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July 15, 2018

“Which is Worst?”

Rev. Marisol Caballero

A favorite comedy podcast of mine, Unhappy Hour, has a segment called, “Which is Worst.” (Poor grammar intended.) It’s a silly version of the game, “Would You Rather?,” yet from today’s headlines of national and global evils, I increasingly find myself wondering if we aren’t presented each day with a menu of: bad, worse, worst. Is it possible to have a faith-filled response without ruining our health, hardening our hearts, and abandoning hope?

Rev. Marisol Caballero is a Tejana from Austin, lifelong Unitarian Universalist, and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary. She currently serves the Unitarian Universalist Association's Faith Development Office as Faith Innovation Specialist. Within UU circles, Marisol serves on the Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) Executive Committee, most recently co-creating and organizing the Global Majorities Collective, a project that intends to create a distinct UU People of Color religio-cultural expression. She has also co-founded the Central Texas UUs of Color group that meets monthly and co-facilitates a small group People of Color ministry in connection with The Church of the Larger Fellowship. Within her local community, Marisol is also a co-founder of W.M.E.N. (Women Ministers' Empowerment Network), an organization of progressive clergywomen of color in Central Texas, serves on the board of Just Texas, an interfaith reproductive justice advocacy group, and is an active member of the Austin Justice Coalition.

 
30th

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

Donate the Plate Sunday - Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos

CentroCulturalSMUUF will take up a collection to Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos this Sunday.

The mission of Centro is to serve as a community beacon for the preservation, development, promotion and celebration of the Hispanic arts, culture and heritage.
Centro is a social-educational enterprise that works to document the past, respond to the present and build the future of San Marcos, Texas. The work of Centro is centered on a community-development framework and is dedicated to serving the people.

Centro addresses the SMUUF’s social justice mission in the area of “historically marginalized groups.” Centro is the cultural center of the Mexican American community in San Marcos. The history of experiences shared in Centro as the former school building (known as the “Mexican School,” the Southside School, Bonham Elementary and Bonham Pre-K) bring together the community in a place of learning from then and now.

SMUUF is pleased to have partnered with Centro for several years now. Gloria Salazar, Centro Program Coordinator, will attend our Sunday service to tell us more about Centro and how our donation will be used.

Please give generously. All loose cash in the collection plate will be donated to Centro. If you write a donation check to Centro, make it out to SMUUF with Centro in the Memo Line.


Nostimo

Fantastic UU Diners (FUUDies)

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 SCHEDULE

There will be no children's RE before the service. Children's RE will resume September 9th.

Childcare will be provided during service for all ages throughout the summer, beginning at 11:00 am.

 

Thank you to all who participated in our Jedi Academy Summer Camp!

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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.

Coming of Age Retreat for 8th-10th grade

First UU San Antonio's DRE is planning a Coming of Age retreat for students in 8th-10th grade. They have invited us to be a part of it. It will be held at UBarU on September 14-16. The cost would be $80. Contact Laura Haygood if you are interested.

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.) FYI, she will be traveling through the end of July so her response will be delayed.


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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 remaining dates:

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.

 

SMUUF MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Week of Friday, July 13 - Thursday, July 19

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities

 

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SPEAK YOUR TRUUTH! People of the Global Majority (POGM) UU Conference

Saturday, August 4, tentatively 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
ACC Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Please click here to fill out the interest survey if you identify as a non-white, biracial, or multi-racial person of the global majority.

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.

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.


Overnight Trip to McAllen Detention Center with SMUUF Sewing Guild - Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11

Next meeting: Sunday, July 15 at 12:30 pm
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Sign up to take on a task, or find donation information below.

A Border Action in McAllen for Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.

The trip is sponsored by the San Marcos UU Fellowship with Mano Amiga. Jordan Buckley and Karen Muñoz will conduct planning meetings and trainings for the event. The next meeting is Sunday, July 15 at 12:30, in the sanctuary where the Unitarian Church meets. Karen and Jordan will notify everyone of the next meetings and the training session(s).

The plan, currently, is to leave for the McAllen detention center early the morning of August 10. We will attempt to deliver hand made quilts to the children and families detained there. If we are not allowed to do this the quilts will be taken to the Respite Center managed by Scared Heart Church of McAllen. We have approximately 75 quilts to deliver and will have more by August 10.

The primary purposes of this event: get the quilts to children in detention; failing that to the children at the Respite Center; draw attention to the plight of the children in detention so people will remain united in their efforts to assist them through this traumatic time; learn more about what our government is doing to the children.

Jordan and Karen will provide training for how to deal with the detention officials.

Each of the persons at the meeting this Sunday signed up for a task to make this trip a reality. This message is going to many of you who were not able to attend. We need your help. We want to involve other faith based and secular groups who want to help.

Please review the list below and decide how you might want to help. Then contact one of the persons who has already signed up for working on the task. Or come to the meeting next Sunday and decide how you might want to participate.

TASKS

Child Health/Mental Health
Mark Rumple This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Food/Drinks
Becky Allen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fund Raising
June Hankins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jeanne Garthwaite This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Checks should be made out to Mano Amiga, and should state, on the “For” line, “McAllen Action.”

If you would like to mail a check, please address it as follows:
June Hankins
P. O. Box 665
San Marcos, Texas 78667

Your donations will help defray travel expenses for participants and, if understood correctly, support the Respite Center, as well.

Legal Counsel
Karen Muñoz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lucha Silva This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lodging
Romelia Excamilla This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rhoda Sterling This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jeanne Garthwaite This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meditation Chain
Earlene Graham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 512-395-5313

Meditation chain by those not going to McAllen to support the group in McAllen. Contact Earlene Graham to sign up to participate.

Media
Jordan Buckley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Outreach
Claudia Gasponi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Michael Hannon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jeanne Garthwaite This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Signs
Michael Hannon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Training
Jordan Buckley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Karen Muñoz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Transportation
Karen Muñoz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sarah Wren This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
June Hankins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lynn Williams This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the next two weeks please address questions to one of the contact persons on this list. Karen Brown will be out of town and you won’t be able to reach her.

Thank you all, for your concern for these children and families.


Volunteers needed for Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Campaign

Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, Attends CIAF Retreat

The Corridor Interfaith Alliance for Families (CIAF) held a day-long retreat at El Bun Pastor United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 30, in San Marcos. Jeannie Lewis attended, representing SMUUF.

Faith communities along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio are joining together to better understand the issues that the families of our communities are experiencing in their daily lives. The whole corridor is rapidly growing and changing, creating new pressures on our families, such as available affordable housing, the rising cost of living, education, immigration issues, health care, and infrastructure. CIAF trains people to work together, develop effective solutions and work with public officials to create change for the better.

CIAF is currently planning a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Campaign to inform potential voters about the issues CIAF will be focusing on this election season. CIAF is non-partisan and doesn't support or oppose candidates or parties, but they do support issues they agree are important to corridor families.

Jeannie has been asked to recruit four volunteers who will help spread the word about these issues. Contact Jeannie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (512) 353-2872 for more information. Get involved and help "Get Out The Vote" for this very important election.


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Following a break in July and August, we will resume meeting in the fall.

The Sewing Guild meets at the Allen Family home in Martindale on Wednesday afternoons 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

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"

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!


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.


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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

 

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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

Local Girl Scout Troop 1509 collecting donations for families at the Texas-Mexico border

Here is the information for a drive Girl Scout Troop 1509 is gathering. Contact Samantha Casertano for more information. She can take drop offs at her house this weekend, or at church on Sunday. They are working on a shipping situation, but will be gathering items to sort and ship to the Rio Grande Valley soon.

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley Humanitarian Respite Center needs the following items:

  • Toiletries for men and women (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, etc)
  • Shoes (sandals, tennis shoes, loafers, etc) for men, women, children and infants of all sizes
  • Clothes (pants, t-shirts, blouses, underclothing, etc) for children and adults of all sizes
  • Baby supplies for toddlers (Pampers, baby wipes, baby bottles, etc.)
  • Sealed snack food (granola bars, chips, peanut butter & cheese crackers, etc)
  • Gift cards to purchase food items
  • Phone cards
  • Plastic bags for families to pack sandwiches, snacks, and water for their trip.

You can also send your donations to Humanitarian Respite Center directly: 

c/o Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
700 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd
San Juan Tx 78589
956-702-4088

Please specify that your donation is for the Humanitarian Center.


SMUUF Social Justice Action Alert Sign-up Sheets Available at Church Sunday

Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, will have sign-up sheets at church this Sunday for anyone who is interested in receiving emailed social justice action alert messages. These will be mostly local activities you can participate in, but not always. If you have already signed up last year (we have 40 email addresses on our list), and you received an email this week, you do not need to sign up again. If you won't be at church and want to sign up, send a message to Jeannie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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.” 

Cabins for rent. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange.

UBarU Summer Camps for all ages
2018 Summer Camp remaining dates:

August 2-5: Youth Astronomy Camp ages 12-18

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

October 5-7: Women's retreat
October 19-21: Men's retreat

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

Delegate Action at UUA General Assembly

Many thanks to SMUUF Board of Trustees members Karen Muñoz and Jordan Buckley, and Children's RE teacher DayAnn Pazmino, for representing SMUUF at the annual General Assembly. Karen and Jordan served as voting delegates.

Karen & Jordan also worked with UURISE -- the non-profit of UUs fighting for immigration justice -- in crafting an "Action of Immediate Witness (AIW)" calling for the outright abolition of ICE & an end to separating & detaining immigrant families.

Karen did a superb job delivering a powerful case to the General Assembly (a few thousand observers) of why as a faith body we should embrace the statement, which was then voted on by delegates. Of six prospective AIWs proposed to the Assembly, theirs had the most votes!

Unitarian Universalist Association Calls for The Abolition of ICE (Click here to view the press release at uua.org)

KANSAS CITY, MO—With an overwhelming majority, delegates at the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly adopted an Action of Immediate Witness calling for the abolition of ICE and the end of family separation and detention of asylum seekers. The resolution calls for the “Abolition of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the implementation of a system that understands the causes for migration, provides a non-carceral solution while asylum seekers await a decision on their case, and has a fundamental commitment to keeping families together.”


SMUUF Member Melissa Wabnitz featured in San Marcos Daily Record

Grab a copy of the Sunday, June 24 issue of the San Marcos Daily Record... we are proud to have SMUUF member Melissa Wabnitz featured as a Guest Columnist. The article is titled "Running shoes (or how I learned about desparation)". Congratulations on the feature, Melissa! The article is pictured below:

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