Gaia Community UU Congregation is not holding in-person meetings or events right now in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. When we start to meet in-person again, we will require each person who attends to be vaccinated if they are eligible. By doing this, we intend to protect our community, especially people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, in support of our UU principles. We urge our members and friends to get vaccinated, and we cannot in good conscience provide any statement of religious exemption for the vaccine.
What awaits us after death? Join us on a journey to one possibility: a vast, timeless city, where we’ll meet with the Mighty Dead, our patron for the year. Please have the following on hand: an offering (general or specific) to the Mighty Dead, journaling supplies, a bit of dirt or salt, a chalice to light, a drink, and a snack. In choosing your offering, you may want to honor a specific person or any of the Mighty Dead. A more general offering might be one associated with a tradition you are called to.
Do you remember learning about the exploration of the New World in your American history classes? Bold explorers sailing into the unknown, planting the flag and claiming the newly discovered lands for their home country. Brave settlers crossing the ocean and making a home for themselves in the new land. Pioneers crossing the prairie in covered wagons to settle newly opened lands in the west.
But, something is missing from this picture. This continent was not empty. The history of this continent is very different when told by the indigenous peoples who already lived here. It’s time to upend some of our long held perceptions and look at how it came to pass that taking over an inhabited continent and enslaving and removing its peoples was perceived by the majority culture as acceptable. Join us.