October 2014 Newsletter of the Keweenaw  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    “We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”

Sunday Mornings at 10:30

BHK Building (700 Park Ave., Houghton).

Enter on North Side, off Waterworks Dr.

 


  October Event Schedule

 

Oct 5:  Coming Out--As Allies

We affirm and promote social justice. But we need to do more. We need to engage in SOCIAL ACTION!

 

Oct. 12: Service: “Think of a Minister, Not an Elephant.” A Workshop Follows. The KUUF welcomes Donna Dolham, UUA Settled Minister Facilitator from Maine.

No 2nd Sunday Forum in October due to scheduling conflicts.

 

Oct 19: Visitor Sunday/Open House

Once a year, we have an opportunity to invite our friends, neighbors, or colleagues to ask those questions they've always wanted to ask about Unitarian Universalism, and about this "fellowship" they've heard so much about!

     There will be a "Famous UUs" quiz; all music and readings will be by UUs.

 

Oct. 26: The Worship Committee Presents Halloween/Pagan Ritual

Inside this Issue:

·       Rev. Gabi’s In the Interim;

·       KUUF Financial Update;

·       Dare-To-Share Program;

·       Library News.

   “Are You What You Think?”

      In the interim, with Rev. Gabi

If you visit Times Square in New York, you will see many flashy, corporation, advertising signs. If someone asked you about a particular corporation, you wouldn’t just point to the sign and say, “That’s it.” A corporation is much more than just its sign.

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hen we think about who we are, we can make the mistake of confusing ourselves with what we think. We are more than our conscious thoughts, just as the corporation is more than its advertising sign. .

As you stand in Times Square looking at the electric signs, you aren’t conscious of the water at Niagara Falls flowing through a turbine generating the electricity to light the sign.

As you read my words “Times Square” and “Niagara Falls” your mind generates images, and those images may be associated with past events. They may have generated some emotional energy connected with your experiences or beliefs about those locations.

Probably you aren’t aware that your mind was doing this. So much of our physical and mental activity happens below our level of awareness that it makes no sense to identify our awareness of body and thought as who we are.

Report from the

 Finance

Committee

 
Thought is like a tool. You use it to navigate through and act upon your environment. Conscious thought is an instrument, but it is not you. You may have a nice toolbox, but you are not your tools. Similarly, the tip of the iceberg is not the iceberg. The foam at the crest of the wave is not the ocean. You are part of something much bigger than you think! You are energy and intelligence, a collection of systems within a collection of systems, processes within processes, part of the universe and inseparable from it.

Observe your own thoughts. Become aware of the thinking mind as an aspect of consciousness, but expand your awareness to include those aspects of being that are normally not in your awareness—the flow of your breath, the beating of your heart, the healing of a wound.

Include in your awareness the environment, the way that you exchange molecules with the atmosphere as you breathe. You orient yourself in space with the assistance of the gravity of the planet.

Bring into awareness all of the other humans who make your life possible and as comfortable as it is.

When you’ve had enough, just be still. Observe the space between breaths, between thoughts.

Be.       

Warmly,   Rev. Gabi

 

The KUUF November Newsletter Deadline is Tuesday, October 21st.  Send info to jackjobst@charter.net

               

      KUUF Finances to Date

We are now almost four months into Fiscal Year 2014/15.  This is a good time to provide a brief status report on KUUF income.

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he budget for this year includes $89,510 in pledges and several other income sources such as non-pledge cash in the Sunday basket, Econo receipts, and Keweenaw Community Foundation endowment income.

Through August (1/4 of the fiscal year), we received $34,312, or 38% of the annual total.  Typically some members write one check for their entire annual pledge in the summer, and that pattern is reflected in the 38% value.  We expect this will be offset by months with below average collections, again following the typical pattern.

 A graph follows for those of you who might want a more detailed look at the trend.

 

Thank you for your generous financial support.  Also, I want to thank Cindy Enderby (Treasurer) and Tammy Gajewski (Collector) for making it easy for me to report the numbers. 

 Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts.

Bill Leder,

Finance Committee Chair

 

 

Dare to Share Program Update

Our Dare to Share binder is out at every service; it is otherwise kept in our closet.

If you wish to borrow something, have wishes of things you would like to borrow, or if you have stuff to loan out, you will find all of this information in the binder. 

Please add sticky notes to update.  We hope to have this all online for your convenience soon.  This is a self-governing, friend-to-friend program. The directory of members is in front of binder.

Thank you for daring to share!

 

The Dalai Lama on Happiness

KUUF Library News,

 

with Bob Fiandt

How ya doing?  Would you like to increase the amount of happiness in your life?  The KUUF library has a new book that you might like to check out.

How to Be Compassionate:  A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace and a Happier World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins.  (2011, 147 pages)

 

Happiness (Continued)

The basic idea of happiness, according to the Dalai Lama, “lies in being intimately concerned with the welfare of others.”  This is compassion. 

The author has chapters on compassion as the origin of relationships, the path of alleviation, the foundation of equality, and the support of human rights.

The Dalai Lama cites a crucial fact—“other sentient beings want happiness and do not want suffering, just as you do, which makes everyone equal.”  The goal of society is compassionate improvement of all from moment to moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“If you are able, you should help others.  If you are not able, you should at least not harm others.”  His impassioned request is that you exercise compassion regardless of your religious beliefs.

How do we encourage the development of compassion, and happiness, in our daily lives? The Dalai Lama provides a number of exercises and meditations that make his ideas more accessible.  His book is ready for check-out.