New on Netflix: Come Sunday

I just heard about this on NPR and I was only casually listening.

“His story was the basis for a segment on the public radio program This American Life, and is now the subject of the new movie Come Sunday, now out via Netflix. (It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, who we also talked to about his role.) Pearson says he wants Come Sunday to make people examine their faith:

“I just want them to rethink,” he says. “I want them to ask themselves: What do I believe and why do I believe it? What is the difference between what I believe in my head and know in my soul? Because I think there’s a difference.””

But there is a new movie on Netflix called Come Sunday which is about Carlton Pearson and his leaving a Pentecostal church. Here is an article by Ted Resnikoff

“Come Sunday, premiering on Netflix April 13, tells the story of how Bishop Carlton Pearson’s epiphany about God’s love cost him his congregation, affiliation with the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops, and a lot of money, but it only elliptically explains why he found a home for his faithful, and a place to minister and share his message of inclusion, at a Unitarian Universalist church.

Hope you get a chance to watch it.

Namaste,

Cricket

Sunday, April 15, 2018

“There can be no peace without justice and respect for human rights.”

Irene Khan

This Sunday, John Hall will give a lesson titled “Pushing the Pendulum – Five Decades of Social Justice.”

Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. There are classes for children and adults 10 to 10:45 am, and a coffee gathering before the service. More about us.

We would love to have you come worship with us.

Children are welcome. There is an activity for young children during the service.

The building is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible restroom. You may park on the south side of the building, which is marked reserved for the PWA.

Map

The schedule for the current adult religious education class is here.

Email westforkuu@gmail.com or use our contact form for more information or write to us at PO Box 523, Clarksburg WV 26302

Hope to see you there.

Namaste,

Cricket

Auditions for Summer Theatre

AUDITIONS for youth 11 and older are set in April for The ACT 2 Theatre Company’s June show, two one-act plays.

Please complete this form before coming to auditions:
https://goo.gl/forms/BqJgqAqiMvCzglpB2

youth auditionsThe Directors: Cricket Hall and John Hall are co-directing this.

Show Dates: June 21st- June 24th (the 24th is a matinee)

Audition Dates:
April 20th 6 pm
April 21st 12pm
April 22nd 2pm
or by private appointment, if you cannot make these times.

Ages 11 and up.

THE PLAYS

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Steven Schutzman –
In this comic retelling of the classic story, two con men escape jail, with bumbling detectives in hot pursuit. Soon they trick the vain, fashion-conscious Emperor into letting them create the royal garments for his daughter’s wedding. The garments, they say, will not only be of the highest possible style, they will have the magical property of being invisible to fools unworthy of their positions. What fun to watch fools prove they are not foolish in this land of super-charged pride and vanity.
The Emperor’s New Clothes will be Produced by special arrangement with Brooklyn Publishers, LLC.

Highly Theatrical Terms by C. P. Stancich –
This is a fast-paced performance piece for young actors. Taking on various characters in a series of scenelets and monologues, actors explore concepts and definitions in drama (hence, “Highly Theatrical Terms”). The result is an exercise in timing and pace that is both funny and audience pleasing.
Highly Theatrical Terms will be Produced by special arrangement with Heuer Publishing LLC of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

TO PREPARE FOR THE AUDITION

The auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts and improv games. If you are interested in seeing the sides ahead of time, please email Cricket at cricketzhall@gmail.com with Summer Youth Plays in the subject line. Thanks. If you are interested in working tech for the show we would love to have you please email John at JohnLHall1066@gmail.com with Summer Youth Plays in the subject line. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Theatre for Kids!

Directed by Nicole Davis
This season our kids theatre program is exploring character development and the elements of story building with Superheroes and Supervillains – Write Your Own Adventure. The kids will be creating original characters and building stories for the characters to live through. The program will run over 12 weeks with the kids meeting 2 or 3 times a week to work through character choices and write their tales. The final product should be a zany and imaginative collection of comic style stories certain to make you laugh.

The show is Thursday, April 12, Friday, April 13, Saturday, April 14, at 7pm and Sunday, April 15th at 2pm.

Here’s the event and here’s how to contact M.T. Pockets.

The Rustic Mechanicals Announce Cast and Tour Locations for Richard III

Full Press Release Here

Shakespeare’s immortal tale of ambition, lust, and murderous treachery will be brilliantly updated and brought to life by The Rustic Mechanicals this spring. A savage civil war between two royal families has just concluded. But even as the newly installed King Edward takes the reins of power, his ruthless younger brother Richard sets in motion a monstrous scheme to claim the crown for himself. Enlisting the aid of equally duplicitous allies in the court, Richard embarks on a merciless, single-minded campaign of betrayal, seduction, and cold-blooded murder to achieve the goal that has obsessed him all of his tortured life.

Audiences will have their first opportunity to see the show on Thursday, April 12 at a “Pay-What-You-Will Preview.” The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:00 p.m. There is no set ticket price for this performance. Audience members are encouraged to decide what they can give to support the troupe and this performance.

The troupe’s first ever opening night “Shakespeareance” will take place on Friday, April 13. Fifty lucky audience members will be treated to a gourmet dinner, a pre-show Q&A with members of the creative team, a live performance of Richard III, and a post-show dessert meet-and-greet reception with the audience and company.

Reservations are required for this event, and there are only 50 tickets available. The menu includes stuffed cranberry apple roasted pork loin, lemon garlic roasted chicken, roasted root veggies, golden mashed potatoes, a savory caramelized onion bread pudding, salad, homemade bread, fresh fruit, cheese, and vegetable starters.

Tickets are $75 for a couple or $40 for an individual. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., with curtain at 8:00 p.m., and the reception immediately following the show.

The first weekend of the tour will conclude with performances on Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, WV. Tickets for the troupe’s MAC performances are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

The Rustic Mechanicals, now in their fifth season, have grown from a troupe of seven actors to this year boasting a roster of nearly thirty West Virginia artists.

Joshua Brooks headlines the production in the eponymous role of Richard III.

Audiences will also see Daniel Crowley as Buckingham, Isaac Covey as Catesby, Sean Marko as Lord Hastings, Bailey Kershner as Queen Margaret, Kayla Hudimac as Queen Elizabeth, and Samantha Huffman as the Duchess of York.  James Matthews will be seen as Clarence and the Cardinal; while John O’Connor will be portraying King Edward, the Lord Mayor of London, and the Archbishop; and Travis Teffner will be playing Rivers and Richmond. Rounding out the cast is Sarah Young as Lady Anne and Tyrrel, and Kyle Stemple as Prince Edward and several other roles.

For more information about The Naked Villainy Tour of William Shakespeare’s Richard III, email VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com or call 1-855-VTC-8588.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

“A rebirth out of spiritual adversity causes us to become new creatures. James E. Faust”

Last week was Easter, but this week we will discuss “The Easter We Need” with Cricket. The lesson will be about symbols, rebirth, and Spring.

Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. There are classes for children and adults 10 to 10:45 am, and a coffee gathering before the service. More about us.

We would love to have you come worship with us.

Children are welcome. There is an activity for young children during the service.

The building is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible restroom. You may park on the south side of the building, which is marked reserved for the PWA.

Map

The schedule for the current adult religious education class is here.

Email westforkuu@gmail.com or use our contact form for more information or write to us at PO Box 523, Clarksburg WV 26302

Mid Year Update from the UUA

The start of this new UUA presidency is an historic opportunity to reassess and realign our work. The call to live up to our most deeply-held values, to push forward on the journey towards the Beloved Community, is both clear and challenging. This mid-year update is an opportunity to share what is underway at the UUA and what Unitarian Universalists can expect to see in the coming year. We are excited to share the ways in which the UUA is advancing its core mission of equipping congregations, training leaders and advancing our values in the world.

Watch and Read the Update here