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Monthly 2016 NuusLetter

December 2016 NUUS-letter

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St John Mission Statement:                          We nurture and inspire our community with open minds, as we connect in spirit and celebrate our island home.

Sunday Services are held in the Great Room of the Gift Hill School, Lower/ Elementary Campus, at 10:00 AM from late October through early June. Please be seated before 10 so we can begin on time.  Directions can be found at our website:  www.uufstjohn.com .  Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/uufstjohn.

Ride from the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock: If you would like a ride, please call Anna Tuttle at 340-626-2625 (at least one day in advance).

Children are invited to attend the service. Please arrange for child care (held in the playground just outside where services are held), at least one day prior to service by calling .  Jessa Buchalter 970-376-2657

Members and friends frequently meet for lunch after Sunday service. We welcome visitors to join us.                *****

Follow us: St John Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Facebook

Sunday Service: Dec 4th        Visiting Speaker: Gabriella Brand    

 Title:   Intolerant? Who? Me? 

During the past year Gabriella Brand has been participating in an International Inter-Faith Round Table where women of Muslim, Jewish, Christian,Unitarian, Quaker, and other backgrounds come together to weave friendships and intercultural understanding. ‘Creating little islands of peace throughout the world”. The experience has left her, at times- baffled, challenged, ticked off, and delighted. This talk invites participants to share the challenges of living with a tolerant and open heart….whether within our own families and neighborhoods or as members of an ever-increasingly diverse society.

 

Executive Meetring : Dec 11th

Sunday Service: Dec 11th Visiting Speaker: Gabriella Brand  

Eating: A New Theology

 

Some of us are highly nutritious-conscious, others grab something to eat almost mindlessly. Some of us are quietly adamant about our food choices, others are vocal and politicized. Still others struggle with diets, eating too much or not enough or bingeing at holiday time. Clearly our connection to food in the 21st century is complicated. But isn’t something missing?  Isn’t there a fundamentally sacred nature to food? Gabriella Brand talks about our over-all well-being and the value of a spiritual connection to our dinner plates.

 

Sunday Service: Dec 18th          Visiting Speaker: Gabriella Brand

Advice: The Gift We All Give, Get, Refuse, and Sometimes Recycle!

 

Have you ever received a piece of advice that changed your life? Has anyone ever told you that they followed your advice for the better? Have you ever found yourself saying….No thanks, you can keep your advice? Who do you wish you could take aside and give them a little of your wise counsel? In this holiday season, Gabriella Brand will examine how the gift of advice makes our world a better place…and not just in the holiday

season.

Christmas Holiday Party at Anna Tuttles  Dec 20th Tuesday 6PM

Call for directions: 340-626-2625

Sunday Service:    Dec 25th Merry Christmas: Children’s Sunday

Program Chair:  Suki Dickson Buchalter and her Grandchildren: Coral and Cruz Buchalter will present a joyful service of Laughter and Song!!

Join us!

Speaker Background:

 Gabriella Brand is an educator, lay minister, and linguist who divides her time between Quebec and Connecticut. She served as a Middle School Head in three private schools and currently works as an international consultant. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in a variety of publications and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. A Unitarian for over fifty years, Gabriella speaks five languages and travels widely, mostly on foot. She has completed several spiritual pilgrimages. 

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Suki Dickson Buchalter is a long time member of the UUF of St John  and is currently Program Chair and head of the Green Sanctuary Committee. Suki is a sailor, Eco feminist, Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor who works toward sustainability in all aspects of her life from raising grand kids to growing organic food. She supports efforts  to preserve the beauty and natural wonders of St John. On the Board of the St John Community Foundation her passion is directed toward securing Ken Damon/Sylvia Weaver’s dream of building a UUF sanctuary on St John.

Phone number to reach UUF guest apartment and visiting speakers is 340-693-8392.

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Special Events in January 2017:

Jan 1st  Dr. Allison Smith

Jan 8th Dan Zuckergood and Laurie Herrick

Jan 15th Dan Zuckergood

Jan 22nd Reverand Alan Wells

Jan 29th Reverand Alan Wells

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Offerings are taken during Sunday Services to cover our operational costs.  Your contribution helps to pay for the operational costs of our fellowship like:  rent, utilities and cleaning of the apartment for our guest speakers; rent and liability insurance of the school room for Sunday Services; in addition to the cost of our piano accompanist, child care during service, and our dues to the National and Distinct UU.

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Nuusletter Info: Please forward any nuusletter info to me by November 20, 2016 for inclusion in December Nuusletter.  sukistjohn@gmail.com

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Copies of our Guide to Island Housekeeping are still available at Sunday Service, for your personal use or for rental properties. Also available for reading or download at our website.

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If you have a topic you would like to share at a Sunday Service or know of a minister who might be interested in coming to St. John, please write: sukistjohn@gmail.com.

November 2016 NUUS-letter

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St John Mission Statement:

We nurture and inspire our community with open minds, as we connect in spirit and celebrate our island home.

Sunday Services are held in the Great Room of the Gift Hill School, Lower/ Elementary Campus, at 10:00 AM from late October through early June. Please be seated before 10 so we can begin on time. Directions can be found at our website: www.uufstjohn.com . Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/uufstjohn.

Ride from the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock: If you would like a ride, please call Anna Tuttle at 340-626-2625 (at least one day in advance).

Children are invited to attend the service. Please arrange for child care (held in the playground just outside where services are held), at least one day prior to service by calling . Jessa Buchalter 970-376-2657

Members and friends frequently meet for lunch after Sunday service. We welcome visitors to join us. *****

Follow us: St John Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Facebook

Join Us: Sat Nov 5th....Special Potluck to be held at Heather & Greg Rydell’s 5pm Pot Luck (please no celery) RSVP Heather 970-948-7574 (Directions: Go out Contant Pt Rd. Take the right on Azure Bay Rd ...House is on right Watercliff...Bring your swimsuit!

 

Topics: Sunday Service

Sunday Service: Nov 6th 100% For Haiti Visiting Speaker: Mandy Thody

Well known Virgin Island Artist Mandy Thody will speak to us of her experiences in Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2007. She worked for several different aid groups, then founded her own Charity: 100% for Haiti.

Mandy’s Charity supports a primary school with 250 children near Petit Gouave. Come hear of her experience. **We will be collecting an offering to benefit the school she has adopted there.

Sunday Service: Nov 13th ‘Finding Inspiration in the Forest’ Gail Karlsson and Suki Dickson Buchalter will present the new UUF book “Learning About Trees and Plants – A Project of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. John.” Last year the UUF Green Sanctuary Committee received a grant for a community awareness project on learning about local trees and plants. One of the elements of that project was to produce a guide to help residents and visitors in identifying trees and plants they see on St. John. Copies of the completed guide book will be available at the service, and it is also posted on our website uufstjohn.com/treeproject. We hope that the information in the book will encourage people to pay more attention to trees they see, and to assist in preserving St. John’s valuable native trees.

*Please bring in Flowers/ fruits or stories about trees or plants that you have learned about during the project.

Sunday Service: Nov 20th Give Thanks! UU member, Suki Dickson Buchalter will lead the Fellowship in a day of Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for here in the Islands. *Pot Luck after the Service!
Sunday Service: Nov 27th Spiritual Lessons on My Journey to Thailand,
UU Member Viki Brown will share her experiences of traveling to South East Asia... *slide show.

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Speaker Backgrounds:

Mandy Thody originally from England, lived in South Africa from age 9 and from the age of 19 spent 25 years sailing boats, often in the Caribbean. She is an artist, teacher, builder; based in St Croix, USVI where she works in ceramics, stone, paper, canvas and textiles.

Gail Karlsson is an environmental lawyer and UN consultant who has worked for many years on sustainable development and climate change policies. She is also a columnist for the St John Tradewinds on “Connecting with Nature”, author of The Wild Life in an Island Home” and a member of the Green Sanctuary Committee.

Suki Dickson Buchalter is a long time member of the UUF of St John and is currently Program Chair and head of the Green Sanctuary Committee. Suki is a sailor, Eco feminist, Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor who works toward sustainability in all aspects of her life from raising grand kids to growing organic food. She supports efforts to preserve the beauty and natural wonders of St John. On the Board of the St John Community Foundation her passion is directed toward securing Ken Damon/Sylvia Weaver’s dream of building a UUF sanctuary on St John.

Viki Brown, St John Artist, is a long time resident of St John. Viki finds insight in her travels which infuses her artwork with spiritual meaning. Her love of Shamanic journeying inspired her to become a Certified Hypnotherapist.
Phone number to reach UUF guest apartment and visiting speakers is

340-693-8392.

Special Events in December 2016:

Dec 4th Dec 4th Dec 11th Dec 18th Dec 25th !

Gabriella Brand

Executive Board meeting . Gabriella Brand
Gabriella Brand
Christmas Celebration

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Offerings are taken during Sunday Services to cover our operational costs. Your contribution helps to pay for the operational costs of our fellowship like: rent, utilities and cleaning of the apartment for our guest speakers; rent and liability insurance of the school room for Sunday Services; in addition to the cost of our piano accompanist, child care during service, and our dues to the National and Distinct UU.

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Nuusletter Info: Please forward any nuusletter info to me by November 20, 2016 for inclusion in December Nuusletter. sukistjohn@gmail.com

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Copies of our Guide to Island Housekeeping are still available at Sunday Service, for your personal use or for rental properties. Also available for reading or download at our website.

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Coming up at UUF Sunday Services! November 2016

Nov. 6th Nov. 13th Nov. 20th Nov. 27th

Mandy Thody/ Executive Meeting after service
Tree Appreciation Project Book Launch with Gail Karlsson /Suki

Give Thanks! Gratitude Sunday.....Pot luck/ Children’s Sunday Viki Brown

If you have a topic you would like to share at a Sunday Service or know of a minister who might be interested in coming to St. John, please write: sukistjohn@gmail.com.

New Content: Articles by Gail Karlsson for UUF Tree Project

Got Genips genip fruit2
Monkey No Climb kapok tree bark close up s
  A Manly Scent From St John Forest.  bay rum trees s
 Can Stress Lead to Greater Productivity  tree with nail in trunk s
Preserving Cultural Heritage  UU VIERS group by saman cropped s r
 The Loneliness Of Stinking Toes. stinking toes Lizard Hill s
The Secret Service Of Bats  TW fishing bat held by Danielle
Missing Century Plants  century plant with bananaquits s cropped

 

Example:

The Secret Service of Bats

Danielle Fibikar holding a greater bulldog fishing bat at VIERS

This summer, students attending the Eco-Camp at the VI Environmental Resource Station (VIERS) will be initiated into the mysteries of the bat world by Danielle Fibikar, a researcher from the College of Staten Island in New York City. Although bats are the only mammals that are native to St. John, most people don’t really know much about the intriguing work they do.

Preserving the Cultural Heritage of St. John’s Plants

 

Ital talking to UU Tree Project participants at VIERS

During the recent Unitarian Fellowship retreat at VIERS (the VI Environmental Resource Station), Ital Delroy Anthony led our group on a nature walk around Lameshur Bay. When he was growing up on St. John, his mother taught him about the uses of different plants and now he shares that information with others, along with stories about traditional Virgin Islands culture.

Fish-poison

Fish poison
(Piscidia carthagenensis)

fish poison flowers

Wild-pineapple

Wild pineapple
(Bromelia pinguin)

wild pineapple

Wattapama

Wattapama
(Poitea florida)

wattapama seed pod wattapama close
wattapama (5) wattapama (4)

Turpentine

Turpentine, gumbo limbo
(Bursera simaruba)

 turpentine tree bark turpentine tree fruits
turpentine berries green turpentine in dry season

Torchwood

Torchwood
(Amyris elemifera)

  torchwood amyris elemifera dark berries white flowers torchwood amyris elemifera
torchwood leaves and buds

Sweet-lime

Sweet lime
(Triphasia trifolia)

sweet limes sweet lime leaves
sweet lime flower (1)

Sugar-apple

Sugar apple
(Annona squamosa)

sugar apple sugar apple ripe
sugar apple leaves sugar apple open
sugar apple flowers

Sugar-ant

Sugar ant
(Gingoria rohrii)

sugar ant trees in bloom sugar ant tree
sugar ant buds and flowers