Church Events

Humanist Meeting – December 11th – Christmas Celebration

Humanist Humor – clips of Lieghann Lord’s 2019 Humanist Arts Award Acceptance Speech and other video clips

Our December meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening, December 11, 2019 in the Fellowship Hall at UUCS. As usual come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize and 7:00 p.m. for the meeting.

This will be our Christmas celebration with champagne and hors-d’oevres. Some video clips of humanist humor will be shown including a clip of Lieghann Lord’s acceptance speech when she received the 2019 Humanist Arts Award at the AHA Annual Conference in 2019. Leighann has traveled the world as a stand-up comedian and is a humanist in every sense of the word. She graduated magna cum laude from Baruch College, CCNY and has written several books including “Real Women Do It Standing Up”.

Leighann’s acceptance speech is funny and enlightening and well worth listening to. Please come and enjoy the evening.

See you there!

Click here for more information on UUCS Humanist.

Posted on: November 24, 2019

OWL

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Human Sexuality Program in the Spring at UUCS

UUCS now has seven trained facilitators in the OWL program. We are planning to offer this in the spring, with a required parent orientation in January, and classes then running from February through May, 2020. The program, OWL (Our Whole Lives), is a human sexuality program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. It focuses upon human sexuality in a secular setting that also teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. Youth are taught by trained facilitators, and are closely united in covenant to establish an atmosphere of deep understanding and trust. For this reason, a commitment to attendance is a requirement of the program.

We currently have four of our own youth interested in participating, and we want to open this up to the church community at-large. If you know a family who might be interested outside of church, or if any of you have grandchildren who might like to participate, please consider this opportunity. We will begin publicizing the program within the Spartanburg community, with registration limited to 15 students per class. There will be two classes offered concurrently, one for Grades 7 – 9 and one for Grades 10 – 12.

In order for youth to participate in the program, parents will be required to attend a parent orientation and sign permission slips at a meeting to take place at UUCS in January. The program will then running on the following Sunday afternoons: February 2, 9, 16; March 1, 8, 15, 22; April 12, 19, 26; May 10, 17, 24.

Lunch will be provided each of the Sundays, and there will be a small registration fee per family to cover meals and materials needed for the program, to be determined.

More information about the programs can be found here: https://www.uua.org/re/owl 

If you are interested or have additional questions, please contact Sybil at dre@uucs.org

Sybil H. Argintar,
Director of Religious Education
Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg
P.O. Box 1942
Spartanburg, SC 29304

“The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds upon the young but to stir up their own.”
(William Ellery Channing)

Posted on: November 21, 2019

SJ – Short Notes

November 2019 SJ – Short Notes…

By request from UpLift, we’re continuing our used magazine collection-please drop yours into the box under the social justice bulletin board. https://upliftoutreachcenter.org/  They will be used for an aspirational art project.

We concluded our winter clothes drive with USC-Upstate students.  The A.Bevy students took our donations, as well as their college collection, to  Athiests Helping the Homeless (AHH) on Sunday the 17th, and stayed to work with them that morning.  The A.Bevy group will return in January for our MLK day activity. This is packing toiletry kits for the homeless for UW and AHH, and our January share the plate  will fund much of this.

Building and Grounds subcommittee, “plants” has planted 7 small trees and 3 shrubs-can you spot them?  These are all natives and should enrich our grounds for many years, for wildlife as well as people!

Our December Share the Plate will be for the UU Service Committee’s Guest At Your Table, to go with the youth activity.  You can learn more about this at https://www.uusc.org/resources/congregations/guest-at-your-table/

October 2019 SJ – Short Notes…

Share the Plate for October is for landmine clearing. Our services this month focus on death and baseball. Landmines are little instruments of death and destruction, hidden, silent, just waiting– a symbol of death. there are an estimated 110 million anti-personnel mines in the ground, Cambodia is one of the most heavily mined areas in the world, from US action during our war in Vietnam through their long civil war, with estimates of from 4 to 10 million mines. Our STP for October is the Landmine Relief Fund to support the mine-clearing work of Cambodian Self-Help Demining (CSHD), a Cambodian NGO founded by ex-child soldier and CNN hero Aki Ra (Alice visited this program and was deeply moved). More info at www.landmine-relief-fund.com/
Food Barrel – For September and October, we’re filling the food barrel for PASOS, a school-based program in Spartanburg Co. Items most needed are:

  • Canned: corn, peas, mixture of vegetables, fruit, beans, tuna, milk, and tomato sauce
    Dry beans, rice, pasta, cereal, pancake mix, peanut butter, jelly, sugar, cooking oil, baby food
  • Diapers size 4-5 are the most demanded but any size is welcome, baby wipes
  • Toiletries, soap, shampoo, toothpaste

For more information on all that Pasos does, see www.scpasos.org/locations/spartanburg/

Pride Festival – Oct 25-Nov 2: Our first Fall Community activity! Sign up to volunteer with Stacey Jackson and Mary Underwood at pride@uucs.org. Plan to wear your UUCS T-shirts!!!

T-SHIRT SALES: Larger sizes have been ordered for those who signed up and should be delivered in time for Pride Festival! We’ll distribute them after church Oct. 27th (remember to bring cash or check).

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SOCIAL JUSTICE JOURNEY

For the month of October, the Social Justice Council solicits your proposals for both local and global focus issues!

For almost ten years, we have used the “Gardiner/Rollins Model for Social Justice” (with modifications) for UUCS. This UU model was developed because of the serious problems in our city, our nation, and our world can seem overwhelming. We may ask how we can have any impact in the face of the enormity of need and suffering. And how can we summon the energy and the ideas to help make our world better? This model gives us a structure to focus our energy, our enthusiasm, and our work so that we do make a difference.

We commit to one or two issues by vote at the annual congregational meeting and then focus on those issues for one or two (or four) years. Then, we bring that focus to a close and begin the process again by choosing new issues to study through the winter and to vote on at the spring meeting.

The Earth Day Festival has been our 4-year focus, exciting, challenging, and a major investment of church time and energy. We won’t be hosting a community festival next year, but we will stay engaged with the earth day issues in a smaller way (with USC-Upstate) while we re-focus on different issues.

We, the Social Justice Council, solicit your proposals for possible local focus issues and global issues for the next one to two years (beginning June 2020). We can work together to make a change in our community with local issues, e.g., volunteer at a youth group, speak up at city council meetings, participate in a Habitat for Humanity build, hold a food drive, join League of Women Voters’ voter registration activities, host an MLK day activity, offer tutoring at a group home for ex-cons., etc. With global issues, it can be harder, but not impossible, to have an impact. But you can network and plan local activities that do have a wider impact. Where would you like to put your time, your talent, your work, to use? What issues matter most to you?

Cambodian children receive free books from Roadscholar guide

Immigration justice? Child detention?

Homelessness? Hunger?

Deaths by gun violence, including suicide. Safety for children, for women, for everyone.

Citizenship and voting rights

Our criminal justice system? Have you heard of the campaign to “End Money Bail? On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States who have not been convicted of any crime are locked up in jail simply because they don’t have enough money to pay bail. From who is arrested, to who is incarcerated and for how long, to how ex-cons are treated, our system of justice is a series of injustices. For a little info, go to www.uua.org/loveresists/end-money-bail-0

For many more ideas on the UUA and UU Service Committee issues and campaigns, go to https://www.uua.org/justice. Tell me what matters most to you and why– email me at socialjustice@uucs.org All this month, we are soliciting ideas from the congregation.

At our next SJ meeting, we’ll discuss all the ideas. Our meeting Wednesday, Nov 6, 7:00, in the fellowship hall at UUCS, is open to all, but if you want to share an idea, please email and ask for a spot on the agenda! We’ll have a couple additional meetings to choose which ideas to present to the congregation. From January through April, our minister and our SJ Council will present Sunday services, educational sessions and articles as well as mini-activities to prepare for the congregational vote at our annual meeting in May. Then in June, we begin the work of implementing our plans. This is an exciting and energizing way to make our community and our world a better place!

Work Is Love Made Visible ~Khalil Gibran

Alice Sutton, chair, SJ Council

Posted on: October 1, 2019

Share & Enjoy

On Sunday, June 23 immediately after our Sunday service, we will celebrate our annual picnic. Come for fellowship in the cool indoors and for games within and without. Bring a dish to share in our potluck, and marvel at the bounty we create together. It is good to stop and be together–come share and enjoy the richness of our community.

With gratitude,

Scott

Posted on: June 13, 2019