awake in a modern world • sunday 28 june 2015

11:00 Service ~ Awake in a Modern World

heart_treeDrawing from the wisdom of stand-up comedians, Jesse Blue will discuss how we have been collectively trained away from looking at the natural world around us. Semantics and language are twisted so we often hear the opposite of what is said.

Speaker: Jesse Blue, a long time UUCC member, is a talented musician and runs a company where he designs and builds custom musical instruments.

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ F.M. Dostoevsky’s “Notes from Underground”: Self Laceration and the Search for Consciousness”

dostoevskyDostoevsky (1821-1881) is considered one of world literature’s greatest novelists. “Notes from Underground” (1864) is a monologue describing three incidents from the Underground Man’s life that illustrate his life-long struggle to see himself as a consciousness equal to that of those around him.
Martin Rice will assume the persona of the Underground Man in a short monologue addressed to the forum’s attendees to give them an idea of his behavior, psychology, and twisted desperation. Then Martin will address the main themes in “Notes from Underground”, their development in Dostoevsky’s later work, and their influence on later writers and thinkers.
Questions and discussion will conclude the forum.

Presented by: UUCC member Martin Rice.

the truth about emily dickinson • sunday 21 june 2015

11:00 Service ~ The Truth About Emily Dickinson

EmilyDickinsonSmallAlthough she wasn’t much of a joiner, Dickinson’s fearless, restless, and probing intelligence (not to mention her eccentricities) would have made her a perfect fit for the UU church. Raised in the conservative Protestant tradition of New England, her poetry suggests that she found Christianity inescapable, and yet she wrestled with it mightily. Along the way, she thought with as much depth and complexity as anyone about the ambiguities of faithfulness, the nature of God (and whether or not He exists), and the nature of Truth (and whether or not it can be known, and if so, how). We will focus especially on the latter – Dickinson’s notions of “truth” – as expressed in several of her poems, such as “Tell All the Truth but Tell it Slant,” “Truth Is As Old as God,” and “The Brain Is Wider than the Sky.”

stuartSpeaker: Dr. Christopher Stuart, currently Katharine Pryor Professor and Head of the Department of English at UTC. He is a recent “convert” (he delights in the oxymoron) to the UU church, to which he was drawn by his fiancé Kimberly Mathis.



9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ Nonviolence in Our Society

doveNon-violence was defined long ago coming from the Hindu/Sanskrit word  Ahimsa as “causing no harm, no injury, no violence to any living creature.”  But Mohandia Gandhi insisted that it means much more than that.  He said nonviolence was the active, unconditional love towards others, the persistent pursuit of truth, the radical forgiveness toward those who hurt us, the steadfast resistance to every form of evil, and even the loving willingness to accept suffering in the struggle for justice without the desire for retaliation.

Both of these themes describe an entirely new way of life and a new methodology for human living and social change. Practicing non-violence means claiming our fundamental identify as beloved human beings.  When we accept ourselves as beloved we can also see others as brothers and sisters…beloved in their own right.

Presented by: UUCC Social Justice Committee and Grace Episcopal Church’s Campaign Nonviolence Chattanooga, a coalition of churches, organizations and people who support the cause of non-violence and hope to build a flourishing movement for a nonviolent world that has the capacity to end war, poverty and the climate crisis.

taking the war out of our words • sunday 14 june 2015

11:00 Service ~ Taking the War Out of Our Words

Cathy HarringtonTakingWarOutOfWords_CoverOne might think that learning to use a non-defensive form of communication after being reared in the language of war would take time, intention, and years of practice. But, according to Sharon Ellison, a non-defensive model of communication is simple and straightforward. It is sincere, honest and open. Non-defensive communication fosters attitudes and behaviors such as: accountability, assertiveness, clarity, compassion, consistency, directness, firmness, flexibility, friendliness, honesty, humor, kindness, knowledge/ability, receptiveness, responsibility, responsiveness, self-motivation, sincerity, and thoroughness.

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ EVIL, its biological/psychological make-up

Yin_yang_treeDo the  same factors that create evil acts create good ones?  If each individual is capable of great good or great evil, what makes the difference?  Be prepared to share your own definition of evil.

Presenter: Our member, Nicky Ozbek, Ph.D.,  is a clinical psychologist.  She graduated from the University of Georgia, ran a children’s  psychiatric unit, completed a postdoctoral pediatric fellowship at Johns Hopkins, and then came to UTC to teach.  When not teaching, she works at Siskin hospital.

flower communion & beloved community • sunday 7 june 2015

11:00 ServiceFlower Communion & Beloved Community

Cathy Harringtonfield_of_flowersTwentieth century Unitarian theologian, James Luther Adams, often said that his favorite definition of God was “community-forming power.”  Today we celebrate our own community-forming power by participating in the UU tradition of Flower Communion. Bring a flower to church to add your own color to the UUCC bouquet of fellowship.

*The annual meeting will be held immediately after the potluck lunch.

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ The Beginnings & Growth of Unitarianism & Universalism

booksUUCC member Buck O’Rear presents a brief review of the beginning and growth of our two societies, including birth of UUCC. Then we will take a national view with emphasis on Universalism. Reference material is UNIVERSALISM IN AMERICA edited by Ernest Cassara, and UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM, a narrative history, by David E. Bumbaugh.