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.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs will hear member Ann Hair speak on “Liberal Religion and Core Values of the Modern World”. Liberal religion is a religious tradition which embraces the theological diversity of a congregation rather than a single creed, authority, or writing.
If you would like to learn more about our faith, please join us at 10:00am for coffee and the service, which begins at 10:30am.
The Wisdom Seekers book group meets at 9:00am and welcomes you to join for what is always an interesting discussion, as it concludes The Antidote, by Oliver Burkeman.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, 100 Norwalk St., welcome Journalist Cal Wasson, of Hot Springs, who will speak on his recent article for the Mature Arkansas magazine, which analyzed new data that found church membership, attendance and even belief in God has plummeted in the past decade with huge generational differences. The former TV news director, reporter and anchorman also reported that Unitarian Universalism is one of the few religions that is not in decline and actually shows growth. Please join us at 10:00am for coffee and the service which begins at 10:30am.
The Religious Exploration group will continue Bart Ehrman’s lecture series, “From Christ to Constantine…the first 300 years of Christianity” at 9:00am. All are welcome, and to learn more about our liberal faith, visit us at www.uuchurchhotsprings.org.
“THE BIBLE AND HUMANISM”, is the topic for Sunday’s message at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs. Rev. Bud Hearn explores the Humanistic stream in both Testaments. He reminds us that, “Eclipsed in the Bible is its humanistic stream. Perhaps due to the fact that when the church “raised” Jesus to the “Christ” such overshadowed Jesus as a humanist.
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 Unitarian Universalist Village 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.
We’ll have church at the regular time, 10:30. Then, we’ll have a brief meeting, followed by a potluck lunch. If there are pressing matters that cannot be decided at the meeting, we’ll resume the meeting after lunch.
Packets with bylaws, budget, nominations for officers, policies, and strategic plans will be passed out at church on May 26 and mailed to those not in attendance.
Kyle Acosta, Garland County, will speak on CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA volunteers advocate for foster children in the court system.
Carol Stanfill, CASA volunteer in Montgomery County will be lay leader. This special Fathers’ Day we will celebrate fathers and children.Come learn more about the program and see if you can help support this effort. Bring your father!