It will run for all five Wednesday evenings in August. We will start with a light meal at 6:30, and the class will run from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Andrew and I will provide the meal the first week, and we will do potluck for the remaining four weeks.
Childcare will be provided on request. And we encourage all parents in the household to attend.
This course was written by Makanah Morriss and David MacPherson, long time UUs, who have both preached at our church in the past. They share in the introduction to this course:
Throughout our Unitarian Universalist Association, most religious education centers on the weekly hour of classes offered each Sunday. Beyond that there may be a youth program, and periodic meetings and social events. Almost everyone admits that is not enough. For example, parents are continually asking how they can better understand and interpret UU values during the week. They want to help their children respond to questions such as: What is the Bible? What do UUs believe about God? Parents want to know how they can make their homes stronger centers for UU values.
Each session is divided into three parts:
The session titles are as follows:
By Rachel Bevins
Questions? Contact Rachel B. at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
By Rachel Bevins
As our August summer camp approaches, I wanted to take a moment to share with you how wonderful our June camp was!
In the last week of June, the UUFP coordinated with the homeschool group, Williamsburg Classical Academy, to create TIME TRAVEL week. With campers and youth counselors ranging from ages three to sixteen, we packed in a lot! We wrapped up mummies in Ancient Egypt, built (and destroyed) cardboard box castles in the European Middle Ages, learned a native peyote beading technique in the American Wild West, played an old-fashioned record player in the Swingin’ Sixties, and inoculated one of our counselors (with shaving cream!) against a strange alien bug on Future Day!
We were fortunate enough to meet a lot of special needs. It turned out that more than half of our participants are sensory special. It was such a treat to see kids realize they were not alone! I was so impressed by their ability to respect one another’s needs, help each other through rough patches, and just be able to relax, be themselves, and have fun. Of course a lot of amazing projects and inventive games were created as well. Special thanks to Joanne Dingus, Chris Addotta-Smith, Emily Darugar, Gail Engle, and Scott Kasmire, who were our fabulous guest counselors. They added their own perspectives and exciting activities to make an environment that was perfect for creating important bonds and wonderful memories.
Our next camp will be SCI-FI & FANTASY, August 6 - 10, 2018. Half day for ages three to six is $75, and full day for ages seven to twelve is $150. Junior and senior youth counselor positions, for ages thirteen to seventeen, and adult guest counselor positions are also available. Please contact Rachel B. at email@example.com for a flyer or registration information. We look forward to another week of making great memories!
Happy Birthday to all our members born in July!
Lucy Van Tine
If you are a member and have a birthday in July that we overlooked, please contact Bobbie Schilling; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
July 1st: “Human Kindness” and
July 8th: “Cosmic Perspective”
In describing the Earth as a “pale blue dot”, cosmologist Carl Sagan noted both the uniqueness and the isolation of our planet, lamenting the arrogance and cruelty that is unnecessarily common in human society and warning that “in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.” In these Sundays bracketing the week of Independence Day, let us celebrate our interdependence, lifting up our urgent need for (in the words of our Second Principle) justice, equity and compassion in human relations and reflecting on the humbling and character-building experience of knowing our place in the Universe.
July 15th: “Between Every Two Pines Is a Doorway to a New World”
There is more to those woods than meets the eyes, and no, we are not talking ghosts and goblins; to the contrary, we are talking phytoncides. Phytoncides are volatile chemicals that plants emit that make us feel good. In this sermon, Jan will explore the concept of “forest bathing” and the importance of forests and nature not only in his life, but also in our lives and religious traditions around the world.
Jan Briedé has been a member of the UUFP since 2000. Originally from Holland, he became a US citizen in 1994. He has a Ph.D. in Range Science from New Mexico State University with a specialty in Plant Physiological Ecology and works for the Department of Environmental Quality for which he provides environmental workshops throughout the state. Jan has been married to Donna for forty-one years. In his free time, he sails, grows bonsais, bikes, blogs and “forest bathes”.
July 22nd: “I’ve Never Been This Old Before”
In pursuit of July’s theme of Exploring, Julian will tell us about his remarkable spiritual journey from “Jewish wanna-be-Catholic in Warsaw, Poland” to “dues-paying UUFP member in Newport News” “by way of the Holocaust, both political and personal.” An award-winning, best-selling memoirist, whose published memoir stopped at age twenty-two when he graduated college, Julian will now recount what he considers “pretty much the total journey”.
After college and military service, Julian Padowicz enjoyed a thirty-nine-year career producing documentary films. He has published a memoir with three sequels, five novels and “Mrs. Parsley” books for children, and he continues to write. Julian and his wife, Donna Carter (who will join him at the pulpit), moved to Hampton and joined the UUFP in 2016.
July 29th: “To Arrive Where We Started”
Does the journey matter more than the destination? It’s certainly important to reach a goal, complete a task or otherwise achieve closure, but how we get there matters, too. In a religious community like our Fellowship, for example, individual growth and the deepening of relationships is an essential part of everything we do, whatever our other intentions. After all, every journey, no matter where it takes us, is ultimately a journey of self-discovery.