Always it is easier to pay homage to our prophets than to heed the direction of their vision.
~ Clinton Lee Scott
Yes, it is a holiday weekend, but it is our hope that you will find time (make time?) amidst your many
plans to attend worship in community this Sunday, May 27. The theme for the morning is
“On Mortality…and Memory.”
“The true meaning of Memorial Day is not homage… it is not to honor those who have served, those who
have died for our nation. Oh, that is what the media will tell us, what the President will say when he lays a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery in a few days. I expect him to strike a tone of “honor our dead, and standing resolute.” No, it is not honor that our war dead ask of us. Honor is the easy way out of the vision they call us to.” ~ Rev. David Pyle
Our worship services for the first three Sundays of June will include reflection 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 beginning this coming Sunday.
June 4: “Saint Emerson: The Promises and Pitfalls”
June 11: “The iChurch Revealed”
June 18: “On the Trinity of Promise: Where Are We Going?”
UUFCM March in Highland Festival Parade – Cancelled for this Year
Due to difficulties with schedule conflicts and other unforeseen challenges, we have decided not to march in this year’s Highland Festival Parade in Alma. But we’re not done forever with this – mark your calendars for the 2018 Memorial Weekend – Saturday morning to be exact – because we want to make a more “memorable” impact as a presence in the parade…we’re thinking puppets, stilt walkers…overall a bolder, more art-infused voice for social justice. We would like to have a team take on the planning for this effort, which could serve for all our “public presence” initiatives. So, listen up all you artists and creative spirits among us – we need you! Contact our minister, Dawn Daniels, if you are interested in being part of this fledgling “arts in social justice ministry/community outreach” effort.
UUFCM Garage Sale Update
As we prepare for our garage sale on June 15, 16 and 17, please continue to save items and plants that we can sell. Right now we are in need of saw horses, large boards, and tables; please contact Norma (989-560-3952 or
firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up delivery of these items. Norma can accept all items at her home (222 E. Andre Ave.) starting on Saturday, June 3. However, if you absolutely must drop them off before June 3, call Norma to make arrangements to drop them off no later than Sunday, May 28. Also, watch for a separate e-mail in which Norma will ask you to sign up to help – making signs, sorting and pricing, and working the sale.
Welcome to UU Class - This Sunday
This class is geared to newcomers, visitors, and those seeking to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and this UU fellowship. It is offered every month on the fourth Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Sessions run approximately ninety minutes.
- 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 email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Ladies Who Lunch Postponed
This month, we'll meet at the Brass Cafe on Tuesday, May 30. Join us!
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!
Open Conversations: White Supremacy Teach-Ins
(a message from our UUA Mid-America Region leadership)
This spring there has been a call out from BLUU (Black Lives Unitarian Universalists) to UU congregations to participate in White Supremacy Teach-Ins. We in Mid-America would love to hear how that has been for you all, what your questions are, what your next steps might be, and where you want to go next. Congregational Life Consultants Nancy Combs-Morgan and Lisa Presley will host hour-long conversations and listening sessions to hear about your experience and dreams going forward.
There will be two opportunities, one designed for religious professionals and the other that will be open to anyone who wishes to attend, including religious professionals.
No need to register: simply log on to the call you wish to attend. These will be held via the Zoom platform, so you can attend through your computer or tablet (supported platforms are PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android), or simply by calling in.
For Religious Professionals: Join us on Friday, May 26th, at 2:00 pm EDT
Open to any UU: Join us on Tuesday, May 30th, 7:30 pm EDT
Log in information for either call:
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +16465588656, 9884534669# or +14086380968, 9884534669#
Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 988 453 4669
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: email@example.com or 312-636-9724.
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.
Updates on Vicki Chessin
Vicki's family has created a website that they’ve asked be shared with you all:
https://posthope.org/vicki with the password Alma.
Bringing grief and death out of the shadow is our spiritual responsibility, our sacred duty.
~ Francis Weller
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)