Growing Our Edges • May 29, 2016

11:00 am ~ Growing Our Edges

Cathy HarringtonWho are we?  Who do we say we are to ourselves and to the world?  Why are we here? What are we going to do and how are we going to do it?  What is our mission and vision for the future?

Our Unitarian Universalist faith doesn’t profess to be “the only light of the world” but this radically free and diverse faith provides the means and the sacred space for all who find sanctuary here to grow into their fullest potential, to become beacons of hope and salvation in a world of frustration and despair.

How do we answer the call to live our UU values in our lives and in the community?

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington and Judith Pedersen-Benn

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ Black Lives Matter Movement

jpbBLMBring your questions about the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Presenter: Judith Pedersen-Benn, UUCC Social Justice Committee  Chair

Celebration Sunday • May 22, 2016

11:00 am ~ The Gift of Community

Cathy HarringtoncommunityWhat do you most treasure about this beloved community?  The most common answer to that question that I’ve heard at UUCC is, “the people.”  YOU!  We will break bread together and give thanks for the gifts of love and service to sustain and nurture this church and our UU faith.

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ Intertribal cultural identity theft in Cvto-nuga

forum_may_22-2When an historic enemy is chosen by a third party to interpret your people’s cultural icons, – what can, what should you say? When we live in the town where it’s happening, what is our responsibility?

Speaker: tom kunesh is a Lakota descendant, a founding member of the Chattanooga InterTribal Association, and on the board of the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee.

On Zora Neale Hurston and the Oral Tradition • May 15 2016

11:00 am ~ On Zora Neale Hurston and the Oral Tradition

service_zoraZora Neale Hurston (1891 AL – 1960 FL) was an American novelist, short story writer, part of the Harlem Renaissance, folklorist, and anthropologist. Of Hurston’s four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

“Gods always behave like the people who make them.
And gods always love the people who make ’em.”

Rachael Falu is an English instructor at Chattanooga State Community College.


9:30 Forum  (downstairs) Why Public Charter Schools  and Recent Outcomes

Forum_SwaffordElaine Swafford EdD is Executive Director of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy in Highland Park on Bailey Avenue (the old TN Temple campus), the first single-gender public charter in Tennessee and the largest charter school in Hamilton County, serving 350 young women grades 6-12 and completing its 7th year.  Swafford has also been vice president of student affairs at Chattanooga State Community College, an area superintendent for the Hamilton County Schools, and the executive principal at Howard School.


Mother’s Day • 8 May 2016

11:00 am ~ Mother’s Day

Cathy Harrington1-hmd“No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.” –– Florida Scott-Maxwell.

Perhaps that’s because mother’s always feel guilty. Mothering isn’t easy, given the best of circumstances. This Sunday we will remember those who mothered us with love, thanks, and a generous dose of humor.

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ Beyond Grammar Nazi Occupation of English to its Liberation

Speaker: Dr. Martin Rice

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:


Becomes this:


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.