News

April 18, 2021

Dear Members and Friends,


In today’s annual Earth Day service members of First Houston’s youth group reflect on what it means for them. Together, they explore our connections to the earth, past, present and future through the soil, through animals and breaking through our tendency to distance ourselves from the natural world. Supplemented by wonderful music, engaging visual meditations, it is an uplifting and inspiring service not to be missed!
 
It is also part of our ongoing celebration of Earth Month. Thus far it has featured last week’s Flower Communion and forums with activists Mashal Awais and Patrick Reinsborough and our own Carol Burrus. Later this week we’ll conclude with a forum with Jamie González of the Nature Conservancy. I hope that overall you’ll find our programs to be a source hope and a reminder that despite the profound climate crisis we collectively face the future remains unwritten. We have the power to act and make the world a better place when we work together!


love,

Colin
The Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen, PhD
Senior Minister
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston
colin@firstuu.org

Other Online Programming

The Sunday Discussion Circle meets every Sunday, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. Join them for fun, facilitated, educational discussions on a variety of topics. This Sunday, James Wooten leads a conversation wondering "What would happen if there were alien contact?" An Advisory Team Meeting follows.

Upcoming Book Study
A Liberal UU Study of the Gospels: WHO WAS JESUS?
A Story of Remembrance and Community Formation
6 Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, April 21 – May 26

Who was Jesus and why did he have such a profound effect on the world? The four Gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John portray four contrastive views. This online course will consist of personally reading and discussing each story.

Today’s English Version of the Bible, published by the American Bible Society, will be used. It can be accessed here. Email programs@firstuu.org to register

Earth Day

Our 4-Week Earth Day Minister's Forum Series
Important environmental topics in our First UU Minister’s Forum leading up to and around Earth Day including these two recent conversations:  last week's “The Climate Crisis and Environmental Justice" with Mashal Awais & the week prior's “Living out our Values by Caring for the Earth” with Carol Burrus.


Justice & Community Action

Rebuilding Together Houston
April 24, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
To those who enjoy painting, carpentry, and helping others, we’ve been assigned a home to help repair. The home is owned by Ms. D. Jackson, who is excited about our help. The work on her home will include siding replacement and painting. Please bring your mask, and a ladder if you can. Tools, materials, beverages, and lunch will be provided.  

Please let Phil know by e-mail to philrichardson@pdq.net if you can join us and work on April 17 and/or April 24.

Blood Drive
The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Blood Drive at the Museum District campus is scheduled for Sunday, April 25 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. Donors will receive free snacks and drinks for replenishment of their energy afterward. You can donate if it has been 2 months since your last blood donation (October 11, 2020 was our last blood drive) and if you meet the Blood Center’s other requirements. Blood donation appointments must be scheduled with the Blood Center at this link.

Give a Kid the World Book Drive
Bring the world to a child in need by donating a book! Faith groups from across Fort Bend County are getting 2000 books into the hands of 2000 local low-income students. We are focusing on three FBISD elementary campuses: Arizona Fleming, Lula Goodman and Mission West. Please follow these links to the Amazon Wish Lists and order a book or two to be delivered directly to the schools. There are three schools, so check out all three wish lists to find your favorite book(s) to donate!
Arizona Fleming Elementary
  |  Lula Goodman Elementary  |  Mission West Elementary

The Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC) needs fresh fruit, men’s shoes, and men’s XL and above shirts. You can find EAC’s complete Amazon Wish list here. If you would like to help, please contact the Community Projects Team!

A NOTE ABOUT SMILE.AMAZON.COM:
If you make purchases at Amazon.com, please make them through smile.amazon.com. Once there, select First UU Church of Houston from the list of organizations registered to receive donations. First UU Church will receive a donation from Amazon for every purchase you make.

Become a Member

Although we’re not meeting in person, 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. For more information, contact Alma at membership@firstuuorg.

If you’re already a member, continue to support the church by subscribing to our YouTube Channel and liking and following our Facebook pages.

Upcoming Membership 101 session:
Our regularly-scheduled session is held on the
2nd Thursday of each month:

May 13th at 6:00 pm.