The book selection for July 20 is Caucasia by Danzy Senna.
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If you are a part of the UUI Family (members, friends, returning visitors, with or without children, partnered or single), you are invited to the UUI Family overnight.
Bring your sleeping bags and creative energy to join us for the first ever UUI Family Overnight! It’s a great way to get to know other UUI families while having fun and spending quality time with your family. Plus, it will give you an opportunity to create art for the Family Art Display at UUI during the month of August.
You’ll have a chance to create art, play games, and try new things such as…. making upcycled art, playing with your food, creating thumprint and body art, throwing tennis balls covered in paint at a canvas and much more!
We’d love to have everyone attend the entire event, but please feel free to arrive and leave at whatever time works best for you and your family. RSVP’s appreciated by no later than Thursday, 7/24 for planning purposes.
This event will give you and your family a sampling of a traditional UU Youth Cons (Conferences) – which are community-building youth events that take place on weekends at various UU congregations.
The phone rang around 8:30 Thursday morning (6/26/14). I was in pajamas, drinking coffee, reading the paper. It was Jamie Hinson-Rieger, our Worship Leader at UUI. The ban on same-sex marriages had been lifted, and he and his wife, Susanne, were putting together a Rapid Response Wedding Team and they needed two witness to be at UUI from 11:00 until 3:30 that day for any same-sex, drive-by weddings that might take place. Would Ed and I be available?
Oh! Oh yes! Yes and yes and yes! I’m a straight, white, old lady without many chances to show support for things I care about. This was a chance. I would surely be available. I would be there with bells on.
And it nearly came to that. I immediately turned my mind to the most important issue…what would I wear? Something dignified but not stodgy, colorful but not garish, dressy but comfortable, feminine but not girly-girly…I was beside myself. Nail polish or no? Definitely wash my hair. I stopped to take a breath, my adrenaline slowed down, and I was blessed with the insight that as a straight, white, old lady witness, who would care what I wore? But inside I felt like a Mylar balloon, all important and shining and bouncing around.
I was so eager to get going on this, I arrived at the church way ahead of the minister. After she arrived, we chatted for a while, she began working on her sermon for next Sunday, I went into the kitchen and puttered, straightening up, putting away dishes, eating leftover tortilla chips.
Then someone came to the church door. I galloped across the Social Hall to let the happy couple in. I was about to witness history being made! But it wasn’t a couple to be married, it was a woman whom I didn’t recognize with her baby boy and a huge armload of flowers that she had rescued from being put in the dumpster at Kroger; just someone who had read that we were open for weddings and thought we might need flowers. Thank you, thank you for showing your support and thank you for the flowers.
While Ed and I were in the kitchen creating beautiful bouquets, someone else came to our door. This time it was a neighbor, a Butler student with her viola, to provide music. She stayed most of the day, her music providing a beautiful dimension to the anticipation that was building.
As I was placing flowers around the front of the church, I heard a series of clicks behind me. It was a reporter from The Star to cover UUI’s contribution to marriage equality. We talked a bit, he asked me to spell my name, and I felt myself becoming giddy. This thing was getting big!
A photographer came by with her camera to provide photographs of the happy day for the newly weds. A short time later, a woman who had heard about us gifted us with grocery bags of decorative candles and bridal jewelry, tiaras and necklaces. This nearly brought me to tears. All these people just showing up, contributing to the joy of the day any way they could, searching their minds and imaginations for creative ways to show their support. The atmosphere glowed.
There was nothing more we could do to prepare for weddings. Ed raided the church freezer and brought us big bowls of sherbet for lunch. I knitted. The minister wrote. I passed around tortilla chips. Time passed. The violist was quitting smoking and her sinuses were acting up so she said call me if you need me and went home. The minister had a meeting at 4:00, so she had to leave. We all drifted away. I was still a Mylar balloon, but like the morning after, when it has lost a little helium and bobs around at half mast.
UUI had spent the day all dressed up with nowhere to go. But something beautiful had happened. We had opened our doors and our hearts to a cause that is right. People had been given an opportunity to show they cared. Normal daily routine had been replaced by a small jewel of precious experience. And there was always tomorrow.
And there was tomorrow. On Friday a couple came to be married. They lived in one of the counties where there was nowhere for same-sex couples to marry. They were married at UUI that evening. Within a few hours the lifting of the ban was stayed, and same-sex marriages again became unlawful. During that brief window of opportunity, 500 marriage licenses were issued. That represents 1000 people. Those who did marry now live in uncertainty with regard to marriage recognition. Some people will oppose gay marriage for all time. But UUI did the right thing.]]>
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Man (awkwardly): I know this sounds presumptuous, but I was really hoping to see God. That’s why I’m here.
Mr. G.: You’re speaking to us, son. We’re God. Welcome home!
Thus begins Home Truths, Jay Harvey’s funny, thoughtful, at times poignant exploration of what happens when an ordinary guy takes it upon himself to get some answers straight from the source. For this non-traditional summer service, a reading of the play will take the place of the sermon, featuring the fabulous UUI players: Jay Harvey, John Cote, and Cindy Wilson.]]>
So now we can just kick back and relax, right? No way! The summer is a wonderful time to come to church, participate, socialize, learn, and get inspired. I hope you and your family will continue to attend Sunday services—Jamie and the Worship Team are still on the job, and the RE program is definitely NOT on vacation. Join a Dinner for 8—one of the impromptu potluck dinners designed for people to connect and make new friends. The dates for this summer will be July 12 and August 16. The Sunday afternoon movie group is still meeting. The Young Adult group is scheduling activities. Watch for announcements in the Eye and Eblast. Your Board of Trustees will attend a retreat in August and discuss goals for the coming year. Please share your ideas and concerns with us. This is your church! We are here to serve you.
Stay cool, and enjoy your church family.
–Holly Hendrickson, President]]>
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Special music by Don Somers.