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Roy has shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, John Oliver and others. In his ninety-minute Fellowship presentation, you will hear both hilarious parodies and forceful original songs affirming Peace and Social Justice. "I get accused of 'preaching to the choir,'" he says, "but that's not how I think of it. I think of it as 'entertaining the troops.'"
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By Joanne Dingus
On Wednesday evenings throughout the month of August, Rev. Andrew Millard and I co-led a UU Parenting class. We used the curriculum, Being a UU Parent, created by Rev. David MacPherson and Rev. Makanah Morriss. Although the curriculum was published in 1991 the foundations of the program remain relevant today, and with a few tweaks, it provided a wonderful springboard for discussions. We added chalice lightings and updated resource lists.
We had 21 adults and 24 children participate. Not everyone was able to make it every week but we always had a good crowd. Participants included young families, older families, single parents, military families with one parent deployed and co-parenting couples.
We started each session with a meal. Andrew and I each provided one meal, and the rest of the meals were potluck style with a sign-up sheet so that no family had to contribute more than twice.
The children were cared for in the back RE space by Mari and Gracie Thompson, two of our teens. Some of the older children also pitched in to keep the large group of kids happy and safe.
The course began with a discussion on UU values we want to share with our children and ended with ways to live our beliefs. We talked about family life, ways to bring Unitarian Universalism into our homes and shared thoughts on ways to celebrate. Each class had time for theological exploration, ways to connect to UUism and a time for sharing and support.
The class work was varied and interesting, but the best part of the course seemed to me to be the connections made between parents and the building of a greater sense of community.
Rev. Millard and I believe that this course was very beneficial and hope that it will lead to other parent and family programs which might include, parent support groups, marriage support groups, Our Whole Lives classes, and the Parents as Spiritual Guides class.
Last April, as per the the UUFP Endowment Proposal Guidelines, the Trustees, Roy Schilling, Judy Remsberg, and Mason Moseley, decided that $1,500.00 would be offered for grants this year. Proposals were sought from within the congregation and from our share-the-basket partners.
The Trustees are proud to announce the following grants for 2018:
"Kid’s Day In" will be a Sunday afternoon activity for the congregation’s youth while reaching out to the community to seek participation from Autism advocacy groups. Friendship building through games and crafts is an objective, along with giving teens a volunteer and leadership opportunity. The program will run every other month and target ages 4 – 12. Two adults will plan and lead activities with teens and older siblings helping out. The grant will be used to pay the adults and purchase materials. A successful trial run of the program took place in June with seven children in attendance.
As another way to help those in need to escape food insecurity, the Foodbank established a rigorous 12-week training course to teach culinary and “life” skills in 2014. This grant will go towards paying for the chef coats, chef hats, classroom thermometers, and classroom materials for this year’s class of eight. Students graduate with a ServSafe Manager Certificate and assistance in finding work. The class is directed by an Executive Chef and a Production Chef who are on the Foodbank’s staff. The students prepare meals for the Kid’s Café after school and summer program, thus also benefiting the community. Serving food to children has meant as much as any part of the training to many of the graduates, the grant application reported. Students receive training in conflict resolution, financial management, budgeting, resume writing and interviewing, leadership, and time management.
The Fellowship has long supported LINK programs and continues with this grant. This program is the only one of its kind on the East Coast. Developed six years ago in partnership with the VA Medical Center in Hampton, this program offers veterans the care and services they need while recovering from an illness. Medical professionals work alongside community volunteers in providing round-the-clock care and transportation. Those in the program are living in a home in the community, so volunteers help with maintenance and grounds, as well. The grant will be used for materials, such as brochures and business cards that will explain this and LINK’s Emergency Shelter programs as an outreach out to the homeless veteran community.
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Services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.
September 2nd: “Onward and Upward”
For generations, our Universalist and Unitarian ancestors-in-faith sought to grow the Beloved Community by fostering “the continuity of human development in all worlds, or, the progress of humanity onward and upward forever.” And yet, we know that progress is never linear, that there are always set-backs and disappointments along the way. How do we temper our optimism while still striving for a better world?
September 9th: “That Transcending Mystery”
A survey of ten thousand Unitarian Universalists found that nearly sixty percent of them had considered leaving the faith. They gave various explanations, but, interestingly, only a small minority of the respondents said that it was because of “too much spirituality”. How do we reconcile the historical role of reason in liberal religion with theologian Bernard Meland’s dictum that “we live more deeply than we think”?
Jeffrey Hinkley has been a UU for almost forty years and UUFP member for twenty, teaching youth and adult Religious Exploration and eventually serving on five committees. His sermon is an outgrowth of his second experience with the “Shared Pulpit” class led by Joanne Dingus earlier this year.
September 16th: “How Coyote Lost His Songs, Music and Dance”
Coyote lived in a village with a number of other people, but one day he decided that he didn’t want to be around them any more. He had his songs, his music and his dance, and he didn’t need anyone else for any of those things. Besides, Rabbit, Moose, Raven and all of the other people were strange and they often annoyed him. When he set off to find a place to be by himself, though, Coyote discovered how hard it was to be himself.
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10am on September 22nd: “Blessing of the Animals”
Pets are an important part of so many of our lives, so join us on the UUFP’s lawn to celebrate our special friends. Bring along your (controllable) buddies to the ceremony. We will express our thanks to them for all they give us with a blessing in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.
Jim Sanderson will officiate, assisted by Nan Procyson.
September 23rd: “Growing through Covenant”
Unitarian Universalism is defined not by a set of beliefs but by the promises we make regarding how we’ll treat one another and our world. As such, we are a religion based not on creed, but on covenant. In our congregation, each Fellowship circle has its own covenant, as do our Religious Exploration classes and the Policy Board. What would it mean for the UUFP as a whole to have such a covenant?
Special music will be provided by the UUFP ChorUUs!
September 30th: “Good Luck: Universalism in America”
On September 30th 1770, Universalist minister John Murray preached at Thomas Potter farm in Good Luck, New Jersey. It was Murray’s first sermon in America, having left England after personal tragedy and vowing never to preach again, and it was the first sermon in Potter’s chapel which, believing that God would send him a Universalist minister, he’d built ten years before. Was it a miracle that the ship from England ran aground at Good Luck and that the wind kept it there until Sunday morning came?
We welcome our new Choir Accompanist, Daniel Santos!
Happy Birthday to all our members born in September!
Mary Faia Morales
If you are a member and have a birthday in September that we overlooked, please contact Bobbie Schilling; email@example.com.