Sunday afternoon, after a worship service that called members to use their creativity, hands, hearts and voices for the sacred work of bending the moral arc of the universe toward justice; adults and children from The First Universalist Church in Rockland repurposed campaign signs to spread messages of hope and love. These signs reflect their belief in the great liberal religious values of freedom, reason and tolerance, and their commitment to be a voice for the voiceless and to be love in the world. They reflect their best hopes for their church, their community, their country and their world. And they reflect UUR's commitment to provide safe space and sanctuary for all people, especially those on the margins.
A comprehensive sexuality education course is being offered for 8th & 9th graders in the mid-coast starting in November. This program has 25 sessions that will be offered twice a month on Sundays from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. through April at the OUT Maine office, 63 Park St. in Rockland. Lunch will be provided. Trained volunteer facilitators guide participants through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to young adolescents, including those typically excluded from sexuality education and health classes. The First Universalist Church of Rockland is sponsoring this non-religious program because we recognize a real need in our community for mindful, respectful sexuality education.
There will be an information and orientation session for parents and caregivers on Sunday, October 30 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at OUT Maine. At the end of the session, parents can register their children in the program, which starts on November 13. There is a $25 fee to help defray the costs. We also try to arrange transportation if needed. Our lead facilitator is Ashby Bartke of St. George. Experts from the community will help to supplement the material.
Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
Our Whole Lives uses approaches that work, and is used in schools and community organization across the country. The curricula are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (PDF) produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education, and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).
On September 9th, 7pm, the First Universalist Church in Rockland, 345 Broadway, will present J. Patrick Manley from Masons On a Mission, to speak on the topic.
Manley, a stone mason from Washington, Maine, is known throughout the country for his stone work, will be presenting a slide show detailing the experiences of his 17 years of building stoves in Guatemala. Light refreshments will be served.
In the winter of 2000, Patrick started traveling to remote villages in the western highlands of Guatemala to build stoves for the Mayan people who live in the higher elevations of 5000 to 10,000 feet. Millions of Mayan people burn open, unvented wood fires inside their dwellings both for cooking and as a source of heat. Since these fires are unvented, the entire family breathes in the toxic smoke causing a variety of respiratory illnesses and even blindness. Ventilated stoves provide a solution to this problem.
In an effort to increase his outreach to these people, Patrick created Masons on a Mission to both raise awareness and funds for the project. Every year he organizes groups of volunteers to go to Guatemala during the month of March to build stoves. Fundraising efforts continue via the Masons on a Mission website and various presentations conducted throughout the country. The cost of materials for each stove is $150 with all materials purchased locally giving a boost to the local economy. Each volunteer is required to raise a minimum of $300 to pay for the materials for two of the stoves that they help to build.
There is no admissions fee, but donations will be accepted at the door. Masons On a Mission is a tax exempt 501 C (3) charitable foundation. All donations are tax deductible.
World Religions Day Camp promotes understanding among Religions
The First Universalist Church in Rockland is offering a day camp for grades K-5 during the week of August 22-26.
The goal of this camp is to promote understanding and goodwill among religions while having fun. We will investigate the world religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Earth Centered Spirituality with storytelling, arts and crafts, games, and special visitors.
Camp will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with extended childcare if needed.
The day camp costs $125 per child; families can apply for a sliding scale fee. Before and after care is an additional cost of $5.00 per hour.
Registration forms are available by calling 594-8750 or on line at: https://uurockland.breezechms.com/form/8d03cd95.
There are limited positions for counselors-in-training (grades 6-8) and counselors (grades 9-12).
Contact Carney Doucette at email@example.com if interested.
Reposted from OUT As I Want to Be:
Co-hosted with the First Universalist Church in Rockland, our vigil on Tuesday, June 14th at the Rockland Library lawn drew over 150 youth and adults to honor the victims of Orlando -- and all of our LGBTQ family and straight allies.
The following poem read by Rockland Mayor Louise MacLellan-Ruf captured the sentiments of many, some of whom shared their own grief and call for action on gun control and keeping our youth safe.
"These are times that drop us to our knees.
Let us not be part of the vitriol and rancor
Instead let us unite in spirit and support
For all of our brothers and sisters
Mothers, fathers and friends
Lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and straight.
It does not matter.
We are all one.
We grieve and tonight remember Orlando.
We will continue to love out loud
We will continue to laugh out loud
We will continue to live out loud
We will continue to put ourselves out there
Offering kindness and love
Until the ignorant see the truth
We need to believe that
We outnumber the haters
We will outman and outrun the hate
We will outdistance the din
We believe that being out and about matters
With our persistence the hate will burn out
We believe, no, we know that
Our voices of sanity, kindness and fairness will win out."
This summer children of all ages are invited to learn valuable lessons through the stories of Dr. Suess (Theodore Geisel). Dr. Suess – UU Style will take place weekly at the First Universalist Church in Rockland, located on 345 Broadway. The program will begin July 10th and run through September, on Sunday mornings from 10-11 a.m. . Each Sunday, one book will be read followed by activities that support a universal message being illustrated in the book. In Horton Hears a Who, children learn that their voices do count, and in I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today, children learn about how to be humble. You do not have to be a Unitarian Universalist to attend, and there is no cost. All children are welcome to participate. Parents are welcome to join us for worship during this hour as well. For more information, call the church office at 594-8750.
Fundraising Dinner and Presentation by Deb Walters
For UU Youth Service Trip to Safe Passage Guatemala
6:00 pm, Friday, June 10th
First Universalist Church of Rockland; 345 Broadway
Dinner and talk
After over 30 years as a cognitive scientist, administrator and then as university vice president at Unity College, Deb decided to retire early and live simply, freeing up time and resources to follow her passion, to give back.
In her leadership role with the Rotary Club, Deb learned about Safe Passage, an organization that assists the children of the families who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community. After volunteering there she was asked to join the Safe Passage Board of Directors, and served as President from 2009-2012. She now travels regularly to the garbage dump community and leads service groups.
In July 2014, Deb began a journey which would combine her passion for the children and families at Safe Passage with her passion for long distance paddling, by kayaking from her home in Maine to their home in Guatemala. The goal has been to raise awareness and funds for education for the children at Safe Passage.
For this expedition, she paddled alone more than 2,500 miles over the course of a year and a half. She had to stop in the middle of her journey to undergo emergency surgery and rehabilitation. Determined as ever, she resumed her voyage which she just completed this February of 2016. Along the route Deb stopped and shared the stories of the grit and perseverance of the children and families living in the Guatemala City garbage dump community.
Deborah Walters lives in Troy, Maine with her husband. She has two children and four grandchildren.
Now that snow has finally come to the region, Snow Day Camp has been reopened again for other families. Snow Day Camp is for families with elementary children. Snow Day Camp is designed to provide safe and supportive daycare to children aged 5 to 10 on those days school is canceled because of snow.
The camp will run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the First Universalist Church in Rockland at 345 Broadway. Breakfast, lunch and two snacks will be served. Most Snow Day Camp staffers are volunteers. They will direct and supervise campers in organized activities such as arts & crafts, science experiments, meal and snack preparation, movie screening and board games.
The cost is $15.00 per child per snow day. A deposit of $15.00 per child is required to reserve a space. This fee will be returned if no snow day is scheduled. Registration is limited to 30 children on a first come, first served basis. You must register, including your deposit, prior to a snow day. For more information or to request a registration form, call (207) 370-7887 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snow Day Camp registrations are now being accepted for families in RSU#13 with elementary children. The camp was conceived after last winter, when members of the First Universalist Church in Rockland noticed families struggling to find affordable childcare on days when school was cancelled. Carney Doucette, Director of Religious Exploration, notes, “We saw this need, and knew we could address it with our facility. We have a team of qualified adults willing to help on snowy days to provide an affordable, quality experience for children.”