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|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
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County
7280 SE 135th Street
Summerfield, FL 34492
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Forum 9:30: 'What Ministers Are, What Ministers Do-And Don't
Do" (Rev. Kenn Hurto)
Sunday Service 10:30:
"And you stepped out onto new ground" (Rev. Kenn Hurto)
The Week Ahead
The Reverend Janet Onnie's Schedule:
Beginning September 22 I will be holding 'office hours' in public
places as a 6-month experiment to become more accessible to
people in the communities we serve. Please join me for coffee and
conversation if you're in the area.
Mondays: 11-1 Florida Porch Cafe on Main Street in Leesburg
Tuesdays: 9-11 Starbucks on Rolling Acres Road in The Villages
Wednesdays: 11-1 Panera on Greenfield Road in Ocala
Thursday: Writing Day
The reading from the "Pink Book" this Sunday will be done by
Doris Pailet, 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.
Social Justice Committee: The committee will be meeting on
Tuesday, September 16th at 11:30a.m. All are welcome. Come join
us! Sandy Tortorete
Membership Committee: The committee will meet Tuesday,
September 16th at 9:30 am. MaryEtta Fisher
UUFMC Transition Workshop for All Members
I am writing to invite you to participate in UUFMC's Transition
Workshop on Saturday, September 13th, 9:00-3:00 p.m... This
workshop is in addition to the one scheduled for Friday evening
with all congregants. It is a customary practice for our Unitarian
Universalist Association Congregations to conduct a start-up day
with congregational leaders and the newly settled minister. The
workshop on Saturday will serve this purpose. It will be
facilitated by UUA Regional staff members, the Reverend Kenn
Hurto and Maggie Lovins.
This pivotal workshop will explore such issues as power, authority
and roles; decision-making and governance; leadership styles and
conflict; and program priorities. Importantly, we'll learn about
"The Sacred Diamond" to help us distinguish ministry from
administration and management. We'll also examine the RACI
model, which emphasizes being Responsible, Accountable,
Consulted and Informed. Part of this day will be devoted to
discussing mission, vision and values work, which the
congregation will undertake this fall under the leadership of
Wendy Griffith who is heading the Taskforce on Mission, Vision
I encourage you to attend and contribute to this important
workshop about guiding our beloved community into the future
and achieving our dreams! We need your presence and
commitment to help make this year, and all those that follow, a
Light refreshments and lunch will be served. Members of the
Committee on Ministry will have a separate luncheon meeting the
Reverends Hurto and Onnie in the Conference Room.
RSVP to Wendy Griffith (firstname.lastname@example.org; 352-438-8817),
even if you have signed up on the clipboard in the back of the
Chalice Room. This RSVP is specifically for Saturday. Please direct
questions to President Margaret Wineman,
Fuel For The Train: As of August 31, 2014, revenue received is
$58,156 or 45% of our goal of $120,000. With five months being
reported, we are exceeding our goal of 42% at this time. Our
expenditures are $42,918 or 33% of our projected expenses of
Finance has been working the last few months on setting up
procedures and new accounts for our growing fellowship. We now
have accounts for gifts to the fellowship of marketable securities,
which monies can be used toward fulfilling your pledge or as an
additional gift to the fellowship. We also have a quasi-endowment
fund set up for donations being made to the fellowship by the
Legacy Society as well as other members. Information on both of
these programs is available from the Finance and Stewardship
Also, we are excited that a restricted account has been set up for
the children's religious education so that donations can be made
specifically for this purpose.
First Fall Pot Luck : Wed. Sept 24
Please bring a salad, entree or generous dessert to share.
Sign up on rack in rear of Chalice Room to verify you'll be there.
Sponsored this month by Pot Luck Committee. (Doris Pailet)
Book club announcement:
Monday, September 29, 2014. The UUFMC book club meets on the
LAST Monday of the month, at 1:00 p.m. in the Chalice Room.
The SEPTEMBER selection is "Deer Hunting with Jesus:
Dispatches from America's Class War"by Joe Bageant. This
meeting will be facilitated by Diane Lamontagne. (Contacts: Cindy
Grossman or Sofie Buyniski)
Clothing Donations: A reminder that Jane Diggett will pick up
clothing donations on the first Sunday of each month. Jane will
deliver them to Ocklawaha to be distributed to those in need.
|This Sunday September 14, 2014
|FLORIDA UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS PARTICIPATE
IN MASS MORAL MARCH IN RALEIGH, NC
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.
MONTH OF September 2014 FORUM AND SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Theme for Sunday Services in September: Stewardship in a Covenanted Community
Forum -- "What Ministers Are, What Ministers Do -- And Don't Do" (Rev. Kenn Hurto)
Sunday Service Message -- “‘And you stepped out onto new ground’” (Rev. Kenn Hurto)
Forum -- “Mission, Vision and Values for UUFMC” (Wendy Griffith)
Sunday Service Message -- “From the Water” (water communion with Rev. David Etherington and the RE children and
Rev. Janet Onnie)
Forum—UUFMC Board of Trustees Report and a look at future Forums
Sunday Service Message -- “Beyond the Budget: Stewardship in a Covenanted Community" (Rev. Janet Onnie)
L to R: Margaret Wineman, Jim Mullen,
Rev. Janet Onnie, Mike Donato
|UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF MARION COUNTY RECOGNIZED
AS A WELCOMING CONGREGATION
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
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.