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Weekly Minister’s Message from UUSS–(excerpt)–Thursday, Nov. 16, 2011

[Every week our UUSS Office sends out a weekly message to all members, friends and visitors who have provided their email information to the office.  This is an excerpt of what I sent this week.]

Greetings from Boston! Thursday night I start two days of meetings on the grants panel of the Fund for a Just Society.

But I will spend all day Thursday doing research in the UUA archival collections at the theological library of Harvard Divinity School.

I am staying at the UUA-owned Eliot & Pickett guest house, on historic Beacon Hill, right next to UUA headquarters, which is next to the Massachusetts State House.

Wednesday, the state House and Senate both passed a statewide equal-rights legislation for transgender persons!  Gov. Patrick plans to sign the bill into law.  I spoke by phone with the development director of Mass Equality, key leaders on this issue.  He and his husband belong to First Parish Milton (UU), and were married by the Rev. Parisa Parsa, their pastor.  One is chair of the finance committee, the other sings in the choir.  They are proud Bay State UUs!  Read about the equal rights legislation at this link.

This email includes invitations and reminders about events in and around UUSS.  Please read the November Unigram newsletter and this week’s Blue Sheet Announcements. http://www.uuss.org

The Laramie Project at Theater One atUUSS. Final shows Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM.  It lasts about 2 hours 40 minutes.  A chorus of voices brings to life the thoughts and feelings of the people of Laramie, WY, in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man.—I saw this powerful play last week and posted a review on my blog.

SUNDAY SERVICES @ 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM

Sunday, Nov. 20—“We Gather”—a Thanksgiving Service for all ages, with liturgical drama, our choir, reflections from Doug, plus me.  No RE classes this Sunday, but we will have nursery care for those 5 and younger.  ALL WELCOME!

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Thanksgiving Dinner at UUSS has been a tradition for many years.

It continues Thursday, November 24, 1:30 p.m. – 4;30 p.m.  Join us!

In addition to UUSS members, friends and  families, several of our Family Promise guests will be joining us for traditional and not-so-traditional Thanksgiving fare.  We are asking each adult to bring a food item to serve 6-8 people (i.e. casserole, veggies, salad, dessert) plus a $5 donation.  Main dishes (turkey and vegetarian alternative) and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Kindly RSVP with the number in your party and dish(es) at church the next two Sundays, 11/13 and 11/20 — Look for the yellow tri-fold poster near Connections Central or out on the patio.

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