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Sunday Services

Sunday services begin at 10:45 a.m.   Children begin in the sanctuary then move to the Religious Education class after the Story for All Ages.  

Sunday, July 2 – Dr. Bennie E. Calloway III, “Walk The Talk Not Talk The Walk”

I often think whenever I watch a fashion show on television, when models walk down the runway to model the latest fashions, they don’t talk, they just display what they are wearing. There are commentators that commentate on the entire fashion show and speak on the models’ behalf. So I believe if we are to model inclusion as Jesus taught and modeled, the world will commentate on our behalf what we model because we walk the talk and not just talk the walk.

This is an excerpt from my book Deeper Awareness: A Framework For Progressive Spirituality.

Sunday, July 9 – Lars Leader and Sue Bailey, “An Update from General Assembly”

Lars Leader and Sue Bailey are attending the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans, as this issue goes to press.   On July 9, they will provide an update and news from the annual meeting, General Assembly, in which thousands of UUs gather for spiritual practice, social witness, workshops, and policy-making via the democratic process.   This year there is a presidential election, a statement of conscience on “Escalating Equality” and many discussions about hiring practices, white supremacy, and other concerns on the program and business agenda.

Sunday, July 16 – Dr. Dereth “Jan” Drake, The Art and Science of Anodized Metals”

Anodized niobium surfaces are commonly used in particle accelerators for construction of superconducting cavities. These surfaces must be cleaned regularly to remove containments and maintain surface smoothness. Plasma etching is one approach that has shown great promise.  One side effect of the etching process is the formation of color striations on the surfaces.  These striations are produced due to non uniformity of the metal surfaces and oxide layers.  This talk will focus on the science of anodizing metals and plasma etching.  We will discuss how pieces of these metals can be used to create three dimensional artworks that blend both science and art.

A Virginia native, Dr. Dereth “Jan” Drake graduated in 2009 from Old Dominion University with a Ph.D. in Physics.  She subsequently went to the University of Iowa where she worked as a research scholar in the plasma physics research group.  In 2012 she took up a faculty position in the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences at Valdosta State University.  She currently serves as an Associate Professor and Faculty Advisor for the physics program at VSU.

Share the Plate Sunday Offering: Donations to the plate this Sunday, not otherwise designated as pledges, will support the Kids are People, Too, Back to School Fair, coordinated by the South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness. To be held on July 29th, partnering with Lanier Family Connection, families will have an opportunity to obtain school supplies and get information on other services, in preparation for the beginning of the school year.  Money will be used to purchase pre-assembled backpacks with school supply kits.    

Sunday, July 23 – Dr. Tom Phillips, “Taking Control of Your Own Healthcare: How to Help Your Doctor Help You”

Chronic illnesses are on the rise, and many physicians are overworked and distracted by administrative tasks such as the electronic medical record. Patients feel as though their visits are too brief, that the doctor doesn’t listen, and that little is accomplished during the encounter.  A shortage of physicians is predicted over the next decade, especially in rural areas.  Health care laws are dynamic, and insurance companies can be capricious and their regulations byzantine.  Is it a hopeless situation for the average patient?

Dr. Phillips will discuss ways to optimize your time with your healthcare provider, from what you should have in hand on each visit to how to get your doctor to listen. He’ll also reveal how keeping yourself healthy and strong may help others in the community.

Dr. Thomas E. Phillips is a native of the bayou country of south Louisiana and is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery internship at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, followed by a tour of duty as a flight surgeon in central Germany.  He was trained in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, obtaining board certification in 1998. He was assistant chief of the Department of Surgery at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Center in Fort Rucker, Alabama before leaving the service in 1999 to join ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia (bio from the website of the practice).  In his spare time he is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast.  He has served on the UU Board as secretary for two years.  He is our incoming president for the next year.

Sunday, July 30 – Carol Stiles, “Humanism and UU”

The American Humanist Society, originally founded in 1941 by Unitarian Humanists, issued “Humanism and Its Aspirations: Humanist Manifesto III” in 2003 that included this statement:   “The lifestance of Humanism – guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience – encourages us to live life well and fully.”

What is the history of Humanism in relation to Unitarian Universalism? What does it mean to be a Humanist?   We will draw, in part, from Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism, recently published by Skinner House Books, an imprint of the UUA.