"The Great Circulation:" Our Annual Water Ceremony
Gather your water and join us on Sunday, August 24 at either 9:15 or 11:15 a.m. when members of our professional staff—Doug, Jay, John, Kathleen and Martha—will join in leading our annual water ceremony, a Service for the Whole Congregation. We ask that each participant bring a small container of water from some place that is important in our lives—our homes, our places of work, our school, the home of a loved one, a special setting—to contribute to a common vessel. At a particular point in the service, adults, youth and children are invited forward to pour their water into a common vessel symbolizing the mingling of our lives in this religious community. This is an opportunity for families to be together for a service, for our whole congregation to gather, for us to enjoy an inspiring, upbeat experience together.
This I Believe, This I Practice, This Sunday, August 24
Born in Israel to a Holocaust survivor and an idealistic Zionist activist, Dan Neuspiel has journeyed from a working class Jewish upbringing in Newark, NJ, through the political turbulence of the 1960s, to a life of continued commitment to social change. Though he left the dogma of Jewish religion in adolescence, he has continued a quest for Tikkun Olam, healing a broken world, and has maintained some of the rituals of Jewish celebration with his family. After many years of militant atheism, he has developed a vision of social justice work as spiritual activity, and is exploring a new view of God. Join Dan this Sunday, August 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the Bernstein Room to hear more of his story. Childcare Provided.
Introducing Adult Our Whole Lives Program
Through this program, adults have the opportunity to participate in the frank, holistic, non-judgmental exploration of contemporary sexual questions, choices and practices and the chance to explore the powerful, and life-giving relationship between sexuality and spirituality. If you’re wondering if this is the right time in your life to take this course, we will share information about the curriculum in the Bernstein Room on this Sunday, August 24 and Sunday, September 14 from 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
UUCC and Open Door School offices will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day.
Habitat for Humanity Book Drive Continues
Help us continue the book drive for Habitat for Humanity! We’ve had excellent participation, with an overflowing bin most weeks – but more are always appreciated. All books and videos go to Julia’s Café and Books on Wendover Rd., a fundraising arm of Habitat.
Volunteer One-On-One With Homeless Men
The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC), one of last year’s UUCC Social Justice grant recipients, is seeking volunteers to work with currently homeless clients to find housing and employment. The program, called the Housing and Employment Resource Center, is part of a collaborative partnership between agencies working together to help men find shelter and work. MSC requests that volunteers help a minimum of 4 hours per month with at least 2 hours each visit. Some examples of what volunteers would do include assisting with housing searches, apartment applications, navigating public transportation, obtaining foundation documents. Prior to starting, volunteers fill out an application and attend a one-hour training session. If interested, please contact UUCC member Dick Kistler at email@example.com.
Read About What’s Going On…
Voices newsletter is published bi-weekly and mailed to the members of the UUC Charlotte congregation. The most recent 4 issues can be always be found here for you to download either as an alternative to receiving an issue in the mail or if you need to refer to an earlier issue.