Embracing the Coming Year and Looking Beyond

Aug. 27, 2018. By Assistant Minister Rev. Sarah Caine. It is nearly one year since I became the assistant minister for this beloved UUCF community. So much has happened in that time and I am grateful for it. I’ve been ordained, commissioned and had at least three different hair colors since then. We have amazing programming in the upcoming congregational year – classes and workshops, new and continuing Covenant Groups, new and continuing Wellspring groups and a new initiative to engage our spirits more intentionally and richly. This is a capable and kind group of folks and I’m excited to see what will take shape as our liturgical year unfolds. […]

The Afterlife in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Tue., Wed. & Thu., Dec. 11, 12 & 13, 7:30-9 p.m. Led by John Rybicki. Register online here, in the Commons after services or email Melissa Campos-Poehnert, ap@uucf.org. Concepts and characteristics of God, as well as an understanding of the development of divine justice, mercy, compassion and punishment, have been important in the development of thoughts on the afterlife in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will study how these religions understand the ways that God balances and prioritizes each of these elements, which are instrumental to understanding their views about the afterlife. The course will review three differing concepts of God to better understand how they conceptualize the afterlife. We […]

Science & Religion: The Conflict of Two Different Worlds

Tue., Wed. & Thu., Nov. 27, 28 & 29, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by John Rybicki. Register online here, in the Commons after services or email Melissa Campos-Poehnert, ap@uucf.org. Is there truly a conflict between science and religion? We will examine two case studies – the Galileo and Scopes trials and what they tell us about the real conflict between religion and science. We will also consider “intelligent design” and the “anthropic principle” to show that from the beginning church scholars did not always view all parts of the Scripture as literal and, in fact, they considered allegorical and spiritual interpretations of Scripture as oftentimes far more powerful and […]

Sharing the Small Things in Life

Tue., Nov. 20 & Dec. 4, 1-2:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Class started Nov. 6. Led by Mary Frances Kordick and Ann King. Register online here, in the Commons after services or email Melissa Campos-Poehnert, ap@uucf.org. We will look at the practical sides of living – ways to simplify, be environmentally sound and enhance our well-being. We want to bring together a group that will share tips, including earth-friendly cleaning methods, natural remedies, the simple joys of plants, decluttering tactics, downsizing, etc. The list goes on, and is open-ended. Participants will share their knowledge and expand areas of interest as we learn from each other. Kahlil Gibran wrote, “… In the […]

What Would Martin Luther King Say About Race in America Today?

Mon., Nov. 19, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Class started Nov. 5. Led by Daniel Rothbart. Register online here, in the Commons after services or email Melissa Campos-Poehnert, ap@uucf.org. Serving as the nation’s moral conscience on matters of race, Dr. King offered insight into the insidious forms of systemic racism of his day. In this mini-course, we bring him back to life, as it were, by imagining what he would say about the current forms of racism in this country. We speculate on his answers to two questions: first, how exactly has systemic racism changed since the 1960s, and second, how should current forms of racial injustice be redressed through possible […]

Needlework Group

Third Thursday, 2:30-4 p.m., and first Tuesday, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Next Tuesday session is Dec. 4. Next Thursday session is Dec. 20. Contact Mary Paxton. No registration required; just show up. This newly gathering (and hopefully ongoing) group welcomes all parties interested in schmoozing over their needlework or other portable projects on an “as possible” basis. There will be no formal instructor, but the members will assist each other (including beginners) in mastering new techniques and planning future projects, while they get to know each other better. To accommodate all who may be interested, those available will meet twice a month, once during the day and once in the […]

A Well-Placed Pumpkin

Aug. 20, 2018. By Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. This past week, in jest, someone posted an article on my Facebook page about how people who decorate earlier for Christmas are happier people. Yes, there were lots of fun comments and cries of exasperation because I love decorating for autumn, and as soon as the holidays approach I try to get those decorations up as fast as possible. Although all of this was good fun, there is actually something behind my decorating desires. I love the colors of the fall as they break up the everyday backdrop of my life. I love the lights, colors and sounds of the […]

Living Consciously

Mon., Dec. 10, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Class started Sep. 17. Led by Zim Putney. Register online here, in the Commons after services or email Melissa Campos-Poehnert, ap@uucf.org. Eckhart Tolle says we are only truly alive in this moment. In this class we strive to be more present and self-aware now, following the voice of our deepest inner resources: our intelligence, emotions, feelings and values. We apply the wisdom of Jack Kornfield’s book “The Wise Heart,” as well as teachings of Tara Brach and others. We practice mindfulness in each meeting through reading (mind), movement (body) and meditation (spirit) and the shared wisdom of others in the class.

Trans 101

Sun., Sep. 16, 2-3:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Karen Wolf. Register online here, in the Commons after the service or email Melissa Campos-Poehnert, ap@uucf.org. Transgender people have existed throughout history, but between politics and pop culture, trans issues seem to be everywhere today. Come learn about transgender identities, language, etiquette and how to be an ally to the transgender community. How can UUCF live up to its commitment of being a Welcoming Congregation for trans people? As people of faith committed to justice, what is our responsibility in the face of transphobia? Bring your questions and your open minds and hearts.