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

June 21, 2018

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  "General Assembly Broadcast"

Religious Service Committee

Broadcast LIVE from UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, Reverend Susan Frederick-Fray, the ninth president of the UUA.


NOTE: This service will run longer than normal from 10:00 am -- 11:30 am.

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Our Democracy"

Barbara Clark &

Leo Immonen

Are we in danger of losing our democracy? Why might that be? And what can be done to preserve it? Discussion will follow the service.


Leo Immonena Wrentham resident and volunteer with We the People Massachusetts, will speak about a legislative strategy to get big, dark money out of politics which, along with gerrymandering, is one of the biggest threats to our democracy. Leo helped the Green Reel Collaborative screen films for 9 years. He is a retired high school math teacher and chair of the Wrentham Conservation Commission.

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 We Are All In This Together
  by Barbara Clark 
It's Wednesday afternoon as I begin to write. I've just learned that no one has written a front page message for tomorrow's Murray Notes. I had other plans for today--work on the July 1st Saving Our Democracy service, continue washing windows and putting in screens before tomorrow's solstice, maybe do some gardening. I enjoy writing but I'm a bit reluctant to take on this task. It will take hours for me to produce a piece of writing that meets my standards. It wasn't in the plan!

But neither was it in the plan of parents seeking refuge with their children at our southern border that their children be taken away from them. By now we should all be familiar with the heart-wrenching sights and sounds associated with the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy at the Mexican border.

Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are among the deadliest countries in the world outside of those in war zones. People from those countries and Mexico make treacherous journeys to seek refuge or better their and their families' lives. They're trying to escape poverty, and gang and domestic violence, in their home countries. Some want to earn money so they can buy life-saving medication for a family member. They want safety and security. They hear that America is great country. They want to live in a great country.

I think if we try hard enough to put ourselves in their shoes we can imagine ourselves doing the same thing if we lived in the countries they come from and love. Some refugees seek asylum through ports of entry. Others cross the border unlawfully. Many will argue that there are lawful ways to gain entry to the US and that those people should take the legal route. Unfortunately, that route is long and continues to be stacked against Hispanic and also black African immigrants entering the US.

I began the day thinking it was urgent to put something in the newsletter about ways to fight the Trump administration's inhumane policy of tearing vulnerable, innocent, crying children away from their distraught parents at our southern border and housing them in cages where they sleep on mats, covered by space blankets. Can you imagine how discomforting sleeping covered by one of them would be?

UUSC encouraged sending a message to the White House and Secretary of Homeland Security telling them to "protect children, end family separation, and stop human rights abuses in the name of immigration enforcement."

Apparently U.S. and world opinion encouraged Mr. Trump to reverse the policy. It's still not certain what will become of the 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents. It's also still important to include this link to a Slate article -- -- as it addresses untruths that were claimed to justify the policy.

The immigration issue is still with us. The aforementioned article lists nearly 30 refugee and immigrant support organizations. My "other daughter" who teaches in Tampa, Florida is raising money for one of those organizations, RAICES, on Facebook. She also stood in front of her library for an hour holding a sign that reads POTUS: STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES for occupants of "thousands of cars to see." So proud of my daughter's best childhood friend.

Tonight's (yesterday's when you read this) PBS NewsHour was dedicated to immigration. If you didn't see it, I highly recommend viewing the program online for a better understanding of why people would leave the countries they love and risk their lives to come here and be treated as they have been.

You may have read that June 20th was World Refugee Day and that Barack Obama asked in his official Facebook post "Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents' arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?" I hope our answer is a resounding "We are a nation that values families and works to keep them together!"

I'll end with this excerpt from an essay entitled "A People So Bold" written by former UUA President, Rev. Peter Morales:

"As a religious people who affirm human compassion, advocate for human rights, and seek justice, we must never make the mistake of confusing a legal right with a moral right. The forced removal of Native Americans from their land and onto reservations was legal. The importation and sale of African slaves was legal. South African apartheid was legal. The confiscation of the property of Jews at the beginning of the Nazi regime was legal. The Spanish Inquisition was legal. Crucifying Jesus was legal. Burning Michael Servetus at the stake for his Unitarian theology was legal. The powerful have always used the legal system to oppress the powerless. It is true that as citizens we should respect the rule of law. More importantly, though, our duty is to create laws founded on our highest sense of justice, equity, and compassion. Loud voices urge us to choose fear, denial, reactionary nationalism, and racism. We must resist and choose the better way urged by every major religious tradition. We must choose the path of compassion and hope. We must choose a path that is founded on the recognition that we are connected, that we are all in this together."

August Dates to Remember:
Wednesday, August 22nd -- From 10 am to 12 pm, Nursery Cleaning. Toys will be bleached and classrooms straightened. After the cleaning, we will get pizza! Suggested donation for the pizza is $5. 

Sunday, August 26th -- At 4 pm, Ice Cream Party! RE will provide the ice cream and you provide the fun toppings!  More details and an evite coming in the beginning of August!


June 20 - 24th
You Can View Some Parts of General Assembly Live on Your Computer

The UUA holds its annual denomination meeting, known as General Assembly (GA), once a year in late June. Ministers and congregants come from throughout the world to attend workshops and meetings, and to hold the annual meeting of the association. Several parts of GA will be available to all over the internet to live stream beginning with the opening ceremony on Wednesday evening, June 20th, from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm EST.  

Here is a link to the General Assembly Online Live Streaming page on the UUA Website for more information, and for links to the various sessions that will be live streamed. Following the event, you can also use the link below to access the service or event on You Tube. Please keep in mind that the times listed on the UUA Website are Central Standard Time, as GA is in Kansas City this year.

For those interested, I will be honored during the Service of the Living Tradition for receiving Final Fellowship by the UUA. That means I have passed three years of evaluation and have been found to be accepted fully into the ministry of our denomination. The Service of the Living Tradition will be live streamed on Thursday evening, June 21st beginning at 8pm EST. Jim and Janet Richardi and Bruce and Lucia Field will be sitting with me in my "friends and family" area when I will be called up on stage to be honored, so see if you can spot us!  

Also, Murray will be live streaming the closing worship service from GA on Sunday, June 24th, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am here in the church sanctuary, thanks to the Religious Services Committee.

Jun. 23:                               THIS SATURDAY!!!
Murray Hosts Food & Friends Soup Kitchen 
 Murray hosts the Food & Friends Soup Kitchen every 4th Saturday of the month, from 8 am -- 12:30 pm, at Centenary Methodist Church, located at 39 North Main Street in Attleboro.

Help out once for an hour! You'll make all the difference!

We need volunteers for all shifts and tasks. Tasks we need help with:
Early (8 am -- 10 am)
  • Set up tables & chairs
  • Make sandwiches
  • Prepare main meal
  • Wash dishes
  • Serve coffee & juice
 Later (10:45 am -- 12:30 pm)
  • Plate meals
  • Serve guests
  • Breakdown tables & chairs
  • Wash dishes
  • Sweep & mop
To sign-up click [HERE].

For more information, please contact Stephanie Paquette at

or (call or text) 401-603-8386.

Feel free to share this info with anyone who might be interested in helping out!

Pride Parade

Six Murray folks joined with UUs from the two churches in Providence and from Taunton to march in the Providence Pride parade last Saturday Night.
Saying Farewell...

Murray Church wishes LaChelle Barton all the best! She will be missed!


Murray Food Pantry 
Donations Needed:


  • Paper Bags
  • Toilet Paper
  • Feminine Care Products

Thank you for your continued support!
Murray Food Pantry Team
From Green Sanctuary
 Summer is Here! 
Summer is here! Do get outside. Check out the bulletin board in foyer by Fellowship Hall for inspiration. Nature is your playground. Love it and protect it. Enjoy your summer, from your Green Sanctuary Team.

2018 Summer Services



June 24
General Assembly Worship Broadcast  |  Charlie Adler

Broadcast LIVE from UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, Reverend Susan Frederick-Fray, the ninth president of the UUA.

NOTE: This service will run longer than normal from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.


July 1

Saving Our Democracy | Barbara Clark & Leo Immonen

  Are we in danger of losing our democracy? Why might that be? And what can be done to preserve it? Discussion will follow the service.  Leo Immonen, a Wrentham resident and volunteer with We the People Massachusetts, will speak about a legislative strategy to get big, dark money out of politics which, along with gerrymandering, is one of the biggest threats to our democracy. Leo helped the Green Reel Collaborative screen films for 9 years. He is a retired high school math teacher and chair of the Wrentham Conservation Commission.


July 8

The Spirituality of Dance  |  Ruth Debrot & Barbi Calusidan

Each of us is a moving center, a space of divine mystery. And though we spend most of our time on the surface in the daily details of ordinary existence, most of us hunger to connect to this space within, to break through to bliss, to be swept away into something bigger than us.


  July 15

  Meditation  |  Marguerite MacLean



         July 22

Walk on the Wild Side: Sharing Stories of Experiences in Nature  |  Judy DePue

The Green Sanctuary team and friends will share personal stories of being up close and personal with nature, drawing from adventures in the backyard and beyond.




  July 29

  The Journey Inward: Moving Towards the Answers Inside  |  Laura DeSimone

  We spend much of our lives on the go moving from one thing to the next. This "doing" mentality takes the focus off our much needed "being" state. When we slow down and begin to focus on the here and now, we can tune into ourselves and begin to learn and trust our innate wisdom. This wisdom is where all of our answers reside. 

August 5

Crooked Paths  | Ted Weil

Life's paths are rarely, if ever, as straight and precise as we often think they should be. Partly because of our own expectations, and partly because so many around us seem to enjoy seemingly trouble and conflict-free lives that keep going exactly as they seem to plan. We'll explore the need to settle those anxieties, and instead learn to appreciate each of our unique and individual journeys through life, by learning to recognize the wisdom and the strength we gain traveling them.

  August 12

  Murray Mile  |  Rachel Killion

  No walking shoes needed! Travel through time on a virtual walking tour of Murray history. Starting at the center of town we will journey one mile down Main Street for over 140 years of Murray history while seated in the comfort of our pews.

August 19
Lessons from a Hurricane  |  Liz Lamoureux

In September 2017, while vacationing on the island of Dominica, it was devastated by hurricane Maria. Stories and insights gained during and since that life-altering event will be shared.


  August 29

  TBD | Rev. Gretchen Weis



September 2 

Blessing of the Animals  |  Kavita Vansant

Our pets are a part of our family. We love and care for them and in return we receive unconditional love, companionship, comfort and loyalty. Let us acknowledge how our pets uplift our lives and why we have them. Bring your pet (on a leash/cage please), a photo of your pet and/or a favorite stuffed animal to be blessed. The service will be held outside-weather permitting.

Jun. 27:

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, please contact:
Roger Boucher at 508-838-8249, or email at
Thank you!
 From Green Sanctuary
 Calling Writers for the Summer Service n July 22nd...

Writers are needed to contribute work for July 22nd Summer Service themed: "Walk on the Wild Side: Sharing Stories from Nature." Do you have a personal story from your experiences in nature? Perhaps you were up close and personal with wildlife-either in the wilds of your back yard or in a forest or on the water elsewhere. Perhaps you have found a magical muse from the sunshine, the rain, or from the wilder forces of weather. Or, perhaps you are passionate about protecting nature from indifference or outright destruction and this has moved you to speaking out in poetry or prose. The "wild side" can take many forms as inspiration.

The Green Sanctuary team is hosting the July 22nd, summer service, "Walk on the Wild Side: Sharing Stories from Nature." We invite anyone to share their stories as part of this service. It can be a poem or short story, to be read during the homily part of the service (about 5 minutes, reading aloud). Favorite readings from other authors are also welcome for other parts of the service. Please let Judy DePue know if you would like to be part of this service. Email Judy at

Save Your Shoes!
Murray is collecting new and gently used shoes to be re-sold and recycled. Working in conjunction with Funds2Orgs, Murray will be paid by the pound for the shoes we collect. Shoes must be clean and dry and without obvious tears or large scuffs. The official drive will begin in September, but starting Sunday, June 10th, you'll see boxes to place your shoes along with more detailed information about what types of shoes we are accepting. Start cleaning your closets!