Change of Service Topic Sunday March 19, 2017

Sunday’s Speaker, Albert Jenkin is not feeling well. Linda Koziztky has graciously agreed to switch services with Albert. Her talk is as follows:

The Truth is out There….Can Someone Send Me the URL?

Almost everyone including scientists, philosophers, religionists and ordinary human beings are engaged in a noble search for truth.

Yet what is the truth and how do we find it in today’s reality of fake news, alternate facts and infotainment?

We will discuss the challenges we face and actions we can take as we search for the truth.

We hope you can join us.

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UUFP Book Club

Book Club 

The March Book Club meeting is at Noon, March 4th at the Fellowship,

in the Library. Bringing/sharing lunch is optional. This month, our selection is Following Atticus by Tom Ryan. The book is Tom Ryan’s story of deciding to pay tribute to a class friend who died of cancer by attempting to climb, with his dog Atticus, all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4000’ peaks in one winter while raising money for charity.

-Cyndi

 

From The Ministers Desk: March 2017

Hope Rises in March

We came together this past February for our canvas which should just be about wrapped up. We showed a heartening display of faith in each other and in UUFP. In so doing, we demonstrated that we had greatness and love in us. Our hearts united and we showed there was nothing we cannot do when we set our minds to support a shared vision and future. We were moved to continue to fund and build this religious community because it gives us so much.

For the first time in many a year your generosity has allowed us to fund a part-time religious educator to nurture our greatest asset, our children. To grow as a religious community, we must attract young families with children. This is a wonderful step in the right direction which will serve to grow our influence in the greater Pottstown area. Our children and adults are going to more deeply connect to each other and offer each of us the opportunity to touch the transcendent with new and different eyes.

Our spirits have been enriched by this genuine display of love and affection for each other and an acknowledgment that we want UUFP to prosper. That is important to all of us. It is true we are incomplete—a work in progress as are all congregations across denominational lines. We sometimes confront each other outside the parameters of our values and principles. This occurs, I think, not out of malice but out of differing visions for this community. The wonderful thing is while we sometimes fail to live our faith we have also matured as a community and have structures in place to guide our behavior and relationships. And most importantly we have demonstrated a commitment to our shared values and principles.

We have all learned about how much we can accomplish when we come together for the common good. These lessons while sometimes difficult will serve us well into a shared future built on love, mutual respect and dedicated to our expansive faith. A part of me wants to say, I told you so—that you do have greatness within you when you open your hearts.

There is no shortage of ways to invest in UUFP beyond our pledges. You can become an evangelist for our good news of Unitarian Universalism, participate in the programs we offer, sing in our wonderful choir .  There is no reason not to… the return is incalculable and transformative when we dedicate ourselves to a greater vision of building this a beloved community that will allow us to reach out beyond the boundaries of this property.

Because you responded generously to the canvass we will be able to continue to offer all our ministries and programs to each other and to build a stronger religious education program.

The future of UUFP rests in your good hands. We are up to the challenge to support UUFP, for this congregation enriches all our lives. We are limited only by our vision of what we can achieve. Our dreams are within our reach.

In love and appreciation,

                                                                      – Rev. Paul D. Daniel

Sunday Service, March 26, 2017

Sunday, March 26

Spiritual but Not Religious?                        Speaker: Reverend Paul

How many time have you said or heard that? I am spiritual but not religious. Really? I believe this sets up a false point-counterpoint that is not necessarily valid. I will examine this duality. Time allowing, you will be invited to share some brief thoughts.

Sunday Service, March 12, 2017

Sunday, March 12

Our Fourth Principle Speaker: Reverend Paul

A Free and Responsible search for Truth and Meaning. Since we are a non-creedal and non-dogmatic faith we are left with more questions then answers. It is up to us to explore and examine our own heart and conscience to find our ethical and moral values based on our seven principles. I will explore the nature of this transcendent journey.

Sunday Service, March 5, 2017

Sunday, March 5

Awesome! Guest Speaker: Jerry Lazzaro

Worship Committee Chair, Thomas Paine UU Fellowship Throughout the ages, the feeling of awe has inspired spiritual awakening and, as many people testify, is life altering. Let’s explore what fills us with awe and how experiencing awe can influence how we think about ourselves, our place in the universe, and our connection to others.

From the Ministers Desk February 2017

From the Minister’s Desk

After a somewhat gloomy January we have moved into February,the month of love.

The weather may be cold but the heart is warm, filled with romance, or agape, a spiritual universal love we share within the human community. For several years now our Unitarian Universalist denomination has pledged to “Stand on the Side of Love”…, to treat each other with love and to bring that beating heart of justice to the oppressed and marginalized. Now more than ever with the new administration, our values of inclusion and the safety net many rely on to live, eat and have medical care are under assault.

There is much that challenges our peaceful, non-violent hearts as we work to save each other and the rest of humanity. We continue to endure mounting acts of seeming endless violence.  The debate over sensible gun safety regulation and our second amendment rights rages on as we citizens strive to find a middle ground between protecting our Second Amendment rights and the safety of our citizens.  It is my strongly held belief that no one has a legitimate need or a right to possess an assault weapon with large gun clips. No one needs these weapons to protect themselves or to hunt. It is the fringe elements in our society who are stockpiling these weapons supported by the moneyed interests of the gun manufacturers. It is a heated debate producing fire but no light. Let us hope we can find ways that bridge the many gaps that divide us in all areas of our national life. The fight over health care has the potential to leave as many as 20 million uninsured again. If Paul Ryan and the Republicans have their way, Medicare will be privatized and benefits placed at risk of market fluctuations. Planned Parenthood is likely to be defunded, denying millions of women reproductive health screenings, and birth control choices. I can see Roe v. Wade being overturned with Trump’s Supreme Court nominee putting woman back on the streets to find illegal abortions. President Trump believes “stop and frisk” to be a good pro-gram. It has been ruled illegal in the New York courts as it unfairly targets people of color. Public education policy will favor Charter schools that fail at alarming numbers and take away funding for those who need it most.

Our national security is at risk too because Trump’s ego will not allow him to accept the truth of Russian hacking. His fight with the Intelligence agencies is troubling to say the least. And worse yet, his vicious attack on the free press is undermining one of the central pillars of our democracy. The unhinged tweets of the President are the raving of a bully willing to strike back at any who attack or disagree with him. That is not the kind of President we want. We want an inspirational call to bring our better angels to the public discourse. We want unity of shared purpose. We demand action to solve our many challenges and compromise to get the job done for the common good.

Friends, this is a call for all of us to stand up on the “Side of Love”, to act with a shared commitment to create a wall between us and the looming tyranny, bigotry and the deluge of divisive rhetoric already drowning us. I have no illusions of how daunting this challenge is, but I have faith that a dedicated few can stem this tide and bend the arc of justice back to love, mutual understanding and respect.

Perhaps we can start by creating a dialogue across party lines. Likely, that will only rise-up from grass roots movements as many of our politicians are self-serving, feckless and in the pocket of big business.

The struggle will be long, but our lives depend on us being galvanized for the long haul. The results of our efforts are uncertain. But we who stand on the Side of Love can find a way to make this a more peaceful, loving, caring community, nation and world if we hold firm to our values. We can do no less …our faith calls us to that. It may be our only hope to rise-up and fight for our inalienable rights as defined in the Constitution.

I close with these prophetic words.

“First, they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communists so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists, but I was not a Socialist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for the me, there was no on e left to speak out for me”.

—Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German Lutheran Pastor and Theologian) His involvement in a plot to overthrow Adolf Hitler led to his imprisonment and execution.

This current challenge we face is that ominous. Be warned and forearmed.

 Reverend Paul D. Daniel

“Standing on the Side of Love”

678-939-4854                                                             minister@uupopttstown.org

 

 

 

Sunday Service, February 5, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017 

Love Through the Ages         Rev Paul Daniel

Elvis sang “Can’t help Falling in Love” and Freddy Eynsford-Hill shared his joy at being in love with Eliza Doolittle in ” My Fair Lady” as he walked down the street where she lived.

This service will examine some of the pitfalls on the way to true love.

Sunday Service, February 12, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017 

President Obama’s Farewell Address:       What was he trying to tell us? 

Lay Leaders: Emily Quarles-Mowrer, Allan Pallay, and Lisa Jokiel

We will review and comment on the words President Obama spoke and what the deeper messages may have been. Open discussion will follow.

We encourage you to read the speech at https://www.whitehouse.gov/farewell before the service.