February 14 – “Strong Love” – Rev. Margie Allen
“Standing on the Side of Love” is not an easy gig, not a rose behind the back, not a box of chocolate, not the card thank-god-you-remembered. The kind of Love we stand with takes guts and sinew and withering perseverance and it calls to us into places that scare us.
The Incomparable Kerry Kearney at Grounds and Sounds Cafe – Friday, Feb. 12, 8:00 p.m.
It seems like each Kerry Kearney show at Grounds and Sounds is better than the last, so we're excited to get him back on our stage on Feb. 12. Kearney is a slide guitar master, who plays and works his instrument to limits that amaze even the most seasoned musician or cultured music fan. Strongly influenced by Lightning Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt and Eric Clapton, the sounds Kerry creates from his vintage, stock and custom made guitars are as unique as his song writing and original melodies. Kerry has gathered a unique, talented group of musicians to form the Kerry Kearney Band and has toured nationally and internationally with the Allman Brothers Band and Dickey Betts.
Humanist Discussion Group Meets Monday, Feb. 15, 7:15-8:45 p.m.
Our next meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Mon. Feb. 15 in the Yellow Room at the Fellowship. The topic is Promise Zones. In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out an initiative to designate a number of high-poverty urban, rural and tribal communities as Promise Zones, where the federal government will partner with and invest in communities to accomplish the following goals:
- Create jobs
- Leverage private investment
- Increase economic activity
- Expand educational opportunities
- Reduce violent crime.
Twenty Promise Zones have been chosen for ten-year programs. Unlike earlier efforts to revitalize neighborhoods, this program tries to tackle a larger spectrum of social and health needs. Borrowing from the Harlem Children’s Zone, the strategy seeks to help students perform better in school, but also provides services to parents and other adults in the neighborhood.
PLEASE NOTE: From February through May, we will meet on the first and third Mondays at 7:15 p.m. in the Yellow Room at the Fellowship. For more about the Humanist Discussion Group, click here.
Le Petit Salon de Musique Announces The Gratus Duo - Feb. 21, 2:00 p.m.
Fans of classical music will be excited to know that Le Petit Salon de Musique is bringing The Gratus Duo to its stage on Feb. 21 at 2:00 p.m. Pianist Hsin-Chiao Liao is a stunning talent from Taiwan who perfectly complements Vietnamese cellist Phuc Phan to create a remarkable new chamber music duo that will offer some of the most beautiful pieces of cello and piano music ever written. This exceptional concert will include a sonata for cello and piano by F.Mendelssohn, sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord by J. S. Bach (played on cello and piano), a set of variations for cello and piano by L. Beethoven and Pohadka (Fairy Tale) by Leos Janacek.
Tickets for this event are $20 at the door or $15 online. Tickets for seniors are $15 at the door or $10 online and for students are $5. Click here for tickets.
Annual African American Writers Read-In with New Format – Saturday, Feb. 27
The UUFSB Racial Concerns Committee invites you to an original and special event on Saturday, Feb. 27. Each year for the last five years, we have celebrated Black History Month by having an intergenerational read-in of published writing by African Americans. This year, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, children and youth will read selections (3-5 minutes); in the afternoon from 12:30-4:00 p.m., adults will read Ta-Nehisi Coates' 152-page memoir, Between the World and Me.
This is the first time Racial Concerns has limited the adult reading selections to a single work. We do so because Between the World and Me is as important as it is highly recommended. The book has been at or near the top of the NY Times Best Seller lists for 29 weeks. In praise of it, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison writes, “I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of [the book], like Coates’s journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive…its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory. This is required reading.”
Claudia Jacobs Band "Valentine" Concert - Saturday, Feb. 27 - Seats Still Available!
The Claudia Jacobs Band will be playing a special "Valentine" concert on Saturday, Feb. 27 at UUFSB. From Claudia:. "I’ve always wanted to curate a concert around V-Day and share the ups and downs that life brings through some of my favorite songs." Join Claudia, Greg Galluccio and Dan Weymouth, along with the expertly placed percussion of Steve Finkelstein, for a special night you won't soon forget!
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.