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Back from the UUA General Assembly held in Charlotte in late June are several delegates, Don Hoppe, Diana and Bob Dorroh, The Reverend Beth Williams, and me. Don delivered a lecture, “Countering Religious Bullying and Spiritual Violence Aimed at LGBT Youth” at GA this year. Check out the Interweave website.

On my summer reading list I find A Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life by Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun who will be speaking in a city wide event in November, an event our church is co-sponsoring. I also have on my summer list Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-violent Communication: A Language of Life. Author and Unitarian Ray Bradbury says, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” When your legislators and public officials disappoint you, as they all will some of the time, chill out with a classic or two. A classic is an antidote for cynicism because a great work of art will put life and the incredulously crass behavior of humans in perspective and context.

IN an emergency during July, the church office, or any staff person will be able to get in touch with me.

9/11 falls on a Sunday this year, a tenth anniversary. Let’s rededicate the Peace Stones in our Peace Meadow that Sunday morning, in Shinto fashion, washing our hands as a symbol of purification. I had hoped to rededicate the Peace Stones when two wars end. I’m not seeing an end and now there are at least three venues of U.S. involvement. The stones, gifts from Japan to Baton Rouge, are held in sanctuary by our church, dedicated to all those killed in violence. Fifteen years ago, I named them Fear Less and Love More.

Who said what? Match the quotations with the sources. Answers on page 9:

1. It is better to leave a question unanswered than to leave an answer unquestioned.

2. How many a . . . [person] has dated a new era in . . . life from the reading of a book.

3. If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.

4.When men from custom or fashion profess they unship the helm of their morality.

5. I don’t know what your destiny will be, one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

a. James Martineau, Unitarian
b. Albert Schweitzer, Unitarian
c. Henry David Thoreau, Unitarian
d. Words from on a small plaque at Our Home Universalist Unitarian Church, Ellisville, MS (author ?)
e. Margaret Fuller, Unitarian