October 18 – Mary Beth Guyther, Worship Leader
Mary Beth Gunther is the Program Officer for Long Island Community Foundation Program. She manages the Long Island UU Fund alongside a Board which includes two members of our congregation: Cindy Stewart and Linda Pfeiffer.
Statement from Peter Morales on Campus Shooting
The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued this statement following the news of the shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College:
"I am saddened and sickened to hear of the shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon. I send my most heartfelt message of condolence and support to the families and friends of the victims. Places of education and advanced learning are sacred spaces that should be protected and sheltered from violence.
"One cannot learn in fear. And as a society and a nation, we must do all we can to protect our young learners from fear and violence. At the 2014 General Assembly, delegates passed an Action of Immediate Witness affirming congregational commitment to gun violence prevention. It is clear that greater controls on access to guns are desperately needed in this country.
"We cannot wait when young people are dying in classrooms. Our lawmakers must act, and we must hold them accountable."
UUSC and UUA Respond to the Global Refugee Crisis
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee President and CEO Bill Schulz and Unitarian Universalist Association President Peter Morales have issued a joint statement about the global refugee crisis: The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) remain gravely concerned about the global refugee crisis and are committed to taking action. That's why they have announced these two initiatives:
- A special UUSC-UUA Refugee Crisis Fund, with the goal of raising $250,000.
- A petition drive to pressure the Obama administration to substantially raise the number of refugees admitted into the United States to 200,000.
Donations to our UUSC-UUA Refugee Crisis Fund will go directly to our partners operating on the ground in countries receiving refugees. Our work will focus on ensuring the safe passage of refugees seeking safety and helping refugees access their rights in host countries. Please click here for the complete statement.
Lego Family Fun Night - Friday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to dig into an enormous bin full of Legos, of every shape and size, and create your own masterpiece? Here's your chance! Pizza, beverages, and dessert will be provided — or bring your own to share! All are welcome. Please RSVP to Susan in the Fellowship office: 751-0297.
Humanist Discussion Group Continues Study of "Escalating Inequality" - Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7:00 p.m.
Our next meeting is 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Tues. October 20 in the Yellow Room at the Fellowship. Everyone is invited.Click here for further details about the group. For information or if you would like to be on the mailing list, please contact Gil Hanson at .
Laughter Yoga Classes - Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Next Session Is Oct. 20
Who doesn't need a good laugh? Laughter Yoga is open for all who want to explore a scientifically proven way to reduce stress, increase endorphins and induce relaxation, along with a host of other incredible benefits. Laughter Yoga uses special guided techniques to induce laughter, which oxygenates the body and brain, lifts the mood, and can relieve a myriad of health conditions. Join our certified Laugher Yoga Facilitator, Jean Larsen, at any time and attend whenever is convenient. We appreciate if you can RSVP to Peggy at . All are welcome. Classes will be held on the following Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.:
Oct. 20 Nov. 3, 17 Dec. 1, 15, 29 Jan. 5, 19
Rare Clarinet and Piano Duo at Le Petit Salon de Musique – Nov. 8, 2:00 p.m.
For the second performance of its new season, on Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. Le Petit Salon de Musique welcomes The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo, a rare pairing of a world class clarinetist and pianist. Clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov and pianist Misuzu Tanaka bring to life amazing compositions for piano and clarinet not often heard in today’s classical music. The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo will present treasures of the Romantic repertoire for clarinet and piano, including works such as Carl Maria von Weber's Grand Duo Concertant, Op.48 and Brahms' second Clarinet Sonata. The program concludes with a brilliant Concert Fantasy on themes from Verdi’s opera masterpiece, Rigoletto, a work that breathtakingly highlights the clarinet’s ability to be an extension of the human voice. Come and join us! Tickets for this event are $20 at the door or $15 online at www.lepetitsalon.org. Tickets for seniors are $15 at the door or $10 online and for students are $5.
Meditative Arts at UUFSB: Kripalu Yoga and Tai Chi Classes
Our fall semester is underway, but you can still join these classes (prorated at $15.00 per class for the rest of the semester.)
Kripalu Yoga is a very gentle yoga. . . good for all ages and all abilities. Our wonderful teacher, Jean Cipriano, is cognizant of people’s abilities and makes it a superb experience for each student. Classes are Monday morning (8:45 a.m.) and evening (6:00 p.m.). Click here for the fall schedule. Call or email Linda Mikell for more information or to sign up (543-0337 or ).
Our Fellowship has one of the largest Tai Chi offerings on Long Island with wonderful patient teachers ready to help students at all levels. As you learn and practice the movements, your flexibility, balance and strength improve, your memory is challenged, and you can experience a spiritual tranquility. We offer morning and evening classes. Click here for the complete calendar of fall classes. Call Linda Mikell to help you decide which is the perfect fit for you (543-0337) or call Susan in the office at 751-0297 to register.
SAVE THE DATE: UUFSB Goods and Services Auction - Saturday, Nov. 21, 6:00 p.m.
Come “space out” at our 2015 Annual Goods and Services Auction, “Across the UUniverse,” on Saturday, Nov. 21. It will be out of this world! You can wear your best outer space outfit – perhaps don your Mr. Spock ears or Darth Vader helmet, or dress as your favorite celestial orb! Or not! (Costumes are optional.) Please click here for details, including information on how, what, and when to donate items. Donation deadline is Oct. 25. Let’s make this the best auction yet!
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.