auctionguy3This Saturday - February 23 - 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

The UUFSB Goods & Services Auction, which had to be cancelled due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled. Mark your calendars... we hope you can all make it!

To get a sneak preview of the auction items, click on the links below:

Auction Booklet

Auction Booklet Addendum

If you have donated items for the auction, please bring them to the Fellowship on Saturday, between 12 and 3 p.m. If you cannot bring the items at that time, special arrangements must be made (contact Linda This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please do not leave items at the UUFSB without arrangements being made beforehand. The Items that were brought in early must be clearly marked as to what they are (item name and auction category number, e.g. FPR 10).
 
Babysitting is available. Contact Linda Cortese (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  631 656-5848) by Thursday, Feb. 21.
 
Thank you!  The Auction Committee

Religious Educator – Part-time
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork
977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
631-537-0132

We are looking for a dynamic individual to provide a foundation for our children’s Religious Education program. This person will inspire and engage children in the classroom and outside in nature as they explore a Unitarian Universalist curriculum. On occasion the children’s class will join with the adults for multigenerational experiences that may be facilitated in part by the Religious Educator. The position will report to the Minister, Alison Cornish, and the two Religious Education Co-Chairs. A background in Unitarian Universalism is a plus, but at a minimum the successful candidate will have an affinity with UU values. We will need strong references, a history of successful work with children, and an ability to communicate with the minister, volunteers, and RE Co-chairs in a timely manner. As a small congregation the UUCSF would like to welcome new children into our religious education program with the help of the Religious Educator. This position will be filled from outside the congregation per the Board’s direction.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

  • Teach every Sunday with the exception of intergenerational worship services which are approximately once a month.
  • Prepare lesson plan and arrange materials prior to class time.
  • Recruit one volunteer from the congregation to help each Sunday.
  • Communicate with parents about their children and the program.
  • Write a brief article about Religious Exploration each month for the newsletter.
  • Work with the Minister, and RE Co-chairs to select, implement and evaluate the curriculum.
  • Communicate regularly with the Religious Exploration Chairs.
  • Help create a children’s holiday program, typically, with a short intergenerational drama

COMPENSATION
Salary: $100/week which is based on 2 hours Sunday mornings and 2 hours of prep time.

TO APPLY
Contact Sue Penny at 631-725-6435.

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Membership Coordinator, All Souls Unitarian Church, New York

About All Souls: All Souls Unitarian Church, established in 1819, is a self-governing community of approximately 1500 people who come together to worship, serve the community, and create an enriching, non-dogmatic religious environment. All Souls is proud of its many social outreach programs. These include feeding the hungry at the Monday Night Hospitality Program and the Friday Lunch Program, sponsoring Girl Scout and Navigator troops, and others. All Souls is an accessible congregation dedicated to providing an environment in which all people feel welcome regardless of race, sexual orientation or physical ability.

Additional information about All Souls: Please visit us at www.allsoulsnyc.org to learn more.

Purpose: The All Souls Membership Coordinator will be responsible for creating a vibrant, dedicated membership that feels welcome and included in the church and its activities. This is a Sunday through Thursday position. Reports to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a welcoming presence and models and encourages a culture of welcoming among the church membership;
  • Participates in the life of the church by attending church and coffee hour on Sundays; coordinates and attends membership ceremonies and new member receptions; participates in welcome workshops for visitors exploring membership; welcomes and talks to visitors and members; attends other events on an as needed basis;
  • Reaches out to visitors and members, acts as a face of the church and an early friend to visitors and new members;
  • Identify and connect with visitors who are interested in learning about membership and plan Welcome Workshops and meetings with the minister and executive director for them;
  • Discerns the needs and talents of individual members to guide them toward appropriate church activities; helps members recognize their passions, talents, and leadership qualities to encourage them to develop their volunteerism within the church;
  • Works with church staff, committees, and social groups to identify, expand, and promote opportunities and programs for member involvement; maintains lists of committee and group leaders, maintains board and board committee lists;
  • Maintains and updates church database to record information on members’ needs, talents, gifts and interests; develops process to track newcomers and workshop attendees;
  • Writes periodically for monthly bulletin and website to promote activities, recognize volunteers, encourage culture of welcoming, and increase visibility of members;
  • Develops and expands programs that welcome members and increase connections with the church community;
  • Works with Hospitality Council on hospitality practices and initiatives, including developing and implementing a tracking system to evaluate path to membership and how well new members become integrated within the church community;
  • Sustains and grows mentoring program to help new members get to know experienced members;
  • Implements and coordinates regular recognition of volunteers;
  • Provides support to Annual Giving campaign;
  • Works with ministers and provides administrative support to them on issues relating to pastoral and program needs;
  • Provides administrative support to Executive Director;
  • Works with Communications Director to help create materials for pamphlet racks, bulletin boards, Welcome Table, and website;
  • Meets regularly with Executive Director; meets with ministers as needed, and attends staff meetings.

Qualifications and Required Proficiencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in volunteer management, particularly experience working within or volunteering in a church community, preferred
  • Familiarity with Unitarian Universalism preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including: approachability and personal warmth, ability to nurture volunteers, tact and good judgment, ability to listen compassionately;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills
  • Highly organized
  • Competency with computer programs: MS Office, membership database software (Raisers’ Edge); Excel, Adobe.
  • Office skills: mass mailings, email lists, proofreading;
  • Must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit thoughtful cover letter stating reasons for interest in position and qualifications, as well as resume to:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject line: Membership Coordinator
All Souls is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.
Only applicants selected for interview will be notified.
No phone calls, please.

Inge was born in Germany but raised in Sofia, Bulgaria. She attended the German high school there, and went off to Grenoble, France to begin her studies at the university. Her college career was short-lived since here family sent for her in 1940 to come home and, in short order, board a ship bound for America. Her family landed in New York City and started a new life there. In 1943, she met Victor Zadikov on a blind date, and married him a year later. It turned out that they had both attended the same school in Sofia, but had never met. They had a wonderful life playing tennis, sailing a small craft on the Long Island Sound, and skiing in the winter. Daughter Maggie was born in 1949 and son Greg in 1951. Soon after, the family moved into a newly constructed house in Wantagh, Long Island. Inge was very involved in community activities in Forest City, as their neighborhood was called. The family became members of the Ethical Culture Society of Long Island, similar to the Unitarian Universalist fellowship. Maggie and Greg attended Sunday School there.

After the kids left home for college, Inge became involved with US Literacy Volunteers. Over the course of twenty years, she taught dozens of new immigrants English as a second language as well as how to read English. Her students adored her. She was honored with a state level of recognition for her years of service.

Inge and Victor enjoyed a life filled with travel to places all over the globe, enjoying golf or downhill skiing in each spot they visited. Inge eventually went to work as a French/English secretary, utilizing one of her seven foreign languages. The two enjoyed folk dancing until well into their eighties.

In 2001, they moved to Jefferson’s Ferry, a continuing care retirement community in South Setauket, Suffolk County. They loved their new community and made many new friends while enjoying the amenities of their new home. Inge was the one taking photos of residents and placing them in albums for all to enjoy. She was always walking from place to place, visiting people in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing and functioning like a one-woman Welcome Wagon. Inge and Victor continued to folk dance there, played bridge and enjoyed live classical music performances on site.

Just after celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary, Victor’s health started to decline. He died in August of 2007, a few days prior to Inge’s birthday. After his passing, Inge continued to be of service as much as possible, continuing her daily visits to others less mobile than she. She started going to T’ai Chi classes instead of dancing.

As Inge’s life ended just a few days ago, just days after Victor’s birthday, I have had time to reflect on all the blessings in my own life. My parents instilled in me a spirit of independence and curiosity for which I am so grateful. And to have had the modeling of a couple who loved each other for sixty plus years is a rarity in this culture. I realize how many of my mom’s gifts have been passed down to me - my love of the dance, classical music and world travel being of note. The outpouring of love and support since Inge’s death has really moved me. Even her physician of twenty years commented on how “Inge and Victor really touched my life”. I feel held by my own community as I am now the next generation, looking my own mortality in the eye.

Maggie Zadikov, May 2012

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The UUFSB Committee on Ministries of the Congregation (COMC) is charged with performing periodic assessments of different aspects of our Fellowship. In the spring of 2012, the COMC sponsored three Conversation Cafes in order to explore three key aspects of congregational life. These three areas were selected based on input from the UUFSB Board, Minister, Director of Religious Education, and Threshold Team. The three areas considered were:

 

Welcoming: how we welcome and integrate newcomers into Fellowship life
Partnership: how we work with minister, staff and one another to fulfill our mission
Purpose: an exploration of our shared and personal sense of purpose

The Conversation Cafe format was chosen to allow members to explore important questions together in a comfortable, respectful environment. ( You can read about Conversation Cafe principles at http://www.conversationcafe.org/hostCompleteManual.htm ). Seventy people attended the three Cafes, shared valuable insights and opinions, and seemed to enjoy the process.   COMC facilitators guided the process and scribes took notes of the proceedings.

 

COMC members have compiled summaries of the Conversation Cafes which we are making available online. Summaries are available in a brief (approximately 1 page) form and in a long form. The long form does not include each individual comment but does try to incorporate all significant opinions and topics raised. If you attended one of the Cafes and think that any discussion topic has been missed, please contact a COMC member. In both short and long summaries, responses have been organized in order to help the reader more easily digest the wealth of information presented. Note that all Conversation Cafe input was anonymous.

Follow these links to the summary of interest:

Welcoming
Brief Summary Long Version
Partnership Brief Summary Long Version
Purpose
Brief Summary Long Version

UUFSB's 2011-2012 COMC: Janet Kagel(chair), Laura Lesch, Pete Kata, Michael Hoffman, Michele Maggio, John Morris, Gretta Johnson-Sally(ex officio), Rev. Margie Allen(ex officio)

 

 

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 Woodlands Finds Its Soul!

Featuring Joe Crookston and CB Jacobs and the Soul Fire Revival

Now in its 4th year, Woodlands Folk Festival has become "the small festival with a big vibe."  Highlights of this year’s family-friendly festival include 2008 International Folk Alliance Album of the Year winner Joe Crookston, an Open Mic Competition that welcomes singer-songwriters from all over Long Island, and a unique musical event:  CB Jacobs and the Soul Fire Revival.

movie-tickets-admit-oneOther performers include The Amigos Band, recently selected by the State Department to be cultural ambassadors for the 2013-14 American Music Abroad program, and the fabulous duo Annie Mark and Chris James.  The music and fun will begin at 11:30 a.m. and ends with the Soul Fire Revival, featuring festival performers and an all star list of local musicians -- including Jon Preddice of Miles to Dayton, Johnny Cuomo, Greg Galluccio, Dr. Dan, Tom Ryan, and other members of the New York Roots Music Association (NYRMA) -- performing music that will stir the soul and have people singing and dancing right up to the end of the day at 7:00 p.m. 

Festival organizer Claudia Jacobs explains, “Our goal with the Soul Fire Revival – and with the festival as a whole – is to rock your soul, shake your body, and warm your heart!”

Opportunities for All Guests to Join in the Music!WFF logo-transparent - 2012 - green - small 150

Woodlands 2013 is full of opportunities for you to join in the music.  You're always encouraged to sing along, of course, but this year we've added:

Beatles Campfire - Sing your favorite Beatles songs led by musicians on the Universal stage.

Traditional Campfire - Traditional Folk Songs ... from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell and more.

Open Song Competition - Outshine them all onstage with your favorite original or cover song.  Click here for more info.

Open Mic- Share the music in your heart with an attentive and supportive audience.  Click here for more info.

The Woodlands Folk Festival has quickly become a favorite of Long Island fans with great music, good food, and activities for all ages.

We’ll also feature the fabulous food of Alice's Restaurant, thanks to our head cook, Alice.  And outstanding beer from Woodlands 2013 sponsor John Harvard’s.

For more information, click here to to go to the Woodlands website.

Spread the news, be sure to go to our Facebook page and share with your friends!

There are many opportunities to volunteer and a great need for helping hands.  See our June newsletter for more information.

Saturday, November 23, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

holidaybellsThis annual event at the Fellowship is coming up earlier than usual this year, so let's all try to quickly get into the holiday spirit. You're probably thinking about how you can help out. Well here's how:

  1. Be a vendor if you wish to display your creative talents. The vendor application is available on the website here. Bake your favorite holiday desserts. As this year comes on the weekend before Thanksgiving, consider baking Thanksgiving pies and other similar Thanksgiving and fall goodies. Christmas treats are also needed.
  2. Do you like to make soup? We will be serving a light lunch of soup and salad. You will be given a basic soup recipe (to be decided) and we are asking that you bring your offering to the Fellowship (we're not cooking on-site this year).
  3. Do you like to make signs? I hope so. Sign makers are urgently needed.
  4. Are you in the mood for helping to mark off vendor spots in the Fellowship the afternoon before the fair? That would be Friday afternoon Nov. 22nd, beginning about 3:30. It takes a little time and measuring ability as about 22 vendor spots need to be precisely marked off. Think about it.
  5. Are you a musician who loves to perform, either solo or with others? Oh I bet there are a few of you out there. We provide live holiday music throughout the fair and would love to have as many of you participating as possible.
  6. Are you a person who enjoys selling? We sell our own baked goods, coffee and lunch, so people are needed to help out here.
  7. Other thoughts about how you would like to help? Cleaning up after perhaps? Please let me know asap at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let's get into the holiday spirit and spread that spirit and generosity around.

May 29, 2010  Stefani Scott and Pat Killian

Come join UUs for a Memorial Day Service when we will remember those who have fought and died in wars as we explore the “holy work” of creating peace.  Please bring a photo of a loved one who has served in our armed services.
Camillo “Mac” Bica from the Long Island Veterans of Peace will be speaking. Dr. Bica is a scholar, author, and professor of philosophy at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a powerful voice on the ethics of war because of his experiences as a Marine Corps Officer during the Vietnam War and helping those with post traumatic stress syndrome.
We will also have inspirational music lead by Maureen Shaiman, Greg Maggio and Pat Killian.
Following immediately after service, we invite you to join us in a Call for Peace in waving Peace doves and a rainbow of peace ribbons on Nicolls Road.

In February 2011, we were chosen as one of the nine outstanding congregations of the Central East Regional Group (CERG) to participate in the new UU Threshold Congregations program.  This program was created to provide support and mentorship in achieving specific goals related to growth and hospitality, governance and social action.   
More Info: Our designated Regional Growth Development Consultant is Mark Bernstein. For more details about the program, please visit the CERG web site at www.cerguua.org.  Please continue to visit this page for regular updates. 

Update - August 2013 

The UUFSB Threshold Team sent a report in July to our CERG Consultant, Mark Bernstein. He had asked us “to share a story or two about the experiences of the Threshold Team and/or the Congregation with respect to the Threshold Congregation Program,” now in its 3rd year. (UUFSB was selected in the inaugural year.) We would like to share these reflections with the congregation. Please click here to view the report.

Update - February 2012

The Threshold Team has completed the formulation of measurable outcomes for the goals of the four growth areas.

  1. Membership - Create a culture of welcoming, engagement and belonging that permeates the entire congregation. (Team leads: Pat Killian and Lori Jones)
    Increase numbers of visitors by making Unitarian Universalism better known in our community; extend a warm welcome to newcomers and offer a clear path to membership in our fellowship; strengthen the connection of newcomers and existing members to the Fellowship; instill a culture of welcoming to newcomers and among ourselves that extends to all facets of our congregational life.
  2. Leadership Development - Create a pathway to congregational leadership; identify, motivate, and nurture leaders and provide support for their continued development. (Team leads: Linda Pfeiffer and Colleen Rudman)
    Identify, define and communicate leadership roles; replace Nominating Committee with a Leadership Development Committee with expanded, year-long responsibilities for identifying and recruiting leaders; create baseline statistics about leadership; create leadership development process; create self-assessment and feedback mechanisms for leaders; recognize leaders and good leadership.

  3. Stewardship - Achieve sustainable financial health to support and expand our ministries and to ensure our future as a congregation. (Team leads: John Robinson and Greg Galluccio)
    BUDGET: Sustain 100% of our non-programmatic (salaries, dues, mortgage, etc.) portions of the budget by Pledge/Plate Income alone; maintain capital reserve of 10% of budget; attain staff compensation at 80-100% of fair wages and benefits practices. 
    FUNDRAISING: allocate 50% of fundraising dollars to long-term goals, programming, social justice and community work; create record of guidelines and procedures to ensure fundraising is a vital part of UUFSB outreach and in-reach ministries and doesn’t burn out volunteers.
    LONG-TERM:  create asset record and ongoing facilities repair/maintenance schedule, direct funds to prepayment of mortgage, grow endowment fund.

  4. Social Justice - See the needs of the world as our own; make responding to those needs a central part of the life of our Fellowship. (Team leads: John Morris and Deb Little)
    GENERAL: Increase our congregational Social Justice by using 5% of our total budget for Social Justice activities; choose a banking institution for our funds that meets our standards; create a baseline of statistics for identifying how our members participate in social justice.
    WELCOMING CONGREGATION: establish baseline statistics on members who self-identify as LGBT; increase that population each year; support LGBT supporting organizations with our resources, identify a joint project with an LGBT advocacy group.
    GREEN SANCTUARY: UUFSB event planners report back post- event on the green practices they followed; establish baseline statistics on members who practice certain green behaviors and seek to increase that number by 10% each year; identify a joint project with environmental advocacy group.
    RACIAL/ETHNIC JUSTICE: identify an anti-racism organization with which to work in partnership; identify an advocacy/service organization to work with to build bridges between the congregation and the immigrant community; identify joint projects.

Next Steps in Communication:

  • March - Threshold Team members continue presentations at committee meetings; Committee on Ministries of the Congregation (COMC) holds series of Conversation Cafes.
  • April - Threshold Team holds open meetings at the Fellowship.
  • April/May - Threshold Team hosts online discussions.  

Update - January 2012

The Threshold Team has completed the formulation of our goals for each of the growth areas, along with specific, measurable, desired outcomes. The four goals are as follows:

  • Membership - Create a culture of welcoming, engagement and belonging that permeates the entire congregation.
  • Leadership Development - Create a pathway to congregational leadership; identify, motivate, and nurture leaders and provide support for their continued development.
  • Stewardship - Achieve sustainable financial health to support and expand our ministries and to ensure our future as a congregation.
  • Social Justice - See the needs of the world as our own; make responding to those needs a central part of the life of our Fellowship.

The next phase of our planning is spreading the word and getting the critical feedback from the congregation to confirm that these goals are truly shared and desirable. It will be the entire congregation who will determine how these plans can be implemented and whether the process will be successful. 

We began this phase with a presentation by Threshold Team member John Morris to the Council of Committee Chairs on January 26, reviewing the history of how we identified the growth areas, our acceptance into the Threshold Congregations Program, and the specific goals and outcomes that the team has come up with.  Every committee is urged to invite us to an upcoming meeting so we can discuss our plans in these smaller settings. One or two of the Team members will attend each committee meeting. These will be followed by an open forum for the entire congregation (details to come).

Update - October 2011

Our Threshold Team* is comprised of the following members, each focusing on one of our growth areas as noted:

  • Max Riley, Chair
  • Deborah Little and John Morris, Social Justice
  • Greg Gallucio and John Robinson, Stewardship
  • Pat Killian and Greg Maggio, Membership
  • Linda Pfeiffer and Colleen Rudman, Leadership Development.

In early October we met for 6 hours  over two nights together with our CERG Consultant Mark Bernstein and Rev. Margie, and we are really coming together as a team.  We (1) have formulated the goal statements for our Plan in each of these four growth areas and (2) had a group brainstorming discussion of possible strategies under each area.   Now we are drafting ideas for measurable indicators of success. We will be seeking input from the congregation on these directions very soon, including opportunities for discussion at neighborhood meetings.
 
* This is the strategic planning group for our Threshold Congregation program.

Update - April 2011

Mark Bernstein, our consultant and facilitator for the Threshold Congregation program, met for the first time with members of the Board, Rev. Margie, DRE Gretta Johnson-Sally and others on Sunday, April 17. This program aims to help us achieve specific growth goals, and Mark will work with us on our growth plan as well as provide resources and best-practices information. We have already identified four broad areas for growth: Leadership Development, Social Justice, Membership, and Financial Stewardship. We determined that our next steps, to be completed by September, are to form the Threshold Team, to add specificity to our four goals, and to develop a timeline. Mark will hold four sessions with the team throughout the summer, each dedicated to one of our growth areas.

The program will involve the whole congregation, Mark stressed, and we expect to provide opportunities for open discussion regarding strategic goals and their implications. The Board of Trustess will oversee the Threshold Team, which will act largely as a policy group and engage other members of the congregation for implementation.

A native Long Islander whose home congregation is Media PA, Mark is Director for Growth in the Joseph Priestly district, one of the three regions in CERG (Central East Regional Group). CERG, formed in July 2010 and encompasing some 200 congregations, represents the regionalism model that the UUA is now advocating. While districts remain (UUFSB is part of the Metro District), this model offers resources to be shared regionally.

The Threshold Congregation program grew out of CERG so that congregations could get more individual attention. Mark noted that the selected nine congregations had to meet certain criteria in order to be "building from strength, not scarcity." The program is aimed at achieving growth goals specific to each congregation, although many, not surprisingly, are common across congregations.

During the three-year progam, CERG expects to organize events involving several if not all of the chosen threshold congregations, geographical challenges notwithstanding.  Please visit the CERG web site to read about all of the participants.

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