Hello everybody!

This Week in CYRE:Zoom class

As difficult as it is to believe, this Sunday, May 16 will be our final day of the CYRE school year. However, stay tuned to this station for announcements about summer educational opportunities.

Sunday, May 16 CYRE schedule of classes:

10:00-10:45 Grades 2 – 5 (RE Resources, by Soul Matters) – This week’s topic for Grades 3 – 5 is “Stories remind us who we are as Living & Interconnected Beings.” We will talk about the great story of the evolution of life on our planet. Darwin’s story of evolution, of the origin of all of the species of animals and plants on our planet, is part of our Unitarian Universalist living tradition. We look to science and reason to help us understand our story as living beings. Feel free to bring a favorite natural item that you have, maybe a special rock, an old bird’s nest, or a found turtle shell. We will discuss how we are all connected on this big beautiful planet, and celebrate the diversity of life around us. Amanda will lead our class, with an assist from Brandi.

11:00-12:00 Middle School (World Religions, using Crossing Paths & Building Bridges). – The Middle School class will wrap up the year studying Pagan (Earth-centered) traditions. We will explore a Spring Equinox ritual and plant seeds into being! Youth will also learn about similarities and differences between Pagan traditions and Unitarian Universalism. Mckenzie is our lead teacher, and Karen and Sybil will be there to assist.

11:15-12:00 High School (On the Road Together, by Soul Matters).- Our High School class will continue their discussion of Becoming with a session on “Finding Your True Self: Who Are You Becoming?” Who are we meant to become? What unique gifts can we share with the world? That is for us to find out for our whole lives. Growing into what is special and unique about us isn’t always easy. Society is constantly pressuring us to become something we’re not. So, what’s one of the ways our faith guides us to being a people of Becoming? It tells us, “Resist what others want you to be and become your true and unique self!” Robin will lead our discussion, and Ivy and Scott will assist.

Please join us for the final classes of the 2020-2021 CYRE school year, and remember to thank our volunteer teachers for their dedication and hard work during this challenging year!

Zoom codes will be sent to all parents before Sunday. If you are not on that list, please send a request for the Zoom codes via email to dre@uucolumbia.org. The codes for this Sunday will be used through the end of the school year.

Art Day at the Rosewood Public Orchard

All ages CYRE event! Sunday, May 23rd, 2-4pm – Join Karen Murphy, long time UU and naturalist artist for some plant inspired art activities. Using apples, leaves and other shapes to paint with non-toxic paint, you create your own expression of art! This can be child friendly as well as inspiring for adults. You may bring your own art supplies if you would like to use another medium other than paint, like sketch or photography etc. During this event, you may also tour the Orchard and learn a little about Permaculture and protecting pollinators.

Following CDC and UUCC guidelines for in person meet ups, we will have permission forms that you can either fill out electronically and return beforehand, or fill out onsite with a caregiver present. There is plenty of space to sit outside but remember to bring your own water and snacks. A public bathroom is nearby at the baseball field.

Parking: Those with handicaps may drive up directly to the Orchard by following the dirt pathway from the end of the skate park parking lot around the special needs baseball field. Otherwise, park at the skate park for easiest access. The Orchard is between the track field and the special needs baseball field. Be on the lookout for Frisbee golfers!

Upcoming Religious Holidays:

Sunday, May 23 marks the Christian celebration of Pentecost. On this day (which occurred during the Jewish festival of Shavuot, a harvest festival) the third Person of the Christian trinitarian God, known variously as the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost, descended upon the disciples of Jesus of Nazareth.

Beginning on the evening of May 22 and ending on the evening of May 23, members of the Baha’i faith recall the Declaration of the Bab, who predicted the coming of a new prophet, Baha’ullah. This declaration, which was made on this day in 1844 in Persia (modern day Iran), signaled the beginning of the Baha’i faith.

Beginning on the evening of May 27 and ending the following evening, members of the Baha’i faith commemorate the death of Baha’ullah in exile, at 3:00 am in 1892. This is simultaneously an occasion on which members of this faith will reflect upon his teachings in a somber mood, but also rejoice in his message of world peace, unconditional love, and limitless compassion and generosity.

Upcoming Days of Note:

A number of patriotic holidays are on the horizon: Saturday, May 15 is Armed Forces Day, a day when we remember those currently serving in the U.S. military, and Monday, May 31 is Memorial Day, a day to honor those who died while in military service. Monday, June 14 is Flag Day, commemorating the adoption of our American flag.

Sunday, June 20 is both Father’s Day and the beginning of Summer. This day has all the ingredients of a festive outdoors celebration, so fire up the barbie (the grill, not the doll) and cook up something tasty for Dad (and Granddad, too).

Yet Even More Tom Swifties:

“I suggest you look for a number between seven and nine,” said Tom considerately.

“A spirit transported me from the couch to the chair,” said Tom, visibly moved.

“I’m mentioned in this book,” said Tom contentedly.

“I’m putting on my T-shirt, shorts, and sunglasses,” Tom summarized.

“Congratulations; you graduated,” said Tom diplomatically.

“I wish the elevator were working,” said Tom, staring up to the top.

“Whenever I put on my scuba gear, I get pins and needles,” said Tom divertingly.

“The average frequency of my voice is 160 Hz,” said Tom in measured tones.

“It has zero height, zero width, and just a little depth,” said Tom, stretching the point.

“I’m very embarrassed,” Tom admitted readily.

“I’d better repeat that SOS message,” said Tom remorsefully.

And, last but not least…

“Don’t you know my name?” asked Tom swiftly.

And Finally, an Inspirational Thought for the Day:

You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.

— James R. Sherman

My best regards to you all; stay safe and healthy until we meet again.

Scott Sargent, Dir. of Reigious ExporationsScott Sargent
Director of Religious Exploration
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia
2701 Heyward Street
Columbia, SC 29205
© 2020 Scott Sargent