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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com to join the invitation list.
Take good care, stay safe, and much love to you.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to let them know you’ve worked on a project.
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 email@example.com to volunteer.
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.