August 30 – “The Busy Bug” – Rev. Margie Allen
The busy season is upon us. We’ll explore some means to avoid or recover quickly from this disheartening spiritual malady.
Laughter Yoga Classes - Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Next Session Is Sept. 1
Who doesn't need a good laugh? Laughter Yoga is open for all who want to explore a scientifically proven way to reduce stress, increase endorphins and induce relaxation, along with a host of other incredible benefits. Laughter Yoga uses special guided techniques to induce laughter. The group starts out by performing light exercises together with eye contact and playfulness. Then it turns to contagious laughter. Laughter oxygenates the body and brain. It lifts the mood and can relieve a myriad of health conditions. Join our certified Laugher Yoga Facilitator, Jean Larsen, at any time and attend whenever is convenient. We appreciate if you can RSVP to Peggy at . All are welcome. Classes will be held on the following Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.:
Sept. 1, 15, 22 Oct. 6, 20 Nov. 3, 17 Dec. 1, 15, 29 Jan. 5, 19
Grounds and Sounds Cafe Presents Arlon Bennett - Friday, Sept. 11, 8:00 p.m.
Grounds and Sounds is happy to welcome Arlon Bennett back to its stage. Since performing here in 2009, Arlon’s influence in the Folk/Americana scene has grown steadily, and he has accumulated songwriting awards throughout North America, including being a finalist in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Performing Songwriter contest. The lyrics to his song in tribute to Arthur Ashe, The Ace in Grace, were used in the official statue dedication of late tennis champion, humanitarian and personal hero, Arthur Ashe. And the New York Mets chose the title track of his CD Summer’s Voice to be featured in a tribute video to Hall of Fame sportscaster Bob Murphy before a packed house at Shea Stadium. Arlon is never afraid to experiment and push his boundaries. He was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, and started a musical healing project called The Healing Project which features prominently in his latest CD, World of Possibility.
Humanist Discussion Group Continues Study of "Escalating Inequality" - Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7:00 p.m.
The members of the Humanist Discussion Group are convinced that one of the most important issues facing the United States is Escalating Inequality, which is a result of the overwhelming influence that the large multinational corporations, plutocrats and their supporters have on American governments and society. Other related issues such as global warming, lack of opportunity, inadequate health care, segregated education, unemployment, low wages, etc. are a direct or an indirect result of this influence. Plutocrats and their followers judge the value of anything and everything only in terms of money and not in terms of sustainability or how human lives are affected by their actions.
The Humanist Discussion Group will continue the study of Escalating Inequality, the UUA Congregational Study/Action Issue for 2014-2018, during the coming fall. Our first meeting will be on Tues. Sept. 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Yellow Room at the Fellowship. We will continue to meet in the fall at the Fellowship on the first and third Tuesday of the month until Dec. 15. Click here for further details.
Fall Tai Chi Classes Announced - Sign up by Labor Day
The day you start Tai Chi. . . . is the day you stop aging. Tai Chi is a journey, not necessarily a destination. As you learn and practice these movements, your flexibility, balance and strength improve. Your memory is challenged. As you memorize and fully integrate the movements, you are able to experience a spiritual tranquility.
Our Fellowship has one of the largest Tai Chi offerings on Long Island with wonderful patient teachers ready to help students at all levels. We offer morning and evening classes. Click here for the complete fall calendar. Call Linda Mikell to help you decide which class is the perfect fit for you (631-543-0337) or call Susan in the office at 751-0297 to register. Classes start right after Labor Day. The first class is free for new students, but you must register before the class. The 12-lesson semester is $144. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step," wrote Lao-Tzu. Do yourself a favor and begin your journey now.
Leadership Development Workshop: "Survey Development Principles" - Monday, Sept. 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The UUFSB Leadership Development Team (LDT) is pleased to announce the first of this year’s workshops, to be held on Monday evening, September 28, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Fellowship. We rely on surveys for information in many areas of our lives – in the news, at work and also here at UUFSB. What seems a simple task -- creating a useful survey -- is really not simple at all. Dr. Leonie Huddy, Professor of Political Science at SBU, will give us the basics on when and how to use surveys to get the most accurate and revealing data. Dr. Huddy is the Director of the Survey Center, and a frequent election eve guest on CBS radio.
Caring for the Dying and the People Who Love Them - Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Workshop at UUFSB Led by the Rev. Dr. Linda Anderson
In this workshop you will learn about the dying process and the wide range of feelings experienced when people grieve. You will practice listening and gain practical skills for responding. You will identify ways to manage your own feelings and take care of yourself. This workshop is for congregational Pastoral Care teams and anyone who wants to care for people who are dying and those who love them.
The Rev. Dr. Linda Anderson is a Unitarian Universalist minister whose community ministry is Bereavement Services. She has been a hospital chaplain and an educator of chaplains with Catholic Health Services of LI and prior to that she served the UU Congregation of the Catskills in Kingston NY for eighteen years. She is on the Board of the UU Trauma Response Ministry.
$40 per person registration fee covers the workshop as well as breakfast, lunch and snacks. Bring a team of 4 from your congregation --- pay for 3 and get the 4th free (a 25% discount). The workshop is sponsored by the Metro NY District and hosted by UUFSB. Register online at www.uumetrony.org/events or call the office 631-751-0297. Contact Linda for more information at .
SAVE THE DATE: UUFSB Goods and Services Auction - Saturday, Nov. 21, 6:00 p.m.
Come “space out” at our 2015 Annual Goods and Services Auction, “Across the UUniverse,” on Saturday, Nov. 21. It will be out of this world! You can wear your best outer space outfit – perhaps don your Mr. Spock ears or Darth Vader helmet, or dress as your favorite celestial orb! Or not! Please see the September newsletter for details, including information on how, what, and when to donate items. Let’s make this the best auction yet
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.