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Beyond Categorical Thinking

“Will the new minister hear me? Will my concerns and needs be met? Will the minister understand what I’m living with? How will the community respond to our minister?’

In answering these questions, a picture of the “ideal minister” (categorized by age, gender, gender identity, nationality, physical ability, race, and sexual orientation) comes to mind. With this picture in place, it can be easy to unintentionally exclude minister who fall into certain categories. At times, as we get caught up in comparing candidates to our “picture,” we can even forget what it is we hoped for in a minister.

On the weekend of November 16, UUCLR will participate in the Beyond Categorical Thinking
workshop offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for congregations involved in the search for a new minister. The UUCLR Search Committee invites all congregational leaders, members and friends to participate in this workshop.

The Beyond Categorical Thinking program is designed to promote inclusive thinking and help prevent unfair discrimination in the search process for a new minister. This program includes a Sunday morning service with facilitators, followed by a three-hour workshop where members will:

  • Consider the hopes, expectations, and concerns they have for a new minister
  • Learn more about the ministerial search process
  • Explore how thinking categorically about people sometimes interferes with choosing the best

Join with the members and friends of UUCLR on Sunday, November 16 at 11:00 am for a special
service, conducted by two facilitators from the UUA. After the service, enjoy a potluck luncheon, then
participate in the workshop which will be lead by the Search Committee and the two special guests from the UUA.

Please bring a dish to share at the potluck and be involved in the future of our church. The Search Committee needs your help to ensure that we find a minister who will meet the needs and expectations of our Congregation while ensuring that we continue our UUCLR tradition of including all qualified candidates in the search process.

Pirogis and Game Night November 8 ~ 4:00 pm

Back by popular demand: The delectable Polish dumpling, the pirogi, always brings a smile to
everyone's face and a warm sensation in the tummy. Whether made with cheese, potato, mushroom, or ground meat, pirogis are delicious.But, it is no fun making them by yourself.

Join Nell in Thomson Hall on Nov 8 to make batches of pirogis. Stay for game night. All ingredients will be provided.There will be a small activity fee to cover the costs.If we make enough, we will serve them at the veggie potluck on Sunday. potluck the following day and sell by the dozen to take home for the freezer.

Small Group Dinner Coordinator(s) Needed!

If you like to chat on the phone and want to help UUCLR, please consider volunteering to
coordinate Small Group Dinners. These dinners provide strength to our congregation by building relationships with new members, existing members and friends. Please consider this important position. This can be a team effort. Contact Cas Rifkin or call the office at 225-1503.

The Committee On Ministry and the Transition Team

During Rev. Jennie’s interim ministry period, the Committee on Ministry (COM) is serving as her
Transition Team. According to the UUA’s Interim Ministry Handbook, interim ministers bring a
consultant’s approach and a consultant’s skills, and they need the access and assistance that will make their ministry as effective as possible. In order to do this, they need a Transition Team
comprised of about five members who are widely known, respected and well acquainted with the
congregation’s history. Their role is to provide the interim minister with insight, organizational and
facilitative talent, and willing hands as the ministry proceeds. The Transition Team acts as an interim minster’s “brain trust”. The UUA recommends that during the interim period the existing Committee on Ministry should be suspended with the Transition Team serving in its place. The COM will be
reinstated with the new settled minister.

Soon after her arrival at UUCLR, Rev. Jennie met with the COM and talked with them about the duties and requirements of a Transition Team. They understood and were receptive to the idea and agreed to serve as the Transition Team for the duration of her interim ministry. The Transition Team members are Jeanne Brown, chair, Nell Matthews, Pat Youngdahl, David McCullough and Gene Hudnall. Please feel free to give them your feedback as to how you feel this interim period is going.

Since there will be no COM as such until July 2015, there won’t be any COM openings on the slate of
officers for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Safe Congregation Committee

The Nominating Committee will be seeking three members to serve on the Safe Congregation Committee, along with the minister and one board member. Contact the office if you are
interested in serving in one of the positions.

Cornerstone Society

The Cornerstone Society was designed to honor members who have provided generous support by their active presence, their leadership and commitment to the goals of UUCLR. Please join your Board of Directors as we honor John with this induction into the Cornerstone Society.

Nomination Procedure

The Cornerstone Society was designed to honor members who have provided generous support by their active presence, their leadership and their commitment to the goals of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock.

Any UUCLR member may nominate another member to the Cornerstone Society of UUCLR. Letters of nomination should briefly describe how the nominee has supported and helped shape the Church. A brief biographical sketch should also be included. Nominations may be submitted to the President of the Church at any time. She or he will review the qualifications of the nominee with the Executive Committee who will submit all suitable candidates to the Board of Directors for final approval.

To be eligible for nomination, the member must be at least 70 years of age and must have been a member of the Church for at least 20 years. Deceased persons who were members of UUCLR and who meet the above criteria may be nominated posthumously.

Each person in the Cornerstone Society will have his or her portrait displayed at UUCLR and a biography included in a special Cornerstone Society album. Honorees will be recognized at Sunday Service.

This proposal is modeled on a program used by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton, FL, and was introduced to UUCLR in 2007 by Dave Rickard.

Vegetarian Potluck: Second Sundays - on break for the summer

After Sunday service many of us sit down to share a meal with friends and family and enjoy a wide variety of delicious dishes. We meet in Thomson Hall right after service, either Coffee Hour and/or to join others for lunch. Please plan on bringing main dishes. Casseroles are easy to make the day before and can be reheated by the setup crew. Help is always appreciated, takes the burden off the few regulars, and makes things go more smoothly. Please pitch in during clean up to help everyone get out of the kitchen more quickly.

Writers and Photographers Needed

The Communications Team is looking for some assistance with writing articles and taking photographs at Church events. If anyone interested in helping out, please contact Rhonda Reid at ladyrlr@gmail.com.

First Saturday Clean Up Days - First Saturdays at 9:00 am

The Facilities Team has decided that every first Saturday is a clean-up and touch-up day for UUCLR.If the weather is too bad to work outside, we will move inside to tackle a host of projects: replacement of burned out fluorescent tubes, replacement of ballasts, numerous minor repairs to door stops and panic bars, cleaning of the kitchen, and minor painting jobs.

All tools, supplies, and gear will be provided with copious instructions. You only need supply a willing body.Here is an opportunity for everyone to make an important contribution that is not tied to your
income.Many of these jobs cannot reasonably be done by one person, such as running up and down a ladder with light bulbs in hand. There are lots of jobs that have practically no age limit for helping. If you are willing to help, please contact Nell and pick a job: uuclrnell@gmail.com.

Flower Ministry - Volunteer!

The Flower Ministry has updated its chart on the wall in Thomson Hall and there are months and months of opportunities (available Sundays) to offer flowers or other objects d' art for worship services.

You supported this ministry strongly in the last year and it is hoped that you will pick a date or an occasion to |support it again.

This last year, we were able to send out between a dozen and two dozen bouquets used in the Sunday services to those who were sick, bereaved, or shut in. So please sign up for a Sunday!

Chalice Lighters

Our new UUCLR vision statement is "We are here to build the beloved community." It's a big beautiful vision, but how do we make it happen? One simple way is to become a Chalice Lighter.

Three times a year, the Chalice Lighter program provides a grant to a member congregation of the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Conference. These grants aid strong, growing congregations, churches that are vibrant and healthy, who have
innovative plans for growth. It's funded by people like you: Unitarian Universalists who pledge a gift of ten dollars or more to each grant.

How does this build the beloved community? Beloved community is not created only among ourselves or for ourselves. That is only its beginning. Beloved community reaches out beyond itself, with love and generosity and an open heart. Beloved
community cares for others as it cares for its own, and is a steward for other congregations as it is a steward for UUCLR.
Beloved community supports our conviction of the inherent worth and dignity of every person and fuels our desire for world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.

To this end, Unitarian Universalists throughout the Southwest District join together to support congregations that also reach outward, who seek growth not for its own sake, but for the sake of people they don't yet know, people who need our powerful, humane, loving religion, people whose lives can be made better by the things we are uniquely able to give them.

Just as those congregations reach out beyond themselves, Chalice Lighters reach out beyond their own congregations to those other congregations, to help build sanctuaries into which they may never step but in whose anticipated beauty they still take pleasure, to help teach children who they may never meet but whose magnificent futures they still cherish, to help serve communities in which they may never take a breath but whose living hearts they feel.

This is our work: To build the beloved community, one piece at a time.

To join in the work of the Chalice Lighters, speak to John Adams (jauu@earthlink.net)

Small Group Dinners

Sign-ups are in Thomson Hall after service. These dinners are a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people and renew old friendships. You can host in your own home or co-host in someone else’s home, if you can’t host in your own home/apartment for any reason.  If you haven’t attended one, please feel free to sign up to attend a few before making a decision to host/co-host.  Come join the fun.

Calling all Singers!!! 

The UU choir is back in action and needs your voice!  The choir sings a couple times a month and at special services.  Child-care is provided during rehearsals which are each Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  If you are new to the church or the choir, either contact John Perez at 580-3794 or just show up at rehearsal.

Book Binder Needed

Some of our Library Books and Hymnals need binding attention. If you could help or know someone who can please contact the office. 501-225-1503 or uuclr@uuclr.org with subject line"book binding".

Make Some Music!

Come sing a song, play a tune, or just listen! The Choctaw Crawdads gather in Thomson Hall for
an evening of old-time country, bluegrass, and folk music on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. Everyone is welcome to sit in and be part of the band. The Crawdads have been hosting these open sessions for over 25 years, and now they are bringing the music to UUCLR. Beginners,
amateurs, and seasoned pros are all invited. See you there!

Drivers Needed

We are always looking for drivers to transport some of our members and friends to church services on Sunday and other church activities as needed. Please call the church office at 225-1503 or email uuclr@uuclr.org if you can put your name on a list of possible drivers. Thanks so much.

Kroger Cards

There are new instructions on how to benefit the church by buying at Krogers. This is through a new Loyalty Card program, which you apply for at the Kroger stores. You set up a web account and activate your choice to have UUCLR as your chosen donation.
Go here for detailed instructions (PDF file)