Enter, Rejoice, and Come In

Dear Friends,

Our worship theme for the month of October is Sanctuary. In Religious Education we will spend time in children’s chapel each week exploring the concept of sanctuary through several different lenses:

  • Sanctuary as a sacred space, a building or room designed or designated for people to come together to worship, pray, meditate, share, sing, and seek truth and meaning
  • Sanctuary as a place of inner quiet or retreat, a place within each of us where we can find peace and take a respite from the noise and hectic pace of daily life
  • The Sanctuary Movement and how UUS:E has become a designated sanctuary space in order to protect and provide a safe shelter for immigrants who are at risk of being deported

We will explore these concepts of sanctuary through stories, guided meditations, and creative exercises. Each week in the RE Update I will include links for books, YouTube videos, and other resources that might be useful in further exploring the concept of sanctuary with your child at home. (Remember, religious education is not limited to Sunday mornings! Religious education can take place all week long, in any location, and at any time. Dinner time conversations, bedtime stories and songs, and discussions in the car on the way to gymnastics or piano lessons are all opportunities to explore religion and spirituality!)

I encourage all of you to explore the idea of sanctuary, too. In what ways does UUS:E feel like a place of sanctuary to you? Does sanctuary always imply a quiet, contemplative environment, or can the experience of sanctuary also be found in the not-so-quiet hum of beloved community? If you’re looking for opportunities to become more involved in the life of the UUS:E community, there’s no shortage of engaging, enriching activities being offered this year. In fact, there are quite a few offerings coming right up in October. Check out the possibilities below and see if any are of interest to you.

  • A Self-Made Man: Documentary Screening and Discussion with transgender activist and educator Tony Ferraiolio; Sunday 10/7 1:00-3:00 PM
  • RE Harvest Brunch; Sunday, 10/21, 10:15 AM Join us on the Garden Level between services for a multigenerational potluck brunch. Please bring a dish or baked good to share!
  • Trunk or Treat; Saturday, 10/27, 6:30-8:30 PM. Adults come “trick out” your car trunk and kids come collect some yummy treats! Afterward we’ll go inside for refreshments and a not-too-scary movie.
  • Ancestor Day Multigenerational Worship Service, 10/28 at 9 & 11 AM, followed by Trick or Treating for UNICEF. Feel free to come in costume & bring coins for the UNICEF collection boxes.

Wishing you an abundance of blessings this fall!

Be well & be loved,

Gina