“Think Like the Buddha, Part III”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
I’ve quit saying, “I don’t believe in…?” and then listing some dogma or creed held by another person or another faith system, like God or Heaven or Transubstantiation. I find it much more enlightening to ask—even if I’m just asking myself, “How do you consider the concept of…?” and then thinking about how useful the concept might or might not be to a person’s faith life. Buddhism lends itself to this kind of consideration for me. That’s why I’m offering yet another look at this easy-to-understand and hard-to-practice religion. Today I’m considering Karma (and, by extension, possibly Reincarnation). Suspend your disbelief. Consider along with me.
The Question for Sunday’s Service
Where should we seek answers for the question of how to live well, causing no harm to others and finding satisfaction in what we have done?
Adventures in Religion: October 17, 2021, through September 11, 2022
On Facebook Messenger and by phone or, when classes resume, John Adams Room, 9:30 am. We explore world religions. We are discussing Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, by Reza Aslan. Random House, New York, 2013. ISBN-978-1-4000-6922-4 (hardback). ISBN-978-0-679-60353-5 (eBook). We read out loud together. No need to read in advance.
Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most enigmatic figures by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived. (Amazon)
Contact: Marian Wendel.
Prologue: A Different Sort of Sacrifice
News to Use
Dinner Party and Auction
For those of you too young to know what a sock hop is, let me explain. The dances at high school were usually held in the gymnasium, decorated to within an inch of its life. But everyday shoes and especially party shoes were forbidden on the floors made for basketball and appropriate shoes. So dancers were asked to remove their footwear and dance in their socks.
Come back to nostalgia, even if it’s not your own. Here’s a sampling of what you might take home after a delicious catered dinner:
- Another delicious dinner at someone’s home in the company of other friendly UUs.
- A packet of five hand-made greeting cards for the upcoming holiday season.
- An oriental screen to add color and comfort to your home.
- Serving dishes designed by a pottery artist.
- A colorful area rug to brighten your day.
- A hilarious book of verses titled Dumpty about a former president.
These precious items and services can’t be purchased in a store—not even on Amazon. Get your offerings in today either by completing the form online or contacting Auction Chair Dan Sexton:
FJUUC 2021 Service Auction Donation Form (google.com) Dan Sexton, Auction Chair (817) 845-9762.
See you at The Sock Hop, November 13.
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Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection
Church Council Meeting
This Sunday at 1pm
After church we will have lunch and then convene to re-launch the projects and programs that will bring First Jefferson back to a fully functioning Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Bring your ideas for reinvigorating your units to share with each other. We are all in this together so I am hoping for some lively discourse on a variety of proposals. We will also get an update on the progress of the Name Change Committee and I suspect our new Social Justice Chair will debut her committee’s immediate plans for the future. All in all, with your participation and support I think we will have a high old time. Like the song says, “Come On now People, Let“s get On the Ball and Work Together“.
See you there, See you then. Meantime, be safe and stay well.
∼Paul R. Schattman VP FJUUC
Order Of Service for This Sunday,
October 24, 2021
Introit Meditation on Breathing Congregation
Welcome & Announcements
Call to Worship ∼Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Opening hymn #1031 Filled With Loving Kindness
Story for All Ages Little Orphant Annie ∼James Whitcomb Riley
Light on Membership
First Response The Final Four Precepts
Hymn #128 For All That is Our Life
Readings from The Bodhisattva of Compassion ∼John Blofeld
Second Response Saints, Bodisattvas and Good Guys
Communion of Names and Milestones
Third Response Karma’s a Bitch
Closing Hymn #83 Winds Be Still
Extinguishing the Chalice
Refreshments and greetings in the library, the sanctuary and/or the patio.
Member Led Service
We’re going to celebrate the harvest and the time of year when the dead are remembered, whether you call it Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, Samhain, or maybe Kalan Gwav. This lay-led service will have members sharing some of their own traditions as well as some stories about festivals from around the world.
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