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The Weekly Timetable - June 29th
Provides a listing of planned Sunday Service, events,
club meetings and other interesting information for the
|Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County
|where reason and love unite
Please Join Us For Forum and Sunday Service
Forum 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Service 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Singles, Couples and Families are Welcome
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County
7280 SE 135th Street
Summerfield, FL 34492
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Forum: Independence Day ( or close enough ) Tell us about
your experiences with this national day of celebration. What
were the traditions in the area where you grew up or where
you raised your family? What does this holiday mean to you
as a UU’er?
Service: Dr. Robert Tucker --“The Uncertainty of Science”
This sermon arises from the writings of famed physicist
Richard Feynman and shows how difficult, at the best of
times, it is to know what we know.
|FLORIDA UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS PARTICIPATE
IN MASS MORAL MARCH IN RALEIGH, NC
On February 7-8, more than 25 UUs from Florida (Marion County, Lakeland, 1U Orlando, Clearwater, Sarasota, Venice and Ft. Lauderdale)
participated as part of 1,500 Unitarian Universalists and over 80,000 people from various faiths and organizations in 32 states in the Mass Moral
March in Raleigh, NC. Our 13-strong Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County (UUFMC) group was proud to be the largest Florida
delegation to participate.
From two inspiring, stomping, singing, “We shall Overcoming” services at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh to our witness in the
streets, this was an event that re-energized our commitment to our mission of social justice as stated in our seven principles: 1st Principle: The
inherent worth and dignity of every person; 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; 6th Principle: The goal of world
community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
The North Carolina “Moral Monday” marches are a response to new voting restrictions and other repressive measures. For example, close to half
of the states in the U.S., with a concentration in the South, now have some form of voting restrictions. The marches are in support of:
• Protecting and Expanding Voting Rights and Civil Rights
• Economic Sustainability, Alleviating Poverty and Expanding Labor Rights for All
• Fully-Funded Constitutional Public Education
• Healthcare for All, Protecting Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and the Affordable Care Act
• Addressing Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
A “fusion coalition” of groups is working for true democracy in this country and for responsible decisions from our elected leaders for the benefit
of the people.
|MONTH OF July 2014 FORUM AND SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Theme for Sunday Services in July:
Forum: Independence Day ( or close enough ) Tell us about your experiences with this national day of celebration.
What were the traditions in the area where you grew up or where you raised your family? What does this holiday mean to
you as a UU’er?
Service: Dr. Robert Tucker --“The Uncertainty of Science” This sermon arises from the writings of famed physicist
Richard Feynman and shows how difficult, at the best of times, it is to know what we know.
Forum: Current affairs. Bring in a topic you would like discussed that is related to something currently in the local,
national or international news. (This is not a forum for topics related to internal UUFMC issues) Put your topic in on a
card or paper and place it in the basket on the table near AV. Topics will be selected randomly.
Service: Doug Worthington –“Robert Frost’s Poems through the Eyes of a UU”-- We reflect on three of Frost’s poems. We
touch on the challenges of being a UU, while making reference to spirituality and Pantheism. We call attention the
nourishment of our Sunday mornings together and on the challenges of doing more than just talking about social justice.
Service: Rev. Morris Sullivan-- “ Compassion” We often hear that compassion is a cornerstone of Buddhist practice: It’s a
common subject in books on Buddhism, and the Dalai Lama has even gone so far as to say, "My religion is compassion."
Like all major religions, compassion is a key practice in Buddhism. The principle and practice of compassion is the
guiding force in Buddhist ethics, and compassion is one of the three virtues said to characterize the Buddha. But when you
delve into compassion as a practice, you often find misunderstanding and even resistance. In this talk, we’ll consider
compassion: What it is, why it’s so important, how you get it, and what you do with it once you have it.
Forum: Barbara Schwartz will return to update us on issues concerning water in Marion County.
Service: Pete Kersey – “The Growing Mean Streak in America”-- a sermon that takes a sharp look at the incivility that
seems to be taking over many areas of common communication among the peoples of this country, from political to
religion and in much of the newer forms of communication like Twitter and Facebook so say nothing of the traditional,
such as letters to the editor. The sermon also dwells on how our UU principles come into play in reference to this issue.
L to R: Margaret Wineman, Jim Mullen,
Rev. Janet Onnie, Mike Donato
|UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF MARION COUNTY
CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY
On March 15-16 the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County (UUFMC) celebrated the 30th anniversary of our founding with a Gala
Luncheon and Sunday Service. Honored Guests, in addition to a number of Founding Members, included Gini Courter, former Moderator of the
UUA, Maggie Lovins and Connie Goodbread, both from the UUA Southern Region Congregational Life staff. Representing the Lake County
congregation were Russ Littlefield, President, and Chris Higgins, Vice President. Gini’s message spoke to the topic, “This Great Occasion.”
UUFMC's ’s 30th Anniversary Gala
UUFMC President Margaret Wineman Addresses
the 30th Anniversary Gala. Seated behind Margaret
is 30th Anniversary luncheon coordinator Barbara
UUFMC 30th Anniversary gala. Shown at center
are, left to right, UUFMC Minister Rev. Janet
Onnie, and UUA Southern Region Congregational
Life staffer Maggie Lovins.
|UUFMC 30th Anniversary service.
Shown, left to right, are Nancy Solberg, UUFMC
choir Director Al Solberg, drummer Eddie Boufford,
Rev. Janet Onnie, and pianist Phyllis Sharpe.
Former UUA moderator Gini Courter at UUFMC
30th Anniversary service.
Musicians at work are, left to right, Eddie Boufford
on drum, Jim Mullen on trumpet, and Claire
Arnold on piano.
Photo Credit: Nelson Hay
|UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF MARION COUNTY RECOGNIZED
AS A WELCOMING CONGREGATION
A bumper sticker on Rev. Janet Onnie's office door reads: "Something wonderful is about to happen!" Well it just did.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County (UUFMC) has received notice that UUFMC's application to be recognized as a
“Welcoming Congregation” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons (LGBTQ) was approved by the Unitarian Universalist
Association (UUA)—the denominational headquarters in Boston.
The Welcoming Congregation Program is a volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take intentional steps to
become more welcoming and inclusive of people with marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities.
First launched in 1990, the program grew out of an understanding that widespread prejudices and ignorance about LGBTQ people existed within
Unitarian Universalism. Today, 66% of U.S. Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and 94% of Canadian UU congregations are recognized as
Annette Marquis, UUA's Director of LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs, said, in an email to UUFMC: "It was a pleasure ... to read about what you
have accomplished and the powerful steps you've taken. I was particularly thrilled to hear how well attended your Welcoming Congregation
workshop sessions were! And I was impressed by the myriad ways that you all are serving as a force for LGBTQ justice in your community."
This achievement followed a unanimous vote of a quorum present at UUFMC’s Annual Membership Meeting on March 23rd, to seek recognition
from the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation.
UUFMC’s initial Welcoming Congregation programming began in October 2012 with the establishment of a Welcoming Congregation
Subcommittee of the Social Justice Committee. Some three dozen preparatory activities were undertaken in UUFMC’s Welcoming Congregation
program over an eighteen month period.
UUFMC’s educational activities have ranged from an intensive workshop to forums and movies. Community outreach has included support for
the establishment of a Gay-Straight Alliance Club in Lake County schools, public statements by the minister, press releases, and forums and films
that were opened to the community. UUFMC recently exhibited at a Rainbow Coalition Expo in The Villages.
In the congregational life activity category UUFMC has made a good beginning with use of more inclusive language, placement of a rainbow flag
and GLBTQ literature in the sanctuary, conduct of a Service of Commitment and pastoral counseling by the minister, and other steps.
In the coming months UUFMC will be developing an action plan to ensure that it doesn’t “drop the ball” but continues to make progress toward
truly being a Welcoming Congregation—to everyone of good faith.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County has spent 18
months studying the issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender
and queer persons
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County celebrates
recognition by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a
Welcoming Congregation for LGBTQ persons.
(fast forward to 3 1/2 minutes to the introductory remarks)
Sister Simone is an advocate of compassionate public policy. She
speaks eloquently inviting us to join her "walking toward trouble"
knowing that it will entail "walking toward doubt."