Ode to Liberty and Democracy for Us

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While twentysome people gathered via Zoom and physically with proper distancing, little did we know that we would unearth gems while holding the U.S. election process in affirmative prayer. Many shared powerful intentions and prayers of respect, equality, civility and more while collectively generating the energy to sustain these. One that stood out and set the tone is Katja Sage's invocation to start this event. Such is its poignancy and clarity that we just had to share it with you. It is worth reading Ode to Lady Liberty multiple times. It starts with quoting the The New Colussus by Emma Lazarus which is inscribed at Lady Liberty's feet in New York Harbor.

 

Ode to Lady Liberty

“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles.  From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips.  “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

                        (The New Colossus, Emma Lazarus, Nov 2, 1883)

Our Lady, Lady of Liberty, ancient and eternal Libertas,
these words are inscribed at the foundation of your statue,
your physical representation in this land.
They are engraven in our hearts
and in the heart of Democracy, itself.
We invoke your healing presence,
your promise of solace and sanctuary,
of all peoples living as One beyond your shores.

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Community Forum Recap 2019

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Exciting News to Share!

If, for some reason, you missed our Thanksgiving Potluck and Community Forum last Sunday (Nov. 10th) here’s a recap of what we shared.  And by the way, the potluck was amazing!  Thank you to all who brought something to share.  It was perfect!

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New Bulletin Board by the Trail

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The trail sign began at UCP's envisioning retreat in July 2019, when Chris Egle proposed his idea of having a bulletin board for our trail devotee neighbors. Victoria purchased the actual boards, complete with locking doors, and Mark set to work designing and building the structure from materials already in hand.

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Adopt a Highway - June 2019

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The group cleaned the entire 4-mile stretch in less than two hours, with 12 people!!!

The cookout was wonderful before launching out, an impromptu “love feast” party!  A special shout-out to Jude for taking on the grilling and providing nourishment, and to all who brought dishes to share.

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Paris Burning?

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Flames on Notre Dame... No ...
But there they are...
The roof alight — they say it’s wood. Tower crumbles,
Painful sight, 
My heart weeps, thinking about a thousand years
of music, wars, tears, and worship. 
All in flames. 
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A New Divine Presence

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We're blessed by the recent addition of a spiritual master! Jesus has officially taken his place out in our Sacred Spaces on the Serenity Trail and is quite visible from our back deck...

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Adopting a Highway

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Did you know that UCP is part of North Carolina's Adopt A Highway cleanup program?

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Blessing of the Animals

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On Sunday, July 22, 2018, our furry/ feathered / scaled / other species family members were welcomed in spirit into the Sunday service. Some of the well-behaved furry ones made personal appearances. Others were represented with folders. At the end of the service, Rev. Victoria and Rev. Rosemary blessed many of the "extended" family.

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Wow, what a picnic!

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Dawn broke with the gentlest of summer temperatures and humidity - just enough heat to make it a pleasure to dip into Jordan Lake. Families and friends laughed, shared stories and enjoyed each others' company at UCP's 4th Annual Picnic at Parker's Point on Jordan Lake on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

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