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UUCDC Happenings

  • The UUCDC and the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester Boards of Trustees have formed an exploratory task force to consider a merger of the two congregations to create a multi-site congregation.  Read their joint statement and the Q and A section for details here.  Comments or questions welcome on UUCDC Merger for Multi-Site Facebook page.

  • Our own Marylin Huff has been part of the team developing the Greater Philly UU Cluster of Congregations. Check out what this new group has to offer at http://www.jpduua.org/phillycluster.  It just got easier to find out what's going on in area UU congregations by using the calendar found at http://www.jpduua.org/phillycluster/phillycluster-calendar.  Have questions for our UUCDC Philly Cluster reps? Contact them at phillycluster@uucdc.org or use this handy link.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer recently published an article about the spread of poverty in the suburbs. Every donation we make is a small dent in that poverty level. Our faithful volunteers take all your contributions each Sunday from the Food Bank collection box in the lower lobby, to the First Methodist Church in Media. With monetary donations, we buy fresh groceries. 

  • Got Box Tops? Or Ink Cartidges? Bring them to church!  The school can turn both into $$$ for the school. Please feel free to put your box tops and ink cartidges in the Rose Tree Day School mailbox in the church office. What are Box Tops? Check it out here!  THANK YOU!

  • A friendly reminder, that if you haven't already, come and "like" our Facebook page. We're growing by leaps and bounds! Come join the movement! 

  • We have multiple dates open for coffee service. The only thing you have to bring is a quart of 1/2 and 1/2 and a gallon of juice. You will receive an email reminder and instructions the week before you are scheduled. This is really a simple job, and for the the right people serving coffee on sunday is the perfect way to serve the congregation. Please contact Penny Bartlett to get on the schedule. Thanks! Without your stepping up we may have no coffee one of these weeks!

  • Besides our wonderful special events, we still need your talents, to expand our musical offerings, during Services!  If you are interested in sharing your musical gifts, with the rest of the congregation, contact Ann Seidman, or Musical Director, Bob Rowland, or sign-up online.  It's a great way to connect with our UUCDC family!

  • Pick up a Swiss Farms "card" from the RTDS mailbox in the office. Whenever you present it for a purchase, you will receive 5% off your bill and 3% will go towards the day school. It doesn't cost anything!

  • We are pleased to announce that Dan Miyake has accepted the position of UUCDC Ministerial Intern, starting September 1.

    Dan lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he works as a hospital chaplain resident, providing caring ministry to patients, families and staff at a major medical center. A recent Earlham School of Religion master of divinity graduate, Dan is eager to begin serving as a congregational ministerial intern at UUCDC, where his goal is "to develop my diverse skills to their fullest potential, and to use these skills to provide competent, professional, and loving ministry." His 10-month full-time internship position will be supported in part by a recent grant to the church from the Unitarian Universalist Association. Recently married, Dan and his wife Suzanne are planning to move to the Media area in late August.

The Yin-yang of Ministry

by Rev. Peter Friedrichs

For weeks now, I have been living in the yin-yang of ministry. On the one hand, I have been watching as our Fund Drive falls short of our goals and I’ve been “crunching the numbers” to see what we’re going to have to do to create a balanced budget for next year. Looking at cutting staff hours and positions is just about the least pleasant task I can imagine. This is the “dark” side of that ancient Chinese symbol.

At the same time, I am energized and enthused by the discussions the church has begun with the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester to explore the possibility of creating a multi-site congregation in southeastern Pennsylvania. The idea that we could be part of an innovative and creative endeavor such as this truly excites me. And so the “light” of this possibility helps to balance out the “dark” of our budget woes.

As a congregation, we are resilient. I’m sure we’ll find a way to support our programs, staff and ministries in the year ahead without having to make painful cuts. And as a congregation, we are creative. I’m sure we’ll pursue discussions with West Chester with an open mind and an innovative spirit. The days ahead for UUCDC are very bright, and I believe we are one of the strongest and best congregations within our district and, in fact, the entire Unitarian Universalist Association.

And yet, there’s no doubt that these two circumstances — a tight budget and a radical new idea — place stress upon the system and upon all of us as individuals. Each of us reacts to stress differently. Some of us thrive on change while others cherish the status quo. When things get tough, some of us plunge ahead while others hunker down. Financial matters touch on sensitive issues of security, and new ideas can challenge our established perspectives and threaten our sense of comfort and well-being.

It’s important in times of stress to remind ourselves of our “better angels.” We are gathered in this community to create that elusive thing we call “Beloved Community.” The work of creating Beloved Community calls us to love and compassion in all our relationships. It calls us to be forgiving and understanding when we’re hurt by each other or when things don’t go exactly as we’d hoped they would. When we feel injured or threatened, we resist the urge to lash out. Instead, we seek to listen, to find common ground and to reconcile. We are a “covenantal community,” which means that we live together by the promises we make to each other. One of those promises is to trust that each of us has at heart the best interest of the other and of the entire community.

Theologian Martin Buber wrote that “We are a promise-making, promise-keeping, promise-breaking, promise-renewing people.” We try our best and we aren’t perfect but we promise each other to keep at it. As we face the challenges ahead and as we assess new possibilities, let’s all remember to treat each other with kindness, care and compassion; to “stay at the table” when we’re feeling hurt, unheard or insecure; and always to seek understanding and reconciliation with those whose views differ from our own. These are the ingredients of a rich, diverse, rewarding and sustaining community. I invite you, in the words of a beloved hymn, to “come build the land, my people we seek.”

From April 2014 Focus

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