Current Sunday Services

 

June 2024

Great Egret Gets a Tidbit

Services start at 10:30 a.m.

Our services are also available live via Zoom. Please send a request to [email protected] for the link.

June 2, 2024

UU Rev Carole Yorke

Speaker – UU Rev Carole Yorke

Biography:

Rev. Carole has been visiting us at NCUU since about 2000, and is delighted that we continue to invite her to guest preach. Now retired in Port St. Lucie with her three Pomeranians, she has served three churches in Florida. She was ordained in Plainfield NJ 25 years ago, and continues to preach occasionally, do Memorial Services and lead Bereavement Groups at the UU Fellowship of Vero Beach.

Topic: Norbert Capek and the Flower Ceremony

Capek’s Flower Ceremony has made a permanent difference in our faith. It has been celebrated because of Marie Capek bringing it to the U.S. in 1939. It has been celebrated in Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist churches all over the continent and the world ever since. Capek’s ritual and his strong belief in affirming and celebrating the importance of everyone lives on today – in this very service that we celebrate.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Dr. Jeff Nall

Dr. Jeff Nall

Biography:

Dr. Jeffrey Nall is an adjunct instructor in humanities and philosophy for the University of Central Florida. He also teaches courses in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Nall publishes “Humanities in Revolt,” a Substack newsletter devoted to exploring the relevance of the humanities to everyday life. For more information or to subscribe go to JeffreyNall.substack.com

Topic: The Next Mass Murderer Will Be a Man: Why It’s Time for Men (and Women) to Grapple with the Toxic Effects of Male Socialization

Every week our news media runs red with the story of another mass killing. These tragic and traumatizing events have become an ordinary part of our cultural landscape and public experience. In this talk, Jeffrey Nall, Ph.D., who teaches courses in Florida Atlantic University’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, draws on his scholarship and teaching experience to discuss the ignored gendered component of mass killings and gun violence. Dr. Nall argues that the feminist critique of patriarchal gender gives us vital insight to understanding violence and how to create a more peaceful society. A better world begins with envisioning healthier visions of manhood and masculinity.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Fr. Harry Coverston

Speaker – Fr. Harry Coverston

Biography:

Harry is a sixth generation Floridian and fourth generation educator. He is a recovering lawyer, a retired academic and currently serves as priest at an Episcopal parish in Winter Park. He earned a law degree from the University of Florida, a masters of divinity from the Episcopal seminary in Berkeley, CA and a Ph.D. in Religion, Law and Society from Florida State University. He has led an unorthodox life that included a number of extended visits to Mexico and Central America including two-week stints as first an international cease fire observer and later as an international election monitor in El Salvador with the World Council of Churches. From that life journey, he offers some insights gained along the way today.

Topic: Responding to the Strangers at the Gate

Immigration is a topic of intense debate in America and around the world today. It evokes deep passions and produces policies with deadly consequences. This discussion will examine the concept of borders, immigration and the history of the same within the United States. It will focus on the recent history of immigration from Latin America and why these refugees have come informed by the experiential life history of the presenter. It will conclude with questions of how Americans have responded to immigration historically and what ethical and spiritual components might inform the responses of people of faith today.

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

Speaker – Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, UUA General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship

Biography:

Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, MO will lead the Sunday Service at General Assembly 2024. A lifelong Unitarian Universalist from Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon is the minister of the UU Church of Columbia, Missouri, where she is currently suing the state of Missouri for their unconstitutional abortion ban alongside 13 other multi-faith clergy co-plaintiffs. Molly is passionate about red-state UU ministry, community organizing, and mutual aid. In addition to her ministry and organizing work, Molly is a published essayist and poet completing a Doctor of Ministry in Creative Writing and Public Theology. Alongside her wonderful spouse, she is the delighted parent of two very fierce young children and one very chill old dog.

Topic: Weaving Our Lives

We are all tangled up together in a great web of life that is woven with beauty and hardship, love and loss, thriving and struggle. How do we tend well to the weaving so that all of us are held in care? Rev. Molly Housh Gordon will be joined by Violet Vonder Haar, Jamila Bachelder, Rev. Leon Dunkely, Rev. Eric Kaminetsky, Rev. Joan Javier-Duvall, Rev. Jordinn Nelson Long, Rev. Aaron Wisman, Rev. Sadie Lansdale, and Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan. Join us virtually for the largest annual gathering of UUs in worship. Sunday Worship will be live-streamed, Sunday, June 23, 2024.

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Amira Sims

Speaker – Amira Sims

Biography:

Amira Sims is a mother of four, college professor, spoken word artist and lifelong learner. Starting at the ripe age of 8 she began keeping a journal. Ever since she can remember she always wanted to be a teacher. Her childhood nickname was school. Even before graduating with her Master’s degree in Psychology, she guest lectured at Valdosta State University. In 2003 she began teaching an array of psychology courses at the collegiate level. Many years later, in her 2019 TEDx Ocala talk she shared that one of the reasons she consistently began to speak her poetry was all thanks to one of her undergraduate college professors who encouraged her to “keep writing, start sharing.”

Topic: GRIT: It’s like oil for your engine

Grit is a topic that is very relevant for religious, secular, and spiritual beings. The esteemed Dr. Angela Duckworth defines grit as passion and perseverance for long term goals. Today’s speaker will talk about grit in this capacity and as an important tool on life’s journey. In the talk she will share a few poems as well as a quick questionnaire that helps audience members assess their own level of grit.