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November 2014 Blog Posts (6)

Heart to Heart: Reflections On Ferguson

Dear Members and Friends,

As we've  watched the tragic events of Ferguson Missouri play out in the media over the past few months, it has now sadly drawn to a close with the end result not unlike so many scenarios witnessed in the past. Our system of justice is badly flawed when this outcome is deemed JUST.

As a religious leader one of the roles that I feel very strongly about is that of comforter, but it’s difficult to comfort or be comforted in times such as these,…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on November 26, 2014 at 11:22am — No Comments

A Ferguson Reflection

On August 9, 2014, Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in broad daylight. Official autopsy reports indicate that Michael Brown was shot six times. On Monday November 24, prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that a Missouri grand jury decided that there was no probable cause for criminal charges against Officer Wilson. This announcement came only a few days after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a police officer in…

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Added by Ranwa Hammamy on November 25, 2014 at 4:44pm — No Comments

another "Ferguson" reflection...

Dear friends,

We have been rocked by the news of the past 24 hours regarding events in Ferguson MO. So much has been written about the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in August, and the demonstrations and violence and witness events that followed.

Many of us are heartbroken over the seeming failure of our justice system in not indicting the man who shot an unarmed teenager and killed him. But the "system" worked, as it often does, in a way that seems unjust - if…

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Added by Susan Veronica Rak on November 25, 2014 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Loving Up to Our Potential

“You were made from love, to be love, to spread love.” Every once in a while when I need a pick me up, I watch Kid President’s “Letter to a Person on their First Day Here.” It is filled with nuggets of wisdom that help to remind me that life is inherently beautiful, and that we all have worth simply because we exist. The line above is my favorite. It speaks of our origins, our essence, and our purpose, all of which he names as that…

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Added by Ranwa Hammamy on November 20, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Flower Donations for November / December

Celebrate. Honor. Beautify.

Donating flowers is a great way to honor a loved one or celebrate a momentous occasion while simultaneously adding the beauty and color of flowers to our church services. When the service is finished, take the flowers home with you to enjoy. You may also include a special message about the person you're honoring or event you're celebrating which will be printed in the order of service and read during the sharing of joys and concerns.

The…

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Added by Eva Baker on November 7, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Good News for Parking!

Parking Update for First Unitarian Church

Parking restored along 22nd Street, extended to Chestnut Street

We would like to thank those of our First Church family who drive to Sunday service and events for their patience and crucial feedback throughout the past several months. Despite a longstanding, 1993 arrangement with the Streets Department, a handful of members…

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Added by Michael McKee on November 6, 2014 at 1:56pm — No Comments

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