This Week at Thoreau

This Week at Thoreau / March 15 – March 22, 2020

Important Notice: Please read an important notice from our Senior Minister here. First UU Church is suspending in-person services and gatherings greater than 25 people until further notice. On-line options will be made available soon.

Sunday, March 15

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

Subdivision Development and its impact on local flood risk.

Presented by Davis Tolman

Pertinent to our Clayhead situation, we’ll view and discuss a presentation on the risks of flooding versus the types and extent of subdivision development.

Sunday Celebration: 10:45 a.m.

“Houston, We have a problem.” When My Imagination Failed Me.

Rev. Duncan E. Teague

There are moments that would have altered everything in life, if only we had trusted our imagination.  Rev. Duncan E. Teague wants to share his Houston story of such an event and when imagination has succeeded.

Rev. Teague followed his heart and with a Core Team planted the Abundant Love Unitarian Universalist Congregation in the West End of SW Atlanta, GA, an African American community.  He is on the UU Ministers’ Association’s Committee on Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism (CARAOM).  He has preached at the largest gatherings of our movement, General Assembly in Columbus, OH, SE Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute in Cullowhee, NC, and the 2019 Ministers’ Association Ministry Days opening worship in Spokane, WA.  He resides in Decatur, GA with his husband, David Thurman, a retired researcher, celebrating 26+ years together.

Outreach Offering:  Cleaning Supplies – Scrub Brushes

Wednesday, March 18

“Parents’ 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.

Join us for lively discussion each week.  All are welcome, bring your own lunch.  Janice Milo hosts. For more information contact Ron Masters,, or (832) 260-1497.

Sunday, March 22

Sunday Circle – An Alternative Worship Experience: 8:45 9:30 a.m.

Second & Fourth Sundays, March 22 through June 14.  (March 22, April 12 and 26, May 10 and 24, June 14)

This will be an intimate, contemplative worship experience early Sunday morning.  Utilizing the ancient spiritual practice of Lectio Devina, we will read and ponder a weekly reading.  Lectio Divina is a contemplative practice with Christian roots in the Benedictine tradition.  It combines slow, conscious reading of a “sacred” text (Lectio) with meditation (Meditatio), prayer (Oratio) and contemplation (Contemplatio). In community, we listen with the “ear of the heart.”

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

Origin of Hinduism

Presented by Ron Masters

In honor of the Hindu celebration of Holi this month, we’ll hear a lecture from Prof. Mark Muesse on the origins of Hinduism.  Before 1500BCE, an indigenous Indus Valley civilization had been focused on agriculture, goddess worship, and fertility.  Aryan nomads from Central Asia introduced rituals that gave meaning to everything from the creation of the universe to the death of an individual, and ensured the proper functioning of the world.  As urbanization increased and some orders of society became wealthier, a counter-cultural movement of mystics and ascetics began to question priestly authority.  By 800BCE, a concern with the fundamental meaning of life marks the rise of classical Hinduism and coincides with the Axial Age’s beginnings in India.

Sunday Celebration: 10:45 a.m.

Women, Compassion, and History

Rev. D. Scott Cooper

The Dalai Lama once stated that women have more biological potential for compassion than men.  Or do many women simply express compassion in more stereotypical ways due to socialization?  During this, Women’s History Month, we’ll continue to discuss our theme of Compassion and consider UU women who made history while expressing it.  Rev. D. Scott Cooper, Assistant Minister of Congregational Life, preaching

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

Today’s topic:  The meaning of membership and getting connected at First UU (required workshop if you wish to join and vote at the annual meeting in June).

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!

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

Outreach Offering:  Cleaning Supplies – Buckets

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