November 1, 2020 – "Be the Change: An Activist Dinner Party"
On this Sunday before Election Day, join us as we pause to take a collective deep breath and renew our resolve to vote and then to keep on striving for equity and justice regardless of the outcome, by addressing one of the greatest threats to peace and justice: the paralyzing attitude that what we do does not matter. Via a theatrical experience constructed by and for UU’s, our own all-star cast directed by Ron Kagel will read the play “Be The Change.” Written by a UU Minister, this play brings alive the words and wisdom of famous poets, activists and sages including Martin Luther King Jr., Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh and others. Laura Lesch is the Worship Associate, and Bethany Riddle shares the gift of music.
Click here to join the service by Zoom.
RE Online Classes - 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Teachers will admit students individually into the class, so you may wish to log in a few minutes early. Please use this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/99002634691?pwd=ZFIzblJxT3k1WkhRNGp3S2N3bXJIZz09.
Small Group Chats After Service
If you would like to talk in a small group after the service ends, please leave the service meeting a few minutes after service ends. Then click on this link to join a new meeting in which you will be broken out into small groups: https://zoom.us/j/92961051115?pwd=czNiekpoYWg4LzR0cXA0V2JwNnIwUT09.
Dear Friends, While our in-building services are suspended, we are continuing services and Fellowship online. Our larger mission continues as well — we still support the community through our Share-the-Plate program. We continue to see supporting our Fellowship as part of our spiritual practice. And we can all do our part to keep our Fellowship going. We ask our Members and Friends to continue to make pledge payments and plate offerings by mailing a check to UUFSB, 380 Nicolls Road, E. Setauket, NY 11733; making your payments through a billpay service with your bank; or using the Paypal button below. Whatever method you use, please be sure to designate where you want your donation directed. For checks / bill pay, add the designation in the "Memo" line / "Add a Memo" field. Please consider using the "Make this a monthly donation" option. Thank you!
Midday Pause - Food for the Spirit: Friday, Oct. 30, 1:00-1:15 p.m.
Please join the Three Village Interfaith Clergy Association for spiritual sustenance during these anxious times. Take a break from the stresses of life with this short offering of readings, meditations, reflections meant to feed and comfort the spirit. Each Friday in October leaders from different faith traditions will be on hand to guide us in the midday pause. This is for people of all faiths and no faith. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Join by Facebook Live (Three Village Interfaith Clergy Association) OR click this link to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/96784609924?pwd=eVcyQlNvaW5MZnJpUnJRVkpXRzZrQT09
Soul Pulse Drum Classes Start Oct. 30 on Fridays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Caregiver Support Group — First and Third Thursdays of the Month on Zoom, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
If you are, have been, or anticipate being a caregiver for a loved one, you might know what a hard job it can be. Maybe you don’t know what to expect. Maybe you think you finally have a handle on something and everything changes. It’s an ever- present learning curve and a host of different emotions. From whom and what do you draw support? What resources are available to you? How do you take care of yourself?
Humanist Discussion Group Online Meeting - Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7:00 p.m.
The next Humanist Discussion Group meets at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 3. Join Zoom Meeting https://stonybrook.zoom.us/j/2189272259 Meeting ID: 218 927 2259
The topic is ""Highly fragmented school districts produce highly segregated schools on Long Island. There are ways to reduce the fragmentation and increase the diversity of school districts. How might that be accomplished?" "
New York State assesses the economic situation at the district level in terms of the discrepancy between “need” and “resource capacity.” School districts are thus classified as “low‐need,” “average‐need,” and “high‐need.” Low‐need districts are rich in resources and can provide their students with state‐of‐the‐art learning facilities, technology, and faculty. High‐need districts are resource‐starved and students do not have the same opportunities available to them.
The vast majority of Long Island students attend low‐ and average‐need districts. Only 14% attend high‐need districts. There are, however, extremely large racial and ethnic differences: 76% of all students in high‐need districts are black and Hispanic. Moreover, the percentage of black and Hispanic students who are schooled in high‐need districts is ten times the percentage of white students who are schooled in high‐need districts. Given that education is the central factor for upward mobility in our society, this situation predisposes racial and ethnic minorities to further disadvantage, which in the long run is a societal cost shared by everyone alike. from 8 Key facts about Long Island School Districts.
Election Week “Evening Settle” Service Series - Nov. 5-6
An offering of reflections, readings, meditation, and music at the two canonical Christian hours of evening prayer, Vespers (early evening) and Compline (before retiring for the night).
- One service at Vespers - Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7:30-8:15 p.m. - Rev. Dr. Linda Anderson with the Rev. Margie Allen in collaboration with the South Nassau UU Congregation in Freeport
- Two services at Compline - Thursday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 6, 9:00-9:30 p.m. - with the Revs. Margie Allen and Linda Anderson in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook
These Zoom links will bring you to us:
- VESPERS - Wednesday Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 847 4401 8299 Passcode: 745249
Dial by your location: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
- COMPLINE - Thursday and Friday Nov. 5-6 at 9:00 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81175596908?pwd=MTBnT0MwS1dPcmpKS3N1VXBCVC9BUT09
Meeting ID: 811 7559 6908 Passcode: 423650
Dial by your location: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
New Six-Week Essentrics Semester Starts Nov. 11
It’s not too late to get "moving" before the holidays. Join us for six weeks of classes on Zoom, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. If this time is inconvenient for you, certified Essentrics instructor Kay Aparo will send you the recorded session to view at your convenience.
Classes will meet:
- Tuesdays: Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15
- Thursdays: Nov. 12, 19, 26 (recording), Dec. 3, 10, 17
One lesson a week is $48 paid in advance; two lessons a week is $88 paid in advance. Please send your checks made out to UUFSB to: UUFSB, 380 Nicolls Road, East Setauket, NY 11733.
Labyrinth Walks Resume Indoors, Starting Nov. 5 - Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
Since September we have held labyrinth walks on our outdoor labyrinth each Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Walks have been limited to 10 people, pre-registration required. Everyone has worn masks and social distancing has been observed. We were so lucky to have Charles Holdener play the drum and American Indian Flute for us.
Series on UUA Report on Institutional Change - Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 6, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Please join Long Island UUs for this important zoom series on the UUA Report on Institutional Change, which Rev. Margie focused on in her Oct. 4th service. Click here for the details about this three-part series. Registration is required. You can find the report itself here (print and audio format) or order it from the UUA Bookstore.
If you are interested in Unitarian Universalism, we hope you’ll visit us to learn more. If attending our services doesn’t fit your life, you might want to investigate the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a virtual congregation of Unitarian Universalists, with more than 3,500 members around the U.S. They hold online services on Sundays at 8 p.m., and on Mondays at 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
You can find them at clfuu.org.
Video of our 50th Anniversary Service and Dedication Ceremony
A video of the full service from our special anniversary service and the building dedication on October 21, 2012 is posted on our website. The video is quite large and may take a few minutes to load. Go to http://uufsb.org/worship-service-videos.