April 22, 2018 - "Where We Walk" (Earth Day service) - Led by the UUFSB Earthkeepers
Join us for an encounter with sustainability as we guide you through the Personal Ecological Footprint (PEF). No admonition, no prescription, no preachiness: just the facts. (And no requirement to reveal your PEF results.) Let's have fun!
Vespers Service – Friday, April 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
This is our last Vespers for the congregational year, a great way to relax into yourself and into the weekend. These evening services are designed to be accessible to anyone of any faith, within or outside our congregation. The order of service consists of chants and short songs in a variety of languages sung with multiple repeats, like a mantra; instrumental intervals; three readings; a ten-minute meditation in relative darkness; a candle lighting and light gathering; a benediction; tea and cookies afterwards. Bring a sweet sounding bell or bell-like object if you have one and can remember.
Bereavement Support Group at UUFSB – Mondays, April 16 through June 11 – 7:00-8:30 p.m.
The death of a loved one is considered to be the greatest stressor in life and it can take months or even years to regain balance. Grieving people can often benefit from sharing their feelings in a safe environment with people who are not necessarily family or close friends. Unitarian Universalist Community Minister in affiliation with UUFSB, The Rev. Dr. Linda Anderson, is facilitating a Bereavement Support Group on Monday evenings from 4-16-18 through 6-11-18, 7:00-8:30 p.m. The group is free to all and is designed to be helpful to people of all faiths.
NYCLU Annual Meeting at UUFSB - Saturday, April 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
The Suffolk County Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union invites you to our Annual Membership Meeting, Saturday April 21. We will discuss Suffolk County’s central role in the school-to-deportation pipeline and how we can put a stop to it. Immigrant children living in places like Brentwood are being accused by school officials of being involved in a gang, often with scant evidence. That flimsy allegation gets them detained by immigration authorities and puts them at risk of deportation. The NYCLU has been working with immigrant teens who have been swept into the Trump administration’s deportation regime based solely on the clothes they wear to school or posts on their Facebook pages.
Join us for a screening of the PBS Frontline documentary, The Gang Crackdown, followed by a panel discussion with youth leaders, parent advocates, attorneys, immigrant rights advocates and others. We will discuss the impact of the School-to-Prison-to-Deportation Pipeline, how local community has responded, and how we could combat it.
Essentrics Workshop - Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Essentrics Instructors Kay Aparo of NY and Dyan DeCastro of CT will host an Essentrics® Workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook on Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This workshop is for those interested in moving their body in order to feel better. The workshop will include a one-hour standing workout featuring gentle rebalancing exercises as well as an overview of Essentrics, its benefits and how it helps ease pain in feet, knees, back, etc., allowing everybody the possibility to live happier, healthier, and pain-free lives. Click here for more information.
UU Connect Event: First Fridays Family Game Night - May 4 and June 1 - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
An evening of fun for all. Play our games or bring one of your own. $5 per person requested. Coffee and tea provided. UU Congregation of the Great South Bay at 11 Collins Ave., Sayville. For more information call Marian at 631 786-2090
GENDA 2018 Advocacy Day in Albany – Tuesday, May 8
Straub Strong Fundraiser - Sunday, May 20, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
A fundraiser will be held at the UUFSB on May 20 to aid the Straub family (Jason, Kathleen, and their two beautiful little girls). There will be lots of great live music including the Claudia Jacobs Band and Jellyband as well as some special guest artists. Come together in music and love to show your support for Jason and his family as they stay strong in the face of cancer. Tickets are on sale now and include an adult beverage. Please click here for event flyer. Click here to buy tickets. Note that seats are limited and tickets cost $5 less if purchased in advance.
UU Women's Potluck Dinner - Friday June 22, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Humanist Discussion Group – Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
The next meeting of the Humanist Discussion Group is at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 3 in the Yellow Room at the Fellowship. We will continue our discussion of Beyond the Partisan Divide. The topic is "Congregational Stands on Significant Issues." All are welcome.
When considering whether or not to pass a congregational resolution on an issue, there are several important questions that can help discern if and how to go about it. https://www.uua.org/justice-programs/resolutions
- The first thing to keep in mind is that anything done in a congregational setting can be divisive if done poorly.
- An important question when considering a congregational resolution is to ask how it helps reach a goal.
- Another question to consider is whether or not the resolution reflects the congregation’s identity.
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.