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Rev. Katie Lee Crane, Consulting Minister
USH-Enews March 29, 2012
Rev. Katie Lee Crane's Office Hours
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24 Hours - March 26 and March 27 You May Not Get a Second Chance at Beauty!
9 AM Pancakes for Breakfast (More)
Sunday, April 1 (no foolin’) Out in the Field - Rev. Katie Lee Crane, preaching - As Unitarian Universalists we make a covenant with one another about what matters to us and how we will be in relationship with one another. We cherish every person’s freedom to search for truth and meaning. We congregate together intentionally so that, in the company of one another, we can both give and receive support and encouragement in our respective spiritual journeys.
As part of our covenant, we affirm and promote seven principles. We celebrate the fact that we draw upon many sources as part of our personal and collective search for meaning, e.g.: direct experience of mystery and wonder, the wisdom from the world’s religions, words and deeds of prophetic people of all ages… and more.
Our covenant concludes with these words: “Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision.” What, exactly, is religious pluralism and how does it help us to engage – individually and together – in lifelong exploration for meaning? That’s the topic we’ll examine.
Reflections on Children's Programming
Pre-K-Grade 1: Spirit Play: Earth Day
Grades 2-3 UU Super Hero: Clara Barton
Grades 4-5: Spirit of Adventure: Science – A Take Apart Party /UU Tim Berners-Lee, Founder of the World Wide Web
Grades 6-8: Simpsons: Two Cars in Every Garage
Nursery care is available downstairs after the start of the service.
Conversations with Deb - Education and YOU - I feel the love! The love you have for your children and youth, that is. It is so very obvious that all the good folks who work with USH's children and youth are committed to joy and excellence in RE. I am eager to meet more of you--parents, teachers, congregants--and hear about your experiences, ideas, and hopes for the children's religious education future. Please feel free to be in touch with me. I will be at church all the Sundays in April (except this 4/1). I arrive at 9:00AM and leave at 3:00 PM so please stop by the DRE office for a chat. I can be reached at 978-621- 4525 and by email at email@example.com.
For Children on Easter Sunday - Children will begin with their families in the Sanctuary. After the beginning of the service, we will leave for the downstairs hall where I will be lead a special children's program on the symbols of Easter and Spring. There'll be eggs, flowers, butterflies, and who knows what else! We will be looking at newness and renewal, resurrection (age-appropriate), gratitude and blessings. There will be some surprises, too. Join me! - Deb Levering
This Week’s Links
Mark Date, April 1 Pancakes Before Service Conversations with Deb - RE and You Membership Sunday Request from Katie Lee I Could Tell You About (Katie Lee's Blog) Come to Spring Training, Learn Worship Crafting Every Pledge Matters Update Membership Sunday - Tell Katie Lee Tell Your Story What's the Board Doing Under the Stairs? Programs for Adults and Families Out in the Pews - Kayla's Column Keeping the Promise - Memorial Garden Book Club Meets March 29 Movie Offered, Ghost Writer Rain Barrel Sign Up
“I could tell you about….”
Don’t worry about what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
- Howard Thurman
What makes you come alive? Tell me what makes your heart sing, gets your juices flowing, catapults you into action? That’s your summer service worship topic.
Really. I mean it. Everyone has at least one sermon in them, and how you answer that question will surely elicit at least one response. And it’s likely it will make a compelling sermon.
Oh, I know you have lots of excuses. But they won’t work with me. I have to do this almost every week. Do you think I was born with a treasure chest full of sermon topics? I was not. Life hands them to me. And when a story or an idea flips some switch in me – compassion, righteous anger; when it compels me to act, forces me to ponder and explore – then it’s probably the beginning of a sermon.
Here’s a technique that’s fun and surprisingly effective. It’s called “I could tell you about…” You can do it alone or with someone else. All you do is say (over and over) “I could tell you about” and finish the sentence. OK. Ready. Tell me about what makes YOU come alive? What’s YOUR passion? Try it right now.
Here’s a couple of my “I could tell you abouts.”
I could tell you about the half-dollar-sized orb weaver spider whose back looked like the universe and whose web looked like DNA.
I could tell you about how hard it was – and, in the end, how transformative – to face the people accused of painting swastikas on our rainbow sign.
I could tell you about my favorite poem by Denise Levertov, the one I use as a prayer. It talks about how “swimmers dare to lie face to the sky and water bears them” and how “hawks rest on air and air sustains them” which reminds the poet (and me) about “falling into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace, knowing no effort earns that all-surrounding grace.”
I could tell you about the time I listened to someone’s story and, in the telling of it, she discovered forgiveness and reconciliation.
What could you tell us? We want to listen to your story. Choose a date, reach out to one of the Worship Associates (Laurie Kelliher, Ginny Allen, Zean Gassmann, Edith Savage, Sue Smolski) and put your name on the list for a Summer Worship Service.
Don’t worry, one of the Worship Associates will guide you, you can learn at lot at “Spring Training” (see below) AND, you don’t have to do it alone. Enlist the family. Ask a friend or a whole flock of friends. Bring your guitar or drum or didgeridoo.
Everyone has at least one passion – and, thus, at least one sermon – what’s yours?
We want to hear what you can tell us about!
Come to “Spring Training!” Learn how to craft a worship service - Rev. Katie Lee Crane will lead an interactive and participative 2-hour workshop (offered twice) for anyone who would like to learn more about how to craft a worship service, write a sermon, and to practice delivery of the spoken word.
Two dates: Tuesday, April 17 at 7 PM and Sunday, May 6 at noon
While the workshop is open to anyone – no strings attached – it is specifically designed to help those who volunteer to lead a summer service or a lay-led service during the regular program year. It is also designed to attract the interest of those who might, maybe, sort of want to do a service sometime and the “just curious.”
Everyone has at least one sermon in them – even you! And, it’s at least as much fun as baseball.
Every Pledge Matters! We are thankful for the wonderful response from the folks who have already pledged. We have now received 110 pledges totaling $226,635. Ninety-nine renewing pledges have increased from $189,645 to $211,935 (+11.6%). Forty-five of the 99 renewals increased by at least 25%; another 26 made some increase. We have also received 11 new pledges totaling $14,700. At the same time, many of you have shared your personal optimism about the future of our congregation.
We hope that all Members and Friends who have not yet pledged will join in as well. Every pledge is important and is appreciated. We need everyone's help to get as close as possible to our $309,000 Pledge Goal. A fair pledge is 2% - 5% of income for folks who are actively involved in the life of our congregation. You can make your pledge by mail, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by voicemail to Brian Mullen at 860-232-9897 x 102. To discuss your pledge, call or email Zean Gassmann, Joe Rubin or Mike Winterfield.
The Stewardship Committee is grateful for your support. - Mike Winterfield
Membership Sunday – a request from Katie Lee - During our worship service on Sunday April 29, Rev. Crane will be exploring what it means to be a member of a congregation like this one. What does one have to do to become a member? What are the benefits and responsibilities of membership? And, most important of all, what is being a member of a UU congregation like for you?
To prepare for that service, Katie Lee has asked you to tell her your stories. How long have you been a Unitarian Universalist? (Maybe you were a Unitarian or a Universalist even earlier than 1961?) Who among us holds the distinction of being a UU the longest? Or being a member at the Unitarian Society of Hartford the longest? Katie Lee wants to hear from you. Give her a call. Make an appointment. Drop a note or an email. How can we talk about membership without learning what it means to you?
Tell Your Story - Participate In a Service - Since coming to USH a few years I have heard many compelling rich stories from people inside our walls. May we hear yours? (More)
Board Notes 3/28/12 - Last Sunday, for the usual “Meet the Board” session beneath the stairs, we thought it might be helpful to hand our time and space to the Interim Task Force for an update on the status of their search activities. This group — Ron Sexton, Edith Savage, John Brancato, Peter Magistri, Rachel Gibson, Laurie Kelliher, and Patrice Fitzgerald — walked us through their progress to date, sketched some upcoming tasks and concomitant deadlines, and answered a number of questions from those gathered.
The group is confirming that all materials to be included in the “packet” USH provides to potential interim candidates are indeed prepared and ready to go. Our deadline for filing our on-line application with the UUA is April 12, so all of this must be organized, both electronically and in hard copy. (Packet inserts include, but are not necessarily limited to, these items: recent newsletters and orders-of-service; most recent annual report; budgets; by-laws; directory; current strategic plans, where they exist; input from congregation via recent surveys on expectations for the interim minister; departing settled minister’s resignation letter; names of UUA staff as references; information on the Hartford area — arts, real estate, schools, etc.) Also, the task force sent requests to committee and sub council heads asking for questions and areas of interest to be presented to interim ministerial candidates during the interview process. These are being compiled into a manageable yet comprehensive matrix.
Once the application is submitted, a waiting period begins. At this point, the UUA Transitions Office is busy playing “matchmaker”… reviewing applications of those congregations (about 90, nation-wide, this year) seeking an interim minister, with a view to winnowing the known (to them) population of trained interim ministers becoming available. The UUA aims to furnish information on up to five likely prospects… people who have been vetted against our specific situation and desires as represented by our “packet”. The task force then receives portfolios on these people, target date April 23, and works to narrow the field. Simultaneously, ministerial candidates are looking at our packets, to see if a “mutual coincidence of wants” exists. Through phoning, e-mailing, and Skype-ing, a state of mutual interest can be rapidly established… or not. If a mutual attraction manifests, references and bona fides are checked as part of a thorough background investigation. Any negotiations can be undertaken and concluded. The Interim Task Force works closely with the Board throughout the negotiation process. When any wrinkles are ironed out and all parties are satisfied, the task force submits its recommendation to the Board, concluding this part of the process… all by May 4.
Some questions emerged from the audience, as follows:
Q: What happens if we don’t find a good match?
A: What’s been described could be called “Round 1”. There is a “fallback” matching process, where congregations who don’t, for whatever reason, find their candidate in the first round can re-apply. Sometimes, as in life, the best is not necessarily an obvious first choice.
Q: If “Round 2” also falls short, what then?
A: This would be a very rare occurrence. If “Round 3” is required the UUA would work with us — as it has previously done, in introducing us to Katie Lee — to help find a good Interim Minister.
Q: Suppose we find our ideal person, and they request more money. What will we do?
A: Candidates will have scanned our budget for ministerial compensation when they make their availability and desire known to us, so the financial aspect should have already been taken into consideration. Further, we comply with UUA guidelines for our location and size of congregation; we do not anticipate any need to exceed these guidelines. While small adjustments might be possible, the greater possibility is that a candidate who asked for more than we are willing or able to give would not be as desirable a candidate as initially envisioned.
Q: Given the goals for an Interim Minister as outlined in the Transitional Ministry Handbook (and your survey of various areas within USH, are there some specific traits or characteristics we would like to see our preferred candidate demonstrate? Conversely are there any “deal-breakers” you’ve been able to identify?
A: No deal-breakers to date. As far as perceived “plusses” — it would be good if this person enjoys being in New England, and also very helpful if s/he has a local support network outside of USH. Having family and friends/colleagues in the immediate area allows a minister to set appropriate boundaries with the congregation s/he is serving while meeting his or her needs for social outlets and community.
Q: Following on today’s sermon (“Out in the Pews”… by USH member-of-some-years David Newton) — What can we do to support the task force and board in bringing a successful Interim Minister to the Meeting House?
A: There are several things — take a look at the Transitional Ministry Handbook and the UUA’s video on The Interim Opportunity ,(so you know what to expect from an interim (as contrasted to a settled) minister. Talk to an Interim Task Force member with your questions or concerns. And, if you haven’t pledged for 2012/13 yet, please get your pledge to Brian Mullen, so we can present a strong and healthy financial picture to our incoming minister! - Tina Davies
“To enable congregations to heal and to enrich their sense of religious community during this transitional period, the specially trained interim minister seeks to:
- bring the reassurance that a seasoned professional is working with the congregation. Momentum will not be lost. The search for a new minister will not be unduly pressured. The disaffected can return freely.
- deal with "termination emotions" surrounding the former minister who, whether beloved or disliked, was at the center of a web of relationships now tender, often torn. Unless these emotions are discharged, they will wait to be dumped onto the following settled minister.
- help the congregation review its operations and clarify its goals. The new called minister will thus find the congregation to be a moving train, instead of a stalled bus waiting for a driver—or a mechanic!
- model a different but still successful style of ministry, thus showing the congregation (for many of whom the departed minister may have been the only UU minister they’ve ever known) that more than one ministerial style can be effective.
Out In the Pews - The title of his sermon on Sunday, March 25 (see above) made me think that perhaps David Newton was going to tell us what we, the congregation, should be doing. I was wrong. Instead, our renaissance man spoke to us about what we are doing.
Note: The definition of a modern-day renaissance man fits our David quite well: one who has acquired profound knowledge or proficiency in more than one field. After Sunday’s service, David can add storyteller to his list of accomplishments.
With Worship Associate Laurie Kelliher’s assistance, David told the children and us a true story of the Magnificent Stupendous Marvelous Fantastic apple tree he grew from one small Cortland tree. Thanks to his grafting ability, that tree had eight different kind of apples on it, including yellow delicious, red delicious, Baldwin, russet, northern spy, and Cortland. David noted people like apples have different outsides and insides, but are all very good. From two green bags, Laurie handed apples to the kids seated around her on the chancel steps, then cut one in half to show them the star pattern in the middle. David suggested the children take them home and get a “responsible adult” to cut them to see the stars, before they ate them.
A reading by Laurie, Comfort Ye My People seemed particularly apt. In it, author Barbara Rohde wrote, “If we can put aside our fear that we might say or do something to add inadvertently to the suffering of those we would comfort, if we can put aside our fear of our own loss or the pain of our own pity, then love might find its way of bringing strength to the weak and light to those in the shadows.”
David told us that the sermon he was about to give was written some months ago, in a time when worship associates were “all that stood between us and an empty pulpit” and thanked them all on behalf of the congregation.
In his sermon, David told the story of Joe and Mable—twice. Although the actual details were pretty much the same in both stories (marriage, family, jobs, sickness, depression, financial problems), the first version, as he said, was “not particularly uplifting.” The son needed special education, the daughter turned to drugs and died young, Mabel had severe depression and Joe lost his job and his retirement.
In David’s second telling, Joe and Mabel, who had different religious backgrounds, visited the USH Meeting House where they found a warm and inviting congregation, became members, were married here in a wedding to be remembered, with a fantastic, but not expensive, reception in Fellowship Hall. Most importantly, they found they were not alone in this life.
Their kids, in RE, learned to deal with life’s problems and were supported in making independent decisions. Mabel’s comfort shawl supported her in her depression, and after. She noted that almost every family in the USH had a shawl. They participated in small group ministries. Joe became active in social justice activities at the USH. His memorial service was, as they always are, a celebration of his life.
“Life moves on,” David commented, “as it always does, but with hope.” Although there were many ministers during Joe and Mabel’s life at the USH, “Compassion and concern for one another will make this a plus… This is a place where someone will know your name and where what happens to you will matter.”
The always-appropriate benediction was reading 689 in the hymnal:
Take courage friends,
The way is often hard, the path is never clear,
and the stakes are very high.
For deep down, there is another truth;
you are not alone.
The Time for All Ages and Sermon have been posted on the web here.- Kayla Costenoble
Please Help Us Keep a Promise – Would you like to give a gift to our community? Do you enjoy gardening? Did you used to have a garden and miss the time spent in your garden? We are looking for folks to help care for our Memorial Gardens during the months of May through October. If six families or individuals would “adopt” the gardens for one month, we could be sure they always were properly cared for. It would be helpful to set up a schedule so the care would be spread out to cover the entire season.
The two Memorial Gardens require reasonable care. Thirty-two families have trusted us to care for the place they chose to inter their loved one’s ashes. This is a commitment the Unitarian Society made to those families and it is one we must honor. Would you be willing to help us? If so, or if you have any questions, please call Janice or David Newton at 860-677-1121 or email email@example.com We would be happy to visit the gardens with you to show you what needs to be done. If you haven’t visited the Gardens, please do! Thank you!
The Unitarian Society of Hartford Memorial Garden
(outside the south exit off the Sanctuary)
The Memorial Garden, a place of beauty, peace and tranquility was established in 1991 and further developed because of an anonymous donation by the addition of new landscaping in 1999. A patio area with benches was also added, at that time, providing a comfortable place to mediate and remember. Plantings in the Garden were selected to produce blooming through most of the season. The Garden has an automatic watering system. In the adjacent entry from the church, is a wall plaque commemorating those whose ashes are interred in the Garden. There is a Tree of Life sculpture on the wall leading to the Garden.
The Unitarian Society of Hartford Pet Memorial Garden
(At the junction of the upper and lower parking areas)
The Unitarian Society of Hartford’s Pet Memorial Garden was constructed during the summer of 2006. Longtime member, Helen Skinner, made this beautiful place possible because of a generous gift. It is a quiet, serene area for us to come to as we remember the very special pets in our lives and find peace while dealing with our losses. - Janice Newton
Family Style Pancake Breakfast Before the Service! - We had such a good time in January, we are doing it again. Come join us for a delightful Sunday morning breakfast on April 1st between 9:00 - 10:00 AM.
You get pancakes with various ingredient and topping options, sausage, bacon and beverage for only $5 per person or $15 for per family. It couldn’t be easier. Just show up, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and chat with old friends and new acquaintances at our family style tables. This is a great way to enjoy our USH community.
Proceeds will benefit the USH General Fund (plus matching grant) and the USH Youth Group. Pay at the door if you did not buy a ticket previously.
Programs for Adults and Families - Stop by the Programs Table this Sunday during coffee hour to check out the following April offerings. Information will be available about these programs and you may register for them at that time.
The winter/spring programs are now available on the web. For more information about the programs you may call Janice Newton (860.677.1121) or email her at dcnewton(at sign)snet.net).
Book Club Meeting 29 March (More)
Friday Dinner and Movie, April 13, featuring “The Ghost Writer” (More)
Spring Training opportunity. (More)
Dinner with the Buddha, Friday, April 20, beginning at 5:30 PM. Please register no later than April 13. More
Rain Barrel Workshop, Sunday, April 22, 12:00 – 2:00 PM. (More)
USH Meditation and Dharma Gathering, Wednesdays, 5:45 – 7:00 PM.
Nonviolent Communication Practice Group, Wednesdays, 7:15 – 9:00 PM.
At 7 PM on Thursday, March 29, the USH Book Club will meet to discuss the 2011 Man Booker prize winner, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Acclaimed by many, this short novel was lauded as “a mystery of memory and missed opportunity” in a NYTimes review. Another Times reviewer concluded, “It isn’t terrible, it is just so . . . average.” Undoubtedly, as in the past, the Book Club conversation will reveal further divergent views of this book’s significance.
Those who haven’t attended before are welcome to join in the lively conversation. This meeting will take place at Nita’s home in Canton. For more information and directions, call 860-693-4269.
The April meeting will will focus on Stewart O’Nan’s 2007 book, Last Night at the Lobster. This book is readily available at local libraries.
A review at Salon.com characterized it as a “spare, nearly perfect novel in which there are no unexpected plot twists, no overarching political themes, no heavy-handed cultural memes. And yet, through the sheer force and accumulation of luminous detail, through great pathos and humanity, a novel that elevates the quotidian to mythic heights, a novel that, at well under 200 pages, delivers a narrative heft that is rare.” That’s a hefty charge; will Book Club discussants agree?
“The Ghost Writer” - “A ghostwriter stumbles onto a secret that places his life in danger as he takes down the life story of a former U.K. prime minister in this Roman Polanski-helmed adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Convinced by his agent that he's been granted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, talented British screenwriter "The Ghost" (Ewan McGregor) agrees to aid British prime minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) in completing his memoirs after the leader's former aide dies under mysterious circumstances.”*
“The swirl of visual poetry, political intrigue and personal zeal that Polanski creates gets under your skin and brings an icy hand up your back. This is moviemaking.”*
“Mr. Polanski is a magician, his movie a synthesis of Mr. Harris's sturdy narrative, a Mamet-like appreciation for the shadows that lurk between words, and a drollery that most directors wouldn't even think about attaching to a thriller.”*
Our next $10 Pizza and Salad Movie will be held on Friday, April 13, and we’ll watch the 2010 political suspense film “The Ghost Writer.” You can watch a trailer here. We’ll gather at 5:50 for popcorn and libations, with pizza at 6, movie at 7, and discussion afterwards led by Sue Tenorio, who likes this film so much she bought a copy.
You can make your reservation at the Programs Table during coffee hours (pay by cash, check or credit card) or you can call Janice at 860-677-1121 (pay by cash or check at the movie). If there’s no answer, please leave a message. Please reserve by Wednesday, April 11. We’ll need to know your choice of meat or veg pizza. Sweets and coffee/tea will also be available.
*from Rotten Tomatoes.com, where you can read more about this and other movies - Nita
Social Justice Journeys (From the UUA)
UUA Activism Opportunity -- Explore your faith with your denomination at a couple of levels: 1. Attend the April 28 Clara Barton District Annual Meeting (no cost ) as a voting representative of the USH . More. 2. Attend the Phoenix , AZ General Assembly. Details at UUA.org; send a memo to the USH Board indicating your interest and complete an application form to be an official voting delegate (available in mid-March).
UUA Annual Meeting is in Phoenix this Year - Applications for the UUA General Assembly delegation will be available shortly. For more information.
Jean Petty and Steve Shepard Memorial Fund for Social Responsibility- Request Forms and Associated Information for Project Funding are now available. You may download the application form and associated information as a Microsoft Word document.
Three FREE Panel Discussions - Poverty, Peace, Planet Earth and the Prophetic Voice
Green Topics - Did you Know? - As a way to raise awareness about sustainability and show support for climate change action Earth Hour 2012 will be held on March 31st from 8:30-9:30 PM. Many hotels and other businesses across the country will be turning off non-essential lighting for this one hour – will you?
For more information, check out: www.earthhour.org.
Water Series to Continue April 22. The third of our water series continues (More)
Rain Barrels! - Support healthy plants and soil, reduce urban runoff, trim your water bill. Rain Barrel Workshop on Earth Day, Sunday April 22, 12:00 - 2:00 PM. Sign up at the Programs Table during coffee hour. Registration deadline is April 15th. (More)
On the Calendar - Please notify Brian Mullen of all additions or changes to the calendar. Follow this link to all our scheduled events.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia - Inform the Caring Network of needs - volunteer your services. If you know of any member experiencing some difficulty, please contact Janice Newton (860.677.1121 dcnewton(at symbol)snet.net) or call the office so we can provide some assistance. A wide range of community services is also available to those in need by calling InfoLine at 211.
Transitions - The Transitions group meets the first Thursday of every month at 11 AM in David’s Den. Our next meeting is Thursday, April 5. Any and all friends and members of USH undergoing life transitions and challenges (moving, care giving, loss and grief of any kind) are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Cartland at crcartland1 at Comcast.net or Diana Heymann at heydiana42 at gmail.com
Economic justice conference, Inequality Matters, planned for Saturday, April 21st 9-1:30 PM. Keynote speaker: Chuck Collins, Senior scholar, Institute of Policy Studies and author of 99 to 1 How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It!! Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT 06517 RSVP Required here.
Meetinghouse Sing-Along, led by Maggie Greene and Ed Savage , 2-5 PM Saturday May 12 & June 9. Unitarian Meetinghouse, 50 Bloomfield Ave, Hartford, CT. Phone 860-233-9897 for information.
Denise is moving – to Ghana! - Our longtime Youth Group Leader, Densie Ackeifi, is packing up and moving to Ghana. As a result, this will be her final year at USH. Please join us following worship on June 3rd to thank her for her faithful ministry to youth and to give her a festive send-off. We’d love all present and past youth to join us on that day. Please spread the word.
From the Editor: Suggestions for Contributors.
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