Teen Bridging and Flower Communion • 1 May 2016

11:00 am ~ Teen Bridging and Flower Communion

bridging_imageJoin us on Sunday, May 1st, in the sanctuary, to celebrate our four graduating seniors: Gregory Kertay, Lily Joyner, Isabelle McCurdy, and Lauren Solomon.

All four of these awesome young people have grown up before our very eyes…and deserve a grand send-off. We’ll hold a traditional bridging ceremony, then hear from each teen how a lifetime spent as a UU has shaped their reality.

A liberal sharing of collective wisdom will follow, and all will be invited to take home a wildflower-seed-shape ready for planting. As our teens go off to “seek a great perhaps”, we’ll tend our blooms, and keep these young folks close in our hearts.

And so this:

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Becomes this:

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9:30 Forum  (downstairs) Grammar Nazis and the Evolution of Language

hist_engThe only thing that is certain about language is that it undergoes constant change. But something almost as certain is the fact that people are so resistant to these changes. Why do people find change so threatening, how do they fight  it, and why do they always lose?

Speaker: UUCC Member Dr. Rice. Martin Rice is retired from 25 years of teaching at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, specializing in Russian literature and language. Last fall he spoke to the Forum on Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground.

High, Wide and Handsome • April 24

11:00 am ~ Stewardship

Cathy HarringtonlighthouseHigh, Wide and Handsome is a sailing ship with a favorable wind, sailing dry and easily, riding the crest of good fortune.

Every sailor knows there will be challenges along the way, but being prepared makes all the difference. Our Unitarian Universalist communal promise/covenant empowers us to stay the course.

“Covenant is the how and the why that gives power to our mission and vision….Everything we do is grounded in covenant, in the voluntary purposes and commitments we make to each other….One radical implication of this is that it’s not possible to be a Unitarian Universalist alone.” ~ (from Heretics Faith by Frederic Muir)

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ on Pre-Modern Native American Religion, Part 2

01b_forum_imageWhere did Native American Woodland religion go? The interrelationship of corn, disease, old & new religion.

Speakers: UUCC Members tom kunesh,  descendant/activist and Dave Benn, archaeologist

All Music Sunday: Love in Many Languages • April 17

11:00 am ~ All Music Sunday: Love in Many Languages

01a_Service_imageJoin us as some of the musicians in the church use music to explore the many languages of love. The choir will sing Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, and soloists will perform other musical works.

 

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ Health, Crisis, Trauma

Dr. Sam Bernard, a psychologist who deals with disaster, suicide, trauma, and bullying, presents a discussion of what went wrong at Ooltewah High School.

Dinner at the Mosque

An invitation from Hammad El-Ameen:

I want to personally invite the people of UUCC to the dinner that I am hosting at the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga Mosque this Saturday the 9th of April. You are most welcome to come and enjoy some food and good company. If you have questions, please call me or email me.  Thanks.
– Hammad El-Ameen <helameen@gmail.com>, 706.459.1010
Saturday 5:30 to 8:30pm, Dinner will be served at 6pm.
ISGC, 2533 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga

revelation • 7 april 2016

11:00 am ~ Revelation

Cathy Harringtonopen_heartsOn April 7th, a group of UUCC members gathered to explore with open hearts and minds the questions, “Who do we say we are to ourselves and to the community?”

Honoring the wisdom of Parker Palmer, we listened to one another:

Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it listen for what it intends to do with
you. ~ Parker Palmer

Find out what remarkable revelations emerged!

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ Why the Right and Left Both Get School Reform Wrong

school_reformCommon beliefs across the political spectrum are that our public schools, kindergarten through high school, are ‘broken’ and that fixing them will eliminate poverty and ensure our country’s economic competitiveness. What does research suggest about the truth of these beliefs and the effectiveness of various proposals for improving public schools?

George Helton, Ph.D. will lead this forum. George is a UUCC member and Professor Emeritus of School Psychology at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Prior to coming to UTC, George was a school psychologist and director of students services in public schools in Texas.