Special Newcomer/Guest Break-out Room Every Sunday After the Service
Newcomers and other guests, whether you have attended one virtual service or many, please join us in a special break-out room any Sunday during the social time following the service. You are welcome to participate in this break-out room more than once. It will be an opportunity for you to get to know us and us to get to know you. You can also share about what brought you to UUCT and ask questions you might have. And if you would rather just participate in one of the general break-out rooms during social time, you are always invited to do so. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the break-out room or about the church, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
– The Welcome Team (Trudy Deyle, Sally Andersen and others)
You are welcome to join us every Sunday from 1 PM to 2:30 PM on Zoom. We are a community of meditators who come together for a chance to center ourselves with calm and focus. Each week a member of the group leads the meditation, drawing from a variety of Buddhist thought. Our usual practice starts with a guided meditation or a passage reading while seated, followed by a walking meditation, then finishing with a silent meditation. At the conclusion, we share our experiences with each other.
Whether you are new or seasoned to the practice of meditation, all are welcome. Please email Ardenkelly@yahoo.com for the Zoom link invitation to be sent to you every Saturday.
Arden Kelly is a Director & Teaching Artist Acting/Voice & Speech/Voiceover/Singer pursuing a Masters in London.
Allies for Racial Equity (ARE@UUCT)
ARE@UUCT began meeting bi-weekly in early September 2020, patterning ourselves after the UUA organization, Allies for Racial Equity. We share leadership and make decisions by consensus. We ground ourselves in our UU Principles and make relationship building a priority. We are UUCT members with white privilege working to:
- Understand our own whiteness and privilege and help others in our church community to do so.
- Unlearn and re-evaluate white supremacy in ourselves and our church community.
- Challenge white supremacy wherever we encounter it.
ARE@UUCT group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 pm. Our next meeting will be Monday, November 8. For more information, contact Linda Wright.
Indwellers Group at UUCT
Adults 25-49 are invited to join Indwellers, a new cohort group for socialization, community connection and spiritual exploration.
You can look forward to a bimonthly Zoom discussion on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, social events, and community care. Join us for our next Zoom discussion on Tuesday, November 9 at 8 PM.
For more information, contact Natalie Binder.
Old Guys Lunch
To find out the status of the Wednesday, November 10 meeting, send an email to John Sample at email@example.com who coordinates the OGL meetings and email list.
Christian Spirituality @ UUCT
Join us for a twice-monthly, Zoom Bible study. While each week’s Bible passage will be the focus of the meeting, the real purpose of Christian Spirituality is to create a friendly association, to give and receive support, and to find our lives expressed in the Bible.
Our meetings will be the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM For zoom information contact Alana Katherine “Kay” Stuart-Tilley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 10.
Join us weekly via Zoom for a synergistic interfaith spiritual practice of many forms of singing, chanting, and group observation of silence.
The goal is to help each participant reach a place within themselves where they can connect with the Divine, their Inner Core, the Spirit of Life; wherever they find Peace. Led by Angel de Armendi, Music Director.
Singing Meditation is on an alternating Tuesday/Thursday rotation schedule. Our next gathering will be Thursday, November 11 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Use the following link to join our zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/319800919 Meeting ID: 319 800 919
For more information, contact Music Director Angel de Armendi at email@example.com.
Food for Thought
What? No Turkey this Year?
Delicious home-cooked dinners seem to be the main attraction for many Americans during the holiday season. Did you know that many people here in the United States and all over the world do not have roasts and turkeys as their main dish? So, what do vegans and other earth-conscious people serve for the holidays, if they are not roasting some kind of meat?
Come join us on November 11th at 7 PM on zoom for a discussion of what we can cook for the Thanksgiving and the other upcoming holidays. If you want your recipe to be shared with the group, please send it to Linda Oaksford at least a few days before our meeting. However, don’t worry if you don’t have a recipe to share. We would love for you to join us anyway!
If you are not on our Food for Thought email list, contact Linda Oaksford at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will receive a link shortly before November 11th.
Church Work Day
Join us Saturday, November 13 from 9 AM – 2 PM for our monthly church work day.
Current UUCT Covid Guidelines will be followed. For more information contact Bonnie Abellera.
Even if you can only help for an hour or two, that will be appreciated. Hope to see you there!
Three Months of Centering BIPOC Voices: A Reading and Discussion Group
Our November discussion on Saturday the 13th at 3:30 PM invites us to respond to The Dragons, The Giant, The Women by Wayetu Moore. Moore recounts her experiences leaving revolution torn Liberia and coming to the United States where she experienced layers of racism.
On December 11 we’ll be discussing Ida B – The Queen. The book “tells the awe-inspiring story of an pioneering woman who was often overlooked and underestimated—a woman who refused to exit a train car meant for white passengers; a woman brought to light the horrors of lynching in America; a woman who cofounded the NAACP. Written by Wells’s great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, this “warm remembrance of a civil rights icon” (Kirkus Reviews) is a unique visual celebration of Wells’s life, and of the Black experience.”
We’ll start the New Year off right with the book selected as the UU Read for the year. Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris. Beacon Press writes: “In a time when the most powerful institutions in the United States are embracing the repressive and racist systems that keep many communities struggling and in fear, we need to reimagine what safety means. Community leader and lawyer Zach Norris lays out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment and toward growth and support systems for our families and communities. In order to truly be safe, we are going to have to dismantle our mentality of Us vs. Them. By bridging the divides and building relationships with one another, we can dedicate ourselves to strategic, smart investments—meaning resources directed toward our stability and well-being, like healthcare and housing, education and living-wage jobs. This is where real safety begins.”
The discussion for this book is scheduled for Saturday, January 8, at 3:30 PM. We hope that members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee will join us for every discussion, but especially for Zach Norris’ volume in January so we can expand the circle of UU’s who’ve thought about new avenues to safety.
All of our books are available in paper, ebook and audible versions to enhance accessibility. If you wish to join one of the Second Saturday discussions contact Robin Gray, (email available in the church directory and from the office).
UU Explorations is a special Small Group Ministry for those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. This is a sharing and listening circle about topics that relate to the theme: What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? It is an opportunity to get to know others on a deeper level and reflect together on important topics and concepts in Unitarian Universalism. At each gathering, we: check in with each other on how our lives are going, share our thoughts on one of twelve topics, simply listen to one another, and then share any further reflections we have. The circle is specifically not a class or discussion group.
UU Explorations meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM via Zoom. For more information, the current readings, and Zoom details contact Trudy Deyle. The next gathering will be held Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 PM. The topic will be “Freedom and Interconnection in UUism: For Individuals and For Congregations”. We will meet the second Tuesday in December.
Women’s Lunch Bunch
The next Women’s Lunch Bunch gathering will be held on Wednesday, November 17 at 11:30 am via Zoom. To join our Zoom gathering, click here.
Contact Bonnie Fesmire for more information or the location of future meetings. The Women’s Lunch Bunch meets the third Wednesday of every month.
Come share a meal and spend some time with other members of the UUCT community.
Executive Board Meeting
The Executive Board will meet next on Thursday, November 18 at 6:30 pm via zoom. Congregants are welcome to attend and to address the board. To do that or to receive the agenda contact President Brian Lee at email@example.com.
Green Sanctuary Committee Meeting
Any and all are welcome to join the regulars at our next Zoom meeting Friday, November 19 at 2:00 PM. We will be discussing all things environmental as they relate to our church campus and engaging congregants in sustainable practices that reflect our commitment to our 7th Principle.
Hope to see you there. The Green Sanctuary Committee meets every month on the third Friday. For more information or Zoom invite contact Ed Oaksford at firstname.lastname@example.org.