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ALUUC Focus Newsletter
The ALUUC newsletter, published monthly, provides up-to-date information about the Congregation, including Sunday services, regular and special events, Minister and Board President columns, small group gatherings, Religious Education & Social Action news, leadership contact information and the monthly financial update. Links to current and past newsletters in PDF format are below. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view our newsletters. Download a free copy of Adobe Reader here.
To receive the Newsletter, contact Mike Haynes at email@ALUUC.org. For questions, comments or submissions to the newsletter, contact Linda Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for newsletter submissions is generally the 20th of the month.
ALUUC Latest News
The ALUUC received notice (August 31, 2010) that it has, once again, been recognized by
the Unitarian Universalist Association as an “Honor Congregation 2009-2010” for our full financial
support through contributions to the UUA Annual Program Fund. The letter-of-recognition
indicates that: “The UUA is keenly aware that the recent economic recession has posed
great challenges, and despite the challenges that your own congregation may have faced, your
congregation made the choice to contribute at the full requested level. This conveys a commitment
to fulfilling our mission of support to your convenental partners, the 1,050 member
congregations that bring our Unitarian Universalist principles and values out into the world.”
On behalf of the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Springfield, we wish to extend our full support to our neighbors and friends within the Islamic community. We further offer our best wishes to you as you celebrate the end of Ramadan.
As a religious community, we are appalled by recent events across the nation that have sought to marginalize your community and demonize your religious tradition.
We condemn any violence directed toward our Muslim brothers and sisters; we further condemn the desecration or destruction of the Quran. Finally, we support the effort currently under way to establish a new Islamic community center in New York City.
It is our great hope that unlimited acts of good faith planted by people from the many religious traditions will eventually supplant the finite seeds sown by others through ignorance and hatred.
We do not doubt that such a goal will require much effort but we are confident in our eventual shared success: to paraphrase the Rev. Theodore Parker, a 19th century Unitarian minister who toiled for social justice, “The arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” We share his faith, and we trust that by acting justly towards one another, with loving mercy, and walking together, we may all further the blessings of Creation.
Kurt DeWeese, president of the Board of Directors
Rev. Martin E. Woulfe, minister,
Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Springfield