Ms. Liz Salett, “Human Trafficking.”
Human trafficking and modern-day slavery is a new concept to many of us who thought that the issue of slavery was resolved over 150 years ago. In fact, every day now we learn more and more about the many forms that slavery takes in our modern world, where over 20 million people are now enslaved, with over 55,000 in the U.S. itself. In this talk we will examine some of the ways in which human trafficking and slavery presents across sectors and countries and what some of the driving forces are in its current growth. We will also look at the question of who are the minors that are being inducted into sex trafficking in our communities and what some of the causes for this may be.
In 1983, Liz founded the International Counseling Center, a multilingual mental health referral network that later evolved to become the National MultiCultural Institute, a private non-profit organization promoting understanding and respect among people of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Liz first became aware of the issue of human trafficking and modern slavery in 2003 while looking for a speaker for one of the NMCI conferences. Through the web portal, www.humantraffickingsearch.net and related activities, Liz’s goal is to create greater awareness of the issue and to support initiatives to address solutions.
Religious education for youngsters as well as infant and toddler care will be provided.
Animal Ministry Sunday
Sponsored by our C.A.W.S. Committee
This service is for the whole family. Children are invited to stay. We will talk about the fun and trials of pet ownership, and an overview of some of the most pressing problems facing animals today, i.e., puppy mills, pit bull controversy, shark fins, etc. We will laugh and cry over stories of our pets. Afterwards, we'll have tables full of information on animals, and we encourage everyone to fill up our bins placed in the lobby with donated items to our local Humane Society. Suggested items are: old towels, blankets, pillows, area rugs, bleach, and, of course, food for cats and dogs. Look for our suggestions and flyers in church next on Sunday, Dec 8, and help us celebrate our interconnectedness with all living beings.
Rev. Michael Franch, “Happy Holidays! Joyous, Problematic December.”
Monday, December 23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Our Annual “Eve of the Eve” Service
Other years, "Eve of the Eve" has been mostly music, mostly stories, combinations of song and myth, and always food, community and sharing. Expect great things for this year as well. We are delighted that maestro Phillip Dutton will be on the keyboard. A wonderful surprise musician will also be performing to add to your voices!!
If you could supply Christmas sweets or beverages, assist with welcoming greeters, or provide artistry to illustrate the story or for publicity, please leave a message at UUCR, 410-778-3440. Together we will make this another joyous and memorable "Eve of the Eve."
Dr. David Newell, “The Seasons of Our Lives.”
A Note about Our Sunday Services: We will now be offering the special opportunity of chalice lighting to adults on three Sundays per month. Volunteers are most welcome – please see Annie Lavin.
THIS WEEK AT UUCR
UUCR THIRD FRIDAY POTLUCKS ARE EASY!
Time: 6 PM, Third Fridays of the Month
Host Preparation: Plates, utensils, glasses, water, easy seating. We bring all the rest!
Upcoming Dinner Hosts:
Fri, Dec 20, Winter Solstice Celebration and Potluck Dinner at the home of Jack and Barbara Fancher.
Please contact Margo at the church office at email@example.com or 410-778-3440 or Amy Warner (firstname.lastname@example.org , 410-556-6665) if you are willing to open your home for this social occasion.
DON’T FORGET TO USE OUR WEBPAGE TO MAKE PURCHASES ON AMAZON!
SHOP WITH UUCR THIS SEASON!
As the holidays approach, please consider shopping options that help UUCR. Purchases made through the UUCR website: http://www.uuchesterriver.org/pages/links.htm
link to Amazon.com and iGive.com to earn dollars for UUCR at no cost to you. Don’t just go to their websites – link to them through UUCR’s webpage, or click on the link just above. A percentage of every purchase you make goes to us – and these percentages add up!
Also, take a look at our new products from our Fair Trade partner, Equal Exchange, including handmade gift wrap and decorative boxes fashioned from recycled cotton,not paper. We also have a selection of organic fruits and nuts. All in time for your holiday needs! Check them out this Sunday, and be ready to purchase Acme Grocery Cards as well.
MINISTERIAL OFFICE HOURS
David Newell, our Minister, will hold hour by appointment. For more info contact Dr. Newell at 410-708-3740 or at email@example.com, or leave a message at 410-778-3440.
UPDATE ON MUSIC!
The Music Committee is pleased to announce that, effective January, 2014, Ms. Joan Blume will be UUCR's piano accompanist two Sunday a month. The alternate Sundays we will continue to enjoy the music of our own Bill Lindsay. A special thanks to Bill for continuing to volunteer his musical talents and his time!
We are still looking to hire a part-time elementary school teacher! It is a fun job and a great way to connect with our UUCR youth. If you are interested or know someone that may be please write or call me.
Shannon Smulow, 720-840-6355, Shannon.Smulow@gmail.com
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HELP UUCR “ADOPT-A-FAMILY” THIS CHRISTMAS!
The Social Concerns Committee is sponsoring an Adopt-a-Family for a deserving family this holiday season. We have received family information with ages, sizes, gender and gift suggestions from the Kent Co. Department of Social Services. We are hoping that members of our congregation will help provide gifts in this sharing season. We will provide gift information at Stone Soup after the service on December 1. The deadline for returning gifts will be Sunday, December 15. If you cannot pick up gift information at Stone Soup and want to contribute, contact Lynn Dolinger (firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-778-0295).
On Tuesday, December 10 at 10 AM, a special session on "Coping With The Holidays: Dealing With Grief While Others are Celebrating" will be led by Anne O"Connor, the bereavement counselor at Chester River Hospice. At 10:30, the Reverend Mary Garner, Director of Spiritual Care at Heron Point will lead a Blue Christmas liturgy. These events will be held in The Quiet Room at Heron Point. All are welcome. Please RSVP to Mary at 410-778-8318.
LOTS OF HELPING HANDS WEBSITE:
See Linda Dutton or visit https://caringconnections.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/13819/
EXPERIENCE UU THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD There are several openings this coming year in Children’s Religious Education working with both the elementary and middle school groups. If you’ve ever wondered how to articulate what UU is all about, teaching children will give you the tools you need! We are lining up an exciting series of active and engaging curriculums including some from the new UUA “Tapestry of Faith” Lifespan Education series.
Note: All volunteers must adhere to UUCR’s Child Safety Policy, including consent to background checks.
On Display at UUCR
The UUCR Art Show for November and December 2013 presents the photography of Lani Hall Seikaly.
Here is Lani’s artist’s statement: “Though I got into photography to capture the journey of my five children and now eight grandchildren, I finally found time to become inspired by other subjects. My photography goal is to capture the wonder in our natural world, the uniqueness in the ordinary, and the magic in relationships. I hope to continue to see my world through that same lens of wonderment that was so natural to me as a child and that has been so fascinating to watch in my grandchildren. I have attended workshops in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada, with Andre Gallant, whose expressive photography is what I aspire to create.”
All photographs are priced at $175 including the framing. Lani has generously offered to donate 30% of her sales to UUCR. Thumbnail size images and her biographical information are both available in the Art Shows book located at the front door of our church. Please see Margo or Linda Dutton if you are interested in purchasing any of Lani’s photographs.
Contact Linda Dutton if you are interested in sharing selected large pieces from your personal art collection with our congregation by loaning it to us for a future two month hanging period.
Thanks again to the UUCR Middle school participants who created the collages for the wayside pulpit sayings. They will continue to be enjoyed in their classroom space.
Please remember to support UUCR through the purchase of Acme and Fresh and Greens grocery cards and Fair Trade food products from Equal Exchange. Check out these products on Sunday - look for them near the door to our wonderful new deck!
2013 UUCR DIRECTORIES AVAILABLE!
Every family is entitled to one free copy; duplicates may be purchased at $5 each. Please contact Margo, email@example.com, if you need one or more.