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      In 
today’s forum, Rev. Cooper speaks with Robyn Stout of UBarU about Texas’s Unitarian Universalist retreat center. It is an engaging conversation that connects directly to our theme for the month - Earth - and how time away from cities and suburbs can renew us.

     This Sunday, I’ll be concluding our theme with a service titled “Grounded in Faith.” As the 2020 election nears its culmination, and the country remains divided, it is important to take time to explore how our faith can ground us during periods of upheaval and conflict.

      This will be my last sermon prior to election day. Next week we’re holding our annual All Souls Day service. It will center our wonderful music program and include poetry, prayer, and visual meditations. It is always a special service when we hold it in person and I fully anticipate that the online version will be powerful. As part of the service, we’ll be honoring those who we wish to remember. If there’s someone you’d like to be included in the service please send a photo along with their full name and birth and death years to info@firstuu.org by next Tuesday.

      Today, I hold my online office hours from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central at this link. They're open to all. Stop by for conversation on spirituality, religion, Unitarian Universalism, the election, art, politics, and whatever else is on your heart.

      Finally, the “Texts for Troubled Times” series just wrapped up James Baldwin’s No Name in the Street. Join us November 3 and 17 for a conversation about Isabel Wilkerson’s new book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.  You can also join us in December when we’ll be reading Simone Weil’s Gravity and Grace. Please email alex@firstuu.org to join the invitation list. 

 

Take good care, stay safe, and much love to you.

 

Colin

The Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen, PhD
Senior Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston
African American Religious Studies Forum Affiliate with Rice University's Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning

colin@firstuu.org

Justice & Community Action (1)

Many folks are enjoying our online book groups, workshops, and discussion circles. If you haven’t yet, please check one out. Find out more about our online groups HERE.

Today, we continue our Wednesday Family Gathering, which begins at 6:30 p.m. and is designed for families with children 4-11. The first half-hour is spent with your church community and the next half-hour is spent with your family at home. Email programs@firstuu.org for the link.


Healing Racism - First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston

      A relevant series of workshops, “Healing Racism: Compassion, Allyship, and Taking Action,” continues tonight from 5 to 6 pm. James W. will lead the conversation on historical "backsliding" of race relations progress, and whether it's happening again. Click here for specific dates and more topics, and email info@firstuu.org to sign up.


Voting and the Election - First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston

This week (October 21st - 27th) is our Harvest the Power Week of Action! 
To get the most up to date information and resources, sign up to receive the UU the Vote Newsletter.

 

We need you to phone bank with UUs and TMO!

      Your help is needed to get out the vote! We have 2 weeks left until election day, and it is crucial to contact all potential voters to Get Out the Vote. On Saturday, October 24th, First UU, the Texas UU The Vote Collaborative, and TMO will be joining together to host a phone banking event from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. We are reaching out to low-propensity voters in the key districts of the greater Houston area. TMO will provide training, call scripts, and call lists. Training will be provided the first half hour and the remaining time will be spent reaching out to prospective voters. Register at this link.
 

      We will join UU the Vote on the following dates. To register, visit this link and select these options

             · Wednesday, October 21, join UU the Vote to reach out to Florida voters at 6:00 pm

             · Tuesday, October 27, join UU The Vote to reach out to Wisconsin voters at 5:00 pm

             · Monday, November 2, join UU the Vote to reach out to Florida voters at 5:00 pm

Finally, we are contacting former members and friends of the church and need your help in calling the last 500 names. Please contact Karen Speer at votingjustice@firstuu.org to get names.
 

      Rideshare2vote.com offers free rides to the polls, with COVID-19-conscious protocols in place for both drivers and voters, for voters in Harris and several surrounding counties. While the website is partisan, they will take any voter to the polls.


      The Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry is now a 501C4, which means they are able to recommend candidates to their members. You can read the criteria they used to vet the candidates, as well as other information, at their website here.

Justice & Community Action - First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston

      The weather is improving – spend some time outside! Join those who are continuing the Black Lives Matter daily vigil at the Museum District through the end of October. Please contact info@firstuu.org if you are interested, or need more information.

      You can keep up with the latest Community Projects at this link. The Community Projects Team has identified worthy organizations that we can help, despite the fact that we can’t meet in person and work together on projects. Email communityprojectsteam@firstuu.org with questions or to let them know you’ve worked on a project.

Opportunity for Involvement - First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston
We have an online database which can be accessed by members. We hope to have those who would like a church directory, which tends to almost immediately become obsolete, learn to use the database instead. If you would like to volunteer to train other members to use OnRealm, our database, please contact alma@firstuu.org.

By the way, we never share your information with outside groups. But unless you tell us specifically not to, we share your contact information with other members and church groups. If you would like to represent our church community and work with other local UU congregations, consider becoming involved in the UU Network of Houston. See what they do here. Contact Rev. Scott at scott@firstuu.org to volunteer.
Become a Member - First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston

Now is a great time to consider joining our church. Some folks have just discovered our online presence, and many friends of the church are realizing how much our congregation means to them during this time. We have a Membership 101 event coming up on November 12 at 6:00 p.m. If you’re interested, contact Alma at membership@firstuuorg.

Want to learn more about Unitarian Universalism?

Watch a video from the Unitarian Universalist Association HERE!