UUFSB Youth Participate in Midnight Run - Please Donate by May 29
Each year our youth participate in the Midnight Run, a social justice initiative to deliver food and clothing to the homeless on the streets of New York City. The youth travel with adults to locations scheduled by the parent organization. It is a chance for them to engage the homeless population in conversation and help with clothing and meals. This year the Run is Friday, May 29. Please place your donations of new and used clothing and travel-size toiletries in the designated basket in the lobby by 5:00 p.m. on May 29. Financial contributions are also accepted (see Gretta Johnson-Sally or Ted Masters) so that the youth can purchase new underwear, socks and other items. Thank you for your support!
Raise the Age Campaign Road Trip to Albany: Tuesday, June 2
Barbara Coley and Rev. Margie invite you to join them for a lobbying trip for "Raise the Age!"
Free bus pickup is available at Suffolk and Nassau County locations: at 1625 Brentwood Road, Brentwood at 6:00 a.m. and at 500 Searingtown Road, Roslyn at 6:45 a.m. There will be breakfast bagels and snacks provided on the bus as well as a free lunch in Albany for all participants. We will head back at 3:00 p.m. so we should be close to home by 6:00-7:00 p.m. We have about 10 seats left on the bus right now with a little more than 35 confirmed and 49 seats on the bus total.
New York continues to be the only state other than North Carolina that prosecutes ALL youth as adults when they turn 16 years of age. Multiple studies have confirmed that prosecuting and placing children in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn’t work for public safety. Click here for an enlightening fact sheet on this issue.
Bereavement Support Group at UUFSB – New Group Starting June 4
UUFSB has created a Bereavement Support Program consisting of eight sessions. The next Bereavement Support Group starts on Thursday, June 4 at the Fellowship. The group, which will meet on eight Thursdays in June and July from 7:00-8:30 p.m., is facilitated by trained clergy and board certified chaplains, led by the Rev. Dr. Linda Anderson. There is no charge and it is open to all, although registration is required. This group is designed to offer support and comfort to people of all faiths.
The death of a loved one is considered to be the greatest stressor in life and it can take months or even years to regain balance. Grieving people can often benefit from sharing their feelings in a safe environment with people who are not necessarily family or close friends. Dr. Anderson notes that "The mutual support of a bereavement group can play an important role in emotional well-being. Bereavement groups allow those who have lost a loved one to share their struggles and feelings with others who have experienced a similar loss. I have seen how much a support group can help someone as he or she grieves." The potential to benefit from a bereavement group is not limited to people who have suffered a loss in recent weeks or months, and Dr. Anderson encourages anyone who has lost a loved one within the past fifteen months and struggles with grief to join the group.
For further information about the Bereavement Support Group and to register for the group that begins on June 4, please call 631 751-0297.
Annual Meeting: Includes Vote on By-laws Amendments (UUFSB Members Only) - Sunday, June 7, 12:15 p.m.
This is our congregation's annual meeting. Gather in the sanctuary following the service. Please plan to attend!
Claudia Jacobs Band at Grounds & Sounds Cafe - Friday, June 12, 8:00 p.m.
The Claudia Jacobs Band returns to Grounds and Sounds with new songs and a new horn player! Claudia’s amazing voice, her electric stage presence, and the band’s eclectic mix of musical styles have made the Claudia Jacobs Band one of Long Island's most popular performers. The Long Island Press calls Claudia “Long Island’s favorite soul singer.” Click here to visit the group's web site.
The Grounds & Sounds Café features the best in live acoustic music in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy gourmet coffee, pastries and desserts. Bring a bottle of wine and we’ll pour it for you (small fee) – fruit and cheese plates are available, too. The doors open and sign-up for the open mic begins 7:30, and the show begins with an open mic at 8:00 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.
25th Annual LI Gay Pride Parade - Saturday, June 13
The 25th annual Long Island Gay Pride Parade will be held in Huntington on Saturday, June 13. Come and march behind the UUFSB banner. Allies and LGBTQ folk, teenagers and adults - let's show our support in numbers! Come and cheer if you can't march. It is a lot of fun and an easy, slow-paced walk (less than one mile).
The parade starts at noon and is followed by Pridefest in Hecksher Park. This festival features music, live entertainment, food, community information booths and vendors, as well as a clown and face painting for the kids. The park also has a duck pond and a large playground. Click here to visit the LI Pride web site.