This Week at Thoreau

This Week at Thoreau / October 20 – October 27, 2019

Sunday, October 20

Adult Discussion Group: – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Present at the Creation: Two Hundred Years of U.S. Tariffs

Presented by Garna Christian

While tariffs are widely regarded today as quaint relics of the past or threats to the nation’s future, they were among the first policies of the young United States and presided over its rise to world power.  Frequently contentious, do tariffs provide useful lessons for us?

Sunday Celebration:


D. Scott Cooper, Assistant Minister of Congregational Life

Maya Angelou told us, “I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”  Scott has called various places home, from Kentucky to Texas to Northern California.  But each move was a deliberate choice, one of several options.  We’ll consider those with fewer options, including the homeless and refugees far from their native lands.  He’ll ask how our principle of ‘justice, equity and compassion in human relations’ may lead us to help those who long to find a home.  D. Scott Cooper will be in the pulpit this Sunday.

Outreach Offering:  Holiday Foods for Fort Bend Family Promise

Service After the Service:  Prepare lunch sacks for the Homeless.

Wednesday, October 23

“Moms’ Morning In” playgroup gathering: – 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Toddlers and Preschool kids and their moms, dads, or caregivers are invited to enjoy some quality time together in our wonderful backyard!  Bring your friends and share in the fun!

Adult Enrichment: – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Last week the Adult Enrichment Lunch Group read Chapter 23, “The Stages of Community Building, I”, in “The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life” by David Brooks.  We meet noon-1:30 pm.  All are welcome.  Bring your own lunch.  Our host this week is to be announced.  For more information contact Ron Masters, or (832) 260 1497.

Sunday, October 27

D. Scott Copper’s Ordination at First Unitarian Church of Dallas.  There will be celebration of REVEREND Scott’s ordination at Museum District Sunday, November 3.  All are invited.  More information to come.

Adult Discussion Group: – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Tricks, Treats and the Plausibility of Supernatural Beings

Presented by Karen Williams

Beliefs in supernatural beings exist in all cultures.  Some get worshipped, but that’s for another discussion.  This Sunday’s discussion will be about the vampires, werewolves, and ghosties that show up on Halloween. It’s also about their less seasonal kin such as mermaids, unicorns, and the tooth fairy.  Which are the most and least plausible and why?  Come join our search for a Unified Theory of the Plausibility of Supernatural Beings.  The Trick is that the theory must apply to all supernatural beings and the Treat is discovering new research-based insights into how our creative minds really work.

Sunday Celebration:

Pursuing Virtue: To Live a Good Life

Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

When asked to understand salvation, theologians in the Unitarian Universalist tradition have often spoken of “salvation by character.”  This month, as we consider how we might return to our roots during periods of crisis, we consider the classical ideas of virtue, character, and the question: What does it mean to live a good life?  Grappling with these concepts might well help us as we face the disruptions in our lives and in our society.  The Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen will be in the pulpit via video this Sunday.

Outreach Offering:  Holiday Foods for Fort Bend Family Promise

Exploring Unitarian Universalism Workshop Series: 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

October 27 – “UU Theology: A Journey Through our Hymnals”

November 17 – The Meaning of Membership

Everyone is welcome to any or all of the workshops.  Workshops are especially designed to acquaint newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, First UU Church, and the meaning of membership, but even seasoned members will enjoy the engaging activities and be able to deepen their connection to our faith and to each other.  Come with your questions, personal experiences, and open mind!  We’ll meet in the downstairs classroom, and you are welcome to bring your lunch.

Contact Betty Johnson or Deirdre Hammons if you have any questions or suggestions for topics you would like us to include in these workshops.  Please RSVP to Betty Johnson at so she can provide enough handouts and set-up to accommodate the group.

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