News

September 27, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted the prophet Amos when, looking at the events of his day, he repeated, “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” In today’s sermon, Rev. Scott describes the importance of justice to Unitarian Universalists, and how it goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to voting rights.

Many UU congregations are coming together for special UU the Vote worship services today. UUs across the country are grounding together in our faith and rolling up our sleeves to bring our values to the public square in the 2020 elections. You can click HERE to watch the sermon after 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Because of the importance of the election, much of what we’re doing currently is focused on voting, The guests on our last two Ministers’ Forums are heavily involved in Getting Out the Vote.

This week, I chatted with Karen Speer, our church’s Voting Justice Organizer. She is working to rally UUs to get out the vote in Harris and Fort Bend Counties and throughout Texas, and would love your help! Watch this week’s Minister’s Forum HERE, then contact Karen at votingjustice@firstuu.org.

In last week’s forum, Dr. Bossen spoke to Susan Leslie, Congregational Advocacy and Witness Director at the UUA. They talked about how to Vote Love, Not Hate and UU the Vote. Watch that forum HERE.

Please make sure you’re registered to vote, encourage those you know to vote, and make a plan to vote. Don’t wait until the last minute on November 3rd to wonder where a polling place is!

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

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

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston - Other Online Programming
Our virtual group meetings are a great way to stay connected with others. Both campuses host interesting ways to learn, grow, and assemble with your church friends. Find out more about our online groups HERE.

Today after the service, we continue our new Coffee (Half) Hour. It will be from 11:30-12:00, and is a chance to visit with one another after the online service.

We continue our new Wednesday Family Gathering, which begins at 6:30 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 carol@firstuu.org for the link.

An exciting new series of workshops has begun and continues through the end of October: “Healing Racism: Compassion, Allyship, and Taking Action.” Click HERE for specific dates and topics, and email info@firstuu.org to sign up.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston - Voting and the Election
You can find lots of voting information at this new LINK on our website. The UU the Vote “Harvest the Power” Week of Action will be October 21 – October 27. To get the most up-to-date information and resources, sign up to receive the UU the Vote Newsletter.

Attend The Metropolitan Organization’s upcoming Accountability Sessions, where local candidates in tight races are asked about their commitments to issues important to voters. They are held virtually, and are fascinating for those interested in the democratic process. Get more information HERE.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston - Justice & Community Action
If you missed our last blood drive, you’re in luck. Another one – paired with a food drive - is Sunday, October 11, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Museum District Campus. You may donate if it’s been at least 2 months since your last donation. You must make an appointment at Commit for Life (Click Here) to leave time between donors for sanitizing and promote distancing.

The Food Drive is to support the Emergency Aid Coalition and other food banks that serve the needs of the homeless and poor in the Houston area. Check out this LINK to see the grocery items suggested.

Join those who are continuing the daily vigil near the Museum District’s Black Lives Matter banner through the end of October. Please contact info@firstuu.org if you are interested, or need more information.

You can read about other ways to stay involved on the Justice and Community Action tab 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.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston - Generosity

The staff and church leadership are extremely thankful for your continued generous financial support. To donate via text, please send FIRSTUU (not case sensitive) to 73256. This morning’s shared offering will go to support our Voting Justice efforts.

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston - Wheel of Life
We mourn with UUs across the country for the untimely and unexpected loss of Elandria Williams, a dynamic denominational leader, who was most recently co-moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

We send love to E’s parents, brother and entire family, as well as the congregation at the Tennessee Valley UU Church.

If you have a joy or concern that you would like included in the Wheel of Life and mentioned in the Pastoral Prayer during the Sunday service, please email to wheeloflife@firstuu.org. For concerns you may not want made public, please email ministers@firstuu.org.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston - Become a Member
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 October 8. If you’re interested, contact Alma at membership@firstuuorg.