Here is your Wednesday, March 3, 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:
Cooking Covenant Group
2021 Congregational Meeting
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
Other groups will reopen this summer. If you would like to join a group, please email email@example.com. For more information, see https://uutapestry.org/home/CovenantGroups.
Welcoming Congregation Committee
For those of you who are friends or members of UU Tapestry, the WCC team would like to invite you to our bi-weekly Thursday meetings at 6:30.
We welcome all help and ideas and we would love it if people could commit to a specific task or join the team.
All of who you are is sacred. All of who you are is welcome.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to join our team.
UU the Vote and TXUUJM Update
- Watch: In case you missed it, or if you want to share with friends, you can watch our "Pop Up 'For the People' UU the Vote Virtual Rally for H.R. 1" and see the slides here.
- Act: Make the call! Click here for all you need to make a quick and easy phone call to your representative today: bit.ly/CallForThePeople [If you already called, be sure to fill out this quick form so we can track how many calls we make!]
- Invite: Share the action with 5 friends by sharing this email, and organize your own Pop Up Rally using our Pop Up for the People Toolkit (we make it easy! You can even do it after worship in Fellowship Hour!)
We join in this action in partnership with The Declaration for American Democracy coalition, a 170+ member coalition of faith, advocacy, civil rights, justice and grassroots organizations, that includes the UUA.
Our communities are powerful. Our work in 2020 and 2021 showed us that when we united in shared purpose we WIN! Democracy means all of us. Let’s make sure we expand our democracy to include more people and functions to respect the will of the people.
The Texas UU Justice Ministry is asking Texas UUs to stay informed about upcoming Texas Legislature hearings after last week’s massive power and water failures. Hearings are upcoming and our voices need to be raised. Visit the TX League of Women Voters action site to get involved.
From the Texas LWV President: The week of February 15 was a shocker for Texans all over the state. Due to high demand and reduced supply, The Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) network began rolling blackouts across the state that began early Monday morning and continued for three days. By Wednesday Governor Abbott had added an emergency item to his priorities to “reform ERCOT,” and two House committees announced a joint hearing to “consider the factors that led to statewide electrical blackouts, the response by industry, suppliers, and grid operators, and changes necessary to avoid future power interruptions.” The hearing is set for Feb. 25, 9 AM, and can be viewed live at https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/
What you can do:
- Take Action on the Action Alert!
- Let your legislators know that you want them to act to develop energy policies that include a plan for climate change.
- Watch the joint hearing of House State Affairs and Energy Resources (see link above) to learn the facts from the experts on what happened and what changes are needed.
- Please send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper through the Media link in our Take Action webpage. Use the information in the “Learn More” link in the Action Alert.
- Tweet out the Action Alert message or post it on Facebook!
- Remember: We need to promote a resilient infrastructure, renewable energy sources so we have a balance and are not so dependent on one source, energy conservation, and air pollution controls
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 email@example.com.
The following teams are looking for help:
- Fundraising Team
- Social Team
- Welcoming Congregation Team
Women-Aligned Spirituality Groups
If you'd like to connect at another time, feel free to reach out to Randy by telephone or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Game Night
Tapestry Caring Team
Last Sunday's Sermon, "Seeing in Color" by Rev. Randy, was such a hit that the follow-up discussion in Corner Forum ran to over two hours, and that still wasn't enough time. So this Sunday, 3/7, we will continue discussing the many aspects and consequences of racism. Everyone is invited to join in.
Minister's Discretionary Fund
Tapestry Book Club
The Mixed Bag Book Club will be meeting via Zoom April 1st at 6:30 p.m. CST to discuss the book Anxious People by Fredrik Backman the author of A Man Called Ove. People magazine describes it as a "quirky, big-hearted novel…Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure.”
It is a charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.
All are welcome. See you then.
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center continues to offer e-content and plans to host some spring events!
- March 26-28
Men-aligned Retreat April 9-11
- 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 email@example.com to arrange your independent stay.
Tapestry Board Meetings
Upcoming Events From Our Calendar:
March 3 (Wednesday), 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Leadership Development Team/Nominating Committee Meeting
March 3 (Wednesday), 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: ElementaRE Hangout
For our Elementary aged kids to catch up and hangout. Please contact Jenn Boepple for more info.
March 3 (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.
March 3 (Wednesday), 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Weaving Our LivesWeaving 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.
March 5 (Friday), 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM: Disc Golf Brew Crew V-Meeting
The Tapestry DG Group meets on Zoom every Friday to drink a beverage of personal choice while discussing the events of the day. To join the discussion, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 6 (Saturday), 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Enhancing health and vitality through a spiritual practice of mindfulness. Eight-week closed group.
Zoom link provided in group email. Email email@example.com for more information.
March 6 (Saturday), 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Happiness Is a ChoiceI was thinking of having happiness meetings on Saturdays every two weeks through February 2021. After that it will be good to have informal discussions and help each other to adopt some of the practices.
Email Mohsen Mirza if you are interested in receiving the link to join in this group.
March 6 (Saturday), 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Worship Team Meeting
March 6 (Saturday), 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: LGBTQ History and Issues Covenant Group
March 7 (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.
March 7 (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.
March 7 (Sunday), 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Personal Transformation
This is a closed group. Please see Geoff Sanders for more information.
March 8 (Monday), 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Program Council
March 9 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Newsletter editor, Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston