River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation

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This Sunday, Jan 26, 2020

Service: 9:15 & 11:15am
Broken Systems, Whole Hearts
Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, Senior Minister

“I don’t do systems,” a colleague of mine recently reflected. I think this person was expressing a desire to stay away from the bigger picture of today’s complex problems and look just to the individual level. Today we’ll look at what it is to “do systems” faithfully, looking at the whole picture – perhaps without being too overwhelmed. If the whole system is broken, what does faithful living call us to do? We’ll also introduce UU the Vote, our Association’s nonpartisan Get Out the Vote efforts for 2020.

Contemporary Issues Forum (CC&C): 10:25am
Bridging Worlds: A Lebanese Arab-American Woman’s Story
Hala Buck, author, counselor, artist, and educator

RRUUC member Hala Buck shares what it’s like to leave her country of birth and her Lebanese Muslim/Christian family and spend 31 years with her Foreign Service husband in seven Arab countries and Canada. Uprooted every 2-3 years, all the while bridging cultures, Hala’s is a personal and a universal story – a search for a sense of belonging and “home.” Art and poetry were her guides providing insights into her mixed identity as a human bridge helping people cross over to understand each other. Her book offers fresh perspectives and a timely message that diversity and unity need not be at odds.

Contemporary Issues Forum: RRUUC's, The Forum, also known as Coffee, Controversy & Conversation (CC&C) is held Sundays at 10:25am between the first and second services in the Fireside Room. It includes subjects from social justice issues to the arts.  The Forum takes a hiatus for the summer (June, July, August) and returns mid-September.