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January 17, 2021

Dear Members and Friends:
 
Tomorrow is the federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of January each year known as MLK Day. Because of this, the church office will be closed. The life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored not only tomorrow, but in today’s service.

Dr. Bossen’s sermon is titled “1876, 1968, and Today: The Need for a Radical King.” In it, he will be reflecting on how King combined the prophetic with the pastoral in his effort to dismantle white supremacy. Our efforts towards a more spiritual life for ourselves and more just society for all can be pursued together; King preached about three dimensions of a complete life. Mark Vogel, our Music Director, has put together a stirring music program. Please watch this uplifting and provocative service HERE.  
 
Wednesday’s forum was a response to the events of January 6th. Dr. Bossen engages Dr. Arlie Hochschild, professor emerita of the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of the 2016 book “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.” They talk about what led up to the attempted coup and what might be done to prevent something similar from happening again.
Because of the attempted coup a week and a half ago by domestic terrorists, this quote by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. caught my eye:

“The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.”
 
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

Pre-Inauguration Memorial
To set the tone for his inauguration on Wednesday, President-elect Biden has asked church bells to be rung on Tuesday evening to remember and honor lives lost to COVID-19. Our church will participate on social media so the most possible people can participate. Log onto Facebook Tuesday, January 19th at 5:30 pm to hear a prayer and the Museum District Courtyard Bell rung.
Letter-Writing Campaign

Join others as we write letters to national leaders in response to their stances regarding the insurrection in our nation’s Capitol on January 6th. We will thank John Cornyn, who supported democracy, and ask for the resignation of Ted Cruz, who supported the insurgency. You may write on your own.

Washington, D.C.
Senator Ted Cruz
(202) 224-5922
Russell Senate Office Building 127A
Washington, DC 20510

Southeast Texas
Senator Ted Cruz
(713) 718-3057
The Mickey Leland Federal Building
1919 Smith St Suite 9047 Houston, TX 77002

You also have the option to join one of two sessions with other UUs.
Time:  Sunday, January 17th at 3:00 pm OR Thursday, January 21st at 2:00 pm 
Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 954 2354 5755
Passcode: 255881

First UU Church 2021 Online Auction

We’re excited about the upcoming Auction!
Get ready for the Happy Hour on January 23rd at 7:30 pm!

We have Goodie Bags to enjoy at home during Happy Hour too!
Goodie Bags will include wine, chocolate and snacks.
Order your Goodie Bag HERE for only $20 each
Let's celebrate and have a toast for a better 2021 for everybody!

Check out the Auction website HERE to bid on your favorites!

Wheel of Life - First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston

Diana S’s father, Wolfgang Paul S., recently died of complications from Parkinson’s disease. We hold him, Diana, her husband Jeff, and his grandchildren Julian and Patrick in our hearts during this difficult time.” 
 
We send our prayers, positive energy and wishes for a speedy recovery to Chris Y’s mother, Mary Jane C., who was admitted to the hospital with COVID, and offer our support to Chris and her siblings.  

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