Come join us at 10:30 am, this Sunday as the Unitarian Universalist church of Hot Springs, 100 Norwalk St., presents an inspirational and enlightening service of music. There are some singer/songwriters who obviously have a mission to teach through their music. From the hippie-eastern wisdom of Donovan, to the hard-won lyrics of the contemporary rock band Cloud Cult, these songs can inspire and literally help us through hard times.
Dane Thomas will play D.J. with a selection of such songs. He gleans his insights from a checkered past which includes evangelical Christian roots, a pagan ritual group in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Zazin sitting practice and participation in the radical faerie community.
We hope that you will join us and share in this musical experience, and, for the Religious Exploration group who meet at 9:00am, to continue with the DVD series, “The First 300 Years of Christianity”, led by member Geary Hufstedler.
Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 9:00 am.
Our UU Church will again continue their long history of providing lunches for the 25 Volunteer workers at Habitat for Humanity at their work sites. On August 10th, we will provide an early lunch at 9:15 am. (set up time 9 am).
Several UU members have signed up to provide food for the workers. We could use another person to sign up for fresh fruit and/or cookies, brownies. Everyone is welcome to come see the work site and tour the homes.
- From Malvern Ave., East on Silver Street, then Mellersh is second street to left.
- From East Grand: turn south on Palmetto Street (at bright orange house). Mellersh is first street to right. Look for construction site.
Contact Dorothy Clark for more information
Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) is composed of individuals, congregations and groups who believe the sacred writings of all faith traditions ask us to care for creation, protect the planet and preserve fragile ecosystems that sustain life. Like the Good Samaritan story illustrates, sometimes it takes a “nobody” like you and me to act- to take action to correct a problem.
Ark. IPL views environmental issues from a non-partisan, theological perspective and is open to people of all faith traditions. Members make presentations to increase awareness levels of environmental issues, work on energy efficiency improvement projects at houses of worship and community buildings in low-income areas, and sign letters and call our representatives in Washington, D.C. regarding environmental legislation and ask others to do the same.
Our speaker is Sharmel Rousel. Scharmel Roussel was a founding member of Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light in 2009. Since 2012, she has served the organization as Outreach Coordinator as a member of Arkansas Energy Corps. In 2013, she was named executive director of Arkansas IPL. Scharmel also served on the Steering Committee for the “Ground for Hope” Conference in April, 2013 at St. Margaret Episcopal Church in Little Rock, with attendees from a variety of faith traditions, including Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu.
Scharmel earned a BA in English at Hendrix College, an MA in Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and certification in Information Technology, also at UALR. She worked for Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church as Communications Director for 17 years before joining Arkansas Energy Corps. During her service years for Arkansas Energy Corps, she has also provided part-time freelance work for Ferncliff Camp, a Presbyterian facility; Arkansas Natural Awakenings Magazine, a monthly publication; Arkansas Renewable Energy Association’s online newsletter; St. Paul United Methodist Church in Maumelle; and Eco Social Events, offering earth-friendly planning for social occasions.
We will have Movie Night at the church Friday, July 26 at 6:00 pm. I have reserved the movie “42 – The Jackie Robinson Story, PG13,” which was released just last week. Denise Henderson
Hello, my name is Ann Hair, and I will be presenting the program this morning.
The song “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean” that we sang is about the warship, Constitution, better known as “Old Ironsides”, which dates back to 1797 in the days when there were only 15 stars and fifteen stripes on our flag. She was one of six heavy frigates commissioned by the young US government to protect merchant shipping during the quazi war with France and also to fight the Barbary pirates. She is the oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. The words of the song give us an idea of the pride Americans felt from the beginning in our ability to “make tyranny tremble.” We’ll come back to her later because this morning I will be presenting some ideas about what we seem to value as a nation these days, and how a liberal religion might reflect on the current state of the union.
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The July, 2013 InSpirit newsletter is now available for you to read online.
Carol Stanfill, congregational president, represented our church at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly of Congregations in June, 2013. At the Louisville, Kentucky Convention Center, over 3000 participants gathered to educate, inspire, and covenant with one another. The realization that a small ( but growing!) church in Hot Springs, AR is an integral part of the “big picture” was exciting. UUs around the world continue to work for justice, morality, ecological responsibility, and acceptance of all people. This has always been our tradition. Come join us for a report on how Universal Unitarians are making our world better every day
The Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Norwalk St, presents Niko Walker, 17, visiting from Monteverde, Costa Rica, who will share impressions of India with stories of the back packing trip he made and the impact the impressions had on his life. His grandfather, Geary Hufstedler, will be the service lay leader and music will include guitar and singing by Riley Walker, Niko’s twin sister, and Simon James, a former American Boy Choir member. Please join us at 10:30 am, for this service that celebrates youth and the lessons they have to share with us.
Please join us this Sunday at 10:30am, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, as our service will be unique in that it will be a musical service led by Joe Sturgill, with accompaniment by Rebecca Ricks. The congregation will learn some new songs and different ways of singing some familiar tunes. The service theme is “Be ye lamps unto yourselves” from Gautama Buddha and “Love” from the Bible, First Corinthians, Chapter 13.
This year, we once again will go to the rec center at Scott and Linell Lasiter’s home for an early morning boat ride on Lake Hamilton (optional) and pancake breakfast.
For those wanting to participate in the 7:00 AM boat ride, our house will be open by 6:15 AM. We’ll serve coffee on the patio overlooking the water. We have about 7 lifejackets, so anyone with a few more to share would be great. I just went out this morning on a practice run. I saw a beaver and watched an otter as it kept catching fish, popping up and eating them about 20 yards from the boat. The water and scenery were beautiful with a low lying blanket of fog covering the water as you made the final turn where Blakely Dam can be seen. I am not sure if anyone else will be bringing another boat as last year, but we do have room to dock it.
9:00: Short church service and breakfast to follow the optional boat ride. These will be at the recreation center there.
Call 501-538-5816 for directions to Scott and Linell’s home.