Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Firelands, meeting in the lower level of First Congregational Church, 431 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Nathan Fuller will present “A Geological Tour of the Marblehead Lighthouse Area.” 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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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?
“So, what do you do with a degree in History and Philosophy? Move to Palestine and help in the struggle for peace, justice, truth and beauty, duh!” –Jonathan Brenneman
Jonathan Brenneman is a volunteer for Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), a faith-based organization that supports peacemaking in conflict areas. CPT has worked in Hebron for nineteen years, where their main activity is acting as human shields by walking children to school to protect them from settlers’ attacks.
Sunday Service, October 6 – Individual Inherent Worth – The first UU principle declares that every person has inherent worth and dignity. How would your life be different if you saw the worth and dignity of every person, including yourself? Who’s inside your circle of worth? Who’s not? (Part of a series on the principles) Service led by Rev. Mary Grigolia.
Mini-Workshop, October 6 – Applying the 1st Principle. Where do we shine? Where do we have the deepest challenges living from the first principle? What about in the congregation? In our families, at school, or at work? How might we support one another in living into the 1st principle? Mini-workshop facilitated by Rev. Mary