Vespers sundownVespers Service – Friday, April 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

This is our last Vespers for the congregational year, a great way to relax into yourself and into the weekend. These evening services are designed to be accessible to anyone of any faith, within or outside our congregation. The order of service consists of chants and short songs in a variety of languages sung with multiple repeats, like a mantra; instrumental intervals; three readings; a ten-minute meditation in relative darkness; a candle lighting and light gathering; a benediction; tea and cookies afterwards. Bring a sweet sounding bell or bell-like object if you have one and can remember.

Bereavement Support Group at UUFSB – Mondays, April 16 through June 11 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

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. Unitarian Universalist Community Minister in affiliation with UUFSB, The Rev. Dr. Linda Anderson, is facilitating a Bereavement Support Group on Monday evenings from 4-16-18 through 6-11-18, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  The group is free to all and is designed to be helpful to people of all faiths.

Linda encourages anyone who has lost a loved one within the past 15 months and struggles with grief to join. Each of the eight weekly sessions focuses on a topic of importance to grieving people. The group is limited to eight people and will close after the second session on April 23, so registration is necessary. Please contact the office to register (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – 631-751-0297) or Linda Anderson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

NYCLU Annual Meeting at UUFSB - Saturday, April 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

GangCrackdownThe Suffolk County Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union invites you to our Annual Membership Meeting, Saturday April 21. We will discuss Suffolk County’s central role in the school-to-deportation pipeline and how we can put a stop to it.  Join us for a screening of the PBS Frontline documentary, The Gang Crackdown, followed by a panel discussion with youth leaders, parent advocates, attorneys, immigrant rights advocates and others. Light refreshments will be served and English-to-Spanish interpretation will be provided. NYLCU (ACLU) members should also come prepared to vote to fill two open board positions. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 18 or call Irma Solis at 631-512-1587 for more information and to register.

Essentrics Workshop - Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

essentrics 75x75Essentrics Instructors Kay Aparo of NY and Dyan DeCastro of CT will host an Essentrics® Workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook on Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This workshop is for those interested in moving their body in order to feel better. The workshop will include a one-hour standing workout featuring gentle rebalancing exercises as well as an overview of Essentrics, its benefits and how it helps ease pain in feet, knees, back, etc., allowing everybody the possibility to live happier, healthier, and pain-free lives.  Click here for more information.

The 2018 Annual LIAC Dinner - Saturday, April 28

JulicaThe Annual Long Island Area Council (LIAC) Dinner will be be held at the Veatch House at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock. Cocktail hour is at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Julica Hermann de la Fuente will be the Keynote Speaker, and her topic will be “Our Commitment to Anti-Racism Requires Risk and Resilience.” Dinner tickets are $25 paid in advance, $30 at the door, and $10 for students. Send payments to Gretta Johnson-Sally (LIAC Financial Secretary) at 5 Reydon Place, Commack, NY 11725. For additional information, please contact Gretta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Julica will also offer a FREE workshop that afternoon from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the UU Congregation of Central Nassau in Garden City entitled "When Words Get In The Way: A Teach-In about White Supremacy Culture.” Julica is a candidate for ministry and a recent graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School. Please click here for complete details and click here to register

UU Connect Event: First Fridays Family Game Night - May 4 and June 1 - 7:00-9:00 p.m.

An evening of fun for all. Play our games or bring one of your own. $5 per person requested. Coffee and tea provided. UU Congregation of the Great South Bay at 11 Collins Ave., Sayville. For more information call Marian at 631 786-2090

GENDA 2018 Advocacy Day in Albany – Tuesday, May 8

The Social Justice Committee of UUFSB, together with many individual members, recently signed a letter to NY State Senator John Flanagan asking for him to support the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act in NY. This campaign is organized by Juli Grey-Owens who spoke at UUFSB in December. The GENDA 2018 group is heading to Albany on May 8 to speak with our state senators about this issue. For any members or committees who may want to attend, please click here for LGBTQI Advocacy Day registration and sponsorship. For more information or to discuss possible traveling arrangements, you can also contact Rev. Margie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Como Brothers at Grounds and Sounds - Friday, May 11, 8:00 p.m.

ComoBrothersLong Island singer/songwriters, Matt and Andrew Como, The Como Brothers, are gaining fame for their heartfelt lyrics, energetic performances, and endearing personalities. Combining a pop-rock sound with a blues vibe, they have written and recorded multiple albums and EP’s of original songs. Their latest songs were recorded with Grammy Nominated engineer Kenta Yonesaka at Germano Studios in New York City. Matt and Andrew have toured the East Coast performing at notable venues such as the Hard Rock Café and The Cutting Room in New York City along with sold out performances in Hollywood California and at Texas’ South by Southwest in recent years. Their songs have also been featured on TV shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Real World, Best Ink, and others.

Grounds and Sounds Café is thrilled to welcome these rising stars back to a “home-town” venue so our audience can see what all the fuss is about. To hear some of the brothers' music, click here. For tickets, click here.

NewStraub Strong Fundraiser - Sunday, May 20, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

StraubsA fundraiser will be held at the UUFSB on May 20 to aid the Straub family (Jason, Kathleen, and their two beautiful little girls). There will be lots of great live music including the Claudia Jacobs Band and Jellyband as well as some special guest artists. Come together in music and love to show your support for Jason and his family as they stay strong in the face of cancer. Tickets are on sale now and include an adult beverage. Please click here for event flyer.  Click here to buy tickets. Note that seats are limited and tickets cost $5 less if purchased in advance.

UU Women's Potluck Dinner - Friday June 22, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Meet, greet, enjoy conversation, and eat a delicious pot luck​ dinner provided by each other. BYOB. Water, ice tea and coffee will be provided. Child care will be available. Speak to Shelly Psaris, Nancy Hunter, Lori Jones, or Michele Maggio. RSVP by June 15 for child care and dinner to Shelly at 631-928-7094 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Humanist Discussion Group – Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m. 

humanist greenThe 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

  1. The first thing to keep in mind is that anything done in a congregational setting can be divisive if done poorly.
  2. An important question when considering a congregational resolution is to ask how it helps reach a goal.
  3. Another question to consider is whether or not the resolution reflects the congregation’s identity.