social justice • sunday 31 may 2015

11:00 Service ~ Social Justice

gottliebtrailguidetothetorahofnonviolenceThe UUCC Social Justice Committee sponsors our guest speaker, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb. Lynn Gottlieb is a pioneer feminist rabbi, storyteller, percussionist, peace educator, writer, ceremonialist, community activist and clown. She is deeply committed to a life grounded in the creativity, joy, and wisdom of the Torah (teachings) of Nonviolence. Her journey includes life-long activism with The Fellowship of Reconciliation and ongoing pursuit of Israeli Palestinian conflict transformation based on principles of active nonviolence.

Speaker: Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ “Human Trafficking – One Woman’s Story

The speakers ask that no pictures or recordings of the presentation be made without prior permission. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

baby_feetSpeakers: Kathleen Sullivan and her adult daughter, Elizabeth Sullivan, both long-term recovering survivors of human trafficking. Kathleen is a social worker and a counselor; Elizabeth is studying psychology at UTC and creates lifelike reborn dolls to honor the original innocence and preciousness of all babies.

Kathleen was abducted from her birth mother at the age of 3 and was raised by a US-based trafficker who sold her on a time-share basis in her late teens to several wealthy slave-owners. Kathleen had four children with one of Kathleen’s slave-owners, a businessman. In 1985 Kathleen received aid from a group of U.S. government officials who investigated Kathleen’s original owner and the businessman. After both men died, she was free to start a new life.

Kathleen helped start the North American Freedom Foundation (NAFF) in 1996. In June 2010, Kathleen helped form another organization, the U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Coalition (USTRC). Shortly after starting the group, Kathleen unexpectedly reunited with her daughter, Elizabeth, also an advocate for trafficking victims. The USTRC has since become North American Truth and Reconciliation Coalition (NATRC).


A Day of Remembrance • sunday 24 may 2015

11:00 Service ~ A Day of Remembrance

Cathy Harringtonpoppy150wWe pause to honor the silences of the world; to remember our loved ones who are no longer with us and to pay homage to those who have died in service to our nation. We also pause to honor those who have touched our lives, inspired us to say, “yes” to life, and illumined our path.

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ “ To Be Determined

Celebration Sunday • sunday 17 may 2015

11:00 Service ~ Celebration Sunday

Cathy Harringtonfireworks_resizedAn intergenerational service for celebrating our gifts, for welcoming new members, and for honoring our religious education teachers.

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington


9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ “Move to Amend

mta-logo-squareMove to Amend  is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to social and economic justice. They are calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to unequivocally state that:

  1. Inalienable Constitutional rights belong only to human beings, and
  2. Money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment, and can be regulated in political campaigns.

Speaker: Judith Pedersen-Benn

Bloom & Grow • sunday 3 may 2015

11:00 Service ~ Bloom & Grow

diversity-tree_resizedgroup of multiracial young students huddled togetherJoin our UU Teens for this multigenerational service as they celebrate the power of friendship and community. In addition, there will be a special bridging ceremony for our graduating seniors.

Speaker: UU Teens

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ Social Justice in Chattanooga

Perrin LancePerrin Lance is the Executive Director and is one of the original co-founders of Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA), along with Megan Hollenbeck and Chris Brooks.

Speaker: Perrin Lance