"Brave Souls"at UUA General Assembly
The Unitarian Universalist General Assembly is winding down, and the four of us from York attending the event in Providence, RI are coming back to UUCY with high energy and many learnings to ponder.
I watched as Unitarian Universalists rappelled off the roof of the Rhode Island Convention Center in order to raise an endowment to promote stewardship education in UU congregations. I contributed, but wasn't brave enough to go over the edge myself. $500,000 was raised!
In the workshop titled "Generous Spirits Transforming Stewardship" we were encourage to be brave in other ways -- to tell what makes us passionate about our UU communities, and then to (gasp!) ask the random person next to us to give money. We had 1.5 minutes for the testimony, and 30 seconds for the "ask". The room was packed way before the workshop started, and I was sitting on the floor up front with another man who arrived on time too. I spoke passionately about what about UUCY makes me passionate about giving, and I asked him to give $2000.00 to our congregation. He said he could not do that amount, but was moved to write us a check, and he did! He then told me about the fairly new summer camp for UU kids in Texas. He described how UU children from far-flung congregations across Texas needed a place to go and experience what it was like to be around other UU's. A few years ago UUs got an old facility from the Quakers, "in the rugged ranch land of the Hill Country near Kerrville, Texas." They renamed it "U Bar U" (named as a Texas ranch would be). They are finally getting a new up-to-code well, and building a new meeting center on the property, and are $100,000 away from their goal. I remember bringing Justin up to Oklahoma back when we lived in Texas, to experience the nearest UU camp one week of the year -- this U Bar U initiative will serve a real need! I'm going to make a donation and I encourage you to as well: http://www.UbarU.org
I wish more of you could have been there. You can get a sample of the best of General Assembly after we're done. Many of the inspirational and keynote events are posted online so that you can watch the videos and learn more, at your convenience. Check out the Ware Lecture by Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus, or the high energy Saturday Evening worship before we went witnessing in our "Standing on the Side of Love" yellow t-shirts in Providence ("Worship, Witness and WaterFire"). http://www.uua.org/ga/virtual/2014/index.shtml
-Rev. Bob Renjilian
Since 1955, UUCY has offered a religious experience based on freedom, reason, tolerance, and compassion. This on-going process is filled with reverence and responsibility to individuals and community in a spirit of love. This process continually brings with it an enduring hope for the future. Notwithstanding change over the years, the founding principles of this congregation continue to offer hope and support to those on their own religious spiritual journey.
Summer Message from our Associate Minister
Can we possibly be at the end of another church year? If it’s time for General Assembly we know that summer has arrived.
In our historical Unitarian and Universalist past, churches closed for the summer. City dwellers escaped the urban heat to attend cooler mountain or coastal destinations like Star Island off the coast of New Hampshire, Ferry Beach in Maine, or the Mountain in North Carolina. Rural folks needed all hands on the farms to do the work required to tend crops, livestock and harvest.
Ministers, released from weekly services, would take July as vacation month and August as study Month in preparation for the coming year.
Today most UU churches have year round services. Summer services are most often led by guests and lay members of the congregation.
Here at York our summer services, just one at 10 am, are a delightful variety of topics, speakers and the usual hospitality. Visitors are welcome to come more than once to meet us, share fellowship, and there are youth religious education programs designed especially for the summer season.
Reverend Bob will represent us at General Assembly along with George Haldeman, Rafi Veras and Cindy Terlazzo. I will participate in General Assembly on line as an off-site delegate. The wonders of modern technology will permit me to participate in real time in all the Business Plenaries and votes and some of the other events.
I will continue to maintain my regular 10 hours per week, including office hours on Tuesday from 9 am-2 pm. As always, you can schedule an appointment at our mutual convenience by calling 717-845-8212 x.103.
I will be available for any Pastoral Emergencies in Rev. Bob’s absence. I’ll also be providing emergency pastoral coverage for the Boiling Springs UUs during GA week and for the Buxmont UU the third week in July.
To all visitors, welcome and come see us. To all friends and members, have a joyful, restful summer.
-The Rev. Kate Bortner
Scenes from UUCY this month
These fabulous photos were taken by Robert Felton
What We Believe
Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations together affirm and promote seven Principles. We also share a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from many sources. The seven Principles and six Sources of the Unitarian Universalist Association grew out of the grassroots of our communities, were affirmed democratically, and are part of who we are. Join us as we journey together.