details will be added soon
Humanism and its varieties of expression, Bonnie Schlabowski, lay leader
Rebecca Ricks on piano
From Sunnye Davis’s talk on September22, 2013
The theme was “Homecoming” for the month of September. Sunnye gave such an inspiring speech on homecoming, that I asked her for permission to post the letter she wrote. When she sold her family’s Texarkana home of 30 years, she was feeling nostalgic. Writing a letter for the new owners helped her and, I ‘m sure, was enjoyed by the new family. Here’s the text of her letter, written in 2011:
“In 1979 a man and his wife walked through a wooded area in Stuart Estates to select a lot for a future home for the two of them and their three Norman Rockwell picture look-alike boys. They selected a plot late to be known as their home on Joyce Street, and so it began. Being from West Texas, the man loved trees. In fact, when the couple embarked on the marking of trees for cutting before the foundation was to be laid, the man followed the woman, remarking hers in order to save ALL trees possible. The original lot was like a forest. The foundation was laid and soon, in March 1981, the family moved into the house on Joyce Street.
Bud Hearn looks at “Taking Your Ethical Blood Pressure.”
This Sunday the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, 100 Norwalk St, welcome back Rev. Dr. Bud Hearn, who will speak on “Taking Your Ethical Blood Pressure.” He explains, “Is the ethical life like playing from a fixed text, or it is close to the improvisation of jazz? The genius of improvisation seems to be a better metaphor for the human ethical response than struggling to apply a single text to every situation. However, for ethical systems to work they must be given authority. But who adjudicates.”
Rev. Dr. Bud Hearn is a retired Presbyterian Minister. Ministry was a second career after thirteen years in public secondary education as a teacher and administrator. Bud chaired and taught in the School of Religion, University of Wyoming; and served as part time staff at the Theological Seminary, University of Dubuque, IA. He currently teaches progressive religious studies classes in Hot Springs Village sponsored by the UUV Church. Bud holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Upsala College, Montclair Teachers College, University of Dubuque, and Rutgers University. He and his wife Pat, retired to Hot Springs Village in 1994.
Please join us for coffee and refreshments at 10:00am, followed by the service at 10:30am.
There will be no 9:00am event as this is the fifth Sunday, so we will see you all at 10:00 for coffee and donuts?
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs welcomes you this Sunday to hear Sunnye Davis, speak on Homecoming. Sunnye says about coming home, “Home is not brick and mortar … rather it’s the pictures in your mind that are painted on your heart … MEMORIES and those who make them.” She give us her perspective on the meaning of homecoming though personal stories and observances.
Sunnye studied at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, with degrees in mathematics and history. She has made her home in Hot Springs, having moved from Texarkana after retiring from a twenty-one year career as a financial consultant and investment broker.
The service is at 10:30AM, with refreshments served at 10:00AM. Please come a little early to share a cup and chat before the service.
The Religious Exploration group will continue with, “The First 300 Years of Christianity” at 9:00am.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs,100 Norwalk St., will feature John Goodman, executive director of Garland County Habitat for Humanity who will speak at 10:30 am, Sunday about his work over the past 13 years with the organization. The title of this talk will be “Coming Home”. When people work together, statistics become faces with names. That’s exactly what Habitat for Humanity stands for.
John is a retired Air Force chaplain, and sees his work as a continuation of his ministry. John explains, “I have seen small children grow up in these homes. Seeing them unashamed of where they live is the best part.” Rebecca Ricks will be at the piano.
The Religious Exploration group meet at 9:00 am, and are studying, “From Christ to Constantine (the first Christian Emperor) the First 300 Years of Christianity.” All are welcome.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, 100 Norwalk St, welcomes you this Sunday at 10:30, as president, Carol Stanfill, leads us in our traditional Ingathering Water Ceremony.
Members bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one pour their water together into a single container. As the water is added, the person who brought it tells why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. The Water Ceremony/ Communion Service is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. (10:30)
Given the current environment, it seems most appropriate to rededicate ourselves to this important principle of our faith.
The Wisdom Seekers book group meet with a new book, “The Almost Church Revitalized,” by Michael Durall and Bonnie Mettler (9:00)
A UU family moves into a new neighborhood. Their little girl finds a new playmate, and they are happily getting to know each other. One day, the playmate says, “We’re Episcopalians, what are you?” The UU child thinks for a minute and says, “I’m not sure, but I think we’re League of Women Voters.”
Person A (Mainstream Protestant Denomination): I hear that you allow all sorts of weirdo in your church. Atheists, Buddhists, Pagans… Person B (Unitarian Universalist): We allow Christians too — we’re very open-minded! UUs are the people who pray, “To whom it may concern….
We all know the jokes, and in spite of the fact that we do generally laugh as we see ourselves in them, it is also the reason that some of us find ourselves tongue-tied when someone asks us “what do Uus believe.” And how is it we can live in harmony with one another, not having a clear concise answer to this seemingly basic question? How is it that we can all have differing beliefs, or non-beliefs about God, and still have respect and love for each other? My conclusion is that it is because of the fact that each of us has agreed to live our lives as best we can by the 7 Principles in support of the 6 sources of our religion.
And now I want to share a true story from a UU minister and author, Sara Campbell. This story touched me in a unique way and I wanted you to have that opportunity too.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, 100 Norwalk St., welcome you this Sunday at 10:30am, to hear both Dr. Allan Ward and Mrs. Ruth Shepherd discuss the topic Community Building.
Dr. Ward will begin by discussing the need we all have for a supportive community, explaining the work of the organization, Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA), toward that goal for the past fifty years. During that time, JCA has presented awards to people whose time and efforts helped to advance the goals of unity and inclusiveness of diversity in our communities.
Allan Ward is Professor Emeritus of the University of Little Rock in Communication Studies and has traveled to many countries in the world to study intercultural communication, gathering material for his classes in that area.
Ruth Shepherd is the Executive Director of Just Communities of Arkansas. She has done in-depth interviews with award recipients to explore the sources of their inner motivation to build inclusive communities. For the fiftieth anniversary of the awards this year, she wrote a book describing the more than one hundred people in inspiring stories of their lives and contributions.
The book is entitled The Company We Keep: 50 years of Arkansans Creating Just Communities. She will share stories of her experiences with these people, the insights she gained, and the inspiration we can all receive from them. The book is a testimony to the mission of JCA: “Building communities where every person is valued, every voice is heard, and everyone has a fair chance to succeed.”
The 9:00am Religious Exploration group will continue the DVD and discussion of the First Three Hundred Years of Christianity