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We are an affiliated congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Mountain Desert District of the UUA

UUCGV NEWS Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley—Newsletter

November 2016

From Our Minister, Rev. Wendy Jones Discernment: “Love and compassion don’t at all have to make us weak, or lead us to losing discernment and vision. We just have to learn how to find them. And see, in truth, what they bring us.” Sharon Salzberg We are living in interesting times. November is going to be a defining month not only for the country but for each of us individually as we approach the voting booth in two weeks. The word that keeps coming to me as I write this is “discernment.” Who are we? Who do we choose to be? Why? How do our decisions define us? I believe we are in a process of discernment not only as a country as we head to the polls, but we are also in a process of discernment as individuals and as a faith community. A few years ago we were a community who was looking for a building; a home. We now have that home. The question is now who are we in relation to this home? What role do we choose to play in the community? I invite you to read the letter from the Board and the Team Leadership Circle about their desire to begin dialogue about hanging a Black Lives Matter banner. The next month will be an opportunity for us as community to do some intentional discernment about who we are and who we want to be. I in-

November’s Theme: Discernment

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Auction: The Final Frontier These are the voyages of the UUCGV Auction. Our mission: to raise new funds, to

In This Issue •

Saturday, November 5

5:30 pm Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction

explore balanced budgets,

6:30 pm Dinner

to go where no fundraiser

7:30 pm Live Auction

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has gone before. Donate your items no later than Nov. 3 at

Among Us 1-3 Children/Youth Religious Education 4-5 Activities for Adults 6-8 Social Action 9 UU Central & Announcements 10-11 Calendar in Middle Insert

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vite you to join the conversation on Tuesday evenings as we work together to define who we are, who we choose to be and how we would like to be seen in the larger Grand Valley.

Revelations This is a monthly column helping us to get to know our friends and members in a deeper way. We thank Monte High for taking the time to do these in-depth interviews for us every month. Joanie Leinbach loves her life. She has a wonderful family – a loving, sweet tempered husband and two delightful children. She has a rewarding job. She has good friends by the bucketful. She does not expect her life to be perfect: in thanksgiving, life is a walk in beauty. Joanie does not think of her life as one fell swoop. She is not merely an accumulation of moments. Essence of Joanie is not a perfume for the faint of heart. Joanie did not come into her own until she went away to college. When she arrived at Colorado State University she began to leave behind the shy girl with the low self-esteem. She began gaining confidence, gaining glimpses of her true self. She became more outgoing. She became a person to whom people came to tell their stories. Joanie met Kent Leinbach in 1986, early in her freshman year: they were in the same dorm. Yet, it wasn’t until they bumped into one another in 1989 that everything clicked into place. It was love at second sight. Kent introduced Joanie to fire. So during the summer of 1990 she set off to Oregon for a grand adventure, keen and feral, engaging in break-back work with a crew of wildland firefighters. Kent is the rock to Joanie’s drum roll; he brings a blessed sweetness to her life. They were married in 1993. Abby came along in 1997 and Ben in 2000. Amenity dwells within her family, and for this Joanie is most glad, because she feels a cycle has been profoundly broken. Though she grew up in an upper-middle-class family, Joanie was well aware, from an early age, of suffering and the existence of another not so idyllic world. Her mother was a Lt. Col. in the National Guard. (Joanie often liked to quip – “my mama wears combat boots”.) Her father was a district attorney. Tragedy was spread out in front of her as crime scene photos on the dining room table. Joanie’s childhood experience helped prepare her for employment. Circumstance fed her bleeding heart and devel(Continued on page 3)


We are a denomination without dogma. We are a living, dynamic, spiritual community with personal freedom of belief. We learn from all philosophies and religions, and also from science and the arts. We value the inherent worth and dignity of every person, tolerance, and compassion in human relations. We try to leave the world better than we find it.

Save the Dates Get involved in the Black Lives Matters dialogue! Tuesdays November 1, 15, and 29, listening tables led by our Leadership • “I’m Not Racist” forum by Black Lives Matter Grand Junction (see page 6). • One of the leaders of Black Lives Matter Grand Junction will be in the pulpit November 27. • Discernment meeting & potluck after church December 18. •

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Come get to know us! Do your friends or family ever ask you, “What is Unitarian Universalism?” Do you wonder what it means when we say that we are a covenantal church rather than a creedal church? Have you ever wondered if there is a difference between being a "religious liberal" versus being a "political liberal?" Rev. Wendy leads a monthly informal gathering for friends, members and guests who would like to learn more about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. This is an ongoing "conversation," usually on the third Sunday of every month after coffee hour. All people are welcome! All questions are welcome. Join us this month on Sunday, November 20.

oped her propensity to care for people. She works for Hilltop, splitting her time between the Workforce Center and Latimer House. Joanie cherishes her jobs. She meets people from all walks of life. She is an adult basic education teacher at the Workforce Center, often trying to help individuals break from the cycle of poverty. At Latimer House Ben, Joanie, Kent & Abby she works with domestic violence victims, and is often on-call and responding to emotionally charged situations. The Leinbach’s discovered the Grand Valley Unitarians in 1998, mostly for Abby (and Ben to come). They were seeking a religious community where children gain a healthy, lifeaffirming sense of self and of the world. And, UUism was also a good match for a Catholic (Joanie) and an atheist (Kent). As a volunteer, Joanie has been around the block many times. She currently serves on the TLC (Leadership Circle) and helps teach OWL (Our Whole Lives) while sitting on a gazillion committees/teams. It’s the kids that tug her heartstrings. In the past Joanie was more involved with religious education, and when some of her current responsibilities end she is hoping to again spend more time in that arena. Joanie recently returned from her 12th Youth Con. She enjoys being a sponsor for Youth Cons, which are conventions where hundreds of UU teenagers gather for the weekend. They are theme based, with a keynote speaker and workshops. The workshops get them thinking deeply, and they form deep connections with one another. The adults try to blend into the woodwork and let the kids take over. UUCGV hosted a Youth Con last year, but it usually calls for a long road trip, which Joanie appreciates because she is able to connect and get to better know the teens. Singing fills Joanie with joy. Singing in the choir fills Joanie with glee. Anyone who knows Joanie knows her glorious sense of humor. Some UUCGV’ers will remember her for her role as one of the hilarious Sweeney Sisters at past auction dinners. Joanie is rocking the Big 50 this month! And life goes on… in endless song… 3

Fall/Winter Religious Education 2016 Early-Elementary—Picture Book World Religions Introduces World Religions through beautiful illustrated stories. Young children may not grasp the abstract concepts in comparative religious studies, but we can share stories from different faiths and help them begin a journey of understanding, tolerance, and celebration for the diversity of human expressions of faith. Teachers: Robert McDonald, Kathleen Hedlund Older Elementary—Holidays and Holy Days These children will be enjoying activities and celebrations from Jewish, Native American, Catholic, Muslim, UU, and Hindu people chosen to help young people feel some point of connection to all peoples. Teachers: Kent Leinbach, Khaila Derrington Middle School—Neighboring Faiths This curriculum gives our youth the opportunity to explore the tapestry of faith communities that are found in the Grand Valley and Colorado as a whole. They will gain a deeper understanding of both the similarities and the differences among them. Teacher: Shari Daly-Miller Teens—World Religions through Food and Music We will enjoy a variety of activities exploring world cultures and religions through podcasts, cooking and lively discussions. Teachers: Lee Joramo, Jana Joramo, David Miller Big thank you to our incredible teachers! Volunteers make our RE program fantastic!

Children's Chapel- 10:3010:45 Sharing Circle with themes of Hope, Knowledge, Change, and Justice. All children and teens join us in the pillows on the rug.

Children and Youth Religious Education Classes Follow Religious Education Classes 10:45-11:45 Please wait until 11:45 to pick up your children. This ensures our students get a full hour in their classes, and you can get a cup of coffee and snack before the children ravage the coffee Hour.


Youth Cons (Conferences) Visit for more info! Mountain Desert District UU Youth Event Dates and Locations: 2016 •

Children’s Chapel

Nov 11-13, MDD Leadership Development Con, First Unitarian Denver, CO

Childcare for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers is provided from 10:00 am to noon each Sunday. Childcare is provided by Robintix Perryman, Myca Bryan, Aavlee Tawzer, and Emma Christensen, Nya Parry.

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Jan 14-16, MLK Con at First Unitarian Denver, CO Mar 4-5, Middle School Retreat at Boulder UU Fellowship, Boulder, CO Mar 31 - Apr 2, Bridging Con at Foothills UU, Fort Collins, CO July 2 - July 8, Quuest and Spirit Quuest Camp at La Foret Camp and Conference Center, Black Forest, CO

"Play is the work of the Child." Dr. Maria Montessori

Take note that we sign our younger kids in and out Sunday mornings. Be sure to come downstairs at 11:45 to check your kiddos out after church.


All Ages Worship Services Upcoming Services: December 18: Winter Holiday Celebration

RE & the Holidays No RE Classes on December 22, December 25 and January 1. A fun craft will be provided on December 22 and January 1!

RE Team

Comprehensive Sexuality Education— ”Our Whole Lives” Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information. Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values. We currently have a 7th-9th grade class in progress, but registration is closed. If you would like to support this program, please sign up to bring a snack to one of the meetings. Contact Shari: 970-257-0772 or

Meetings Join the team! We meet the first Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am. Upcoming meetings: November 1 December 6 January 3

LREDA Fall Con Report Shari Daly Miller Director of Religious Education October 19 through October 24, I attended a Conference presented by the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) called “Money, Death, Race and Sex: Bringing the Spiritual Dimension to Tough Topics.” This program was provided for Religious Educators by the UUA Faith Development Office, directed by Jessica York. According to Jessica, “Our jobs as religious professionals would be easier if life were all flower bouquets and cotton candy. The children, youth, and adults we serve deal with harsh realities around challenging topics, and in their toughest times our ministry is most needed.” At this conference I gained tools and concrete practice skills that can be used when confronting difficult topics. I learned about dealing with my own relationship to hard topics, and how that can enrich my ability to minister to our UUCGV families. I was able to connect to what is spiritual about money, race, sex and death. I received tons of resources and information. I found educational opportunities like the UURE Accreditation Process. I was also able to decompress and relax at the beach in sunny San Diego. I know that this professional development event will enable me to serve our community with greater depth.


Men’s Cooking

Feed Your Soul “I’m Not Racist” Join Black Lives Matter Grand Junction on Thursday, November 17th at 6:15pm – 7:30pm at the Mesa County Public Library central branch for a non-political discussions about race. This community event will talk about some of the big events happening in the world in regards to race. This will be setup in a forum style that will introduce you to your local Black Lives Matter community organization. This will give participants the ability to ask charged questions in a safe environment. This event is being co-thrown by the Black Student Alliance of Colorado Mesa University. All participants will be asked to treat each other with respect, to listen and be polite. There will be an anonymous card box at the beginning of the session where people will ask questions without fear or anxiety. Even though this forum will start out with talking about world issues, it more specifically will examine local racial hardships while at the same time, addressing stereotypes. Black Lives Matter Grand Junction's mission is to hear and protect black voices, empower people of color, and educate the community on racial hardships through empathy, a sharing of stories, and an expression of love

UUCGV’s Men’s Cooking Group is the longest standing group in the church. We meet and cook the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm. If you’re a new male to the church, please join the fun! This month’s Theme: Soup. Dale Foreman is hosting. For more info, contact David Miller at 241.5911 or, or Mark McKenney at 256.7907 or

Listening Tables In place of our regular Tuesday night Adult RE classes, the leadership of the church will be hosting Listening Tables on November 1, 15 and 29. These conversations are one of the ways the congregation can engage in the dialogue about who we are. The subject matter will revolve around hanging a Black Lives Matter banner at our church in January.

Meditating for Peace We meet the second Thursday of every month at 11 am. The next “vibration raising” will be on Thursday, November 10 at the church.


Improv Darling! Do you know how fabulous you are? Don't let your fears make you keep doubting yourself! Learn to come out of your shell and be a brave and fabulous chicken like me! When: 7:00 pm every Monday night. Where: UUCGV basement.

Circle Suppers Do you want to make some friends or just get to know people at a deeper level than just, "Hello" and "How are You?" If so, then circle suppers are just the thing! A group of 6 to 8 people get together once a month for a meal and conversation at the host of the month's house. The host provides the main course with the others bringing a salad, veggie or dessert. It is up to your group if you want to do breakfast, lunch or supper. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive. If you are unable to host at your house, that's ok you are still welcome to be part of the group. When everyone has had a chance to be a host, then a new group is formed. So whether you are single, a couple or a family, all you need to do to become involved is contact Ellen Mayo at Hope to see you around the table!!!

Worship Schedule Worship Services are held Sundays at 10:30am Sunday, November 6: Rev. Wendy Jones: Discernment: Defining Who We are Meant to Be Sunday, November 13: Rev. Wendy Jones: Learning to Fly Sunday, November 20: Rev. Wendy Jones: Gratitude Sunday, November 27: Black Lives Matter Grand Junction

Front Lines Support Group For people in helping professions Does your job put you in emotionally draining and heart-aching situations? Do you have a place to go to process what you have seen with other people who have similar situations? Would you like a safe/confidential place to process or talk about your experiences? Join us on Thursday, November 17 at the church, 10:00 to 11:00 am.

Women’s Group—Ladies & Libations Our next gathering is on Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 pm. Previously we have been "Winey Women," "Beer & Broads," “Ladies and Libations,” “Spirited Women” and “Drinking Divas.” When we get together it is so much fun! The purpose of this group is simply to offer a venue for women to connect with and meet other women. We will have beverages (non-alcoholic included), snacks & conversation. (Of course there might be some laughter thrown in!) All are welcome!

GIVN Interfaith Thanksgiving Service This year’s GVIN (Grand Valley Interfaith Network) Interfaith Thanksgiving service will be 7:00 PM November 22, 2016 at First Congregational Church UCC located at 1425 N. 5th Street Grand Junction, CO. The theme for the service will be “Blessings in America” and it is an opportunity to gather together and share the rich ways in which the various faith traditions celebrate and say thank you. The offering to be taken this year will go to the relief work being done in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew devastated much of this country. Refreshments will follow. 7

Black Canyon Discussion Group We meet to join our creativity next time on Sunday, November 13 at 5:00 pm. Think of this as a miniature indoor musical fantasy fair! Please feel free to bring anything creative whether it be sound, visual, or movement! Music, dance, poetry, painting, sculpturing, and more! Bring snacks to share. Let's make this a fun event where we gather together our resources and help the community! Bring food donations or anything to help the local homeless community and especially homeless teens! Namaste Music is the way! Presented by Robintix Perryman—Contact him at 970-216-0509. No instrument? No worries! Robin brings extra drums, and you can wear your dancing shoes. Bring your friends!

Aging Together: A Community of Elders “To plot and navigate our own journeys with the support of others.” An opportunity for senior citizen members of The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley to discuss common challenges and issues and to support one another during the aging process. Our choices and therefore journeys may be diverse, but we can listen empathically to each other in community. Details will be in the December newsletter, and the first meeting will be in January.

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at UUCGV Thursday, November 24, 2016 2pm: Gather for games and conversation 4pm: Potluck Dinner will be served. Free range turkey will be provided There is a sign up in the foyer to coordinate side dishes and desserts. Please bring wine and beer to enjoy; we will provide cider, tea, and coffee. Whole families, singles, couples...all highly encouraged to come. Bring friends!


The Black Canyon Discussion Group meets monthly in the Delta/Montrose area the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings start with a potluck, then discussion, at the home of a member. This is a great way for those who are too far away to attend our congregation regularly to meet with other liberal religious folks in the area. The group will meet next on Wednesday, November 2 at the home of Dave and Kim Stueck. Our discussion topic is: Travel experiences that have influenced and/or informed our lives. We will begin at 6:00 pm with a potluck followed by our discussion topic. Anyone wishing to know more may contact John Spurgeon at 8566308 or email at

Movie Series We won’t be showing a movie in November or December but please stay tuned for a January movie! Do you want to host a movie? Contact the office at 257-0772 or at if you would like to host a 4th Thursday movie night.

Change for Change Each month we collect change (coins) from the offertory baskets and donate it to a local charity. This effort usually brings in about $100/ month. In October, our change went to the Loma Cat House, a local organization that rescues unwanted, injured and feral felines. In November, our change will go to the Western Slope Center for Children. WSCC is a Child Advocacy Center, providing services to child sexual abuse victims and their families in a supportive environment that reduces trauma and promotes dignity, justice, and healing. In Mesa County, more than 300 children are subjected to sexual or physical abuse each year. WSCC is dedicated to reducing the trauma of abuse and neglect for children and their non-offending family members and caregivers. Learn more at

UUs Giving Back: Victim Advocates Last month, Connie and Gary Dolezal, along with 20 other volunteers, were recognized by the Grand Junction Police Department for their service as Victim Advocates. Both were founding members of our UUCGV Domestic Violence Action Team (DVAT) formed early last year. Shortly thereafter, both found the Police Department’s Victim Advocate Program (VAP) to be a direct, hands on way to deal with domestic violence and other crimes in our city, specifically by helping victims. This is immediate help, moments after the crime has been committed and police have just arrived on the scene. At that point, the VAP volunteer is the only one a victim or victims can turn to apart from the police officers. Through training and ride-along orientations in police cruisers, VAP volunteers learn how to respond compassionately and effectively to victim needs amid the confusion, shock and pain at the crime scene. In the process, they gain a deeper understanding of how community works or doesn’t work for its citizens and the challenges facing law enforcement as it seeks to serve and protect all of us. As Gary told us a year ago at a UUCGV worship service devoted to DVAT, “I cannot eliminate domestic violence; yet, I hope to help the victims through some of their pain…Through the Victim Advocate Program (VAP), I find that there exists a community of concern, of compassion, of integrity that is actively working to reduce the effects - and the incidents of domestic violence in the Grand Valley…The pervasiveness of domestic violence is thankfully being recognized by other faith-based groups in the Valley. Collaboration is on the horizon. There is work to be done. The story continues …” If you are interested in working with VAP, by all means talk to Connie or Gary. Or better yet, contact Mary Harmeling, Victim Services Coordinator at the Police Department at 970-549-5290 or email at

Soup Kitchen Saturday This is a reminder that Soup Kitchen Saturday is the second Saturday of every month at Catholic Outreach, located at the south end of 1st Street between Pitkin and Ute Avenues. We need your help on November 12, from 8:30 am to 1:15 pm. We need 8-10 people from 8:30-10:30 am to help prepare and cook enough food for 150+ people. Another 6 people are needed from 11:45 to 1:15 pm to serve and help clean up the kitchen. Anyone with an interest in helping to prepare or serve this meal is welcome; teens included. Please contact Barbara Milburn at (phone 243-8860) or Chris Jauhola at (phone: 639-7616) for more information or just show up ready to work. Please bring a scarf or hat to cover your hair. Many thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who prepared and serve 150 servings of sticky lime chicken with fruit salsa and fruit cobbler last month. 9

The Board

Equal Exchange Did you know we sell Equal Exchange coffee and other products here at the church? Look for the cart in the back of the sanctuary on Sundays, and help support our coffee hour and farmers around the world! Looking for something special from Equal Exchange? Jot down your special order on the order form on the coffee cart. Equal Exchange's Mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker cooperatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world. Every Sunday during coffee hour, we serve Equal Exchange coffee.

Planned Giving Naming a beneficiary versus making a bequest in a will Making a charitable bequest through a will is one common strategy of legally specifying how property is to be distributed after death. This is usually accomplished with the assistance of an attorney who is licensed to practice in the state where the donor resides. As circumstances change during the life of a donor, corresponding changes updating a will can be made easily. For example, an outdated will might contain a bequest of a bank or brokerage account to a relative who is no longer living. Rather than have the account go to the estate of the deceased relative, the donor may prefer to name a new recipient. In many jurisdictions this change can be accomplished with a testamentary document called a codicil which may serve to amend, rather than replace, a previously executed will. As an alternative to making a bequest in a will, a donor may prefer the simplicity of completing a Change of Beneficiary Form in order to name UUCGV as a full or partial beneficiary of a bank or brokerage account. In the case of an account that contains securities that have appreciated in value, a distribution on death to the charity will pass free of both federal and state taxes. The financial institution (known as the custodian) that holds your account will provide instructions to accomplish what is known as Transfer on Death (TOD) via paper work or online. A TOD is revocable which means that during your lifetime you can change who you name as a beneficiary. Naming a beneficiary for a particular account overrides a bequest of that same account if reference to it remains in the most recent executed will. Disclaimer: the information above is not intended to be technical advice. Individuals should always discuss such matters with their insurance agent, financial advisor or attorney before taking action. 10

The board is our governing structure and holds the fiduciary responsibility. President— Gary Poush Vice President— Janet Cummings Stewardship— Barbara Milburn Treasurer— Tim O’Brien At Large— Joel Prudhomme At Large— Robert McDonald

TLC (Team Leadership Circle) TLC is responsible for the program of the church. Joanie Leinbach Steve Watson Richard Hyland Connie Murillo Melissa Humphrey Jay Martinez

LDT (Leadership Development Team) Lee Joramo Andrea Tanner Bill Hilty

Membership Anniversaries in November Kathleen Hedlund, 2000 Eric Niederkruger, 2003 Wanda & Wes Allen, 2004 Shirley O’Brien, 2004 Penny Heuscher, 2008 Christina Andre, 2011 Kathleen Ruhleder, 2011 Mary Makaus, 2011 John Waage, 2016 Linda Stout, 2016

Please join us after the service every Sunday for conversation & refreshments! Hospitality We have a weekly snack-type hospitality. Sign-up on our clipboard! Greeters Each Sunday we rely on two volunteers to greet. Sign-up on our clipboard! Thank You Greeters! Thank you to last month’s Greeters! Lynn deBeauclair Carmine Nugent Maggie Eagleton Chris Andre Steve Watson Richard Hyland

Hospitality Volunteers Needed We do enjoy our snacks with coffee hour, but we can’t do it without you! It doesn’t have to be fancy. Please sign up to bring hospitality snacks on the clipboard in the foyer. All you need to do is set out the snacks—we have a hired hospitality cleanup person. Thanks to these UUCGV attendees who brought refreshments for after-Sunday service last month. • Chris Jahoula • Bea Conway • Melissa Humphrey • Duane & Arleta Carr Note: Since we have beverage prep & clean-up people, hospitality volunteers only have to bring and set out some non-dessert type goodies on their donation Sunday. Please sign up to take a turn!

Big Thanks to ALL our volunteers!

Alternative Christmas Fair Sunday, November 20, 2015, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Lincoln Park Barn UUCGV has participated in this great event for many years. This year we are looking for someone to coordinate UUCGV's involvement, which includes finding/coordinating volunteers to set up, clean up and table at the event on Sunday, November 20.

Geocaching at UUCGV Julia and Mackenzie Vergari will be hosting a geocache film event from 5:30 to 7:30 on Sunday, November 6th. Light snacks will be provided. Roughly 60 minutes of this year's best geocache films will be featured, followed by a trackable geocoin raffle. This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about the sport of geocaching, and for geocachers to earn their GIFF 2016 souvenir! 11

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley P.O. Box 1053 Grand Junction, CO 81502


“Vitally Inclusive Justice-Centered Spiritually Alive”

Office is open Monday-Thursday 9 am-2 pm Minister: Rev. Wendy Jones: Tue 9-1, Wed 9-12, Thu 9-1 or by appointment 257-0772 ext. 3 or Religious Education Coordinator: Shari Daly-Miller: Tue & Thu 10-2 257-0772 ext. 2 or Church Administrator: Mallory Rice Monday—Thursday 9-2 257-0772 ext. 1 or Music Director Marcia Kuhlman 248-892-5752 or 536 Ouray Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501

“These are the times that our church was intended for, to help us act with courage in the face of fear and hate. -Chris Crass, Unitarian Universalist

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UUCGV Calendar

November 2016

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Monday 1

7:00 Improv, Basement

10:00 RE Team 8:30 Yoga 12:00 Covenant Group 6:00 Black Canyon Discussion 7:00 Listening Table, Sanctu- Group 7:00 Choir ary




Election Day

8:30 Yoga, Basement

2-5:00 OWL

6 Daylight Savings Ends 10:30 Worship 2-5:00 OWL 5:30 Geocaching movie

4:30 Property Team 7:00 Improv, Basement

12:00 Finance Team




10:30 Worship 11:30 Potluck 12:00 Discernment Meeting 2-5:00 OWL 5:00 Creative Chaos 20

6:30 League of Women Voters 7:00 Improv, Basement

7:00 Listening Table, Sanctuary




10:30 Worship 12:00 Who Are UU? 7:00 Improv, 2-5:00 OWL Basement 27



10:30 Worship

7:00 Board Games




10:30 Worship


Thursday 3


Saturday 5

YRUU in DenverAuction The Final


12-5:00 Auction Table & Decoration Setup

Frontier 5:30 Silent Auction & Drinks 6:30 Dinner 7:30 Live Auction


12 8:30 UU Serves at the Soup Kitchen

11:00 Peaceful Meditation

7:00 Choir

7:00 Joint Board & TLC, Sanctuary



8:30 Yoga

10:00 Front Lines Support, Teen Room

12:00 Covenant Group




4:00 Covenant Group

7:00 Choir

6:00 Men’s Cooking, Dale’s House

4:00 DVAT, Sanctuary





8:30 Yoga, Basement

Office Closed



7:00 Choir

Thanksgiving Potluck at UUCGV! 2:00 Games 4:00 Dinner



8:30 Yoga, Basement

7:00 Women’s Group

9:00-5:00 OWL 5:00-9:00 OWL

2-5:00 OWL 7:00 Improv, Basement

7:00 Listening Table, Sanctuary

7:00 TLC 7:00 Choir

Please Remember that all meetings & events MUST be scheduled through the administrator (257-0772) or See full calendar, renters and all at

Letter to the Congregation from the Board and The Team Leadership Circle (TLC)

November 2016

Members and these movefriends, ments. SloWe, the memgans on our bers of the Board, webTLC, and Leadersite include ship Development “Deeds, not team, feel collecCreeds” and tively that the na“We create tionwide Black change: in Lives Matter camourselves, in paign is so interthe world”. woven with our This is another Black Lives Matter Grand Junction Unitarian Universalist valopportunity for us for ues that it is something us to act for change in we should support visibly in the form of a ourselves and the world we live in. banner hanging outside our church. Black Lives Matter is not a simple issue. Specifically, the national issues around We must educate ourselves in order to eduBlack Lives Matter touch upon no less than cate others. In order to include the congre5 of the 7 Unitarian Universalist principles: gation in the consensus process, with the The inherent worth and dignity of every perhope that everyone will feel heard, we have son; Justice, equity, and compassion in hua number of opportunities to engage in diaman relations; A free and responsible logue around this discernment of who we search for truth and meaning; The right of are. conscience and the use of the democratic •Tuesdays November 1, 15, and 29, the process within our congregations and in soleadership will be facilitating listening taciety at large; and The goal of world commubles at 7:00 pm nity with peace, liberty, and justice for all. •Please consider attending the “I’m Not RacGrand Junction is not a racially diverse ist” forum by Black Lives Matter Grand community. We respect our excellent police Junction at 6:15 pm at the Central Liforce. So why us? Why here? brary (see page 6). •Because we as UUCGV define ourselves •One of the leaders of Black Lives Matter as a welcoming and open-minded oasis Grand Junction will be in the pulpit Noand sanctuary amidst a generally convember 27. servative, predominantly white communi•Discernment meeting & potluck after church ty. December 18. •Because we are citizens in a nation that The Board and the TLC have selecthas a complex problem, and we must ed Sunday, January 15, 2017, the day prior first acknowledge this problem before we to Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, as the day can collectively work toward solving it. we would hang a banner, and show that we •Because as Unitarian Universalists we at UUCGV collectively stand up for the prinhave a long tradition of taking a stand for ciples we believe in. We hope that other social change and making a differchurches will join us. Participate in the proence. Abolition, suffrage, civil rights, cess! Standing on the Side of Love… Now is the time! search and you will find UU leaders prominently in all of

November 2016 Newsletter