Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. John, U.S.V.I.

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

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