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Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden

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WHAT'S HAPPENING SUNDAY?
RACIAL JUSTICE
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
WHAT'S HAPPENING SUNDAY?
This Sunday, July 18th, is the third Sunday of the month, which means we get to join Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

Courageous Love emerges when the love of self, love of others, and love of the world, conspire together. The work of being in relationship with ourselves helps us be in relationship with others. Join us this Sunday as we dive into the meaning of courageous love and explore how the practice of listening to yourself can lead to discerning your calling.

Watch the introduction video to the Coming Home Series.
  
9 a.m. | Worship
Find the link to the virtual sanctuary through our website at uuco.org/upcoming-services
JULY RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

July 18th: Enjoy the film My Octopus Teacher at 5:30 p.m. in the Children's Chapel at church.  Snacks will be provided.

July 25th - Learn something new! Come join Britta Stumpp as she leads us through a yoga class.

RACIAL JUSTICE

READING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Understanding and dismantling racism starts with educating yourself with information from reputable sources. Unlearning and relearning through literature is just one good jumping-off point.  Check back here weekly for new suggestions.

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry

Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love--finding beauty and possibility in life--and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition.

Perry draws upon the ideas of figures such as James Baldwin, W. E. B. DuBois, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ida B. Wells. She shares vulnerabilities and insight from her own life and from encounters in places as varied as the West Side of Chicago; Birmingham, Alabama; and New England prep schools.

With original art for the cover by Ekua Holmes, Breathe offers a broader meditation on race, gender, and the meaning of a life well lived and is also an unforgettable lesson in Black resistance and resilience.

CARING AND CONNECTED

WEEKLY:
  • Fridays | 9:30 a.m. | Codger Coffee | Grounds for Coffee on 30th and Harrison in Ogden
    Anyone who wishes to join this group needs to be vaccinated, for our mutual protection. People of all genders are welcome. Questions?  Email John Hinds at jhinds@earthlink.net.
  • Sundays | Times & Locations Vary| Religious Exploration
    Programming will be at 1 p.m. each Sunday, with the exception of the third Sunday of the month, which will be a movie night at 5:30 p.m. More information above in the Sunday section of the newsletter
MONTHLY:
  • Second Wednesday | 7 p.m. | UUCO Book Club | UUCO Library
    All are welcome to join the UUCO Book Club that meets in person at UUCO. On July 14, they will be discussing The Library Book by author Susan Orlean. You may also choose to join the group via Zoom. The link can be found at uuco.org/uuco-book-club.

E-MINISTRY

A New Orientation
by Rev. Mariela Pérez-Simons

"I wonder if much that ails our society stems from the fact that we have allowed ourselves to be cut off from that love of, and from, the land. It is medicine for broken land and empty hearts."
—Robin Wall Kimmerer
During my high school years in Cuba, every student needed to pick a sport. I decided to take Orienteering instead of the traditional options because I preferred being outdoors instead of inside loud and smelly gymnasiums.

Taking Orienteering was the best decision I made as a teenager. That training has served me well: it taught me to depend on both my trusty outer compass and my own inner compass. In high school, when I lost myself in the woods (on purpose), I was trained to find my way out. Similarly, every time I’ve lost myself in the whirlwind that is the patriarchal white-supremacist culture of our society, I’ve been able to find my way out.

I’m ashamed to count the ways I’ve gotten completely lost in the vortex that is the white-patriarchal culture of this society. It says: "Faster! More! Bigger!!!" and it goes on abusing people and the planet along the way, with its hunger for more money, more profit; extracting resources; sucking the life out of living things.

This way is not sustainable. Our nervous system can’t sustain that speed, that greed. Our immune system can’t handle it. Our Earth can’t handle it. It’s self-destructive.

Every time I get lost in it, I find my way out. My inner compass shows me the way, because it has a different voice. It says, "This is the way: slower, gentler, more nurturing." I know this in.my.bones.

I don’t know where this inner compass comes from. Maybe from my ancestral pool? Yes, and I also think it’s from being human, from being a living organism on this planet that knows about the conditions that are life-giving and the conditions that suck our life force. It comes from something within that has learned to recognize self-destructive systems and to return to the Earth for healing.

My inner compass points towards this new North, reminding me of this power we’ve been given to create a new future. I move in this direction now. A new orientation in life, a new direction, beckons to all of us: one that is life-giving.
Prayer
Oh Great Beauty! Mother Earth, Pachamama, Madre Tierra: May we soon come to recognize your beauty, your generosity, your value, your vulnerability. May we learn to savor and serve you; may we once again return to your wise and delicious ways. You, life giver, life sustainer, most precious gift!
Rev. Mariela Pérez-Simons (she/her) is a Cuban-American UU minister focusing on eco-spirituality, ecofeminism, and religious naturalism. She's the producer of the weekly show "The Seed, The Soil, & The Soul." She can be found online @RevMariela.
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MUSIC MINISTRY

Wade in the Water
Turn the World Around
Like Light Is

NEWSLETTER TEAM

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