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Member in the Pulpit: Eileen Klees
Sermon: "The Moral Demands of Climate Change"
This sermon was written by Rev. Marilyn Seward, 1st Unitarian of Portland, OR, and adapted for this service to include specific action we can take to create the social and political will to address this most pressing problem. "At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God's creation and the one human family." - US Catholic Bishops, Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good, 2001.
Music: The BUC Choir
Every year, A New Direction (AND) bestows an award upon a partner who helps them fulfill their mission of providing domestic violence services, which include legal advocacy, children's therapy, and domestic violence education. At Ridge Country Club on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at AND's annual fundraiser, the Women of the Castle were recognized for their "steadfast support of A New Direction over the years." The Beverly Unitarian Church is proud to support the work of those who improve the lives of women and children and we are proud to have our longest member, Mary Sparks, accept the award. Mary is a lifelong supporter of women and issues around women's rights.
Friday, Sept. 16 through Monday, Oct. 10, BUC will host “Siberia Souls,” an exhibition of LED light sculptures created by artist, neuroscientist and friend of our congregation Audrius “Andy” Plioplys. The exhibit arose out of Andy’s work on the Hope and Spirit project at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Chicago, which marked the 70-year anniversary of the mass deportations to Siberia by Stalin and commemorated the victims of these atrocities. Four of Andy’s blood relatives died during NKVD interrogations, and eight were deported to Siberia. In the creation of Hope and Spirit, over 400 letters and photographs sent from Siberia were found and saved from oblivion.
"In the LED light sculptures I incorporate these photographs and letters. If we remember departed individuals, in a sense they remain immortal. Memories are stored in neural networks in our brains. The photographic images appear from under layers of my own neural networks, brain scan images, and brain wave tracings.
The primary purpose of this project was to inform the general public of these events and the deaths of millions of innocent people. If history is forgotten, it will repeat itself. Recent events indicate that my concerns were indeed prophetic. History is repeating itself."
BUC will show seven light sculptures and four color prints. The rest of the works in the series will be on display concurrently at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is the world’s largest competitive art exhibit, taking over the entire city for a month. This sequence is being premiered at Fountain Street Church in an exhibit concerning social justice and is co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The exhibit will kick off with an opening and artist lecture on Friday, Sept. 16 from 7 to 9 PM. The church will be open for drop-in viewing hours on Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM and Sundays from 12-2 PM. In addition, “Siberia Souls” will be featured as part of the Beverly Art Walk, Saturday, Oct. 1 from 12-7 PM.
On Saturday, October 1 from 8:30 to 11 AM, Beverly area residents can safely dispose of household electronic and hazardous household waste by bringing items to the parking lot of Beverly Unitarian Church located at Seeley Avenue and 103rd. Chicago. The event is organized by the Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church.
The following electronic items will be accepted: computers, monitors, printers, laptops, peripherals, cell phones and small televisions.
The following hazardous household chemicals and items will be accepted: mercury-florescent bulbs, anti-freeze, used motor oil, oil-based paints, gasoline, paint thinner, aerosol paints, hobby chemicals, car batteries, rechargeable batteries, lawn chemicals, solvents, drain cleaners, pool chemicals, hobby and photographic chemicals, mercury thermometers.
Note: we will also accept clean Styrofoam packing materials and egg cartons for recycling. (no packing peanuts). Textbooks and eyeglasses will continue to be accepted for reuse or recycling.
The following items will NOT be accepted: Freon, incandescent bulbs, appliances, alkaline batteries, bio-hazardous products, needles, latex, acrylic or water-based paints, caulk or cleaning products, or oth-water-soluble products.
Donations are requested at the event to defray collection costs. For more information, contact Eileen Klees at 773-968-3396 eklees@ or Fran Sowa, 708-229-0390, firstname.lastname@example.org
9 AM to 2 PM
The Women of the Castle are hosting a "Flea Market on the Lawn" in front of the church. The event transforms the 103rd & Longwood Drive corner into a lively and friend filled space as neighbors meet and greet while browsing, bargaining and selling. Everyone is invited to purchase space for a table at the flea market for $25; tables are not provided. Stop by and be sure to visit the "Women of the Castle Table."
Childcare for our youngest is available during services.
All children are welcome!
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.