An invitation from Rev. Gaye! Join our Outreach Revolution! All who want to get together to reach out like never before are invited to a gathering in the UUCA Sanctuary on Thursday, January 26th at 6:30pm. Bring a friend or ally, and let's talk about how we can turn those feelings of frustration, fear and apprehension into a force for love and compassion that can really make a difference at this time in our country. Some of us may feel like burying our heads in the sand but there are folks who need our strength and voice right now. Let’s talk about concrete steps forward to justice and freedom in 2017. See our Facebook event page if you wish to join us!
After our worship service on Sunday January 22nd we will be having a sandwich potluck at noon and then from 1pm-2pm we will have a concert featuring Andrew McKnight. A nationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist celebrates rural America, weaving his masterfully crafted songs, humorous stories and poetic drama into a musical soundscape sketched with shades of Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, and rustic folk.
“Stretching across the landscape of American folk music is a highway paved by Guthrie and Dylan… now Virginia native Andrew McKnight takes his turn smoothing down the blacktop" (Performing Songwriter)
For the concert event page visit that at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1804177659837352/
In January during our Art and Spirituality month, Christina Rice will exhibit some of her unique pieces of art in the UUCA Sanctuary. They are available for purchase. Below is the description and price for each. Pieces can be reserved with a deposit, and will be collected after the service on January 8th.
Exhibit List –- Christina Rice
Church of Augusta
“Sansarya: Taking the Black” 2016
Mixed media: pastel, color pencil, fabric, hair, art papers.
22 x 42”
“Cerserys & the Purse of Golden Dreams”
Mixed media: pastel, color pencil, alpaca & human hair, fabric, art papers. 2016
23 x 40”
“Soulmate of a Previous Century” 2005
Giclee print of a charcoal
& graphite original, 20 x 24”
Unframed prints also available – various sizes $35 – $125
“Mad Hatter” 2014
Charcoal, graphite, pastel, acrylic
original – $450
Unframed prints also available – various sizes from $35 – $65
“The Retirement Beard” 2015
11 x 16”
Giclee print of a charcoal & graphite original
Unframed prints also available $55
For nearly thirty years, Christina Rice has created hyperrealist portraits in the traditional mediums of charcoal, graphite and pastel. These works have been exhibited in galleries and juried shows throughout the United States, and have won awards from the Portrait Society of Atlanta, the Art Center of Estes Park, Colorado, the Aiken SC Artist Guild and the Renaissance Art Festival.
She has recently begun working in mixed media collage, creating figures in pastel, color pencil, fabric, 3-d objects, acrylic and specialty papers. The figures are much like paper dolls and usually reflect a fantasy or mythological theme.
Her father, also an artist, started teaching her art as child. She has been fascinated with faces as long as she can remember, and considers portraiture a vicarious experience, an opportunity to connect with her subjects via the subtle shapes and folds of their faces. She delights and obsesses in details.
While she does not work on commission, prints are available of selected works and some originals are for sale.
For more examples of Christina’s work, visit her website at http://www.christinaart.com
The UUCA Common Read – Rev. William Barber’s The Third Reconstruction
Rev. William Barber is the keynote speaker at the Progressive Religious Coalition’s Interfaith MLK Celebration on January 5th; if you have witnessed the power of the Rev. William Barber’s oratory, in person or perhaps broadcast from the Democratic National Convention this summer, you will know what a powerhouse he is. Rev. Barber is pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina and architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. His latest book, The Third Reconstruction, tells the story of how he helped start a movement to bridge America's racial divide.
What is a Common Read? A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. Each year's Common Read is chosen by a committee including both headquarters and field staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, published in 2016 by our Unitarian Universalist publishing house Beacon Press, has been chosen as the 2016-17 Unitarian Universalist Common Read. Those attending General Assembly 2016 were electrified by Rev. Barber's call for building and sustaining a movement for justice for all people. The Common Read selection committee believes that now is a moment for Unitarian Universalists to answer that call.
The Third Reconstruction offers helpful, practical guidance for engaging with justice movements born in response to local experiences of larger injustices. Drawing on the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, while making room for other sources of truth, the book challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, even when there is no reasonable expectation of political success, and to do the hard work of coalition building in a society that is fractured and polarized.
The UUCA in-person discussion group will have two Wednesday sessions in the Minister’s Study at UUCA at 6:30 pm, January 25th and February 1st. Please sign up at the Welcome Table or online at this form: https://goo.gl/GUQ83W
Books will be ordered from Beacon Press and will be available for purchase after Sunday service at the Welcome Table, price $16.00.
The Progressive Religious Coalition of Augusta and the CSRA present the 10th Annual MLK Interfaith Celebration. It will take place January 5th 7pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta. Visit http://prc-augusta.org for more information.