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Weekly Update 01/23/14

Weekly Update 01/23/14

Weekly Update-January 23, 2014


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Worship Service – Sanctuary, Two Services:  9:30 & 11:00am

There Will Be Sticky Notes, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

A vibrant community is constantly in process, seeking input, and checking its course. This morning we explore the many ways we do this. Welkin will perform.

 Share the Plate

Our Share the Plate beneficiary today will be Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida (IA). IA coordinates faith-based participation in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Fair Food Program(FFP. People of faith have played a crucial role in bringing about historic agreements between the CIW and Yum Brands, McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and others. Now they’ve added another victory to their list of achievements—on Jan. 16, the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart signed the FFP agreement. Florida tomato suppliers in the FFP not only pass on to their buyers a penny-per-pound of tomatoes pay increase for farmworkers, they also must have zero tolerance for forced labor and sexual assault, and put in place a mechanism for resolving labor disputes between growers and farmworkers. Please give generously to help support this effective campaign.    

Children’s Religious Education

9:15am – 12:15pm  Nursery (EC Room 5)

9:30am – 10:30am  Childcare During Worship (EC Assembly Room)

10:45am – 12:15pm  High School OWL

11:15am – 12:15pm  Children’s RE (EC Classrooms)

1:00pm  Coming of Age (Room 15)

The next Super Sunday is Feb. 2 – We will be learning about Dr. Martin Luther King & making valentine cards for 1U Caring Circle.

Further info on upcoming CRE Sessions here.

  • The Children’s Religious Education Program is looking for members of the 1U congregation to substitute for our regular nursery workers when needed.  Experience with young children is a requirement.
  • RE needs teachers to fill in when needed. This is NOT an every week commitment.
  • We will be hosting CPR/First Aid classes in March – more info coming soon!

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Michelle Smith, Coordinator of Children’s Religious Education in person or at coordinator@orlandouu.org.

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly) (Please note special 9:30 session!)

Special! 9:30am in the Library Voting for UUA Social justice Issues:  The UUA is asking congregations to vote on the selection of the Congregational Study Action Issues (CSAI) that will be presented at General Assembly this year. For those of you not familiar with CSAIs, this is the process where UU member congregations vote to select key issues that will be studied for four years and from which Statements of Conscience are developed. Examples would be: Immigration as a Moral Issue, and the current one–Reproductive Justice. At the present time 6 are proposed and the list needs to be narrowed to no more than 5. The topics will be presented, discussed and we will vote, then results will be forwarded to the UUA. Come participate in the democratic process! Everything from Gun Violence to Escalating Inequality is on the table.

9:30am in Room 18 Buddhism 101: “Mindfulness in Plain English” led by Bob Leger.

11:00am in the Library  True Stories: Storytelling for Adults: “ Truth or Lie,” led by RUUM.

Info on Upcoming ARE Sessions here.

 Come to the 1U Town Hall Meeting – 12:45pm, Gore Hall

The Board has been hard at work moving forward with plans for upgrading the 1U campus. At this meeting, they will share their draft RFP (Request for Proposal) which describes our basic needs. This document will be sent to potential firms so that they can give us initial input on scope and what is possible. Other updates will include information of the Building Steering Committee, the search for a Ministerial Intern for next year, and the conversation on a vision for future staffing. All are welcome. Members are encouraged to attend. Childcare provided. Light lunch available for a small fee. The next update, by way of Congregational Meeting, is expected to be March 16.



The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

The Alliance is looking forward to hearing about trips taken by Ann Cook and Bill Redfoot to Germany. Their last trip was in December to experience the Christmarkets just before the Christmas holiday. Bill and Ann will show films of their activities. Everyone is welcome to join the Alliance in the Hiett Library at 12:30. Members will enjoy a bag lunch brought from home just prior to the talk.

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Gore Hall

Come be a part of a wonderful journey as we share one breath, one body, one mind at 1U. Class is open to all.

Religion 201: Judgment – Holocaust Center, 7:00 pm

Join us until 8:30pm for the next installment of Religion 201, a program at the Holocaust Center (851 N Maitland Ave, Maitland) cosponsored by the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. This month’s panel features representatives of Islam, Sikhism, & Unitarian Universalism who will address the questions: Will Humans Face a Judgment? What form of judgment—if any—does your faith tradition teach that humans will face in the afterlife? What comes after judgment for those who pass the test? For those who fail? Does your faith tradition teach that there even is an afterlife? Christine Haskins will represent Unitarian Universalism.

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.


Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly.


Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

An open, ongoing meditation group offered free of charge each week. All are welcome, no registration required.

Other News

Rev. Kathy away 1/27-2/4

Rev. Kathy will be out of town from Monday 1/27 until Tuesday 2/4 to attending the annual gathering of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists in NY. She will monitor email while she is away, but if possible prefers that you contact her in advance about anything you might need during that period.

Don’t Miss This!! UUA President’s Council Tapestry of Faith Adult Curriculum (Registration Deadline: Jan. 31)

A new Tapestry of Faith adult curriculum initiated by the UUA President’s Council offers twelve 90-minute workshops to explore our money-related stories, attitudes, and actions in the context of our Unitarian Universalist faith. The Wi$dom Path is designed as a sequential adult religious education program. 1U is among the 50 select congregations field-testing the curriculum. The class will begin Feb. 3 and be co-facilitated by Ken Lofgren and Marni Harmony. It will meet on alternating Mondays with a couple of Saturday sessions in order to finish by early May. Anticipate some lively and provocative conversations! Sign-up now by writing MinisterEmerita@OrlandoUU.org by Jan. 31, putting “Wi$dom” in the subject field. All classes will be held in the Hiett Library.

Sign up Now for New Covenant Groups (Sign-up deadline:  Feb. 5)

1U members are encouraged to consider signing up for the next year of Covenant Groups, which begin in March. These once-a-month gatherings are a great way get to know others in the congregation and to discover more about yourself. More info here. We need your responses by Tuesday, February 5.

Continuing Food Drive

We will continue the food drive for Catholic Charities Semoran Food Pantry through the upcoming 30 Days of Love. So please continue to bring items in and place them in the box in Gore Hall. Thanks for sharing with those in need.

Blood Donors–We Thank You!

Thank you to all those that went to the Red Bus on Jan. 19 to give blood! Each unit collected can save up to 3 lives right here in the Orlando area. Although 38% of the US population is eligible to donate, only 5% do so on a yearly basis.  We hope to see even more donors at our next drive on April 6 right here in our parking lot!

Pastoral Care Associates

Pastoral Care Associates are fellow 1U members who have been especially trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Through this minister-extending program, members can receive compassionate care when they are in pain, sick, lonely or struggling with changes.  It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community listen, care, and offer support.   If you are in need, contact our Pastoral Care Associates Coordinator Harriett Smithson (pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org).

The Best Way To Know What Is Going On Around 1U — This Weekly Update.

The Weekly Update is posted to the 1U website by Thursday of each week. An email reminder is then sent to the members and visitors who have provided their email addresses. If you are not receiving the weekly email reminder, please contact ChurchAdministrator@orlandouu.org. A reminder is also posted to the 1U facebook page.

December Board Minutes Available

Approved Minutes for the December 2013 meeting of your Board of Trustees are now available to members from the 1U website. Click here to access them directly with a member login, or log into the 1U website, click on Members, File Downloads, Governance, Board of Trustees, and then 2013, (12)_december_2013_board_minutes_Packet.pdf. 

Congregational Meeting Update

Information from the Nov. 17 Congregational Meeting is available on the 1U website. Links to supporting information as well as input received are given.

Missed a Sunday?

Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.

Plan Ahead

February 6-8 – Voters’ Rights Rally in Raleigh, Amtrak Train 92, 7:24pm

Several 1U stalwarts are hopping a train to Raleigh, N.C., in response to a call from UUA President Peter Morales to help create the “Most Massive Moral Rally in the South since Selma.” Voter suppression is the issue. Amtrak Train 92 leaves Orlando at 7:24pm on Feb. 6, and arrives in Raleigh the next morning; we’ll share a sleeper roomette with two bunks for quick naps going north. Train 91 returns 9:00pm Saturday evening for another overnight of songs and games. Carpool also possible. UU home hospitality is offered for those who sign up before Jan. 31. More info here and by reaching Joan Erwin.

February 8 – Get Engaged (or Just Have Dinner) – 4:00pm, Gore Hall and Hiett Library

Please join us for an evening of information, reflection and social time, as we talk about deeper involvement with 1U. Whether you’re a recent acquaintance or are in a committed relationship with 1U, you’ll find out more about its offerings and activities. Get to know us better; tell us what you think; consider ways to be involved … or who knows, maybe even “get engaged.” Whatever you’re looking for at 1U, we’ve got a match. The event lasts until 7pm, so come on by. What the heck – it’s only dinner, and you can definitely bring the kids. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary Ann Horne at PCT_education@orlandouu.org, or any member of the PCT.

February 9 – Meet and Greet With Our Minister -12:15pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Reverend Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend a one-hour Meet and Greet with Our Minister (formerly called Newcomer Orientation).

March 7 & 8 – Journey to Membership Workshop

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email at Members@OrlandoUU.org to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday 3/7/14 in the Assembly Room in the Enrichment Center and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday 3/8/14 in the Hiett Library in Gore Hall). In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday, Apr. 4, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, Apr. 6.


We must let go of the assumption that we should never be made uncomfortable. There is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.

We must let go of the illusion that those in power will share it… let alone, hand it over. Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor.

We must let go of our idea that all laws are just… that our systems is necessarily fair. We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.”

We must let go of the myth that there will be a better day to seek justice. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

In letting go of assumptions and mental models that no longer serve us, that do not serve justice, we free ourselves, and our society, so that together we may build the beloved community.

 Excerpts from “A New Normal” 1/19/14 sermon by Rev. Kathy Schmitz (non-bold text comes from the words of MLK)

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