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Sunday services are at 10:30am

Oct 26 International Development: The Trap of Organized Hypocrisy
Leo Johnson
Service Leader: Gail Rappolt
Musicians: Youth of our Congregation

As the world struggles to come to terms with the colossal failure of International Development, as we know it, United Nations Day of Development Information gives us the opportunity to reflect on the challenges and complexity of aid and charity. What happened? What can we do to fix it? Using Liberia as a case study, I will focus on the evolution of the system of international development that has become a “trap of organized hypocrisy” and a “partnership of unequal partners.”

November 2 You Must Be Present to Win
Rev. Victoria
Service Leader: Beverly Horton
Musician: Donna Howey

In the great “lottery” of life, you must be present to win! That’s right – if you want a chance at the big pay off, you’ve got to show up. Whether it’s being in community, connecting with friends and loved ones, or tackling your vocation, it is all better when we are fully engaged, attuned, and mindful. Today we explore what being fully alive and present means in a life where we can be so easily distracted.

November 9 Remembrance Day: Shattered Lives
Rev. Victoria
Service Leader: Mary Ellen Scanlon
Musicians: Choir

The concerns of those serving in the military who are transitioning to civilian life are not new – finding a job, adjusting to life at home, receiving medical treatment, processing their experiences of combat. However, we are now more aware of the impacts of military service, especially in combat zones, as we hear stories of not only physical injuries, but mental and emotional consequences, as well. As peace-loving people, we yearn for a way to limit the damage done to the lives of those who serve.

November 16 Families of All Kinds
Rev. Victoria
Service Leader: Roy Dahl
Musicians: Charles Henderson

It used to be that a family meant one man, one woman, and their offspring. But, the face of families has been changing for the last 50 years. Single parents, same-sex parents, split families, blended families, adoptive families, multiple parents, couples without kids – families come in all kinds! Today’s sermon explores the changing nature of families and we embrace them within our community of faith.

November 23 Beyond Us & Them
Rev. Carly
Service Leader: Karen Trollope-Kumar
Musicians: TBA

In human community, we often tend to gravitate to people who are like us, whether by age, gender, ethnicity, education, socioeconomic status, religion, political leanings, etc. One of the beautiful pieces of church community and our UU faith is the potential to break down some of those barriers. But it isn’t always easy. This Sunday we will explore the challenges and gifts of diversity and how we can build bridges through our outreach ministry.

November 30 Fair Trade Sunday
Peter Wickett
Service Leader: TBA
Musicians: Choir

Today our committed Fair Trade volunteers – those folks who make sure we have chocolate, coffee, sugar, and other goodies we can feel good about – tell us about their work at First Hamilton. Our website: http://firstunitarianhamilton.org/ Check it out! Page 6 Celebrating 125 Years! The Hamilton Unitarian November 2014


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