Articles, Reflections, & Announcements


Tend the Spark, Carry the Flame

Keeping Our Facilities in Shape

By Bonnie J. Abellera

Cut the wood, feed the fire, and clear the ashes… Management tasks are often the
fuel that supports events or programs and contributes to their success. The behind
the scenes activities that happen on days that aren’t Sundays give a small group of
UUCT members more opportunities to get to know each other better.

For example, while opportunities last year were limited in the number of people who showed up for workdays, the regulars participated on enough workdays to help
Les (UUCT’s Sexton) safely do the tasks that require more than one person to perform. Plus, there is so much work to do at the church that Les doesn’t always get the opportunity to complete projects without extra help on workdays or from some volunteers who show up during the week. I love Les’ work ethic and am more than happy to help him at the church.

Prior to the pandemic restrictions, those who showed up for a workday were treated to lunch, shared great hugs, and we had lively conversations during our fellowship time while sharing a meal. We also worked, sweated and supported each other in whatever task was at hand. Unlike some groups who have meetings in rooms without noise, workday planners scheduled meetings at local pool halls, which offered a different kind of fellowship after the business of the day was over. I look forward to reconnecting with my UUCT friends again next year. Stay safe!


Invitation to Participate

People who are 18+, Florida residents, and identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, or non-binary are invited to complete a brief survey by UCF PhD student Jake Bush for his graduate research.

The survey takes about 15 minutes and participants will receive a free $5 Amazon gift card. Interested parties may contact Jake directly at


Share the Plate

By Deborah Holt

Hello Again from your Share the Plate committee. Time is flying by. We hope that you are well on your way to applying for Share the Plate funds for your favorite UUCT or community program. Both members and supporting friends may apply. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Holt at 850-545-8177 or Janet Temkin at