Friday, October 28, 2011

Pre-Halloween Surprise

Sunday, October 30, 5:30 pm, 618 Locust Street

There's nothing scary about this week's Gathering - but it is a surprise, so I won't write about it here. Check your email for more information, and come join the community of skeletons, goblins, zombies, witches, bats, and other Halloween critters for a festive night of celebration.

Please let me know if you don't get a personal invitation!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Gathering Inclusivity

The Gathering's Open and Affirming Statement proclaims:

The Gathering affirms the inherent dignity and sacredness of human beings and the value of all life in the universe. We welcome and celebrate persons of all racial and ethnic heritages, all gender identities and sexual orientations, and all faith perspectives into the full life and ministry of The Gathering.

So, what does this mean? Is it important that we say we're "open and affirming", and if so, why? Have you ever experienced marginalization, for whatever reason? How was it to know you were NOT welcome somewhere? And what did that convey about God and/or "sacred community"? What's the history behind our "ONA Statement"? What's the history behind the whole UCC ONA effort - and who cares? If we take our statement seriously, what are the implications - in our actions in The Gathering, our community involvement, our perspective on who God is? We'll discuss these questions and more this Sunday when we gather for a time of education and conversation about why The Gathering is intentionally inclusive. Come join the discussion!

Our offering will be designated for the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns. The Coalition provides support and sanctuary to all our UCC lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers, their families and friends; advocates for their full inclusion in church and society; and brings God's affirming message of love and justice for all people.

Join us Sunday, October 23, 5:30 pm, 618 Locust Street.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Autumn Blessings

O sacred season of Autumn, be my teacher, for I wish to learn the virtue of contentment.--Edward Hays

Sunday night we will engage the season and lessons of Autumn - literally and spiritually. Valerie will co-lead worship as she shares her gift of music. Our offering will be designated for the Nature Conservancy, and "fall food" is our pot-luck theme, i.e., anything that tastes good in the fall, like soup, chili, S'mores, etc.

Gathering for Worship
Sunday, October 16
5:30 pm, 618 Locust Street