7280 SE 135 Street, Summerfield, FL
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The Weekly Timetable - August 24 29th
Provides a listing of planned Sunday Service, events,
club meetings and other interesting information for the
current week.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County
where reason and love unite
Please Join Us For Forum and Sunday Service
Forum 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Service 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Singles, Couples and Families are Welcome
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Unitarian Universalist  Fellowship of Marion County
7280 SE 135th Street
Summerfield, FL  34492
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August 24, 2014

Forum 9:30:  
Living foods lifestyle and food preparation- Laurie
Zacco, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Theresa Pierce, Certified Raw
Foods Educator will share their journey to healthy eating as well as their
passion for helping others gain the benefits they have experienced, most
dramatically being a total of 185lbs. lost between the two of them.  Come
hear their fascinating and educational story.

Sunday Service 10:30:  Dr. Howard Roberts -  "Fear and Freedom"-- I
will share where fear and freedom intersected in my life, contributing to
my life and how I view my journey.

The Week Ahead

The reading from the "Pink Book" this Sunday will be done by Eddie
Boufford, a member of the Lay Pastoral Care Associates.   The LPCA,
with Rev. Onnie as co-ordinator, provide a confidential caring presence
for those congregants undergoing life challenges such as death of a loved
one, divorce or separation, job loss, retirement, being lonely or just
struggling with life's challenges. (Margaret Dawson)
This Sunday August 24, 2014
"All Aboard"  July 1, 2014
Read the President's May 15th Message.
On February 7-8, more than 25 UUs from Florida (Marion County, Lakeland, 1U Orlando, Clearwater, Sarasota, Venice and Ft. Lauderdale)
participated as part of 1,500 Unitarian Universalists and over 80,000 people from various faiths and organizations in 32 states in the Mass Moral
March in Raleigh, NC.  Our 13-strong Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County (UUFMC) group was proud to be the largest Florida
delegation to participate.
From two inspiring, stomping, singing, “We shall Overcoming” services at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh to our witness in the
streets, this was an event that re-energized our commitment to our mission of social justice as stated in our seven principles:   1st Principle: The
inherent worth and dignity of every person;  2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; 6th Principle: The goal of world
community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
The North Carolina “Moral Monday” marches are a response to new voting restrictions and other repressive measures. For example, close to half
of the states in the U.S., with a concentration in the South, now have some form of voting restrictions.  The marches are in support of:
•        Protecting and Expanding Voting Rights and Civil Rights
•        Economic Sustainability, Alleviating Poverty and Expanding Labor Rights for All
•        Fully-Funded Constitutional Public Education
•        Healthcare for All, Protecting Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and the Affordable Care Act
•        Addressing Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
A “fusion coalition” of groups is working for true democracy in this country and for responsible decisions from our elected leaders for the benefit
of the people.
Theme for Sunday Services in August:

August 31:
Forum:  TBA

Sunday Service:  Catherine Giordano – “De-constructing Happiness: A review of philosophy, science, literature, and the wisdom of famous
people on the subject of happiness.”

L to R: Margaret Wineman, Jim Mullen,
Rev. Janet Onnie, Mike Donato
On March 15-16 the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County (UUFMC) celebrated the 30th anniversary of our founding with a Gala
Luncheon and Sunday Service.  Honored Guests, in addition to a number of Founding Members, included Gini Courter, former Moderator of the
UUA, Maggie Lovins and Connie Goodbread, both from the UUA Southern Region Congregational Life staff.  Representing the Lake County
congregation were Russ Littlefield, President, and Chris Higgins, Vice President.  Gini’s message spoke to the topic, “This Great Occasion.”
UUFMC's ’s 30th Anniversary Gala
UUFMC President Margaret Wineman Addresses
the 30th Anniversary Gala.  Seated behind Margaret
is 30th Anniversary luncheon coordinator Barbara
UUFMC 30th Anniversary gala.  Shown at center
are, left to right, UUFMC Minister Rev. Janet
Onnie, and UUA Southern Region Congregational
Life staffer Maggie Lovins.
UUFMC 30th Anniversary service.
Shown, left to right, are Nancy Solberg, UUFMC
choir Director Al Solberg, drummer Eddie Boufford,
Rev. Janet Onnie, and pianist Phyllis Sharpe.
Former UUA moderator Gini Courter at UUFMC
30th Anniversary service.
Musicians at work are, left to right, Eddie Boufford
on drum, Jim Mullen on trumpet, and Claire
Arnold on piano.
Photo Credit: Nelson Hay
A bumper sticker on Rev. Janet Onnie's office door reads: "Something wonderful is about to happen!" Well it just did.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County (UUFMC) has received notice that UUFMC's application to be recognized as a
“Welcoming Congregation” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons (LGBTQ) was approved by the Unitarian Universalist
Association (UUA)—the denominational headquarters in Boston.  

The Welcoming Congregation Program is a volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take intentional steps to
become more welcoming and inclusive of people with marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities.
First launched in 1990, the program grew out of an understanding that widespread prejudices and ignorance about LGBTQ people existed within
Unitarian Universalism.  Today, 66% of U.S. Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and 94% of Canadian UU congregations are recognized as
Welcoming Congregations.

Annette Marquis, UUA's Director of LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs, said, in an email to UUFMC: "It was a pleasure ... to read about what you
have accomplished and the powerful steps you've taken. I was particularly thrilled to hear how well attended your Welcoming Congregation
workshop sessions were! And I was impressed by the myriad ways that you all are serving as a force for LGBTQ justice in your community."

This achievement followed a unanimous vote of a quorum present at UUFMC’s Annual Membership Meeting on March 23rd, to seek recognition
from the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation.  

UUFMC’s initial Welcoming Congregation programming began in October 2012 with the establishment of a Welcoming Congregation
Subcommittee of the Social Justice Committee.  Some three dozen preparatory activities were undertaken in UUFMC’s Welcoming Congregation
program over an eighteen month period.

UUFMC’s educational activities have ranged from an intensive workshop to forums and movies.  Community outreach has included support for
the establishment of a Gay-Straight Alliance Club in Lake County schools, public statements by the minister, press releases, and forums and films
that were opened to the community.  UUFMC recently exhibited at a Rainbow Coalition Expo in The Villages.

In the congregational life activity category UUFMC has made a good beginning with use of more inclusive language, placement of a rainbow flag
and GLBTQ literature in the sanctuary, conduct of a Service of Commitment and pastoral counseling by the minister, and other steps.  

In the coming months UUFMC will be developing an action plan to ensure that it doesn’t “drop the ball” but continues to make progress toward
truly being a Welcoming Congregation—to everyone of good faith.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County has spent 18
months studying the issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender
and queer persons
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County celebrates
recognition by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a
Welcoming Congregation for LGBTQ persons.