Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland TX

Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland TX

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From Beyond Religion by The Dali Lama:
“in todays world, religion alone is no longer adequate as a basis for ethics...many people in th the world no longer follow any particular religion. As the peoples of the world become ever more closely interconnected in an age of globalization and in multicultural societies, ethics based on any one religion would only appeal to some of us; it would not be meaningful for all. In the past, when peoples lived in relative isolation from each other, the fact that groups pursued their own religiously based approaches to ethics posed no difficulties. Today, however, any religion-based answer to the problem of our neglect of inner values can never be universal, and so will be inadequate. What we need today is an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and can be equally acceptable to those with faith and those without."
" I follow no Jesus, Mohammed, or Buddha but when I consider the idea that
the Mystery which I call the Tao somehow brought into being what I call the universe; which managed to evolve what I call consciousness, is what I call amazing! To be amazed each day is quite enough religion to fill me with awe and reverence. To see it all with gratitude and wonder is quite enough prayer to move mountains. To walk in beauty is quite enough worship to satisfy the most demanding of deities."- William Martin
"As the sun causes every plant to grow, the one unnameable Spirit causes all forms of belief to enter the world. And just as we need all plants to have a vital expression of nature, we need all forms of belief to have a vital expression of humanity. This acceptance of the many ways we can journey into meaning and grace is essential to our survival."--Mark Nepo
“While our heart can hold all of humanity in its deepest chambers, in daily life, one person can’t care for everyone at once. Simply and humbly, with a love of humanity in our heart, the love that borrows us moves through each of us, one person at a time, each to another. Love manifests in us and through us as we thoroughly give who we are, one touch at a time, one care at a time.”—Mark Nepo, from The Endless Practice
Dear Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland Congregants,

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Garland Hancock -- the Texas' coordinator for the U.S.-State-Department-sponsored Academic Year in America (AYA), a nonprofit dedicated to finding Host Families for foreign-exchange students from all over the world.

With the school year to begin in about 6 weeks, we still have about 100 students – ages 16 & 17 -- in need of Host Families. Even though these wonderful kids have passed their English proficiency exams, been cleared by the U.S. Consulate and have obtained J-1 VISAs, they remain in limbo. By law, a foreign-exchange student cannot arrive on American soil until he or she is placed with a Host Family.

Unfortunately, some families who initially agree to host ultimately renege on their commitment. In other cases, there are unanticipated Red-Tape snags. Either way, some of the program's brightest and most personable students find themselves back to square one at the 11th-hour. And that is where we are right now and why I am writing you today.

Also a top priority are our 13 “grant” students. They have most deservedly qualified for scholarship dollars via the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, an initiative sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Established in response to the 9-11 attacks, the YES program rewards students from predominately Muslim regions. The goal is to build “bridges of understanding” between the U.S. and participant countries. Students engage in activities designed to maximize cultural exchange (i.e. they acclimate to a value-based American society, and we gain insight into global regions currently shrouded in misconception).

If you have ever thought about hosting or are just a wee bit intrigued by this letter, please give me a call TODAY or ASAP. My number is (254) 216-0460.

Of course, time is of the essence. Most campuses limit the number of foreign-exchange students they accept to five. And that means slots are, in many cases, becoming scarce at this time of year. In other words, the sooner I find families, the more likely these kids will be able to enroll here this fall.

So please do not worry about the time of day when calling. Finding Host Families for international students is not my regular job, but it is my passion! I will enthusiastically take your calls 24/7! Seriously! And please feel free to give out my contact info to anyone nationwide who you feel might be even tangentially interested. Or, you might be intrigued with becoming a coordinator like me. I can fill you in on that as well so please call.

Some hesitate to pick up the phone because they are worried about finances, so allow me to address that here. AYA's sponsor – i.e. the federal government – requires all foreign-exchange students to arrive fully insured and responsible for covering most all expenses while in America. The one exception is meals within the home. The Host Family cannot charge for a home-prepared meal. But when a student accompanies his or her Host Family to a restaurant or dines at a school cafeteria, that is considered outside the home, and the student is required to pay.

After 18 years' service, my involvement in cultural sharing remains the most rewarding thing I have ever done. And there really is no comparison. The resultant relationships alone provide much more than I could ever repay. But beyond that, I truly believe – as does the State Department – that America's foreign-exchange program plays an integral role in improving diplomatic relations and establishing a more close-knit global community.

And is that not, after all, what we all want?

Everlasting peace,
Garland Hancock
Texas Coordinator, Academic Year in America
www.academicyear.org / (254) 216-0460
I've never felt more at home than right here!

We are the Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland, TX: People on diverse spiritual paths living out their faithfulness in the world. The UU Church of Midland is a place where people on a variety of spiritual paths come together to grow in religious depth and embody their faithfulness in the world.

The heart of the various covenants that have bound Unitarian and Universalist congregations together for over 400 years rests on these great ideals: freedom, reason, and tolerance.

Operating as usual

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06/28/2021

👉🏾Tune in LIVE tomorrow, June 29th at 8:00 PM ET as our young professionals host a timely + necessary virtual roundtable with Black LGBTQ+ activists for #PrideMonth.

👉🏽They'll explore the historical significance of Black LGBTQ+ trailblazers, civil rights priorities, the epidemic of violence Black transgender communities face, and more.

🎥Watch on National Urban League Young Professionals page + add your voice to the conversation: https://bit.ly/3vNNKWh.

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We wanted you to know that UUSJ has formally adopted and embraced the 8th Principle, just now, during UUSJ's Annual Board Meeting of June 26, 2021. Our next board will have the charge to look at what this means for UUSJ's work towards vision and mission, but we are joyful to take this step as an organization and wanted to celebrate with you by sharing the news.

During the spring UUSJ had two facilitated conversations with Paula Cole Jones, on Widening the Circle of Concern, which galvanized sentiments emerging in our strategic planning process. One result coming off those interactions was a motion to adopt the 8th Principle.

We happily join the community of UU congregations and UU-related organizations that have adopted the 8th Principle and the work that lies ahead flowing from this commitment.

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There is a new 21-Day Challenge informative, interactive, and inspiring. 21-Day Juneteenth Freedom School Challenge© is ready.
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Thank you to our co-creators: Fred Dixon, Khalid el-Karim, Shemariah J. Arki and John Igwebuike, Katarina Smiley and Delbert Richardson

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Immigrant Stories event, November 11, 2017. Thank you to all those who read and shared their stories.
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3301 Neely Ave
Midland, TX
79707

Opening Hours

Wednesday 09:00 - 13:00
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