May 20th Noon-All members of UUCF are invited to join the Sharp 2020 book club for a discussion about the wording for our congregation's stance on Sanctuary that will be voted on at the June Annual Meeting. We are hoping to get the majority of the questions and wordsmithing worked out so as not to add too much time to the June meeting. Below is the wording that is currently being considered. For more information please contact Jim Newtown.
New Sanctuary Movement Pledge
The New Sanctuary Movement is a coalition of interfaith religious leaders and participating
congregations, called by our faith to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters residing in the United States. We acknowledge that the large-scale immigration of workers and their families to the United States is a complex historical, global and economic phenomenon that has many causes and does not lend itself to simplistic or purely reactive public policy solutions. We stand together in our faith that everyone, regardless of national origin, has basic common rights, including but not limited to: 1) livelihood; 2) family unity; and 3) physical and emotional safety. We witness the violation of these rights under current immigration policy, particularly in the separation of children from their parents due to unjust deportations, and in the exploitation of immigrant workers. We are deeply grieved by the violence done to families through immigration raids. We cannot in good conscience ignore such suffering and injustice. Therefore, we covenant to: • Take a public, moral stand for immigrants’ rights • Reveal, through education and advocacy, the actual suffering of immigrant workers and families under current and proposed legislation • Protect immigrants against hate, workplace discrimination, and unjust deportation.
2018 Church Rummage Sale
Thursday, May 17 9 AM - 4 PM
Friday, May 18 9 AM - 4 PM Saturday, May 19 9 AM - 1 PM
Erin Rockafellow and John Straw are co-chairing this year’s Rummage Sale. Erin will be mainly handling publicity and John is mainly handling recruitment of volunteers and set up. Make John’s day by calling him to volunteer – 953-1137.
Needed: Rummage (obviously!). Your items can be brought to the church on Sunday, May 13th; Monday May 14th 4-7 PM; Tuesday, May 15th 4-7 PM; or other times by appointment with John Straw.
Needed: Volunteers (Just as much!). Volunteers needed anytime Sunday afternoon the 13th or anytime Monday (14th), Tuesday (15th) or Wednesday (16th) to organize, layout and price items. We have a price list for clothing.
Pictured above: University of Michigan-Flint Jazz Combo with guest vocalist Alexandra Cubero-Matos
Beneﬁt Concert for Puerto Rico U of M-Flint Jazz Combo With vocalists Alexandra Cubero-Matos, Paige Moses (& other musical guests)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Flint 2474 S. Ballenger Hwy., Flint, MI 48507 (near Miller & Ballenger Roads intersection; short, easy access from I-69 or I-75/US-23 exits)
Saturday; May 12, 2018; 6:00-9:00
Concert admission: $15 (tax-deductible proceeds to support Puerto Rico relief)
Food & Beverages available for purchase
$2500 available thru matching funds ($1 = $2 up to $2500); checks to UU Church of Flint Supported by: UM-F Chancellor Susan Borrego; Organization of Latino Social Workers Michigan President Roxanna Duntley-Matos; Unitarian Universalist Church of Flint
Book Club - Under the Affluence by Tim Wise
In Under the Affluence, Wise discusses a related issue: economic inequality and the demonization of
those in need. He reminds us that there was a time when the hardship of fellow Americans stirred feelings of sympathy, solidarity for struggling families, and support for policies and programs meant to alleviate poverty. Today, however, mainstream discourse blames people with low income for their own situation, and the notion of an intractable “culture of poverty” has pushed our country in an especially ugly direction.
Tim Wise argues that far from any culture of poverty, it is the culture of predatory affluence that deserves the blame for America’s simmering economic and social crises. He documents the increasing contempt for the nation’s poor, and reveals the forces at work to create and perpetuate it. With clarity, passion and eloquence, he demonstrates how America’s myth of personal entitlement based on merit is inextricably linked to pernicious racial bigotry, and he points the way to greater compassion, fairness, and economic justice.
A discussion of this book will be held at UUCF on April 24 that 4pm the book is available at the Library, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon in digital, hardcover and paperback.
UU Church Dinners For 8
Dinners for 8 – a casual, friendly way to connect with 7 other Unitarian Universalists over food and conversation. Someone hosts, and 7 other people join them at their potluck dinner. The host is responsible for the entree, others bring appetizer, vegetables or salad, and dessert. The people attending vary greatly – sometimes couples, sometimes singles, sometimes with children. Everyone interested can sign up for these dinners. If you need help finding a Dinner for 8 to attend, call Sue Owen Kinsey 810-513-1483.
I joined this UU Church 50 years ago this year in my late teens early 20’s, and Dinners for 8 were my favorite activity. I was fortunate enough to attend at least one month for several years. The friendships I, then later my family, developed have lasted for many years.
Like Erin’s wonderful Thanksgiving Service, we all have a place at the table, sometimes it’s wonderful and sometimes it’s messy, but it’s always a good way to discuss how our lives as Unitarians are being lived. By Pam Folts
The Newsletter needs you. If you can you use Facebook, email or other digital forms of communication you can be our new Newsletter Editor! The job involves gathering the news submitted via e-mail, creating blog posts from it using wix, copying those into a doc, and sending it out to all our members and friends. It is a commitment of about 4 hours a month (depending on how much you love to find pictures and play with formatting). If interested contact Melissa at GracelessWinter@yahoo.com
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