For the safety and security of our congregation and the community as a whole
we will be streaming our service
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June 13, 2021 10:30am Play as Spiritual Practice and a Way Through
Rev. Tandi Rogers
Creator, creation, creativity. I think of the creative process as worship and prayer, as my time out of time flowing with the divine, the Ultimate Creator. And these are the times for it. In a pandemic we don’t have access to our full cerebral cortex, that meaning-making part of our brain. We go down to limbic and reptilian as a way to keep ourselves alive. Emotions, sensory processing, instincts, memory… those are all limbic. Play was made for these times! Rev.Tandi Rogers is multi-vocational: teaching at both Meadville Lombard Theological School and Seattle University’s School of Theology & Ministry, spiritual director in private practice, and having served the Unitarian Universalist Association for almost 20 years, is a learning strategist and coordinator of a new initiative helping congregation practice covenant and engage in faithful conflict. She lives in Tacoma, WA with her wife Rev. Sue Phillips.
In preparation for worship this week, we want to send the login information and tips for those who have not used zoom before. It is a simple process, but we want to address any difficulties you may have.
First, if possible, download the zoom app on your computer, phone, or tablet before Sunday morning. This is a free app. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, just download it from your app store and follow the set-up instructions. If you have Gmail or Facebook set up is extremely fast and as easy as a click. If you do not have Gmail or Facebook no worries, it is still a very simple 2-3-minute process.
Things to know:
Unlike a zoom meeting, worship will be a zoom webinar. You will be able to see all those who you normally would see on the chancel, but you won’t be able to see or hear anyone else, and they won’t see or hear you. This has an upside. You can tune into church with your coffee and in your PJs.
During the service and during a short online fellowship hour, you can make a comment, say hello, and connect with the whole congregation in the chat box.
On Sunday morning just paste https://uuma.zoom.us/j/367428065 into your (computer, phone or tablet) browser, follow the prompts and you will be in the service.
If you are just using the audio on your phone dial +1 646 876 9923, and when they ask for the meeting ID, dial this number 367 428 065 and you will hear the service, but you won’t see it.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo Order of Service 6/13/2021
selections from Játékok (“Games”), volumes 3 and 5 by György Kurtág
Jonathan Vogtle, Piano
Welcome and Announcements
Rev. Tandi Rogers, Guest Minister
Bobby Withrow, Worship Associate
Call to Worship
We gather in loving community,
Inspiring one another,
To transform ourselves
to create a more just and compassionate world
Hymn #22 Dear Weaver of Our Lives’ Design
Jessie Downs, Helen Lowry, Matthew Spaulding and Michael Harris, Song Leaders; Jonathan Vogtle, Piano
Pride Center of WNY
Album Leaf, Op. 58 by Alexander Scriabin
Jonathan Vogtle, Piano
“Hug o’ War”
By Shel Silverstein
selections from Játékok (“Games”), volumes 3 and 6 by György Kurtág
Jonathan Vogtle, Piano
“Play as Spiritual Practice and a Way Through”
Hymn#1024 When the Spirit Says Do
Matthew Spaulding, Song Leader, Guitar and Arrangement;
Jonathan Vogtle, Keyboard
Extinguishing the Chalice
As we extinguish the flame of this chalice, may we carry its light with us into the world, in the power of peace, faith, justice and love.
In a Landscape by John Cage
Jonathan Vogtle, Piano
This Sunday we welcome Rev. Tandi Rogers to our virtual pulpit for her service, Play as Spiritual Practice and a Way Through. Keyboardist, Jonathan Vogtle will offer up a selection of piano pieces written by composers playing, experimenting, and searching for divine encounters. Contemporary Hungarian Jewish composer, György Kurtág (b. 1926) has written ten volumes of his collection of Játékok (“Games”) since 1973. The selections we’ll hear in service commemorate and pay homage to his friends and teachers, and they also trace their roots to practical psychiatric advice he received following a breakdown after the Hungarian Uprisings of 1956 - to begin slowly with only one note. Music by the Russian mystic composer, Alexander Scriabin will be heard alongside the hymns, Dear Weaver of Our Lives’ Design and When the Spirit Says Do. Finally, we’ll conclude the service with In a Landscape by American maverick composer, a John Cage.
Join your friends in a zoom Fellowship Time every Sunday. You will be able to see and speak to each other. See old friends! Make new friends!
Or you can go to zoom.us in your browser, sign in, join a meeting, and enter this number: 935 7901 4652
Or you can just phone in: 1-646-876-9923 and when the voice asks you for the meeting ID enter 935 7901 4652 on your dial pad
Vespers Services at the Church
Community, candlelight, music, poetry, meditations. All are welcome.
When: 7pm-7:30pm every Friday between April 2 and July 9
Where: Outside the Garden Entrance of the church.
How: We will observe safe distancing. Please wear your mask. Chairs will be available for those who want or need them.
Who: You and everyone! Invite your friends.
In recognition of Pride month, Niagara Pride will be sponsoring an LGBTQ affirming interfaith church service on Sunday, June 27th at 2 pm at Oppenheim Park, Shelter #4, located at 2713 Niagara Falls Blvd.
* Rev. Susan Frawley (Unitarian Universalist)
* Rev. Michael Keicher (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
* Rev. Patrick Bradley (Episcopalian)
* Rev. Laura Norris-Buisch (Presbyterian)
* Monk D. Wilkes Alexander (Buddhist)
Each of the clergy will read an inspirational work, including scripture, that is meaningful to their religious tradition, and offer prayers and blessings to the attendees and LGBTQ community. After the service, clergy will be available to discuss their religious perspective with those who attend and explain more about their religion.
The event is open to all. Dress will be casual and people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
For more information, please visit NiagaraPride.org!
RE families are gathering for picnics in the church garden at 12:30 pm on Sundays starting June 13. Bring a picnic and a blanket or chairs. Kids can play and maybe we will sing or read a story. Masks required except when eating on your blanket. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult. The church restrooms will be open if are needed. All are welcome to this informal gathering. Contact Katherine Gillette-Cockerill email@example.com with questions.
OUR ADOPTED FAMILY IS READY TO MOVE FROM THE FAMILY PROMISE SHELTER!
Taysha, and her son Adrien, age 3, the family our church adopted, are ready to move from the Family Promise shelter as soon as the County delivers a refrigerator. Thanks to the UUCB Family Promise core team of Miki Kim and Maria Testa, wehave assembled kitchen and bathroom supplies and small appliances, clothes for Adrien, a vacuum sweeper, and paper products to enable Taysha to restart her life with hope in her own safe, permanent apartment.
You can help, too, by donating new or gently used clothing for Taysha, (sz XL tops, sz 22 pants) and her little boy ( size 4 pants and shirts, sz 11 shoes). We also need a Spanish speaker, since Taysha speaks only Spanish. A small bicycle for lively, active Adrien would be very welcome.
Rev. Joan's Identity Used and Abused
Rev. Joan will never:
· Ask you for gift cards via an email
· Send you an email on an account ending with gmail.com – trust only her buffalouu.org account
If you receive one of these emails, block the sender so they will be unable to send you any more requests. Sadly, there is nothing the church can do to stop the emails because they do not come from the church.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
NEED HELP? Do you need groceries? Would you rather stay out of public laundry areas? Anything else? Are you ABLE TO HELP?
THIS MONTH'S SHARE THE PLATE RECIPIENT: Pride Center of Western New York
Established in 2001, The Pride Center's goal is to promote the lifelong health and well-being of LGBTQ+ people throughout Western New York. Programs range from social events and support groups, to HIV testing and LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings. To learn more about the Pride Center, visit pridecenterwny.org
Nominations for Share the Plate
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Updated Resources for Action in Our Communities and Beyond This is by no means a complete list, but is instead a starting point for ways we can live our faith and our UU values by supporting the communities we value.
Donations Sought for
Food Not Bombs
Buffalo Food Not Bombs is seeking donations of folding tables, bike carts, and food storage bins- if able to donate any of these, please speak with a participating UUCB member or reach out to them through their Facebook page.
In this time of increasing need, support our neighbors. Make food donations or donations of funds to the Food Bank of Western New York https://www.foodbankwny.org/
The Food Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels for Western New York have joined forces to become FeedMore WNY! FeedMore WNY offers dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to its Western New York neighbors in need.
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