Jan. 5 Minister Moment

We are past the 12 days of Christmas, and it is time to tell the drummers to stop drumming.

From the frozen tundra of 2018, happy new year.  It would be in all caps, but it’s too cold for the SHIFT key. I hope you are nestled all snug in your beds, or at least dressed warmly.  

The snow has quieted down our start of 2018.  Fabulous First Friday is delayed a week to Stupendous Second Friday … call it what you will, it’s a chance to come together, eat spaghetti, play games, talk, and be in community.  I hope you have space on your calendar– we have a chair free. Bring the family.

Thank you all for the support to our community through the Minister’s Discretionary Fund.  The money collected on Christmas Eve is there for our congregation’s emergency needs, and when the heating bills come in, it is good to be able to help those facing real trouble. I’m the only one who knows who gets helped, it’s part of being a minister. Yes, you can send a check if you were away.

This weekend starts the MLK week, with activities planned by my Hampton Roads faith leaders’ group, “HUBB,” and by others, so come out – the MLK Day movie is the coolest event!

Sunday, January 7th – City on the Hill Forum – “Race, Faith and Politics,”  Featuring Dr. Tahani Amer, Rabbi Michael Panitz, Imam Rachid Khould, Rev. Courtney MacBath and moderated by Dr. Antipas Harris.  With music and snacks! Congregation Beth El 422 Shirley Avenue, Norfolk 5-7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 9th – “Waging Peace in a Broken World,” – Former Army captain Paul K. Chappell on the importance of our being as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war. Greer Environmental Sciences Center, 5817 Wesleyan Drive, VA Beach from 7- 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 10th – Exploring White Privilege and the War on Poverty: The Unfinished Agenda of King.  An interactive opportunity to engage the faith community through shared story telling to explore systemic racism in the United States, led by Ofelia Wattely. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1593 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach from 7- 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 11th – “We Shall Overcome,” – A Freedom Singalong for those who love to sing. Come share the healing power of music with Reverend Paula Mekdici and Cantor Wendi Fried. Unity Renaissance Church, 1120 Eden Way N., Chesapeake at 7 p.m.

Friday January 12th  – Lead like King Gala – a semi-formal dinner and gala. This event is sponsored by the Urban Renewal Center. First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, 820 Colonial Avenue, at 6:30 p.m., ticket cost $50

Monday, January 15th – MLK Day – Free viewing of the movie “Marshall” at the TCC Roper followed by panel discussion of the film and its implications for today, with Jonathan Zur of VCIC, Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, Pastor David McBride and moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee (WHRO).  Roper Theater at TCC, 340 Granby Street, Norfolk, from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

So glad the snow was this week, not next!  The week following is our hosting of NEST. Busy month!

“Creative Beginnings”  This Sunday we will welcome the new year, and remember births and deaths of 2017. The Caring Team came up with a list of “life transitions” at their meeting this week, and I hope we got everyone. We will be welcoming new members. Our monthly theme is Creativity, so we will also be sharing the creative ways our members describe Unitarian Universalism and our congregation!

On Sunday,the 14th, I will be speaking on Bayard Rustin, a gay man, African American, Quaker, and forgotten leader of the Civil Rights movement.  Our  Yarmouth Chamber Singers are rehearsing songs from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which Rustin orchestrated.  Let’s take it beyond nostalgia.

Stay Warm!  I LOVE you,  (It’s Virginia, after all)

Rev. Charlie