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