UUCOB Members and Friends Weekly News
|March 28, 2021|
9:15 Discussion Group, Topic: “What does the great I Am mean?”
10:30 Service: Rev. Kathy Rickey, “Ostara and Our Commitment to the 7th Principle” We will be one week past the Spring Equinox, for many cultures a time to celebrate fertility, rebirth, and the coming fruits of the earth. Let us be reminded of our call to live responsibly within the biosphere that sustains all life on the planet. Service Leader: Carolyn West.
Joys & Concerns: Email your joys & concerns to Rev. Kathy by Saturday to include in the Sunday service.
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April 4 is Easter. For this Easter service, I invite everyone to send me your best hopes for a post-pandemic life. I invite you to share the ways in which you intend to live differently – perhaps it will be with new appreciation for the little pleasures in life, perhaps it will be to make less of an impact on the environment, or perhaps it will be to visit the grandchildren more often. Perhaps the question is how will we live our lives with just a little more purpose and depth and a little less impact on your environs? Please share your thoughts for Easter Sunday by emailing them to me at email@example.com. With many thanks and I look forward to reading your thoughts.
Pandemic Reflections – Easter/Passover 2021
For our service on April 4, 2021, we shared these “best hopes for a post-pandemic life.”
“I look forward to meeting with groups of friends, without having to worry about safety precautions for COVID. To shake hands, sit closer than 6 feet, laugh, tell stories, talk, and exchange a lot of hugs. I look forward to more visits to my daughter, her husband, and young grandchildren. I will be especially grateful to not read or hear about COVID anymore. To not feel daily waves of sadness for the folks who have died or lost loved ones.I have a sense of gratitude for the good health of myself and loved ones. There is greater appreciation for the little blessings.”—Marilyn Sapsford
“Our post-COVID theme: Think-plan-do. We are filled with beginnings. We will do more walking, beach time, rivers, and campgrounds, canoeing and snorkeling, look for scallops, take more day trips, visit those near and dear, buy wedding rings, get married in a small ceremony with friends.”—Ludy Goodson and Stephen Estabrooks
“My best hopes for post pandemic life? Good question. I want to fear less and love more. That is ongoing for me. Short and sweet.”—Beverly Berger
“I hope that HR1 passes putting an end to voter suppression.”—Meg Bower
“I have experienced, in my UU life, a great compassion for helping members coping with being cut off from regular social things such as face to face visits and Sunday morning services…I am so happy that we all worked together getting people connected on ZOOM.Luckily, I have many interests that can be accomplished by being a homebody, and Philip has his walks and his meals every day which is important to him. The biggest loss has been not seeing our children up close, in Florida and New York. Now that we have our vaccines completed, as have our children, we will be able to return slowly to ‘normal’ life again.”—Betty Green
“In this last year of isolation and caution, I have come to value kindness between people and appreciate the small graces, the little things that bring joy, especially the natural beauty that surrounds me.”— Susan Garrison
“I hope we can come back to a super-normal life; a kinder gentler world in which we realize we need each other to survive.”—Helen Casoli
“I look forward to seeing friends more; just hanging out with friends makes me happy.”—Madison Webb
“I hope to travel more, and I hope the experience of the pandemic compels people to cooperate more with each other.”—Dorothy Dobbins
“I look forward to not worrying so much about the future and to visiting my great-grandchildren.”—Marge Dash
“I look forward to getting together again and connecting with much greater intention than ever before; in other words, in the future, not taking for granted what it means to be face-to-face with friends and loved ones.” Jeanne Young
“In the past year, I learned how important it is to be in community. I look forward to seeing people face-to-face; the energy is different when we are in the same room.”—Chris Gruner
“The past year has been so challenging with the politics, the pandemic, and retirement. At the beginning of the pandemic, I was compelled to retire because my job was shipped overseas. Going forward, I will be learning to adjust to a new, new normal.”—Robbie Zarske
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UUCOB Racial Justice Programming 2021
31 Mar, Wed, 4:00 p.m.: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston book discussion presented by Dan Gribbin
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82220322109?pwd=ZEx4azFyWkkvNU9lVjh3MTNMYjUrQT09
07 April, Wed, 4:00 p.m.: “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuff” Play by Ntozake Shange, presented by Reinhold Schlieper and Linda Kalaydjian
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83049111392?pwd=cngyS3R6eDJ6cUtnbzFVTGQrdHQ1dz09
Member Service Offering: Even before CV19 many banks were limiting free notary services to documents signed by a customer of that bank. Finding and accessing notaries is made more difficult by the virus pandemic. I’ll be glad to attempt to help (at no charge) if you should need a notary.
— Phil Eliot
We are doing splendidly with our vaccination efforts. A small group of us have been assisting the congregation with various ways to receive their COVID vaccinations and almost everyone who has asked for help has now received at least their first dose.
COVID Vaccination Assistance
We are doing splendidly with our vaccination efforts. A small group of us have been assisting the congregation with various ways to receive their Covid vaccinations and everyone who has asked for help has now received at least their first dose. The Publix system has improved a bit and we seem able to get appointments more easily. Now that the age limit has been dropped to 40 in Florida (this Monday), there may be more of you who need to know the best ways to apply, so please contact Gaia Davies if you need information or help.
Food Bank Donations
We are down to our last Saturday of food bank donation collections, so let’s make it the best day ever! The R.E. kids had a great time carrying boxes and bags and sorting through food, even in the cold rain! Each week we have had at least 2 large trunks full of food to take to the Jerry Doliner food bank.
The whole community that is contributing. So please tell your neighbors and friends to drop off food at the UU parking lot from 11 to 1 pm one last time on March 27th.
If you can put notices up in your neighborhood, contact Gaia Davies for information.
And Even More Exciting News
Over the past month, we have collected about $2000 to donate to the food bank at the end of the month! And our donations will be matched by two local donors! So if you haven’t sent your check to Linda Kalaydjian yet, please do. Made out to UUCOB, with Alliance, food bank on the memo line.
Thank you everybody!
From Your President
BOARD OF TRUSTEE MEETING–The meeting will take place April 15, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. UU members are encouraged to attend. If you wish to attend, please contact President Julie Hilburn <firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom connection to the meeting
Featured member? We will soon be looking for a featured member for the Web site. Please nominate a current member to be featured on the front page of the UUCOB WEB Page. The name will be randomly drawn by the Web TEAM; we will then contact the lucky person and work with the individual to produce the article. The articles will not go away but stay for all to enjoy. — Julie Hilburn and Ludy Goodson
— Julie Hilburn
Our Mission is to encourage and facilitate consideration of ethics, philosophies, and religions and the development of our individual values and beliefs; to provide opportunities for fellowship and mutual support; to establish and maintain a vigorous Unitarian Universalist presence in our local community; and to expand our membership.
The Southern Region Toolbox Webinars are compact and efficient one-time training sessions, offered monthly, that support congregations and congregational leadership. Toolbox Webinars are offered live, and recordings of these live sessions are sent to all participants who registered for the sessions.
Upcoming sessions and topics (Second Tuesdays at 7:00 PM ET):
|April 13 – Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Resources|
May 11 – Governance in the Congregation
Learn more and register: https://uua.wufoo.com/forms/z1g6zw5716afwql/
Breaking Covenant – Repair Restore Renew Virtual Workshop, April 10, 2021
Every congregation has experienced destructive behavior that has caused upset, tumult, and conflict, from microaggressions to outright aggression, and other forms of inappropriate behavior. In the process, covenant is broken, even when the covenant might not be explicitly stated. The impact of the behavior can baffle leaders, and congregations often don’t know how to repair, restore or renew their community. It is therefore important that every congregation recognize that the holy space between each of us is everyone’s responsibility to grow and maintain and when it’s broken between any people it’s broken between us all. We need to have policies and procedures in place to deal with destructive behavior.
Administration as Leadership Renaissance Module
The module will be led by Christina Rivera and Lillian Drab-Braddick. Registration is limited to 15 participants and the fee is $175. Begins April 20 and runs for 6 weeks, via Zoom.
|Tuesdays, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, and May 25, 2-4pm EST|
Complete program details are available
The registration deadline is April 6. Register https://uua.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=da5be642710e23e8410015108&id=da1b97a307&e=275efd7bba
— Denominational Affairs Chair, John Horner
Common Read Discussion Materials
|A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. The 2020–2021 UUA Common Read is Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry, published by Beacon Press.|
Learn more and download the discussion guides
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