Forum at 9:15 am Here Comes the Judge. I must admit it; I’ve been a Supreme Court junkie since my days in school law classes. What do you believe should be expected from a member and the court? Who or what do you think they should represent? Facilitated by Glen Lakes.
Adult RE at 9:15 am Individual Identity. Are you a Giant, a Wizard, a Dwarf or a Mermaid? We will discuss the ways in which we as individuals see ourselves, what has shaped us and what defines us now.
Service at 10:30 am Love, Identity, and Community. Rev. Diane Miller looks at Exodus 3:14 where God speaks to Moses in Hebrew words that are generally translated, “I Am What I Am.” Identity politics may go back even earlier, but in recent years awareness of one’s identity has become an important aspect of Unitarian Universalism. How many identities do we have? Am I my identities? Or is there more to who we are? And how does this apply to the urgent political issues of our time?
Forum at 9:15 am Contradictions Welcome. Kurt Vonnegut said: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” Our Soul Matters theme for February adds “Friends, this identity work isn’t a game or merely a pastime. It’s unquestionably life and death stuff.” Does your relationship with UU (and this Forum!) help to tell you who you are? (“Who we are is a direct function of who we are with. We are relational creatures.” – Rev. Kenn Hurto) Which of your contradictions needs celebrated as a wonderful multitude?! (“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” ~Walt Whitman). Facilitated by Glen Lakes.
Service at 10:30 am Intellectual Bravery, Curiosity, and Hunger for Truth. We celebrate International Darwin Day by considering what Charles Darwin has to teach us about our UU Fourth Principle (A free and responsible search for truth and meaning), 208 years after his birth in 1809. Presented by Barb Gutsch.
Forum at 9:15 am I Ain’t Gonna Study War No More. Historically the UUA is a peace church. In this Christmas (this topic has been delayed since Christmas) time of Peace, let us look at why war continues to exist as described by novelist Steve Berry in The Paris Vendetta. What else would provide the same benefits if we didn’t have war? Facilitated by Glen Lakes.
Adult RE at 9:15 am Group Identity. The groups we identify with might mean cultural, or racial, or religious, or other predefined groups. Or maybe we don’t know where we fit or IF we fit within the ‘definitions’. Together we will explore some questions of group identity.
Service at 10:30 am Struggling to Respond to the Chaos. Chaplain David Wolf would like to stimulate our thinking about this: What is the foundation for each of us that we draw upon that motivates us to speak out when needed? What are the gifts we particularly have that tell us what to tackle with so many deep social concerns? Humorously (and we better keep our sense of humor) I think now how discordant and chaotic the years of 1968 to 1972 were, and how as a college student I thought this was normal and not alarming. Now at age 66, I think that was a chaotic age. Let us reflect on our own pilgrimage to this time. How thus do we decide how to respond?
Forum at 9:15 am Free Speech. "Free speech is the privilege of the dead, the monopoly of the dead. They can speak their honest minds without offending. We have charity for what the dead say. We may disapprove of what they say, but we do not insult them, we do not revile them, as knowing they cannot now defend themselves."--Mark Twain. Twain is speaking of unpopular opinions and the high social cost of uttering them. He thinks that the resulting lack of open, honest, and wide-ranging discourse reinforces conformity at the cost of thought. What do you think? Do we see this today in "politically correct" speech? In 2009, the movie Avatar earned $2,749,064,328. On April 26th of that year Kent led a discussion on Free Speech. Let’s revisit the topic and see if anything has changed. Facilitated by Glen Lakes.
Service at 10:30 am “With the Privilege…” My mom often said to us kids “With the privilege goes the responsibility.” As a kid, I associated privilege with having to do work in order to get to do something fun. With recent discussions of “white privilege” and “male privilege” I’ve started thinking more about it. What is privilege? How does having or not having privilege affect our world view? And if we have privilege, what then is our responsibility? Join us as we explore these questions. Rebecca Gant is a former teacher, Girl Scout Leader, congregational Chair and all around volunteer. In addition to many other roles, she joyfully serves as a worship associate and the worship team leader in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence.
IMPORTANT DATES AND EVENTS TO PUT ON YOUR CALENDAR THAT REFLECT THE LIFE AND GROWTH OF OUR UU FELLOWSHIP OF SALINA
Meditation Group continues on Thursdays during February from 4:00 to 4:45 pm
We will gather together for mediation throughout February (the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd). Please join us whenever it works for you, we'd love your company. We currently start with a brief meditative reading and anyone is free to bring a reading at any time.
Friday, February 2nd from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Friday Night Live! Art Rush
The art show by Carolyn Gutsch (January-February) is an expression of music and emotion through visual art. The mediums used are pen, pressed flowers, watercolor, and acrylic. This show re-imagines old pieces of piano music, and turns them into a canvas for her art. Carolyn Gutsch is a junior at Salina Central High School, and has been an artist for as long as she can remember. Join us at Friday Night Live! for treats and conversation with the artist!
Saturday, February 4th from 9 am to 4 pm at the UU Congregation of Lawrence – Building the Beloved Community
This is a Kansas UU event, a gathering that will focus on ways in which our Kansas congregations can help support each other in our various activisms and allow for debriefing regarding the Topeka rally.
Sundays, February 12th and 19th from 6-8 pm – Popcorn Theology/OWL (Grades 4-7) meets
Dates for UU Youth Group/OWL in February are still being decided. Stay tuned for more meetings for OWL or possibly a movie night in February. For more information about OWL, go to http://www.uua.org/re/owl.
Friday, February 17th at 7 pm - Third Friday films presents The Best Democracy Money Can Buy!
Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida's electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck--designed to steal a million minority votes by November--and the billionaires who finance it.
Sunday, February 19th, immediately following the service – UUSF Board Meeting
As always, all members and friends are welcome to attend. Your voice and your vote are important to us!
Vice President - David Hanson email@example.com (David has asked for a leave of absence from his responsibilities as Vice President while he cares for his family). Look for a special meeting of the fellowship for nomination of a new president and member at large.
Secretary - Glen Lakes firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer and Past President - Diana Tarver email@example.com
Member at Large - LaNay Meier – Place and Community firstname.lastname@example.org
Member at Large - Gary Martens - Transformation email@example.com
Member at Large - Dee Boyd – Spiritual Growth firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Leader – Barb Gutsch email@example.com
Thursday, February 9th at 7 pm – Equality Kansas of North Central Kansas meets
The monthly chapter meeting is held at the UU Fellowship building. All who support the efforts of equality are welcome to attend. Equality Kansas has announced the 2017 Legislative Agenda and there is much work to be done!
Thursday, February 16th at 6 pm – Social Action Committee meeting
The social action committee has chosen a curriculum for our focus this year on white privilege. Join this group to help shape future services and to keep social action alive within our fellowship!
Saturday, February 25th from 4-6 pm at the UU Fellowship of Topeka - Toward Right Relations with Native Peoples
This will be a dramatization of historical interaction between European Colonizers and Americas Indigenous People. All are welcome.
If you are interested in being trained and volunteering for helping youth offenders by participating on Neighborhood Accountability Boards, see Lee Romaniszyn or Dee Boyd. The amount of time commitment is up to you.
UUFS Compassion Fund
If you know of a Fellowship member or friend (person who attends) who might be in need of the Fellowship's support with a food card, cash, or through connections with a local agency, please contact one of our compassion fund team, Jackie Ash, Bev Davis and Barb Gutsch. We want the Fund to be active - with funds and other help coming in and going out. The purpose of the Fund is to show that we care and take care of each other.
Cards for Fellowship Celebrations and Concerns
Please let Teri Harrington know if there is someone that you believe could benefit from receiving a card from our Fellowship. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell phone at 785-577-2576.
What Does It Mean To Be A Community of Identity?
I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating, too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits, but instead am wandering awed about on a splintered wreck I've come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, whose bloodied and scarred creatures are my dearest companions, and whose beauty bats and shines not in its imperfections but overwhelmingly in spite of them.
Who am I? My answer: I am everyone whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come. Nor am I particularly exceptional in this matter; each ‘I’, every one of the now-six-hundred-million-plus of us, contains a similar multitude. I repeat for the last time: to understand me, you’ll have to swallow the world.
One of the major shifts in human understanding has been a move away from seeing ourselves as solitary, independent agents in charge of our destiny toward a more complex awareness that who we are is a direct function of who we are with. We are relational creatures. Everything about us is shaped by our connections (or disconnections) with those around us.
~Rev. Kenn Hurto