Weekly Newsletter

High Country Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (HCUUF)
Weekly Newsletter: April 16-22, 2018
• Sunday Services
• Upcoming Service & Social Time, April 22, 2018
• Volunteer to Help with the Community Dinner, April 24, 2018
• No Service on April 29: Rev. Liliana’s installation at LOTM
• Dinner with Rev. Kirk, April, 22
• Come Join the Party-Theatre Esprit Asia, Sunday May 6
 A House for Hope
• Circle Brunches in May
• HCUUF Member and Friend Directory
 Touchstones Journal for April: Transformation
• 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
April 22, 2018: Service & Social Time
Sermon Title: Letting Go
Speaker: Rev. Kirk Loadman Copeland
Letting go is a spiritual practice. It is a reminder that the actual range of our control is more
limited than we like. Letting go allows the ego to step to the side so that we might experience all
that is happening more deeply.
Letting go is also a means of transformation as we choose willingness over willfulness.
Join us in reflecting on the process of letting go and the importance of transformation
• 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 volunteer engagement has 8 confirmed volunteers and needs at least 4 more from 4:45-7:30
• No Service on April 29: Rev. Liliana’s installation at LOTM
HCUUF will not hold a service on April 29 since the church facilities will all be in use for the joyous event of Reverend Liliana Stahlberg’s installation as their called minister at 3 PM that day. 
HCUUF members are invited to attend.
• Dinner with Rev. Kirk, April 22
Join Rev. Kirk and your fellow HCUUF’ers for dinner after the service on Sunday April 22, approximately 6 PM.
We will talk amongst ourselves and decide which restaurant to visit.  No need to RSVP.
• Come Join the Party-Theatre Esprit Asia, Sunday May 6
HCUUF has been chosen to be the recipient of Theatre Esprit Asia’s nonprofit theater benefit on Sunday May 6.  Money from all the tickets we purchase will go back to HCUUF.  Tickets will be priced at $20 each.  Family and friends are welcome.
The performance is at 2 PM in Aurora, 1400 Dallas Street.  The two short plays are Dust Storm, based on the Japanese internment during WWII, and Spirit and Sworded Treks, a funny and poignant play written and acted by our own Maria Cheng.  There will be a talk back after the show, with our own Reverend Kirk presiding.  Given Daylight Savings Time, there probably would be plenty of time to get home before dark, even have early dinner along the way.
If you are interested, please let Pat McShane know, email (pat@patmcshane.com) is best but text is OK too.  617 733 4998.  We can probably arrange carpools also.
Don’t miss these 2 great plays and a chance to see them with HCUUF.  Spirit and Sworded Treks has received accolades across four continents. It won Best Actress, Choreography, Lighting, Original Play and People’s Choice at the 2014 Colorado Theatre Festival.
• A House for Hope
                    by Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland, Consulting Minister
They begin with the “garden,” which refers to earth itself and reminds us that “salvation,” the dream and drive for wholeness, is part of this life.
The “sheltering walls” create the boundary within which the religious community gathers. The word “ecclesiology” (from the Greek word ekklesia, “called together”) is the theological theme that speaks about religious community. It invites us to consider, says Parker, the nature and purpose of religious community.
The “roof” is that which “can protect life from harm, and repair and restore lives and communities.” As Parker notes, “religion, at its best, provides shelter for people and communities in need of healing, transformation, and sustenance….”
For Parker and Buehrens the “foundation” of the house is God or whatever word one uses for the ultimate mystery that is the source and sustenance of life. Buehrens asserts that “God changes,” which means that traditional notions of God are profoundly inadequate.
The final architectural metaphor is the “threshold.” Parker notes that the threshold marks the “importance of movement between shelter and adventure—of arriving home and of setting out.” In charactering progressive faith, Parker writes, “An open door stands at the threshold of our theological house, its doorsill well worn by comings and goings.” The threshold leads to consideration of the mission of a congregation.
Parker writes passionately about mission. “Progressive faith offers a wide welcome for those who come to its door. It has hope to offer, and it gives people room to breathe. Its theological boundaries make a life-giving, affirming faith possible—providing a defining structure of meaning. Its message is worth proclaiming openly and broadly.
“Within the theological house of progressive faith there is room for tremendous variety, diversity, and dissent. But there is also a defining focus: a devotion to the flourishing of life. People of progressive faith care for the sacredness of this world, this life, here and now. We do not look to a world to come that will be more valuable than this world. We cherish our bodies, this earth, this time and place within our grasp. We reverence the intimate, intricate, and unshakeable reality that all life is connected. We honor and respect the bonds that tie each to all, that weave us into an inescapable net of mutuality. We vow to care for the interdependent web of existence; we desire all life to thrive, and therefore we resist those social evils and systemic injustices that benefit a few at the expense of many, or that allow a privileged existence for some while others have their hearts and bodies broken by exploitation, prejudice, censure, or lack access to the rights and resources needed for life. We critique any conception of God that functions to bless an unjust status quo or to alleviate human responsibility. We affirm a covenant among all beings that we honor with our hearts, souls, mind, and strength. We will do everything in our power to assure that this covenant of life, for life, is honored, And we seek to connect our circle with other circles of life, to expand our circle into ever-widening ripples of influence for good.
“Expanding the circles of people ‘united together for life,” is the mission of progressive faith. This mission matters in a world threatened by violence, injustice, and ecological exploitation.
“…This mission requires each person to ask the questions, ‘What will you do with your gifts?’ And it requires vibrant commitment to life together in community.”
How might we transform High Country UU Fellowship into a House for Hope?
• Circle Brunches in May
The Board would like to offer some potluck Circle Brunches on Sundays in May. To plan for these, the Board needs to know who can attend and/or host on the following Sundays: May 6, May 13, May 20 or May 27. If you are willing to host, how many people can you accommodate.
Please email Lorraine Gill at lorrainecgill@yahoo.com or Marge Seabourn at mseabourn@yahoo.com the dates you can attend or host, and the number of people you can host.
• HCUUF Member and Friend Directory
We want to create a new directory and need your help to do so. Please email the following information to our Administrative Consultant, Daniela Acosta, at admin@hcuuf.org
Address (local)
Residency Status: Permanent or seasonal (also indicate when you are typically in Summit County)
If seasonal, what is your permanent address?
 Touchstones Journal for April: Transformation