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Dear Reader,

This is the Monday, August 8, 2022 full edition of the Tapestry newsletter of upcoming events and announcements. All events are open to anyone who wishes to join, except where otherwise noted.

Quick Links to Contents:

Upcoming Sunday Service at 11:00 AM:

TBD
by Rev. Patti Henry

TBD


Announcements:

Tapestry Priorities Survey

 


Pool Party at Susan Berg's!

 Contact Susan Berg (poolparty@uutapestry.org) for more information.


Join the UU BIPOC Caucus on Climate Justice

Interested in the intersections of racial and economic, environmental, and climate justice? Be sure to register for upcoming UUMFE BIPOC Caucus Gatherings!

Register for UU BIPOC Caucus on Climate Justice


Social Justice Seminar at 1st UU

Please contact office@firstuu.org if you’re interested in attending.


Our Whole Lives (OWL) Training

GET TRAINED TO TEACH OWL! In light of last week's Supreme Court ruling against Roe v. Wade, the Texas UU Justice Ministry especially wants to encourage congregations to host more OWL classes. TXUUJM and First UU Church of Austin are hosting an OWL facilitator training Sept. 16-18 in Austin (levels 7-9/10-12). Please see registration link here. Scholarships available. Our friends at NTUUC is also hosting all-levels training in Dallas in August.


Restoring the Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Voices

First Unitarian Universalist Church Climate Action Team will be reading a great new book that helps define what we are FOR. Restoring the Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts for Rebalancing Life on Planet Earth. We agree on what we are against, but largely lack a clear, concise, coherent vision of what we are for. This book helps tons.

We'll start on Mondays. We'll meet 6:30 to 7:30pm. For the first meeting, please read the introduction. In it is the gist of the book, a list of 40 precepts that all the Indigenous hold. For each aspect of the Indigenous Worldview, it lists the contrasting values held by our culture.

Please register at the link above, and you'll receive the zoom link in the email reminder for the first session.


Citizens' Environmental Coalition & Houston Climate Movement

Next on the agenda is a series of three Skill-Building Sessions designed to empower concerned citizens and local community leaders to advocate for climate resilience funding from the Justice40 initiative and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Thanks to funding from EDF, the following event is free and open to the public.

Please register at Eventbrite for these and other Summer of Action events. We look forward to seeing you there!


2022 Tapestry Retreat in the Beautiful Texas Hill Country!

Join fellow church members for a fun, relaxing and uplifting weekend.

When: November 4-6, the weekend after Halloween.

Where: UBarU Camp and Retreat Center near Kerrville, TX, https://www.ubaru.org

What:

  • 142 acres of unspoiled natural beauty and solitude - perfect for hiking
  • Share fun activities and community building experiences with fellow Tapestry members
  • See wildlife in its natural habitat, beautiful sunsets and dawn skies, and spectacular starry nights - UBarU is a designated International Dark Sky Park
  • Support the only UU Camp and Retreat Center in Texas and its wonderful programs for children, youth and families

Cost: $150/person, $120/child 12 and under, includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals! Camping w/ meals in RV or tent $100/person.

To sign up and for additional information, contact retreat@uutapestry.org.


Houston Area UUs "Happier Get Together" Fall Sign Up

The Happier Get Together consists of small group video meetings (via Zoom or Google Meet) that focus on looking at and discussing the most relevant factors that contribute to a person's happiness. Each week will look at one particular important aspect of happiness. The intention of this small collaborative group is to have an enjoyable discussion about important happiness factors and for each participant to add more happiness to their daily life.

This group plans to start meeting after meteorological fall begins on September 1st and then continue to meet weekly for 12 weeks until it ends with an optional get together at autumn's end. Members, friends and guests of the Unitarian Universalist Congregations in the greater Houston area can register for this small group ministry by emailing happy@uutapestry.org with all their available meeting day/time slots from the eight available meeting day/time slots in this announcement. The first meeting will be in September and then continue to meet for an additional twelve consecutive weeks. The day/time meeting slots are for 90 minute sessions starting every: SUN at 6 pm, or WED at 6 pm, or THU at 6 pm, or FRI at 6 pm, or SAT at 10 am, or SAT at 4 pm, or MON at 2 pm or WED at 2 pm. Whichever day/time slot that works the best for the most people will be chosen so be sure to list all the meeting slots that work for you in your registration request email.  In order to give everyone ample time for discussions the course group size is limited to the first 10 emailed registration requests that fill a day/time slot. The email registration deadline is SUN AUGUST 28th and then if there are enough registrations the course starting dates will be set.

This Happier Get Together requires no preparation time as the course consists of watching a curated list of happiness topic videos during the meeting and then discussing that topic. Anyone interested in the Happier Get Together materials, even if they have no intention of registering, can get a full course outline with the 12 weekly course topic video links by emailing happy@uutapestry.org. Please email your available day/time slots if you'd like to see about joining this group discussion topic. If you have any questions please email the group moderator Andy Savidge at happy@uutapestry.org.


Big Questions / Deep Listening

The Big Questions, Deep Listening Covenant Group meets the 2nd and last Sunday of each month from 4 to 5:30 pm CDT on Zoom using the same link as our Sunday services. On Sunday, 8/14/22, we will be discussing:

What is church good for, or why do we attend church? What could or should church be? What’s wrong with US religions?

New members are welcome. Come join our discussions about the big questions we all face. See our video https://youtube.com/shorts/TzK5TTkXljo. Please email BQDL@uutapestry.org for more information.


Tapestry Disc Golf!

Everyone is invited to join in. It’s good fun, companionship, and a great way to get out in nature. All skill levels are welcome, and loaner discs are available. There are a variety of attractive and challenging courses in the NW Houston area, and we sometimes organize weekend trips to sample other venues. To learn more, request to join the Tapestry Disc Golfers Facebook group, where game times and locations are decided, or email dg@uutapestry.org. See you on the course!


Women-Aligned Spirituality Groups

The Woman Aligned Spirituality Covenant Group is now accepting members for Fall 2022 to Spring 2023, with monthly meetings starting in September.

We will be reading Brene Brown's "Atlas of the Heart". To register, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/F8F9zUar4pQqZcDcA

 For more information email wasg@uutapestry.org.


CUUPS

CUUPs will be meeting every 2nd Saturday of the month at 3pm starting August 13th at 3pm. It will be a hybrid meeting, zoom and in person. For more information see uutapestry.org/cuups or email cuups@uutapestry.org.


Cooking Covenant Group

On August 6, 2022, Cooking Covenant Group will host a Freezer Meals session up here in the kitchen. This means freezer bags with food you can prepare either in an Instant Pot, a Crockpot, or on the stovetop. We supply the food and materials (at cost). All you need to do is show up, make the meals, and then you get to take home SEVEN frozen meals! Each meal will make 4-6 servings. If you want to make fewer servings, just split each gallon-size baggie into two smaller baggies. I (Tracy Cook) will print more labels if you let me know ahead of time.

You may mix and match the meal choices, up to seven! The meals are priced individually, rounded up to the nearest dollar. We will have an online form available this weekend for you to complete with your payment. Everything - payment and meal choices - must be received by Wednesday, August 3rd.

***You are also welcome to come and see how the bags are put together, and then take the FREE materials home to prep when you are ready!***

We are offering:
For the Carnivores:

  • Five-Ingredient Honey Sriracha Chicken ($13)
  • Garden Vegetable Soup with Ground Turkey ($12)
  • Citrus Chicken ($13)
  • Red Pepper Chicken ($12)
  • Italian Wedding Soup ($12)
  • Three Bean Chili with Ground Beef ($14)
  • Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps ($14)

For the Vegans and Meatless Mondayers:

  • Chickpea Tikka Masala (plant-based) ($11)
  • Black Bean and Rice Soup (plant-based) ($7)
  • Garden Vegetable Soup (plant-based) ($7)
  • Spiced Butternut Squash Soup (plant-based) STILL PRICING
  • Italian Wedding Soup (plant-based) ($4)
  • Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Bowl (plant-based) ($9)
  • Three Bean Chili (plant-based) ($9)

We will have a recipe card for every meal. Included in the day's materials will also be recipe cards for more meals if you like the ideas and want to plan more in the future.

We look forward to seeing you on August 6 at 3:00 PM. No experience is necessary, just a desire to make yummy foods to eat!

Here’s the link to the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W3NZ5QL


Tapestry Book Club

The mixed bag book club will be meeting after a break on Thursday, August 25th at 6:30p.m. CST on Zoom. We will be discussing All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. All are welcome. This book, a Pulitzer prize winner will be a great read for summer. Contact bookclub@uutapestry.org for more information.


Covenant Groups

The following groups are currently accepting new members:

  • Big Questions, Deep Listening Covenant Group
  • Cooking Covenant Group
  • Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) Group
  • Gardening Covenant Group
  • Women Aligned Spirituality Groups (These two Groups will close to new members on 9/1/22)

For more information, see https://uutapestry.org/CovenantGroups or to suggest a new group, email sgmt@uutapestry.org.


Tapestry Caring Team


Share-the-Plate


UBarU announcements for Summer 2022

Upcoming events at UBarU:

  • August 25-28- Star Party- a three night opportunity to learn about and enjoy the Dark Sky at UBarU!

https://www.ubaru.org for details and to register. Email director@ubaru.org as well.


Upcoming Events From Our Calendar:

August 9 (Tuesday), 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Worship Team Meeting

Worship Team is currently meeting every Tuesday via Zoom.


August 10 (Wednesday), 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Ministerial Search Committee

The Ministerial Search Committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month to discuss our church’s search for a minister.


August 13 (Saturday), 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: CUUPs Meeting

CUUPs will be meeting every 2nd Saturday of the month at 3pm starting August 13th at 3pm. It will be a hybrid meeting, zoom and in person. For more information see uutapestry.org/cuups or email cuups@uutapestry.org.


August 14 (Sunday), 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Big Questions, Deep Listening Covenant Group,

The Big Questions, Deep Listening Covenant Group meets the 2nd and last Sunday of each month from 4 to 5:30 pm CDT on Zoom using the same link as our Sunday services. On Sunday, 8/14/22, we will be discussing:

What is church good for, or why do we attend church? What could or should church be? What’s wrong with US religions?

New members are welcome. Come join our discussions about the big questions we all face. See our video https://youtube.com/shorts/TzK5TTkXljo. Please email BQDL@uutapestry.org for more information.


Thank you for your interest and readership...
Newsletter editor, Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston
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