Murray UU Church | 505 North Main St | Attleboro, MA 02703

March 1, 2018


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"What, Me Worry?"

Rev. Mark Caggiano

Rev. Mark Caggiano will consider the topic of anxiety: personal, social, and generational anxiety. A natural aspect of human psychology, anxiety can expand well beyond its appointed role of situational awareness into worry or even panic. Anxiety as a response to the world can be useful, but those contending with frequent and persistent anxiety in their lives might question such value. Yet healthy responses to such worries may be found in some unexpected corners - even, of all places, church. 

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"Our Own

Glass House"

Rev. Gretchen Weis

It was about a year ago when our denomination headquarters erupted amid accusations of racist hiring practices, as yet again, a white male minister was hired for a key leadership position over equally qualified people of color. Within weeks, the UUA president, chief operating officer and congregational life director all resigned. Murray member Lucia Santini Field serves on the national board of the UUA and has had a front row seat this past year to the angry confrontations, key learnings and painful transformation evolving from this controversy. Lucia will share her story with us. In addition, Murray members Shelley Stark and Louis Jackson will share their heartfelt concerns about why Murray Church remains a predominantly white congregation and what we might all do to help that change. We also welcome new members this Sunday, as well.
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 In Like A Lion
  by Rev. Gretchen Weis


  The month of March is known for "coming in like a lion, and going out like a  lamb." The winds of early March can be fierce, the weather often cold and wet, and this weekend seems like no exception. Even as we've enjoyed unseasonably warm, sunny February days, there's a lion of a storm system headed our way. We are under a flood watch and high wind warnings beginning tomorrow into Saturday. Dang it. 

I don't know about you, but I don't want March to come in like a lion. I want our mild spring "lamb weather" to continue. I'm ready for spring to be officially here, now. The planting displays at the local garden centers have many of us itching to get out to turn the soil. I'm ready to get my flowering plants back out on the balcony. I know, I know, be still my foolish heart. This is New England, after all, and after four winters here, I have learned there may still be a winter snow storm, or two, or three, still ahead.  

So I have to take the coming of spring on faith. It will unfold in its own time. Soon enough, the warm breezes will be here to stay, and the earth, along with our collective spirits, will feel refreshed, re-energized and renewed once more. 

In the meantime, I must acknowledge my cabin fever as I open myself up to the gifts of each day, one day at a time. I will hunker down and enjoy another bowl of chili or another hot chocolate by the fireplace, as the last of the season's snows fall. And I will revel in whatever warmer days lie ahead, getting out in the sunshine, breathing the winds of the season deeply in. 

For the winds of March bring us smells from other places, reminds Brian Nelson, in his meditation manual, Earth Bound. The winds sets the trees in motion, they invigorate us, and propel us, he writes. Inspiration, of course, has as its etymology the idea of "spirit," or wind. The more that wind breathes through us - whether it be the holy spirit, the breath of the divine, or just a good strong March gale - the more our souls may be opened. 

This is your invitation to embrace the winds of March ahead -- to pause from time to time, and to breathe deeply in the winds of transition and change. We stand poised on the edge of the season of renewal, yearning to fall headfirst into a field of crocus and daffodils. We catch glimpses that our time of hibernation, our communal hunkering down is about to end. Yet we are asked to endure the ebb and flow of wild and wacky transitional weather for awhile longer.

 So, let us be our own sunshine and bright cheer for one another as we ride out the last of whatever storms lie ahead. For it is here, in this house of faith, where the bright light of love -- the spirit -- gives rise to the bloom and warmth of sustaining community. May we always be about the business of providing the life-giving light, warmth, love, hope and renewal of eternal spring to one another, no matter how fierce life's winds blow.

 See you this Sunday as guest minister Rev. Mark Caggiano shares his thoughts about thriving, despite anxious times.


Bright blessings,
Rev. Gretchen

Nursery is available from 9:45 am -- 11 am. The nursery is located in the Religious Education Wing and is the first room on the left.

OnSunday, March 4th, Don Michaels will be the Acting DRE. Kavita will be off.


Children (Grades K - 8):
Sunday, March 4th -- Spirit Group about Self Care. We will begin in the service and then head to the Unity Room for Yoga! Please wear comfortable clothing and easy to remove shoes. Feel free to bring a towel or mat.
Youth Group (Grades 9 - 12):
Friday, March 2nd -- UUnited in Taunton from 7 pm -- 9 pm.

Sunday, March 4th -- Spirit Group. We will continue our learning of Self-Care. We will begin in the service and then head to the Unity Room for Yoga! Please wear comfortable clothing and easy to remove shoes. Feel free to bring a towel or mat.

Mar. 15, 22, 29 & Apr. 5:
History of UU Classes
Thursday Nights at 7 pm

In March, Adult RE is presenting a four part lecture/discussion session of the History of Unitarian Universalism in the United States with an emphasis on how beliefs have changed.

March 15 - Session    I   Universalism to 1961

March 22 - Session   II   Unitarianism to 1961

March 29 - Session  III   UU from 1961 to present

     April 5 - Session IV    UU, what lies ahead?

Each session will be about one hour in length and will be a lecture followed by discussion.  Each session is independent of each other. There is no sign up! Sessions will begin on Thursday, March 15th. All sessions will be on Thursday evenings at 7 pm in Harmony Hall. 

Questions? Just ask Len Yutkins, call 508-226-3109.
Love Is...



Calling All Bunnies!

RE is in need of donations for the annual children's egg hunt on Easter Sunday, April 1st. We are looking for small items that can fit into a plastic Easter egg. Examples include, but are not limited to, tattoos, Easter erasers, party favor toys, individually wrapped chocolates and candies, etc. Please drop off donations the RE office before or after services, or you can give them directly to Kavita Vansant

Please have all donations in on or before Sunday March 25th. 
Thank you!

Paper Towel & Toilet Paper Rolls Needed

  RE is in need of paper towel and toilet paper rolls for our totem pole project! Please drop them off to Kavita's office or the church office during posted hours. Thank you!



Mar. 18:
You're Invited to the RE Feedback & Planning Discussion
  The RE Committee and Kavita, our DLRE will be hosting an informal gathering in the Woodland Room on March 18th at 11:15 am. We welcome you to join us and share

  your feedback about your experience in RE and any hopes for the future. We'll see you there!


Mar. 4: 
Sunday Book Group
THE SUNDAY BOOK GROUP meets the first Sunday of the month at 11:30 am in the John Murray Room. All are welcome. Please feel free to bring a bagged lunch. The Mission of the
Book Group is for open-minded people to select, read and discuss interesting books that broaden our minds and challenge how we perceive the world. Books are chosen by consensus, of reasonable length, and library accessible.
On Sunday, March 4th, we will discuss, Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios, by Holly FitzGerald.

The author and her husband, Fitz -- married less than two years
-- set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip their plane crash lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival. It becomes the ultimate survival story; a wild raft ride--the wildest--down a South American river in the thick of the Amazon Basin.

NOTE: The author is a friend of Monica Staaf and she lives in South Dartmouth, MA. Her memoir has won top reviews by NY Times Book Review, and by other reviewers and readers. She wrote this after retirement from her career. There's hope for the latent storytellers among us!
Mar. 7:
New Member Orientation Class - Part 2
   Are you interested in joining Murray Church?

  Come learn more about Unitarian Universalism, about Murray Church, and about the benefits of belonging to this faith community.

   Part 2 will be held on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 pm in the John Murray Room.   Please let Rev. Gretchen or LaChelle know if you are interested in participating and joining, 713-508-222-0505 or

 Childcare can be arranged by contacting Kavita Vansant at by no later than February 18th.


 This is a welcoming and affirming congregation, with membership open to all!

Volunteer for Coffee Hour...

If you like coffee, yummy snacks or just enjoy meeting new people, please consider volunteering for coffee hour. To sign-up, please click [HERE]This year we will not have a separate adult and children's snack table; we will all be enjoying the same goodies, and have eliminated the juice to simplify our gathering. If you are new or if you need a refresher, step-by-step instructions and friendly hands-on training and/or buddies are all available. Goodies may be bought or baked. 

It's easy! It doesn't require a lot of extra time (show up at 9 am to get the coffee going and setup, clean up takes about 1/2 an hour) and we really need volunteers! Let's keep Murray members and friends caffeinated and in the happy zone.


Contact Monica Weil at or call/text 401-441-8999

or Barbara Clark at

Murray Food Pantry 
Donations Needed
  • Feminine Care Products
  • Bathroom Tissue
Thank you for your continued support!    
Murray Church Food Pantry Team 
Mar. 13:
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. If you need a ride, please call Rob Hasselbaum at 774-282-0818, a few days in advance, and transportation will be arranged.

The next luncheon is on Tuesday, March 13th at noon. Look for us in the back room of Morin's, if you don't see us -- just ask!

Mar. 11:

 Waking Up White Book Discussion Group
  Sunday, March 11th following Worship 11:45 am in the John Murray Room

  Our next book discussion group about white privilege will be held on Sunday, March 11th following worship in the John Murray Room. Please grab a cup of coffee at coffee hour and head to the John Murray Room to finish reading the final section, pp. 245 - 253  and come prepared to brainstorm ideas of how we take our  learnings beyond the church walls to help serve as meaningful advocates in anti-racist justice work in our community.


In January, we showed the short film "White Privilege 101: Getting
 into the Conversation." If you would like to see this 
excellent film, click 
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Mar. 14:

to Unload Food Delivery Trucks

The Food Pantry receives 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, lease contact:
Roger Boucher at 508-838-8249, or email at
Thank you!
Mar. 17:
Food for Thought
"What Every Church Member Should
 Know About Poverty"

Saturday, March 17th at 7 pm 
in Harmony Hall
Co-sponsored by Social Concerns, Green Sanctuary and Food Pantry committees:

We'll discuss a YouTube video of speaker Dr. Ruby K Payne, a dynamic speaker and educator who developed the "Framework for Understanding Poverty." 

We'll discuss myths and hidden rules of poverty and how these may apply to the communities we serve.


Potluck -- bring something to celebrate St. Patrick's Day if you'd like!
Mar. 18:
Stewardship Campaign Kick-Off to fund the next church year.

This year's theme:

Lighting Our Way

Mar. 19:
Easter Plants
Think Spring! Easter is April 1st. If you are interested in putting a spring plant on the chancel table for Easter, please see Irene Yutkins. Plant choices are tulips, daffodils, lilies and hyacinths. Plants cost $16 each. Order have to be placed by March 19th. Please call Irene Yutkins at 508 226-3109 or see her at church.

Mar. 23:

For more information, click [HERE].

If the weather outside is frightful, the minister and board president will confer to determine if worship services must be cancelled by 6:30 am on a Sunday morning. WBZ-TV, WCVB-TV5, FOX25 and WPRI-12, FOX Providence will air any Sunday Service cancellations during the morning news.

Websites for cancellations:,,
Cancellations will also be posted on our website and Facebook page: 
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