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SUNDAY August 16 ~ 10:30 AM

Patchwork Service: Members in the pulpit
This service from our Patchwork series brings personal stories and insights from BUC members on the topic of race. “Because we fail to listen to each other's stories, we are becoming a fragmented human race.” Madeleine L'Engle.
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.

BUC Spotlight

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.

Taking Hope

Below is Rev David Schwartz's column in the January issue of Contact, our church newsletter. It is, to say the least, worth repeating.
From the Minister
"Hope happens exactly in the middle of difficulty.
A 36-year old geography teacher named Scott Warren joined with others in the activist group No More Deaths—a ministry of the Unitarian Universalist church in Tucson—to provide food and water to those crossing this country’s Southwest border.
In the summer of 2017, during an intense heatwave, the government we elected directed our Border Patrol to set up surveillance of Warren. We caught him in the act of providing food, water, and clothing to two migrants who had walked from Central America. Having caught him, the government we elected charged Mr. Warren with three felonies. We prosecuted him for providing humanitarian life-saving aid to the stranger. For two years, we prosecuted him for being the good Samaritan.
Just over a month ago, in his second trial, the jury emphatically declared him not guilty. He went free. The work of No More Deaths continues.
F Scott Fitzgerald wrote “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.”
When we tell the nativity story on Christmas Eve, we rarely dwell on the very next event to happen in the Gospel from Matthew. In his telling, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus fled to Egypt within 24 hours of the birth, escaping a tyrannical king bent on genocide. It was, for them, hopeless, and yet they were determined that it should be otherwise, as it is for countless refugees today.
In a world that is volatile, complex, unpredictable, uncertain, in lives that are not guaranteed peace, or tranquility, or even the promise of real justice, we a people who believe in hope exactly in the midst of difficulty. We light a chalice each week in the service in part because we are called to be light-bearers to one another.
The poet Jan Richardson writes:
Blessed are you
who bear the light
in unbearable times,
who testify
to its endurance
amid the unendurable,
who bear witness
to its persistence
when everything seems
in shadow
and grief.
Blessed are you
in whom
the light lives,
in whom
the brightness blazes—
your heart
a chapel,
an altar where
in the deepest night
can be seen
the fire that
shines forth in you
in unaccountable faith
in stubborn hope
in love that illumines
every broken thing
it finds.
In hope,
Rev. David"

Castle Concert Tonight at 7 PM

January 11, 2020
Larry Gray & John Moulder at Beverly Givins Castle
Tickets on line concertsatthecastle.org
Great music right here in Beverly!!!
Bassist and composer Larry Gray demonstrates an impressive versatility and an uncommon musical curiosity. Throughout the years he has worked with such jazz greats as George Coleman, Lee Konitz, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Fortune, Ira Sullivan, Junior Mance, David "Fathead" Newman, Charles McPherson, Branford Marsalis, Benny Golson, Jackie McLean, Sonny Stitt, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Al Cohn, Eddie Harris and Les McCann.
In addition, he has collaborated with guitarists Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, and Tal Farlow, as well as the drummers Ed Thigpen and Jack DeJohnette, and trumpeters Donald Byrd and Harry "Sweets" Edison, among others.
John Moulder is a guitarist and composer whose music has evolved from an assimilation of various musical traditions. His most recent release entitled Decade: Memoirs (Origin 2018) features Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland, Steve Rodby, Paul Wertico and Ernie Adams and features 7 new compositions penned by Moulder that were inspired by meaningful events and people in Moulders life.

Thank You, Good Neighbors & Friends!

December is a month filled with requests for donations from organizations that rely on the generosity of the larger community. Beverly Unitarian Church does the same but we offer some wonderful things in exchange.

If you purchased your Christmas tree from the church's annual sale, THANK YOU! You were one of 100 families who took home a beautiful, perfectly straight tree in exchange for your support of a local church. Shop earlier next year if you missed out on a castle tree because we only offer 100 trees each year and sales only happen over four days for two weekends.

If you enjoyed one of the 300 breakfasts served on December 7th, Santa loved eating with you AND the Women of the Castle want to say, "THANK YOU!" Thanks to your participation and generosity, the Women of the Castle are able to provide financial support to the church and to local, charitable organizations.

Happy New Year 2020 and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

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.

Religious Education

       

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