Thursday, June 15 • 6:30PM • Horizons Community Church, 3200 Grainger Parkway
Everyone is invited to attend the community celebration to applaud what we’ve built together, even if you did not make it to the Nehemiah Action Assembly. This will be a family-friendly event with music, activities and games, updates on issue successes, awards for network members and faith communities, and refreshments. For planning purposes, please let us know that you will be attending at this LINK. You will not be turned away at the door if you did not sign up in advance.
The power of 1,105 people was harnessed on May 4 at the Lancaster Event Center for Justice in Action’s Nehemiah Action Assembly. Ten percent of the attendance, 124 participants, were members and friends of our church.
We is one of 20 founding faith communities of Justice in Action. Preliminary conversations started almost two years ago among a group of Lincoln/Lancaster County ministers, including Rev. Oscar Sinclair. Seven members of our congregation hosted listening sessions last October. Then they transitioned to be our Network Team Leaders, maintaining contact with members of our congregation and inviting them to Justice in Action rallies and the Nehemiah Action Assembly. The Unitarian Church of Lincoln (UCL) is represented on the Board by Judy Hart and Judy Kelly (with Marcia and Ray Cederdahl and Elle Straatmann serving as alternates). Judy Kelly and Judy Hart participated as members of the criminal justice (Judy Kelly) and mental health (Judy Hart) research teams in preparation for this year’s Nehemiah Action Assembly.
Visit https://www.justice-in-action.org/ for the full 2023 Nehemiah Action Assembly to learn about the mental health and criminal justice reform issue reports and to sign up for the Justice in Action newsletter.
The cycle of listening sessions, issue selection, and research, and a Nehemiah Action Assembly will be repeated annually by Justice in Action.
Sunday July 23 • 5:30PM • Antelope Park Shelter
What do we have to celebrate? The 2022-2023 church year is ending, our Minister Oscar Sinclair is returning, and potlucks are always a fun way to share a meal! Join us in the air-conditioned shelter at Antelope Park (near the playground). Bring a dish to share and fill both your stomach and your soul. Good times!
Congratulations to Denise Dickeson who was crowned our newest (no longer) Unsung Unitarian! Denise’s name will be added to the display to the right of the name tags and she will have a designated parking place for the next year.
NOMINATION FOR UNSUNG UNITARIAN 2023
Denise is the longest-standing Dazzler, a group of volunteer church office workers. She has staffed and continues to staff the Church Bookstore for many years, sorting, pricing and displaying books for purchase in our bookstore.
Denise is the guardian and dedicated water bearer for the church fig tree in our Gallery Space. In addition, she cares for the Columbarium, located on the church grounds; she scrubs down the Columbarium several times a year.
Denise is often “the woman in the office window” on Sunday mornings, answering questions, overseeing activities, problem solving, and directing traffic, as well as cleaning off the office window (and all of the doors) of the accumulation of fingerprints several times a month.
Denise was born into Unitarian Universalism as both her parents were members of this church, even when The Unitarian Church of Lincoln building was located downtown! Denise herself joined, signing the book and pledging in 1972.
My friend, Denise, is a friend to all and a good neighbor who bakes cookies for Little Free Pantries and gives rides to people to pick up fresh foods at Food Bank distribution sites.
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