Tracing Our Roots • sunday 21 september 2014

10:45 Connections ~ sharing joys and concerns (downstairs in the Fahs room)
10:45 Gathering ~ musicCathy Harrington

11:00 ServiceRichard Gilbert asks the question, Do we merit the wind we inherit? This sermon explores our rich and inspiring heritage with both humor and deep reverence. Our minister Cathy Harrington leads today’s service.


9:30 Forum ~ A Troubling Tome: Nicholas Wade on Race, led by Charles Redwine.

A Troublesome Inheritance by Nicholas Wade“The most provocative claims in this book involve the genetic basis of human social habits. What we might call middle-class social traits—thrift, docility, nonviolence—have been slowly but surely inculcated genetically within agrarian societies, Wade argues. These “values” obviously had a strong cultural component, but Wade points to evidence that agrarian societies evolved away from hunter-gatherer societies in some crucial respects. Also controversial are his findings regarding the genetic basis of traits we associate with intelligence, such as literacy and numeracy, in certain ethnic populations, including the Chinese and Ashkenazi Jews.”

Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public  Square, by Paul Rasor9:30 First Hour ~ A brief introduction to our Common Read: Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square, by Paul Rasor (7 books available)

Something to Believe in • sunday 14 september 2014

10:45 Connections ~ sharing joys and concerns
10:55 Gathering ~ music

Cathy Harrington11:00 Service ~ For her first sermon at UUCC, our new developmental minister Cathy Harrington will share a bit about her life and the path to ministry that has led her to Chattanooga. She looks forward to serving UUCC as our new religious leader as we share this leg of the journey together.

9:30 Forum ~ Cathy Harrington on the death penalty.

9:30 First Hour ~ Meditation in the Fahs room.

Water Ceremony: a Celebration of Connectedness • sunday 7 september 2014

c is for connections
10:45 Connections
~ sharing joys and concernspouring water
10:55 Gathering ~ music

s is for serviceCathy Harrington11:00 Service ~ In this intergenerational service we celebrate both new beginnings and reminisce together. Members and guests are invited to bring water from your summer adventures, be they from travels far or near (even from your home tap). If you have a story about why this water is special to you, bring that too.  ~ Cathy Harrington

f is for forum9:30 Forum ~ Frank Caperton leads a discussion of Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square by Paul Rasor, a UU teacher who is director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan University

p is for pagan
9:30 Pagan Group
~ Etiquette in pagan ritual, interactions with others and in religious discussion.

Pre-Labor Day Potluck Picnic • sunday 31 august 2014

July watermelon, still life by Kay Smith 201411:00 Picnic  ~ Cathy HarringtonJoin us for our annual picnic as we celebrate our labors! Our new developmental minister Cathy Harrington will be joining us – a great time for informal introductions. Please bring a dish to share as we gather in community.

Also, please bring your own plate, cup & ware, if possible, to help us keep unnecessary added waste out of our landfills.  And if anyone wants to bring any outdoor games, it would be a great addition for the big & little kids. Sponsored by the UUCC Board of Trustees.

Sewing Hope • sunday 24 august 2014

Nancy Henderson10:45 Connections  ~ a time for personal sharing joys & concerns
10:55 Gathering ~ music

11:00 Service  ~ Local author Nancy Henderson will talk about her new book Sewing Hope, a biography of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, director of the Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Centre in Gulu, northern Uganda, who gives hope to more than 2,000 young women formerly abducted by warlord Joseph Kony and The Lord’s Resistance Army in east Africa, by teaching them how to sustain themselves and their children through tailoring, catering and crafting aluminum pop tabs into designer purses.

Rosemary NyirumbeThe brutal 20-year genocide in northern Uganda has ended, but the emotional pain of the young women who were abducted, raped, tortured and, in some cases, forced to murder their own family members, is far from over. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe  has spoken about the Nigerian kidnappings in numerous international media outlets, and was recently named one of Time magazine’s 2014 “Most Influential People in the World.”

Henderson writes about people who make a difference through their work. Her first book, Able!, chronicles the story of Habitat International, a global rug manufacturer that has served as a corporate role model for hiring people with disabilities. She has written for Parade, Smithsonian and many other publications.

Copies of Nyirumbe’s biography Sewing Hope will be for sale after the service for $20 (cash or check only), with all proceeds going to help the young women at St Monica’s Girls Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda.