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“The prophetic liberal church is the church in which all members share the common responsibility to attempt to foresee the consequences of human behavior (both individual and institutional), with the intention of making history in place of merely being pushed around by it. Only through the prophetism of all believers can we together foresee doom and mend our common ways.”
~James Luther Adams, UU theologian
Our Unitarian Universalist tradition affirms that we are all prophets. We all have the ability and the responsibility to see trouble in the world and to do something about it. And we have a community of Unitarian Universalists to do it with. There are many indications that our Unitarian Universalist values will be threatened by the new president and his administration that will be inaugurated this month. In our first principle we covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We will need to exercise vigilence in observing, advocating and protecting those whose rights are threatened, including Muslims, refugees, people of color, and women. We will need to make sure our voices are heard whenever there is hate, discrimination, violence or oppression. In our seventh principle we covenant to affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. We will need to exercise vigilence in protecting the earth and future generations of humans and other species as they become increasingly threatened by those who desire only short-term gain for a few people.
Let us use the start of a new calendar year to make resolutions about what we will do in the coming year. Consider resolving to help
“make history instead of being pushed around by it.” Consider resolving to join with your fellow UU’s and your neighbors in the local community to make sure our liberal values are upheld.
Let us also use the day that honors Martin Luther King, Jr. to inspire us to see our own prophetic potential, to see the ways we can make a difference. King was a radical who called for equality and justice. We honor him best by doing likewise.
Let us support each other in this effort. Let the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca be a congregation of prophets, standing up to the
challenges of our time with renewed faith, renewed resolve, renewed hope.
Due to personal and family reasons, Melissa Hill is stepping away from her role as Membership Coordinator as of December 30, 2016. She has enjoyed her tenure on staff and will continue to be part of the FUSIT community.
Membership Coordinator Needed!
Although Melissa’s time as Membership Coordinator was relatively short, she excelled at the work and she will be greatly missed in that role. So now we are looking for a Membership Coordinator to engage with newcomers and long time attendees. This person should be an outgoing, friendly presence who is comfortable engaging with a variety of people in person, on the phone and by email. They need to be proficient using an online database, Facebook and Twitter. Approximately 12 hours per week. The job will be offered after a successful interview, reference check and background search has been performed. All candidates please submit your resume to Rev. Jane Thickstun, Interim Minister, First Unitarian Society, PO Box 6, Ithaca, NY 14851 or firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2017.
To see the Membership Coordinator Job Description, please CLICK HERE.
For an application to apply, please CLICK HERE.
On Sunday, October 2, 2016, our Board President, Laura Free, gave an introductory but comprehensive presentation on Partnership Governance. To see the slide presentation, please CLICK HERE.
The Board has been working on the Board Policy Book which is a guide to how staff and members can best work within this new governance structure. To view the policy book, please CLICK HERE.
To ensure that the new Partnership Governance is in compliance with our Bylaws, we will need to modify the Bylaws at a specially called meeting which will occur on January 29, 2017 after the Sunday Celebration. All members of the Society are encouraged to become familiar with the proposed changes and come to the meeting and vote. To view the proposed changes, please CLICK HERE.