Highlights July 6, 2017

Winchester Unitarian Society
July 6, 2017
Upcoming Summer Worship Services

July 9:  Living Intentionally on the Internet, with Jo Jaquinta

July 16: Meeting the Beloved, with Deborah Morgan Bennett
July 23: The Spiritual in Art, with Nancy Scott Newhouse and John Kramer
All Sunday Reflections will be posted on the website and available in print.
Please sign up to usher this summer!  We need two ushers for every service through September 3rd.  Signup sheet in Symmes.

Summer Group Ministry and Spiritual Practice Opportunities

Please join our summer minister, Deb Morgan Bennett, on Tuesdays throughout the summer for:

Meditation and Conversation in the Garden

2:15–3:30 PM

We will pick an inspiring reading, piece of poetry or topic to meditate on and explore together. Feel free to bring possible readings or ideas for topics.
We will meet in the Meditation Garden unless it is raining.


Qi Gong for Health, Vitality and Stress Relief

6:45–8 PM

Qi Gong is the ancient Taoist practice of breathing, gentle stretches and flowing movements designed to awaken the body’s own healing energy while relaxing the mind.
No special equipment is required, just wear comfortable clothing and bring a curious mind.

Each week we will focus on different movements to address various health concerns, but all exercises are wonderful for general vitality, relaxation and spiritual attunement, so feel free to come to them all.
Each session will end with a meditative relaxation.

July 11: Qi Gong introduction and opening the breath

July 18: Stress Relief

July 25: Healthy Joints

August 1: Digestive Health

August 8: No class

August 15: Weight Loss

August 22: Buddha Palm (for healing self and others)

August 28: Longevity

July Office Hours

The office will be open regular hours 9 am- 5 pm, except as noted below:

Monday July 17  10 am – 2 pm

Tuesday, July 18 10 am – 2 pm

**Next Highlights will come out July 27. Submission deadline July 26 9 AM.**

The WUS website has a new look!
The content is mostly the same but will be updated and revised in the coming months.  If something is missing or out of date, let Alison know and please be patient.   Thanks are due to the very hard work of Tyson Kamikawa, Ryan Levering and previous Church Administrator Emily Soule.
Music News

Summer Choir: All are welcome to join the Summer Choir
for a fun, easy, and relaxed singing experience.


Summer choir rehearses at 9:45 am on Sunday July 9th, July 23rd,
August 6th & August 20th.


With a short and joyful rehearsal we usually sing something familiar or tuneful, a round,

an easy anthem, or even a hymn arrangement.

Did you know that Summer choir is one of the best things about the summer?!
We hope you will join us and please contact Music Director John Kramer

(john.kramer@winchesteruu.org) if you have any questions.

Grief Support Group Meeting

Wednesday, July 19th, 7:30-9:00 PM

The Grief Support Group is open to anyone in the community who has experienced loss and seeks a caring environment to process the complex feelings of grieving. If you have experienced a death of someone in your life and would like to explore your grief with other people who have also experienced loss, please consider attending a grief support group meeting.  Everyone makes his or her own individual journey after experiencing loss. Our group has found that by sharing our journeys with each other, we are strengthened and comforted.

The grief support meetings start with a reading and then a check-in by participants. You can say as much or as little as you feel comfortable saying (you can also choose to pass if you want.) Usually personal check-ins last a few minutes each and should be uninterrupted. Then the conversation opens up. The facilitator usually starts off this conversation with a topic or question to discuss. The meetings conclude at 9pm. Our meetings are confidential- we ask that everyone observe the guideline that what is said in a meeting, stays in the meeting.

Our summer student minister Deborah Morgan Bennett will be facilitating the meeting.

Please feel free to contact Karen Erikson 781-729-7249 or by emailKarenErikson@comcast.net if you would like more information OR just show up at a meeting. No RSVP needed.

Social Action News

The WUS Racial Justice Team, in partnership with the Winchester Multicultural Network, is screening Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13th” on Friday, July 7th at 7PM.  The title refers to the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution. Come explore the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. Discussion follows the screening.
Bring your friends!

Please support our local NAACP.

The Mystic Valley branch covers the towns of Arlington, Everett, Malden, Medford, Winchester, and Woburn. Their annual fundraising event is the Freedom Fund Breakfast, featuring Representative Katherine Clark, on July 27th, 9-11 AM at Century Bank, 400 Mystic Ave, Medford. To purchase tickets ($50) or to be listed as a supporter, send a check by July 16th to: Mystic Valley NAACP, P.O. Box 132, Medford, MA 02156.

See forms at the WUS Social Action table, or go to: www.mva-naacp.org

Follen UU in Lexington is showing Black Lives Matter-themed movies on Fridays this summer. Check www.follen.org for details.

The next Racial Justice Book Club meets Monday, September 11th at 10 AM. We will discuss: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Tatum. Future meeting times are flexible.

Claire McNeill is the contact person.


The UU Urban Ministry stays busy this summer with the following events and volunteer opportunities. To volunteer or drop off materials, contact MVenay@uuum.org.


Makanda Project jazz concert on July 8th, 1:30 PM. Go to uuum.org for details. Help coordinate child activities such as bean bag toss, face painting, popcorn machine, magician, etc.


Fair Foods each Saturday, 10:30 AM -2 PM, rain or shine.
Help unpack a truck or bag food to distribute.


Roxbury Youth Program needs easel pads, color paper, markers, post-it notes and scissors for the summer. You can ask RYP working with the Roxbury Historical Society to give you or a group a tour of Roxbury.

Ongoing Meditation

Meets almost every Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Meyer Chapel. Sitting from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Walking from 7:00 to 7:15 p.m. Discussion 7:15 to 7:30 p.m. Contact Ron Denhardt (rondenhardt@gmail.com) for info.

From Portland Oregon,
Ashley Bevan sends warm wishes
to her friends at WUS
(by way of Maggie Russell)! 
Winchester Unitarian Society  |  478 Main St. Winchester MA 01890
(781) 729-0949  |  office@winchesteruu.org  |  www.winchesteruu.org

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