Dec. 5, 2021 – “Feelings, Needs and the Power of Empathy" – Rev. Margie Allen
A review of the principles of compassionate communication (AKA nonviolent communication) with an emphasis on the roots of empathy in human experience. You might find this primer valuable as you gird yourself for difficult conversations during holiday gatherings with family and friends.
This will be a live service in our sanctuary with a simultaneous broadcast to YouTube for those who need to attend virtually. We have capacity in the sanctuary for a max of 50 attendees only. The registration process operates on a first come, first served basis.
Click here for more information including COVID protocols for adults and RE program.
Weekly Events and Special Announcements – Dec. 5-12
Click here to see this week's events and special announcements, including the weekly calendar, service attendance, pledge status, and share-the-plate news..
Dear Friends, With in-person attendance at services still limited, we ask you to continue to support our mission, and to support the community through our Share-the-Plate program. 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!
Holiday Giving at UUFSB – Mitten Tree and/or Toy Drive
Please click here for all the important details about our holiday giving programs at UUFSB, including days and times for drop-off of donations. Thanks in advance for your generosity!
Calling for Your Favorite Poems! Poetry Service, Dec. 26
Since we cannot sing in the sanctuary together, the Worship Associates are adapting our traditional Hymn Sing Service into a Poetry Service! If you would like to read a poem for the service, or if you would like to share a poem and have someone else read it for you, please send your poem with a brief message about what it means to you to Jess Pond at .
We would like to include all poems we receive, but we will be limited by the time of the service, so we will also be publishing all of the poems we receive into a packet that will be available on our website.
Please submit your poems by Fri., Dec. 17.
Evening Labyrinth Walk – Tues., Dec. 14, 8:00 p.m.
Join us for our monthly evening labyrinth walk led by Linda Mikell, Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. We observe strict COVID protocols, and attendance limited to 15 people. We are fortunate to have Dorothea Cook and Peter Winkler play viola and piano on this walk. Come for peace, meditation and the music.
Sunday, Jan. 2 is our first walk of the new year. Start your year off on the "right foot." Carolyn Popiekski will play the harp for us. We start at 2:00 p.m. Your spot for each of these events MUST be reserved in advance. Please email Linda () to reserve.
Humanist Discussion Group Meeting - Tues., Jan. 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Humanist Discussion Group is taking a holiday break. We will meet next online at 7:00 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 18, 2022. The topic will be the role of our governments in helping Americans pursue happiness. Remember the Declaration of Independence says: "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Links of interest:
- What Is Gross National Happiness (GNH)?
- Why Finland Is the World's Happiest Country
- The Happiest Countries in the World
Join Zoom Meeting: https://stonybrook.zoom.us/j/218927225
Meeting ID: 218 927 2259
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?
Weekly Sanctuary Labyrinth Walks - Thursdays, 1:30 p.m
Morning Meditation on Zoom - Weekdays at 7:30 a.m.
You are invited to join Rev. Linda Anderson and the Stony Brook Sangha in a Zoom morning meditation. On Mondays through Fridays, a number of us gather to meditate from 7:30-8:00 a.m. We start with a guided meditation and then finish in silence. It’s a great way to start the day. If you are interested in joining, please contact Linda at .
Proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism
This is the proposed 8th Principle which is being talked about and voted on in congregations throughout the UUA. For more information, please go to the website www.8thprincipleuu.org or speak or write to one of the members of the 8th Principal Task Force (8PTF): Laura Lesch, Joan Rubinstein, Barbara Coley, June Cerveny, and Joanne Hammer
(Click here to read the current 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism.)
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.