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  • 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 Mary Clinton 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!

  • 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 YUUCKIs are available to do yucky jobs around the house and yard. For more information email uucdcyuckis@gmail.com. NOTE: This is the correct email address different from the one posted on the church bulletin board.

What is Happiness?

by Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Rev Peter's Ingathering 2014 illustration

What does happiness look like to you? What does it mean to be “happy”?

I’m actually asking you these questions, and I invite you to respond. In words. Out loud. It’s okay; I’ll wait.

I was recently asked those questions in an interview conducted by one of our young adults who was working on a school project. It was rather surprising to me that I had a hard time articulating an answer. I could describe happy times in my life. I could describe certain feelings and emotions that made me aware of my happiness. But to tell someone else what happiness is, what it means to you? That was a whole lot harder.

Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, once said (in reference to Charlie Brown’s relationship with Snoopy), “Happiness is a warm puppy.” A member of the church who makes his own wine recently posted on Facebook (with an accompanying picture): “Happiness is walking into my garage to the smell of a Sonoma Valley winery and hearing the yeast that was added to the grape juice turn the sugar in the fruit into alcohol.”

Clearly, happiness means different things to different people!

The author Elizabeth Gilbert writes: I am so stubborn about living a happy life — about pushing toward the light, climbing up that hill toward wonder. I don’t know if people realize sometimes what a full-time job it is. Waiting for happiness to fall on your head out of the sky isn’t going to get you there. Stubborn gladness doesn’t come out of nowhere; you fight for it. You push back against despair. I look hard for miracle and beauty and joy every day.

While I don’t necessarily like her violent imagery – the idea of “fighting” for happiness – I do agree with her attitude of dogged persistence in seeking out happiness. As Unitarian Universalists, we are committed to striving for peace, justice and equality, which I see as preconditions to societal happiness.

We are also a hopeful people. Like Gilbert, we collectively “push toward the light.” While events around the globe weigh heavily on our hearts, we plant seeds of hope and nurture tender shoots of happiness.

Getting back to the question the interviewer asked: “What is happiness?” After describing many of the times I’ve been most happy in my life, I realized that they all had one thing in common. They were times when I felt “connected.” Connected to people, or connected to nature, or connected to my sense of identity, and belonging, and calling. Happiness is connection. It’s about being in relationship with others, and being present to and aware of the power of those connections.

UUCDC is a place where we can experience and participate in the transforming power of community. We’re a place where we encourage each other to form those deep connections that create our own happiness and the happiness of those around us. We don’t just wait for happiness to fall on our heads out of the sky. I feel so blessed to be a part of a community where we make and sustain these close connections, where we support each other, where we can climb up that hill toward wonder together.

Love,
Peter

From October 2014 Focus
(Photo by Dennis Leeper)
 

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