Rev. Gail Tapscott will share some thoughts on how UUCO could move toward creating a community fostering deeper connections and a place of refuge away from both home and work - not just for our members but for the larger community.
Queer Mississippians and Stories of Belonging - Drs. Jessie Wilkerson and Amy McDowell - Sunday, October 13, 2019
Rev. Gail Stratton, Service Leader
Music: Quinoa Soedsaur and Reynold Budhi
Amy McDowell and Jessie Wilkerson will tell the story of how they are helping to create a LGBTQ public history project at the University of Mississippi. They will discuss motivations and what they've learned from doing this work.
We long to belong. And a part of belonging is having some means of “saying sorry” and of forgiveness. This Sunday corresponds with the Jewish Days of Awe or Days of Repentance that starts with Rosh Hashanah and ends with Yom Kippur. We also, quite appropriately start our new monthly theme of Belonging.
This should provide an interesting counterpoint to the value of goal-setting, since "expectations" are often seen as stumbling blocks in Zen practice.
Rev. Sam Teitel of the Church of the River in Memphis will be speaking with us about change.
What is Unitarian Universalism in Oxford all about? Old friends and newcomers alike are invited to join us Sunday, September 15th at 11 am for a service that celebrates our heritage and looks to the future we are building together. Members will share their stories and offer their visions for the future of our community. All are encouraged to linger afterwards for a light reception. Children are welcome to attend the service or enjoy children's religious education.
Brains, Babies and Blunders: How Expectations Shape Us and Let Us Down - Dr. Josh Eyler - Sunday, September 8, 2019
Dr. Josh Eyler will touch on recent research from biology and neuroscience to show how we are primed to rely on expectations to make decisions. Sometimes, however, this comes with a cost to our search for meaning in our lives.
Images and depictions of organized labor and labor movements often center conflict, agitation, and anger. Yet at the core of organized labor and labor movements more generally is a radical praxis of love, care, and concern for our fellow human. This praxis of radical love is the focus of JT Thomas' comments.
The UU Water Service celebrates our shared homecoming as a community after a summer season of wandering and cultivation. All are encouraged to bring a small amount of water to pour into our shared pool of experiences in this multi-generational ceremony. Join us as we reflect, remember, and anticipate the renewed vigor of autumn.
On Wednesday, Aug 7 we got the news of the raids conducted by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations) near Jackson, resulting in the detention of 680 people. In a raid they said was months in the planning, they did this on the first day of school, in what some have called "a mass family separation" event.
Our congregational theme for this month is "What does it mean to be a people of welcome?" Welcome sure as h____ does not look like that! And, it does not need to be this way. For this Sunday Service we will consider where we are as a state and country and perhaps even more importantly, how to keep our hearts and doors open to being welcoming.