“Living Peace” is a series of workshops to help us all be more connected to one another and to ourselves. These monthly gatherings on Sunday afternoons will be facilitated by Susan Wildin, MD, CPC and based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg on Nonviolent Communication. The first workshop in the series will take place on Sunday January 6 at 1:30pm in room 131. The discussion theme will be “Choose Connection!” Additional workshops are scheduled for Sundays February 3, March 3, April 8 and May 5 and will touch on themes of compassion, empathy, anger and honesty. Each workshop stands alone so anyone can participate. Please preregister by going to www.wildins.net/workshops.php and following the link. For more information, please contact Susan Wilden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How did you become so passionate about particular social justice issues? On Wednesday nights in January, Cathy Vance will be leading a four-part workshop addressing these questions and more. The class will include brainstorming, reflecting, and writing three “legacy documents,” each on a particular issue. Writing a social justice memoir is a wonderful way to: preserve your own history and stories for others to learn from; help you understand your personal values and share those ideals; and help our community honor the causes and struggles important to its members. Cathy Vance has taught English and writing at various colleges and universities and has an MFA in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. She has been a UU for 25 years and she has recently begun attending our church. The classes will be on Wednesdays January 9, 16, 23 and 30 starting at 7:00pm in the church library. Childcare will be available with prior request.
Are you the parent of a young child? Do you wonder how you’ll help your child live your values in a contradicting world? Come, bring your kids, and join other parents just like yourself for a potluck meal and get to know our Parents of Young Children Covenant Group. We may be just what you’re looking for. This group is open to all parents of children up through age 12. Join us for our next gathering on Sunday January 20 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm in Cockrell Hall. Childcare is provided for $5 per child. For more information, contact Jennifer Ross-Nazzal at email@example.com.
On Saturday November 3, Rev. Bruce Beisner and BAUUC member Mattye Reymont represented our congregation at an Interfaith Vigil for Peace held at Temple Beth Tikvah in Clear Lake to express our solidarity with one another in the wake of the shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh. Many UU members attended this service which included clergy from local Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities. As a follow-up to this wonderful gathering, we will be hosting a special Interfaith Service to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Sunday January 20, 2019 here at BAUUC. Many nearby faith leaders and their congregations have already agreed to participate in what is sure to be a wonderful gathering for us all.
Our next book is Retablos: Stories From a Life Lived Along the Border by Octavio Solis. This memoir offers a poetic series of stand-alone scenes and reflections based on memories of his Mexican-American childhood in El Paso, including his parents’ migration to the United States from Mexico and his first encounter with racism. This book has been called one of the Best Books of Fall 2018 by Buzzfeed & The Millions. One reviewer says, “The experience of reading his tightly contained memories in succession is a bit like drawing old coins up from a wishing well. Filtered through veils of distance and time, these scenes and reflections are wonderful and weird flashes of childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.”
Join us for our discussion of Retablos on Thursday, January 24 at 1:30 pm in the Library. The paperback is available new, used, or Kindle/Nook book. For more information, contact Jane Malin.