A big shout out of thanks to Rod Cleveland, Diana Althouse's brother, who is laying the paving stones in the Memorial Garden. Rod, who attended All Souls Church as a child, has also donated the supplies for this project.
Thank you, Rod!
Tickets for guaranteed seating are available online for $15 plus processing fee, $18 at the door subject to availability. Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:30 pm. Handicap Accessible. More info about Braintree Folk is HERE.
Thanks to the vision of Diana Althouse and to church members who donated labor and funds, the rebuilding of our Memorial Garden is coming along beautifully. John Cobble is tending the wisteria and will be replanting it at the new trellis. (The old wooden arbor had to be discarded and could not be repaired.) The two black vases will not be out all the time, just when someone has a service. The original stones that are off to the side on the right will be set in the ground making a firm pathway and we are making plans for a bench or two to be placed.
Soon, the Memorial Garden will be a place that ashes can be scattered or buried (no containers can be buried).
This will be a nice spot for wedding photos as well.
Blessing of the Animals at All Souls Braintree, October 1, 2017, with Rev. Clyde Grubbs. We were delighted to have cats, dogs and a bird with us today, also pets were with us in spirit. A lovely service. All were quiet and well-behaved. Video by Maggy Evans from Pictures by Michelle Walsh.
Some of ASC's members will be at this event. You can read about it HERE on Braintree wicked local.
"The dedication is one of the activities marking September as “National Recovery Month.”
BRAINTREE – The town will kick-off National Recovery Month activities with the dedication of a “Recovery Tree” at 5 p.m. Tuesday at town hall.
The pear tree is located at the entrance to French’s Common next to town hall. A plaque for the tree will be unveiled at a separate ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 29.
The public is invited "
Image is from the Sierra Club
From the UUA.org
On Friday night, August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 Storm and brought with it deadly winds and rain to an area of the United States millions call home. Much of the Texas Gulf Coast has been impacted and communities in Louisiana and across the state of Texas are still coping with more days of rain. We’re holding all of those affected in our hearts and prayers and we are in touch with local Unitarian Universalists so we can meet the needs as they arise. To do this, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has joined with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a recovery and relief fund.
Please give as generously as you are able. Half of all funds raised will go to at-risk populations served by UUSC partners and the other half of the funds will support Unitarian Universalist congregations and members of those congregations most affected by the storm. Those funds will be administered by a group of leaders in the UUA’s Southern Region, which includes the states across the southeast from Texas to South Carolina, and from most of Virginia to Florida.
Using their eye-to-eye partnership model, UUSC will work with and support local grassroots community partners on the ground in Texas serving at-risk populations who may not be able to access relief services and who are traditionally left out of mainstream response efforts. UUSC and their partners will work to bolster locally led relief efforts that are serving immigrant families, in particular young mothers and their children.
As the storm passes and recovery begins, UUSC will continue to get updates and work with partners to ensure their needs are met. Your donation to this fund is much appreciated. Thank you.
Donate Here https://giving.uua.org/harvey-floods
You can also donate through the Sierra Club
Donate to Sierra Club's Harvey relief efforts.Sierra Club's local chapters and national staff will be working hand-in-hand with community groups throughout the Gulf Coast to address the hurricane's environmental effects, support urgent relief efforts, and advocate for a just and equitable distribution of resources.
Please make your donation to Sierra Club's Harvey relief efforts through the Lone Star Chapter today. 100% of funds you donate will go directly to community-led recovery efforts throughout the flood zone.
Congratulations to All Souls Church on filling 46 Backpacks with school supplies and 2 large bags for the teachers
UU Urban Ministry Statement on the Tragedy in Charlottesville - Rev. Clyde Grubbs recommended we share this message
Dear Friends of the UU Urban Ministry,
Many of us have been consumed these last few days with anger, fear and sorrow at the unfolding events in Charlottesville.
These tumultuous times demand something from us: To stand shoulder-to-shoulder and insist our country and communities move forward -- not back -- on issues of racism, homophobia, Islamaphobia and anti-semitism. Our insistence will take many forms. Speaking up in social media and, more importantly, person-to-person. Standing up in forums and vigils and marches. Advocating for change in the systems that actualize oppression.
We also must continue the work that many of us have been engaged with, to dig deeper into the ways that racism has infiltrated our subconscious, our hearts, and our educational, prison and government systems since our country was founded. The hate on display in Charlottesville, as grotesque as it was, is not disconnected from the rest of us. It is the most egregious, visible outgrowth of the racism we have all breathed in, like polluted air, our whole lives.
We are all caught in that web. For those of us who are white, we work to become unstuck through listening and learning. Listening nondefensively to people of color who are willing to share their experiences and viewpoint. Learning about the history of racism in our nation.
Changing the world means confronting those who marched in Charlottesville with hate, those who have submitted to their soul sickness.
It also means working to heal ourselves.
At the UU Urban Ministry we continue to create space so communities and people can reach across race and faith and difference, and strive to become the opposite of what we witnessed in Virginia. As painful as these times can seem, let us find hope in our ability to make change. To hold hands, join hearts, and continue the work of love and justice before us.
Thank you for being a part of the UU Urban Ministry.
Rev. Mary Margaret Earl
Executive Director and Senior Minister
Tuesday, August 1, 8 am
"Diana and I doing well. Lots of this. (see picture of highway) In Chicago now. Nebraska tonight. Boulder Wednesday night. Salt Lake City Thursday night. California Friday night, the goddess willing." Next picture: "Where we are now" Steve