fIRST UU CHURCH
August 12, 2020Dear Members and Friends,
Dr. Bossen is on study leave this week, so I get to greet you mid-week as well! Despite the fact that we really miss seeing you in person – Zoom and YouTube are okay, but not a totally satisfactory substitute – we have lots of ways to stay involved in our church community.
In today’s Ministers’ Forum, I’m joined by Dr. Ann J. Robison, Executive Director of The Montrose Center here in Houston. The Hatch Program for LGBTQ Youth began right here at our church, before relocating to the Montrose Center and blossoming. In fact, the entire center has grown under Dr. Robison’s leadership.
We’ll be talking about how the pandemic has affected the LGBTQ community, non-profits, and all those who rely on the services of organizations like The Montrose Center.
Please wear a mask, and take care of yourself and one another until we can be together in person again.
Rev. D. Scott Cooper
Assistant Minister of Congregational Life
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston
FIRST UU CHURCH SURVEY
We are excited to
announce that we are inviting members, friends, and visitors of First Church to
take part in a survey so we can better meet your needs during the pandemic and
afterwards. This is your community, and we want to hear from you!
We try very hard to provide the programs that most resonate with you, and we need your input! We want to provide the Sunday services that feed your souls, the efforts that help you work for social justice, the programs that engage your children to grow into moral and loving adults, and classes and workshops that stretch and grow you intellectually and spiritually. The survey will help us do just that.
JUSTICE & COMMUNITY ACTION
First Church is exploring membership in TMO (The Metropolitan Organization), an “institution of organizations” that brings different groups together around important issues to help shape public policy and transform Greater Houston for the good. You can read more about TMO’s efforts and sign on to their agenda here.
The church is having a series of “house meetings,” Zoom calls to introduce the organization to the congregation and give you a chance to ask questions. There is one remaining, Thursday, August 13th, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
Please plan to attend. You can join Thursday’s meeting in the link below:
Topic: TMO House Meeting
Time: Aug 13, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 944 9644 3329
Congress is negotiating the next Pandemic Stimulus Package now. TMO is asking for interested people to sign their petition calling on Senator John Cornyn, Senator Ted Cruz and members of Congress to enact a stimulus package that will protect families, the economy and public health. Click Here to read and sign the petition.
COMMUNITY PROJECTS TEAM - UPDATE!
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.
The BLACK LIVES MATTER Vigil Continues through August 31st
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive sign-up information.
Thank you to all members and friends who volunteered in July!
LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD - US CENSUS 2020
The Coronavirus Pandemic
is an unfortunate but perfect example of why it is important to be counted in
the census. Money from the Federal Government is allocated by population. Our community
deserves a fair share of the billions of dollars that will be allocated every
year for the next 10 years. If you have not yet done so, complete the census here.
Even though we’re not meeting in person, the Healthy Communications Team (HCT) is still available to hear your comments and concerns. If you have observations about our church you would like them to be aware of, please email email@example.com.
BECOME A MEMBER
If you are enjoying our
online classes, groups, and worship services, consider taking the next step and
become a member! Join us on August 13th, at 6:00 pm, at Thursday’s Membership 101 Zoom meeting. Contact Alma at membership@firstuuorg for the link.
In this past Sunday's service, Rev. Dr.
Colin Bossen expounds upon how reading Don Quixote by
Miguel de Cervantes as a human rights observer in rural Mexico, and again while
trekking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, gave the book a special resonance to
him. He uses the title character’s loss of connection to the present to examine
our ability to wait in the present. How can we be open to ‘what is’ while doing
what we can to create the world we want to see?
You can always check our church’s YouTube Channel if you think you may have missed a previous Ministers’ Forum or one of our Sunday Services.
If you would like to send a comment to the Board of Trustees, please send and email to the Healthy Communications Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Projects @ Home
With current conditions, church-wide community projects are
problematic. We recognize that some
church members are continuing to volunteer at various community service
organizations, and we are grateful for their efforts, but until our church is
“open for business” again, the Community Projects Team (CPT) is not
recommending any in-person projects that require our members to gather in
non-familial groups. However, we have
identified some possible individual projects that you can do to provide help to
· Emergency Aid Coalition – Donate men’s new boxer underwear (M, L, XL) or large tubs of peanut butter and deliver to EAC at 5401 Fannin. Also, consider buying something from their Amazon wish list and sending to them: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/25PIG4PNCK5P6/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex
· Vote Forward – Commit to sending voting encouragement letters to traditionally under-represented registered voters in Texas who are believed to be unlikely to move soon, and unlikely to vote. Create the letters now, and mail a week before the November election. More info at: https://votefwd.org/district/TXGOTV2020A
· ANSWER Nepal – Join many fellow UUs in sponsoring the education of a deserving Nepalese youth. https://answernepal.org/become-a-sponsor/
· Rutherford Yates Museum – Support 1st UU’s efforts to preserve historic museum buildings in Freedmen’s Town, Houston’s first free African-American neighborhood, by purchasing e-gift cards at Lowes (for paint and primer) and having them sent to email@example.com: https://www.buyatab.com/custom/lowes/?int_cmp=GiftCards%3AC%3ANoDivision%3AOther%3AShop_Gift_Cards&page=egift
· Montrose Grace Place - Support this organization directly through Amazon with the Montrose Grace Place Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/57S7HHXG0UC5/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_4?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist. Items can be purchased through Amazon and sent directly to them.
· SEARCH – Support SEARCH's House of Tiny Treasures that provides preschool for children whose lives have been impacted by homelessness, by donating supplies their teachers and staff use on a daily basis to provide students with compassionate care and learning opportunities. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/24D6G6E73CX1B/ref=cm_go_nav_hz
· Ask Your College- Encourage your college to empower every eligible student to vote by writing to university presidents, administrators, deans or other campus leaders with whom you have a relationship and ask that they join the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge to support student voter registration and voting. http://fcleadership.org/ask-your-college
· Reclaim Our Vote - Help 1st UU’s Justice Coordinating Council’s Reclaim Our Vote campaign by signing up to send postcards to voters who might have been kicked off the roles to inform them and get them information on how to register in a timely way. Contact the JCC for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have other ideas, please contact the CPT at email@example.com.