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SUNDAY June 24 ~ 10:30 AM

Sermon: "Getting to Know UU" This is our occasional series of interviews of our members who share the story of their faith journey. In this service, Josh Cottrill will interview one of our longtime members, Pam Carlson.

BUC Spotlight

The End is NOT Near!

This is our Minister's message in our April newsletter, CONTACT.

"In New Yorker cartoons (and possibly in real life) you see people walking around with sandwich boards pro-claiming “the end is near!”
I am here to tell you that the end is not near. Nothing is coming to destroy us, and nothing is coming to save us. I’m not optimistic—believing that good things will happen no matter what we do; and I’m not pessimistic, believing that no matter what happens, we’re doomed. I’m hopeful.

Hope, says Rebecca Solnit, “is the belief that what we do matters, even though how and when it may matter, who and what it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand. We may not, in fact, know of them afterward either, but they matter all the same.”

- Voting is an expression of hope: we may not know the impact or effect of our one ballot, or our conversations about the election, but we believe that it matters all the same.

- A Sunday morning service is an expression of hope: that gathering together we ourselves may be transformed in ways we may not know or anticipate or perceive at the time – and that our presence, compassion, connections with others may be transformative to them as well.

- Service work is an expression of hope: when we serve at an overnight emergency shelter, we don’t know who will be there, or their circumstances: where they’ve come from or where they’re going. Nonetheless, we believe that little bit of service matters in ways we may never know.

When we are a people of hope, we are keeping faith with the ancestors who brought us to this moment: the ancestors in our own lives, and the generations before us who have created and kept vital this church community. Keeping faith with our ancestors doesn’t mean to do what they did. It doesn’t mean to live their lives over again, to make the same choices, to stumble in the same places. It means to do what they made possible for us.
To be true to the generations that brought us here to this moment in this house is not to do the same things they did, expecting different results, but instead, to look back and lift up those enduring values and hopes we still hold that we can go forward here and now in ways that make sense for this era and its future.

“The end is not near.” It means the end of the world isn’t coming. It means there’s time. It also means we’ve got our work to do always to live our mission and to keep faith the generations past and those yet to come.

Let’s go to work.
In hope,
Rev. David

The "Hope Soap" Project

The children of Beverly Unitarian Church are lovingly referred to as our BUC Kids and they are an integral and cherished part of this church community. Their Unitarian Universalist (UU) education centers itself around the seven UU principles, which is our moral guide and an expression of our values.

In our church, the children are taught these values through project-based learning. The focus of their work this Spring is one fine example of what this means. They are making what they call “Hope Soap” to bring to those who are homeless. (You can see photos of the children at work on our Facebook page.) Our children are living at least three of our UU principles, demonstrating the values that we want them to have. Compassion. Respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Recognizing that all of us are connected.

They are in the process of creating a website and their plan is to make soap for six weeks. Then they will deliver their fun shaped soaps, each good for at least one use, to shelters and outside locations like tent cities. The kids are now thinking about selling their soap to generate donation money for organizations who support those who struggle with homelessness.

Let's Do What We Can!

This is Reverend David's March article in our monthly newsletter, CONTACT. His message remind each of us to not be overwhelmed but to keep our focus on what we can do to fight for justice.

“Don’t let the everything that you can’t do keep you from the something that you can.”
I keep returning to this theme because it isn’t easy to remember. Our culture says everything is up to you all by yourself, and everything is the result of individual choices. Everything comes down to your personal guilt and responsibility -- and you should do everything you can to minimize it.
So you get paralyzed, or overwhelmed, or numb, and let go of a commitment to change the world for the better. But all that inward-looking keeps us from seeing the scale of the effort underway, keep us from appreciating all the groups and teams fighting for justice.
Our task is to stay focused: what's incumbent on each of us is not to do everything but to do something.
“Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,” writes the Apostle Paul to the early church -- which was still an underground church, an illegal church, a church whose people had to live inside empire: a community of resistance which called its people to hope in a time of despair.
“Do not be conformed to the world,” this may be the most dangerous verse in the Bible, suggests Rev. Robin Meyers, because conformity is what comes naturally to us: there no other verse which so upsets the status quo.
Nearly two thousand years later, our theology may be very different, but we are like those early Christians, gathering to keep their identity and keep their moral commitments intact while living in empire.
So that, when the days come, when we are asked to be complicit in the unconscionable, we can say no.
The poet Charles Bukowski charges us this:
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you
In Hope,
Rev. David"

Thank You!

December was a busy month! The Beverly Unitarian Church opens its doors to the larger community and they never fail to respond positively.

We began on the first Saturday of the month with our Breakfast with Santa "FUN"draiser. Everyone who is able pitches in to work the event, mostly because it is so much fun and Char Lichtenfeld, who chairs the event, sees to it that things run smoothly. She's had a lot of experience because we've been doing this for years and it is delightful to see how the children grow and change from year to year. Almost all of the attendees are not members of the church and we are thrilled that our church home is the place where Santa resides one day of the year. It is a four hour whirlwind with a few tears shed here and there by some of the more skeptical toddlers Nonetheless, the delicious $5 breakfast, which has never gone up in price, makes everyone happy. Even the adults!

Visitors in December can't miss seeing "Santa's Holiday Resale Shop" on display in the church's vestibule and foyer. Every year, the donations pour in to become a treasure for some lucky buyer. The kids love it too because it all began as a way for them to learn about the art of giving. There are always lots of reasonably priced items that become their gifts for their families.

That Saturday was also the kick off of the Christmas Tree Sale. Jean Hardy Robinson champions this fundraiser, which is a long standing tradition in the community. Jean purchases 100 freshly cut trees of all sizes. The sale only lasts four days but the conversations we have with our neighbors provide long lasting memories. Ours is the Christmas tree lot that is filled with good will and camaraderie.

On the Sunday before Christmas, the children of the church conduct the holiday service. What they decide to perform is always a wonderful surprise and we are all rewarded afterwards at the ANNUAL COOKIE WALK. It's a magical experience! Members spend lots of time baking at home and then they bring their goodies to church and then buy each others cookies. It may not make sense but it does make for a good time and tins filled with a wide variety of delicious carbs.

Thank you to all who visited the castle this season. We hope you enjoyed your pancakes and photos with Santa, the treasurers you found at our resale boutique and your fragrant Christmas tree. Happy New Year and see you next year.

Buddhist Meditation

Reverend Marcia Curtis invites you to participate in a Buddhism-based meditation in a group setting. Join us Sundays at 7:30pm in the church sanctuary. Newcomers welcome.

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