July 22, 2018, Summer series #5, "Trans and Cis: Across and Within Gender” - Jay Culkin, Worship Leader
The world is rarely made up of binaries. Transgender people tend to see gender differently from their cisgender counterparts (people who see their gender as conforming to societal definitions). Instead of closing it off, we would like to open up gender and invite our cis friends into a larger space by telling a story of transness.
Families Belong Together: We Demand Justice - Saturday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.
The UUFSB Social Action Committee invites members and friends to join in an event for Families Belong Together: We Demand Justice on Saturday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. at Route 110 and Jericho Turnpike in Huntington. As the Trump Administration drags its heels on reuniting thousands of separated children with their parents, it's time we once again take action and demand a solution to this crisis and dignity for all immigrants. We are stepping up together as we take to the streets once again to say Families Belong Together - We Demand Justice!
UUFSBers Respond to Shooting of Annapolis Newspaper Reporter and UU Wendi Winters
Rev. Linda Anderson, a board member of the UU Trauma Response Ministry and the on-call responder for June, took the call from the minister of the Annapolis congregation (where retired Rev. Fred Muir served for many years) asking for help when long-time member Wendi Winters was shot and killed as part of the shootings at the Capital Gazette newspaper in late June. The UU Trauma Response Ministry, a group of specially trained ministers and lay people, responds to critical incidents, be they human-made or natural disasters.
Linda, Rev. Margie and Gretta Johnson-Sally are all responders for the Trauma Ministry and all were involved in the deployment. Gretta was part of a team that went to Annapolis, Margie and Gretta were part of a team that monitored an online vigil, and Linda was the on-call person keeping an eye on the entire deployment.
Wendi Winters was a long-time active member at Annapolis. She had recently taken an active shooter workshop at the congregation and many believe that the training influenced Wendi’s actions on the day of the shooting. To read more about that, click here.
The UU Trauma Response Ministry is just a phone call away. We’re here when you need us: 888-760-3332.
Pete Mancini at Grounds and Sounds - Friday, August 10, 8:00 p.m.
Pete Mancini got his start as the frontman and primary songwriter of Butchers Blind, a critically acclaimed rock band from NYC. His debut solo album Foothill Freeway explores the Americana influences that were a hallmark of his work with his former band. Mancini was inspired to release Foothill Freeway after hearing the story songs of artists like Guy Clark and Bruce Springsteen. This storytelling influence is on full display throughout the title track, which features a sparse arrangement reminiscent of Jason Isbell and Jackson Browne.
Mancini’s songs have received glowing reviews and radio airplay around the world, and they continue to win over hearts and minds wherever they are heard. Pete is currently touring in support of Foothill Freeway with his band, the Hillside Airmen, and is thrilled to be returning to the stage of Grounds and Sounds Café!
"…Pete Mancini can bring three chords, the truth, and heartbreak as hard as anybody. " - Wide Open Country
“Intelligent, sensitive and jubilant songcraft, with a startling lack of cynicism rare in our post-modern ironic world.” Buddy Woodward (The Dixie Bee-Liners)
Evening Labyrinth Walk - Tuesday, Aug. 14, 8:00 p.m.
On Aug. 14 we will walk the candlelit labyrinth with Julie Doczi accompanying on her tenor recorder. She will be playing familiar hymns and light classical music. (Soft humming is allowed.) Time to de-stress, meditate, pray, think clearly, experience mindfulness. Labyrinth facilitator Linda Mikell gives a brief introduction after opening words.
All are welcome. Free will donation in the lobby. Last month the fireflies were magnificent.
Fellowship Work Party - Saturday, August 18, 9:00 a.m.
On Saturday Aug. 18 we will clean all the windows we can get to at the Fellowship. It would make the job quicker and a lot more fun if a large group takes part. If several people arrive at 9:00 a.m., we could get the sanctuary windows all sparkly before the Koga group get started at 9:45 am. Will you please join us in making the Fellowship look fresh and new before the Homecoming service? John Lutterbie is going to spray the poison ivy in the front of the building so we should be able to reach the office windows for the first time in ... decades? People who know how to deal with screens especially welcome! Please bring your own window cleaning supplies and a smile.
Humanist Discussion Group – Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
The next meeting of the Humanist Discussion Group is at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 3 in the Yellow Room at the Fellowship. We will continue our discussion of Beyond the Partisan Divide. The topic is "Congregational Stands on Significant Issues." All are welcome.
When considering whether or not to pass a congregational resolution on an issue, there are several important questions that can help discern if and how to go about it. https://www.uua.org/justice-programs/resolutions
- The first thing to keep in mind is that anything done in a congregational setting can be divisive if done poorly.
- An important question when considering a congregational resolution is to ask how it helps reach a goal.
- Another question to consider is whether or not the resolution reflects the congregation’s identity.
If you are interested in Unitarian Universalism, we hope you’ll visit us to learn more. If attending our services doesn’t fit your life, you might want to investigate the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a virtual congregation of Unitarian Universalists, with more than 3,500 members around the U.S. They hold online services on Sundays at 8 p.m., and on Mondays at 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
You can find them at clfuu.org.
Video of our 50th Anniversary Service and Dedication Ceremony
A video of the full service from our special anniversary service and the building dedication on October 21, 2012 is posted on our website. The video is quite large and may take a few minutes to load. Go to http://uufsb.org/worship-service-videos.