Announcements

 


NCUU Pledges

Our Fellowship is still functioning and has ongoing expenses. Click the above link if you are viewing this on your email to watch the video. We will be “open and up and running” as soon as it is safe. Please find it in your generous hearts to keep your pledges and gifts up to date. Many thanks to all of you. Checks should be sent to:

Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist
P.O. Box 94
Holder, FL 34445

Connie Hart


Finance Committee

The finance committee will not meet in July. Its next scheduled meeting is 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, via Zoom. It’s open to all interested parishioners. For more information, contact Chairman Shirley Leonard, [email protected], or at (781) 264-5098.

Shirley


Request for an Assistant Treasurer

The Finance Committee is looking for a parishioner with accounting experience to serve as assistant treasurer. Knowledge of QuickBooks helpful. Contact Chairwoman Shirley Leonard, (781) 264-5098, or email [email protected] if interested.


SHARE THE PLATE

The Board has selected Athenas Wildlife Sanctuary Inc. to receive our Share the Plate donations in August. The sanctuary is committed to care for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, with the goal of rehabilitation and release of native species, as well as to promote conservation and understanding through education. The sanctuary is in Brooksville. For more information, see the website: athenaswildlifefl.org.


Eighth Principle

The Social Justice Committee has set dates this fall to discuss and vote, as members of the NCUU congregation, on the adoption of the 8th Principle:

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

Kitchen Table Forum to discuss the 8th Principle: 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22.

Ballots will be distributed to NCUU members in the mail two weeks in advance of November 12. Ballots need to be returned by Nov. 12.

Please direct any questions and concerns to John Ivens, [email protected]


Wildhart Photography

The photographs on the walls of the sanctuary can be purchased with 50% off the purchase price going to NCUU.

Talk to Gordon Hart if interested.

Please check out wildhartphotography.com for more of Gordon’s photographs.

The same deal will be honored if someone from the congregation wants to order a photo from the website.


A LABOR DAY OF LOVE

Our Labor Day speaker Prof. Jeff Nall brings us a unique program about bell hooks, a major black feminist lesbian theorist. From our perspective, the suffragettes were racist and classist, and sought to imitate the power structure of white patriarchy.

Stay up-to-date on feminism.

hooks wrote about 30 works, including children’s books. She wrote her first book at 19.

hooks chose “love” as a theme. What could be more UU?

I recall that NCUU has presented only two “older” black feminists: Florida’s own Zora Neale Hurston, who gets coverage with festivals in nearby Eatonville, and poet Fran Harper.

hooks is what today’s young people are studying, reading, and quoting. Don’t miss your chance to catch up and catch on. … The Sunday Service is Sept. 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Why visit other churches in August?

We start with a visit to a small, offbeat UU congregation in Brooksville. The congregation’s struggles to finance its work and survive almost breaks your heart. As individuals, they have much to offer; let’s do some work together.

The Black Church is the heart of the black community, but also an American story. It is one of the only institutions in this nation that has not been permeated by supremacist and racist ideologies. It is the oldest institution in the U.S. that’s been created by and led by Black people. Generations looked for justice, equity, and inclusion…. such as Blacks seek today. To learn about this community, come learn about this church and its leaders. Please dress nicely.

We will visit our neighbor in the Villages: Tri County UU. Unlike the “Republican Villages,” this is the Marion County UU. This congregation may be our competitor. But we cooperate, borrowing this congregation’s leaders, members, and pastors. Let’s see what else we can learn, and maybe go for a pastrami sandwich after services.

Linda Myers


A LABOR DAY OF LOVE

Our Labor Day speaker Prof. Jeff Nall brings us a unique program about bell hooks, a major black feminist lesbian theorist. From our perspective, the suffragettes were racist and classist, and sought to imitate the power structure of white patriarchy.

Stay up-to-date on feminism.

hooks wrote about 30 works, including children’s books. She wrote her first book at 19.

hooks chose “love” as a theme. What could be more UU?

I recall that NCUU has presented only two “older” black feminists: Florida’s own Zora Neale Hurston, who gets coverage with festivals in nearby Eatonville, and poet Fran Harper.

hooks is what today’s young people are studying, reading, and quoting. Don’t miss your chance to catch up and catch on. … The Sunday Service is Sept. 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Why visit other churches in August?

We start with a visit to a small, offbeat UU congregation in Brooksville. The congregation’s struggles to finance its work and survive almost breaks your heart. As individuals, they have much to offer; let’s do some work together.

The Black Church is the heart of the black community, but also an American story. It is one of the only institutions in this nation that has not been permeated by supremacist and racist ideologies. It is the oldest institution in the U.S. that’s been created by and led by Black people. Generations looked for justice, equity, and inclusion…. such as Blacks seek today. To learn about this community, come learn about this church and its leaders. Please dress nicely.

We will visit our neighbor in the Villages: Tri County UU. Unlike the “Republican Villages,” this is the Marion County UU. This congregation may be our competitor. But we cooperate, borrowing this congregation’s leaders, members, and pastors. Let’s see what else we can learn, and maybe go for a pastrami sandwich after services.

Linda Myers


WE’RE NO. 1

NCUU is the first Florida UU congregation to join the Florida Interfaith Coalition for Reproductive Health and Justice. NCUU Board President Don Wright signed the coalition after the July 11 board meeting. Until now, only ministers and lay individuals of faith had signed. Although the signers are many, we are the first Congregation to join. (Google entire name for list of members)

The Florida Interfaith Coalition is “a grassroots group of clergy, faith leaders, and lay people committed to supporting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice for all Florida residents. Together, we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all persons and the constitutional guarantee of religious liberty. We believe that each person deserves the freedom to make reproductive health-care decisions in accordance with their own conscience and faith beliefs, without shame or stigma.”
The Coalition testifies and presents its positions to the Florida legislature, annually. Its board includes U.S. Rep. Anna Eskamani.

Last month, the General Assembly passed an updated Statement 0f Conscience: ”Rejecting Legal Challenges to Abortion.” One recommendation is to build relationships between our congregations and other faith organizations on this issue.

Linda Myers


OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER

Deidre Sweeney, a nurse who spoke to us on July 6th, described some of the times she has volunteered as a medical professional, especially in efforts to help Afghan women. There are a variety of organizations that provide opportunities for volunteers to serve in a variety of venues. Here are several she mentioned:

International Medical Relief (internationalmedicalrelief.org)
IMF was founded in 2002 to coordinate medical mission trips that provide services to underserved and vulnerable populations across the globe. Medical and nonmedical volunteers donate a set amount to cover transportation, lodging, and food at a site that could be anywhere in the world. Currently, the group needs volunteers for weeklong disaster relief missions to serve displaced Ukrainians in Warsaw, Poland. It also needs medical supplies.
quake in Haiti. Food relief is not just a plate of food that keeps hunger away. The real meaning of comfort food is a plate of hope. After a disaster, feeding people is the fastest way to rebuild a sense of community. Most volunteers are local, but there is a need for others who are able to make their own travel arrangements to help.

Lutheran Services Florida (lsfnet.org)
Since 1982, LSF has been providing and sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. It began as a means to sustain the work of Lutheran churches that came together in the 70s and 80s to address the Vietnamese and Cuban refugee crises. It is now one of the largest nonprofits in Florida, touching one in 50 Floridians, with a wide range of services.

World Central Kitchen (wck.org)
WCK began in 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti. Food relief is not just a plate of food that keeps hunger away. The real meaning of comfort food is a plate of hope. After a disaster, feeding people is the fastest way to rebuild a sense of community. Most volunteers are local, but there is a need for others who are able to make their own travel arrangements to help.


New Website Section for Members Only

Are you a member who has a business or service? If you would like to share the information about your business or service to the Members Only section of the website, please write what you would like and let Connie or Amy know. Amy will add it.

– Connie Hart


Newsletter Deadline

Please Remember That The Deadline For Next Newsletter Is August 23, 2022.

Please Adhere To This Deadline; Otherwise, your material won’t be included in the newsletter.

All request entries should be sent to the email address [email protected]. That will make it easier to keep all requests organized in one place. I have been getting emails sent to several of my email accounts, and it makes it very difficult to organize the items to will be in the monthly issues. I can only guarantee that it will be in the issue, if it’s sent to this email address. Please send the proofread text and photo attachments. In addition, please keep your text to a maximum of three short paragraphs. If it is longer, we will edit to shorten the announcement.


Sunday Service Committee

If you would like to give feedback on any or all our speakers, please click the link and do so at any time. The Sunday Service Com. appreciates your input.

Thanks,
Pam


NCUU Calendar

Please send additions, deletions, updates, and edits to Gordon Hart, [email protected], so that he may keep the calendar updated on our website, ncuu.org.


Grounds Workday

Even if NCUU is closed right now, plants and weeds keep growing! If you are looking for a way to get out of the house, maintain social distancing (6ft to whatever you comfortable with) and get some fresh air and exercise, Sally and I would be happy for you to join us on the first Friday every month between sunup and 11 AM. Even if it is for just a hour before the heat builds up, you are welcome!


Announcement E-mail Address

Our email address for announcements: [email protected].