Thursday, April 29, 2010

Recent happenings....

Picture to the left: The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover on the evening of April 24, 2010.

Lots of interesting happenings lately at the UUCiA -- and at the UUA, with UUCiA folks participating...

First, last Saturday night on April 24, we had "An Evening of Irish Literature and Music", featuring UUCiA friend Thomas Rice doing readings from his memoir, Far from the Land. Readings from the book were interspersed with musical performances by Rose Clancy (of the Clancy family tradition, on fiddle and mandolin) accompanied by Stuart Pete (on guitar and tin whistle).

Above, Picture to the Left: Thomas Rice starts his reading... Picture to the Right: Rose Clancy and Stuart Peet begin to play...

It was truly a wonderful evening, lots of fun... One of my favorite moments was when Thomas surprised us all by jamming (playing harmonica) with Rose and Stuart. They sounded great together!

To purchase Thomas Rice's book, Far from the Land -- and to benefit the UUCiA in the process -- click this link.

Yesterday, April 28, was also a big day. It started out with three of us (two adults and one youth) participating in the UU Mass Action Network's Advocacy Day. The day began at the UUA "headquarters" at 25 Beacon Street, with some training and education. Speakers included State Senator Susan Tucker (a member of the UUCiA, as a matter of fact) and State Representative Byron Rushing.

Picture to the left: Nancy Banks, Executive Director of the UU Mass Action Network, introduces State Rep. Byron Rushing.

All three of us UUCiA participants learned a lot and had a meaningful day. The fifth principle of Unitarian Universalism is "The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large", and Advocacy Day fit into this quite nicely.

We had a chance to speak up for homeless prevention programs, climate change prevention programs, health equity programs, and transgender rights.

It was a full and inspiring day!

Then, later yesterday evening, it was back to the UUCiA and the "Full Moon Drumming Circle". These drumming circles are so much fun -- so healing and uplifting. Don't miss the next one, on May 26. All are welcome!