Monthly Archives: February 2014

Spring is Coming! Let’s Explore Principle #5 Together

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SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE, March 2nd – “Democracy as Spiritual Practice” Explore our fifth Unitarian Universalist Principle: The right of conscience and use of the democratic process in our congregation and in society. Service led by Rev. Mary Grigolia.

As with most Sundays with Mary, a finger-food potluck and mini-workshop will follow the service. We hope you can join us. Remember, first Sundays of the month are “bring a friend” Sundays, so invite someone to come along.

Here’s the “offical” invitation:
Unitarian Universalist Fellow­ship of the Firelands, meeting in the lower level of First Congregational Church, 431 Columbus Ave., Sandusky will present “Democracy as Spiritual Practice” with Rev. Mary Grigolia, at 10:30 a.m., followed by potluck and workshop. Children’s Religious Education available. Enter through glass doors at rear of church and take elevator down. A liberal religion that embraces diversity.

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Breakthrough

Join us to Breakthrough the Status Quo this Sunday!

Unitarian Universalist Fellow­ship of the Firelands, meeting in the lower level of First Congregational Church, 431 Columbus Ave., Sandusky will present “Breakthrough Congregation Sunday” with Don Leake, Membership Chair, at 10:30 a.m. Children’s Religious Education. Enter through glass doors at rear of church and take elevator down. A liberal religion that embraces diversity.

What is a Breakthough Congregation?

Harlan Limpert, Vice President of Ministries and Congregational Support, introduced breakthrough congregations at the 2011 General Assembly this way:

When President Peter Morales talks about the role the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff can play in the life of congregations, he sometimes says he wishes the UUA had created the slogan that Home Depot has made so popular in recent years: “You can do it, we can help.” This cute and catchy slogan conveys a belief that congregations already have the capacity to do all those things that enable it to live out its mission in the world. They sometimes just want help, and sometimes we can provide it.

At other times the role of UUA staff becomes that of lifting up the good work of congregations and encouraging other congregations to learn directly from them.

That is the idea behind the Breakthrough Congregation initiative. Created seven years ago, it was an effort to identify those congregations that had achieved significant and sustained numerical growth and give them an opportunity to share at General Assembly what they’ve done, and how they’ve done it. Why not look to the experts—those lay and professional leaders who have already “cracked the nut” around growth—and give them the opportunity at general assembly to share their wisdom?

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Armchair-Travel to New Zealand THIS WEEK!

Armchair-Travel to New Zealand THIS WEEK!

This week, take a trip to New Zealand without leaving your seat! Rob Smith says: “We just returned from New Zealand and I wanted to talk a little about their conservation efforts and the broader human dilemma of trying to correct the directions laid down by our history.”

Fellowship is all about coming together with people to share an experience. Offering a ride on Sunday is a great way to share this experience with a friend and make it easy to find the place!

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Firelands will meet on Sunday, Feb. 16th at 10:30 am. Rob Smith will present “Trying to Undo History,” a reflection of conservation efforts in New Zealand. RE for children during service. We meet in the lower level of the 1st Congregational UCC at 431 Columbus Ave. , Sandusky. Park in the lot and enter through the rear glass doors. Take elevator down. Handicapped-accessible We are a liberal religion that embraces diversity.

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Who’s Feeding and Clothing the Needy in the “Fun Coast?”

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Firelands will present Linda Miller-Moore, the new Director of Care and Share, on Sunday, Feb. 9th at 10:30 am. RE for children during service. We meet in the lower level of the 1st Congregational UCC at 431 Columbus Ave. , Sandusky. Park in the lot and enter through the rear glass doors. Take elevator down. Handicapped-accessible We are a liberal religion that embraces diversity.