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The President's Perspective -- February 2019

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This week I shine a light on some of the many soul satisfying things that are happening all around us at UUFG.

So far we have seen two of the four planned Sunday services addressing Black history in the US. I have been informed, moved and inspired by each of them and look forward to the other two services. The Worship team, Choir, Minister and guests have done an outstanding job of creating this series. This is a great time to invite your friends to visit UUFG.

Our Whole Lives, aka OWL, is “a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula” developed by the UUA. At this time we are conducting a series of classes for middle school age children. These classes provide inclusive, accurate information and promote informed responsible decision making.

We are enjoying the transformation of our courtyard with new professional landscaping. Phase I has been completed thanks to the courtyard team and the UUFG Foundation. The plan has already been designed for a larger area which will be done as funds allow.

Our Ministerial Search Committee is still working behind the scenes to attract and select our next settled minister. They are making good progress but they don’t leak any information prematurely, not even to board members.

These and all of our Fellowship activities depend on many volunteers to nurture them to fruition. Please thank them and consider how you too, can contribute your time and talents.

As we move into Spring UUFG begins planning for the next church year that begins July 1. In March we will kick off our annual Stewardship Drive, in which we will ask for your commitment of financial support for next year.

At this time of year our Leadership Development Committee, LDC, develops the slate of officers and trustees to serve on the UUFG board. Members will vote on the slate at the May congregational meeting. If a member of the LDC approaches you to be nominated please do your best to find your way to “yes.” Board service is a satisfying and impactful way to volunteer for our beloved community.

Don’t miss the camellias blooming in the Paul and Ginny Bird Memory Garden!

In Fellowship,
Marilyn Roberts
Congregation President

 
The President's Perspective -- November 2018

Chalice Lighter Call

We have received a Chalice Lighter call in support of UU Church in the Pines in Weekie Wachee, Florida. “What is a Chalice Lighter call?” you ask. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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The President's Perspective -- September 2018

Please Excuse our Dust — and Mud

I’m a “facilities” nerd and I’m very excited about all the things going on at UUFG right now to improve our Fellowship’s campus. I want to share the news with you and request your understanding while things might get a bit messy for a while.

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Alachua County Faith Leaders Alliance Statement Against Anti-Semitism

Last Saturday the nation was stunned by yet another hateful act of mass murder. This was a hate crime; an antisemitic crime. A Jewish community in Pittsburgh were meeting in their place of worship to celebrate new life and now are mourning the loss of life. As people of diverse faiths, we stand in solidarity with the Tree of Life Congregation and with Jewish communities across the nation, grieving this senseless loss and violence.

The hateful rhetoric that is escalating in our country has to be stopped. The decision to practice patience, peace and love needs to start with our leaders and flow like a river through our communities. Antisemitism is a reality across the globe and as an organization, we are united in condemning out. We can speak across politics, across difference in naming it for what it is — pure hatred. People of faith need to feel safe in their place of worship and not, out of fear, feel compelled to hire extra security or arm themselves.

Now is not the time to be silent. Now is not the time to be sit back and wait. The youth of today need to hear and see us model love for all humanity, speak out against injustice, and call for change.

Therefore, we call on all people of our community to consider the actions we can take to move us toward a better, safer, more inclusive environment. We can say no to hateful speech, especially from those who desire to represent us as elected officials in our community, state and our world. We can say yes to supporting each other, seeking the good for all humanity and especially for those wo are most vulnerable to hate crimes. We can speak and act courageously for the sake of our children, in pursuit of a day when none of them need to live in fear. We have a responsibility for the future of the country and so we say no today to antisemitic behavior; if not us, then who?

As people of diverse faiths, we unite in opposition to antisemitism. Let us work together to change the rhetoric of hate that has become normalized in America. Together we can proclaim that antisemitism and all forms of hate have no place in this community. Together we can offer a different way – the way of peace, the way of respect, the way of love. If not us – who? If not now, when?

Alachua County Faith Leaders Alliance
Rev Andy Bachmann, United Church of Gainesville
Bonnie Zimmer, Co-Clerk, Gainesville Quaker Meeting
Rev Catherine Dearlove, Senior Pastor, Trinity MCC Gainesville
Rev. Dr. Cathy Harrington, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville
Rabbi David Kaiman, Rabbi, Congregation B’nai Israel, Gainesville
Rev Greg Magruder, Pastor, Parkview Baptist Church, Gainesville
Rev. Dr. Janet Claire Moore, Director, The Seraphim Center, Gainesville
Dr. Jan Snyder, Center Director, Shambhala, Gainesville
Rev Larry Green, Senior Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Gainesville
Father Les Singleton, Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Micanopy
Rev. Dr. Maureen Killoran, Unitarian Universalist (retired), Gainesville
Rabbi Michael Joseph, Temple Shir Shalom, Gainesville
Rev. Milford Lewis Griner, President, The Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee, Gainesville
Rev Shelly Wilson, Senior Pastor, United Church of Gainesville

 

UUFG is seeking a new part-time Music Director.

Qualifications

At least a Bachelor's degree in music with appropriate coursework in choral music and conducting. Knowledge of vocal technique and the ability to work with singers of all skill levels is required.  Additional desired characteristics include a compelling leadership style, excellent communication and organizational skills, great conducting technique, vocal ability, and a stylistically diverse repertoire of choral literature.

Duties

 

  • Conduct an adult volunteer choir.  Rehearsals are on Thursday evening. Sing in Sunday morning services most Sundays from August 15 through June 15, the Christmas Eve service, and occasional special events in the church or community. From approximately June 16 – August 14, duties are lighter, with one or two “summer choir” rehearsals and anthems, and time for planning is available.
  • Lead congregational singing from hymn books during Sunday services.
  • Collaborate with the minister and lay leaders to create meaningful Sunday services, including selecting thematically appropriate choral music and coordinating additional musical offerings by congregation members, visiting musicians, or the music director.
  • Encourage congregational participation by providing diverse musical experiences by and for all ages and levels of mastery, including occasional intergenerational choirs.
  • Administer the music program, including managing the budget, supervising the music staff (pianist), and attending all-staff meetings.
  • Maintain and build a diverse and orderly music library.
  • Work with the Choir Circle to enhance the choir experience and plan outreach activities.
  • Plan and make arrangements for guest musicians or alternate music for services when choir does not sing.

 

Position: Position: 15 hours per week. The number of hours could be increased by successfully expanding the music program, for example by establishing a children's choir.

Salary Range: Salary Range: $18 to $22 per hour commensurate with experience.

Applications

The review of applications will begin immediately. We are hoping to have the new Music Director start in October.

Please send cover letter and resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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