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Dear Members and Friends:

      I imagine many of you are preparing for the upcoming Memorial Day, considered by some their first chance to really take advantage of a three-day weekend. The work of the church to reopen continues, even as we continue our online presence.
      I hope you saw Monday’s special Ministers’ Forum. Dr. Bossen spoke to Dr. Sherene Seikaly. a leading expert on the Israeli and Palestinian region. They discussed the current situation as well as the history of the conflict. I found this to be an indispensable overview of what is going on, and I hope you take advantage of their conversation.

      As you may have read in Sunday’s email newsletter, the Museum District will again host in-person worship beginning on July 11th. In order to accommodate the most people while staying socially distanced, we will have two services, at 9:30 am and 11:30 am. Because of the popularity of our online services, one of the services each week will be livestreamed.
      Our first livestream will be on July 4th, and we hope you will tune in. The week before that, we hope you will join Unitarian Universalists from around the country by participating in the General Assembly Sunday Worship livestream on June 27 at 11 am.
      Religious Programming for Children and Youth will continue online until the fall, and there will be some special in-person events during the summer. The choir is making preparations to return in the fall, and nursery care during the Sunday services will resume then, as well. Some adult programming will continue online, while some groups will begin meeting in person. There will be more details to follow, so stay tuned.

      My sermon Sunday will be titled, “Grief, Humanism, Mourning.” During this Memorial Day weekend, set aside to mourn fallen United States military personnel, and after a year of loss and upheaval, I will ask us to think about the universal experience of grief. How do different cultures and belief systems process grief through mourning, and what have Unitarian Universalists learned from humanists about the importance of living our one life to the fullest while we’re together on Earth?

      Please be sure two special events are on your calendar: the Minns Lecture Friday at 7:00 pm (details below) and a livestream of our church leading a service from Rothko Chapel Wednesday, June 2nd, at noon, details here.

      Stay safe, wear a mask when appropriate, and take care of yourself and one another until the pandemic fully passes, so we can soon be together in person once again.
 

Rev. D. Scott Cooper
Assistant Minister of Congregational Life
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston
scott@firstuu.org

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Contemplation & Sound: Unitarian Universalist Tradition Celebrating Pride Month

Don’t miss a livestream of our church leading a special service in the Twelve Moments series from Rothko Chapel Wednesday, June 2nd at noon. Find more details and register HERE.

SATURDAY NON-FICTION BOOK GROUP 

Four Saturdays in June (6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26) from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

      Decolonizing Wealth; Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance 
by Edgar Villanueva

      Decolonizing Wealth is a compassionate and thoughtful look at how philanthropy in the US is doing more harm than good to communities of color when it comes to closing the race-wealth gap. Facilitated by PD Wadler, Elsa Kapitan-White, and John Hyatt. Email programs@firstuu.org for more information.

SOUL TO SOUL:
GATHERINGS FOR REFLECTION, SHARING, AND LISTENING


6 Sundays: June 6, 13, 20, 27, and July 11 & 18, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:15 pm

      Using the book Soul to Soul: Fourteen Gatherings for Reflection and Sharing, this will be an experience of reflection, sharing and listening, providing a place to explore wide-ranging life topics that support personal growth. Facilitated by Carol Burrus and Pam Perry

      To register, email pam4hou@gmail.com. Group size is limited to 10, and it will be closed after the first meeting. The book can be ordered through the UUA bookstore or Amazon.

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This week the Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC) is asking for bottled water, fruit cups, and 15 oz. cans of Chef Boyardee. Other needs include men’s pants and shoes (all sizes) and women’s shoes (smaller sizes 8 and below). You can find EAC’s complete Amazon Wish list here. If you would like to help, please contact the Community Projects Team!



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Healthy Communications

      Even though we’re not meeting in person, the Healthy Communications Team (HCT) is still available to hear your comments and concerns. If you have observations about our church, programs, or services that you would like the HCT to be aware of, please email hct@firstuu.org

Volunteer Opportunities
There are ways to donate your time, employ your talents, and re-engage with our church community now and when we reopen. If you were doing one of these before, let us know you’d like to continue. If you’d like to begin helping, let us know. We need you!

Greeters and Ushers – email alma@firstuu.org
Museum District Worship Associates – email scott@firstuu.org
Community Projects – email communityprojectsteam@firstuu.org
Social Justice Work – email justicecoordinatingcouncil@firstuu.org

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Considering joining our church community? You are welcome to join us at either of the next two sessions! We'll have an informal conversation about Unitarian Universalism with the ministers and your questions are welcomed!

Upcoming Membership 101:
Thursday, June 10th at 6:00 pm and
Tuesday, June 29th at 3:00 pm
(by special request)
For more information and the link, contact Alma at membership@firstuuorg.