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June 3rd GARDEN AND LAWN PARTY

Written by lauren haywood on .

The Haywoods, Wings, Pauls,  Shures, Linda Nedzbala, and Graham Getty invite you to a delightful afternoon of Bocce, Badminton and Croquet on the patio and grounds of the exclusive OBIC Club in Owen Brown.  Light refreshments and drinks of the season will be provided (lemonade, punch, wine and beer likely; Pimm’s Cup,  Mint Juleps, Gin and Tonics a possibility) 2 drinks per person limit except beer and wine.   Lawn party attire appreciated, but not required. Saturday June 3rd. 2017 1:00pm – 4:00pm at OBIC.  Purchse tickets here for $20 per person.

Note: Club rules will be followed in all games.

Sanctuary: Laws, Logistics, Emotions

Written by Jim Caldiero on .

During last Sunday's Time for All Ages in the worship service, Robin Slaw told us about a farmer who continually had to reply to events that “It could be good. It could be bad. We’ll see.” As a congregation declaring itself a sanctuary, we might face the same dilemma as that farmer. It could be good. It could be bad. We’ll see. But the overwhelming event for us is that becoming a sanctuary is a statement of who we are, what we stand for. Not only could that be good. It is good.

Laws

Hosting (legally called harboring) an undocumented immigrant is illegal under section 274 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. (It could be bad.) However, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) current stated policy is that churches, schools and hospitals are “sensitive locations” where ICE agents will not enter except in exigent circumstances, for example a threat to national security or the destruction of evidence. (It could be good.) However, policies are subject to change. (It could be bad.) In most situations, ICE still needs a judge-signed warrant to enter any premises. (It could be good.) The last persons to be arrested, prosecuted and convicted of harboring an undocumented immigrant seeking asylum were two nuns in Texas in the 1980’s during the civil unrest in El Salvador. Prosecutions since have related to businesses employing undocumented immigrants. (We’ll see.)

Book discussion on “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis with Kären

Written by Kären Rasmussen on .

Book discussion on “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis with Kären

 In seminary, “Mere Christianity” was one of the many required books I needed to read. I’m not Christian, so I thought I’d just blow through this book. To my surprise, I strongly connected with it. On 16 and 30 May, from 10-11:30 at OBIC, I’ll be facilitating a discussion on portions of the book. You’re welcome to attend both sessions or just one; each session will cover a different portion of the book. 

No need to register, just please read the book and come be a part of the discussion. I believe we might have a few copies of it in the UUCC bookstore to purchase.  For more information contact Rev. Kären at assistantminister@uucolumbia.net

What Is Sanctuary?

Written by Laurie Coltri on .

As I mentioned in a previous post, sanctuary is as old as the Jewish and Christian faiths, sources from which we draw our living tradition. We have begun our congregational conversation about sanctuary, but we ought to be reading from the same page, like this one from an Oregon interfaith coalition.

A sanctuary is…

  • A rapid response to raids, detentions, deportations and the criminalization of immigrants, including undocumented immigrants
  • A strategy to fight individual cases of deportation, to advocate for an end to mass detention and deportation, to amplify the voices of immigrants by telling their stories to our neighbors, our communities and our political leaders
  • A vision for what our world can be, a vision inspiringly described in our seven principles
  • A moral imperative to take prophetic action, of radical hospitality

You can find sanctuary…

  • In places of worship, churches, temples, synagogues, mosques where an individual or family can seek refuge from detention or deportation
  • In the streets, where community networks, hotlines, legal observers, know your rights educators, can intervene or respond to ICE raids
  • On campuses, in cities and counties where there are policies of non-cooperation with ICE, not asking about immigration status (such as advocating with the Howard County Police Department to publish its unwritten policy about not inquiring of immigration status), providing tuition assistance and legal services
  • Everywhere, ending racial, ethnic and religious hatred, discrimination and xenophobia.

Join the conversation Sundays between services in the chapel.

Thanks for participating. For more information, contact Jim Caldiero, jimcal87@gmail.com.

We need just one more person!

Written by Bob Muller on .

The 7-person UUCC grass mowing team needs just one more person (or pair) for this season. It takes one person 3-4 hours to mow (no grass collection or raking) using the UUCC rider mower and push mower. This needs to be completed between Thursday and Saturday night on an assigned "weekend ". The person would just do the mowing twice this season on dates of their choosing. We have been providing this service for 12 years and UUCC receives over $5,000 from OBIC each year as payment - so it is a great way to give back to UUCC with minimal commitment - no meetings, minutes, surveys, door knocking or cost! Training is included if required.
Hope you can join us- call or text Bob Muller at 443-878-5208 ASAP to discuss and schedule.

Worship With Us

April 30 at 9:00am and 11:00am
Intern Minister Anthony Jenkins will preach
More info

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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