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This Saturday, March 16: For the first time, Upstate Pride SC has been invited to participate in the Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Parade. UUCS has partnered with Upstate Pride for this event, and we have been invited to march with Upstate Pride in the parade. Come help us decorate the float, march together, and celebrate the day! Meet at UUCS at 8:45 am to carpool to Greenville for the 11:00 am parade. The festival continues until 6:00 pm. Read more at https://www.facebook.com/events/371918090326693/

Everyone is welcome–join us!
Scott

Over the next week, our church will take part in two social justice projects. Come be a part!

1. WREN (Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network) Pizza and Pay Equity Event: Tuesday, March 12 from 6:00pm-8: 00 pm in the UUCS Fellowship Hall. We will be writing letters to encourage House Judiciary Committee chairman Peter McCoy to schedule a hearing for H.3615, the Act to Establish Pay

Equity, and to the full committee to vote YES. Read more at https://www.facebook.com/events/352598378919801/

2. Upstate Pride SC at the Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 16–meet at UUCS at 8:45 am to carpool to Greenville for the 11:00 am parade. For the first time, Upstate Pride SC has been invited to participate in the Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Parade. UUCS has partnered with Upstate Pride for this event, and we have been invited to march with Upstate Pride in the parade. Come help us decorate the float, march together, and celebrate the day! Read more at https://www.facebook.com/events/371918090326693/

Let’s show up for each other, to fuel the good work we all are doing. And let’s have some fun doing it.

–Scott

Policy Proposals to address Global Warming

UUCS 7:00 April 10, 2019 (conversation at 6:30)

We are living in an epoch that will be defined both by the threat of major global-warming-induced climate changes due to human activity and by our response to that threat as a society. How will future generations judge our performance? The history is ours to write right now.

Fred Stoll will lead a presentation and discussion exploring various proposals for addressing the threat of global warming, looking primarily at activity in the USA. On April 30, former congressman Bob Inglis will share his ideas for action as Keynote Speaker for the Spartanburg Earth Day Festival. But there are many different ideas about how our country can do its part in this challenge, reflecting a diversity of political orientations and philosophies. Let’s come together and see if we can get this one solved!

Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize informally with your fellow Humanists. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

 

Click here for more information on UUCS Humanist.

“It’s like you have a sun inside your brain!” I exclaimed.

My daughter beamed. After much hard work and many practice tests, she had aced her weekly spelling quiz. She had done it, and it was time to celebrate.

The gift of intellect is irreplaceably precious. It is worth the work, arduous at any grade level, required to develop our ability to think. The rewards are endless: the tasks good ideas can equip us to accomplish are themselves mind-boggling. In Enlightenment Now, a defense of reason and its successes, Steven Pinker charts the progressive improvement of human societies by virtue of the power of thinking. To stop and think, to ask questions and research outcomes and reflect on strategies, guides wise decision-making and expands our resourcefulness.

That is the life-story of the Grimke sisters. Born into a slave-holding family in Charleston, SC in the early 1800s, Sarah and Angelina Grimke witnessed the brutal treatment of enslaved people by their own family. And they thought about what they saw. And they sought another way.

Against the will of their family and their city—indeed, of their whole culture—the Grimke sisters supported each other to become leading abolitionists and women’s rights activists. They traveled the country to advocate for a more just society, pushing themselves and their contemporaries—even the most progressive of their day—to consider much more profoundly what equal rights and fair treatment could be.

In other words, they thought their way to freedom.

So often, we tear one another down. And we do it to ourselves, calling ourselves stupid, imagining ourselves incapable of finding a better way forward, toward what we wish life could be, if only—

We don’t have to do that. Other people will do it for us plenty.

The banners in our Sanctuary this month shower us with the best advice:

Love One Another.
Build Each Other Up.

Praise the brilliant minds of those around you. Praise them, and watch the light within them grow. Praise them, and feel the strangely growing light within you too.

Praise—

Scott

Dear Members and Friends,

The days are slowly getting longer, the temperatures creeping warmer, trees and bushes are starting to flower. It has been an intense couple of months since New Year. Sadly we lost longtime members Steve Fowler and Kathleen Wilde. But the Bright New Beginnings supper brightened our Fellowship Hall and enabled us to honor several “unsung heroes,” and at the Pledge Drive Kickoff event a couple weeks later, we had fun with whimsical entertainment, music, and singing organized by Ruth Stanton.

We had outstanding attendance at the MLK Day work party to assemble personal hygiene supply kits for homeless people in our area. And over a dozen of our church leaders attended a class in Public Speaking led by Patrice Fentiman, to help enliven their parts in our Sunday services.

As of this writing, we near the formal end of the “Living Our Mission” Pledge Drive for the next fiscal year, and while we are not quite up to our $225K goal, we have already surpassed the pledge level for the current fiscal year. With Reverend Neely well into his second year, we have so much positive energy at UUCS, for example: so many volunteers advancing our Social Justice work including the Earth Day Festival, strength in our formal and informal religious education offerings, wonderful Sunday services full of music, multiple opportunities each week for various forms of meditation, and an incredible team of Pastoral Care associates serving our many members and friends who are in situations of need. We are truly engaged in Living Our Mission.

Many of us donate money to other nonprofit organizations for specific causes. Please think of UUCS in the same way. When you contribute to UUCS, you are not just helping “keep the lights on,” you are enabling UUCS to perform its ministries, to achieve its Mission.

In love and peace,

Fred Stoll

“Kindness is my religion.” (The Dalai Lama)

In the wider community, people stop me all the time to praise this saying posted on our church’s marquee.

“That makes so much sense!” they say.

So simple; sometimes, so difficult; and so life-giving.

Let us try again today—

Scott

This Sunday, two hours of brilliant thought and generous spirit will unfold:

– at 9:30am in Wilde Hall, our study of world religions will explore the meaning & expression of Buddhism. Led by Nancy Mandlove, all are welcome to join in this study of global spirituality.

– and at 11:00am, Davelyn Hill will lead our service. Therapist, poet, activist, she will challenge us to consider how we offer healing both to ourselves and the world.

It will be a bright day—

Scott

Are you considering joining the congregation of UUCS?  Then the Path to Membership class is the place to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation. If you are ready to learn more about UUCS please let us know by clicking on this link: I am interested in Path to Membership Class.

The next class will be held on Sunday, April 14th, after service. Lunch will be served and childcare is available. Please register by signing up in the Fellowship Hall, by sending an email to membership@uucs.org or click the Path to Membership Class (link) We will have New Member Sunday the following Sunday, April 21, 2019, during the 11 am service.

 

“I lived in a fascinating and wonderful and I-would-never-trade-it time that said, there are spectrums, there are permutations, there are aspects of me that I can continue to claim…. I can claim all of it, and it doesn’t have to diminish any other aspect of my identity. Queerness gave me the language for everything I know about liberation and freedom.” (Rev. angel Kyodo williams)