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The President's Perspective -- November 2018

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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.

UUA has a Chalice Lighter program in which individuals, like you, can sign up to commit to supporting congregational programs in our district. Three times a year UUA calls on Chalice Lighters to make a contribution to help another UU church. They suggest a commitment of $20 per call, or $60 per year. To quote the UUA:

“Do you want to help Unitarian Universalism spread? Would you like to see more people find this life saving faith? Imagine this:

Congregations with outstanding programs and outreach get the help they need to stretch and make their dreams into program realities.
New congregations are supported in their fledgling stages so they can thrive, grow and serve those around them.
Congregations that need a new home, or need to expand or repair a familiar home are able to meet the needs of their members and future members.
New or expanded staff positions help congregations realize their mission, increase their reach, and serve new ministries and members in new ways.

A Chalice Lighter is an individual who makes a commitment to respond to a call from the Chalice Lighter Program to support one or more new congregational projects like the ones above.

Learn more about the Southern Region Chalice Lighter program and this call here: https://www.uua.org/southern/chalice-lighters.

UU in the Pines is a small congregation that has met for almost 30 years in rented spaces. They are celebrating their 30th anniversary by purchasing their first permanent home, and are raising funds for the down payment. Your UUFG board encourages members and friends, if you are able, to support this Chalice lighter call and to sign up at UUA.org to receive notification of future calls.

Contributions may be made electronically via PayPal by visiting www.UUPinesFL.org/Give (a PayPal account is not required for this option) or use PayPal to “send money” to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Contributions by check, payable to UU Church in the Pines, with a memo “Chalice Lighters” may be mailed to UU Church in the Pines, PO Box 1062, Brooksville, FL 34605.

Let’s show UU in the Pines our support!

In Fellowship,
Marilyn Roberts
Congregation President


 
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 .

 
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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The President's Perspective -- May 2018

Even though UUFG no longer closes during the summer months there is a feeling that we are coasting into a more relaxed time of our Fellowship year. Our Coming of Age class has graduated, committee annual reports have been submitted, and our Annual Congregational Meeting with its changing of the leadership guard is behind us. You can read all about it when the minutes come out, but here is a brief summary. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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