Cinco de Mayo – May 5, 2013

Glenda Field

Glenda Field

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, 100 Norwalk St., invites you to hear member Glenda Field share a sermon in honor of Cinco de Mayo, entitled “Welcome to the Borderlands.”

This is a story of immigration, written by Rev. Fred Small, First Parish in Cambridge.  It is his reflections from a trip he made to Phoenix, Arizona, on July 28, 2010, to stand on the side of love with immigrant families.

Religious Exploration

The Religious Exploration group will continue Bart Ehrman’s lecture series, “From Christ to Constantine … the first 300 years of Christianity”, at 9:00 a.m., followed by refreshments at 10:00am and the sermon at 10:30am.  All are welcome.

Carol Stanfill, lay leader.

“If You Meet Buddha …” – April 28, 2013

"If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him: The pilgrimage Of Psychotherapy Patients"

“If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him: The pilgrimage Of Psychotherapy Patients”

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, 100 Norwalk St., invites you join us at 10:30 am, April 28, 2013, to hear members Ann Hair and Dane Thomas share what they learned from the book entitled If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him, by Sheldon Kopp.

Ann explains, “We have never forgotten a list of truths listed at the back of the book, headed: “An Eschatological Laundry List, A Partial Register of the 927 Eternal Truths.”  Our service will be built around the insights we gained from reading them as well as a discussion about them with the congregation”.

The Wisdom Seekers book group will meet at 9:00 am to continue the discussion of the book, The Antidote, by Oliver Burkeman, followed by coffee and refreshments at 10:00 am.

A note from Carol:

This was a new word for me, so here’s the dictionary note.

es·cha·tol·o·gy

[es-kuh-tol-uh-jee]

noun

Any system of doctrines concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc.

Solar Energy, World Peace and You – Bob Nagy – Apr. 14, 2013

Denise Marion – Lay Leader

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, welcomes you this Sunday at 10:30am, to hear guest speaker, Bob Nagy, speak on “Solar Energy, World Peace and You.”

We are in a transition from being hunter-gatherers of our energy, to cultivators of a sustainable supply.  We have to lead our leaders through this change.  Luckily, it is easy to do and costs less than ever in history.  By making oil superfluous, we take away a main cause of international strife and a main generator of human suffering.

Bob has worked as an engineer for ABC TV, NASA Houston and the University of Texas.  He hand-built his solar home in Austin, Texas and retired at 47 to Hot Springs.  Bob also has a polka band. and he teaches Solar power at National Park Community College.

At 9:00am, the Wisdom Seekers, will continue the discussion of “The Antidote” by Oliver Burkeman, followed by refreshments and social time at 10:00am

A New Website for Our Church

Hello!

We are in the process of creating a new website for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs.  Please excuse our “dust” during this construction process.

Please let me know of any ideas you may have for the new website.

Carol

Blue Marble – Denise Marion – April 7, 2013

Jane Hufstedler – Lay Leader

View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon.

View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon.

“The Blue Marble” is the title of the most famous photograph of planet Earth. It was taken by the astronauts of Apollo 17 who saw our fully illuminated planet, a jewel suspended in the black void of space, isolated, precious, and fragile.

Looking back over 40 years, what changes in human affairs have been influenced by the image of Earth from space?

 

Some Thoughts From Denise Henderson – Aug. 21, 2011

Chalice Lighting (We will say)

UUChurch_LogoAt the opening of Unitarian Universalist worship services, many congregations light a flame inside a chalice. This flaming chalice has become a well-known symbol of our denomination. It unites our members in worship and symbolizes the spirit of our work.

Chalice Lighting Responsive Reading by Charles A. Howe (Congregation will Read)

We light this chalice to affirm that new light is ever waiting to break through to enlighten our ways: That new truth is ever waiting to break through to illumine our minds And that new love is ever waiting to break through to warm our hearts. May we be open to this light, and to the rich possibilities that it brings us.

Dwight Brown Leadership Experience – William R. Murray

These are the days that have been given to us; let us rejoice and be glad in them. These are the days of our lives; let us live them in joy and service. These are the days of mystery and wonder; let us cherish and celebrate them in gratitude together. These are the days that have been given to us; let us make them stories worth telling to those who come after us.

Carol and I have been asked to condense 6 intense days into a 20 minute summary, which has required “wicked editing” on our part. We will only be able to barley skim the surface of the “Experience,” but we’d be pleased to provide more in depth information at any time. We hope to share and implement our learnings in the future. I personally want to thank you for the opportunity to attend. It was a true privilege.

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