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 Immediately after services each Sunday (approx. 11:15 a.m.)

Co-facilitated by Susan Ford and Deanna Lack, Reflections is an informal, non-judgmental, small-group discussion of the sermon topic. 

Participants share thoughts and insights or just listen -- your choice. All are welcome.

Compassionate Communication 

First and Third Wednesdays at 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Compassionate Communication, based on Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication method, is a tool for resolving differences. Lead by Ivan Cordrey and Susan Ford, this training will aid you in better understanding other people and in having other people better understand you. CC meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

Social Justice Committee 

Second Sunday of the Month at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Unitarian Universalists have a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” Our work for a better world calls us to unexpected places as we harness love’s power to stop oppression.

Chalice Circle

Sundays at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Facilitated by Deanna Lack, the next few weeks' series of Chalice Circles are entitled "A Buddhist's Primer on Politics: Using Ancient Wisdom to Find Your Way through Modern Grief. Or, when equanimity seems a long way off."  All are welcome.  


First and Third Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. 

Second and Fourth Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.

Double-check the UUCC FB Page and/or Group for Verification

Tuesday sessions are traditional sitting meditations, part guided and part silent. Our focus will be on encouraging one another to develop a regular meditation practice, with some instruction on how to do that. You may sit on a chair, on the floor, or bring a cushion. Young adult and adult oriented.

Saturday sessions, titled "Mindfulness for Everyone," are family-focused, kid-friendly sessions that will be just as fun and use for adults. They will be a little more adventurous than our Tuesday sessions. We'll explore a variety of meditation traditions and techniques both ancient and modern, and talk about ways to bring mindfulness not only to a meditation practice but to everyday life. All are welcome.

All sessions are facilitated by Deanna Lack and/or Mark Pafford.

First-Sunday-of-the-Month Potluck Lunch

First Sundays, 11:00 a.m. 

Bring a cooked dish, and/or bring a store-bought item, and/or contribute $3 in the donation tin, and/or clean the dishes. When you bring food, please bring enough to serve all who wish to enjoy your dish. And EVERYBODY wishes to enjoy your tasty morsels!

Morning Stretch

Saturday, October 13 and 27

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Facilitated by Susie Zuller, Morning Stretch is easy, do-at-your-own comfort level physical stretching to loosen the spine, shoulders, hips, etc. The routine will be based on Susie's own moves adapted from her own years of yoga, Pilates, and Body Balance participation and teaching. Susie is not currently a certified instructor in any of the aforementioned disciplines. Chairs may be utilized and, if so, will be provided. Bring a yoga mat or something soft to sit upon. To reimburse for use of the UUCC space, donations will be accepted.

Movie Night: "El Norte" 

Saturday, October 13

5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  We will screen “El Norte”, a 1983 film partly in Maya and Spanish and partly in English.  The Maya and Spanish dialog is accompanied by English subtitles.


Show will start promptly at 6 PM.  Come at 5:45 or earlier to socialize and load up your plate with popcorn or other goodies!  Contributions to the refreshment table are welcomed.


Notes for “El Norte”


For 30 years (1966 – 1996) the people of Guatemala endured an armed insurrection varying from “low-grade simmering” to a regionally full-blown hot civil war. To generalize, the two opposing sides were indigenous Maya rebels vs the central government’s armed forces.  It is said that both sides committed atrocities, which is likely true.  Nonetheless, the government and Army bear the major responsibility for brutal excesses.  Death squads committed extra-judicial assassinations of indigenous political and social leaders.  Entire villages were razed.  The populations of some villages were forced to move into Army-built “model towns”, where the villagers could be controlled.  An estimated 200,000 Guatemalans—mostly Mayans—fled Guatemala, crossing into Mexico to live in refugee camps….as recounted to us in the first person by the Mam Maya woman who spoke at our church recently.


The movie “El Norte” is the tale of a young Maya man and his sister, forced to flee across the border when the Army assassinates their father  --a Maya leader—and mounts a destructive raid on their home town.  Upon losing their family, they decide to try to make it to the United States –the fabled “El Norte”-- to start a new life.  The movie chronicles their hardships as they cross Mexico, reach the US border, where, unable to enter the US legally, they hire a “coyote” to smuggle them across. Once in the US, struggles of a different type begin:  trying to find a safe place to live, to find work, to learn the language, and to cope with a complex culture so very different from their own.  Their story is one of perseverance, successes and also tragedy.


“El Norte” was released in 1983 and promptly banned in Guatemala by the government, which, of course, was not pleased by the film’s depiction of the Guatemalan Army brutalizing its own citizens.


For political and safety reasons, the scenes in the movie representing Guatemala were actually filmed in Mexico.  But Janie and I have spent a lot of time in Guatemala in indigenous towns and can vouch for the authenticity of the scenes portraying Guatemala (details down to the popular Guatemalan beer “Gallo”!).  We cannot vouch for the accuracy of the depiction of life in the US for illegal immigrants, but it sure rings true on the screen. 


Because immigration –both legal and illegal—is a hot political subject these days and also a social concern for our church, we believe this film portraying illegal immigration through the eyes of a pair of undocumented aliens will help us better understand the plight of the desperate people reaching our borders.  And the question is:  what can we do to help find a humane solution to this very serious problem?


Did you know:  Cookeville has a significant Maya population whose homeland is the small area in NW Guatemala where the Chuj language (one of several Maya tongues) is spoken.  The Chuj population here is large enough to have its own church, the Iglesia Evangélica Chuj.  The Mayans are easily distinguished from other Latinos by their short stature. The women typically wear a long, wrap-around skirt similar in cut to those they wore in their native communities.  On rare occasions some of the women wear traje –their colorful native clothing—here in Cookeville.   How did they get here?  Did they undergo the harrowing experiences seen in “El Norte”?



                Hope to see you there!


            Ric Finch

Directory Update


Please be sure to get in touch with Kathy Perdue about whether you want to be in the directory. Traditionally, some of the info included are: name, address, phone number, e-mail, and other important contact information. The "other important contact information" is used by people who may need someone else contacted if there is a most unfortunate health incident while at church (heart attack, etc.). You may wish to include some or all of the information. Just let Kathy Perdue know.



Social Justice Committee:  2nd Sunday of each month

Board of Directors:  Contact a Board Member for Each Month's Date & Time.  

Minutes of the Board meeting are posted on the Board board above the conference table.  

All meetings are open to members and friends of UUCC. 

Social Justice meetings begin at 11:30ish after Fellowship Hour.

Also, check the Google calendar for additional events: here.


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