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Rev. Wendy Patoja, UU Guest Minister, Co-chair of the Anti-Racism and Diversity Committee of the UU Metro NY District.

In our earnest wish to be as inclusive of as many people as possible, it is not unusual for Unitarian Universalists to borrow elements or rituals from other cultural and religious traditions. But even with the best of intentions, too often we end up trampling on the identity of the very people with whom we are trying to ally. How can we remain in right relationship while welcoming and honoring others?
Music by Joel DeWitt, violin.

MONTHLY THEME:

February - Creativity

All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.  ~ M.C. Richards

You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created. ~  Albert Einstein

NEWS & NOTES:

Congregation Workshops on Race & Privilege

Building the World We Dream About

Saturday, February 27th, 10am to 2pm

Please note you are welcome to attend any or all of the workshops.

As part of the congregation’s intentional 30 Days of Love (Jan. 16 - Feb. 14) concentrating on racial justice, Rev. Virginia and Craig Rubano will co-moderate three Saturday workshops (Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 and 27, 10 am - 2 pm) drawn from Building the World We Dream About, a Unitarian Universalist program that seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand and relate to one another. The program creates opportunities for participants to practice dreaming our world otherwise, and then commit to new, intentional ways of being.

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Saturday, February 27th, 10 am - 2 pm
White Identity: From Inside and Out

What is whiteness? How do other people think about what it means or feels to be white? To whom does the burden fall to explain white identity? How does exploring the borders of whiteness enable connection among other people — white and non-white?

Sunday, February 14th, 9 am and 11 am services
Building the World We Dream About

What have we learned? How are we different? Where have we found hope? What has challenged us? How are we committed to grow? We’ll bring our thoughts back to the larger congregation in these Sunday worship services through words, song, art — through our lived realities.

Murray Grove Fundraiser

"Stories from the Heart"
 
AT UUCMC 
Saturday, February 13th, 6:30-9pm, Community Room 
$10 per person or $25 per family 

Forget the expensive restaurants and spend Valentine's Saturday Night with us! You will hear 16 stories, enjoy saxophone tunes by Tom Brown, quips by emcee Alicia Malave Diaz, and nosh on appetizers, wraps, and desserts-all included in the entrance fee! BYOB and have some Valentine fun in Lincroft while raising money for Murray Grove. Special addition: Maire & Amy from ViRAGO will perform two songs, including award-winning “Love Over Fear”, a song of unity. There will be a coffee house atmosphere, complete with Valentine's decorations. Please come and enjoy a heart-warming evening!

Webcasts & Sacramental Conversation

The Curiosity Club

All are welcome. There is nothing to join but the conversation.The place for sacramental conversations among Freaks, Geeks, and Deep Thinkers. Bring your lunch to eat while we watch and discuss "From Knowledge to Wisdom: Science and the Good Life", a series of webcasts sponsored by the NY Academy of Sciences and the Nour Foundation. Each panel presentation is an hour long. We won’t watch the Q&A unless we have nothing to say. See more at: http://www.nourfoundation.com/. You can watch the webcasts ahead or not.

Part 2. The Moral Animal: Virtue, Vice & Human Nature -- Saturday, February 13th, noon to 2pm

Is a basic model of human nature necessary to navigate the good life? Philosophers Susan Neiman and Christian Miller, social psychologist Simone Schnall, and science writer Michael Shermer examine our moral ecology and its influence on our assumptions about human nature.

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