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Art, Theology, Suffering and Wholeness

Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum

Sunday, October 4th 9:30am

The First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in Stow, MA, is pleased to welcome CUUB members and friends to join with us in worship on October 4, 2020!  In this service we'll look at how the idea of suffering is treated in various world religions, the myth in art culture from Greek myths to modern music that you have to suffer to be an artist, and break down the idea of "necessary suffering" and how we can promote healing instead.  You can find a short bio about Dr. Landrum here.

09:30 AM Eastern Time 
Join us via Zoom: 
Please note that if we have any difficulties with the Zoom link, an updated link will be posted at:
Meeting ID: 950 6914 1704
Passcode: 01770
Or join by Phone: 
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Important News from the Ministerial Search Committee

Please follow this link for updates, a survey and ways to make your voice heard and be involved.

Julie's Corner

As of October 1st, I am on parental leave, expecting Joel and my child to arrive mid-October.  I want to thank you for giving me this time to heal, relax, readjust, and bond to my family.  You are a thriving, creative, and abundant community.  I can’t wait to see what relationships you’ve formed, bonds you strengthened, and justice you’ve sewn before I return.  I know I leave you in very good hands.  If you are having difficulties and need someone to talk to, please contact  If you have questions about logistical or governance issues, please contact  For any other issues, please contact  Keep on building beloved community, within and beyond your walls, and I’ll see you when I return in mid-January. 

In faith,
Rev. Julie Brock

SE – Spiritual Exploration

The SE team is excited to get the children’s program back up and running. But we need your help. These are different times and we want to make sure that we are designing the program to suit your family needs. The SE team has put a survey together, it would be appreciated if each SE family filled out the survey. The survey link is If you have any other questions or comments please email the SE Team at or myself at Looking forward to seeing all the children soon. 

Youth Group 2020

Hey CUUB Youth, check out your CREW app. We have an exciting plan for October which Shari shared on Crew.  If this is not the best way to communicate with you, we need to know what you prefer.  You can communicate with Shari or Lee through the Crew app, or if you prefer, you can call Lee at (313) 350-3482, or text or call Shari at 810.772.6972.


CUUB's annual pottery sale, usually held during Harvest Fest, will take place instead at the Brighton Farmers Market on Saturday, October 3rd, 8am-1pm. Thanks to our in-house CUUB potters and a donation from the Greater Lansing Pottery Guild for making this event a possibility. This year the proceeds will benefit two very worthy causes- the Severe Weather Network and We the People of Detroit. While this event will be at a greatly reduced capacity, with your support it can still be very successful. Any advertising or spreading the word about this event would be much appreciated!

CROP Virtual Hunger Walk

OCTOBER 11 – 18, 2020
The BRIGHTON AREA CROP HUNGER WALK is going virtual this year!
How can you help?
·        Go to
·        Look for our CUUB team
·        Sign up to be an online walker
·        Send e-mails to your friends and family to sponsor you and donate
·        Walk on your own with your family or safely distanced friends.

Our community goal  of $6,250 will build a sand dam, which allows an entire community to gather fresh, clean water…..even in times of drought!  Last year our CUUB community collected over $1,000. Let's pool our resources again and help others in need.  Click here to find out more about how the funds are used to build sustainable communities.
25% of our money goes to our local charities:  Bountiful Harvest, Love, Inc., and The Torch food truck!

For more information, contact Beth & Bob Duman,, 517-548-1807

CUUB Book Club

Sunday, October 4th


As a follow up to our book club discussion on the book "White Fragility", we would like to continue to have conversations on how we can be allies for racial justice. Join us on Zoom after service on Sunday, October 4th at noon if you are interested. 

The Zoom link is  
Password is 412392

White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress.  Although white racial insulation is somewhat mediated by social class (with poor and working class urban whites being generally less racially insulated than suburban or rural whites), the larger social environment insulates and protects whites as a group through institutions, cultural representations, media, school textbooks, movies, advertising, and dominant discourses. Racial stress results from an interruption to what is racially familiar. In turn, whites are often at a loss for how to respond in constructive ways., as we have not had to build the cognitive or affective skills or develop the stamina that that would allow for constructive engagement across racial divides. leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice.

SJ Team to Sponsor ERACCE Workshop

Our Social Justice Team is hard at work making CUUB the place to be for effective action on important issues.  

Past activities included a 2017 partnering with other organizations to hold the Love Rally at the mill pond to stand against hate and white supremacy & recently we participated in the Brighton Allies for Racial Justice vigil.  Now CUUB SJ is hosting an online workshop for individuals and organizations across Livingston County.

This will be via Zoom on Wednesday, October 28th & Thursday, October 29th from 3-6 pm. 
The goals are twofold: for individuals to deepen their understanding of systemic racism, and to strengthen connections between organizations in Livingston County through a shared experience.

The workshop will be facilitated by the Kalamazoo based group, ERACCE (Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity) which was founded in 2000 to help individuals and institutions understand the root causes of U.S. racism and develop strategies for dismantling systemic racism, specifically within our own organizations where we have the most impact.

So please mark your calendar TODAY and more information will be made available soon.  If you have any questions on this or other SJ activities please please email Alicia Zemper at Click here to register.

SJ Team recommended reading lists:
For Adults
For Kids
From Brighton Allies for Racial Justice




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Treasurer's Corner
End of August 2020

Endowment Fund: $20,050.00
Mortgage balance: $435,397.82.

Budgeted: $29,500 (16.7%)
Actual: $16,163.72 (9.13%)
C/O from FYE20:  $11,748.09

Budgeted: $30,196.50 (16.7%)
Actual: $33,221.40 (18.34%)

Included in the expenses are the full annual UUA Dues of $6,891.00 and the full year property and liability insurance amount of $2,647.00.
Jim Dowd
CUUB Treasurer



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