Sunday, November 24th Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service
On November 24, at 6:00 p.m. there will be an interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Greater Cumberland sponsored by the Cumberland Area Interfaith Ministry Association.
Vegetarian Pot Luck
Please note these changes! There will not be a vegetarian pot luck dinner in November, but SAVE THE DATE for our holiday vegetarian dinner on Saturday, December 7th. (Also note that this is the first Saturday in Dec, not our usual second Saturday.) Check the December newsletter for more information.
Sunday, Nov. 3 (10:45 a.m.) Rev. Kenton Stone – “Universalism Strikes Again”
Lightning can strike twice. It did at Mars Hill Church in Michigan, the evangelical megachurch home of billionaire Betsy DeVos, the Christian private school advocate who is now Secretary of Education in the Trump administration. First, its founding pastor the Rev. Rob Bell found universalism all on his own, wrote the best seller Love Wins refuting evangelical beliefs in hell, and resigned. Now his successor, the Rev. Kent Dobson has done the same, as revealed in his new book Bitten By A Camel. Once again, evangelicals are coming around to universalism in a way that should be of interest to any UU who would like to see the UU message reach America in the 21st century.
Sunday, Nov. 10th (10:45 a.m.) Rev. Dr. Terry Ellen – “Hope”
Vaclav Havel reminds us that hope is not optimism or joy. Rather, it’s an orientation of the spirit to do what needs to be done for the good, the essential. We all need to find it within ourselves, especially in times like these. So let’s consider hope. The offering will go to Hope Station, which receives monetary donations for the purchase of backpacks filled with winter wear items (such as gloves and scarves) for adults with mental health needs. After coffee, at 12:40, we’ll view and discuss two short videos of Greta Thunberg concerning the recent IPCC report on climate.
Sunday, Nov. 17th (10:45 a.m.) Rev. Rebecca Vardiman “Racism in Allegany County”
The Allegany County Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Committee has joined forces with the Brownsville Project to address our region’s history of racism. What difference can it make when we face our personal and shared racism? How can this help us live into a new and more just reality?
Sunday, Nov. 24 (10:45 a.m.) th UUFGC Program Committee – “The Kindness of Strangers”
Have you ever had the experience of receiving help from a total stranger, or of reaching out to a stranger in need? Rev. Kim Wilson writes that these moments increase our sense of connection simply on the basis of our common humanity. This morning the Program Committee will lead a service focusing on kindness and those times when a stranger has reached out to help us or we have made the decision to reach out to a stranger in distress. If you have a personal story to share we would love to hear it.