Weekly Newsletter

High Country Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (HCUUF)
Weekly Newsletter: March 12-18, 2018
• Sunday Services
• Upcoming Service & Social Time, March 12, 2018
• Volunteer to Help with the Community Dinner, April 24, 2018
• HCUUF Upcoming Sunday Services   
• The Bone House
• Touchstones Journal for March: Humility
• HCUUF Member and Friend Directory
• Creating the World Through Tenderness and Holiness
• Other News Sent under Separate Cover
• HCUUF Website
• Contact Information for Newsletter Announcements
• Contact Information for HCUUF
• Consulting Minister, Board Members, Committees, Musician, Staff
• Sunday Services
Our weekly Sunday Services take place in the Fellowship Hall of the Lord of the Mountains Church in Dillon, CO at 4:00 pm and are followed by a Social Hour or Potluck at 5:00 pm.  Potlucks usually occur on the last Sunday of the month. 
During 2018 we have had a short sabbatical during the months of May and October during which no services are held but other activities takes place from time to time.
• Upcoming Service & Social Time
March 18, 2018: Service & Social Time
Sermon Title: About High Country Conservation Center and How You Can Be Involved
Speaker: Hallie Jaeger
This talk will review the programs and services of HC3 and review how community members can be involved in the organization.
• Volunteer to Help with the Community Dinner
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 4:30 to 7:30 pm
HCUUF volunteers will be serving the Community Dinner on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. We need approximately 12 to 14 people to help. To volunteer, email Don Parsons at parsondo@hotmail.com. The work also includes some set-up and clean-up.
This weekly dinner, which began on March 3, 2009, has served over 100,000 people since then.
The Community Dinner is held at the Elks Lodge, 1321 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO 80498. Typically, 300 to 350 people attend each week to eat.
At the community dinner on January 9th, 17 people volunteered to help. We served meals to 280 people.
• HCUUF Upcoming Sunday Services  

March 25, Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland, To Walk Humbly
April 1, Ronda Reichardt, Special Education Teacher, Summit High School
April 8, Betsy Casey, Program Manager, Building Hope, a mental health initiative
• The Bone House
                        By Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland, Consulting Minister
To take something for granted is the polite way of referring to those things that we really tend to ignore. One common object of our ignorance is the body, our body. Some things can only be ignored at great peril, and our body is at, or near, the top of that list. Are we more conditioned than we thought by a Christian and Western dualism that denigrates the body in favor of spirit and mind? Not all religious traditions are so unenlightened. Judaism regards the body as a temple and the Buddha said, “Our body is precious. It is a vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.”
Perhaps to physicians and scientists and other students of the body, increasing knowledge, down to the genome mapping and using your DNA to analyze your ancestry, renders the body less miraculous. I hope the opposite is true, that this knowledge leads to perpetual amazement. Simply hold your hand in front of your face and look as you move your fingers. The beauty, grace, and complexity of a hand is deserving of our awe. Bonnie Friedman writes of a parable that her husband created: A young painter came to Michelangelo and said, “I’ve seen your religious paintings. Teach me to depict the human soul.” “Fine,” replied Michelangelo. “Learn to paint a human knuckle. Observe the knuckle closely. See all its bones and webs of skin, and the exact way it puckers. Study its minute shifts of color. You may paint a soul only by painting a knuckle.”
In her memoir, “The Bone House,” Nancy Mair’s observes, “The body is itself a dwelling place, as the Anglo-Saxons knew in naming it banhus (bonehouse) and lichama (bodyhome), and the homeliness of its nature is even livelier for a woman than for a man.” The body is a memoir of the life we have lived marked with scars from accidents and surgeries, the ravages of radiation and chemotherapy, replacement joints, healed broken bones, hair now gray or white, the shape-shifting of age, wrinkles and more. These are an autobiography of who we have become.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, author of “Women Who Run with the Wolves,” writes, “The body uses its skin and deeper fascia and flesh to record all that goes on around it. Like the Rosetta stone, for those who know how to read it, the body is a living record of life given, life taken, life hoped for, life healed. ...The body remembers, the bones remember, the joints remember, even the little finger remembers.”
Erica Jong wrote, “The body is wiser than its inhabitants.” Because of this we are advised to love and listen to our bodies. And most importantly, to treat the body, our body, with great care.

• Touchstones Journal for March: Humility
This month’s journal explores the theme of humility. As poet Maya Angelou wrote, “What humility does for one is it reminds us that there are people [who came] before…. I have already been paid for. And what I need to do is prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who has yet to come but who may be here and needs me.”
It is in this way that gratitude and humility are intertwined, and as such, they can be a powerful force for good in the world.