February 1 – “Liberals and Conservatives” (#3 in the Democracy series) – Rev. Margie Allen
In which we think about what it means to be liberal and conservative, what values inform those positions and how we sustain a faith community that encourages mutually enriching conversations about normally polarizing issues.
Humanist Discussion Group - Tuesday, Feb. 3rd – 7:00 p.m.
The next meeting is on Tues. Feb. 3rd at 7:00 p.m. We will look into why the conservatives are doing so well in the elections and why, for example, people on Medicare, Social Security and Food Stamps will vote for someone who wants to reduce or eliminate these programs. A video presentation will be followed by a discussion of George Takoff's assertion that while the conservatives use framing to present ideas, progressives do not and that is why conservatives win. We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, from now until May 19.
For details about the group click here.
Read-In of African American Writers - Saturday, Feb. 7 - 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In addition to UUFSB members and friends, we invite interested community members to our 7th annual Read-in of African American Writers. Taking part is easy. From a published African American author, select a piece you can read aloud in three to five minutes. Children and adults are welcome to read or just to enjoy listening. There will be tokens of participation for young and for experienced readers. Light refreshments will be provided free of charge for all.
This event, held in honor of Black History Month, is part of the National African American Read-In organized by the National Council of Teachers of English and endorsed by the International Reading Association. Over a million readers of all ethnic groups, from 50 states, the District of Columbia, the West Indies, and African countries have participated in past years.
Come join us at UUFSB, Saturday Feb.7th for any length of time between the hours of 10:30 am to 4 pm. Share the love!
Marci Geller at Grounds and Sounds - Friday, Feb. 13 – 8:00 p.m.
Grounds and Sounds Café is delighted to welcome Marci Geller to the stage for a Friday, February 13 performance that begins at 8:00 p.m. After performing for many years as a part of various musical groups, Geller recently returned to solo performance and has been winning songwriting contests and scoring major folk festival features ever since. She has been called “an East Coast Joni Mitchell” and “a female John Prine,” and her most recent album, Open Book, is being played on over 100 radio stations across the U.S. and around the world.
Modern folk luminary Vance Gilbert has described Geller as “a Dulcet voiced angel” and she was named an “Editor’s Choice” in 2010 as one of Independent Songwriter Magazine’s favorite songwriters of the last decade. She brings musical confidence and vocal excellence to every performance, and fills a stage with passion, enthusiasm and a heartfelt truth that stir her audiences souls while inspiring them to reach deeper within themselves.
Stony Brook University Lecture on “The Moral Foundation of Worker Rights" - Wednesday, Feb. 18 - 4:00 p.m.
The Stony Brook University Center for Study of Working Class Life, with support from the College of Arts and Sciences, is bringing The Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP and founder of the Moral Monday Movement, to the SAC Auditorium on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Barber will deliver the Inaugural Distinguished Lecture in Working Class Studies: “The Moral Foundation of Worker Rights.” Click here for event details.
UUs around the country have joined Rev. Barber and local congregations in Moral Monday events in the last couple of years. Here are some stories about those events:
Please consider attending this event with Rev. Margie!
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.