Murray Unitarian Universalist Church | 505 North Main St | Attleboro, MA 02703
August 31, 2017
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"Building Interfaith Bridges"

Caleigh Grogan

In such a polarized country it can seem impossible to make progress and produce change in line with our UU principles. I believe interfaith work is one way we can begin to overcome this feeling. There are people of different faiths who share our passion for justice, and building bridges across faith boundaries allows us to harness more energy to use for progressive transformation.

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"Ingathering: Water Communion"

Rev. Gretchen Weis

We gather once more to begin a new church year together. Please bring a water sample, a symbol of how you spent your summer, to add to our shared water communal bowl. It doesn't matter where your water sample comes from - half a world, or a state or two away, or from the kitchen sink, or the garden hose in your own back yard. As we gather, let us celebrate It is good to be together once again. And, special thanks to the wonderful folks from the Religious Services Committee who provided such rich, thoughtful and inspiring worship all summer long!


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School Dance
  by Roger Boucher

It was the monthly school dance and everyone in the freshman class had  to go. There was not a mark for this activity, however your report card  would reflect participation or not, somewhere. Rather than test whether  the school gossip was accurate, everyone usually went. This was  February the fifth Hop, as they were called. After five months, most everyone had danced some and grown comfortable in this social setting. 

Now three boys, Carl, Clifford and Eddie had not danced, they had residence seats on the boy's side of the gym. The few times they had danced, it had been ladies choice. Their efforts so awkward they were not asked again that month. With bravado and big talk, they had vowed this would be the month they asked a girl to dance, but which one? They were huddled together tonight as though an anchor had them restrained. Last dance was coming up and the whole gym was a buzz on whose song would be picked this month.               

It was the Platter's, "Only You," with big smiles lighting up on the girl's side. The three boys had waited all night for the right time and it had to be now as this was last dance. They stood up, looking across the floor at the prospects left over. Trying to look unnoticeable and nonchalant, for they had each practiced in front of a mirror at home on asking a girl to dance. Their choices at this point had gone from numerous to realistically, not so many, but they did single out three girls that they noticed hadn't been asked to dance very much tonight, thus upping their chances for success and fore filling their pledge to each other. The boys were not practiced dancers so they really could not dance very well.               

Carl nodded to Clifford who in turn nodded to Eddie and with a thumbs up they began the long walk across the dance floor. They had attempted this once before and chickened out with maybe the third month still on their mind, they moved forward. Once across, Carl moved over to be standing in front of Marilyn, with Clifford standing in front of Judy and Eddie having to move way down to Alejandra.               

Carl fumbled through asking Marilyn to dance and allowed that it would be okay if she didn't want to. The curious asking probably pushed her to say yes. Marilyn was a little taller than Carl, but he had earlier reasoned that he was still growing and that problem would be solved. He hoped Marilyn would fill out up top a little more also, but they were both young, though her girlfriends looked quite nice. Carl was a pretty good dancer at the slow dances and could even talk while he moved his feet.               

Clifford was really nervous, even before their long walk across the dance floor, and here he was standing in front of Judy. She readily agreed to dance assuming that was why Clifford was standing there. They moved to dance with Clifford uneasy at the closeness, as Judy was developed more than most girls in their class and was the topic of many wonderings in the boy's basement. He was not a good dancer and being in this close with all his girl wonderings drifting to this moment his feet were like lead as he excused himself, seeming to not know what was wrong. Meanwhile Judy's ponytail bobbed freely and her chatter unable to pry more than a half dozen words from him.               

Lastly Eddie after moving past ten or twelve girl's hopeful for a dance, thought to himself, had the other boys bailed for the second time, he would have also, but this was it, life would never be the same for him. He stood in front of Alejandra. She had long black hair and a rose tucked in her hair beside her ear, she also spoke with an accent, but was easily understood accepting Eddie's request for a dance. This was the girl that all the boys made fun of. She was dark skinned, Mexican he thought and was really pretty. 

Eddie was not a good dancer, and why would he be, he never danced. He fessed up right away and asked Alejandra if she could show him a few quick steps to get them going. I will tell you a secret, the boy leads, but for this dance, you follow me. You'll see it will be easy and soon Eddie looked like a dancer. She talked and asked questions, soon the dance was over and they were still out on the dance floor. Eddie looked at Alejandra, sorry. You did very well she said as she leaned in and kissed Eddie on the cheek, thanking him for the dance. When he walked her back to her seat, she was smiling and winked at Eddie when he said goodnight thanking her for the dance.               

All three boys made the walk back to the boy's side, the dance floor walk did not seem to be as long this time. Clifford looking at the others. "We did it! We broke the ice."               

Carl bumped Clifford's shoulder. "We are men now! We can ask anyone to dance now." Pumping his fist with Clifford. They looked at Eddie, for he had been quiet on the walk back across the dance floor. "She was a disappointment, Huh?" Carl reasoned.               

"No, no she was fun. I had a good evening, I mean dance. Her name is Alejandra, I liked her."

               "You did?" Clifford questioned. "Who puts a rose in their hair?

               "Yeah." Said Carl. "It wasn't even real."  
Thank you to Roger Boucher and the Murray Writers' Circle for contributing work featured on the front page of our summer newsletters!
Don't Forget to Gather a Water Sample!
Our first service of the new church year will be on Sunday, September 10th. It is our annual ingathering water communion service. As we come together, people are invited to bring a small sample of water, representing how you spent your summer, to add to our shared communal bowl. It doesn't matter where your water sample comes from - from half a world or a state or two away, or from the garden hose in your own back yard!
Don't forget to Register for

Religious Education!

The Religious Education Program is ready for a great new year!  
Please register your child(ren) using the links below. This year we have gone paperless and are using Google Docs.
As we begin a new year, please feel free to call or email me about any thoughts or ideas you may have. Also, If you have any input about last year please contact Kavita at, as feedback is always appreciated! Thank you.
Donations Needed for RE
The RE Program is in need of the following for our upcoming September Bake Sale:
1 bag of large marshmallows

4 bags of chocolate chips

1 box of Chex cereal or a generic type

2 bags of mini pretzel twists

Thank you for your support!

Sep. 13:
Are you interested in spiritual deepening?
Our Soul Matters small groups are about to start back up again for the new church year. 
We currently have two groups, who meet on the second Wednesday and the third Thursday of the month. Using the Soul Matters curriculum, each month we explore a particular provocative theme or topic, working through whatever reflections, questions or exercises speak to us, and we share our work with the group. This month, we are going to explore, what does it mean to be a people of "yes?"


If you are interested in joining a Soul Matters group, now is the time! 

Please contact Rev. Gretchen to learn more:

Circle of Life...

Bev Hall finally had her other hip replaced and she couldn't be happier. "It's terrific!" and she's doing well. After a short stay at Life Care she's recuperating at home doing her PT exercises faithfully so she can rejoin us for church activities as soon as possible. 

D.J. Campbell is at home, recuperating after a brief hospitalization, getting stronger everyday.


Cards are welcome! Please refer the the current Church Directory or contact the Church Office for more information!

This information has been shared with the knowledge and permission of those involved.
We have a great need for the following items:
                         - Personal Care Items
                            i.e., shampoo, bath & hand soap, lotion, deodorant, etc.
                         - Dental Care Items,
                            i.e., toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash, toothpaste

                         - Paper Grocery Bags


Thank you for your continued support!

Murray Church Food Pantry Team 
Do Not Leave Holiday Fair Donations 
In Fellowship Hall
Please don't leave Holiday Fair donations in Fellowship Hall. We have very limited storage, so it's best to hold onto your items until the fair is closer. If you have donations that can't wait, please contact Greg Wehmeyer at to coordinate a time to put the items in one of our storage containers.
Refurbishing Fellowship Hall
The Property Committee is looking for people to help develop a plan for refurbishing Fellowship Hall. This will include things such as lighting, entrance ways, windows and floors, and developing a cost estimate and time frame for completing the work. It is the Property Committee's hope that Fellowship Hall can become one of the 'jewels' of Murray Church.
Please contact Tom Stuart at, or Rob Hasselbaum at, if you are interested in participating with this team.
This message is brought to you by the 

Membership/Welcoming Committee and the RE Parents:

Coffee Hour Welcomes a New Coordinator 
and a New Flavor this Year!
Monica Weil
Please welcome the new coffee hour coordinator Monica Weil! You will hear from Monica to sign up for coffee hour soon. Check your calendar and get your preferred Sunday. Instructions and a brief orientation/training are always available - just ask! Monica will receive support and assistance from Barbara Clark and Sheila Jacobs, as needed. Monica can be reached at

We are excited to announce that we have simplified our multi-generational coffee hour together beginning September 10th. This means that everyone, adults and children alike, will enjoy the same snacks and treats. The hot beverages will continue to be served separately. Hosts will prepare coffee, tea and water pitchers, and hot chocolate packets will be available. Feel free to bring a single serve juice, if you wish, for your child. 

Remember: snacks and treats can be very simple and may be one or two items. Bought or baked is always fine. You are not expected to provide a full appetizer/snack menu.  Feel free to ask a friend or another family to co-host with you. It's fun - just ask the Weil Family!


We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday, September 10th or soon.
Can You Donate Ingredients 

for the Cookie Workshop?

Below is the list of items the bake shop needs to once again produce the abundance of yummy goods. Cookie Workshops will be on most Tuesday & Saturday mornings beginning on Saturday, September 16th. Donations can be left in the church kitchen.

Thank you kindly in advance!
Vanilla Extract
Toffee Baking BitsFlaked Coconut
Peanut ButterUnsweetened Chocolate
Rice CrispiesDried Cranberries
Dark Chocolate ChipsHershey Hugs
Semisweet Chocolate ChipsWhite Chocolate Chips
M&M'sHershey Kisses
Chopped WalnutsButterscotch Chips
PecansHershey Candy Cane Kisses 
Please feel free to start bringing in donations!
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Calling All Cookie Monsters!
Cookie Workshops start on Saturday, September 16th. Workshops are scheduled on Tuesday & Saturday mornings culminating in the cookie bake-off sessions that begins on November 6th. Sign-up, help out and have fun! Interested? Please see Tom or Sandy Stuart, Laurie Lawes, Donna Seagrave or Ron Lefebvre.

Yoga at Murray

The yoga group will meet intermittently during the summer. If you aren't a regular participant please contact Barbara to make sure we're meeting on a particular Monday:

Barbara Clark at, 
from August 28th -- September 4th.
Sep. 7:
Help Save a Life: Donate Blood 

Thursday, September 7th 

at Murray Church!

We are excited to partner again with the Red Cross 

as a blood donation center on 

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 

from 1 pm -- 6 pm in Fellowship Hall


Help save a life by giving the gift of life! You can read about the blood giving process on the Red Cross website: If you are a regular blood donor, please check your eligibility schedule and plan to be with us on that date. If you have not given blood before, please review the details on the Red Cross website and determine if you are eligible. Please tell your other family members, friends and neighbors and invite them as well. We recruit donors in advance and help with scheduling their appointments. 

Our goal for this blood drive is to collect at least 53 donations. 
We would like to exceed this number if possible and establish Murray Church 

as a regular donation site for the surrounding 

There is an urgent need for blood in our area and we hope you are able and willing to give at this our third blood drive in 2017! Please see the Red Cross flyer in the newsletter and follow the instructions on it to go to their website and make your appointment.


For more information, 

please contact Jim Richardi at 

if you need any help or advice with the process. 

Sep. 12:
Murray Men's Lunch Bunch
Inviting all Murray men to join us for lunch, the second Tuesday of each month at Morin's Diner in downtown Attleboro. This is a very informal gathering for conversation and fellowship. No reservation required, just come as you are.
The next luncheon is on Tuesday, September 12th at noon.
Look for us in the back room of Morin's, if you don't see us -- just ask!
Sep. 13:
HELP NEEDED to Unload Food Delivery Trucks
    We receive food twice a month, and we need help  receiving the delivery. Food pick-up times are   the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month. The  trucks need to be unloaded requiring some lifting.                           
  This is one way Murray reaches out and is visible in  the community, but it takes many volunteers to   receive and distribute the food. If there are any  strong bodies available on those days who would  like a light workout, please contact: 
Roger Boucher at 508-838-8249, or email  at
Thank you!
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Sep. 16:
  • Everyone welcome, including children of all ages.
  • Bring a dish that serves 6-8 people, plus a serving utensil. Our Muslim friends request that no pork or alcohol be served, including no use of alcohol in preparing a dish. As a courtesy for those with food concerns, please provide an index card listing all of the ingredients in your dish. 
  • Bring chairs and outdoor picnic blankets. 
  • Bring outdoor games and activities (frisbees, hoola hoops, volley ball, croquette, horse shoes, etc.) 
  • Please dress with respect for our Muslim friends - crew neck short sleeve tops, polo shirts, bermuda shorts and capri pants are acceptable attire.
This event is sponsored by several congregations of varying faiths 

-- hope to see you there!


NOTE: In the case of rain, the event will be cancelled!

Sep. 17:
Waking Up White Book Discussion Group
Sunday, September 17 following Worship
11:30 am in the John Murray Room
Debbie Irving
This summer's church read was Waking Up White by Debby Irving, to explore the ideas of dominant culture and white privilege. Our first book discussion group will be held on Sunday, September 17th following worship in the John Murray Room. Please grab a cup of coffee at coffee hour and head to the John Murray Room to begin our exploration of the first 5 chapters, pp. 1-26. Rev. Gretchen will be facilitating our discussion.
Sep. 22:
The Opioid Crisis
A presentation at 

7 pm in the 

Unity Room 

at Murray Church.

Sep. 23:
AWAKE: A Dream from Standing Rock
Join Us on Saturday, September 23rd

6 pm in the Unity Room at Murray Church

to view the film and participate in panel discussion.

Stay tuned for more information.

Sep 24:
Calling all Writers -- 

Consider joining us in the Writers' Circle


Whether you've been writing for a while, or you have a writer in you that has just started making an appearance, you are welcome! If you are a free-thinking writer, a meticulous writer, a clumsy writer, a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer, an intentional writer, a thoughtful writer, a spontaneous writer, you are welcome! Whether you love to share your work or you're a bit shyer and selective about sharing, you are welcome! Please join us for our monthly Writer's Circle, starting on Sunday, September 24th from 11:30 am -- 1:00 pm in Harmony Hall. 

If you are interested and/or you have any questions about our circle, 

please contact Heidi Ferreira at

From Green Sanctuary

Recycling Tips

Religious education teaches us that we are all part of nature, not separate from it, and that all of it is sacred. Each of our small acts creates a ripple effect. Many small acts together create a wave.
DO recycle clean and dry plastic containers; they do not require a symbol.

    DO NOT recycle toxic product containers, or containers over 5 gallons in size.
For plastics recycling chart click [HERE]
Murray recycling Do's and Don'ts are stipulated by our recycling contractor. They may not be the same as your city or town.
Sep. 28:

  From Green Sanctuary

Hokule'a:  Malama Honua 
(Caring for Island Earth), 

with voyager Rex Lokeni 

Thursday, September 28th at 6:30 pm 

at Attleboro Public Library, Balfour Room

The Hokule'a is a traditional Polynesian sailing vessel that recently completed a 3-year worldwide voyage to promote caring for our Island Earth in the face of rising seas and other climate change impacts, especially as it relates to indigenous communities. [see also] Our speaker, Rex Lokeni, is Native Samoan and was on the Hokule'a crew. He now lives in Attleboro. To register click [HERE].

This event is co-sponsored by Attleboro Area SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice) and Attleboro Area Sustain-Ability Group, which is a community-based offshoot of our Murray Church Green Sanctuary program.

Sep. 30:
Sweet Honey in the Rock Benefit Performance

Sweet Honey In The Rock will be performing a benefit concert in Jordan Hall at The New England Conservatory of Music to support the efforts of the Media Arts Center at Roxbury Community College, which includes programming for civic engagement and social justice. The concert is Saturday, September 30th at 8 pm in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservtory. Tickets start at $100. We want to insure that we can continue to bring civic, social, and artistic ventures to the Media Arts Center a Roxbury Community College. This concert is in conjunction with UU Urban Ministry and Roxbury Community College.

Sweet Honey In The Rock's Mission is to Educate, Entertain and Empower

Sweet Honey In The Rock is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hearing impaired. Sweet Honey's audience and community comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures throughout the United States and around the world, and includes people of all ages, economic/education/

social backgrounds, political persuasions, religious affiliations, sexual preferences and differing abilities. 

This concert will help us to insure that we can continue to bring civic, social, and artistic ventures to the Media Arts Center a Roxbury Community College.

For tickets please go to:


or call 800-697-3287.