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Newsletter - September 2016

Unitarian Universalist
Church of Houlton

61 Military St.
Houlton, ME 04730


“As I stood with them and saw white and Negro, nuns and priests, ministers and rabbis, labor organizers, lawyers, doctors, housemaids, and shopworkers brimming with vitality and enjoying a rare comradeship, I knew I was seeing a microcosm of the mankind of the future in this moment of luminous and genuine brotherhood.” - Martin Luther King Jr. quote from 1966, after the March to Montgomery. King was among several thousand people delayed at the airport.

“Beloved Community is what happens when we engage our love and our power in a dynamic dance.Navigating the tension between our power and our love is the lifework and the soulwork that everyindividual, every group, every culture, and every generation must choose in order to live lives ofconnection, creativity, joyfulness, vitality and deep engagement with Life. When we are engaged in thiswork, we experience Beloved Community.” - UUA website    

One of my summer projects was to build a small patio in the middle of one of Linda’s flower gardens in front of our house. The space is just large enough for a bistro table and two chairs. And although it is a small space, one advantage that Linda likes is it’s a little less space that needs weeding! I like it because I can sit and drink my morning coffee surrounded by Linda’s beautiful flowers. As the summer progressed different varieties of flowers bloomed and then faded away only to be replaced by others in a smooth succession of color and variation. About two weeks ago the gladiolas arrived. They are the tallest member of Linda’s garden and quickly becoming one of my favorite. The glad has as many as 18 flowers on one stem and they open from bottom to top like they are waiting in line for the one next to them to go first. I think they are the most polite flower in Linda’s garden…

Our theme for the new church year is “Building Beloved Community.” It’s a phrase made famous by Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights era promoting social justice and the language has also been adopted by the Unitarian Universalist Association regarding covenant and spiritual health in our congregations. Like a beautiful flower garden, Beloved Community cultivates diversity and inclusion into a living expression of compassion in our world. This vision is a shared vision and each one of us is a flower in the garden adding our unique flair. We will explore the benefits, the responsibilities as well as the challenges of such an endeavor. “Building Beloved Community” takes all of us working, laughing, crying and loving together.

Love the moment.   Dave

  “Glad Days” photo by revdav

As I write this Laney and I are on our way home from a wonderful meditation retreat with Jack Kornfield and feeling relaxed and ok with the world - a wonderful end to a good Summer. I'll say more about the retreat in my talk on October 2. For now I'll just let you know that it was about "loving awareness", a great way to experience life.

It really has been a good Summer for our UU Houlton community. We accomplished much and had fun along the way. We got off to a great start with a Spring work camp with the youth groups from the Ellsworth and Belfast UU churches, along with their ministers, Rev. Sarah Hayman from Ellsworth and Rev. Deane Perkins from Belfast. They camped out in our basement and did a great job of painting the outside trim on our building. They also made some storm windows for us which we will install for the Winter. It was not all work as we held a "Techno dance" and pizza party too. I guess I'm a bit old for techno but the pizza was great and the fun of seeing over a dozen exuberant teens in our basement was a real treat. Thanks so much Ellsworth and Belfast, I hope we can do it again! We also installed a new toilet in the basement thanks to Dave, Marion and John.

Thanks to Rick and Kathari Findlen who hosted the annual cookout following the year end service. We also had a breakfast at the Blue Moose in Monticello and a hike to the scenic old railroad trestle. Laney and I liked the hike so much that we did it again a couple of weeks later on bicycles.

Financially we had a very good Summer with the Crafters Guild making good money at the Saturday Community Market, thanks Sylvia, Bruce, Betty, Barb, Sue and all the others who contributed their time and craftwork. The Cup Cafe crew also raised significant funds, selling coffee at the Saturday Community Market, food and coffee at the Arootsacoustic music festival and curry dinner at Midnight Madness.

Sunday services were a hit again this year and were well attended. They attracted several new people and gave more of us a chance to experience delivering a Sunday talk. The extra money that was so generously tithed allowed us to make it through the summer without needing to withdraw money from our trust fund. A really big thanks to Bill and Betty White for all their work setting this up, kudos to those who talked and welcome to the newcomers who attended.

The Carmichaels hosted a late Summer cookout, a great finish for the Summer social events. I didn't count but it looked like at least 30 people were there and the barbecue was excellent.

All in all a great Summer! See you all at Ingathering. Don't forget to bring some water from a Summer adventure.     John Lloyd

Our first service of the new church year is on September 11th. Please bring a small bottle of water you have collected from special places nearby or far away during your summer adventures. We individually pour waters into our collective basin and reflect upon our life as a spiritual community. Water seeks the form of the container into which it is placed and no matter how many different waters are added it all becomes one thing. The four elements will be represented on the altar as we explore our relatedness to each other and the world around us.
October 24 6-8PM
PBS Documentary “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War” and Discussion
Codirected by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky starring Tom Hanks

A Ken Burns PBS documentary is always a significant viewing event, but especially sothis time, in that it features history from our own Unitarian Universalist movement.Unitarian minister Rev. Waitstill Sharp and his wife, Martha Sharp aided in the rescue ofEuropean Jewish refugees in the early years of WWII and served as representatives ofthe newly formed Unitarian Service Committee operating in relief efforts in Vichy,France. Discussion materials are provided by the UUA and light refreshments areavailable during the event.

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War is an account of a daring rescue mission thatoccurred on the precipice of World War II. It tells the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp,a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their childrenbehind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to multiple life-threateningmissions in Europe. Over two dangerous years they helped to save hundreds ofimperiled political dissidents and Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation acrossEurope.

During this time, the Sharps would face harrowing encounters with Nazi police, narrowlyescape arrest and watch as the Third Reich invaded Eastern Europe. Their marriagewould be tested severely and the two children they left behind would be saddened bytheir parents’ absence. But dozens of Jewish scientists, journalists, doctors, powerfulanti-Nazi activists and children would find their way to freedom and start new lives as aresult of their efforts.

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War is cinematically told through the letters and journals of theSharps, with Tom Hanks as the voice of Waitstill and Marina Goldman as the voice ofMartha. It features firsthand interviews with the now adult children whom the Sharpssaved, as well as leading historians, authors and Holocaust scholars, including WilliamSchulz, Deborah Dwork, Modecai Paldiel, Ghanda DiFiglia and Yehuda Bauer.

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War written by Artemis Joukowky

I’m sitting here on September 3rd writing a brief review of Artemis Joukowsky’s latestbook, “Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s War” and I noticed the publication date is threedays from now on September 6th. I’m not sure how I pulled that off, but it’s also part ofmy excuse for not having read the book yet. But since I have read the flyleaf cover I willbase my comments on that. The story about the Sharps is a little known story, that thisbook and the companion PBS documentary that Joukowsky codirects with Ken Burns,hopes to share. What began as a history class assignment for Joukowsky in 1976 atthe Allen Stevenson School in New York City, culminates forty years later as this book. Itis a public and a personal journey for Joukowsky as he interviews family members,church leaders and government agencies as he pieces together the compelling story oftwo ordinary people who accomplished heroic acts in a time of great crisis and humanneed. A copy of this book will be available in our UU Society library. Published byBeacon Press.

"Defying the Nazis hooks you, catches you up in the narrative, and pullsyou along by all the elements of great storytelling...It reads like a spy novel,but it's all true." - Ken Burns

From the flyleaf cover:   In 1939, Rev. Waitstill Sharp, a young Unitarian minister, and his wife, Martha, a socialworker, accepted a mission from the American Unitarian Association: they were to leavetheir home and young children in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and travel to Prague,Czechoslovakia, to help address the mounting refugee crisis.

Armed with only $40,000, the Sharps quickly learned the art of spy craft and covertlysheltered political dissidents and Jews, and helped them escape the Nazis. Afternarrowly avoiding the Gestapo themselves, the Sharps returned to Europe in 1940 asrepresentatives of the newly formed Unitarian Service Committee and continued theirrelief efforts in Vichy France.

This compulsively readable true story offers readers a rare glimpse at high-stakesinternational relief efforts during WWII. Defying the Nazis is a fascinating portrait ofresistance as told through the story of one courageous couple.Artemis Joukowsky is an author, filmmaker, and socially conscious venture capitalist.He is the grandson of Waitstill and Martha Sharp ad has spent decades researching hisgrandparent’s heroic rescue missions in Europe. He is also codirector, with Ken Burns,of the companion PBS documentary film “Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s War.”

November 12, Saturday Night 7PM Starcrossed Losers
We are pleased to announce that Starcrossed Losers of Portland, Maine will be performing on the Sanctuary Stage on Saturday evening, November 12 at 7PM. The Losers are a versatile band with a Beatlesque feel and contagious youthful enthusiasm. Tickets are $20 at the door, $18 advance and children under 12 are admitted free. You can purchase tickets at County Co-Op and The Cup Cafe beginning in October.

Starcrossed Losers is the music of Kyle Morgan, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, based in Portland, ME, whose dynamic performances range in style from stripped-down acoustic balladry and love-lorn parlor laments to old-school rock’n'roll and gritty gypsyblues. Starcrossed Losers shifts between this energetic, reaching and seizing of life, and a much more reflective, sorrowful, introspective folk/balladry in the tradition of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan. Language is as much a part of Starcrossed Losers as rhythm and melody. Morgan's songs are documentation of an ongoing spiritual investigation: authentic prayers, longings, lamentations, hopes and dreams. Weaving together these seemingly disparate musical forms with a voice at once emotive and playful, Morgan's songs reflect the angst and longing of spirits bound by human form: Starcrossed Losers.

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