December 2013 ST. JOHN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST NUUsletter
MERRY CHRISTMASHAPPY CHANUKKA
December 1st: Kathy Guidi ; “Food Culture and Cooks:A Universal Bond”
Food defines a culture and people in the best of ways. Explore a slice of food history from ancient to modern times and witness the universal importance food has in celebrating abundance each and ever.
December 8: Gabriella Brand;“ Brain Yoga” What do you do to keep your mind flexible? What do you do to keep your body flexible? Your spirit flexible? Have you gotten crusty with age? Rusty with age? Gabriella Brand examines modern neurological findings and age-old truths about the learning, suppleness and the human condition.
December 15: Gabriella Brand; “Patterns” If your life were a painting, what would it look like? Concentric circles? Spirals? Straight, unbending lines? If your life were choreographed, what movements or behaviors would occur again and again? Even our ruts tend to have patterns. Becoming aware of our “default” reactions can lead to amazing discoveries. Join Gabriella Brand in exploring ways to grow into our best selves.
December 22th: Gabriella Brand; “Have Yourself A Merry Little….Ritual” Which rituals are important to you? Watching the game on Thanksgiving? Not opening presents until Christmas morning? Fireworks on the Fourth of July? Do you bristle at ritual? Do you embrace it? What role does ritual play in your expectations and your disappointments? In this holiday seaso n, Gabriella Brand explores the ways in which human beings make certain behaviors “sacred” and at what cost and to what benefit.
December 29th: Dan Zuckergood and Laurie Herrick; “Music that has Inspired Hope and Justice: Music as a Vehicle for the Change We Believe In.” The service will discuss how music can change the world by having members of the congregation come up and lead us in singing songs that they feel have made a difference. Dan will again be backing up each presenter on guitar and vocal.
Sun Dec. 1st Potluck; After service, please bring your dish, drinks or sides to share; and in the effort to be “Green” your plate, cup and flatware
Sun Dec 8th; New Member service; If you would like to become a member of the St. John Unitarian Universalist Fellowship please speak to any of your board members! You can be installed this day!
Tues. Dec 17th: Annual UU Potluck Christmas Party 6 pm at Anna Tuttle’s more info to come.
Sun Dec 22nd Executive meeting after service. all are welcome to attend
Sun Dec 24th: The St John UU Community Christmas Carol; Meet at Mongoose at 5:30 pm and we will Carol our way through Cruz Bay
Kathy Guidiwas born in Milwaukee and lived in the Midwest US until 1984 when Toronto, Canada became home for 26 years, making her an honorary Yanook (aka Ya-=Yankee, Nook=Canook (Canadian). St. John has been home since Nov. 2010. Helping her son David and his wife Denise at the Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel. Professionally known for her work in furthering the artisan and farmstead cheese movement in the US and Canada, she continues to conduct cheese tastings while discovering the beauty of island life and semi-retirement.
Gabriella Brand is a writer, educator, and counselor. A former school head, with degrees from Antioch College, Middlebury College and a diploma from the University of Neuchâtel, Gabriella now directs Synapse Education International. She lives part of the year abroad and part of the year in Connecticut. Her passions include foreign languages, hiking and pilgrimaging, and writing fiction. She has spoken at hundreds of Unitarian-Universalist services.
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.
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 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.
Phone number for Guest Apartment and Visiting Speakers: 693-8392
Our Sunday Services are held in the Great Room of the Gifft Hill School, 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.
Ridefrom the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock: If you would like a ride, please call Anna Tuttle at 776-6332 (a day in advance if possible).
Lunchafter Sunday service: Members and friends regularly meet for lunch after Sunday service. We welcome visitors to join us.
Child careis available
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:If you have anything you’d like in the Dec. newsletter please forward to me anytime til 12/22 for inclusion
Copies of our Guide to Island Housekeepingare 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
UUF Library: Please note that we have many interesting titles in our UU cabinet including some DVD’s and audio tapes. If you would like to check out some books please do so. You may also donate any books, DVD’s, videos or audios that you think members may enjoy.
Who We Are: The UUF of St. John serves all people who are in sympathy with the Unitarian Universalist Association Principles and Purposes. In brief, we gather to support each other in the search for truth and meaning in life. We strive for a world of peace, freedom and justice where all individuals are respected and their diversity is celebrated. Join us for open-minded fellowship. For more information, call Anna at 776-6332. Our address is P.O. Box 751, St. John, VI 00831.
For a wealth of information on the Unitarian Universalist Association Worldwide go to http://uua.org/