Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden

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PRESIDENT'S LETTER
SUNDAY WORSHIP
CARING AND CONNECTED
E-MINISTRY
MUSIC MINISTRY
F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
F O L L O W on I N S T A G R A M F O L L O W on I N S T A G R A M
F O L L O W on Y O U T U B E F O L L O W on Y O U T U B E
PRESIDESNT'S LETTER
The Board of Trustees has adopted a building use policy that allows conditional use of our facilities for church related and non-church activities such as rentals. After more than a year of prohibition, we can now engage in a “soft opening” of the church while following the requirements.  If you missed this update last week, you can view it here.

SUNDAY WORSHIP

This Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, which means it is time for our Sacred Sharing and Holy Silence service. It is adapted from the Quaker-modeled worship called the Silent Waiting of the Spirit. During our worship service, we will offer a query for each of us to deeply consider and then respond to.

We are a mix of stories, some more flattering than others -- good stories, embarrassing stories, shameful stories, heroic stories. It’s good, vital even, to recognize the compilation we are, to tell our stories, to hear other stories. That helps us grow.
 
10:30 a.m. | Worship
Find the link to our virtual sanctuary through our website at uuco.org/upcoming-services
“Artistic Expression of Flowers”
 
The UUCO Flower Communion Service will be Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. 

We would like to invite everyone in the congregation to participate! This will be a multi-generational service. Since we are not quite yet meeting in person, we are asking you to send your submission to us electronically. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 2nd at 9 pm.

Submissions may be either photos or a short video, no longer than 90 seconds.

Ideas for submissions:
  • visual art
    -paintings
    -drawings
    -photographs
    -dance
  • auditory art
    -poetry
    -rap
    -story
    -song / Music
  • fabric art
    -quilts
    -collages
    -3D art
  • actual flowers
    -flowers from your own garden
    -dried Flowers that have sentimental meaning
    -flower Arrangements
Some of our service will be featuring live presentations, interspersed with videos and a slide show. If you would rather share in person during our service rather than via electronic submission, contact Marilyn Johnson-Faulkner.

This is a way to celebrate Spring and show your love of flowers and art!

Get creative and email your submissions to Christie Bogle at xtsaddress@yahoo.com by Sunday, May 2 at 9 p.m.

Questions? Call Marilyn Johnson-Faulkner at 801-529-7922.

CARING AND CONNECTED

UPDATE ON GENERAL ASSEMBLY FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION

Dear friends,

Here at the UUA, now is when so much of our attention turns to our largest gathering of the year—General Assembly (GA). GA is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists from across our Association. It is where we engage the governance and business of our Association, explore the theological foundations of our faith, learn together, worship as a larger community, and discern the ways we are called more deeply by our mission and principles. This remains true even when we cannot gather in-person. Last year, virtual GA had more than 4,900 registered attendees participate from remote locations around the world. Let’s build on this number!

This year we have exciting and interactive programming, invigorating worship, and transformative business on the agenda. We also have exciting updates in our technology to strengthen virtual engagement. Registration gives you access to our new GA app where announcements are made, conversations are already happening, and the program guide is published. Remember too that our on-demand library of GA content will be yours to view throughout the summer...if you register!

And in case you missed it, I am thrilled to announce that the 2021 Ware Lecture will feature Stacey Abrams & Desmond Meade! I can’t wait!

I am immensely grateful for the many General Assembly staff and volunteers, who, each year, create a GA that is inspiring and grounded in our shared values—in particular, LaTonya Richardson, UUA General Assembly and Conference Services Director. I am pleased to share this message from LaTonya about what the future of GA could be like:
 

If the Commission on Institutional Change (which completed its work early in 2020) had witnessed our success with Virtual GA 2020, I imagine it would have recommended a virtual gathering every other year. The idea of alternating between an in-person GA and a virtual one is but one of the possibilities being discussed amongst GA stakeholders this spring.

Now is the time to renegotiate our contracts with Portland, Oregon—the location of our 2022 GA. The GA Conference Services office is again gazing into a crystal ball and making predictions about how UUs will engage next year. I can feel the excitement of being together in person once again—to sing together a thousand voices strong, to hug and to share a meal. AND the benefits of virtual GA enable us to honor equity, sustainability, and inclusion in a more significant and meaningful way. We expect GA 2022 will be a multi-platform GA with thousands engaged in person and thousands more online! And we hope you will be there! Mark your calendars for June 22-26, 2022.

I hope you are receiving the weekly email announcements with GA Updates. These go to all current and previous GA attendees. Register today to see weekly updates of our programming, business, and events happening at GA. You can also find updates by following the GA Facebook page. I find the flash poll results to be intriguing!


We miss you and look forward to connecting for justice, healing and courage, as we CIRCLE ‘ROUND for virtual General Assembly 2021 beginning on June 23rd.

Yours in community,
Susan Frederick-Gray and LaTonya Richardson

P.S. If you have not yet registered for the 2021 all-virtual General Assembly (GA), do so today! And encourage other leaders and members in your congregation to register as well.

Learn more about GA 2021
VOTER REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Spring is here and with it comes opportunities to register and inform voters.  Voterise will be at the Ogden Farmer's Market every Saturday from May 22 to September 11.  We also have additional opportunities throughout the summer and fall.  Everything will be Covid-safe with masking, sanitation and social distancing.  All events, so far, will be outdoors.  It's also great fun!  Terrific activity for parents and teens, couples, and friends!  

Sign up for 2 hour shifts at the Market by visiting https://signup.com/go/GShNywP. You'll need to create an account, but you'll only get reminders about events and your own volunteer schedule.  Free t-shirt, too!   If you have questions, contact Karen Thurber at mensch1760@earthlink.net   801-721-1926
All are welcome to join the UUCO Book Club that meets online on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. On May 12, they will be discussing Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. The link to the online gathering can be found at uuco.org/uuco-book-club.
Live and in person! For the foreseeable future, the Codger Coffee group will meet at Two Bit Street Cafe in Ogden at 9:30 a.m. No Zoom, but they are interested in suggestions to include remote members. Please send your suggestions to John Hinds at jhinds@earthlink.net.

*Anyone who wishes to join us needs to be vaccinated, for our mutual protection.*
PROTECTING EACH OTHER AND LOOKING AHEAD

As Utah moves forward in vaccinations and we begin to imagine a time where we can safely gather again, understanding who is vaccinated and who is still particularly vulnerable to the virus will be instrumental in helping us evaluate what is safe and when for our church community.

Our Breeze Church Directory will allow you to share your vaccine status with us.  Your answers to the vaccine questions can only be viewed by you, the Church Administrator and the Board President.

To update your COVID-19 vaccine status, go to your profile in the church directory. Click the gray bar that says "Main." You are then presented with many different details you can choose to share.  All are optional.

Questions on the other vaccine status options? Email us here and we can send you refresher information!

E-MINISTRY

SOUL MATTERS | BECOMING
Faith Formation through Experiential Engagement

We embrace the knowledge that faith formation is not a Sunday-only activity; it happens every day, both consciously and subconsciously. This Soul Matters packet has questions and resources from the Soul Matters monthly theme, the source of our worship material. These are designed to nudge us deeper into the experience of each month's theme. April's theme is Becoming.
SHAPERS OF CHANGE
by Martha Durkee-Neuman

"All that you touch
you Change.
All that you Change
Changes you.
The only lasting truth
Is Change.
God is Change."
—Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
Last fall, I had been thinking a lot about the end of the world. The apocalypse. The time when the world we know to be true is gone, forever, and there's a new world taking shape.

I'd been thinking about the end of the world so much I was going to preach about it. Then two days before my sermon, I experienced the sudden end of a serious relationship and found myself heartbroken, without a place to stay, adrift. I woke at a friend’s house and shakily gave my sermon, feeling like my world had just ended.
Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower came into my life at this time, exactly when I needed it. I didn’t know the times of change I was in for, or how much I would come to need these words. I woke up every morning for months and read these words like a mantra:

all that you touch you Change / all that you Change Changes you the only lasting truth is Change / God is Change

Everything about my personal world and the world around me changed in the span of a week. Then the pandemic hit and the world changed again (and again). So many things ended; so many new things began. We're learning to live on shifting grounds. How long will this last? What will life look like on the other side? What will normal become? Will my country find courage to protect its people? How many of us will die?

Despite it all, God is change. And despite how painful, this change is holy. As I repeat these words to myself, grounding myself in the divinity of this only lasting truth, more of Octavia’s words come to me—"God exists to be shaped"—and I begin to work on shaping this change, reckoning with the knowledge that it is holy because it is mine to make. I am no longer a victim of change: I am creating shifting grounds. I am shaping the world that is to come, shaping God.
Prayer
Change that is God, God that is Change, bring us resilience for journeying across shifting grounds; wisdom for navigating the apocalypses of our lives; and courage to shape change, shape God, and create the world we must build together.
Martha Durkee-Neuman (she/her/hers) is a Unitarian Universalist young adult currently serving as the Director of Religious Education at First Parish in Malden, MA. She also serves as a campaign organizer with a grassroots nonprofit, and is a Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School. Martha is passionate about the intersection of politics and faith, transformative justice, and interfaith community. She can be found most often dancing, reading, or conducting Zoom finger puppet theater.
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NEWSLETTER TEAM

Christie Bogle | Heide Cottam | Karline Valentine
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