Take Part!

It’s Community Dinner Time: Wednesday, March 8 at 6:00pm 

This month’s dinner is sponsored by the UUCD Book Club who will provide homemade soups (vegetarian, vegan, and more), salad, and dessert. After dinner, you will have the option of joining in the choir rehearsal or a special activity. Bring your family and neighbors for a special time of community gathering and sharing. And, if you haven’t done so already at past dinners, please sign up to help with set up or clean up when the invite comes in your email. 

Questions? Please contact Diane Purvis. 

The discussions of “Mistakes and Miracles,” the Unitarian Universalist Common Read for 2023: March 15, 22, 29

Many of the Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States are commonly reading “Mistakes and Miracles – Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism.” This paperback book (also available as an e-book) challenges us to think about ways in which our congregation might expand our multicultural inclusion as well as avoid some of the pitfalls experienced by other congregations. 

On three Wednesdays in March (March 15, 22, 29) join Randy Becker as we explore the various sections of the book, seeing if we can find lessons for ourselves. 

We will gather from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. on those evenings in the Fellowship Hall Lower Level. Come, join us … no registration is needed. 

The book is available from the inSpirit Bookstore of the Unitarian Universalist Association: https://www.uuabookstore.org/Mistakes-and-Miracles-P18521.aspx and on Amazon (https://tinyurl.com/2p8ad2re).

From Buildings and Grounds: Help Needed! 

There is an urgent need for two people to join the Buildings & Grounds Administration Team (BGAT). With support and guidance from the Board, this committee makes day-to-day decisions about what must be done to maintain our facilities. It collects bids for things like snow plowing or asphalt paving and makes recommendations to the Board. Time required: 2-4 hours per month. If interested, please contact Gale Alexander or Margaret Henderson immediately.

From Team Green 

On Sunday mornings we ritualize that we love and care for the earth. One way to do this is to minimize the hazardous waste in our homes and to transfer it to the experts to properly dispose or de-contaminate it.

If you live in CT, visit http://www.HRRA.org  for many resources for caring for our earth, including Hazardous Waste collections in the towns in our vicinity. The next Danbury Hazardous Waste Collection Day is April 15 between 9 and 2 at the Public Works Facility, 53 Newtown Rd. 

If you live in Putnam County, NY, contact 845-808-1390 for Hazardous Waste collection info or contact your town recycling office.

From the Social Action Council: Soup Kitchen Corner by Judy Lacker 

On Saturday, March 4, some members of Soup Kitchen Team #1 will return to the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen on Spring Street to help serve take-out meals that were cooked in volunteers’ homes as well as bagged sandwiches for lunches and breakfasts and hot lunches for Pacific House also prepared in volunteers’ homes as well as through donations.

Unfortunately, we are not yet able to serve the guests a meal inside because of the Covid pandemic. You can also help feed our neighbors with a gift card in any amount from any local supermarket. Lynn Taborsak has also been scheduling the sandwich donations so we have just the right amount each day at Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen. If you are interested in making sandwiches, please email her at ddhhsandwiches@gmail.com. We can all be an important part of the fight to end hunger in our community! 

 Help Needed! 

In the past couple of years, we have lost some of our Dorothy Day volunteers. Please consider volunteering to be on a DD Team – it only involves a few hours, 3 Saturdays per year. You will find it to be a very rewarding experience. Please contact Judy Lacker for more information or to sign up.

More Help Needed! 

Please note that we have resumed collecting non-perishable food donations on Sunday mornings. Please place your food donations in the basket in the foyer. You can sign up to help transport the weekly collection to The Dorothy Day Hospitality House on Spring Street.

UUCD Men Conversing over Coffee meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. at UUCD in the Fellowship Hall Lower Level. For more information contact Gary Mummert or Joe Gillotti. 

Chair Yoga – All aspects of this class are designed to lead a person to a feeling of wellness and learning to become calmer. Come join our happy group, it’s great value in so many ways, on Mondays 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.at UUCD. Participants must contact their doctor or medical provider for approval before attending this Chair Yoga Class. To register, or if you have questions or concerns, contact Joe Gillotti any evening during the week after 7:00 pm.

General Assembly registration is now open!

This year the Unitarian Universalists’ annual conference, known as GA (General Assembly), will be held in Pittsburgh June 21-25. 

So why think about it now, in February? Two reasons: Pittsburgh is close enough that we might rent a van and drive together; and, registration fees go up March 1 – and again May 15. Registration details are at https://www.uua.org/ga/registration. Please note that this year there’s a special rate for folks who have never attended GA before, or for those under 25. Also, as always, there are scholarship funds available for those who need them. 

If you’re thinking about going – even if you’re not sure yet – please email Margaret and let her know.