Our life’s journey is the task of refining our belonging
so that it may become more true, loving, good and free.
~ John O’Donohue
Join us for worship this Sunday, June 26 as Vicki Chessin leads us in worship (with an assist from the Moffits) and brings a message titled “Real Self-Reliance” by Rob Eller-Isaacs, minister of Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“Every day I still stand witness to the fact that liberation need not cause us to sever all sense of belonging. Some people still choose to say yes and work hard to find the balance between personal freedom and communal accountability. This church is in part a workshop for that effort. Real self-reliance is not a license for self‐indulgence. Real self-reliance is born of the realization as Martin Buber said in defining humility, that one is a wave in the ocean. Do you see? Both you and I are infinitely powerful and utterly dependent at the very same time.” ~ Rob Eller-Isaacs
July 3: “Reimagining the American Dream”
Minister at General Assembly…Then Vacation…
Dawn will be attending the UUA General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio (along with Board President Annette Pratt, Mary Alsager, Chris Bailey and Nancy White) Wednesday through Sunday of this week, then will be on vacation until Tuesday, July 12. Gisela Moffit is the contact person for the UUFCM Caring Team, if you need assistance in Dawn’s absence.
General Assembly Online
Even if you’re not able to attend GA this year, you can participate online in many of the events – we highly recommend taking in the Ware Lecture featuring Krista Tippett on Saturday evening.
First Friday Potluck
Join us this Friday for our monthly potluck/birthday celebration. Chris Bauerle will be hosting - bring your favorite 4th of July/summer favorite for an evening of nourishment, fellowship, and possibly even a game or two. Birthdays to be celebrated this month: Terry Tribe, Norma Bailey, Margui Terrill, James Hatcher, Sharon Rust and Steve Lifson.
Welcome to UU Class Cancelled for This Sunday
Due to the UUA General Assembly this week and weekend, the next Welcome to UU class will meet on July 24. This class is geared to newcomers, visitors, and those seeking to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and this UU fellowship. It is normally offered every month on the fourth Sunday at 1:00 p.m., in a session running approximately ninety minutes. It is the first in a series of three steps to membership at the UUFCM.
Resources for LGBTQ Teens
We have recently added the UUFCM to the list of resources compiled at myoutspirit.com – an online clearinghouse for LGBTQ teens. Check out #presentperfect on Twitter.
This message was received at the UUFCM this week:
Dawn Daniels and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,
Thank you for holding the vigil to honor and remember those who were lost during the horrific event in Orlando. It was an event needed for those grieving during these hard times and having others come together to support one another just shows the impact it can have in a community.
Thank you for showing how accepting you are for others no matter how different they are. I could feel the love being expressed by you and everyone at the event. I can’t express how proud I am to be in a community with so much love. Thank you for everything you have done to make this event easier for everyone.
Lance A. Fowler
June Is LGBT Pride Month
June 2016 is the one-year anniversary of marriage equality! While we celebrate this month as LGBT Pride Month (you can read President Obama’s eloquent proclamation here), we are all aware of the work still needed towards true equality. In Michigan, not one but two “bathroom inspection” bills aimed at transgender persons have been introduced in our legislature. Visit the Equality Michigan website to sign the petition to stop the Runestad & Casperson Bathroom Inspection Bills SB 993 and HB 5717.
RE for the Summer
Our summer RE program has started. Each week the children who attend the RE program will be involved in planting, tending and then sharing the produce of their garden with the guests at the Soup Kitchen. Each Sunday after they leave the sanctuary, the children will have their opening ritual, a story, and then they will work on a related craft and/or work in the garden on the east side of the building. Please have your children dress appropriately for being outside each Sunday. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Norma Bailey (989-560-3952 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or see her at church.
I am not what I have nor what I do;
But what I was I am, I am even I.
Therefore myself is that one only thing
I hold to use or waste, to keep or give;
My sole possession every day I live.
~ Christina Rossetti
The deadline for submissions to the Order of Service Insert and the UUFCM weekly e-News is
Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. Please send all submissions to email@example.com.
UUFCM Board of Trustees for 2015-2016
President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; firstname.lastname@example.org)
President Elect/Past-President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; email@example.com)
Treasurer: David Macleod (989.772.0595; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.463.3076; email@example.com)
Trustee: Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Carol Rard (989.561.2969; email@example.com)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; firstname.lastname@example.org)