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St. John Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Oct 26th, 2014 Service

Sunday Oct. 26th 10 am Gifft Hill Lower Campus
Speaker: Colby Collins; "LifeLift Technology and Untwisting Pain & Love"
We continue to create the same patterns of suffering in our lives as a context of the truth that for most people is; pain and love are twisted together. Learn why this is so and the possibility of experiencing freedom from suffering and oneness with Source as a consistent, sustainable living awareness practice. Includes an in-depth healing meditation.

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

St. John Unitarian Universalist June 2014 Newsletter

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

June 2014

 

 

TOPICS

June 1: Rev Jay Uhler:  "YOU ARE LIGHT"  We each have Light within ourselves. There are exciting ways to radiate our Light/Spirit into the world.

June 8: Rev. Jay Uhler: "SING FOR THE HEALTH OF IT"   Music and emotions have a significant influence in the prevention of illness and in maintaining good health.

June 15: Margaret Suby/David Dorney: "OFF WITH HER HEAD, OFF WITH HER HEAD!"  “ Off with her head, off with her head!” said the queen. Evil does not reside in individuals. It is more a “fungus that lays waste the earth.” One feature of evil is its ability to misdirect attention. This sermon is a result of a study on the reality of evil in our times triggered by the Marathon Bombing in Boston and our work for the Boston Health Commission as a response.

June 22: Margaret Suby/David Dorney: "NONSENSE!" “Nonsense!” said Alice, loudly and decidedly. And the queen was silent. Alice was lucky. Most everybody gets exiled from “proper society” for speaking the truth about evil. We have to be careful, but, it must be spoken! This sermon is a result of a study on the reality of evil in our times triggered by the Marathon Bombing in Boston and our work for the Boston Health Commission as a response.

June 29 Beach Clean-Up and Year End UU Picnic  More to come as to beach and logistics

EVENTS

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

Sun June 8th 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!

Executive committee meeting date to be determined.

SPEAKERS:

Jay Uhler began his vocational life in Ohio as a laborer in a steel mill. He is now a Psychologist. Although people refer to Jay as a "shrink," he prefers to be called an "Exp-a-a-a-nder!" providing life coaching and individual, marital and family therapies. He also consults to assist corporate executives in resolving disputes within their organizations. Jay loves music and considers himself an “Ecumaniac, which means he appreciates all Spiritual paths.

David Dorney, Ph.D., is a retired professor of psychology in the Boston area. He is a past flotilla commander in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in Boston, and currently serves as a staff officer for public education. He divides his time between writing and clinical consulting, most recently to assist marathon survivors. He recently sold his 26 foot sailboat, so his present hobbies are walking the dog and bothering his wife.

Margaret Suby is a long-time advocate for students with social, economic and educational handicaps in a number of Boston schools and universities. Now retired from a “regular job”, Margaret spend her time going to charter schools in the Boston area to do psychoeducational evaluations and consultation for students from grade 1 through grade 12. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking and maintaining the books for First Church. Margaret is also a Hatha yoga instructor.

May 2014 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. John Newsletter

May 2014 NUUsletter

mothersdayHAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

TOPICS

Sun May 4 Rev Ernie Mills “Apostles of Religious Freedom ”
Our Forth UU principle reads “We covenant to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning”. We may not realize how radical and revolutionary this principle is and how threatening and/or challenging it may sound when we hear it for the first time. For those of us who are new to Unitarian Universalism it takes some time getting use to the challenge. It is a principle that is not only deeply rooted in our past history but calls us to shape the future. We will explore this principle and it role in shaping our lives and the life of Unitarian Universalism.

Sun May 11 Rev Ernie Mills “Unitarian Universalist’s ‘Go To Hell’”
“All right, then, I’ll go to hell”. We may remember these words from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. Rather than turn his friend, the run-away slave, Jim into the authorities Huckleberry chooses to “go to hell”. That sentence,” says the Twain scholar Russel Banks “is the great moral awakening for white America. There is then the possibility of redemption… If you can accept that, “all right then,I”l go to hell” then the possibility of redemption exist.”
Unitarians Universalists have a long tradition of seeking social justice and equal rights even if it means “catching hell”. Our Living Tradition draws from many sources, one of which is “women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.”

Sun May 18 Rev. Karon Sandburg “HOSPICE LESSONS”
Folks often think that my work as a hospice chaplain must be depressing and sad. Actually it is quite the opposite, my patients teach me how to live. Over the years I have noticed a couple of themes that keep repeating themselves with a majority of my patients and families. We will explore these lesson from these profound teachers and see how we can use them in our lives today.

Sun May 25 Karon Sandburg “A LETTER TO MY FATHER ”
In an open letter to my own father, I explore how the qualities of love found in First Corinthians 13 were and were not present in our relationship. In this sermon we will explore how re-framing our stories about our loved ones can help us to accept their loss and move forward in our own lives.

EVENTS

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

Sun May 11th Potluck after service- share Mother’s Day 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!

Sun May 25th Executive committee meeting after service.

SPEAKERS

Rev. Mills (Ernie) earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina, Asheville, a Master of Religious Education from Duke Divinity School, Duke University, and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He began his ministry in the United Methodist Church, serving as Director of Education, Assistant Pastor, and Minister. Prior to joining UUTC in June 2002, Ernie was Chaplain and Instructor at Brevard College.
Ernie credits his family, wife Diane, and daughters Sarah, Joanne, and Libby, for keeping him grounded and helping him formulate sermon ideas. His strong interest in depth psychology and his love of folk guitar and mountain storytelling enhance his theology, and bring an added dimension to his ministry.

Karon Sandburg Ministry is a second career for me, as I spent my first life in special education and non profit work for folks with disabilities. About seven years ago I began this journey into ministry after falling in love with hospice work. I graduated with a Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, MN with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling. I was ordained as a UU minister two years ago and serve the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton Wisconsin as a Community Minister. I offer pastoral care and preaching there as well as preach at nearby lay lead congregations in Wisconsin.
My day job is serving those at end of life as a Hospice Chaplain for Heartland Hospice. I find my Unitarian Universalist faith to be a powerful tool in welcoming and walking along side those who near end of life. I have worked in hospice for over 5 years and love every minute of this holy work. My patients and families teach me how to live.

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

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:  October will be our next time to meet. IF you'd like to keep in contact with each other over the summer you can:

LOG IN to our website and blog. Current members will be receiving email shortly 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

May 2014 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. John Newsletter

May 2014 NUUsletter

mothersdayHAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

TOPICS

Sun May 4 Rev Ernie Mills "Apostles of Religious Freedom "
Our Forth UU principle reads "We covenant to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning". We may not realize how radical and revolutionary this principle is and how threatening and/or challenging it may sound when we hear it for the first time. For those of us who are new to Unitarian Universalism it takes some time getting use to the challenge. It is a principle that is not only deeply rooted in our past history but calls us to shape the future. We will explore this principle and it role in shaping our lives and the life of Unitarian Universalism.

Sun May 11 Rev Ernie Mills "Unitarian Universalist's ‘Go To Hell’"
"All right, then, I’ll go to hell". We may remember these words from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. Rather than turn his friend, the run-away slave, Jim into the authorities Huckleberry chooses to "go to hell". That sentence," says the Twain scholar Russel Banks "is the great moral awakening for white America. There is then the possibility of redemption... If you can accept that, "all right then,I''l go to hell" then the possibility of redemption exist."
Unitarians Universalists have a long tradition of seeking social justice and equal rights even if it means "catching hell". Our Living Tradition draws from many sources, one of which is "women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love."

Sun May 18 Rev. Karon Sandburg "HOSPICE LESSONS"
Folks often think that my work as a hospice chaplain must be depressing and sad. Actually it is quite the opposite, my patients teach me how to live. Over the years I have noticed a couple of themes that keep repeating themselves with a majority of my patients and families. We will explore these lesson from these profound teachers and see how we can use them in our lives today.

Sun May 25 Karon Sandburg "A LETTER TO MY FATHER "
In an open letter to my own father, I explore how the qualities of love found in First Corinthians 13 were and were not present in our relationship. In this sermon we will explore how re-framing our stories about our loved ones can help us to accept their loss and move forward in our own lives.

EVENTS

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

Sun May 11th Potluck after service- share Mother's Day 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!

Sun May 25th Executive committee meeting after service.

SPEAKERS

Rev. Mills (Ernie) earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina, Asheville, a Master of Religious Education from Duke Divinity School, Duke University, and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He began his ministry in the United Methodist Church, serving as Director of Education, Assistant Pastor, and Minister. Prior to joining UUTC in June 2002, Ernie was Chaplain and Instructor at Brevard College.
Ernie credits his family, wife Diane, and daughters Sarah, Joanne, and Libby, for keeping him grounded and helping him formulate sermon ideas. His strong interest in depth psychology and his love of folk guitar and mountain storytelling enhance his theology, and bring an added dimension to his ministry.

Karon Sandburg Ministry is a second career for me, as I spent my first life in special education and non profit work for folks with disabilities. About seven years ago I began this journey into ministry after falling in love with hospice work. I graduated with a Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, MN with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling. I was ordained as a UU minister two years ago and serve the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton Wisconsin as a Community Minister. I offer pastoral care and preaching there as well as preach at nearby lay lead congregations in Wisconsin.
My day job is serving those at end of life as a Hospice Chaplain for Heartland Hospice. I find my Unitarian Universalist faith to be a powerful tool in welcoming and walking along side those who near end of life. I have worked in hospice for over 5 years and love every minute of this holy work. My patients and families teach me how to live.

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

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 May newsletter please forward to me anytime til 5/22 for inclusion

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

 

 

Unitarian Universalits fellowship of St. John April 2014 Nuusletter

April 2014 NUUsletter

 Happy Earth Day! Help us celebrate our beautiful Island Home!
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 TOPICS:

Sun April 6th:  Liz and Francis Brown: “ LIVING WITH FULL WATTAGE”  Step into your Core Brilliance and nurture the fullest expression of who you are and why you are here.

Sun April 13: AT VIERS: Liz and Francis Brown: “A TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY FROM THE HEART”   This is a unique time in Planet Earth's history. Come explore what sets this time apart from times past, and discover how to harness the potential of the Aquarian Age.

Sun April 20: Nana Hendricks:  “ EASTER ILLUMINATION CELEBRATION” Join us for a fun and festive service that focuses on the many meanings of Easter throughout various traditions. Explore the various symbols and rituals that represent this powerful time. Easter is astrologically and energetically aligned to be a great time of transformation, like a chick breaking free of a confining egg, birthing into a vast new reality, we can use these energies in our journeys to expand and break through to something new and exciting in our lives. This uplifting service will feel like a fresh spring breeze flowing through your Soul.

Sun April 27: Nana Hendricks: “JOURNEY OF THE SOUL”   From micro to macro, join us as we explore the infinite essence of Soul. Delve into the multifaceted brilliance of your own Inner Being. In this gathering we will discuss the keys to “Living from Soul” and “How the Soul Operates within the Matrix of Human Consciousness.” Get in touch with who you are beyond the skin you’rr living in and the mind you’re processing with! Learn to consciously navigate the terrain of your multidimensional experience.

 EVENTS:

 Choir Practice 9:30 each Sunday; all are welcome to join!

 April 6th :  POT LUCK after service, bring a dish to share as well as your utensils/plate/cups. If you can’t bring something to share comeanyway there is always enough.

 Friday April 11- Sunday 13th: VIERS RETREAT with  Liz and Francis Browncontact Suki Buchalter for more info: sukistjohn@gmail.com and see our website for detailed information 

April 27th: EXECUTUVE BOARD MEETING after service  

SPEAKERS:

Liz and Francis Brown are international teachers, healers and certified counselors. For over 20 years their workshops and retreats have acted as catalysts, assisting others in practical ways of integrating more of their spiritual potential into their everyday lives. In addition to teaching workshops together, Francis has a thriving healing arts practice in Annapolis, Maryland, while Liz travels the globe as a sought-after speaker, sharing her insights and wisdom with corporations such as Verizon, Marriott and Nationwide, as well as associations and non-profits. Her most recent book, Full Wattage! A Practical Guide to An Engaging and Purposeful Life Worth Celebrating, has won many awards, including a silver medal in the International Readers' Favorite Award.

Nana Hendricks is an International Spiritual Teacher and Healer. After an instantaneous Kundalini awakening thrust her into a world where everything was energy, she found she could see the Soul in every human being and knew that this radiant essence is the truth of who we are. We are not our stories, programming or beliefs, we are truly infinite and limitless beings, who come to the earth to live lives of meaning and purpose. Nana is passionate about helping people find that true divine source inside of them and living from that place of peaceful empowerment. She can assist with every level of consciousness from healing trauma to walking through the highest states of self awareness and is a guide who opens the next doorways for a person to walk through and discover an even brighter, lighter, more expanded self!  Her website is   thespiralstair.com, a full itinerary of her Caribbean events is listed on the calendar there. Nana is available for private "Soul Sessions on STT & STJ April 17-May 6 and can be reached at nanahendricks@gmail.com or 828.337.5512

 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

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 May newsletter please forward to me anytime til 4/22 for inclusion

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

 

MARCH 2014 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. John Newsletter

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. John

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! (What's the irony of this picture?)

TOPICS:

Sun Mar 2:  Rev. Allen Wells: "TURNING FROM FEAR TO COURAGE" These days, we are required be courageous.
What might this mean for each of us?

Sun Mar 9:Rev. Will Saunders:  "POURING CONFUSION OUT" A service designed to provide a modest personal introduction, my approach to things religious and spiritual, my spiritual practices and to incite reflection on yours.

Sun Mar 16:Rev. Will Saunders:  "SLOTH" …a reflection on the fourth of the Seven Deadly Sins, which at times is my favorite and may be the most insidious.

 Sun Mar 23:Rev. Will Saunders: "HASTE:"  A reflection on what has become the Eighth Deadly Sin for me, a sin that has emerged in recent decades for a variety of reasons and which compromises much of what makes life joyful.

Sun Mar 30:Rev. Will Saunders: "AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES"  The spiritual challenge of forgiving and being forgiven.  Forgiveness is among the most difficult of spiritual challenges and remains a perennial topic in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction.

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”.

Rev. Will Saunders: Rev. Saunders was raised Unitarian Universalist in Ithaca, NY, Will holds degrees from Oberlin, Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University (Ph.D).  He served congregations in Brunswick, Maine, Urbana, Illinois, Portsmouth, NH and Portland, Maine.  He is Minister Emeritus in Portsmouth.

He has served on the Board of the Maine Audubon Society, Chaired the Maine Humanities Council and was a member of the Chancellor's Task Force on Discrimination at the University of Illinois.  He is President of Project Harvest Hope, a foundation that nurtures civil society in the Unitarian villages of Transylvania (Romania).  He twice served on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Board of Trustees. Will has two sons and two grandchildren.  Retired, he lives in Portland, Maine with his partner, Julie.

Events:
Choir Practice: 9:30 prior to each Sunday service

March 2:     Potluck after Service

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.

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

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 March newsletter please forward to me anytime til 2/22 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

February 2014 St. John Unitarian Universalist NuuSletter

February 2014  ST. JOHN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST NUUsletter

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Let us acknowledge our differences and celebrate our common values!

Service Topics:

February 2nd; Merry Stockwell; “Reckless Abandon Revisited:  Two years ago I returned home with a new Daily Affirmation: “I will live today with Love, intention and reckless abandon”. I get a lot of questions about that. Is living with intention and reckless abandon and oxymoron? (Hint; Not to me!)

February 9th- Rev. Allen Wells; “A Great Turning; Turning from a Smaller to a Larger Perspective  The service will in part be based in some measure on David Korten’s book “The Great Turning”. Rev. Wells recommends that others read it before his visit if possible.  Discussion will be continued during the week in social group time.

February 16th: Rev.Allen Wells:  Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out, Act Up: An Updated Sixties MottoTurning from Theory to Practice.

February 23rd : Rev. Allen Wells; Turn Yourself Around”  The Religion of Hokey Pokeyism  
EVENTS:

Feb. 2nd: Potluck: After service; be green and bring your dish to share as well as plate/utensils and cup. If you can’t bring something come anyway!

Feb. 23rd; Executive meeting after service  all are welcome to attend

SPEAKERS:

Merry Stockwell:  grew up a Congregationalist, became a Unitarian Universalist in the late 60's, and a religious educator in 1980. Along the way she married Dan and had a daughter, two sons, and 3 grandsons. Dan and Merry discovered St. John in the 90's via Maho Bay and then found the fellowship in 2007 when Merry became a speaker. Since losing Dan to lung cancer in 2009, St. John has become Merry's second home and the Fellowship her second family. As several of the group have already discovered, Merry's door in New Hampshire is always open to visitors from this Fellowship.

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, 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

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 March newsletter please forward to me anytime til 2/22 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/

January 2014 St. john Unitarian Universalist Newsletter

JANUARY 2014  ST. JOHN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST NUUsletter

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Happy New Year, May our Hearts become more open as we traverse this new year of opportunity!

Service Topics:

January 5th-Dan Zuckergood and Laurie Herrick; “TRUST: A POWERFUL INSTRUMENT FOR YOUR RELATIONSHIPS AND OUR WORLD”Stephen M.R. Covey, son of the author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has written a book that examines the way that trust has become the key competency of today. We will spend time looking at our experience of trust, learning of Mr. Covey's perspective, and consider this new framework as a means to a satisfying life, strong relationships and better world. (Discussion Group TBA on this book during the week)

January 12th- Merry Stockwell; “SINCE I SAW YOU LAST........” I became a Gram again and I turned 70. People called me a grown-up when I turned 21. When I turned 50 they said I had the status of  a wise crone. Well, I'm still waiting to feel like a wise grown-up.  In the meantime, I have some thoughts to share with you.

 

      January 19th- Merry Stockwell (at VIERS); LIFE ISGOOD IT'S ALL GOOD. LIFE IS TOO HARD EVERYTHING IS WORKING AGAINST ME.”  Emerson, Einstein, Grandma Moses and others join me weighing in with their views

January 26th- Merry Stockwell; ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BE HAPPY?”  Is happiness something we are supposed to find? Do we deserve to be happy? Is someone or something supposed to make us happy? Does laughter make us happy or does being happy make us laugh? Can you be sad and happy at the same time? Let's see what answers we find to these questions. 

EVENTS:

Sun Jan. 4th Memorial Service for  Virginia Thornthwaite; Oppenheimer Beach noon- 4 pm; contact Kate Norfleet  Kate Norfleet <katendesign@mac.com> to participate in potluck or offer assistance.

Week of Jan. 5th; Discussion on the book the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People   TBA

Jan. 12th; Executive meeting after service  all are welcome to attend

Jan. 17-19th: VIERS Retreat weekend

SPEAKERS:

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.

Merry Stockwell  grew up a Congregationalist, became a Unitarian Universalist in the late 60's, and a religious educator in 1980. Along the way she married Dan and had a daughter, two sons, and 3 grandsons.

Dan and Merry discovered St. John in the 90's via Maho Bay and then found the fellowship in 2007 when Merry became a speaker. Since losing Dan to lung cancer in 2009, St. John has become Merry's second home and the Fellowship her second family. As several of the group have already discovered, Merry's door in New Hampshire is always open to visitors from this Fellowship.

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.

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

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 Feb. newsletter please forward to me anytime til 1/22 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/

St. John Unitarian Universalist Fellowship December 2013 Newsletter

 

December 2013 ST. JOHN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST NUUsletter

   starwisemen

MERRY CHRISTMASHAPPY CHANUKKA

Service Topics:

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.

 EVENTS:

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

SPEAKERS:

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/

 

November 2013 Newsletter St. John Unitarian Universalists

November 2013 ST. JOHN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST NUUsletter

 Tday

   COME, YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME….

Service Topics:

 November 3rd:"Our Joys and Concerns"; lead by Linda Sorensen; please bring your joys and concerns to share with each other today as we deepen our bonds of fellowship and reconnect after the summer months of diverse experiences.

November 10:  Rev. Jennie Alvarez and Laura C Nagi, Esq.; "Using Conscious Communication to Discover the Gift of Anger."  Anger holds a surprising gift and purpose.  Rather than repressing our anger or judging it as 'wrong', learn to uncover its gift and transform it into need-serving feelings using the Conscious Communication model (based on Marshall Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication). Such transformation will lead to a deeper Self-connection and connection to others.


November 17:  Gerry Londergan; “Happiness or Misery:  Your Choice” Gerry’s thoughtful focus on how to recognize how we choose to be happy or miserable based on beliefs and conditioning.


November 24th:  Doug White:  “Spiritual Awakenings on A Journey toward Sustainability”: Doug will share his experiences in searching for sustainable materials and practices that have taken him from such diverse places as the Amazon rainforest, clear-cut National Forests in Oregon, Tikal in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala and a rainforest organic farm in Dominica to gather inspiration and knowledge to sustainably design and build a small stone and traditional West Indian wooden cottage on East End that is a 5 Star Certified Tropical Green Residence and winner of the national Forest Stewardship Council, Design and Build with FSC Award.


EVENTS:

Sun Nov 3rd 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 Nov 17th Executive meeting after service. all are welcome to attend

 

SPEAKERS:

Linda Sorensen:  Co-Program Chair and member of the UUF fellowship since 1992.

Rev. Jennie Alvarez, OMCis an Ordained Ministerial Counselor & Relationship Enhancement Counselor from the Spiritual Church, Pathways of Light (based on the teachings of A Course in Miracles). She is a Conscious Communication trainer, mediator for Dispute Resolution and co-founder of Conscious Communication of the Virgin Islands. Jennie is co-creator of the Bliss Center for Well-Being, a yoga and healing center that is anticipated to open in St. Thomas by the end of this year, a co-founder of Ananda Nilayam, Center for Consciousness, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create a spiritual center in St. Thomas, and co-creator of Heart & Soul Unions, a wedding business on St. Thomas. Jennie is also a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) in Hatha Yoga, the Dynamic Yoga Method. Jennie's purpose is to be a conduit for healing mind, body and heart so peace can be restored in our individual lives, in our Virgin Islands, and in our world.


Laura C. Nagiis a Conscious Communication trainer, mediator and co-founder of Conscious Communication of the Virgin Islands.  Laura brings her experience of 10+ years of high-conflict family law practice to her communication training and mediation services. She looks forward to bringing Conscious Communication consciousness to the Virgin Islands to increase peace and harmony in the community. Laura is co-creator of the Bliss Center for Well-Being, a yoga and healing center that is anticipated to open in St. Thomas by the end of this year and co-founder of Ananda Nilayam, Center for Consciousness, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create a spiritual center in St. Thomas. Laura is a 200-hour certified hatha yoga teacher.  She continues to practice family and immigration law in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.


Gerry Londerganwas a part time staff member at Omega Institute this summer.  He graduated from Holy Cross College in Worchester mass and was an organizer for Clamshell Alliance, an organization which worked to stop the development of nuclear energy in the US.  

Doug Whitehas been a licensed architect in the Virgin Islands for 30 years. He is co-owner, with his wife Leslie of Solar Supply, a local renewable energy company. Doug was a charter member of the Rotary Club of St. John in 1999 and co-founder of the Island Green Building Association, IGBA of St. John in 2004. He introduced the first, zero emission, solar powered, plug in Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) in the Virgin Islands and the first small scale, self-contained, constructed wetland, biological sewage treatment system for residences. He has received the VI Energy Office “Light the Way” Award and the EPA “Environmental Quality Award”. Doug serves on the UVI Caribbean Green Technology Advisory Board and has been using solar power systems in his home and office for over 20 years

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 http://184.154.137.146/~stjohnuuf/donate/ 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 deductable donation letter from us.

 

 

WEBSITE: Continually updating information on our website http://184.154.137.146/~stjohnuuf  Nuusletters and a new page with all the information that we received from UU headqurters- some very interesting items for you to check out! And of course sign up for the members section! If you are not a member we'd be more than happy to share with you what that entails.

 

NUUSLETTER:If you have anything you'd like in the Dec. newsletter please forward to me anytime til 11/20 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 http://184.154.137.146/~stjohnuuf/info/smart-guide/

 

                                                                                                                

UUF Slide Show:    We will be converting our photos/slide show into albums on our webpage.  If you have photos you'd like to add to our albums please send them to infouustjohn@gmail.comWe look forward to making our pages fun and interactive!

 

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/

 

 

October 2013 NUUsletter

October 2013 ST. JOHN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST NUUsletter

uuchaliceWELCOME BACK! Restore, renew and share your light!

 

Service Topics:

 Oct 20th: Rev. John L. Saxon. "Many Streams Make a River. "Each fall, hundreds of Unitarian Universalist congregations mark the beginning of a new "church year" with an annual "ingathering" service and "water communion" ritual in which members and friends bring a small container of water that symbolizes their physical, emotional, and spiritual journeys over the past year and pour their water into one common bowl to symbolize the joining of our individual lives in religious community and our belief, as religious liberals, that "many streams make a river."

Oct 27th: Rev. John L. Saxon. "Is That Story True?"  When Pi Patel relates his truly incredible story of drifting for months across the Pacific Ocean in a life boat with a man-eating tiger, the insurance investigators are skeptical and insist that he tell them what "really" happened. Pi responds: "The world isn't just the way it is." It's not just the "straight facts:" it's how we understand it. So, he says, the telling of something always becomes a story and every story is the "selective transforming of reality to bring out its 'true' essence." So the question is not which story is literally "true." The question, he says, is "which story do you prefer?" Which story is "better" because it reveals a "deeper" truth? And, he says: "So it is with God."
 

EVENTS:

Sun Oct 20rd first of season Potluck; After service, please bring your dish to share; and in the effort to be "Green" your plate, cup and flatware

Sun Oct 27th 1st Executive meeting of our 2013/2014 session after service. all are welcome to attend

SPEAKERS:

The Rev. John L. Saxon is the Lead Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Raleigh, NC (a 500+ member congregation). He served as UUFR’s Assistant Minister from 2010-2012 and worked as a resident hospital chaplain at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, NC from 2010-11. He received his M.Div. degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago in 2009. He is currently  awaiting trial following his proud arrest for civil disobedience as part of the NAACP "Moral Monday" protests in NC. We are pleased that his wife Marion will be able to join him this year and look forward to welcoming and sharing with her as well.

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.

 

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

 We are always seeking donations to the operational costs of our fellowship. This will become very easy now that we have a PayPal account.  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.

 Minutes of the Annual Meeting are available should anyone like.

Your 2013 officers are:

President - Lisa Durgin                                                      Members without Portfolio:

V. Pres. -Cheryl Magdaleno                                             Colleen Mader  

Secretary/Hospitality - Anna Tuttle                              Maura Wilcox                      
Treasurer - Lina Guild                                                        Deborah Ferry

Finance Committee- Alan Glenn, Jim Wilcox              Michelle Ward       

Programming Co-Chairs- Kathy Guidi and Linda Sorenson

Green Sanctuary - Suki Buchalter

NUUsletter - Lisa Durgin

Transportation - Gerry Londergan

Building committee Chair -Marvin Hart

 WEBSITE: We anticipate unveiling the new website prior to our first gathering!!

NUUSLETTER:If you have anything you'd like in the Nov. newsletter please forward to me anytime til 10/20 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!) Now available here on our website!                                                                                                                

UUF Slide Show:  If you would like to add to our UUF slide show  please submit your photos to Craig. We now have a slide show of over 600 photos that document our history and the camaraderie we've shared over the years.

 

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/