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Healing from Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA has in retrospect caused a great deal of painful reflections, emotions and reactions ranging from the shedding of tears from the brokenhearted, hand wringing from the helpless and bewildered, rage from the oppressed and enraged. It has also produced a drawing together among those that know we have come too far to give in to feelings of disappointment and helplessness. Many Americans were surprised and caught off guard at this nightmare. Has someone pushed the repeat button unknowingly? It seems like we are doomed to revisit such scenarios over and over again. Until we are willing to listen to those that were not shocked by the scenarios that unfolded at Charlottesville. Some individuals and groups in America have long experienced the disrespectful and denigrating behavior that was so blatantly displayed at Charlottesville. The hatred is not new to Blacks, immigrants, Jews, LGBTQ’s, just to name a few.
But, a long treatise is not necessary, nor is it helpful and actually it would be, “too little too late.” So let me simply say in these difficult times – do not give up hope. Do not buy into the cynicism that grips so many. This is not the time to withdraw and surely silence is not an option. This the time to hunker down, be aware and answer the call of justice – to claim the highest and best of ourselves and humanity. In the face of the violence…in the face of the hateful rhetoric let us stand on the side of love. Let us continue weeding our beautiful garden of Unitarian Universalism – pulling up the weeds of racism and white supremacy now that we have been reminded of how destructive and devastating this behavior is to the human spirit – to those that are the recipients and those that practice such beliefs. In the words of the Black National Anthem. “Let us march on till victory is won.”

Blessings – Rev. Qiyamah


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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Croix – September, 2015 News Alert

Dear Members, Friends, and Visitors – Greetings! I hope each of you had a great summer no matter where you spent it – on or off Island!

One of the things I most like about St. Croix is our sub tropical climate and the eastern trade winds that produces year round summer temperatures. And while Hurricane Season (July to November) can be a little distracting, a more welcome distraction is the start of the Fellowship year that begins the second Sunday in September to May. The Program Committee has once again worked its magic to identify top notch community meWelcome phrase in different languages. Word clouds concept.mbers that represent critical issues.

As you know, beginning in September, the second and fourth Sunday of each month the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship holds its worship services and features guest speakers’ that talk about key issues. As the minister I bring you homilies (short sermon talks) covering a range of topics. The first and third Sundays Covenant Group, facilitated by Gail Nealon, hosts interesting and thought provoking conversations.

Much like many state siders that have to set their clocks for time changes I invite you to adjust your schedules and activities to accommodate Fellowship services and Covenant Group at 10 A.M. on Sundays. We want to see your face in the place so we can welcome you back as we continue to build a community of individuals making a difference on our beautiful Island of St. Croix.

Don’t forget your water. This year the emphasis is on the importance and significance of water as a spiritual and justice issue. We will have extra water for those that need it!

Warmest Regards, Rev. Qiyamah

 

 


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Water Ceremony – September 13, 2015

The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. Many UU congregations now hold a Water Communion once a year, often at the beginning of the new church year (September).

Members bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person who brought it tells why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. It is often then blessed by the congregation, and sometimes is later boiled and used as the congregation’s “holy water” in child dedication ceremonies and similar events.

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The Water Ceremony/ Communion Service is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. See Sixth Principle Resources for Water Communion Services.

http://www.uua.org/worship/holidays/water-communion


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New UU Year 2015-2016

Welcome. Our first service for the fall begins September 13, at 10am.

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Who are we? We Are Unitarian Universalists

We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace.   

We have radical roots and a history as self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything.

We need not think alike to love alike. We are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be.

We are Unitarian Universalist and Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Atheist and Agnostic, believers in God, and more.

On the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer inclusion for more than 40 years, we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

We welcome you: your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries and your hopes. Join us on this extraordinary adventure of faith.