Hello First UUers,
This is Brian Hagemann, Director of Administration here at First UU. Rev. Marian is away on Study Leave and vacation; she’ll return August 20th. It’s been a while since I wrote one of our Tuesday Talks, last time singing the praises of Summer Institute (this year featured theme speaker Ysaye Barnwell, of Sweet Honey in the Rock). Today I’d like to borrow a page from Benji Ballmer, owner of Yellowbird Food Shed who sends out a Five on Friday blog post that I’ve enjoyed. If you are a Yellowbird participant, you’ve probably seen these. By the way, Benji will hopefully be joining us in the Fall to present a workshop or talk. So here you have my
ONE:. Red Oak Community School kids had a fundraiser here on Sunday before and after the service as part of a national campaign. On Saturday July 27th and Sunday July 28th kids all over the country “Took a Stand” by selling lemonade to benefit families in need along our southern border. Kids Take a Stand, organized by the Lawyer Moms Foundation, is in its second year.
Red Oak Community School educator (and mom) Maureen Alley and her children, William and John, set up their lemonade stand outside the doors of First Unitarian Universalist. Thanks to the generosity of our congregation, they raised $265!
All the proceeds will go to KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) and The Rio Grande Valley Rapid Response. KIND protects unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney. The mission of the RGVRR is to welcome, orient, feed, clothe, and otherwise serve the immigrants and refugees being released en masse in the Rio Grande Valley.
TWO: Speaking of Yellowbird Foodshed, tomorrow night, Wednesday July 31st from 4-7pm they will have a Yellowbird Foodtruck in the SYC parking area next to their delivery truck. The chef will be preparing an entire menu from fresh local YB produce based on whats in season and available and have a varied menu of items for sale. Come see what the local food craze is all about and enjoy an awesome LOCAL FOODS dinner! Everyone welcome to come check it out.
THREE: We have new staff starting shortly! Amber Scott will be joining us beginning this Thursday as our full time Religious Exploration Coordinator. Kelly McNeil will start in the first part of August as a part time Congregational Life Coordinator. We are super excited for their arrival and this opportunity to strengthen our programs and the services we provide to our members. You’ll be hearing more soon as introductions go out and they settle in with your church staff.
FOUR: I’ve been asked to lead up the Environmental Justice focus area of our Justice Action Ministry and am inviting people to join me in this effort. A few ideas I’d like us to consider; pursuing the Green Sanctuary Certification with the UUA, planning for additional solar panels at First UU possibly including a charging station for electric cars, creating a communications campaign to increase awareness and inspiring others, strengthening our ties to the local food community (food coops, cooking, gardening/permaculture), and more forums/movies/events like the recent one that discussed the Green New Deal with local experts. Please email me if you are interested, firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be reaching out at the beginning of the church year with more details and opportunity for involvement.
FIVE: Quick Takes
- Reading: Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I’m about half-way through this beautifully written book of essays on mosses, nature, our relationship to them. She has a definite UU feel to her writing style and ability to embody the natural world with spirit and agency.
- Listening: Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Most interesting/engaging new artist debut I’ve heard in quite a while. Folky, lo-fi, trip hop beats with her unique vocals on top.
- Watching: Stranger Things Season 3. As a big fan of everything 1980’s, I’ve been loving the music, set design and sensibilities of the kids in this horror/thriller. My son Jeremy (13) has really gotten into this series too.
- Experience: the family saw Les Misérables on stage in Chicago last week. Wow!
That’s it, thanks for reading along and stay tuned next week for our next guest blogger…