This Week at Thoreau

This Week at Thoreau

May 19 – May 26, 2019

Sunday, May 19

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

Democracy Uncorrupted

Presented by Ron Masters

UUs commit to “… the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large”.  A Statement of Conscience entitled “Democracy Uncorrupted” has been drafted for adoption by the General Assembly in 2020.  It describes how we fall short both nationally and locally; the theological grounding of our aspiration; and actions we could take as individuals, congregations, regional ministries, and an international association.  We’ll read and discuss the draft.

Sunday Celebration: – 10:45 a.m.

What Does Abundance Mean?

We’re suspicious of the prosperity gospel that emphasizes individual wealth or health as a sacred value.  With so much need in the world, how can we affirm abundance for us?  Do we live in a world of scarcity or abundance?  Our special guest in the pulpit will be the Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transitional Assistant Minister, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church.

Outreach Offering:  Jelly

Town Hall Meeting: immediately after the service  –  in the sanctuary

All are invited to an informational Town Hall meeting in advance of our Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 2.

These Town Hall meetings will be on Sunday, May 19 and May 26, with our Thoreau Board Members Betty Johnson and Jan Éliâs.

Exploring UU WorkshopFaith Development and Social Justice

The May Exploring UU topic is “Social Justice and Religious Education in Unitarian Universalism.”

It will be held on May 19 after service / town hall.  Valerie Tolman, our Social Action team lead, and Ellyn Peña, our Coordinator of Family Life Ministry, have agreed to join us in this workshop to discuss Social

Action and Religious Education on the Thoreau campus of First UU Church._

Please RSVP to Betty Johnson at so she can provide enough handouts and set-up to accommodate the group.

Wednesday, May 22

Adult Enrichment: – Noon-1:30 p.m.

Last week the group discussrf the introduction to “The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life” by David Brooks.  This week’s topic and meeting location to be announced.  All are welcome.  Bring your own lunch.  Contact: Janice Milo,, or Ron Masters, (832) 260-1497,

Sunday, May 26

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

The Grandparents’ Diet

Presented by Karen Williams

What we eat affects our health and also our grandchildren’s.  We’ll discuss how our food choices impact climate, migration, social stability and much more. Our source is the recent report of the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, and Health. It describes what constitutes both a healthy diet and a sustainable food system.  Come learn how and why to plan your menus around Gaia’s likes and dislikes. She’s not picky and yes, you can still eat steak.

Sunday Celebration: – 10:45 a.m.

Who Is ‘We’?

The Rev. Marisol Caballero will look at who is often subtly – and not so subtly – referred to when Unitarian Universalists use the words “we” or “us,” how this has entered our personal and collective psyches, and the practical effect it has on our association of congregations.

Outreach Offering:  Jell-O

Town Hall Meeting: immediately after the service  –  in the sanctuary

All are invited to the final Town Hall meeting, with our Thoreau Board Members Betty Johnson and Jan Éliâs, in advance of our Annual Meeting at the Museum District on Sunday, June 2, at 12:15 p.m.

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