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Same Sex Marriage

Attention same-sex couples: If a Michigan judge overturns the state’s ban on marriage equality this Wednesday, or any time thereafter, I would be honored to immediately perform as many gay and lesbian weddings as is humanly (and divinely) possible. (I’m tearing up as I write this.)

Peace,
Rev. Bill Freeman

THE FREEMAN FILE – October 2013

Namaste,

Well, I saw my first Christmas commercial a couple weeks ago, which means Halloween is just
around the corner. Many trees are showing their true colors, although some are already shedding
their leaves. So fall is officially here.
Now is the time, if you’re able, to take a stroll in the woods, in the crisp, clear air, in awe of the kaleidoscope
of colors all around you. Of if golf is your cup of tee, there’s still time to play around, before
the white of the ball meets the white of the snow.

French Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus explains, “ Autumn is a second spring where every
leaf is a flower.” English novelist George Eliot, aka Mary Anne Evans, exclaims, “Delicious autumn!
My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive
autumns.” American poet Andrea Gibson proclaims, “Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves
are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.”

Fall is a time to wax poetic (or at least try to). I call this, “Cathedral.”

Fall can play tricks on some people
A forest appears to be a cathedral with more than one steeple
Each tree looks like a window made of colorful stained-glass
Many creatures enter this wooded outdoor mass

Birds perch on a choir loft of limbs
Soulfully singing several sacred hymns
Squirrels collect an offering of acorns for a future time
When the earth will evolve into a much colder time

Diverse souls make up a meandering congregation
They come to worship and adore this annual revelation
As believers in the awe of nature they can attest
That this place is miraculously, gloriously, joyously blessed.

I hope you have a happy fall!

Shalom, Salaam, Peace,
Bill

Bill's Bulletin Sept 5th 2013

Bill’s Bulletin

September 5, 2013

Namaste,

In the Christian calendar, the church year begins in late November or early December, four Sundays before Christmas, on the first Sunday of Advent. We don’t follow that calendar; we pretty much follow the academic calendar. So for us, this Sunday is the beginning of the church year, which we call Welcome Home Sunday. The Choir will be singing (that alone is worth the price of admission) and we’ll invite you to share with us, if you’d like, how you spent your summer va- or stay-cation during our Water Communion. I hope you can join us.

Shalom, Salaam, Peace,

Bill

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Rev. Bill Freeman

(six one six) 796-5598

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PS: Because The Coffee House is closed as I write this, next Thursday I’ll be at The Sweet Spot, 336 W. Clay from 2-5 PM. So if you’re in need of pastoral care or if you’d just like to stop by and chat, come see me. It’s good to call first to make sure I’m not making a hospital visit or something. I’m also available at other times, by appointment.

PPS: Our Book Discussion group starts tonight and meets the first Thursday of the month, 7-9 PM. (Tonight we’ll choose a book to read for next month, while we enjoy some refreshments.) Our Spiritual Cinema group meets next Thursday, 7-9 PM. (We’ll have a bunch of movie choices we can pick from and we’ll have plenty of popcorn to munch on.) Both groups will meet at Kathleen’s and my house,(call for address). All are welcome.

The Freeman File – September 2013

THE FREEMAN FILE

I’m Still Standing

Namaste,

For the past couple years I’ve been going through the process of becoming a UU minister.

I’ve met with area UU ministers and with my UU mentor, Rev Dr Fred Wooden, a life-long UU and

Senior Minister at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids.

A new booklet details the steps needed to achieve standing in the UUA. I’ve read about half

the 20 or so required UU books and still have to read an equal number of online books, sermons

and religious education materials. I also need to write a couple personal essays about my past and

future ministerial plans. In addition, I have to complete a 400 hour CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education)

program at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, take a Career Assessment test and psych exam in

Chicago, which take several days, go through a criminal background check and be interviewed by

the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee in Boston, all of which will cost thousands of dollars.

Then I need to do an internship at a UU church under the supervision of a UU minister, full-time for 9

months or part-time for 18 months. I was surprised to learn that ministerial candidates cannot accept

a ministerial position at a UU church (as I have at HUUC), other than internships, “unless approved

by the Ministerial Credentialing Director,” or the candidate will be “ineligible for an interview

with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee for four years from the commencement of the position.”

(I believe this is new.)

To be honest, when I began this process I did not realize it would take many years and cost

thousands of dollars. Given my age (old) and my finances (inadequate), I don’t see how I can become

a UU minister anytime soon, if at all. But I plan to honor the contract I recently signed with

HUUC, which reflected the desire expressed at the Congregational meeting in May to retain a minister

(me) through August 31, 2014. I assume that at next May’s Congregational meeting, you and

the rest of the HUUC folks will decide whether you can afford to or want to retain the services of a

very liberal, open-minded, interfaith, compassionate, justice-oriented, UCC minister (me), beyond

August of next year.

Shalom, Salaam, Peace,

Bill

Rev Bill Freeman

Bill.Freeman@HarborUU.org

(SixOneSix) 796-5598

PS: Beginning in September, I’ll be preaching the first two Sundays of each month. I’ll be at The

Coffee House on Seminole at Seaway Drive on the first and second Thursday (rather than every

Wednesday) of the month from 2-5 PM. It’s good to call first to make sure I’m not making a hospital

visit or something. I’m also available by appointment. In addition, I’ll offer two SOUL (Study Observe

Understand Learn) Classes: a Book Discussion group the first Thursday of the month, 7-9

PM, and a Spiritual Cinema group (a change from an earlier planned group) the second Thursday of

the month, 7-9 PM. Both groups will meet at Kathleen’s and my house, (Call for Location). All are welcome.

Bill’s Bulletin August 28, 2013

Namaste,

“Take this job and shove it. I ain’t workin’ here no more.” Ah, country music. The voice of the working man (and woman). This coming Sunday, Sept. 1, we’ll hear the voice of a working man named Michael Johnston. He’s the editor of “Work In Progress,” a monthly labor publication in West Michigan; he’s also a retired teacher and a labor historian. I’ll talk with him on Labor Day Sunday about the state of working men and women in America. It promises to be engaging and enlightening. I hope you can make it.

Shalom, Salaam, Peace,

Bill

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Rev. Bill Freeman

(six one six) 796-5598

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PS: Beginning in September, I’ll be at the Coffee House on Seminole at Seaway Drive on the first and second Thursday (rather than every Wednesday) of the month from 2-5 PM. So if you’re in need of pastoral care or if you’d just like to stop by and chat, come see me. It’s good to call first to make sure I’m not making a hospital visit or something. I’m also available at other times, by appointment. In addition, we’ll have a Book Discussion group the first Thursday of the month, 7-9 PM (in September we’ll choose a book to read), and a Spiritual Cinema group (a change from an earlier planned group) the second Thursday of the month, 7-9 PM. Both groups will meet at Kathleen’s and my house, (call for address). All are welcome.

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