Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring.
Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.
~ Rebecca Solnit
Our worship service for this Sunday, June 4, will include a reflection by our minister titled “’Saint’ Emerson: The Promises and Pitfalls.” This message is the introductory first installment of a three-part sermon series on the book Turning Point: Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism edited by Fredric Muir. You can read more about this book here, as well as purchase a copy. There will also be copies available to borrow in the church office. We hope you will join us for worship and participate in the discussions these reflections and this book will undoubtedly provoke.
“These essays collected by Frederic Muir place Unitarian Universalism in the context of any good story: a beginning, a middle, and an end or a telos. If the splendid individualism of Emerson is the beginning, and the end is the Beloved Community, what needs to happen in order to achieve that end? Muir and his fellow essayists call for a renewed and renewing story about how people know Unitarian Universalism. He says the language of covenant – which claims, “As free congregations we promise to one another our mutual trust and support” – represents the re-storied way forward.”
~ from the foreword, by Rev. Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis
June 11: “The iChurch Revealed”
June 18: “On the Trinity of Promise: Where Are We Going?”
First Friday Potluck - This Friday
Join us for our June First Friday communal nosh! Jen Prout will be hosting, and the theme is "Free for All!" bring whatever your heart desires and lets see what we end up with! We will be celebrating the June birthdays of Betty Clason, Nancy White, Vicki Chessin, Dave Macleod, and Carol Rard. The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. - helping hands are welcome at 6:15 p.m. to assist with set-up preparations.
Infant Pantry Collection - This Sunday
Donations for the Infant Pantry are collected on the first Sunday of each month. Most needed items are things for baby care - diapers (especially sizes 5 and 6), creams, shampoos, lotions, and baby food in jars. Formula is not needed a this time. If you want to donate money, then the check should be made out to CCN (Community Compassionate Network) with memo “Infant Pantry.” Please contact Tom Moffit (firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-1602) with any questions.
Path to Membership Workshop - Saturday, June 10, 1-4 p.m.
This workshop is designed for those who are ready to make the membership commitment to UUFCM. In this interactive session we explore the deeper meanings and expectations of membership and shared ministry; it is a three-hour* session (*depending on the size of the group – may be a shorter timeframe if a small group). To sign up for a Path to Membership workshop or participate in the New Member Celebration, please contact Gisela Moffit (989-772-1602 or email@example.com) or speak with UUFCM Minister Dawn Daniels.
- We need summer volunteers! During the summer months, the RE curriculum does not run like it does during the school year. Instead, our youth tend to a vegetable garden and help provide fresh food for the Isabella Soup kitchen. Volunteers will not be expected to create activities/provide stories (although they are more than welcome to!), they will be prepared ahead of time. If you wish to sign up email Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up during coffee hour after service.
- As you are planning your own summer gardens, please consider donating any spare vegetable plants to our youth for our garden. If you have any plants you'd like to donate please contact Anna at
email@example.com or at 517-930-6927 to let her know what you have and/or schedule a time for her to pick them up.
- We are revamping our nursery! Please contact Anna if you have any new or gently used items you would like to donate.
MPHS Senior Project – Syrian Refugee Crisis
Sela Damer-Daigle has submitted the following message for our consideration and support:
At MPHS every senior participates in a senior project they create that benefits a community. For Isra Hamdi's and my senior project we wanted to spread awareness about the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Syrian Civil war. To do this, we made a video and started a CrowdRise fundraiser. All the money we raise will go directly to the International Rescue Committee. Their mission is to help people whose lives are shattered by conflict and disaster and gain control of their future. Please help the refugees by donating & share our video to spread awareness about this situation!
MUUSJN Interfaith Reproductive Justice Conference
June 3-4 in Dearborn
As the war on women heats up in Washington DC and in Lansing, it’s an important time for UU’s expand their knowledge and skills to resist! The Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) invites you to attend a high quality, affordable conference called “Arm Yourself for the Fight for Reproductive Rights” that will be held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1- 4:30 p.m. at the UAW Local 600, 10550 Dix Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan.
Speakers will provide updates on the future of Roe v. Wade; the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; the Secret History of Catholics, Choice and Sex and an introduction to new Michigan abortion rights legislation. It will include workshops on how to talk with legislators using religious language, on grass roots organizing and using social media. Register on-line at: www.uujustice.org/conferenceregistration.html or mail a registration form (attached) to Randy Block, MUUSJN Director, at 4220 Arlington Dr., Royal Oak, MI 48073.
Co-sponsors of this conference include: the Public Leadership Institute (national); Catholics for Choice (national); Planned Parenthood of Michigan; National Organization of Women – Michigan; the National Council of Jewish Women; Greater Detroit; the United Church of Christ, Michigan Conference; the Social Justice Network of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan; and Northland Family Planning Center.
Workshop on the Challenging Racism Toolkit
On Sunday, June 11, from 3-5 pm in Lansing, the Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) will provide a workshop explaining the Challenging Racism Toolkit which MUUSJN developed. The workshop will include an orientation to what's in the toolkit and small group discussions about opportunities for applying the toolkit as individuals, as congregations and in the broader community (see flyer). Norma Bailey, Dawn Daniels and Jen Prout are planning on attending and would love to have more of you join us. Please contact Norma (989-560-3952 or firstname.lastname@example.org) so that she can arrange carpooling.
History may be read as the story of the magnificent rearguard action
fought during several thousand years by dogma against curiosity.
~ Robert Lynd
Let us be mindful to leave the parking spaces directly across from our Wisconsin entrance open
for our friends who have mobility issues. Thank you for your consideration.
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 2016-2017
President: Laura McBride (989.772.5512; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Past-President: Annette Pratt (989.400.0173; email@example.com)
President Elect: Norma Bailey (989.560.3952; firstname.lastname@example.org )
Treasurer: Chris Bailey (989.775.8257; email@example.com)
Co-Treasurer: Ricky Courlander (989.772.4457; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Vicki Chessin (989.560.4614; email@example.com)
Trustee: Scott Daigle (989.506.5750; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trustee: Janis Shinn (989.400.3724; email@example.com)
Trustee: Brigitte Bechtold (989.954.1123; firstname.lastname@example.org)