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This Sunday's Service

August 20

Interdependent Web
Rev. Axel Gehrmann and Sarah Hardgrave

This marks the seventh and final service this summer exploring our UU principles: "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." What sort of a web is this? Some have imagined it as and expression our environmental concerns. Others consider it an allusion to the all-encompassing ground of being, the spirit of life, which binds each to all. Is the interdependent web and elusive religious idea, or a basic scientific fact? And what would it mean for us, to truly respect it?

Sunday Service begins at 10:30 a.m. Single services until September. 

 

New Book Discussion - Beginning August 22

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, at 7:00 p.m.

Beginning on Tuesday, August 22nd, Rev. Axel will be leading a four-session discussion of Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, by Aviva Chomsky. This book has been widely studied in UU circles, and was selected by our congregation's Immigration Justice Team. It is part of our effort to "educate ourselves and the congregation about the issues, build cross-cultural awareness, [and] assess the logistics of becoming a sanctuary congregation..."

Here is a description of the book: "In this illuminating work, immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomksy shows how "illegality" and "undocumentedness" are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. with a focus on US policy, she probes how people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status-and to what ends. Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context. The result is a powerful testament of the complex, contradictory, and ever-shifting nature of status in America."

Please purchase (or borrow) a copy of the book, and read the Introduction and Chapters One and Two in preparation for our first session on August 22nd, at 7:00 p.m.. Please contact Rev. Axel (minister@uucmp.org) if you have questions, or plan to attend.