FROM THE UUA – NOVEMBER

What’s Happening in our UU Movement?    Submitted by Mary Heafy

  • Save the Date for the Northern New England District Annual Assembly and Meeting – April 5-6 in Concord, NH. A block of hotel rooms is reserved at the Hampton Inn in Bow but Concord is also an easy drive from Keene.  Scholarships available.  Details to follow.
  • The next face-to-face meeting of our UUA Board of Trustees is in Boston on January 25 and 26. Did you know that you are welcome to attend any meeting of the board AND if you go you will both observe and participate?  It is a powerful connection with our faith to experience these volunteers and UUA staff in action.  Mary Heafy is planning to attend on the 26th if anyone is interested in going.  You can join face-to-face or video stream.  https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/board/meeting-dates
  • Here is a great support from our UUA delivered to your inbox: Life is full of hard edges and complicated choices. Braver/Wiser gives you weekly message of courage and compassion for life as it is. Every Wednesday we deliver an original written reflection by a contemporary religious leader, and brief prayer, grounded in Unitarian Universalism. Join the Braver/Wiser community and sign up today! https://www.uua.org/braverwiser
  • How are UUs being represented in the world right now? Our UUA President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray is joining other UUs in Florida to advocate for Florida’s amendment #4, the second chance amendment, to restore the voting rights to over 1M felony offenders.  Only 4 states in the US prohibit anyone who has been convicted of a felony from ever  This work connects with our Universalist heritage that believes everyone can and should be redeemed, and our UU belief that everyone should have a voice.
  • From our UU Service Committee: Take Action to Oppose Family Separation & Detention  Congress is once again considering massive funding increases for immigration detention, deportation, and criminalization of immigrants.  Follow this link for more information.  https://www.uusc.org/resources/tools-for-taking-action/migrant-justice/take-action-oppose-family-separation-detention/
  • Next UN Ambassador Must Be Voice for Human Rights October 11, 2018. S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s surprise resignation on Monday highlights the dangers of the Trump administration’s continued disengagement from the global community, as well as the need for U.S. leadership to show a more genuine commitment to human rights and the international rule of law.  Want more info:  https://www.uusc.org/next-un-ambassador-must-be-voice-for-human-rights/

 

 

   

DECEMBER MESSAGE from KUUC BOARD PRESIDENT, Carol White

“The people of KUUC are committed to actively creating compassionate community and working for a fair and peaceful world.”

It is certainly a season to be thankful for having each other and a church family. Each of us probably appreciated different things at church in November. I was pleased with the wonderful turn out and beautiful meal at the Thanks for Giving Dinner as well as the number of us who enjoyed laughter and camaraderie while making berry bowls together. It is also a time to remember those who may be struggling, however. The community breakfast program has again started but because it was so successful or was so needed is now taking place at the community kitchen. A number of churches in Keene are contributing to this effort including a number of people from our church. If you are interested in helping out with this please talk to Carol Hill.

Our annual Greens Sale will soon be here. It is scheduled for Friday, 11/30, 5 – 8p and Saturday, 12/1, 9a – 2p. We still have work to do and time to enjoy each other’s company getting ready. We will begin covering the Berry bowls in the Parish Hall after coffee hour on Sunday, 11/25, and on various days and times the following week. Carol McIntyre Peale will be leading people in decorating wreaths and other greens for the holidays. Other areas people could help include organizing books for the book nook (Suzanne M), bringing bake goods (Melinda), helping with the white elephant table and braided rug raffle (Hazel), and the luncheon (Betsy). Betsy would like help with set up and serving as well as contributions of vegetarian and chicken soup, breads, and salads. Cider and tiny decorations for the card tables would also be appreciated. Carl Jacobs is again bringing his wonderful clam chowder!

The board continues to work on identifying active committees and has finalized who will be the liaison to the various committees. The committee chairs should be hearing from their board liaison soon if they haven’t already.

We also continue to work on the next steps needed to improve the heat in our beautiful historic building. We discussed the broader issue of deferred maintenance in general. We will be doing some repairs on the roof soon to address leaks. Heat, now that winter has come early, is our top priority, however. Our next step, in addition to small immediate repairs, will be to develop a set of proposals for heating system repairs for consideration.

We hope to continue to have services in the church sanctuary this winter but, if the Sanctuary is not warm enough on a particular Sunday, we will follow the procedure set up last year by the Worship Committee and move to the Parish Hall.

Hope to see everyone at the Greens Sale (11/30 and 12/1). Also, remember to sign up for picture taking for the church directory on the following Friday and Saturday. You will be able to take one picture home for free as well. (See Deb). The end of the month will be festive with a Christmas Eve service and Wassail provided by the Board before the service!

 -Carol White, KUUC Board President