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Weekly Update, June 4

Weekly Update, June 4

We will continue our online-only gathering through at least September 1

Please see Other News for further details

NEW E-BLAST DEADLINE: Please note our new deadline to receive submissions is now Tuesday at 3:00 pm. Thank you!

1U This Sunday, June 7

Worship — 10:30 am, Online via Zoom and Facebook Live

The Ethics of Compassion, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

Compassion is not just tender feeling for another. It is respect for another with a persistence that another deserves the fullness of human blessing as much as anyone. We offer witness to the unjust death of George Floyd, and commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Pulse tragedy.

Service streamed at 10:30 am: Click here for the Facebook page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando or Click here for ZoomVideo will remain posted on https://www.orlandouu.org

After Worship

Informal Fellowship — 11:30 am, Zoom

Link is: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/92261786137. You need the password sent in the email e-blast on Friday.

Wrestling with Our Understanding of Racism — 11:30 am, Zoom

Please join us for an open discussion meeting. The events of the past few weeks and years have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We participate in deep conversations with the hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87547107749

Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting — Noon-2:00 pm, Zoom

The Mystic Grove is 1U’s pagan affinity group. Everyone is welcome to attend the 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Short fellowship time to follow: BYO snack to your computer screen! Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for connection details no later than 12 hours before the event.

Children & Youth Religious Education (On break)

All previous weeks of virtual RE are now available at the website and here. RE families: sign up and offer feedback for summer programming here! In the meantime, we are staying connected on Zoom for an informal, 30-minute Family Connection & Support Group.  This week we are trying a new time: 3:00 pm on Wednesday. Zoom information can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642808627

Your Care Team

Your Care Team stands ready to help you and to stay connected during these times. We are composed of two teams:

Lay Pastoral Associates provide “buddy” relationships of deep listening and care, to be a companion with you through difficult times. Contact PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org.

The Caring Circle offers practical efforts to church members experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes by providing rides to medical appointments, and/or help with meals, pet care, etc. Lynn Rigney is the June contact, reachable at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Joys and Concerns

To share your joys or concerns please contact Gaby Cabrera at programassistant1U@gmail.com

Will you be ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ during Hurricane Season? Contact your hurricane partner NOW and make plans! No hurricane partner? Caring Circle can help you get one. If you want help, or can help others, don’t wait until the winds start to blow. Email CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

We mourn yet more violence against our African American community. Yet another unarmed black man killed this past Monday while not resisting arrest, this time in Minneapolis. We remember George Floyd who died from injuries received when a white police office bore down on Mr. Floyd’s neck despite his pleas of not being able to breathe. “I can’t breathe”—yet again. Around the same time in Central Park a black man who was bird watching was threatened by a white woman—to the long list of dangerous activities African Americans face in public we can add “bird watching.”  Then, back to Minneapolis, in the face of riots the president Tweets a phrase threatening violence borrowed from a racist 1960s police officer in Miami. All this happening so soon after the violent death of Ahmaud Aubrey in Georgia reflect a “sea to shining sea” pandemic of racism in our nation. Today we remember, and we pray for, George Floyd. He died from the weight of the officer’s boot, and yet also from the weight of systemic racism and white supremacy which threatens the ethics, the values and the hopes of our beloved country.

We continue to remember all those affected in the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those who are ill and their families.

We commemorate the unspoken cares among us, knowing that the light of the sacred shines into the dark and broken places of our lives.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – June 5

Moon Circle Class 5 — 7:00 pm Class, 8:00 pm ritual; Online via Zoom

Taking inspiration from UU curriculum “Becoming Women of Wisdom,” Mystic Grove teachers Cat and Mary adapt it for all adults. Each month we examine a decade of life either looking back or looking forward. This class reflects on “Our 20’s” and you are invited to bring a photo of yourself in your 20’s to share if desired. Think “drop in covenant group plus ritual honoring the decade of the month.” Register for this free online class by emailing mysticgrove@orlandouu.org no later than 12 hours before the event. Zoom connection information will be sent to you.

Saturday – June 6 and Tuesday – June 9

Tai Chi — 9:00 am, Wadeview Park

Tai Chi for Health has resumed its regular Tues/Thurs/Sat schedule. We’re meeting at Wadeview Park, 2177 S. Summerlin Av, just south of Kaley near Boone High School. Social distancing is maintained and masks are required. If you need some gentle exercise and have more schedule flexibility, please join us. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org.

Wednesday – June 10

Family Connection & Support Group — 3:00 pm, Online via Zoom

Parents, kids and youth welcome. Bring an art project to show everyone and stay to enjoy some virtual drawing games! Zoom information can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642808627.

Online Drop-In Covenant Group — 7:00-8:30 pm, via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/5812270111

Are you needing extra support or connection, or an opportunity to explore spiritual thoughts? Join this special Zoom Drop-In Covenant group. You do not need to be currently in a covenant group. Anyone is welcome to join us.

Thursday – June 11

Tai Chi — 9:00 am, Wadeview Park

Tai Chi for Health has resumed its regular Tues/Thurs/Sat schedule. We’re meeting at Wadeview Park, 2177 S. Summerlin Av, just south of Kaley near Boone High School. Social distancing is maintained and masks are required. If you need some gentle exercise and have more schedule flexibility, please join us. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org.

Other News

In-Person Campus Meetings Remain Suspended Through September 1

At its May 18 meeting, your Board voted that in-person meetings at church would remain suspended through Sept. 1, unless circumstances change. Online worship and meetings continue. Also, all visitors on campus must wear a mask if there is another person present and maintain a physical distance of at least six feet. We will continue to evaluate the situation. Whatever the future brings, we will be guided by the common good and safety of our diverse multi-generational church community. As always, reach out to your Board (BOT@orlandouu.org) or Minister (revsam@orlandouu.org) with your concerns, questions or suggestions.

Upcoming Sunday Services

June Worship Theme: What does it mean to be a people of COMPASSION?

June 14 — Rooted, Inspired, Ready! Mary Ann Horne, Cindy Schleier, Joan Nelson, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

How have our roots formed us for this day? How are we inspired to be a transformative faith? How are we ready to face oppressions and challenges of today? Some of our delegates to the (online) General Assembly of Unitarian Universalist congregations on June 24-28 ponder this year’s theme.

June 21 — TBA

June 28 Finding Wild, The Mystic Grove CUUPS at 1U

What is “wild” in your spiritual practice? Where can you find it? How does doing it help you experience joy and self compassion?

UU Wellspring Information Video

Watch this video from 1U members and others about their experience in UU Wellspring, a year long spiritual deepening program that will begin again in August. Retreat is required on August 8 from 1:00-5:00 pm. (on Zoom) and you can sign up for the Tuesday afternoon 2:00-4:00 pm group or the Thursday evening group 8:00-10:00 pm group. Tuesday is led by John Hartgering and Beverly Alig; Thursday is led by Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen. Contact Linnea Nelson with questions or Gaby Cabrera to sign up. Spaces are still available in both sessions and we hope to finalize groups this month so that we can send out the welcome letters to everyone at once.

Watermelon, Tomatoes Free in 1U Garden

Come pick your own watermelon and tomatoes in the 1U Garden. They’re ripe and ready. We’ve also got pole beans, yellow peppers, bell pepper, cucumbers and kale. Those watermelons: If their bottoms are white or a creamy yellow, they’re ready. Please, though, take just one per family this season. Here’s where to find what: Watermelons are in bed 6 and on the north edge of the perma-garden. Tomatoes are in beds 3, 6 and 8 plus there are several more in the perma-garden. (Look for wire cages.) The pole beans are in bed 4 and on a tee-pee near the back of the perma-garden. Peppers are in beds 3 and 6. Cukes are in bed 4 and in the perma-garden near the brick walkway, on the north side, about halfway back. Lettuce and salad greens are in bed 3. Kale is in bed 4 plus there’s a single row along the front edge of the perma-garden. Additionally, our mango tree is heavy with fruit! If you like mangoes that are not quite tree ripened, please take no more than five per family. In a few days, the 1U Garden team will climb into the tree and haul down as many fully-ripened mangos as we can reach, then set up a drive-by give-away for you. We’re not sure yet on the timing, but we’ll let you know. Happy picking. If you have questions, contact Rene Stutzman.

Second Harvest Share-the-Plate Update

Many of you have already donated to 1U’s online fundraiser for Second Harvest food bank to help the hungry in our area at this difficult time. We are at $15,447, $1,000 of which is the congregation’s half of a matching grant offered last Sunday. (The $1,000 match earned will be included in the early June total.)

If you are able to give (or give again)…any amount, it will be greatly appreciated. For every $10 donated, Second Harvest  can provide 40 meals to kids, seniors, and families in our community. Will you please help our neighbors in need? You may send a check to Amy at the church or give online at https://tinyurl.com/tlk2lcl. Thank you to all who have participated…many more than once.  Feel free to share the Second Harvest giving link with friends: https://tinyurl.com/tlk2lcl.

Orlando Solar Co-op Opens to All Orange County Homeowners

1U is partnering with the City of Orlando to offer homeowners a pathway to accessing affordable solar photovoltaic arrays for their homes. Orlando Solar Co-op 2020 is now open to all homeowners throughout Orange County. Since 2015, when 1U helped to launch the first solar co-ops in Florida, more than 20 1U families (1,600 families statewide) have installed solar on their homes through the co-ops. For more information, visit solarunitedneighbors.org/orlando. At 1U, you may also contact either Mary Dipboye or Michael Cohen to learn more.

To Make Offerings

Here are convenient ways for you to continue your generosity during this time:

1U Website – Use the Donate button on the upper right-hand section of the home page and follow the directions.

Text – Simply send a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you’d like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount (for example: $50). NOTE: Do not place a space between the dollar sign and the dollar amount. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link. Enter your cardholder name, and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! For donating to Share the Plate, use the texting code: sharedplate

Plan Ahead   

June 21 — Summer Solstice Service Photo Submissions Deadline

The Mystic Grove will present the sermon Finding Wild on June 28 in celebration of the Summer Solstice. You are invited to submit pictures of you and your family with a candle or chalice, or alternately, a short video clip of summer play, dancing, or “jumping for joy.” These will be included in a music video set to Enter the Center by Abbi Spinner McBride, who has graciously given us permission to use her music. All are welcome at 1U! Listen to the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YAShZwKL2g. Submissions go to mysticgrove@orlandouu.org, no later than June 21.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

Let’s ‘UU the Vote’

The new UUA electoral organizing campaign website: “UU the Vote” (uua.org/UUtheVote, https://www.uua.org/liberty/electionreform) provides an Association-wide strategy to help UUs grow and sharpen their skills for faith-based electoral organizing from now until the 2020 election. The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President, says “Core UU values of interdependence, democracy, human worth and dignity, the richness of pluralism and diversity, and the inborn right of all people to self-determination and agency are on the line…We are offering a visible alternative to narratives and policies of domination, supremacy, scarcity, and exploitation that threaten and diminish our lives and future. The introductory video may be viewed on the website.


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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

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