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SUNDAY July 12 ~ 10:30 AM

Guest in the Pulpit: Rev. Lucas Hergert
Sermon: "Faith on a Tightrope"
Sometimes, it can feel as vulnerable as walking on a tightrope. How do we find faith for taking the next steps when we encounter uncertainty? This is a sermon about nurturing faith and finding hope in challenge.

Join us for this online service at 10:30am on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/beverlyunitarian
Gather for a virtual coffee hour. The link is posted after the service and in the Friday eBulletin.

The Rev. Lucas Hergert has been a minister since 2009, currently serving the North Shore Unitarian Church in Deerfield, Illinois. He grew up in a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Cincinnati, Ohio, and first heard his call to the ministry in high school. Lucas holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Miami University, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion. Lucas was also previously a college faculty member, teaching courses in philosophy and comparative religion. His interests include yoga, Shakespeare plays, biking, continental philosophy, fantasy novels, interfaith work, and humor.

BUC Spotlight

Minister's June Message

"We lived in Minneapolis, Teri and I, when our kids were small. For three years we lived around the corner from the intersection where George Floyd was murdered. Every work day, I got on the #5 bus at 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis. I know that intersection. I know that convenience store. I know that gas station. I know the real estate ads on the bus stop benches. I waited for the bus on the same patch of cement where he was murdered. Our house was around the corner, but we never lived in the Minneapolis where George Floyd was murdered.

My Black neighbors and I lived on the same block but we did not live in the same city. That was Boston, too, when I lived there. That’s Chicago too: my Black neighbors and I live in the same building but we live in two different cities. In Hyde Park, in Beverly, in a scattering of other neighborhoods around Chicago, white folks talk a good game about integration, but we don’t yet live in the same city as our next door neighbors. Here’s the number of times I got hassled by a cop in Minneapolis: zero. I mean: getting off the bus at midnight, the patrol cars never even slowed down. I mean: rolling through the stop signs, they didn’t even shake their head at me. I mean: jaywalking downtown the cops called out the two Black men next to me and didn’t even notice me not break stride. The police were there to protect me from people who looked like them. The rules for white America and the rules for Black America are not the same. I lived three blocks from where George Floyd was murdered but we never even lived in the same country.

This system of supremacy that values white lives as if they matter more than Black lives flourishes in countless ways, large and small – but it isn’t inevitable and it can be undone. The Unitarian Pete Seeger said that if the world was going to be saved, it would be saved by ten thousand little things. We’re committed to doing everything in our power to undo it: learn, listen, protest, give, vote. The 19th century Unitarian minister Edward Everett Hale gives us the benediction—the good word that sends us onward—forward into the work: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
In hope, David

From the Minister

In BUC's May newsletter, Contact, Reverend David provides a fine description of what Unitarian Universalism is. Shared here is only the ending paragraph, written with clear vision and hope.
"This promise is for us. For everyone. Everyone. It meets you where you are and says come, take my hand, journey with me. Together. In our church building or in our living rooms, in times of hope and times of uncertainty, when things are easy and when things are hard and when we’re apart, we’re still together, none of us alone, companioned.
In hope,
Rev. David"
Click on the link to the left to read his column in its entirety.

BUC Virtual Open Mic Night!

Time: Friday, Mar 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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BUC member, Maria Moser is hosting our second BUC VIRTUAL open mic night from 7:00-9:00 pm. You can watch and listen, or share a song or talent with us! Use the link below to join us.

https://zoom.us/j/354995136

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+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 354 995 136

Minister's February Message

Reverend David's message begins with, "Let’s map the color line in this nation, right now." The statistics will take your breath away and tug at your moral compass because we already know the dangers of complacency. David then closes with, "If you are a person committed to justice in the world, join the chorus of voices, each different, each working in their own way, and together make plain that the way things are isn’t the way things should be: face reality when the world is in denial.
In hope,
Rev. David"
If you click on CONTACT to the left, you can read Rev. David's powerful message in full.

Buddhist Meditation

Reverend Marcia Curtis is temporarily canceling the Sunday evening meditation until further notice. For more information please click redlotussangha.org.
We hope to resume the meditation and dharma talks in the next few weeks.

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