Church Work Day
Join us this Saturday, December 11 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!
Centering BIPOC Voices: A Reading and Discussion Group
Our December discussion is Saturday the 11th at 3:30 PM via Zoom. 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).
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: email@example.com
– The Welcome Team (Trudy Deyle, Sally Andersen and others)
You are welcome to join us every Sunday from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in person at the UUCT campus or via Zoom.
Our Sunday, December 12 and 19 gatherings will be in Room L. There will be no gathering on December 26. Current covid facility use guidelines will be followed.
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.
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 Tuesday, December 14 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM in person at the UUCT campus or via Zoom. Current covid facility use guidelines will be followed. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The next gathering will be held Tuesday, December 14 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. The topic will be “The Story of Our UUCT (A History of Congregational Polity and the Democratic Process)”. For more information, the current readings, and Zoom details contact Trudy Deyle.
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, December 14 at 8 PM.
For more information, contact Natalie Binder.
Women’s Lunch Bunch
The next Women’s Lunch Bunch gathering will be held on Wednesday, December 15 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, December 16 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.
UUCT Festival on the Green
Join us for an outdoor holiday drop-by event on December 18, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, refreshments, and holiday decorations on the UUCT campus.
If you would like to help decorate the outside of the church, stop by this Saturday during our regular church work day 9 AM – 3 PM. If you play an instrument, would like to read a holiday story, recite a poem, or would like to tend a fire pit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants may decorate an ornament ahead of time to bring and place on the tree (family member names are an option). Groups are welcome to decorate an event tent. Feel free to bring a non-perishable food item for the donation box and/or donation for the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. Hope to see you there!
Monthly BIPOC Group
As a self-identifying person of color, you are welcomed to attend our monthly gathering. We are an informal group coming together to share and support our community. For more information contact Rosa Morgan or Meagan Chisholm.
Our next meeting is Sunday, December 19 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM in person at the UUCT campus (Room L) or via Zoom. To join our Zoom gathering, click here.
Old Guys Lunch
The next Old Guys Lunch will be Wednesday, December 22 at 11:30 AM.
For location information, contact Steve Urse at email@example.com who currently coordinates the OGL meetings and email list.