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To find out about church event cancellations due to weather, please refer to one of the following:WLBZ Storm Center, WABI closings, CUF Facebook page, church answering machine 866-3655, church website:https://opencuf.org If RSU #26 (which includes Orono) is closed, the church is closed.
If you have subscribed with your e-mail address, you will get an e-mail directly from church!

CUF Office Hours

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 CUF Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 am to 3 pm
Steffi works from home office Thursdays 9 to 3 pm
(Phone calls to CUF are forwarded to her cell phone)

A house for all people

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“We welcome persons of every age, background, circumstance, ethnicity, family configuration, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We believe that diversity enriches our faith community and that each of us has a right and responsibility to support one another as we search for the divine by living, learning, and growing.”

 

 

Freedom Rising Conference

The Freedom Rising Conference
(attended last year by Pastor Malcolm) is a three day convening for the purpose of nurturing collective liberation in the election year.
Join scholars, artists, prophets and activists to find rest, organize political power, and dream expansively about the world we deserve.
When freedom rises, we all flourish. (From freedomrisingconference.com). This event is held online or in person in NYC, April 26-28
with an impressive list of speakers, workshop leaders, and musicians. 

Community Conversations Sunday, May 5


After worship, MacKenzie Room 
Faith v. Fascism:
 A Christian Alternative to Dog-Whistles and Scape-Goats

Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Malcolm Himschoot

What the hell is going on with Christianity?

Are you confused by how the faith practices of Jesus of Nazareth became in modern America a strident, condemning, power-grabbing movement suppressing political participation in a multiracial, multi-religious democracy? It is important to frame an answer which can respond to this struggle of our times with depth and religious discernment. Journalists document the phenomenon globally: a pattern of minority rule sought out by those favoring theocratic nationalism. In the U.S. this trend is happening in and through the identities of ‘whiteness’ and straightness and Christianism inter-mingled. It falls to progressive Christians to seek and create a faithful alternative witness to God’s love in order to counter organized hate, political racism, and weaponized Christianity. This work invites change within and across multiple political parties, evokes new ecological, economic and ethical visions, and influences our familial and cultural landscapes.
This class is meant for adults to interrogate the politics of white power in contrast to Christian social ethics; to identify inter-connections between political racism and anti-gay/anti-trans campaigns, how and why they co-opt American religion; to critique blanket use of “Christian” as a political term; and, to name and to enact one’s own values theologically and within history.

Series of three workshops:

How did we get here – What do we need to do – Who are we withReadings are not required. The class will gather and discuss interactive examples and film clips provided in real-time. For those who desire background reading, see the following optional resources on religion and political history:
 Peter Marty, “The dream and the backlash,” Christian Century, Jan. 2024https://www.christiancentury.org/column/first-words/dream-and-backlash
 William Barber, The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement
 Diana Butler Bass, “Understanding Christian Nationalism” https://dianabutlerbass.substack.com/p/understanding-christian-nationalism?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email&utm_content=share
 Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited

RE Director sought

The Church of Universal Fellowship is seeking a
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
to oversee programs and education for youth ages 0-18. 
CUF is a socially and theologically progressive congregation
with inclusive values around religious traditions,
sexuality/gender identity, and diversity.
Are you energized working with young people and enjoy
working independently as well as cooperatively
with a creative team of spiritual leaders?
Please contact Rev. Mariah Hayden for more
information about this 15 hour/week position. 
mariah@opencuf.org or 207-866-3655

Sunday school teachers needed

We need Sunday School
Teachers and Assistants!

There is a display in the Gathering Place
with lesson packets labeled for
different Sundays. Next to the display is a clipboard with a sign-up sheet for teachers and assistants.If you have never volunteered for
Sunday School or the Nursery –
please talk to Steffi at the CUF office –
she can get you started.

Coming up at CUF

Please Mark Your Calendars!
Women’s Circle
This Sunday, April 21
2 – 4:30 pm
Caribou Bog Outdoor Center
153 Taylor Road, Orono
Disciples & Dragons Game Night
Sunday, April 21, 6 – 7:30 pm
Gathering Place
Bible Study on ZoomTuesday, April 23, 6 pm Zoom link
Meeting ID: 811 1358 1669
Passcode: 698122
Handbell Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday, April 24, 5 pm
MacKenzie Room
No Choir Rehearsal Wednesday, April 24
Blessing of the Pets
Sunday, April 28, 4 pm
Behind the Library(more info coming soon)
Community Conversations
Sunday, May 5 after worship in the MacKenzie Room
Faith v. Fascism:
 A Christian Alternative to Dog-Whistles and Scape-Goats

Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Malcolm Himschoot

Earth Day Webinar tomorrow (Saturday)

This Saturday, Apr. 20th EARTH DAY Webinar by the United Church of Christ
All are invited to join the UCC Earth Day Summit
featuring Bill McKibben! 

This online event will take place on
Saturday, April 20th at 1 PM ET.In addition to a keynote address, this two and a half hour summit will feature a panel of award-winning grassroots activists in a David-versus-Goliath struggle against one of the world’s largest producers of plastics.  Register now.