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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.

February 2016 Newsletter

Sunday Service Topics for February 2016:

Sunday Service:  Feb 7     Flower Communion   Rev Allen Wells

For this special service please bring along a flower from a plant, shrub, or tree, that has a special meaning in your life, to give to another. Can a few of you also bring some extras for guests who will not be prepared and for those who may forget or unable to secure a flower?

This Sunday we will celebrate the historic and unique UU service of Flower Communion which is probably the single most uniformly celebrated UU service around the world.  It originated with The Rev. Norbert Chapek in Czechoslovakia in 1923 as a means to celebrate unity in diversity.  After Dr. Chapek was killed at Dachau for his liberal views, it become a witness to those of us who stand up for what we believe.  Finally, it celebrates our UU St. John Fellowship Tree Project.

 

Sunday Service:  Feb 14     Since I Last Saw You   Merry Stockwell

There is much to gain by looking back at some events and experiences of our lives. Hindsight gives us perspective and allows us to understand what we have learned. We do have choice on what memories we want to highlight in our mental galleries. I will share a small selection of what I have chosen for this year.

 

Sunday Service:  Feb 21   Fifty Shades of Okay     Merry Stockwell

We mean so many things when we say that someone is "okay" or that we are "okay". We will look at some of the meanings of okay, the many shades of that meaning, and how we can lighten our own shade of okay.

 

Sunday Service:  Feb 28      Does Thoreau Have Relevance In Our Lives Today?      Merry Stockwell

Henry David Thoreau left a legacy of thoughts and writings about nature, civil disobedience, and rugged individualism. Is his example of valuing solitude and living simply and deliberately too out dated to have relevance to our lives today?

Pot luck follows service. Bring your own utensils, plate and cup as well as food to share.

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Speaker Backgrounds:

Allen Wells was born of Irish/English parents in Charlottesville, Va. under the shadow of Monticello.  In fact, his great, great grandfather helped Thomas Jefferson found the University of Virginia.  But, Allen didn’t realize Jefferson was a Unitarian, until he converted from Presbyterianism to UUism while at Davidson College, a Presbyterian College in North Carolina.

After graduating from Divinity School at the University of Chicago, Allen worked for a publisher on the history of atheism.  He went on to serve as minister of UU congregations in Weymouth, Mass., Hollis Queens, NY, at The First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, and of The First Unitarian Society of Rockland, County, NY. He also served as Director of Religious Education for the UU Congregation of Monmouth County and the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship.

In 1984 he became a staff therapist at The DiMele Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in NYC. Then he established the Allen Wells Center for Psychotherapy and Healing, a holistic mind/body spirit counseling center, in Morristown, which he directed for 12 years.  Now as a UU Buddhist psychotherapist, he continues a Mindfulness Based consultation practice of psychotherapy and spiritual direction.

He holds a postgraduate degree in counseling from the Institute of Religion and Health in NYC, and a certificate of study at the Integrated Study Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Mass.

Allen is interested in bridging the internal, personal, psychological world, which we commonly call spiritual, and the external political, social, economic, environmental world, which we usually consider material.  He finds himself at home on the picket line or on his zafu, teaching meditation.  He is also particularly interested in the interplay between neuroscience and Buddhism.

He loves poetry. But, he acknowledges that he hasn’t written any books because he says, he would rather spend the time ballroom dancing. Rev Wells is the Affiliated Community Minister at Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, New Jersey.

Merry Stockwell grew up in a Boston suburb, met her husband, Dan, at Bates College in Maine, has three children and four grandchildren. They lived in Bridgeport, Conn., then in progressively smaller towns in N.H., each more secluded than the last. Merry has been active in whatever community she was in serving on various boards and volunteering for different causes. She was a Unitarian Universalist Director of Religious Education for twenty-five years serving three different churches. After her husband died she lived in the woods with their horses for four years and then two years ago moved to a nearby town where she now appreciates neighbors, a fire hydrant, and the town snowplow that clears her road! She still volunteers, enjoys traveling and gratefully greets each precious once-in-a-lifetime new day.

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

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Special Events in February 2016:

Discussion Evening:  How To Satisfy Your Needs Without Conflict Or Compromise Time, place and date confirmation to be announced after service 2/7

Join UUF members for an informal discussion led by Rev. Wells on a subject of interest to all.

We can get our needs met without arguing or blame, and every nation and faith can find fulfillment without making war or conquering. This is the premise of Marshall Rosenberg the originator of Non-violent Communication, sometimes called Compassionate Communication. The beauty of this process is that it works equally well between friends, in intimate relationships, and between countries and ideologies. Rosenberg has mediated conflicts in Israel, Palestine, Serbia, Rwanda, in corporations and between landowners and migrant workers.  Tonight we’ll discuss the basic premise of this process and there will be an opportunity for self- reflection and simple practice".

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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 Elena Glenn at 503-560-8337.

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

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Offerings are taken during Sunday Services to cover the operational costs of our fellowship.  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 February 20, 2016 for inclusion in March Nuusletter.  kathy.guidi@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 at rental properties. Also available for reading or download at our website.

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Coming up at UUF Sunday Services!

March

6                  Merry Stockwell

13                Dan Zukergood and Laurie Herrick

20                Dan Zukergood and Laurie Herrick

27                Rev Karon Sandberg

 

April

3                  Rev Karon Sandberg

10                Rev Christina Sillari

15                UUF retreat at VIERS

17                Rev Christina Sillari (TBD at VIERS)

21                Rev Christina Sillari

 

May

1                  Kimberly Cartwright and Ewell Hopkins

8                  Kimberly Cartwright and Ewell Hopkins

15                TBC - Viki Brown – perspectives from her trip to Thailand

22                Nana Hendricks

29                Nana Hendricks

 

June

5                  Pam Kristan

12                Pam Kristan

 

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 Linda Sorensen at: topscotch@earthlink.net.

Calendar for 2016

Coming up at UUF Sunday Services in 2016!

January

17 Rev Allen Wells

24 Rev Allen Wells

31 Rev Allen Wells Annual Meeting after Service

February

7 Rev Allen Wells

14 Merry Stockwell

21 Merry Stockwell

28 Merry Stockwell

March

6 Merry Stockwell

13 Dan Zukergood and Laurie Herrick

20 Dan Zukergood and Laurie Herrick

27 Rev Karon Sandberg

April

3 Rev Karon Sandberg

10 Rev Christina Sillari

17 Rev Christina Sillari

21 Rev Christina Sillari

May

1 Kimberly Cartwright and Ewell Hopkins

8 Kimberly Cartwright and Ewell Hopkins

15 Vicki Brown on Bali - TBC

22 Nana Hendricks

29 Nana Hendricks

January 2016 NUUS-letter

January 2016 NUUS-letter

May the new year be new ground for the seed of our dreams.

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 .

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 just outside where services are), at least one day prior to service by calling Elena Glenn at 503-560-8337.

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

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Sunday Service Topics for January 2016:

January 3     Old Men and Fire     Rev. Gary Kowalski

When he moved to Santa Fe and into semi-retirement, our visiting minister Rev. Gary Kowalski decided that joining the local volunteer fire department might be a good way to get involved and be of service to his new community. After a year of fire school and responding to calls, he reflects on the mission of being an emergency responder, as well as the life lessons that flow from a high pressure fire nozzle. Come feel the burn!

 

Sunday Service:  January 10     Celebrating Our Kinship With All Creation     Rev. Gary Kowalski 

Life is a community, not a commodity. This morning, Gary Kowalski reflects on the spiritual and emotional kinship we share with all living creatures, a truth evident in our proto-human past, in the teachings of indigenous people, in the unconscious lives of children, and confirmed by modern scientific research. Recovering our identity as younger siblings in Earth's larger family, he suggests, is key to facing our environmental crisis and building a viable, sustainable future.

 

Sunday Service:  January 17     The Legacy Of Dr. M.L. King     Rev. Allen Wells

I had the honor of having been arrested with Dr. King and sharing his cell block.  I would like to tell you what this experience has meant to me, discuss how his message has been ‘sanitized’, and propose how his proposal for a ‘revolution of values’ relates to current events: racial, economic, and environmental.

 

Sunday Service:  January 24     No Need To Succeed     Rev. Allen Wells 

We can fail at personal changes, burnout trying to correct injustices, and perhaps we may fail as a human species.  But lack of success does not invalidate the worth and rightness of our actions.  As C.K. Chesterton once observed: “If a thing is worth doing, it worth doing badly.”  What is fulfilling for us is free from outcomes.

 

Sunday Service:  January 31, 2016     Good News!     Rev. Allen Wells

There is some.  It’s just not located where we usually look for it. Join us in exploring why bad news is so tempting, where good news lies in wait, and how the Buddha helps us to distinguish one from the other.

 

Speaker Backgrounds:

Gary Kowalski is the author of books on nature, history and spirituality, including The Souls of Animals and Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom For Anyone who Has Ever Lost A Pet” (both from New World Library); Blessings of the Animals: Celebrating Our Kinship With All Creation, Science and the Search for God and The Bible According to Noah (all from Lantern Books); Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America’s Founding Fathers (BlueBridge Publishing); and Earth Day: An Alphabet Book (Skinner House). His author’s website is www.kowalskibooks.com.

Reverend Kowalski currently serves the Unitarian Congregation of Taos, New Mexico.

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Allen Wells was born of Irish/English parents in Charlottesville, Va. under the shadow of Monticello.  In fact, his great, great grandfather helped Thomas Jefferson found the University of Virginia.  But, Allen didn’t realize Jefferson was a Unitarian, until he converted from Presbyterianism to UUism while at Davidson College, a Presbyterian College in North Carolina.

After graduating from Divinity School at the University of Chicago, Allen worked for a publisher on the history of atheism.  He went on to serve as minister of UU congregations in Weymouth, Mass., Hollis Queens, NY, at The First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, and of The First Unitarian Society of Rockland, County, NY. He also served as Director of Religious Education for the UU Congregation of Monmouth County and the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship.

In 1984 he became a staff therapist at The DiMele Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in NYC. Then he established the Allen Wells Center for Psychotherapy and Healing, a holistic mind/body spirit counseling center, in Morristown, which he directed for 12 years.  Now as a UU Buddhist psychotherapist, he continues a Mindfulness Based consultation practice of psychotherapy and spiritual direction.

He holds a postgraduate degree in counseling from the Institute of Religion and Health in NYC, and a certificate of study at the Integrated Study Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Mass.

Allen is interested in bridging the internal, personal, psychological world, which we commonly call spiritual, and the external political, social, economic, environmental world, which we usually consider material.  He finds himself at home on the picket line or on his zafu, teaching meditation.  He is also particularly interested in the interplay between neuroscience and Buddhism.

He loves poetry. But, he acknowledges that he hasn’t written any books because he says, he would rather spend the time ballroom dancing. Rev Wells is the Affiliated Community Minister The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, New Jersey.

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

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Special Events in January 2016:

Sunday January 10 - Board Meeting after service, all are welcome to attend. If you would like to get more involved in our Fellowship, we are looking for additional board and committee members.

Sunday January 31 – Annual Meeting after Service and Pot Luck – Everyone is invited to attend.  Learn what your Fellowship has accomplished in 2015 and what is planned for 2016.  Learn more about the various committees and vote for officers.  Bring a dish and/or beverage to share, as well as your cutlery, plate and cup for enjoying the meal, in order to reduce waste.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. John

MARCH  NUUS

Yellow-BellsSpring the time of unfurling, opening and becoming........

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.

TOPICS

March 1st Merry Stockwell, "Hope": Are you hopeful or hopeless? Is hope a choice? Do you have to have faith to have hope? "When all else fails", what are you left with? We will look at these questions and more....

 March 8th Merry Stockwell: "Knowing That We Will Die, How Do We Live?" Death is often a taboo subject in our culture. Is that as it should be? Is it wasting our life to just live it with reckless abandon? Or should we take a workshop from a "master" on how to live? Do we really have any control on any of this? My talk will address these questions and more...

March 15th: Laurie Herrick: "Attention is the Beginning of Devotion" Mary Oliver once said: “Attention is the beginning of devotion”. This sermon will explore “to what or whom do we give our energy and resources?” In a world with abundant opportunities, innovations and inventions, do we focus more on the things that happen to come our way or the things to which we have the highest commitment? How is the world enriched by our attention? How are we enriched by the learning that comes from deep intentional attention? In this service, we will explore our attention and its impact on our lives and the lives of those surrounding us.

March 22, Dan Zuckergood: " Pete Seeger: This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces it to Surrender " It has been one year since Pete Seeger left this world a better place than before he entered it. Pete has left a lasting impression on what it means to be a folk singer, an activist, a lover of the earth (and all of its inhabitants) and, most importantly, a human being. While many know about his music, this service delves deeper into this wonderfully complicated and passionate man with a banjo and a vision of a more peaceful and loving world. Of course, we will be doing a lot of singing – sung in Pete Seeger style – with lots of harmony!

March 29th, Marvin Hart: "Exploring Your Personal Spirituality". We will be exploring ways to identify and refresh ones spirituality. Topics will include the many mechanisms we utilize, both religious and non religious, that help us negotiate our lives with some sense of control and peacefulness.

Speakers:

Merry Stockwell; Once upon a time I began growing up in a suburb of Boston. At Bates College I met my husband Dan and began a 45 year marriage. Along the way we had a daughter and two sons. And along the way we discovered Maho Bay and this beautiful island. For 25 years I enjoyed a wonderful career as Director of Religious Education serving three different Unitarian Universalist churches. Now I am widowed and live in Peterborough, N.H. Among my many blessings are three grandsons, St. John, and the people of the St. John UU Fellowship. I am still growing up.

Laurie Herrick is a veteran fundraiser, organizational development consultant and CEO of RAINMAKER Consulting. Over the past 25 years, she has provided services to a large number of social justice and social change organizations. Laurie’s work in the social sector began with her role as a social activist and volunteer with RESULTS, a grassroots citizen’s lobby committed to ending the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Dan Zukergood has been an educator, an activist and a musician almost all his life. For the past 18 years, he has been a Professor of Education at Springfield College in Springfield, MA. Before receiving his PhD from Syracuse University, he was a junior and senior high Social Studies teacher for 12 years in upstate New York. He is the author of “Teaching in the Real World: Strategies to Survive and Thrive,” published by Merrill in 2009.
Dan and Laurie have led services at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. John five times and we are happy to welcome them back again this year.

Marvin Hart is a long, time member of the STJ UU Fellowship and a second generation STJ seasonal resident. His past experience in business included a good amount of public and motivational speaking.

Phone number for Guest Apartment and Visiting Speakers: 693-8392

Our Sunday Services are held in the Great Room of the Gift Hill School, Lower Elementary Campus, promptly at 10:00 AM. Children are invited to attend the service. Services are held October through June. Quiet time begins 9:45 AM each Sunday. Please be seated before 10 so we can begin on time.

Special Events:

March 8th: New Member initiation service
and Potluck 
Bring a dish to share and your own utensils, plate, cup,We can always use drinks and proteins!

March 29th; Executive Committee Meeting after service, all welcome to attend.

WEBSITE; Go to our homepage Ride from the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock: If you would like a ride, please call Anna Tuttle at 776-6332 (a day in advance if possible).

Lunch after Sunday service: Members and friends regularly meet for lunch after Sunday service. We welcome visitors to join us.

Child care is available upon request (in advance)

We are always seeking donations to the operational costs of our fellowship. This will become very easy now that we have a PayPal account simply go to the page DONATIONS and click the “Donate” button. Your commitment and offerings pay for: our guest speakers (both local and visiting), upkeep and insurance for the car they use (which needs replacing), rent, utilities and cleaning of the apartment for them, rent of the school room for services, in addition to our accompanist, liability insurance for the school (new expenses), child care/education, and our dues to the National and Distinct UU. We encourage you to make a personal commitment so that your board may more realistically budget for the year and so that you can receive a tax deductible donation letter from us.

NUUSLETTER: Please forward any newsletter info to me by March 28 for inclusion in April newsletter. Lisaway@vacationvistas.com

LOG IN to our website and blog. Current members should have received email with instructions for logging in.

Copies of our Guide to Island Housekeeping are still available for your personal use or for rental properties (I’ve had several guests comment extremely favorably about our work—and one took home to their own congregation so see how something could be adapted to their area!). Also available for reading or download at our website SMART GUIDE

February 2015 St. John Unitarian Universalists Newsletter

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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.

TOPICS

Feb. 1st at VIERS Rev. Allen Wells;  What Marks Our Spiritual Journey? Though the nature of our spiritual journeys differ widely, most of us are on one whether we know it or not. But, are we headed in the right direction? And how would we know? I would like to suggest a perspective which we can all use to evaluate our progress, whatever our beliefs.

Feb. 8th Rev Allen Wells: The Buddha, Iphone & Happiness: Do we all want to be happy? Are there levels of happiness? For those of us that seek greater happiness, what contributes to our success?
Recent research using iPhone technology suggests some answers and confirms the wisdom of The Buddha. I would like to talk with you about the nature of happiness.

Feb 15th: Merry Stockwell: Since I Last Saw You: What moments large and small from the past year taught you, shaped you, grew you, changed you? I will share three things that I learned, or re-learned this year.

Feb 22 Merry Stockwell: Faith: Are we born with faith? Faith in what? Is faith a choice? Can you develop a faith? Is faith a help or a hindrance? I will give my thoughts and experience on this subject that UU's often avoid.

Speakers:

Rev. Allen Wells: When Allen is asked to fill in the blank for “occupation” on an application form, he writes “student”. In 2009, he graduated from an intensive Integrated Study Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and he has recently completed a six weeks silent meditation retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Mass. Allen currently serves The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship as Affiliated Community Minister, and he maintains a private, mindfulness based psychotherapy practice in Morristown. He is an earth-centered, Buddhist, UU, or as he says: a “Gaia Bu U”.

Merry Stockwell; Once upon a time I began growing up in a suburb of Boston. At Bates College I met my husband Dan and began a 45 year marriage. Along the way we had a daughter and two sons. And along the way we discovered Maho Bay and this beautiful island. For 25 years I enjoyed a wonderful career as Director of Religious Education serving three different Unitarian Universalist churches. Now I am widowed and live in Peterborough, N.H. Among my many blessings are three grandsons, St. John, and the people of the St. John UU Fellowship. I am still growing up.

Phone number for Guest Apartment and Visiting Speakers: 693-8392

Our Sunday Services are held in the Great Room of the Gifft Hill School, Lower Elementary Campus, promptly at 10:00 AM. Children are invited to attend the service. Services are held October through June. Quiet time begins 9:45 AM each Sunday. Please be seated before 10 so we can begin on time.

Special Events:

Feb 8th: Potluck and Baby Shower for Craig and Jodi and soon-come Baby Claire Barshinger. Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can let everyone know how many people to expect (for estimating how much food to prepare). Also, please let me know what you'll be bringing so we can try to get a good balance and variety. My email is maria@tropicalescape.com  If you would like to assist in simple decorations let Maria know as well!

Feb 22nd; Executive Committee Meeting after service, all welcome to attend.

WEBSITE; Go to our homepage Ride from the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock: If you would like a ride, please call Anna Tuttle at 776-6332 (a day in advance if possible).

Lunch after Sunday service: Members and friends regularly meet for lunch after Sunday service. We welcome visitors to join us.

Child care is available upon request (in advance)

We are always seeking donations to the operational costs of our fellowship. This will become very easy now that we have a PayPal account simply go to the page DONATIONS and click the “Donate” button. Your commitment and offerings pay for: our guest speakers (both local and visiting), upkeep and insurance for the car they use (which needs replacing), rent, utilities and cleaning of the apartment for them, rent of the school room for services, in addition to our accompanist, liability insurance for the school (new expenses), child care/education, and our dues to the National and Distinct UU. We encourage you to make a personal commitment so that your board may more realistically budget for the year and so that you can receive a tax deductible donation letter from us.

NUUSLETTER: Please forward any newsletter info to me by Jan 28 for inclusion in Feb newsletter. Lisaway@vacationvistas.com

LOG IN to our website and blog. Current members should have received email with instructions for logging in.

Copies of our Guide to Island Housekeeping are still available for your personal use or for rental properties (I’ve had several guests comment extremely favorably about our work—and one took home to their own congregation so see how something could be adapted to their area!). Also available for reading or download at our website SMART GUIDE

January 2015 St John Unitarian Universalist Newsletter

chinesestyle-ink-auspicious-new-year-2-7270A very Most Auspicious New Year to all! A chance to let go of all we need not carry into the next year and a chance to embrace that which we wish to become!

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.

TOPICS

Jan 4th, Rev. Sara Zimmerman: Reflections on Wisdom”   Philosopher Richard Nozick says "Wisdom is not simply knowing how to steer one's way through life, cope with difficulties, etc. It also is knowing the deepest story, being able to see and appreciate the deepest significance of whatever occurs." During the discussion, I will invite your reflections on wisdom, your deepest stories.

Jan 11th, Rev. Sara Zimmerman: “No Longer the Odd Couple: Science and Spirituality” Scientists historically have been oppressed by opponents of their beliefs on religious grounds. Now the Dalai Lama calls for the collaboration of science and spirituality to help humanity meet the challenges before us. In one example this sermon will introduce, a physician’s intuition—usually believed to be more ‘spiritual’ than ‘scientific’ – is used to correctly diagnose and treat patients. Can distance healing also be used to treat patients? I will share the research that supports the scientific basis for use of these healing modalities.

Jan. 18, Rev. Sara Zimmerman: “Quantum Physics and Eastern Philosophy: Interconnectedness as Confirmed by the Discovery of the Higgs Boson so-called ‘God’ Particle’” When the Higgs Boson particle was discovered at the CERN lab in Geneva, Switzerland in 2012, the discovery generated a science versus religion controversy. Clergy of other faiths claimed that discovery of the Higgs Boson proves that God created the world; scientists claimed that the discovery proves that God the creator does not exist. What is the UU point of view?

Jan 25th, Rev. Allen Wells:  Trust Intimate Knowing: "We are growing to rely more upon abstract data. Abstract equations can deliver us to the moon. But only embodied knowing can tell us whether we should go there. And it’s knowledge of the heart, gut, and yes, soul that leads us to connection, care, compassion and happiness. Today we will talk about how trust in such knowledge can lead us to a sacred place.”

Speakers:

Rev. Dr. Sara Zimmerman retired in the fall of 2013 as the settled minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa. Born and raised in Harrisburg, PA, she is a graduate of Hood College in Frederick, MD, and holds a master’s degree in comparative literature from Indiana University, Bloomington; a master of divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion; and a doctor of ministry degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School. Prior to ordination as a UU minister in 2001, Sara served for 20 years as a director for the alternative admissions program and as a lecturer in comparative literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She recently completed a curriculum entitled “Spirituality, Science and Healing” that was funded in part by a grant from the UU Funding Program. Sara is a proud grandmother to Henry, 11, and Helen, 8, who live in Milwaukee.

Rev. Allen Wells:  When Allen is asked to fill in the blank for “occupation” on an application form, he writes “student”. In 2009, he graduated from an intensive Integrated Study Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and he has recently completed a six weeks silent meditation retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Mass. Allen currently serves The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship as Affiliated Community Minister, and he maintains a private, mindfulness based psychotherapy practice in Morristown. He is an earth-centered, Buddhist, UU, or as he says: a “Gaia Bu U”.

Phone number for Guest Apartment and Visiting Speakers: 693-8392

Our Sunday Services are held in the Great Room of the Gifft Hill School, Lower Elementary Campus, promptly at 10:00 AM. Children are invited to attend the service. Services are held October through June. Quiet time begins 9:45 AM each Sunday. Please be seated before 10 so we can begin on time.

Special Events:

Jan 8th, 7-9 pm Video night; Video (20 min) and Discussion TBC with Rev. Sara “Spirituality, Science and Healing” at Linda Sorensen's call 503-819-5383 for directions

Jan. 11th;  Executive Committee Meeting after service, all welcome to attend

Jan. 15th, 7-9 pm Video night: Video (20 min) and Discussion TBC with Rev. Sara “Spirituality, Science and Healing”  at Linda Sorensen's call 503-819-5383 for directions

Jan. 18th: POTLUCK after service. Bring a dish to share, your own utensils and join in conversation and sharing!

Jan 31st; VIERS Overnight retreat Arrive Sat . stay for the day or overnight, service on Feb 1st will be held at VIERS; more info to come!

WEBSITE; Go to our homepage

Ride from the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock: If you would like a ride, please call Anna Tuttle at 776-6332 (a day in advance if possible).

Lunch after Sunday service: Members and friends regularly meet for lunch after Sunday service. We welcome visitors to join us.

Child care is available upon request (in advance)

We are always seeking donations to the operational costs of our fellowship. This will become very easy now that we have a PayPal account simply go to the page DONATIONS and click the “Donate” button. Your commitment and offerings pay for: our guest speakers (both local and visiting), upkeep and insurance for the car they use (which needs replacing), rent, utilities and cleaning of the apartment for them, rent of the school room for services, in addition to our accompanist, liability insurance for the school (new expenses), child care/education, and our dues to the National and Distinct UU. We encourage you to make a personal commitment so that your board may more realistically budget for the year and so that you can receive a tax deductible donation letter from us.

NUUSLETTER:
Please forward any newsletter info to me by Jan 28 for inclusion in Feb newsletter. Lisaway@vacationvistas.com

LOG IN to our website and blog. Current members should have received email with instructions for logging in.

Copies of our Guide to Island Housekeeping are still available for your personal use or for rental properties (I’ve had several guests comment extremely favorably about our work- and one took home to their own congregation so see how something could be adapted to their area!) Also available for reading or download at our website SMART GUIDE

St. John Unitarian Universalist Fellowship December 2014 Newsletter

christmasmusic2Merry Christmas!! Happy Hanukkah! Festive Kwanzaa! Blessed Winter Solstice!

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.

TOPICS

Dec. 7 Gabriella Brand: What Lies Do You Live With?  We all live with social constructs….ideas or thoughts which we hold true, but which are not based on empirical evidence. What are yours? Do you hold tight to certain firm definitions of race or gender or family? Do you have set theories about health or diet? What’s so true for you that you never even question it?     How do these “truths” impact your life, your social action, your inner thoughts? Has your world ever been rocked by the realization that something you believed had a firm basis in “reality” was actually a bunch of horsefeathers?

Dec . 14 : Gabriella Brand: Disappointment: Some Buddhists teachers say “No expectation/No disappointment.” But most of us do have hopes and dreams and plans. Especially around the holidays, vacation time, or before special occasions. How do we react when plans fail to materialize, or when events don’t live up to our expectations? Sometimes set-backs are actually gifts. How can we build on disappointment to maintain a healthy emotional equilibrium? This sermon will explore ways to re-frame the things that happen to us…or don’t.

Dec 21; Gabriella Brand Who Deserves a Present?: Who Deserves a Present? Have you ever received a present and felt that you couldn’t possibly accept it? Was it too extravagant? Did you feel unworthy of it? Did the gift embarrass you? Did you question the motives of the giver? Lots of things hold us back from accepting the gifts that life offers us. Gabriella Brand will explore the psychologies of abundance versus scarcity and the joy of receiving, giving and re-gifting on an emotional level.

Dec 28th: A Trek to Tibet and back; slideshow and talk more info to come

Speakers:

Gabriella Brand is an educator, writer, consultant, life-long Unitarian, and foreign language enthusiast. She frequently addresses UU fellowships as well as other groups in the United States, Europe, and Canada. A former private school director, she is the author of numerous works of nonfiction, fiction and poetry.

One of her stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. Recently, one of
her pieces about meditation was the Editor’s Choice winner in The Spirit First Competition. She lives in Connecticut and Québec, with her husband, the Reverend Douglas Peary. She travels widely, mostly on foot. Gabriella is available for (free) pastoral counseling during her stay on STJ

Phone number for Guest Apartment and Visiting Speakers: 693-8392

 

Our Sunday Services are held in the Great Room of the Gifft Hill School, Lower Elementary Campus, promptly at 10:00 AM. Children are invited to attend the service. Services are held October through June. Quiet time begins 9:45 AM each Sunday. Please be seated before 10 so we can begin on time.

Special Events:

Dec 14th: Executive Committee Meeting after service, all welcome to attend

Dec. 18th: CHRISTMAS POTLUCK Anna Tuttle's come 6 pm and please call Anna with what you plan to bring or if you need directions. Plan to dine and enjoy a few rounds of Carol's!

Dec 24th: 1st Annual Community Carol Sing in Cruz Bay, 5:30 pm - 7:30 at the Gazebo; come one come all, invite your friends, neighbors and share traditional carols!

Jan 31st; VIERS Overnight retreat. more info to come!

WEBSITE; Go to our homepage

Ride from the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock: If you would like a ride, please call Anna Tuttle at 776-6332 (a day in advance if possible).

Lunch after Sunday service: Members and friends regularly meet for lunch after Sunday service. We welcome visitors to join us.

Child care is available upon request (in advance)

We are always seeking donations to the operational costs of our fellowship. This will become very easy now that we have a PayPal account simply go to the page DONATIONS and click the “Donate” button. Your commitment and offerings pay for: our guest speakers (both local and visiting), upkeep and insurance for the car they use (which needs replacing), rent, utilities and cleaning of the apartment for them, rent of the school room for services, in addition to our accompanist, liability insurance for the school (new expenses), child care/education, and our dues to the National and Distinct UU. We encourage you to make a personal commitment so that your board may more realistically budget for the year and so that you can receive a tax deductible donation letter from us.

NUUSLETTER:
Please forward any newsletter info to me by Dec 28 for inclusion in Jan newsletter. Lisaway@vacationvistas.com

LOG IN to our website and blog. Current members should have received email with instructions for logging in.

Copies of our Guide to Island Housekeeping are still available for your personal use or for rental properties (I’ve had several guests comment extremely favorably about our work- and one took home to their own congregation so see how something could be adapted to their area!) Also available for reading or download at our website SMART GUIDE

CHANGE OF VENUE FOR SUNDAY NOV. 9th Gifft Hill 10 am

Join us for a "Virtual Bird walk", Gail Karlsson will lead us through St. John birds in a slide show presentation at 10 am at Gifft Hill. No worries about bugs/wind/rain and if you feel like it bring a snack! See you there and SHARE with anyone you think might miss this! thanks!

November 2014 St John Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Newsletter

November 2014  Tday

TOPICS

Nov 2: Colby Collins 10am  at Gifft Hill School:  "Romancing the Divine & Making Love with Life" This talk explores the possibility of what it means to make love with life and romance the Divine inside of each of us. What does life look like when we are no longer searching for fulfillment outside of ourselves but engaging life from an already whole place of fulfillment from within? How passion and joy-filled, life can become when we feel connected to our own inner Beloved. Includes inner Beloved meditation

Nov 9: SPECIAL EVENT Gail Karlsson 9 am at Francis Bay Parking Lot; "Finding peace watching birds" Bird watching gives us an opportunity to take time being quiet in nature, fully alert and open to experiencing whatever comes into view. White cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts are among the resident STJ birds you can see at the Francis Bay pond this time of year. Also keep your eyes open for snowy egrets and great blue herons, or pelicans flying over on their way to fish along the beach. During the walk we will focus on being present in the moment and save most of our discussion about the birds and their behavior for later on. See below for special event instructions

Nov 16: SPECIAL EVENT  "Kayak Tour and Beach Day at Honeymoon Beach" Sybille Sorrentino, Virgin Island EcoTours: 9:30 am for the guided tour and show up whenever for the day pass portion!
PLEASE NOTE NON-Memebers are welcome but you MUST sign up at topscotch@earthlink.com before Fri Nov 14th.
SPECIAL OFFER! Take a 3 hour Guided Kayak/Snorkeling paddle to Henley Cay YOU MUST RESERVE with Linda at topscotch@earthlink.net by Friday Nov. 14 if you would like to be on the guided kayak trip so we can give Sybille a head count. For those interested, meet at 9:30 1 mile paddle out to the Cay and enjoy lovely snorkeling. OR simply enjoy your free-Honeymoon Day Pass. More info in Special events below.

Nov 23: Lisa Etre and Viki Brown:  "Experience Your Inner Artist"  Join us for an art day with the fellowship and two talented artists. Make a special painting, card or a collage to frame. Create visionary wonders. Let your inner artist come out and play. Viki Brown will use progressive relaxation and guided imagery to assist your inner creative side to open up. Lisa Etre will also be available to guide you in your own creations.  Bring materials that you may like to use: paper, water color paints, crayons, magazines (that can be cut up and extras if you have them), magic markers and scissors. Some supplies will also be provided. Bring Sack lunch or snack if you wish to stay later.
More info in special events below.

Nov. 30th Part II of our Fellowhsip Service and Mission Statement Discussion; more information and home work soon come! 10 am Gifft Hills School

Special EVENTS

9:30 each Sunday- Musical Practice If you’d like to practice our songs before fellowship please come and join in

Nov. 2nd Executive Committee meeting after Service.

Nov 9th: Bird Walk;  further details: Meet at Francis Bay Beach parking at 9:00am for the approximately 60 minute bird watch. Terrain for the walk is flat boardwalk and trail. Wear a hat and walking shoes, bring binoculars, sunscreen, bug repellent and water. Also bring your beach gear and a picnic or snack if you want to go for a swim and share your birding observations after the walk.

Black-necked stilt

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 16th; Honeymoon Day Pass or Guided Kyak tour:  There’s lots of fun to be had using the complimentary Honeymoon Beach Day Pass, from 10am-4pm. Relax in the water on a float, lie in a hammock under a shady palm tree or enjoy a snorkel exploring the two colorful reefs at each end of the beach, and/or paddle around the bay in single & double kayaks, and/or take a turn on the standup paddleboards. Directions for getting to Honeymoon Beach and other details at: http://viecotours.rezgo.com/complete/TkVNMFVEVkZNVWN3Vmc9PXxORU0wVURWRk1VY3dWZz09  

Your valuables will be safe in your own locker at the Honeymoon Hut where you will also have access to flush toilets and a gift shop with a wide variety of necessary items including cold drinks & ice cream. Bar beverages & food are available through Caneel Bay Resort or bring a sack lunch.

The Honeymoon Beach Day Pass includes: •locker •beach chair •snorkel gear: mask, snorkel, fins & flotation •floating matt • standup paddleboard • kayak •hammock

Nov. 23: At Gifft Hill Inner Artist; Also bring a sack lunch and beverage so we can sit back to reflect, critique and admire our creations afterwards. No problem if you need to depart earlier. We are scheduling to allow enough time for those who would enjoy staying longer. It should be a fun and relaxingexperience!

Sun Nov 30th th Potluck after service- share conversation and added time with our fellowship. Bring a dish to share, be green and bring your own utensils as well, and if you can’t bring anything, stay anyway!

 

SPEAKERS:

Colby Collins Through his masterful LifeLift facilitation, Colby helps people connect what's most True about their essential LoveLight Nature. Colby became a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, Yoga-Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor, Ordained Minister from the Church of Wisdom, Doctor of Metaphysics and Transpersonal Psychology from Delphi University (delphiu.com) at the young age of 20.
Over the last ten years, Colby has practiced as an intuitive/spiritual counselor having extensive experience facilitating intuitive development and spiritual healing classes, giving present and long distant transformational healing and Soul coaching sessions, and personal readings about health, love, and finding your own inner strength. See website makelovewithlife.com for more information or for scheduling private services

Gail Karlsson is an environmental lawyer and United Nations consultant, and a member of  the St. John Audubon Society. She has been a part-time resident of St. John for over 20 years and is the author of The Wild Life in an Island House.

Lisa Etre is a 34 year resident of St. John with 30 years experience teaching art. She loves the natural beauty and the people of the island. She is known for her colorful paintings in oil, watercolor and printmaking.

Viki Brown is a Fine Artist and has advanced certification in Metaphysical Hypnotherapy, Clinical Hypnotist, Meditation, Shaman and Nada Yoga: Sound healing. She has weekly classes and a private practice. For more information go to www.innercreativejourneys.com Email is vikibrown2@yahoo.com.

 Phone number for Guest Apartment and Visiting Speakers: 693-8392

Our Sunday Services are held in the Great Room of the Gifft Hill School, Lower Elementary Campus, promptly at 10:00 AM. Children are invited to attend the service. Services are held October through June. Quiet time begins 9:45 AM each Sunday. Please be seated before 10 so we can begin on time.

WEBSITE; Go to our homepage

Ride from the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock: If you would like a ride, please call Anna Tuttle at 776-6332 (a day in advance if possible).

Lunch after Sunday service: Members and friends regularly meet for lunch after Sunday service. We welcome visitors to join us.

Child care is available upon request (in advance)

We are always seeking donations to the operational costs of our fellowship. This will become very easy now that we have a PayPal account simply go to the page DONATIONS and click the “Donate” button. Your commitment and offerings pay for: our guest speakers (both local and visiting), upkeep and insurance for the car they use (which needs replacing), rent, utilities and cleaning of the apartment for them, rent of the school room for services, in addition to our accompanist, liability insurance for the school (new expenses), child care/education, and our dues to the National and Distinct UU. We encourage you to make a personal commitment so that your board may more realistically budget for the year and so that you can receive a tax deductible donation letter from us.

NUUSLETTER:

LOG IN to our website and blog. Current members should have received email with instructions for logging in.

Copies of our Guide to Island Housekeeping are still available for your personal use or for rental properties (I’ve had several guests comment extremely favorably about our work- and one took home to their own congregation so see how something could be adapted to their area!) Also available for reading or download at our website SMART GUIDE