Cakes For The Queen of Heaven: In Ancient Times, a five session course in women’s theology, will be offered at the First Universalist Church in Rockland on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM beginning April 26 and ending May 24. There is no cost, but registration is required.
Did our ancestors once revere a Divine Female? Did women once share power and respect equally with men? Were some very early civilizations peaceful? Cakes For The Queen of Heaven is about exploring the meaning of these questions, this new mythic story, for our personal lives and our society today. Our exploration is grounded in the Ancient Near East, Old Europe, and Western culture. We will bring our historical discoveries into our time together through ritual, song, story. and the creation of sacred objects.
Cakes For The Queen of Heaven: In Ancient Times is a new version of a venerable Unitarian Universalist curriculum that has enriched the lives of several generations of women.
The course is for women and will be facilitated by Lucie Bauer, Linda Zeigler, and Krista Meinersmann. For further information or to register, call Lucie Bauer at 975-7043.
Defying Hate – How one Couple did it
On Friday, March 24, the Ken Burns’ film, Defying the Nazi’s: The Sharp’s War at 6:30 p.m. will be shown at the First Universalist Church in Rockland.
This film tells the story of Martha and Waitstill Sharp, two young Unitarians who stood up boldly against injustice to defy the Nazis and rescue Jews, dissidents, and other refugees during WWII. If you have not seen this film, come be inspired to stand up and fight against religious bigotry and oppression. Admission is free with a free-will donation.
Get excited for Saturday! The list of auction items is ever-growing, delicious food is being prepared, and some truly gorgeous decorations are being created. Whether you're looking for a framed piece of original artwork, a day of expert handyman services, or an amazing dinner party for your friends and family, it's all available!
Check out this incredible offer for anyone looking to schedule a magical summer vacation in Maine: a week's rental of a classic Maine home located in a nature preserve and surrounded by dunes, beach, and wooded hills. Visit www.morsefarmrentals.com to see the four homes available. Bidding begins at 80% of the listed rate for any available week, at any one of the houses listed on the website. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Reba at email@example.com or 207-712-7382 with questions or to place a bid.
Even if it's chilly outside on Saturday evening, the First Universalist will be full of warmth and cheer -- and cherry blossoms! See you there!
Auction details: Saturday, March 11th at First Universalist, 345 Broadway, Rockland. Silent auction and food at 5:30pm, live auction starts at 7pm. Come and bring family and friends for a night of spring blossoms, great food and wonderful auction items. Contact Reba at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-712-7382 with any questions or to place an absentee bid.
As a community of conscience, I trust that we will care for each other by standing up for our values and our dreams for justice in America. As a spiritual home, it is our responsibility to offer hope and leadership, and I know we can fill that role with wisdom and tenacity.
Some things that give me hope:
1 We're looking inward to our personal role in race, racism and racial justice as part of our first step in the Social Justice Initiative. Some members of our congregation and Board of Trustees have already begun to read the book 'Waking Up White' by Debby Irving. We encourage others to pick it up. It's an accessible and personal account that is a great starting point for this conversation.
2 The new rainbow UUA banner (see below and here) that articulates so many of the reasons I am proud to be a UU. I can't wait until we have one of these to hang in front of UUR.
3 All the ongoing individual stewardship meetings taking place within the church membership. Our connection to each other, knowing each other more deeply, is what makes us a strong and and impactful community. Canvass is an important piece of our work and allows us to be a strong presence in the lives of our members and the community.
4 The Rockland City Council's Resolution to Promote an Open, Respectful, Healthy Community. I'm proud to be a part of a church that will sign on to this statement of community justice.
As we approach canvass and the auction, think about what pieces of this church community give you hope and inspiration, and what challenges you. Talk about those things with your canvasser -- the conversations that we have during stewardship really impact decision-making throughout church leadership. With successful stewardship our church foundation will remain strong, our programs will continue to thrive, and our work for justice at every level will continue to grow and strengthen. Hard work is the best cure I know for an aching heart, and I plan to take that ache and turn it into action, as best as I can.
Thank you, Reba Richardson
The First Universalist Church in Rockland stands with other UU churches Worldwide to take the Declaration of Conscience.
If you would like to join this commitment to speak out and to act in support of basic human rights, please join us at: http://connect.uusc.org/l/103112/2017-01-17/gpgn2
Declaration of Conscience
At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.
In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.
And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.
We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.
As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.
We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.
The time is now.
A memorial service for our dear church member Milt Parsons, longtime resident of Union, will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway in Rockland.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, the service will be from noon to 1 p.m., followed immediately by a reception in the church at 1 p.m.
Parking is across the street in the empty old MacDougal School lot or on Gay St. The parking lot behind the church is reserved who need easy accessibility.
The “fierce urgency of now” calls us to put our principles into action and be the change we want to see in the world! Those fantastic marches in Washington, Augusta, Portland, Tenants Harbor, Vinalhaven, across Maine, throughout the country and around the globe were only the beginning of standing up for the inherent worth and dignity of every person and for the interdependent web of life. The next steps are to contact our elected officials when nominations, policies and legislation are proposed that are not in accord with our principles. So much is happening very quickly that calls for our attention, however, that it is hard to sort out priorities. Working together, however, we can make this task easy to do. Listed below are links to simple ways to take action and find out more on how you can give voice. Contact Lucie Bauer (975-7043, email@example.com) if you have questions.
Dailyaction.org – this site works great on your smart phone or your computer. Each day an action will be sent with direct links to whoever needs a phone call.
Weekly Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience – Jenn Hoffman, a blogger, researches the issues for you. Weekly actions to take and links to learn more about issues.
Learn more on how to take action:
IndivisibleGuide.com – Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.
Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network (www.muusan.org) Sign up to receive information on issues at the State level that primarily focus on: democracy in action, health care for all, and climate change. Also, can follow this UU group on Facebook.
Remember to say thank you if a congressperson supports your view.
Caring for Ourselves: A Time for Reflection and Sharing
It helps to know that each of us is not alone in grieving for the destruction now going on in the world. On Sundays at 11:30 a.m., after the morning service and time for coffee, you are invited to join others in the back of the sanctuary to reflect on and share (briefly) our fears and our hopes after the events of the previous week. Let us join our hearts and spirits together as we navigate the hard road ahead. We will end our time together at noon.