Weekly Newsletter

High Country Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (HCUUF)
Weekly Newsletter: November 12-19, 2017
• Sunday Services
 Upcoming Service & Social Time, November 19, 2017
 HCUUF Welcomes Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland as Consulting Minister  
 Intentional Kindness
 Thanksgiving to Go
 Save the Date
• 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 2017 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
November 19, 2017: Service & Social Time
Speaker: Rev. Mike Morran
Sermon Title: In the Beginning Was the Word-
This sermon will look deeply at language; the ways in which words shape our sense of reality and our thinking, our sense of possibilities and limitation.
 HCUUF Welcomes Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland as Consulting Minister  
Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland and the HCUUF Board have signed a letter of agreement for Rev. Kirk to become HCUUF's consulting minister, beginning November 1, 2017.
As such, he will be preaching once a month, supporting the board at its monthly meetings, and helping the fellowship with other events and functions including adult education workshops, transition celebrations, community outreach, worship planning, and pastoral care.
He spoke on Nov. 5, on the subject of Faith. His remarks will be distributed in our weekly newsletter. We are pleased to have such an experienced ordained UU Minister in this role.
Among other things, Rev. Kirk has created the Touchstone program of monthly packages of sermons, hymns, reading and other resources available at modest cost to nearly a hundred small congregations, including HCUUF.
We welcome him warmly!
• Intentional Kindness

Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland, HCUUF Consulting Minister
     The phrase “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a placemat in Sausalito, California in 1982. Paloma Pavel writes, “Anne Herbert and I were responding to our despair at accelerating systemic violence, specifically the Rodney King incident of racial violence and police brutality, and the international drum beat to war in the Persian Gulf that was engulfing the nighttime news.
     We wanted to stop the wars…. To create a spell that would shatter the trance. So we took the phrase “random violence and senseless acts of cruelty” and created a “reversal” (to use feminist philosopher Mary Daly’s strategy). It was not too tough to find kindness for violence. Not wimpy kindness but tough Dalai Lama “never give up kindness.” “Beauty” for “cruelty” was the radical innovation.”
     Neither violence nor cruelty needs planning. They can emerge in an instant out of the darkest regions of humanity, so random and senseless are apt depictions for violence and cruelty.
     Kindness and beauty are products of an enlightened mind, heart, and spirit, although it might be more helpful to request that we “practice intentional kindness and simple acts of beauty.” Herbert's book, Random Acts of Kindness, was published in February 1993 in which she shared true stories of acts of kindness.
     The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (www.randomactsofkindness.org), based in Denver and created in 1995, launched the annual Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Day on February 17th. World Kindness Day, launched in 1998 in Japan by the World Kindness Movement(http://www.theworldkindnessmovement.org/), is observed annually on November 13th to cultivate kindness internationally.
      It is observed in many countries, including Japan, Canada, Australia, Nigeria, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and United States (see Life Vest Inside below). RAK also observes World Kindness Day. They have added RAK Friday on the day after Thanksgiving, writing “instead of shopping on Black Friday, kick off the holidays by doing a random act of kindness.” Finally, the foundation has expanded RAK Day into RAK Week, which will next be held February 11-17, 2018.
     At the age of 69, near the end of his life, Aldous Huxley, a scholar of the world’s religions and author of the landmark book, The Perennial Philosophy, was invited to summarize his research and thought. In response he wrote, “It’s a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all of my life and find at the end of it that one has no more to offer by way of advice than this: try to be a little kinder.”
     In a similar vein, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel confessed, “When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” Henry James observed that, “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”
      Finally, Unitarian Universalist minister Charles S. Stephen, Jr., invites us, quoting an anonymous source, to “‘Be kind, nearly everyone is fighting a heard battle.’”
     You might enjoy the video, Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty (length: 5:44) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGOut1X5u0E. It was created by Life Vest Inside, which was started in New York City in 2011 by Orly Wahba, an educator, entrepreneur, author and community activist. For more information go to http://www.lifevestinside.com or see her TED Talk (length; 10:16) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=yn9VxUPlC5g.
     Wahba writes, “in times of hardship, kindness, like a life vest, keeps the world afloat.”
• Thanksgiving to Go
Dear Friends:
Our first “Thanksgiving To Go” last year was a great success and we distributed about 300 bags to individuals and families all over Summit County. This year we’re anticipating handing out a lot more.
The Summit Interfaith Council which includes local congregations will be offering their members an opportunity to either receive a Thanksgiving To Go bag or fill one with a provided shopping list of Thanksgiving related non-perishable food items plus a $25 City Market gift card.
These TTG bags will be given to those who might be in need of a little extra help and cheer this Thanksgiving and we are working with several Summit County agencies to identify folks who want them.
Please call or e-mail me if you would like a bag for yourself or someone you know and/or if you’d like to go shopping and fill a TTG bag. You can also use a sign-up sheet posted in your congregation’s electronic newsletters or on their bulletin boards (see below).
And, if you’d like to make a separate donation, you can write a check made payable to St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. Thanks for your participation!
Terese Keil,
Summit Interfaith Council/St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church
Mission Outreach Coordinator
(970) 453-4943; TKpropmgmt@aol.com
Name                     Phone/e-mail                    Need Bag(s)  #            Shop for Bag(s)  #
For further information, please contact: Terese Keil – (970) 453-4943; TKpropmgmt@aol.com
• Save the Date
The HCUUF Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday December 4, 2017, at 4 PM.  Please attend!
• Other News Sent Under Separate Cover
You will be forwarded, in separate e-mails, news from the UU Bookstore, UU Social Service Committee, or other official UU organizations.
• Website
Please note that we post the following on our website (www.hcuuf.org):
Specifics of the upcoming service
Time/Place/Directions to our services
Weekly Newsletter
Schedule of Sunday Services
• Contact Information for Newsletter Announcements
Please send all announcements for the Newsletter, copy ready, entitled “HCUUF NEWS” by e-mail to: admin@hcuuf.org. Deadline for Monday morning publication of the Newsletter is the previous Saturday noon.
• Contact Information for HCUUF
Website: www.hcuuf.org
Phone: 617-733-4998
Mail: HCUUF, PO Box 313, Dillon CO 80435
• Board Members, Committees, Musician, Staff
Consulting Minister: Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland
Board Members:
  Paul Aex (paex@comcast.net)
  Lorraine Gill (lorrainecgill@yahoo.com)
  Pat McShane (pat@patmcshane.com)
  Don Parsons (parsondo@hotmail.com)
  Marge Seabourn (mseabourn@yahoo.com)
Celebrations: Pat McShane, Paul Aex, Julie Dufford, Greg Dufford
Finance: John Stauffacher
Gift Trust: Catherine Gant, Nancy Lee, Greg Dufford
Nominations: Harold Gant, Maria Cheng, Nancy Lee
Scholarship: Paul Aex, Barb Leach, Nancy Lee, Barbara Schott
Set-Up Scheduling: Lorraine Gill
Social Justice: Don Parsons
Treasurer: Don Parsons
Musician: Caroline Hesford
Admin Consultant: Daniela Acosta (admin@hcuuf.org)

Contact HCUUF at admin@hcuuf.org 

HCUUF Mailing Address: PO Box 313, Dillon, 80435 CO