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SUNDAY Service ~ January 16

Join us at 10:30 AM
LIVE STREAMED on Zoom. Due to the increasing COVID positivity rate, we are again "meeting" online, using the link below.
Rev. Allen Harden
Sermon: "Truth and Race History"
In anticipation of MLK Day on Monday, I will try to address the information wars that now surround racial history in the United States, and how they have become
fully enmeshed in American politics and opinion formation. Truth and ideology vie for control of how we write our history, and the narratives we allow to be created
have far-reaching impacts.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83578034674?pwd=SlBGc2YwbDFnb2JXOUtlaXBhQWV5QT09
Meeting ID: 835 7803 4674
Passcode: 818162
Remain on Zoom after the service for fellowship and discussion.

BUC Spotlight

Julia's Message

Julia's message is taken straight from the November issue of our church newsletter, Contact. It's worth reading, more than once.
"From the Ministerial Intern
There is a squirrel in my backyard; well, there are many, but there is one in particular that we see a lot of. First we saw him checking and rechecking holes in the flowerbeds. Then we saw him tackling the bird feeders. Lately he’s taken to sitting in the hanging basket we put squirrel food in and just chowing down. He knows a good thing when he sees it; he also knows that his search may get harder soon and he really is working hard to make it through the winter.It’s gotten me to thinking that many of us are going to have a more challenging winter than we’ve had in other years. And I wondered what we could do, following the example of the squirrel, to prepare. I think the answer to that is probably different for everybody, but I suspect that for most of us, finding ways to stay connected is going to rank pretty highly on the list of helpful things to do. Some wonderful folks here at BUC have come up with a few ways to make that easier that you’ll be hearing more about in the coming weeks; I encourage you to really consider taking advantage of those offers of connection. I’ve taken, in recent weeks, to buying a few greeting cards every time I’m out and sending a few out each week. It feels so good to reach out and I am already enjoying the return mail.What would help you feel plugged in during the coming months? Can you plan a little to make the colder time better? If I lived closer, I’d leave a bucket out for BUC folks –maybe chocolate or mints, greeting cards and notepaper instead of corn, but it would be good to see you there, gathering what you need.Be well friends. We can get through this together, even when we are apart.~ Julia"

Exciting Challenge for Castle Restoration Donors

We are thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor has offered to match every new gift dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000 during the month of August.
Meaning, the impact of gifts will be doubled this month!
More than $60,000 of work is still needed on the north parapets and the “baby turret” wall. This was only discovered after the restoration began on May 29th.We are compelled to complete this work this summer while the scaffolding is still in place and reaching this new and unexpected challenge will make that possible.

Gifts can be made online at givinsbeverlycastle.org or by checks to the Castle Restoration Fund delivered to the Castle at 10244 South Longwood Drive, 60643

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.

Kids 5 to 12 years old

Beginning, December 12th, children aged five through twelve, who are fully vaccinated, are invited to attend the first part of the church service to hear "the story for all ages."  They will then leave to attend their UU Education classes, where everyone who is with them is fully vaccinated.

Buddhist Meditation

Reverend Marcia Curtis For more information please click redlotussangha.org.

Religious Education

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