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June 17, 2018

"A Complex Father's Day"

Krista Weber Huang

Join Krista Weber Huang as we both celebrate Father's Day and remember the tragedy of the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC three years ago. We'll explore together the emotional and complex intersectionality of gender, race, culture, and genes in the nurture vs nature debate and how our UU faith call us to respond with open minds and open hearts.

Krista Weber Huang is UU Candidate for Ministry who graduated from Meadville Lombard in 2016 and completed a year long Chaplain Residency at Baptist Health System in San Antonio, TX in late 2017. She is a life long learner who is excited by exploring how different disciplines intersect and how we can live out UU values on a daily basis. In her free time she plays cooperative board games, engages in various forms of art and movement, and is a science fiction/fantasy fan. She and her spouse are excited to be expecting their first child in September.

 
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June 24, 2018

“Visions, Dreams, and Babel Fish”

The Rev. Dr. Christine Tata

In this reflection, Christine invites us to spend some time looking lovingly at our core religious, spiritual, or enlightenment experiences. What ineffable realities do we see when our daily world fades out of view? And how can religious individualists agree on a language of faith, in the light of these diverse​, unseen realities?

The Rev. Dr. Christine Tata has been exploring progressive religion and spirituality for as long as she can remember. Starting from early childhood memories of First Unitarian Universalist Church in Dallas, she was ordained in the forward-looking United Church of Christ, serving UCC and UU congregations as minister and consultant for the past two decades. She now writes on platforms such as Medium (https://medium.com/@mct2051) and other forums, and she enjoys serving UU congregations as preacher and worship coach. In all her endeavors, she hopes to engage hearts, minds, and souls—and get people to laugh in church more.

 
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1987 - 2017

30 Years of SMUUF

Honoring the Past, Building for the Future

 
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December 8, 1946 - October 26, 2017

In Memoriam

Rev. Scottie McIntyre Johnson

 

 

THIS SUNDAY AT SMUUF

Minister's Search Survey

As we narrow our search for a new minister, we have invited the two final candidates to lead service with us:
 
June 17: candidate for UU ministry Krista Weber Huang
July 15: Rev. Marisol Caballero
 
Following these Sunday's services, the Minister Search Committee solicits your input in the form of an anonymous survey. There are open-ended questions to give specific feedback, including addressing perceived strengths and reservations of Ministerial Candidates as well as a free space for additional thoughts. The input gathered from the surveys will help the Minister Search Committee to make informed decisions related to the Ministerial Candidates.

Please click here to complete the survey for Krista Weber Huang on June 17.


Donate-the-Plate to San Marcos River Foundation this Sunday

SMRFSMUUF's monthly Donate-the-Plate will go to one of our favorite long-time nonprofit partners, the San Marcos River Foundation (SMRF). Dianne Wassenich, SMRF Program Director, said, "SMRF's main focus for the past few years is land conservation, trying to keep our river flowing and clear for future generations by buying and conserving land on the recharge zone close to the springs." If you care about our environment and love our sparkling clear San Marcos River, please give generously. Make out your check to SMUUF with SMRF in the Memo Line.


Fantastic UU Diners (FUUDies)Nostimo

Every Sunday at various restaurants

This week: Nostimo's Mediterranean Cafe, 206 W. San Antonio Street, San Marcos

The Fantastic UU Diners eat together after church at a different local restaurant almost every Sunday. They love to have new folks join them! See Jeannie Lewis or Lee Bricker after worship. They’ll save you a seat!  


Adult Religious Exploration

Religious Education classes will take a break for the summer. Please join us on Sundays at 9:30 beginning in August.

 

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SUMMER SCHEDULEJediAcademy

Jedi Academy RE Summer Camp begins on June 17 and runs each Sunday until July 8, during service at 11:00 a.m. (camp is for all ages, with childcare available for those 3 and under)


RE is looking for summer volunteers for Jedi Academy.

If you are a Star Wars fan or have been considering helping out with the children (or both) please consider volunteering during worship June 17- July 8th. (Any or all Sundays) Contact Laura Haygood/DRE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 3.

We also need some of our long time members to serve on a "Wisdom Council" for the activity on June 24th. Again, contact Laura if you want to be on this council. (One time obligation) 

Coming in September: A workshop at UBarU for our YUUTH. This is a workshop our church will participate in as we guide our YUUTH through the “Coming of Age”. 8th graders will be asked to attend. Details coming soon.


UBarU Summer Camps

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center has 4 weeks of summer youth camp for kids ages 8-18. Our mission is to provide a welcoming, peaceful place for spiritual, educational and recreational purposes in harmony with our Unitarian Universalist Principles. During their week at camp, they live inclusion. They live covenant and learn how to return to their covenant. They learn leadership and conflict-resolution from their camp chaplain, adult counselors and each other. Youth camps offer opportunities for formal spiritual growth with interactive worship, small group ministry, and by living our Principles while learning about the stars, bees, the land and themselves.

2018 Summer Youth Camp Dates:

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June 17-23: Sojourner, rising grades 3-5
June 24-June 30: Olympia, rising grades 6 & 7

July 1-7: Seeger, rising grades 8 & 9
July 8-14: Reeb, rising 10th grade through 2018 high-school graduates

August 2-5: Youth Astronomy Camp
UBarU is proud to offer its first youth astronomy camp! Over this long weekend campers ages 12-18 will be immersed in a variety of astronomy- related activities including nightly observing and star parties, learning how to recognize constellations to navigate the night sky, an introduction to imaging with smaller telescopes, solar viewing, and sky lore. Cost of the camp is $275 per camper if registered by June 1; $300 per camper after June 1st.

http://ubaru.org/home/SummerCamp

A week of camp at UBarU is a time to make new friends and reconnect with old friends. We swim in our beautiful limestone pool, ponder the Milky Way on clear evenings, do some community service, walk the labyrinth, and even learn a little about beekeeping. We will take a trip or two within the glorious Texas Hill Country and of course, we spend lots of time having FUN while we deepen our UU faith​.


Upcoming O.W.L. Training

Live Oak UU is planning an O.W.L. Training August 24-26. Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.) is a series of sexuality education curricula that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about sexual health. This workshop trains facilitators for young adult and adult O.W.L. Please talk to Laura Haygood if you are interested in this facilitator training. For more info go to this link: http://www.liveoakuu.org/2018-owl-facilitator-training/

For information about any of our Children’s RE offerings, contact DRE Laura Haygood (512-757-2773; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

SMUUF MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Week of Friday, June 15 - Thursday, June 21

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities

 

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Sewing Guild

Wednesday, June 20 (and every Wednesday)
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Allen Family home in Martindale
 
Contact: Ann Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Friday "Talk, Then Walk" - SUMMER SCHEDULE CHANGE

10:00 a.m.
Friday, June 22 (and every Friday)

For the month of June, we will meet at 9am at the outside tables of Redbud Roasters (169 South LBJ) and walk early, then have coffee.

For July and August, we will probably make weekly plans or have a hiatus due to the heat. Please feel free to email Garrie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Enjoy good company, conversation, refreshments and a healthy walk. Join us for walks we plan around the San Marcos River, Lower Purgatory, Ring Tail, Spring Preserve and other nature trails. Hope to see you there!


Interest Survey - Conference for People of the Global Majority (POGM)/People of Color (POC)

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Members Karen Muñoz and Marissa Fehler are excited to announce the planning of a conference for People of the Global Majority (POGM). This conference will invite UUs and UU-adjacent folk of the global majority to join and reflect upon our experience as UUs in a mostly white denomination. We are in the early stages of planning, and want to here from POGM in what you would like to have in a conference. Please feel free to forward to anyone you think would be interested in attending. Your information will only be used by the team of four representatives from SMUUF, First UU Austin and Wildflower UU (all of whom are POGM) for planning purposes.

Please click here to fill out the interest survey if you identify as Black/African Descent, Caribbean, Latinx/Hispanic, Aborigine/Pacific Islander, Indigenous/Native/American Indian, Southeast Asian, East Asian/West Asian, Middle Eastern/Arab, and/or Biracial/Multiracial.

If you are a white ally, we ask that you do not complete this form... we will seek out roles for you in the future.


SMUUF Choir

Following a break in June and July, we will resume rehearsals in August.

All singers and musicians are invited to become a part of the choir, which sings for worship about twice a month.

Contact: Gayle Gaston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Hospitality Teams get it done every Sunday!

A great way to get involved at SMUUF is by joining a Hospitality Team. For one month approximately every 7 months, each team provides the refreshments for the SMUUF service, sets up the building, and cleans everything up afterward. Then on the last Wednesday of that month, the team prepares and serves dinner for diners at the Southside Community Center. It's a wonderful way to meet other SMUUF members and get right into service with us.

You may click here to download a copy of the Hospitality Team duties.

For information about how to join, contact Chris Rambo at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


SMUUF Board Meeting Minutes available

The SMUUF Board of Trustees meet (most often) on the 4th Sunday of each month, and are open to all. If you would like to stay informed on what happens at board meetings, you are invited to access the Board Meeting minutes at any time. Please click here to access the 2017-2018 minutes on Google Drive. If you have trouble accessing Google Drive, please email Board Secretary Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she can assist or send to you directly.


Podcast Icon 75  Sermon Podcasts

Our most recent sermons are available on the website under the Past Sermons tab, and as podcasts from iTunes and Stitcher. Click the links to go to the SMUUF channels and subscribe. If you would like to listen to a past service not in the list of podcasts, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Automate Your Pledge

Tired of writing checks for your pledges? There are three ways you can avoid check writing, and never miss a monthly gift.

  1. If your bank has bill pay, you can set up an automatic monthly check to SMUUF directly from your bank. It's simple, and it costs you and SMUUF nothing, it should be a free service if offered by your bank.
  2. You can authorize a regular withdrawal (known as ACH) directly from your bank to ours.
  3. You can authorize a regular charge on a credit card that SMUUF can process.

For the latter two options, use our donation app to set up recurring payments either by credit card or direct deposit. It's painless!


Legacy Society

 

Leg·a·cy (lĕg′ə-sē) n. pl. leg·a·cies
1. Money or property given to another by will.
2. Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past.
 
If you are interested in learning how you might include SMUUF in your estate planning, whether it be large or small, contact Ivri Messinger (830-832-3572; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

COMMUNITY EVENTS INFORMATION

SMUUF to Sponsor Float in Juneteenth Parade Saturday, June 16

We will participate in this community event to commemorate when news of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation first reached the enslaved Africans in Texas and legally set them free. Sarah Wren is getting our float painted blue and having a blue-striped canopy made for it. There are ten chairs that fit on the float and, I believe, they are full. But if you have mobility issues and would like to ride on the float, let Jeannie Lewis know, and she will make room for you. Otherwise, come and march with us beside the float.

Gil Fulmer will be pulling the float and Billy Stokes will ride shotgun. If you are riding on the float (and will help us decorate), meet us at Jim Johnson's house at 119 S. Johnson Ave. The float is parked in the grassy alley beside his house. Be there by 8:45 a.m. — we will leave to go to Dunbar Park at 9:00 a.m. sharp.

If you will be marching with us beside the float, meet us at Dunbar Park, 801 W. MLK Drive, and look for our float with the blue-striped canopy. We are assigned to be #7 in line but may not be able to get in that position before the Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. We may have to weave our way in.

All, please wear your yellow SMUUF t-shirts! Contact Jeannie Lewis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (512) 353-2872, if you have any questions.


2018 Summer Dialogues for Activism

Fridays in June
LBJ Museum, 131 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos

Dialogues for Activism (DfA) seek to nurture discussions and communities dedicated to critical challenges of social change. Each session will be organized around three presenters – usually two activists and a scholar -- who will each introduce who they are, what work they do, and why they do it. Moderators will introduce speakers, ask follow-up questions of panelists, and encourage community discussion.

Presenters will speak for 5-10 minutes each, followed by questions from the moderator for 5-10 minutes, followed by questions and discussion with the community.

The 2018 Summer Dialogues for Activism are co-sponsored by the LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Philosophy Dialogue Series, Philosophy Department, Honors College, History Department, @JusticeTalkTXST, Lambda, Office of Disability Services, Mano Amiga, and the the San Marcos Cinema Club. 

June 8 was on Immigration

June 15 on Education

Dialogue 1: The Texas State Sit In - 9 am - 10:15 am

Claudia Gasponi, TXST Student Government

Monica Richerson, Lambda

Cassidy Wright, BSA

Moderator: Dr. Scott Bowman, TXST

MC/Greeter: Anne Halsey, SMCISD

Dialogue 2: Overcoming the School-to-Prison Pipeline - 10:30 am - 12 pm

Susan Seaton, Texas State Teachers Association

Joel Ware, Jr., Hays Co. Juvenile Center

Gary Fields, Jr., TXST

Moderator: Clem Cantu, SMCISD

MC/Greeter: Shannon FitzPatrick, TXST

June 22 on Community

Dialogue 1: Gentrification - 9 am - 10:15 am

Marlon Davis, San Antonio

Salena Santibañez, San Antonio

Dr. Shetay N. Ashford, TXST

Moderator: Tomas Diaz de Leon, TXST

MC/Greeter: Diann McCabe, League of Women Voters

Dialogue 2: Deliberative Dialogue on Equitable Housing - 10:30 am - 12 pm

Facilitator: Jo Ann Carson, TXST

A deliberative dialogue explores problems and policy options with small group breakout sessions

MC/Greeter: Melissa Millecam, LBJ Museum of San Marcos


The Point - UU Family Retreat

July 22-27, 2018
Lake Murray, OK

The Point is a customizable Unitarian Universalist retreat for all ages.

Imagine five days of UU covenant and community in a resort-like setting on the shores of Lake Murray in Oklahoma. The Point offers personal growth, faith renewal, learning opportunities, spiritual practices, community worship, music, excellent cuisine, sustainable practices, social gatherings (trivia, bingo, talent show, game night, star-gazing, s'mores and sing-alongs), outdoor activities, programming for all ages and interests, and an engaging theme speaker. Each day begins with worship and ends with a sunset talk, but how you spend your day is completely up to you!

We hope you can join us at Lake Murray, July 22-27, 2018!


UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events for all ages!

For more information and to register, visit www.ubaru.org and look under “events.”

UBarU Summer Camps for ages 8-18
2018 Summer Camp Dates:

June 17-23: Sojourner, rising grades 3-5

June 24-June 30: Olympia, rising grades 6 & 7

July 1-7: Seeger, rising grades 8 & 9

July 8-14: Reeb, rising 10th grade through 2018 high-school graduatesAugust 2-5: Youth Astronomy Camp ages 12-18

August 31- September 3: UBarU Labor Day Weekend Star Party 

A week of camp at UBarU is a time to make new friends and reconnect with old friends. We will swim in the beautiful limestone swimming tank, ponder the Milky Way on clear evenings, do some community service, walk the labyrinth, and take field trips to enjoy the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. And of course, we spend some time having fun while we deepen our UU faith.

 

SAHRING AND CARING

News Release: Annual Food Drive Stocks Pantry Shelves

Click here to view the news release, featuring the San Marcos Food Bank's recognition of SMUUF participation in the food drive.

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Pictured: SMUUF Members Jeannie Lewis, Gil Fulmer, Earlene Graham, Bev Stokes, Garrie Borden, and Sarah Wren at our plot at the Alamo Neighborhood Garden.

 


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