Saturday Oct. 3 Work Party Cancelled

Due to the inclement weather forecast and limited access to the inside of the building, the UUFSB work party scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, October 3), has been cancelled and rescheduled for next Saturday, October 10. Please join us then, any time between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., to help beautify our building and grounds.

Statement from Peter Morales on Campus Shooting

PeterMoralesThe Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued this statement following the news of the shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College:

"I am saddened and sickened to hear of the shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon. I send my most heartfelt message of condolence and support to the families and friends of the victims. Places of education and advanced learning are sacred spaces that should be protected and sheltered from violence.

"One cannot learn in fear. And as a society and a nation, we must do all we can to protect our young learners from fear and violence. At the 2014 General Assembly, delegates passed an Action of Immediate Witness affirming congregational commitment to gun violence prevention. It is clear that greater controls on access to guns are desperately needed in this country.

"We cannot wait when young people are dying in classrooms. Our lawmakers must act, and we must hold them accountable."

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.

LindaA headshotThe 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 or call the office 631-751-0297. Contact Linda for more information at .

Humanist Discussion Group Continues Study of "Escalating Inequality" - Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7:00 p.m.

humanist greenOur next meeting is 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Tues. October 6 in the Yellow Room at the Fellowship. Everyone is invited. Surveys show that most Americans are in favor of raising the minimum wage. The big question is "How to do it?" The topic for discussion on Oct. 6 is "Approaches to Increasing the Minimum Wage." 

No person can maximize the American Dream on the minimum wage . - Benjamin Todd Jealous (former president of NAACP).

Click here for further details about the group. For information or if you would like to be on the mailing list, please contact Gil Hanson at .

UUSC and UUA Respond to the Global Refugee Crisis

refugeesUnitarian Universalist Service Committee President and CEO Bill Schulz and Unitarian Universalist Association President Peter Morales have issued this joint statement about the global refugee crisis: The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) remain gravely concerned about the global refugee crisis and are committed to taking action. That's why they have announced these two initiatives:

  • A special UUSC-UUA Refugee Crisis Fund, with the goal of raising $250,000 over the next 15 days.
  • A petition drive to pressure the Obama administration to substantially raise the number of refugees admitted into the United States to 200,000.

Donations to our UUSC-UUA Refugee Crisis Fund will go directly to our partners operating on the ground in countries receiving refugees. Our work will focus on ensuring the safe passage of refugees seeking safety and helping refugees access their rights in host countries.

Raising the general refugee admission ceiling to accommodate the growing number of people seeking asylum from Syria and other war-torn countries is a simple policy change that will have a huge impact. Right now, 11 million Syrians have been forced to leave their homes after four years of civil war. Worldwide, an estimated 60 million people have been displaced, leading to the largest crisis of forced displacement since World War II. The United States must step up as a leader in aiding these vulnerable people.

It is our moral imperative to act during this tragedy, and the UUA and UUSC will continue to respond in the coming weeks and months. The UUA and UUSC have a long history of aiding people who are fleeing violence and persecution—a history rooted in helping refugees fleeing Nazi oppression during World War II. Today, we are building on that tradition.

Laughter Yoga Classes - Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Next Session Is Oct. 6

laughter transparentWho 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, which oxygenates the body and brain, 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.:  

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Kripalu Yoga Fall Semester  

yoga transOur wonderful teacher, Jean Cipriano, has begun the fall session of yoga classes. Kripalu Yoga is a very gentle yoga. . . good for all ages and all abilities. Jean is cognizant of people’s abilities and makes it a superb experience for each student. Classes are every Monday morning (8:45 a.m.) and evening (6:00 p.m.). NOTE: First class is free for new students. Click here for the fall schedule. Call or email Linda Mikell for more information or to sign up (543-0337 or ).

Fall Tai Chi Classes

tai chi transThe 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 can 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 calendar of fall classes. Call Linda Mikell to help you decide which is the perfect fit for you (631-543-0337) or call Susan in the office at 751-0297 to register. 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.

SAVE THE DATE: UUFSB Goods and Services Auction - Saturday, Nov. 21, 6:00 p.m.

AuctionGraphic 2015 2Come “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! (Costumes are optional.)  Please click here for details, including information on how, what, and when to donate items. Donation deadline is Oct. 25. Let’s make this the best auction yet!