October 26 – "The Call You Can't Refuse" – DRE Gretta Johnson-Sally, Worship Leader
Today, we take a step back in time to learn about our Universalist roots by learning the historical story of John Murray and Thomas Potter. Our special guest speaker is the Rev. Carol Haag from The Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center.
Humanist Discussion Group Explores Escalating Inequality - Next Meeting on Tuesday, October 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
The UUA General Assembly voted to have this year's Congregational Study/Action Issue be Escalating Inequality. As many of us agreed that inequality of wealth, income and power was the most important issue facing the United States, we decided that this would be the topic for this fall's Humanist Discussion Group.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday Oct. 21. Our topic will be "Possible Solutions to Inequality." We meet the first and third Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship. If you would like to receive e-mails regarding UUFSB's Humanist Discussion Group, please contact Gil Hanson . For more details about the group, please click here.
"America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves." -- Kurt Vonnegut
Calling All Alumni of the Long Island Area Council Student Activity Fund! Sunday, October 26
The Student Activity Fund (SAF) is celebrating our 40th anniversary – and we would like you to join us in looking back and looking forward. For the past 40 years the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock has encouraged UU college students to live their religious values through internships in social action, advocacy and service provision. If you participated in the SAF program any time in the last 40 years, we invite you to celebrate with us at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock on Sunday afternoon, October 26th. Please contact Linda Pfeiffer at , or 631-584-6854, for more information. We look forward to sharing with you the amazing accomplishments of our UU students through the years!
Guest Speaker on "US Policy and Central American Children" - Sunday, October 26, 2:00 p.m.
Érika Patricia Guerra Escalante, on tour from Honduras, will be at UUFSB on Oct. 26 to speak about the role of US Policy and the Central American Children. The recent arrival of Central American children has brought much needed national attention to the situations of harm and poverty from which these children are fleeing. Ms Guerra Escalante will shed light on these conditions and discuss how United States policy has contributed to insecurity in Honduras and in other Central American countries, which continues to force children out of their home countries to embark on the treacherous journey north.
Although the talk will be in Spanish, an interpreter, Lizz Perking, will be translating in English. Join us at 2:00 p.m.
"Social Media: Teaching an Old Fellowship New Tricks" - Monday, October 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Want to get news, flyers, plugs, blurbs, petitions, reminders, photos, videos, and ideas out to the people who need to see them and to others who are likely to be interested? The baby-boomers among us have spent most of our life communicating primarily in person, by phone or by stamped mail. All the new electronic options for sending a message can feel overwhelming. Chris D'Orso manages social media at Stony Brook University. On October 27 at 7:00 p.m. he gladly brings his expertise to our second Leadership Development workshop: "Joining The Conversation: The Dynamic World of Social Media." Come join other congregational leaders in learning to use the power of social media to reach and engage others who share your passions and goals. Yes, you can teach an old Fellowship new tricks!
Folksinger George Mann Performs at UUFSB - Saturday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.
Folksinger and producer George Mann will be giving a concert at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stony Brook at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 1. A SUNY Stony Brook graduate and former leader of the Graduate Student Employees Union, George Mann sings songs from the last century of labor and social activism, and his own songs are powerful and funny takes on the state of the nation. His concerts are part sing-along, part history lesson, and he can make you shout for joy, send chills down your spine or bring tears to your eyes in the same set.
George created and produced the “Hail to the Thief!” CD series, which featured such folk legends as Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, Billy Bragg and Magpie, and his work with veterans, unions and anti-war groups has kept him on the front lines for more than 20 years. In 2010, George produced a compilation CD, “Until You Come Home: Songs for Veterans and their Kin,” that addressed the issue of PTSD and the effects of war on those who fight them. His newest CD, “The Almanac Trail” celebrates the labor songs of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. More info at www.georgemann.org.
Come on down for a great night of music, fun, and community! This event is suitable for all ages. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; suggested donation is $10, but all are welcome and no one turned away for lack of funds! To make a suggested donation in advance, click here.
Defying Gravity Leadership Day: Habits of the Heart - Growing Beyond Our Divisions - Saturday, November 15, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
What: A joint leaderhsip program offered by the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock and the UU District of Metro NY
When: Sat., Nov. 15: Coffee and bagels at 9:00 a.m.; program starts at 9:30 a.m.
Where: UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset NY 10030
Cost: Registration of $30 includes lunch; scholarships available.
Leadership in a congregation can feel like a heavy responsibility. Come to the Defying Gravity Leadership Day and find out how to ease your mind, lighten your heart, and inflate your soul. This multi-track conference will provide specific skills instruction tailored just for you, uncovering the link between leadership and your personal spiritual growth. The morning session includes a keynote address on "Beyond Partisan Division" as well as centering music; choose from one of 10 afternoon workshops.
For a flyer, click here.
For workshop descriptions, click here.
To register, click here
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 now 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.
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.