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March 24, 2019

Mary Oliver’s Conversion: “Oh, What Is Holiness?”

Mary Oliver is sometimes lovingly referred to as the Poet Laureate of Unitarian Universalism. Her words and poetic images resonate with religious liberals for their openness, inquisitiveness, and a tone that suggests she is spiritual without being religious. Then came late in life her embrace of what we might call Orthodoxy. Even with her feet planted where I could not grow, this poet speaks to me. Today we’ll look at Mary’s life both pre- and post-conversion, not through her biography, but through her poetry. I think you’ll find Mary is still one of us, but with expanded insights into all that makes us human. Service led by Rev. Gregory Stewart. 9:15am All Ages Worship; 11am Religious Education downstairs.

          

Upswing Advocates Leadership Training: Building a Gender Inclusive and Affirming Community

Calling All Leaders

UCE is committed to radical welcoming and we seek to expand our capacity to live our first principle – not just affirming that all people have value but ensuring that those who might feel marginalized in other spaces, know they will find a safe and affirming space among us. This begins at a personal level with education and reflection about our understandings of gender and ways to be welcoming as a community surrounding gender and its effect on social interactions. This workshop will provide an overview of key terms related to gender and an opportunity for attendees to explore their own attitudes and experiences related to cultural norms, gender identity, and gender expression.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Rev. Eileen Wiviott, [email protected], or Lane Deamant, [email protected]

REAL Movie Night, Wednesday March 27 @ 7pm, Rm 3, UCE

FILM: FRUITVALE STATION
Free parking in lot on Greenwood, and free popcorn
Fruitvale Station is the critically acclaimed story of a day in the life of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Black man from Hayward, California, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. It was the first film directed by Ryan Coogler (The Black Panther) and stars Michael B. Jordan (The Black Panther, Creed) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures, The Shape of Water) as his mother, Wanda Grant.
Winner of numerous film festival awards including the 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards for a Dramatic Film.
Run time 85 minutes. Discussion following.

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