June 4, 2017
The Activist and The Mystic
Rev. Michael J. Carter
One of the legacies of our free, progressive faith tradition is social action. Many UUs are drawn to this social justice ministry as an avenue whereby they can put their chosen faith into action. Many times you have heard me say that if one wants to change the world, one must first begin by changing him or herself. For some (but not all) this is a hard saying. Yet, it is not an either/or premise, but both/and. I self-identify as a mystic, and by that I mean that I draw my spirituality from encounters that I have had at times with visible and invisible energies or intelligences. I do not say that everyone has to but I do. I believe that genuine and lasting transformation of the society and the individual must occur from within, and we all have a choice as to how to channel this energy. Let’s explore.
June 18, 2017
TBUUF ANNUAL PICNIC BRUNCH
10:30 am – 2:00 pm
The Cabin – Harmon Field, Tryon
Reverend Ernie Mills leads us in celebration and music. Barbeque, beverage and table setting provided. Please bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Dress is casual and comfortable.
If you didn’t get a chance to sign up to help at the May 21st service you can get in touch with Nan Covert at (828) 919-6904(H) or (828) 980-5227(C) or by email at email@example.com.
UU Book Club
The Warmth of Other Suns—the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson is the book that we’ve chosen for our next book discussion. The author chronicles the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. The story is told through the lives of three individuals: “Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago; George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue medicine.”
Even if you don’t read the book, you’re invited to join us for the discussion. We will meet on Wednesday, June 14th at 3 p.m. at the Black Coffee House in Tryon. For more information, call Robbie, 828-513-0570.
On Tuesday, May 30th at 7 p.m., you’re invited to attend the showing of Iron Jawed Angels at The Depot in Tryon. This movies “tells the true story of how defiant and brilliant young activists Alice Paul, played by Hilary Swank, and Lucy Burns, played by Frances O’Connor, took the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.” There is no charge for this movie but it is suggested you arrive early. Need more info, call Robbie, 828-513-0570.
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
Thursday evening, May 25th, 6-8pm and Thursday evening, June 1, 6-8pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, 409 E Patterson St, Hendersonville, NC 28739
Does the title sound familiar? It’s the title of a book written by Dr. King in 1968. In light of the current social and political climate in our nation, as well as the current news from our UUA regarding the resignation of President Morales, obviously the question is just as important for our denomination as it is for the nation. In this spirit, The Rev. Jim McKinley and I (Rev. Michael Carter) are offering another two part (at least for now anyway, perhaps more will be needed) conversation about race with a slightly different slant.
We would like to talk about how race and racism plays out in our UUA worship services as well as in our everyday lives. The discussion will include — for those who did not attend our previous workshops — a working definition of racism, as well as a showing of retired UUA minister, Rev. Mark Morrison Reed’s film, “How To Open The Door: African Americans in the Unitarian Universalist Denomination.” Of course, there will be plenty of time for discussion.
If you are interested in attending, please notify the UUFH office at 693-3157 or firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can anticipate the number of handouts to prepare. (Let us know if you already have a Race Matters notebook of handouts.) All are welcome. Bring a pad and pencil, along with an open mind and heart.
Justice and Blessings. — Rev. Michael Carter