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Looking to Our Future

Hello Beloveds,

During this uncertain time, I know it is hard to think about what tomorrow might bring and what we at UUFG might be doing as a community in the future. But for some of you it may be really important.

Of course, we are planning and dreaming of our future. Considering what we will do and where we will go is a way that we can find hope together. So I want to let you know that we are still planning.

  • We are looking into how to schedule the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program for everyone next year, beginning in the fall. We hope to be running children’s levels at the same time as adult levels, so that the whole UUFG family is involved.
  • We also are hoping to run a secular version of K-1st grade OWL, for a small fee, that will be open to the larger Gainesville community, with special invitations to our friends that have been coming to Monday Messy Play Dates.
  • We are actively planning a UUFG trip to the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, both in Montgomery Alabama, both created by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Susan Christy has been leading the organizational pieces of this trip and asks if you are interested on being on the planning team to please get in touch with them.

These are just some of the reasons why this trip is important work:

  • To further our understanding, as individuals and as a congregation, of the role racial terrorism has played, and continues to play, in the system of white supremacy in the US.
  • In the words of the EJI, “…a more productive conversation about justice requires knowledge of historic injustice.”
  • In aid of the Truth and Reconciliation process that is underway in Alachua County, to help bring to light the history of racial terror here, and perhaps help in healing the wounds that still fester.

We hope this trip could take place in the fall and of course we will have to wait a bit before we understand the best timing.

Some of you have asked about hosting larger events, like concert series, dance parties and trivia nights. These are all great ideas of ways to build community. If you are someone who thinks you might share your organizing talents by being on a leadership team that would produce these events please let me know.

In Faith and Love.

Rev. Christe

 
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's Response to COVID-19

Dear UUFG Members and Friends,

As infections from the COVID-19 coronavirus spread, it is important that we also spread information on how to prepare for and prevent this disease in our community and congregation.

There is information about COVID-19 everywhere; two excellent resources are a recent New York Times podcast, and this article. At this point in time, with active a couple of cases in Florida, it seems clear that coronavirus will affect our community directly.

This virus is most dangerous for elders and people with compromised lungs and immune systems.

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The Minister's Musings -- September 2019

Now Our Future Can Begin!

The excitement of our new journey together and the beginning of the church year creates a lot of energy. I am hearing about so many new ideas from all of you that I just want to say I am listening, and I am excited as well. AND, it will take time … the Governing Board and I will be setting goals for the year and much of what you have shared will be discussed and included.

One of those goals will undoubtedly be around how we connect as a community. Joining a Touchstones small group is just one of the ways you can connect more deeply with others at the fellowship. As a reminder, Touchstones is a theme-based resource that supports and inspires UU congregations to help transform the world. It is just one source that can help us sustain an intentional, integrated, and holistic process of deepening our own understand of our place in the world. Small groups, or circles as they are often called, help us connect to others while we explore our own thoughts and feelings.

I believe that the best way to build the world we wish to see and live in, is to be an active participant. So as we edge into fall, be looking for church events that call you in. At the same time, be mindful of how you can support and serve others in the UUFG community during events that may not center your needs. Building beloved community is a commitment to the greater good.

There will be change, there will be compromise, and there can be spiritual growth. Let us strive to be intentionally present and supportive throughout the year and be led by our curious and loving hearts and minds.

Rev. Christe

 
Meet Our New Minister, Rev. Christe Lunsford!

On Sunday, March 5, the UUFG Congregation voted to call Rev. Christe Lunsford to serve as the Fellowship's new settled minister. Christe has accepted the call; their ministry will officially began on August 1, 2019.

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Rev. Christe Lunsford came to Gainesville after serving as Intern Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford, Illinois. Christe holds a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School as well as a Masters in Fine Arts for Theatrical Production and Design from Florida Atlantic University.

Rev. Christe is excited about joining the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville to celebrate the joys and sorrows in life in beloved community while seeking truth and meaning in the world.

Christe is dedicated to anti-racism and anti-oppression work. As a trans-masculine/non-binary person who uses they/them pronouns, Rev. Christe’s call toward parish ministry serves to lift up voices from the margins as a way of de-centering whiteness and demand the same of others. They work to create communities that are able to have deep conversations about difficult topics, ever-seeking what holds each of us back from creating the world in which we wish to live.

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