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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:

June - MATURITY

We think this one needs to stay up a little longer:

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.  ~ Barry Lopez

NEWS & NOTES:

Summer Read 2015

"Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender"

by Nick Krieger

Thank you to Judy Stevens for suggesting this year's Summer read by Nick Krieger. This easily-read but thought-provoking book is a memoir written in the style of a novel. We will be discussing it in September.

Summer at UUCMC

UUCMC Summer Schedule

UUCMC is now on our summer schedule. There is one service at 10am with community hour following. Most of the services are lay led until Rev. Virginia returns in August. It's a fun time to explore UUCMC and our wonderful community! Sunday Morning Dialog and our 2 service format will return in September. Please note: There will be no Summer of Art for the children this week (July 5th); children will remain in the service.

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