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Dear Reader,

Here is your Sunday, May 9, 2021 edition of the Tapestry weekly digest of upcoming events and special announcements. All events are open to anyone who wishes to join.

Quick Links to Contents:

Upcoming Sunday Service at 11:00 AM:

Theology of a Comma
by Randy Partain

Join us at 11 am on Sunday via Zoom by clicking here: https://zoom.us/j/913791840?pwd=MHl0eGFTK2FGa1hVSXh1ejZxUGlQUT09

We might think about punctuation less and less with our evolving habits of texting and tweeting shorthand, but a friend's tattoo of a semicolon got me thinking about how much meaning there can be to these seemingly insignificant marks. For instance, how does the meaning of a teaching change with the placement of a comma? And how can we be intentional about the spiritual framework we use for our lives by paying attention to the details? When it comes to our approach to spirituality, it turns out punctuation matters!


2021 Congregational Meeting

Tour the Montrose Center

The Welcoming Congregation Certification team has secured a group tour of the Montrose Center on Monday, May 17th, at 12noon. We plan to meet at 11:50am at the center at 401 Branard, Houston, TX 77006. All Tapestry members and friends are invited to attend in order to learn firsthand about the services and facilities that the Montrose Center maintains for Houston's LGBTQ+ community. Afterwards, we will go to a local restaurant for lunch. If you are interested in attending the tour, please contact the Welcoming Congregation Certification team at wcc@uutapestry.org.

Randy's Ordination Ceremony

Tapestry is very proud to ordain Randy Partain at 3:00PM CST on Sunday, May 23. The ceremony will be held at CJCN (5400 Fellowship Lane, Spring, TX 77379) for those who are fully vaccinated and wish to attend in person, and it will be live-streamed at
Meeting ID: 913 791 840
Passcode: 074783

As the UUA Ordination and Installation Manual states, "Ordination is one of the most important traditions of our faith. A congregation’s decision to ordain someone represents the congregation’s faith in, and support for, the ordinand’s ministry. ...As a formal recognition of entry into service as a Unitarian Universalist minister, ordination offers an invitation to individual and communal transformation, as well as an opportunity to serve our faith in the world. Ordination isn’t just about one person’s ministry. In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, authority to ordain (and to call) ministers rests squarely with the congregation."

Ordination usually happens only once in a minister's life, following the completion of seminary, an internship, the fellowshipping process, and years of discernment, study, and formation in preparation to serve. It is a minister's ceremonial passage into a commission to make the practice of our faith their life's work.

We hope that you will be able to attend this milestone celebration, either virtually or in person.

Tapestry’s Garage Sale/Auction - Part Four

Our fourth (final) garage sale/online auction will be going live soon! All items sold will have 60% of proceeds paid to Tapestry. The garage sale slide on our website will be updated once the dates and link are known.

Maker TUU

Calling all crafters: We are a group of like-minded folks who gather and talk and share about making things. If you'd be interested in participating in an adult Zoom group focused around crafting and hanging out, please let me know.
Diana Swaney (makertuu@uutapestry.org)

General Assembly 2021

General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. That remains true even when we cannot gather physically. Last year, GA had more than 4,900 registered attendees participate from remote locations around the world. Although we give up the face-to-face interaction and hugs that are prevalent when we meet in-person, we retain our dedication to community and make our experience more accessible and more environmentally sustainable.

For more information: https://www.uua.org/ga

Welcoming Congregation Committee


The WCC team is pleased to announce that we have met our fundraising goal! A total of $2560 has been raised to date by Tapestry UU Church and its members (including matching funds). This will qualify Tapestry for special sponsorship marketing for a year, make it a part of the Montrose Leadership Society, and Tapestry will be featured prominently on the Montrose webpage and be announced as a sponsor for the Watch Party on May 19, 2021. All are invited to the Watch Party - see https://fb.me/e/Z2UKmvIg for more information.

The WCC team also invites everyone to tour the Law Harrington Senior Center near downtown on Monday, May 17 at 11:50 am. A Tapestry carpool is being organized. Click here Volunteer Application | The Montrose Center (galaxydigital.com) - to begin the volunteer process at Montrose Center. Contact wcc@uutapestry.org for additional details.

We have almost completed the 5 Practices of Welcoming Congregation required for UUA Welcoming Recertification. We need 6 or more members to watch and discuss the following webinar on Saturday, June 5, 3pm:

Please RSVP your intent to attend, and fill out the brief survey found at: Five Practices of Welcome Renewal - Welcoming Module Survey.pdf - Google Drive, and send it to wcc@uutapestry.org.

More to follow! Thanks so much for everyone's participation! June is Pride Month, and Tapestry's June 27th service will celebrate our church's widening engagements and volunteer efforts as we continue to recognize LGBTQ+ days of remembrance of the 1969 Stonewall riots. Please see On a Holy Night in 1969 | WorshipWeb | UUA.org.

Cooking Covenant Group

Women-Aligned Spirituality Groups

Quarterly Monthly Meeting for both Women-Aligned Spirituality Groups has been moved to 05/08 at 10 am. Details have been emailed. Please RSVP through the evite link.

We are so excited to see you at the labyrinth!

Thank you!

Community Check-In

If you'd like to connect at another time, feel free to reach out to Randy by telephone or email minister@uutapestry.org.

Family Game Night

Covenant Groups

The following groups are currently accepting new members:

  • Brené Brown Wisdom Covenant Group
  • Cooking Covenant Group
  • Dementia Support Group
  • Happiness Is a Choice Covenant Group
  • LGBTQ+ History and Issues Covenant Group
  • Weaving Our Lives Follow-up Covenant Group

Other groups will reopen this summer. If you would like to join or start a group, please email sgmt@uutapestry.org. We provide training and support for group facilitators. For more information, see https://uutapestry.org/home/CovenantGroups.

Morning Forum

This coming Sunday (4/18) there is a special Morning Forum! The Welcoming Certification Committee team will be discussing plans for Tapestry to join in some of the very impressive projects of Houston’s Metropolitan Organization. Come and learn about all the exciting possibilities!

Young AdUUlts Group

If you are interested in joining our group please join us in the YA breakout room following worship on Sunday. We will be discussing how often we would like to meet, activities we may be interested in, and our covenant. For more information contact ya@uutapestry.org.

Minister's Discretionary Fund

Program Council

The following teams are looking for help:

  • Fundraising Team
  • Social Team
  • Welcoming Congregation Team

Tapestry Caring Team

Tapestry Book Club

For the month of May the Mixed Bag Book Club will be reading Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen. We will meet Thursday May 27th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. All are welcome to discuss this book and suggest other books you may find great writing. In this book a grieving widower, a determined girl, a courageous librarian, and a mysterious book come together in an uplifting tale of love, loss, friendship, and redemption. Thirty-four-year-old Harry Crane works as an analyst for the US Forest Service. When his wife dies suddenly, Harry, despairing, retreats north to lose himself in the remote woods of the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. But fate intervenes in the form of a fiercely determined young girl named Oriana. She and her mother, Amanda, are struggling to pick up the pieces from their own tragic loss of Oriana’s father. Discovering Harry while roaming the forest, Oriana believes that he holds the key to righting her world. Harry reluctantly agrees to help Oriana carry out an astonishing scheme inspired by a book given to her by the town librarian, Olive Perkins. Together, Harry and Oriana embark on a golden adventure that will fulfill Oriana’s dreams.

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center is hosting on-site events (with COVID precautions)!!

  • Men-aligned Retreat April 9-11
  • Women-aligned Retreat April 16-18
  • Youth Summer camps- dates are based on age of camper. Details at www.ubaru.org

Our cottages are available for personal and family retreats. Enjoy the UBarU campus, dark sky and morning sun at your leisure. Email Robyn at director@ubaru.org to arrange your independent stay.


Tapestry Board Meetings

Corner Forum

Join us via Zoom by clicking here at 12:15 am on Sunday: https://zoom.us/j/913791840?pwd=MHl0eGFTK2FGa1hVSXh1ejZxUGlQUT09.

Upcoming Events From Our Calendar:

May 9 (Sunday), 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Morning Forum

Although Morning Forum facilitators are prepared to suggest timely and thought provoking topics for discussion, they are open to a free ranging discussion about issues of particular concern to MF participants. MF can be accessed via the usual Sunday link.

May 9 (Sunday), 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: Corner Forum

Corner Forum is a facilitated meeting that provides people with an opportunity to discuss the Sunday sermon and to share their own thoughts and feelings about the sermon topic. CF can be accessed via the usual Sunday link.

May 9 (Sunday), 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: CUUPS Monthly Meeting

Welcome to the monthly CUUPS meeting.  We discuss any and everything earth based religion.  If you have questions bring them we will try to answer as many of your questions as we can.  If you have information, please join us and share what you know.  We look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings.

May 9 (Sunday), 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Big Questions, Deep Listening Covenant Group

This is a closed group. New members will be accepted in the summer of 2021. Meetings are on 2nd & last Sunday of each month. Please email SGMT@uutapestry.org for additional information.

May 10 (Monday), 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Program Council

May 11 (Tuesday), 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Women's Aligned Spirituality Book Club Group 2

This is a closed group. Please contact Erika Calderon at womenaligned2@uutapestry.org.

May 12 (Wednesday), 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Mid-Week Check-In

No agenda. Just an opportunity to connect with other Tapestry folks mid-week. See newsletter for link.

May 12 (Wednesday), 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Weaving Our Lives

Weaving Our Lives is a six-month, high-commitment spiritual development marathon in a small group setting. Participants learn to cast purposeful vision for their lives, connect with their life-affirming guiding principles, and dismantle the obstacles that stand in the way of living into the fullness of their authentic being. In addition to meeting with a small group every other week, pairs of “Weavers” meet with coaches from within the congregation to encourage and empower them along the way.

This is a closed group.

May 13 (Thursday), 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Women's Aligned Spirituality Book Club Group 1

This is a closed group. Please contact Jenn Boepple at womenaligned1@uutapestry.org.

May 14 (Friday), 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Family Game Night

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91472416819?pwd=d1hSUGorVms0c1dBejBFcGNjMDFMdz09
If you're having trouble, please email zoom@uutapestry.org for technical support.

May 15 (Saturday), 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: LGBTQ History and Issues Covenant Group

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