Mar. 9 – “Tao te Ching” – Rev. Margie Allen
We take a dip into the 6th Century B.C.E. classic Chinese text the Tao te Ching (tào, way; té, virtue; chīng, classic or text).
COMC Assessment of the Religious Education Program
The Committee on the Ministries of the Congregation (COMC) is assessing the Religious Education (RE) program this year and is using a number of formats and methods to accomplish this task. If you haven't already completed a paper survey, you are invited to complete the survey online by March 8th. It consists of twelve questions based on the mission and goals of the UUFSB Religious Education program.
Please click here to read the complete details about and schedule for the COMC's assessment, along with information about the COMC and its mission.
UUFSB Children & Youth Choir Perform at Stony Brook University
Our UUFSB Children & Youth Choir once again performed the National Anthem at the Stony Brook Men's basketball game, on Saturday, February 1st. Click here to view the video!
Humanist Discussion Group - Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Mar. 11th
We are now running two separate discussion groups: one on the second Tuesday of the month, and one on the fourth. The two discussion groups each have separate agendas; people, however, can attend both groups if they choose.
Our next second Tuesday meeting will be on Mar. 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Yellow Room.The topic is "What a Humanist needs to do to Prepare for Dying." Our next fourth Tuesday meeting will be on Mar. 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Green Room. Please click here for details about the Humanist Discussion Group.
March Belonging Series: Orientation to UUism and UUFSB
The Belonging series, our Orientation to UUFSB and UUism for newcomers and oldcomers alike, will be offered again this March. Come learn and remember together where we come from, what holds us together as a community of faith, and what is offered to you and asked of you as a member of the community. Newcomers who are starting to settle in are particularly welcome, but long-time members and friends of the congregation will also find much to learn and love. The mix is magic. Mark your calendars now!
- Belonging I--CONNECTING, Tuesday, March 4; 7:00-9:30 p.m. - Green Room
- Belonging II--DEEPENING, Saturday, March 8; 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon - Yellow Room
- Belonging III--BELONGING, Sunday, March 16; 12:30-3:00 p.m. - Green Room
During this series of three 2 1/2 hour workshops you will get to know a new cadre of friends. You'll hear and share the stories of your journeys, challenges, and dreams. You'll learn through handouts, videos and discussion the story of our religious tradition and the history of UUFSB. In the process, we name the covenants and agreements that hold us together despite our many differences. Click here for descriptions of each of the three sessions.
Christine Sweeney at Grounds and Sounds Cafe - Friday, Mar. 14, 8:00 p.m.
Grounds and Sounds Café welcomes Long Island native Christine Sweeney and her band the Dirty Stayouts on March 14, at 8 p.m. With a voice as powerful as it is sultry and sweet, Christine deftly handles poppy and playful without sacrificing genuine emotion. Sweeney counts as influences John Mayer, Sara Barielles and Rilo Kiley. Christine's band features Mike Walsh on bass, Dave Ferro on piano, and Hugo Lopez on drums and Sam Kantor on backing vocals performing their unique brand of indie acoustic pop along with an eclectic mix of covers. For tickets, go to www.groundsandsounds.org.
Making Room at UUFSB: Update from the Task Force
The Making Room Task Force held open meetings with members of the congregation to discuss membership growth and increased needs for space. Discussions focused on two main topics: (1) transition to two Sunday services, if and when this will be needed, and (2) parking capacity. Please click here to read the full report.
CPR / AED Training – New Date: Saturday, March 15th, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Learn how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The Long Island Area Council (LIAC) of Unitarian Universalist congregations is offering this training at our Fellowship to members and friends of all UU congregations on Long Island. LIAC is offsetting much of the cost, so the fee is only $50 per person. Click here to find out more.
"Being A Healing Presence": A Training in Pastoral Care Lay Ministry - March 29th, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Pastoral Assistants (PAs) are excited to bring The Rev. ReBecca Sala to Stony Brook in March to offer us this training in congregational caregiving. All the PAs will be there and we would be delighted if many others in the congregation would join us in learning together how to offer our companionship and assistance most effectively to people who are suffering among us. You'll hear about how our PAs function in the congregation. You'll also learn about and practice some of the fundamental principles and skills of pastoral care-giving: active listening, visiting in institutional settings, the dynamics of grief and loss, confidentiality, maintaining healthy boundaries and managing stress and taking care of yourself. Obviously these skills apply to us as we care for members of our spiritual community, but they are also useful in many other settings in our lives, so come hone those skills with us. Are you interested in joining the Pastoral Assistants team? This is a good way to test the water!
Nonviolent Communication Workshop Series: April 12th-13th
“Heart to Heart”: two experiential workshops on Communicating with Compassion
We are delighted to welcome Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, CNVC Certified Trainer and co-founder of New England NVC and the Institute for Peaceable Communities, back to the Stony Brook Fellowship to teach another day-long Saturday introduction to nonviolent (compassionate) communication and a follow-up intermediate level workshop the following afternoon.
Jerry’s workshops always receive rave reviews and multiple requests for repeat experiences, so here you go! The price is right, the food is homemade, the company is you-you and the workshop can be life-changing. Come learn something new or jump into a review!
Click here for the flyer with details and registration information.
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 now 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.
This video was created by the Unitarian Universalist Association to give people an introduction to Unitarian Universalism.