UUCO members who attended General Assembly in New Orleans in June will share their stories, lessons learned, and insights. Come hear new perspectives, songs, experiences, and get ready for Kansas City, Missouri, in 2018!
Music is an essential part of our services. It creates a time for deep reflection, joyful celebration, and beautiful connections. We will be singing and exploring hymns and songs from our UU tradition as well as some new tunes. Readings will enhance our understanding of the music and text. In addition, we will feature a variety of musical styles from many traditions. No music background or operatic voice needed!
Sue & Marty Fino grew up Catholic and came to Oxford in May 2016 to enjoy their retirement. Sue had never been to a march or a protest yet she found herself organizing the Oxford March for America which took place the day after the Presidential Inauguration. How did this happen? Sue will share some reflections on the journey from Catholicism to Unitarian Universalism and from bystander to activist.
For someone growing up attending patriotic Sundown Concerts by the United States Marine Corps Band at the Watergate Amphitheater below the massive steps leading from the Potomac River to the Lincoln Memorial, an examination of just who is a Patriot or what is Patriotic in today's world turned out to be a tougher-than-expected assignment; especially today, and especially from a Unitarian-Universalist perspective.
The congregation is invited to participate in a picnic on the grounds on July 2nd following the service. You are asked to bring a picnic lunch, drinks, and table service for you/your family, along with one dish to share, which could be a
dessert, salad, drinks, or other item. Also, if you have portable canopy, please come a little early to set that up as a shelter from the sun. And if you have an outdoor game, bring it!
There will be a very short service, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The children will be sent to the small RE room upon arrival at UUCO, where they will share in a story circle and activity during the message-time. By 11:30 a.m we hope to be set up to eat and play!
Folk singer and long time UU Ken Sizemore will present a musical service entitled "A Tribute To Peter, Paul, and Mary - extraordinary folk singers and courageous champions of progressive causes." Ken will share with us many of P, P, and M's signature songs, including some of their message songs such as "Blowin' In the Wind," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "If I Had A Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Inch By Inch--The Garden Song," and "Deportee." Ken will also offer a sampling of their iconic folk songs about life, family, and magical places, including classics like "Lemon Tree," "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Stewball," "Don't Think Twice," "500 Miles," and "Leaving On A Jet Plane." And, believe it or not, more, if time permits!!!
On Father's Day, UUCO members Chris Sapp and Jason Taylor will lead a celebration of parenthood. Several members of the congregation will be invited to share stories and lessons about and by fathers.
A continuation to Rev. Gail Tapscott's talk on "The Lost Art of Hanging Out and La Vie Boheme." Rev. Gail Tapscott, Retired UU minister and UUCO member believes we are all too busy, are not wasting enough time and have lost out on some very key life skills in recent years. Last week, she shared her thoughts on how loafing and hanging out are spiritual experiences and offered illustrations from many religious traditions. As a follow up, the June 11 service will offer some practice in hanging out as we gather for the UUCO Third Place Sunday Coffee House. There will be topics to discuss, people to meet, and some breakfast food to enjoy. Come hang out with us!
Rev. Gail Tapscott, retired UU minister and UUCO member believes we are all too busy, are not wasting enough time and have lost out on some very key life skills in recent years. She will be sharing her thoughts on how loafing and hanging out are spiritual experiences and will offer illustrations from many religious traditions. Hanging out has often been associated with Bohemian culture so she will be paying homage to this tradition as well.
Zenkai Taiun Michael Elliston, roshi, is a Soto Zen teacher and Abbott of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, which he established in 1977. He is a Dharma successor of early Zen pioneer Zengaku Soyu Matsuoka, roshi, and also of Shohaku Okamura, roshi, Abbot of Sanshinji in Bloomington, Indiana. He has worked extensively in interfaith settings to develop mutual understanding and teach about Buddhism.
His current week-long residency is sponsored by Oxford Soto Zen (visit www.oxford-soto-zen.org for more information), and coincides with an exhibit of his paintings at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center.
We will continue our theme of transitions this week by honoring those graduating from high school and college. One of our college graduates, Katie Lee, will give a talk titled “Afraid, and . . .,” which will address pushing forward despite uncertainty. Katie graduates with a BA in Psychology and has been singing with the UUCO chorus and working with our youth groups this past year.