps of living into our vision of a healthy congregation is to try and pay attention to the ways we each communicate with one another. Are we communicating directly with people who have hurt or disagreed with us, speaking our truth in respect and love? Are we embracing the challenge of dialogue with people who may see things that are important to us in very different ways, and are we open to the possible ways their perspectives might change and transform us? If we are hesitant about communicating an opinion directly with someone, are we considering carefully if it's an opinion that needs to be shared? Are we practicing our faith that "we don't have to think alike to love alike?"
Though direct communication can sometimes feel risky, its blessings are many. By doing the inner work we need to have a one-on-one conversation with a fellow parishioner, an Executive Committee member, or a church staff member, we can grow individually and as a congregation in self-confidence, mutual trust, and authenticity. By communicating our concerns directly, we show the other person that we respect and trust them enough to come to them directly. By communicating directly, we learn how to better take responsibility for our own feelings, and distinguish between a community issue and an area we may need to work on inside of ourselves. It's not always easy, but it's these kinds of conversations that sow the rich fruit of trust and lasting relationships in congregations.

Thank goodness we have one another here at Unity Church as supporters, cheerleaders, and guides as we try to grow together as individuals, as families, as citizens of the world, and as a caring, welcoming, imperfect, sometimes quirky, funny, and always beloved congregation.

Your companion on the journey,
Rev. Kristin 

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