This Week at Thoreau

This Week at Thoreau  /  January 25 – February 2, 2020

Saturday, January 25


As Unitarian Universalists, we are committed to protecting and respecting women’s rights, safety, health and dignity.  Come and join other UU members and friends as we live our values together at the 2020 Houston Women’s March in downtown Houston.  UUswill meet up with our church group at the March start at the Water Works (105 Sabine Street at Buffalo Bayou Park).  The event is scheduled to start at 9:00am with speakers at the Water Works.  The March will end with a huge rally in front of Houston City Hall.  We will be making arrangements to drop off anyone with limited mobility at City Hall prior to the March so you can be part of the Rally.  Bring your family, your friends and be sure to wear your gold UU t-shirt.

Memorial Service for Rev. Bob Schaibly: 2:00 p.m. at Museum District

Rev. Schaibly died on November 11, 2019.  Join us to memorialize our Minister Emeritus (1982-2002) in the Museum District sanctuary.  A reception will follow in Channing Hall.

Sunday, January 26

Adult Discussion Group: – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Eye of The Beholder: Fluctuating Perspectives on States’ Rights
Presented by Garna Christian
The daunting task of the Constitutional framers to create a republic in a world of monarchies was matched by the challenge of formulating a federal system among centralized governments.  Accordingly, the resulting power of the states has been celebrated and condemned in the ensuing years by both liberals and conservatives.

Sunday Celebration: 10:45 a.m.

Take a Liberal to Church: A Lesson Learned from Christian Fundamentalism

Catherine Vance

During a time of crisis, one UU woman unexpectedly found herself in a healing circle at an evangelical megachurch.  Unitarian Universalists are caring people, but our strong suit is a cerebral rationality, not emotion.  What our guest speaker, Catherine Vance, learned from the vulnerability of Christian fundamentalists was a surprise.  Catherine Vance holds degrees from both the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis.  She was a recipient of the Dobie-Paisano Award from the Texas Institute of Letters.  Over the years she ran a literacy organization, taught English at a number of universities, and wrote book/art/travel reviews for a newspaper.  She now teaches in the Texas prison system and is active in social justice work in the Houston area.  She is the author of the short story collection The Orchard Camp.

Outreach Offering: Individual packs of crackers or cookies for Lunches of Love

Moments and Memories Pot Luck: 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a Pot Luck dinner and fireside chat.  Sharing stories of the Thoreau Campus. Early Days (1995-2000) / Growth (2000 – 2005) / Challenges (2005 – 2009) / Transitions (2009 – 2012) / Becoming a Campus (2012 – 2018) ./ Establishing a UU Home (present).  All are welcome – childcare available.  Bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.

Wednesday, January 29

“Moms’ Morning In” playgroup gathering: – 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Toddlers and Preschool kids and their moms, dads, or caregivers are invited to enjoy some quality time together in our wonderful backyard!  Bring your friends and share in the fun!

Adult Enrichment: – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The group did not meet on January 22.  All are welcome, bring your own lunch.  Janice Milo hosts.  For more information contact Ron Masters,, or (832) 260 1497.

Saturday, February 1

ADG Planning Meeting: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (first Saturday of the month)

Monthly planning meeting for the Adult Discussion Group at Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land.

Sunday, February 2

Adult Discussion Group: – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Ethics –  How do we decide?

Presented by John Bobbitt

The theories of how we decide what to do all depend on the rational thought process.  But studies of the brain have thrown this idea into question.  Three philosophic schools of thought, and several brain science studies will give insights on how we really decide what is right. Spoiler alert – we don’t really know for sure.

Sunday Celebration: 10:45 a.m.

Enduring Friendships

Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

In this last service in our series on friendship we will ask the questions: What makes friendships last?  And what are the religious resources we can draw upon to cultivate enduring friendships?  The Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen will be in the pulpit via video.

Outreach Offering: Granola bars for Lunches of Love

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