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Weekly Update, March 5, 2020

Weekly Update, March 5, 2020

This Sunday, March 8, at 1U

(Note: Daylight Savings Time begins today–set your clocks one hour later)

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Lessons from Athena, Michele Grove, D. Min., Interim Religious Education Consultant, with Rev. Samuel Schaal and Sarah Gray.

What’s the difference between wisdom and knowledge? Athena–Greek goddess of wisdom–is also the name of one of the preacher’s beloved dachshunds. We will explore the wisdom of both sages. This is a worship experience for all ages. There will be activity tables in the sanctuary for kids who choose that. Kids (and adults!) are welcome to bring stuffed animals as companions in the worship. It will be a moving worship for all ages, young to old!    

Children & Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Sunday Schedule

9:15 am-1:00 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Nursery)

10:30-11:30 am Children stay in Sanctuary for multigenerational service

For more information: RECoordinator@orlandouu.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Children & Youth Religious Education This Week

Nursery: Heather Coddington and Kristin Mataluni report that last Sunday there was dancing, sharing, laughing, rocking and a lively puppet show in the Nursery.

Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6): What does it mean to treat each other fairly? This was the focus last Sunday as the colorful world of the Sneetches returned with Cathy Spoone, Christine Fullerton and Daryl Fullerton. Class began with everyone reciting the UU children’s Open Heart saying. “We talked about how as people we are the same and should not use differences to separate us. The children colored stars and used scissors to cut the stars out. We ended by playing with balloons together.” Will there be any Seuss-inspired stuffed animals attending our multi-generational service this Sunday?

Star Wars (ages 6-9): Last Sunday Cindy Schleier and Michelle Tichy guided the Star Wars children as they worked on UU principles of justice and compassion. They created posters and signs based on injustice issues. Race, equality, peace and the environment were represented. We had lots of fun reading along with the book Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin. The Padawans often bring stuffed animals to class. Which ones will they bring to service this Sunday?

Harry Potter (ages 9-13): Last Sunday Jonathan Gray and Lynn Ricketts joined the Wizards as they created and cared for their Pet Dragons while discussing animal cruelty. Will the Tweens bring stuffed dragons to service this Sunday?

Youth (High School): Our Youth toggle between Youth RE: “Virtue Ethics” and Youth Group: “Sharing the Journey.”  Last Sunday in “Sharing the Journey,” Melinda Raiford and Mary Anne Horne facilitated the covenant group time. “We discussed how it’s intuitive to label others, especially those who are different. We talked about how it has affected the youth, and how certain labels have changed in meaning. We watched a TedEx Youth video about labeling and continued into what we thought about the opinions of the presenter.” For the fellowship hour, Rene Stutzman was in the 1U garden. Youth planted items in the Youth raised-bed garden.  We put in tomatoes, peppers and watermelon; eggplant will join later. This Sunday youth will celebrate with the congregation in the multi-generational service.

New to 1U? After Time for All Ages, you are welcome to accompany your child to the Labyrinth outside our Sanctuary. Our Religious Education teachers will provide guidance about the best class for your child and answer your questions. For more information contact Sarah Gray at RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org.

Other Sunday, March 8, Activities

Leaf Blower Club Members Needed for Next Several Sundays

Looking for volunteers to blow leaves for the next several Sundays. We would like the walkways to the Sanctuary and Gore Hall Foyer, and also the labyrinth, blown clear of leaves. The church has a blower and electric cord in the Gore Hall storage room–on the backside of the black wire shelves. Using your own is fine too. The task takes 30-45 minutes and should be done by 10:00 am. Sunday March 8 is covered. If you can do it one or more Sunday mornings, contact Dan Homblette at ltm@orlandouu.org. — Your LTME Team

Sanctuary Project Information Opportunity — 9:30 and 11:45 am, Gore Hall

The Completing The Dream Team (CDT) will be at a table in Gore Hall today, providing updated information from the contractor and their designer, for your edification, comment and opinion. Please stop by and chat with us, before and after the service. – Your CDT

Ministerial Search Committee Nomination Info Session — 9:30 am & 11:45 am, Assembly Room

At our March 1 congregational meeting the BOT launched the Ministerial Search Committee formation process. We’re adopting the UUA Settlement Handbook process [located here] recommended for congregations preparing to call a settled minister. It includes participation by the entire congregation with the goal of creating a diverse and representative committee. That is why the BOT is asking all members to recommend up to four members for the ballot to be voted on at the annual meeting on May 17. Nomination forms are available through April 5 at Gaby’s table in Gore Hall after each service and on the church’s website at orlandouu.org in the Governance section.

Completed paper nomination forms can be dropped off at Gaby’s table after the service on Sundays, at the Church office between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm, or mailed to Amy Fairweather, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, 1901 East Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32803. You can also email your nominations to searchcommittee@orlando.org with subject line “Search Committee Nominations.” List up to four congregation members, then place your name as member submitting the form at the bottom of the list.

For more details please attend one of the additional information sessions being held in the Assembly Room:

March 11 – 6:30 pm

March 15 – 11:45 am

This is a most exciting time for our congregation, and we encourage all members to participate in this important first step. The BOT thanks you!

Movie Talk — 9:30 am, Community Room

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles through shared cultural events–in this case, movies. Join the March 8 movie discussion on Call of the Wild.

It is the rare movie that exemplifies our 7th Principle:  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. In case you have long ago forgotten this 1903 Jack London book, it features a dog, Buck, who throws off the mantle of civilization. Harrison Ford (aka Han Solo, aka Indiana Jones) is Buck’s costar. Call of the Wild opens “in theaters everywhere” on February 20. If any children and youth see the movie and want to join the discussion, they are welcome. Note: the Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.

Inquirers Series — 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Gore Hall Classroom A

Curious about Unitarian Universalism? Wondering what makes 1U “tick”? Join us for any or all of our Inquirers Series sessions with the minister and various lay leaders. Childcare is available.

Today – UU History: learn more about the history of this congregation and Unitarian Universalism roots.

Mar. 15 – Faith Development & Social Justice: further explore the foundations and actions of Unitarian Universalism.

Mar.22 – Membership & Congregational Life: learn more about Congregational Life and becoming a member.

Wrestling with our Understanding of Race Book Study — 11:45 am, Gore Hall Room B

Focusing on Robin DiAngelo’s book: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, the study & discussion group will take the place of our monthly Wrestling with our Understanding of Race meeting. We will meet for three 90-minute sessions starting today. Following sessions are same time, same place on:

Sunday, April 5
Sunday, May 3

 We will be using the UU White Fragility Study Guide for our sessions. Ten copies of the DiAngelo book are available for checkout from Ellen Tetlow. Please contact Ellen to get your name on the signout list.

Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting — Noon-2:00 pm, Room 1

The Mystic Grove is 1U’s pagan affinity group. Due to the congregational meeting on March 1, this month we do not meet on 1st Sunday. We meet today. Everyone is welcome to attend. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant for those who wish to enjoy fellowship. More info email: mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – March 6

Ingathering Potluck: “Our Religious Education Identity” with Michele Grove — 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

All are invited for a community potluck dinner followed by an open discussion from 7:00-9:00 pm on our religious education identity at 1U. This launches our second weekend with religious education consultant Michele Grove. Through the weekend, various leaders will engage in the ongoing process of building on our successes in religious education as we envision our growing future for our youngest UUs.  Please bring a dish to share.

Saturday – February 29

Garden Work and Fun Day — 9:00 am, 1U garden

Join the 1U gardeners in planting a fig tree and four blueberry bushes plus spring vegetables.There’ll be some heavy lifting, a lot of trimming and pruning–so we need people and muscle. Wear work clothes; bring gloves. Contact Rene Stutzman if you have questions.

Tai Chi for Health — 9:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio 

The class has a great regular following. We encourage you to consider joining us and also to spread the word to others who might benefit. Suggested donation (never required) is $5/class to a max of $30/month. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org.

Monday – March 9

Tuesday – March 10

Tai Chi — 9:00-10:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio

If you’re starting or expanding an exercise program, consider adding Tai Chi to the mix. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org for information about the class, which regularly meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 am, free with $5 donation to 1U requested.

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall  

Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30, followed by a bag lunch at noon; all are welcome. Since Gore Hall will be used for the primary election on March 17, the Alliance will meet that day for lunch at TooJays in the Colonial Plaza at 11:30 am. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Eclectic Music Collective Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary  

EMC (Eclectic Music Collective) is an open musical collective. The group seeks and encourages 1U members with varied musical abilities and interests to collaborate and create an eclectic range of musical offerings in support 1U’s mission. Key objectives include preparation for musical performances supporting Sunday services and 1U related events. Effective collaboration will be the primary intention and framework.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30, Gore Hall, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Wednesday – March 11

Wednesday Morning Meditations at UUUF — 8:30-9:00 am, 11648 McCulloch Rd

All are welcome to participate in a lightly guided morning sitting practice to get the day started at the University Universalist Unitarian Fellowship, 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

Choir Practice — 7:30 pm, Studio

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 9:00 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!

Thursday – March 12

Tai Chi — 9:00-10:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio 

If you’re starting or expanding an exercise program, consider adding Tai Chi to the mix. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org for information about the class, which regularly meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 am, free with $5 donation to 1U requested.

Comparative Religion — 7:00-9:00 p, Room 1

Do you have World Religion knowledge gaps? Want to learn more about some of our faith neighbors? Our Great Courses DVD series class is for you! Come for the whole series or just the ones you like best. Today’s topics are “The Problems of Sin and Forgetfulness” and “Breaking Through the Illusion of Reality.”

Eclectic Music Collective Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

EMC (Eclectic Music Collective) is an open musical collective. The group seeks and encourages 1U members with varied musical abilities and interests to collaborate and create an eclectic range of musical offerings in support 1U’s mission. Key objectives include preparation for musical performances supporting Sunday services and 1U related events. Effective collaboration will be the primary intention and framework.

Mindfulness Meditation — 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio (West end of the Enrichment Center) 

Thursday Night Meditation will have a guest speaker from 7:00-8:00 pm. Dr. Claudia Schippert will give a dharma talk. Claudia is a Zen Buddhist and a professor of Humanities at UCF. In addition we will have a brief meditation (20 minutes). All are welcome.

Other News

Worship Schedule — All are welcome to attend

March Worship Theme:  What does it mean to be a people of  WISDOM?

March 15    Holding On and Letting GoRev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

What serves us and what does not? What do we hold to and what do we release from our lives?

March 22   Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist, Worship Associates

A variety of perspectives on why we are Unitarian Universalists. What wisdom does our path bring to us and to the world?

March 29   Universalism Faces a New Age, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

At the consolidation of Unitarians and Universalists in 1961, the Unitarian culture dominated. In the demands of the 21st century, it may be time for Universalism to regain its vitality in our faith tradition. What wisdom ways does our Universalist heritage suggest?

Missed a Sunday?

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

Gender Journeys start March 14 —  Hosted by WUURL

First Unitarian’s WUURL (Women UUs Relishing Life) is hosting an opportunity to learn more about gender in our community, our families and our congregation. All are welcome to participate. No cost but donations are appreciated.

Saturday, March 14, 9:00 am-noon, Gore Hall — Gender and Orientation Workshop: This workshop provided by the Zebra Coalition will cover topics like terminology, sexual orientation and gender concepts, transgender culture, coming out process, and intersectionality.

Sunday, March 22, 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Assembly Room — Gender Journeys: a more personal, experiential view of gender to include storytelling, life mapping, role playing/practice. Heart work and spiritual development work. Facilitated by Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen and Ellen Tetlow.

Sunday, March 29, 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Sanctuary — Panel: Gender Journeys: focus on families making transitions. How can 1U be more welcoming to all, including families? What would be helpful for us to be aware of in the larger community?

Pastoral Associates Listen, Care and Help

Do you need someone to talk to about what’s going on in your life? Someone who will listen and care but not dump advice you don’t need on you? Lay Pastoral Associates are trained listeners who will never tell you what to do…but they will listen, care, and help you sort out your feelings. Please contact PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org for a trained UU listener from our beloved community. Absolutely confidential!

Needs for Joy MCC Food Pantry

Here are the items being requested by Joy MCC for their Food Pantry during the month of February. All donations are gratefully received. Add these items to your grocery list soon:

–Children’s snack fruit cups
–Grape or strawberry jelly
–Mac and Cheese
–Dog and cat food (dry)

Still seeking just the right person to be 1U liaison to Joy MCC. Could it be you? For more details, contact Kathy Homblette at Welcometeam@orlandouu.org.

Caring Circle

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. We follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Caring Circle members may serve on occasion by providing one or more of the following: phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events or medical appointments, and/or help with meals, pet care, etc. In March, contact Cindy Schleier at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org if you need help or to participate in this ministry of our community who care about and for each other.

Special Website Member Section

We’ve moved some information on the website into a password-protected member section. There you’ll find the member directory, detailed information on church governance (board, bylaws and approved annual budgets), building and grounds information including the campus safety plan, and volunteer information for religious education. Watch the section’s evolution as it grows to become a rich resource of information for members and leaders of the church. Your directory password works for the new member section. If you don’t have a password and need one, contact webmaster@orlandouu.org.


Plan Ahead

March 13 — Black Cat Open Mic Night, 7:30 pm-12:00 am, Gore Hall

Are you a performer? Bard, troubadour, musician, singer, poet, actor, dancer, comedian, highly skilled fool? Enjoy being part of the audience? Join others at the monthly open mic night and enjoy wine, beer, pizza, snacks and a great show! Last month there was even an on stage marriage proposal! All are welcome! $2 donation. For more info email BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org  or go to https://tinyurl.com/blackcatmar2020.

March 15 — Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Big Red Bus, 1U Parking Lot

We hope you will come to donate for our many neighbors and friends in need in Central Florida. All blood types are needed!  You are truly giving the Gift of Life. Make a specific appointment through OneBlood.org. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

March 16 — Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Executive Committee Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister and immediate Past President.

March 21 — Mystic Grove Spring Equinox Celebration (Ostara), 6:15-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in celebrating the Spring Equinox! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: light green, lemon yellow, pale pinks, and similar. “Meet and Greet” at 6:15 for those who’ve never been to a UU pagan worship, 7:00 is ritual, 8:00 is potluck. All welcome. Children under 18 please come with a parent or guardian. For more info, mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. RSVP https://preview.tinyurl.com/ostara2020

March 21 — Cultivating Balance at the Spring Equinox, 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Assembly Room

We’d love for you to join our beloved community, where we practice different forms of grounding, meditation, movement, sacred ceremony, and creative projects for healing and expression. Woven into these sacred gatherings will be my learnings from more than 25 years of spiritual development – which is earth based with a relationship of both feminine and masculine divine archetypes, studies in end of life doula – which informs us how to live more fully with less fear, and holding space leadership – which nurtures a safe space for authentic living. The Spring Equinox is one of two days in the year when day and night are equal, as the seasons tip into a new direction. The intentions we planted in February are beginning to sprout, and we are reminded to nurture our hard work with self-care. We will discuss and share ideas for cultivating greater balance in our lives, with an introduction to Chair Yoga with Alba Ramirez, offering our bodies the love they deserve, regardless of strength and mobility. We will feed our playful spirits with the creation of our own finger-labyrinths, as we explore the symbolism and powerful tool that frees the mind to focus on prayer and intention. Lunch is provided (with water, coffee, and tea), as are supplies for each craft project, and a safe place to explore the beauty of your own truth. The cost of this workshop is $65 with a discount for members of 1U. Come grow with us! For further information contact Melissa Baker (information in the online member directory).

April 5 — Prayerful Practice & Panel: Social Justice Through the Lens of Religion

Interfaith Yoga Project and the Valencia College Peace & Justice Institute are offering a sacred event open to the Orlando community on April 5 at 4:30 pm. Held at 1U, the afternoon will feature a Panel Discussion, moderated by Elizabeth Swart, author of Bridging The Color Divide and USC adjunct lecturer, Dept. of Social Change and Innovation. The panel includes the following panelists:

Rev. Katrina Jenkins (Dean of Religious Studies, Rollins College)
Sister Ann Kendrick (Hope Community Center)
Author and Professor Cyrus Zargar (The Polished Mirror, Storytelling and the Pursuit of Virtue in Islamic Philosophy and Sufism)
Author and Professor Anne Gleig (American Dharma: Buddhsim Beyond Modernity)
Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer (Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, American Conference of Cantors)
Pastor Josh Bell (Valencia College Peace & Justice Institute, Community Hope Center).

The offering will begin with a prayerful practice of weaving mindful movement with Vedic philosophy and meditation to stabilize and regulate the nervous system as we prepare for courageous conversation. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL – RSVP to: interfaithyogaproject@gmail.com.

April 25 — Clean the World Volunteers Needed, 9:00 am-noon, Clean the World 

Clean the World takes partially used soaps, shampoo and conditioner from hundreds of local hotels to recycle and use for those in need. We will be separating the donated products over a large table. Wear closed-toed, comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. It’s great fun; we can do good while gabbing. Kids are welcome if they are 8 or older! PLEASE RSVP to foodbank@orlandouu.org AND register by following this link (each individual group member must do this). Our group is called 1UMeetUp. CtW is located at 2544 E Landstreet Rd, Suite 600, Orlando FL 32824. Carpooling is strongly suggested. Come a little early to check-in and to walk through our soap museum: The Soap Story. Bring a refillable water-bottle. We will have water available, and ask that you bring your own water-bottles to limit the amount of waste we create.

May 10 — Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Big Red Bus, 1U Parking Lot

Please plan to give. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org. Line up a specific appointment through OneBlood.org. Other dates: July 12, September 6 and November 1.


Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

UUMFE Species Artwork Grant

UUMFE is excited to announce that a limited number of mini-grants up to $250 are available to help your congregation create its species artwork for this year’s Procession of the Species at the UUA General Assembly (GA) in Rhode Island! To apply for a mini-grant — and to sign up for GA in general — check out this link.

Let’s ‘UU the Vote’

The new UUA electoral organizing campaign website: “UU the Vote” (uua.org/UUtheVote, https://www.uua.org/liberty/electionreform) provides an Association-wide strategy to help UUs grow and sharpen their skills for faith-based electoral organizing from now until the 2020 election. The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President, says “Core UU values of interdependence, democracy, human worth and dignity, the richness of pluralism and diversity, and the inborn right of all people to self-determination and agency are on the line…We are offering a visible alternative to narratives and policies of domination, supremacy, scarcity, and exploitation that threaten and diminish our lives and future. The introductory video may be viewed on the website.


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Phone: 407-898-3621

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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

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Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org