Articles, Reflections, & Announcements

 

Listening Circles Follow-up

By Sally Andersen, Committee on Ministry Transitions Team member

During the month of October Rev. Holly invited members of the congregation to participate with them in one of several listening circles over Zoom. Participants, with a member of the Committee on Ministry Transitions Team also in attendance, were asked to respond to several questions regarding congregational life at UUCT:

  • Describe a time when the congregation (or group) operated or performed really well?
  • What is something you value most about this congregation (or group)?
  • How has this congregation made a difference in your life?

Participants were also asked to share three wishes for the congregation. A short summary of the responses to these prompts includes:

  • We value a sense of belonging and acceptance; fellowship and connection.
  • We desire that the next settled minister stays longer.
  • We are interested in the 8th Principle.
  • We want to grow in size and diversity, in programs.
  • We love the natural setting, the music, RE programs.
  • We look forward to attending church in person.
  • We value being a beacon of doing the right thing in the community.

Click here to view the entire report.

If you missed out on listening circles last month and are still interested in attending one, Rev. Holly is offering another session on Sunday, December 5 at 3 P.M., in person, at the UUCT campus, Room L.  Current covid guidelines will be followed. Use the link below to sign up if interested.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084AADA72AA5FD0-listening

 


Updated Covid Guidelines Now Online

The guiding principles of UUCT’s Covid-19 guidelines are based on those established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our guidelines are regularly reviewed and updated in accordance with the latest scientific conclusions and recommendations by public health experts.

These guidelines also make reference to Covenantal Consent (CC) which is described at: Covenantal Consent | LeaderLab | UUA.org . CC honors Inclusion, Care, Consent and Covenant. In practice, CC allows for the relaxing of some guidelines for small and intermediate size groups under these conditions:

  • Small groups (2 to 12 persons) with all having been vaccinated may meet both indoors and outdoors without masks with unanimous agreement.
  • Intermediate groups (13 to 25 persons) with all having been vaccinated may meet indoors with masks and socially distanced and outdoors without masks with unanimous agreement.
  •  Large groups (26 or more) may meet indoors under conditions set forth in Guideline I.1 as well as outdoors but masking and social distancing requirements apply and may not be waived.

Visit https://www.uutallahassee.org/coronavirus-alternative-church-plans/ to view the full details.

 


Why Donate to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee?

By Trudy Deyle

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) advances human rights and social justice around the world, manifesting our UU principles and values through its work. It partners with those who confront unjust power structures and who mobilize to challenge oppressive policies. UUSC creates eye-to-eye relationships with frontline grassroots movements that support marginalized communities in determining their steps for the future.

UUSC’s work is grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power and dignity. It supports self-determination and defends the rights of people displaced due to climate, conflict, or economic hardships. It also responds to humanitarian crises as a partner with people whose access to aid is most limited.

Since its beginning in 1940 helping refugees in Europe escape Nazi persecution, UUSC has made tangible progress to advance human rights, dismantle systems of oppression, and uplift the inherit dignity of people around the world. A few examples of programs and partner organizations over the years include: the Texas Migrant Workers Project, the Navajo Community Center, a community health program in Togo, assisting Ugandans displaced by war, anti-genocide work in Darfur, earthquake relief in Haiti, and a human rights for mine workers project in Guatemala.

UUSC exists through the support of individuals, congregations, and other like-minded organizations.

This Sunday’s Share the Plate is the UUSC.

 


The History of our Principles

By Deborah Holt

For the past year and a half I have been catching up on UU history and using that information as a guide or platform to learn about contemporary America. I grew up in a Universalist Church and remember the merger of the Universalists with the Unitarians.

I don’t remember the initial Six Principles that were incorporated in the merger documents of the Unitarians and the Universalists. The first thing that I knew about the Principles was the current Seven. Reverend William made an off hand comment one time that the current 7 were not the first ones. That was news to me. I wondered if it was news to anyone else?

And now we have the 8th Principle. I began wondering how the other Principles were developed and adopted. Is the current method of adoption by individual congregations and fellowships the usual and customary method or something new? What about the wording of the 8th? It is so long.

This is the first of three to five articles that I will write about the history and development of our principles. I will share with you the original 6, the familiar 7 and the new #8. I will share with you my curiosity about their history in their own time, how they represented their time as well as tried to be timeless, how well they guided the UUA through the past 50+ years, how and why they were revised in the 80s; how the 8th has developed; and why the developers of the 8th have chosen a new process for its inclusion [maybe] as one of our principles.