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January 29, 2017

Two Continents, One Creed – Rev. Júlia Jobbágy. Our guest preacher will talk about Unitarianism in Transylvania today, highlighting the common paths of US and Transylvanian Unitarianism. Júlia Jobbágy is the associate minister in one of Transylvania’s largest and oldest congregations, the First Unitarian Church of Kolozsvár. She graduated from the Unitarian seminary in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca in 2015, and will attend the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago in 2017. 

Trip to Brighton mosque

Friday, January 27, 2017: Trip to Brighton mosque. Last January. Syrian refugee immigrant Amira Elamri of Yusuf Mosque in Brighton was a guest in our pulpit. Now a few of us from FRS are planning to have a pilgrimage to that mosque as an act of support, one week after our new Administration takes Office. Their Imam has invited us to join Yusuf Mosque for a “Friday Sermon in English” at 1pm (it lasts a half hour) and to stay for a light lunch afterward “to get to know one another.”

Jeff Clark's Journey of Faith

I was raised Roman Catholic, as my family moved from Chicago to Buffalo to Pittsburgh and back. My Baptist father signed an agreement with the church that my brothers and I were to be raised Catholics. I remember masses in Latin. My older brothers went to Catholic school and experienced the nuns’ strict discipline. For his 50th birthday, one brother got a wind-up toy nun that spit sparks as it walked down the table.

To me, Catholicism was a closed, doctrinal faith that was out of touch with how I came to understand the world. I grew up during the heyday of environmentalism – a time of increased understanding of our reliance on the natural world. Christianity didn’t talk about our relation to nature, except that we fell from it.

"Show the Love" post-election responses and resources

From the UUA: In the wake of this fall's election, our communities need Unitarian Universalist values more than ever. So many congregations have seen new visitors these past few weeks, and website traffic is up too! The UUA is committed to helping you "show the love" through outreach, partnership and welcoming in your congregation. Now through Inauguration Day (January 20) and beyond, join us in a Show the Love response to answer the call to justice, compassion, resistance and healing in our communities.

What is B'link?

Hello, I am Liam Amery, one of the many youth in the “B’link”* group going to Tuscon, Arizona next summer. We are going on a justice learning trip to learn about a very pressing issue in our country today, Immigration. After the amazing experience I had on the last service trip to Pine Ridge, I immediately signed up to go on this trip. I believe immigration is something I already have a strong stance on, but I believe it is so important to go on this trip in order to learn more and experience the hardships so many immigrants go through.

Read your work at Jazz Vespers

Calling all FRS authors to read excerpts of your work at Jazz Vespers!
If you have written books, short stories, or other works that contain pieces that fit well with a season (holidays, seasonal or other traditions, seasonal weather); passages that provide reflections on love, family or personal growth; or sections that feature a unique perspective, creativity or insight, please consider sharing with us a 3-4 minute reading at Jazz Vespers. The reading should be of poetic, inspirational or thoughtful nature.


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