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Summer Coffee Hour

Written by Amanda Bates on .

Hello friends,

We have officially switched to the Summer Service schedule! This means that there is only one service on Sunday at 10:00 AM.  Coffee Hour will occur immediately following the service from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM.  

If you sign up to volunteer for "Snacks" or "Make Coffee" this Summer, these tasks will need to be completed prior to the 10:00 AM service.  If you sign up for "Clean Up Coffee", that task begins promptly at 12:00 PM. Click on the links below to view the Snacks and Make/Clean Up Coffee instructions and to sign up for all Sunday Volunteer tasks.

In addition, UUCC and CUMC will be hosting a joint Coffee Hour on the following Sundays: June 25th, July 30th and August 27th. Details about these joint Coffee Hours will be available soon.

Any questions, please email me at sundaycoordinator@uucolumbia.net.

Best,

Amanda Bates, Sunday Coordinator

Sanctuary: Proposed Motions for Annual Meeting

Written by Jim Caldiero on .

On June 4, at the UUCC Annual Meeting, you will be asked to vote on two motions: to declare UUCC either a physical sanctuary or a sanctuary supporting congregation. The following motions have been submitted to the Board of Trustees for inclusion in the agenda.

Many of you have expressed a desire for UUCC to declare itself a supporting congregation. But if we vote in favor of physical sanctuary, we should consider a budget resolution to ensure that associated costs are covered.

For more information visit the file/document entitled Sanctuary FAQs For Annual Meeting.pdf at our Social Justice website.

Physical Sanctuary Motion

Resolved:

As people of faith and people of conscience, we, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, dedicate ourselves to educate and activate our congregation to resist harmful and unjust immigration and racial profiling policies, to amplify and respond to the voices of immigrant leaders, and to speak out and act against the discrimination of all marginalized people. We will open our congregation as sanctuary space for those targeted by hate, and work alongside our friends, families, and neighbors to ensure the dignity and human rights of all people.

We authorize our minister and board of trustees to sign the Sanctuary Movement pledge.

Sanctuary Supporting Congregation Motion

Resolved:

As people of faith and people of conscience, we, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, dedicate ourselves to educate and activate our congregation to resist harmful and unjust immigration and racial profiling policies, to amplify and respond to the voices of immigrant leaders, and to speak out and act against the discrimination of all marginalized people. We support those answering the call to provide sanctuary at houses of worship, schools, hospitals, college campuses, community centers and family homes. We will work with partner organizations to create sacred space of sanctuary wherever it is needed.

We authorize our minister and board of trustees to sign the Sanctuary Movement pledge.

For more information please contact Jim Caldiero at jimcal87@gmail.com or 410-465-7452.

Order an OBIC Memorial Plate

Written by Pat Heidel on .

In 2009 UUCC and Christ United Methodist Church worked together to create the beautiful patio, install a memorial plaque, and enhance the gardens. We are currently accepting orders for memorial plates inscribed with the names of your loved ones. We will add the new plates to the granite plaque. June 15th is the deadline for placing orders for this year.

The plates are on the memorial plaque by donation categories: Oak ($1,000); Magnolia ($500); Rose ($250); and Iris ($100). The “Oak” plates are 1.5” x 4.5”, and the others measure 1” x 4.5”.

Memorial Garden brochures with order blanks are available here. To order a plate, return your form and check (made out to “OBIC Memory Garden”) to the OBIC Office, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045. Deadline: June 15, 2017. Questions?  Please contact Pat Heidel (410-884-6983 or pheidel1@verizon.net). 

To celebrate a special event (for example, a birthday, anniversary, birth of a child), please consider a donation to enhance the Memorial Garden.

Justice Sunday for Those Who Missed It

Written by Jim Caldiero on .

A Belated Happy Mother’s Day.

I want to tell you about a mother and grandmother. Jeannette Vizguerra, has lived in the U.S., paid taxes for 20 years, reported regularly to immigration authorities, but on this one Wednesday in February she sent her attorney to request a stay in her deportation while supporters waved banners that read “No Hate. No Fear. Immigrants are Welcome Here.” Sadly, her stay was denied and Jeannette sought sanctuary. Until recently, her U.S.-born children visited her daily in her makeshift bedroom in the basement of the First Unitarian Society of Denver. This past Friday, after Senator Michael Bennett intervened, ICE granted Ms. Vizguerra a two-year stay, thus ending her 90-day sanctuary while she pursues her legal status.

We have been conversing these past two months about whether we, like the Denver church, should declare our congregation a sanctuary. It’s a complicated decision. But during this time, we have been ably guided by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

If any group is expert at defying hate, it is the UU Service Committee, defending human rights during the worst global refugee crisis since its founding more than 75 years ago when its founders, Rev. Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha, at great personal risk, rescued hundreds from Nazi terror . Today, we can find UUSC advancing economic and environmental justice in 17 countries, strengthening farmer cooperatives in Central America, workers’ rights in Arkansas, humanitarian relief in Ecuador and the Philippines, building solar-powered water distribution in Sierra Leone. We can find the Service Committee protecting rights at risk, defying hate along the refugee trail in Turkey, Hungary, Serbia and Croatia and helping migrants from Mexico and those seeking asylum in the U.S.

UUSC does not receive any funds from the UUA or the government. You are its primary source of support. Please make a generous donation, renew your membership or become a member. A $125 contribution is eligible for a matching grant from the Shelter Rock, NY congregation, but any amount is gratefully accepted. 

When those in power do not protect vulnerable communities, and portray them as a threat we must act. We, like our UUSC founders, must defy hate. When a mother is separated from her children despite living in our country for 20 years, we will defy it. When a person is assailed because of the color of her skin, the language she speaks, the clothes she wears, or the bathroom she prefers, we will defy it.  Wherever there is hate, we will defy it.

For more information about UUSC and how you can help, please contact me at jimcal87@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support in advancing human rights worldwide. 

Ordination of Karen Lee Scrivo

Written by Maureen Harris on .

Former UUCC Interim Director of Religious Education Karen Lee Scrivo will be ordained by the Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 4:00pm on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 DuBois Road, Annapolis. Reception to follow. All are welcome! Please contact Karen at karen.scrivo@gmail.com for more details and/or to RSVP.

Worship With Us

June 4 at 10:00am 
Rev. Paige Getty will preach
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General Information:

  • Academic Year: Two identical services at 9am and 11am.  
  • Summer (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend): One service at 10am.
Location: Owen Brown Interfaith Center (Directions), Sanctuary C, 2nd floor, East end of the building.  Read more about worship.

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