Telling Our Story – from Rev. Welch

 

Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC

I’ve spoken before of an elevator speech. It’s based on the scenario that you are stuck in an elevator for 30 seconds or so. And you are asked questions like: What is the UCC? What is the United Church of Norman about? What is progressive Christianity?

The idea is to have a short response which makes sense to those outside of the church, outside of UCC circles. Often that entails having a speech already made. But we know ultimately that folks will not judge us merely by a speech we give, though it’s good to have in one’s back pocket.

It’s also important to live our our values, our beliefs. When folks see you living out the vision that progressive Christianity proclaims, there is something powerfully attractive in this. And in some measure, that has been the result of the work of Rev. Lori Walke. As we prepare for her in our annual speaker’s series, it’s been folks outside of the church who are the most interested.

They may remember her prayer at the 2017 Women’s March. They may be struck by a young woman pastor. They may know her because if there is a community event, a cause for social justice organizing she is there, on LGBT equality, reproductive rights, stopping the pay day loan industry’s predatory practices, standing with our Muslim brothers and sisters she is there.

We’re honored that she accepted to be our speaker this year. And we’ll be discussing this Sunday, how our story matters in changing the face of Christianity, which is what Rev. Lori Walke has been doing. Below you will find information on Lori’s presentation.

RESISTANCE AND THE CHURCH
REV. LORI ALLEN WALKE
“A THIRTY-SOMETHING IN THE PULPIT”

FREE TO THE PUBLIC
FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 7PM SAM NOBLE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 9AM-NOON “POLITICOS IN THE PEWS”
$20.00 REGISTRATION UNITED MINISTRY CENTER, 1017 ELM, NORMAN. SEATING LIMITED.
REGISTER TO ATTEND https://www.facebook.com/ events/257890284665595/

Rev. Walke is a young Oklahoma leader known for speaking out about the church and its role in seeking social justice. She is an advocate for civil rights for all citizens. She has been a voice in the Resist Movement. She is Associate Minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC. She holds a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary and a Juris Doctorate from OCU School of Law.

Blessings,

Rev. Dwight Welch

 

Church Events

March 12th, 19th Just War with Tom Schott. The Christian tradition has had three major tradition as it it thinks about war. Pacifism which rejects war, the Holy War tradition which embraces it, and the majority view, Just War which tries to place limits on war. But are those limits possible? How sustainable is the Just War tradition? This will be explored.

March 19th The Social Justice Committee will meet after church at 12:00

March 26th Prophecy by Dwight Welch. Prophecy in current popular culture involves predicting the future. But in the Bible, more often than not, it serves a different purpose: one of good news for the poor and the marginalized. We’ll explore how prophecy is talked about in the Bible.

One Great Hour of Sharing is one of the 5 charitable missions supported by the National United Church of Christ. Donations to One Great Hour of Sharing enable the organization to build sustainable communities. It supports self-help programs in more than 80 nations to build sustainable communities that enable people and communities to stand against and rise above hunger, disease, illiteracy, and other forces of injustice that deny and destroy dignity. It provides emergency and long-term assistance to people in the aftermath of hurricanes, tornados, storms, floods, tidal waves, fires, explosions, technological disasters, civil strife, war, or other natural or human-caused events. On average, OGHS responds to a disaster once every 2.5 days. It uses the funds to responds with advocacy and help, hope and hospitality for people who have been uprooted from their home of origin.

In cooperation with Global Ministries, it is part of a remarkable network of service and caring that is efficient, effective and faithful. Please consider making a donation on March 26th.

 

 

Book Club March 13th

We’re discussing chapters 8 and 9 of Listen Liberal at Nancy Logan’s home 3200 Summit Bend at 7pm.

 

 

Food and Shelter Needs


Resident and Shelter Needs include soap, cleaning supplies, furniture, diapers. Kitchen Needs are dry sealed foods. Care Packets for the homeless include deodorant, self care products, snack foods

 

 

A New Recycling Box

Given the number of paper products we use for our morning gatherings and conversation box the Social Justice committee has set up a recycling box to discard those items. Look for it on Sundays!