IMPORTANT REMINDER: SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL VOTE ON APRIL 22, 2018
Thank you to all who attended our special meeting on March 11th to help update our procedures manual and discuss proposed changes to the congregation Bylaws. We will make final proposed changes based on that discussion and recommendations, and redistribute them by April 2nd, following our next board meeting, along with related information discussed at the March 11th meeting. The vote on the Bylaws will take place during service on April 22nd. All congregation members are requested to attend, in person or by phone or video chat. This is an important meeting for our congregation. We must have at least 1/3 of the members present to move forward on our Bylaws Update Voting. Please attend, Skype in, Facetime, or get here however you are able! Thank you.
Read the January 7, 2018 Beacon here:
Please join us at UUCF on January 7th at 11am for a Unitarian Universalist tradition:
The Fire Communion helps us to put in perspective the joys and sorrows, the changes and transitions, the ups and downs of the previous year. During the ceremony, participants are invited to write down words, or a phrase, to sum up what they wish to release for the new year. They then come forward to burn that piece of paper. Child care is available during service. Fellowship, refreshments, and conversation continue following the service. You are welcome here!
Our Service Coordinators:
Andrea Poole currently serves as President for the UUCF Board and is a member of the Sunday Services Committee. She is also a stay at home mom, and an environmental and social justice activist with such groups as Climate Parents and Moms Rising. She and her partner, Mike, live in Fayetteville with their three children.
Susan Gyaben has been a Unitarian Universalist for over 20 years, attending UU churches in the six states where she has resided. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Ghana, West Africa in the early 90s. Susan has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a keen interest in topics of health. Susan is a member of the Sunday Services Committee. She and her family live on Fort Bragg, NC.
We are hiring!
UUCF is hiring for a child care/children’s faith development position, ages birth to 12 years. This is a paid position. Time commitment is 1.5 hours on Sundays (September-June) and approximately 3 hours of preparation/training per week.
Potential candidates will be screened through their message and resume first. Candidates will be invited to attend services followed by an open interview with the board and congregation on a set date. Only candidates who attend a service will be invited to the formal interview.
The candidate must be willing to train in UU curricula for Children:
– Tapestry of Faith (free program) – OWL (Our Whole Life) training, paid for by UUCF.
will teach and nurture within the respects of the UU principles, has experience in child development/education, and is/agrees to become certified and educate themselves in OWL/other paths of UU Faith Development.
https://www.uua.org/re – https://www.uua.org/children
https://www.uua.org/children/curricula – https://www.uua.org/re/owl
SAVE THE DATES:
- December 31st Congregational Vote: At our December 31st service, we will hold a congregational vote to endorse James Jufer as a candidate for ministry in Aspirant Status so that he may further his education.
- Sunday Services Meeting: Our next Sunday Services meeting will be after service on January 14th. We will be planning services for March-June. 2017 Summer Services in July & August will focus on each of the 7 Principles, one per week, with the 8th meeting ending in a summer potluck.
- Board Meeting: Our next board meeting is on Feb. 11th after service. We will be formally reviewing and updating the Bylaws. A PDF and print copies of the bylaws will be available for all members who wish to have input in updating. This will be the first official update of board positions and bylaws since 2008.
- 2018 Fiscal Year Pledge Drive starts in March.
- Congregation Annual Meeting – May 7, 2017
- On-going: UUCF collects toiletries for Fayetteville Urban Ministries. Donations welcome.
- On-going: Wednesdays at 6:30pm is Religious Exploration for Adults, hosted by Kent Smith at 115 Hale St, Fayetteville with coffee, refreshments, and conversation. Children welcome for independent play.
Jan. 7th: Fire Communion, Susan Gyaben and Andrea Poole.
Jan. 14th: A Comparison of Beginnings and Growth of Unitarian Universalism and Quakerism in American, Bob Cooper
Jan. 21st: Focus on Renewal and New Beginnings, Angel Silvermane
Jan. 28th: Standing on the Side of Love Kick Off, Andrea Poole
Please join us at UUCF on December 31st at 11am for our Sunday Service entitled “It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish.”
Child care is available during service. A POTLUCK MEAL will immediately following the service! Please bring a dish to share if you are able to do so. You are welcome here!
Our speaker: Rachelle Hertle is a full-time student pursing a degree in social work with a focus on trauma treatment. A certified yoga teacher, Rachelle has found mental healing through her yoga practice and wants to bring the same healing to others. Rachelle is also a foster parent, a foster parenting advocate, and serves as the Secretary of the Cumberland County Foster Parent Association. We are proud to call Rachelle a member of our congregation.
Images from our December 2017 services honoring many paths of the season.
Some images from our December 2017 services honoring many paths
June 25 Service: Eclectic Spirituality – My Toolbox
“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.” ~ Hindu teaching
Speaker: Trish Brownlee
Some practical magic, wise words, tools and rituals that one can use on the path of eclectic spiritualist. Take what you’d like and leave the rest – and pitch a few tools of your own in this discussion-based service, led by UUCF congregation member, Trish Brownlee.
Trish Brownlee is a published photographer, artist, educator, and scholar in a life-long pursuit for perspective, compassion, patience, creativity and purpose. She is the arts integration facilitator and chair of the arts team at The Capitol Encore Academy in downtown Fayetteville and has been teaching in the arts for five years. In a prior life, she served as a military photographer, later using this experience to research the connection between arts and the military during her thesis work. She has a Bachelor of Art degree in Visual Art from Fayetteville State University and a Master of Fine Art degree in Visual Art from Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Trish is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fayetteville in North Carolina. She volunteers by using her gifts in design and marketing, child and youth education, and as speaker on the Sunday Services team in this small but growing congregation. Trish is an eclectic spiritualist, pulling from Unitarian Universalism, Gnosticism, Christianity, Paganism, Buddhist and other belief systems. Trish has pursued an independent study of theology, religious studies, humanities, symbolism/semiotics alongside her formal academics study of arts & education degrees since childhood – trying to feed a natural, insatiable need for creativity and understanding of human nature. “Why are we here?” is rather annoying question Trish has been asking her teachers, and now asks her students as a teacher. Trish is now shifting focus to this interest after achieving her MFA and finding herself with more brainpower available to devote, recognizing the deep connection between the arts and belief systems.