Our mission is to celebrate and witness love, justice, and mercy
We are delighted to welcome Rev. Melissa Mummert as our new contract minister! She'll be with us one week out of each month, helping us grow as individuals and as a congregation. Melissa's impressive past-and-present experiences are too numerous and complex to outline here, so the best thing is for you to spend time with her in person. You'll be glad you did.
Watch this space for a message for you from Rev. Mummert...
We've previously discussed Don Miguel Ruiz' The Four Agreements, guidance for life from ancient Toltec wisdom. Now his son Don José has followed up with a fifth Agreement! Join us for a discussion of this intriguing idea. Meanwhile, learn more about the Agreements here.
The next of our regular All-Committee Nights at the church! Join us at 5:30pm with a brown-bag supper -- then at 6:00 we'll break off into our groups. Later we get back together to give brief reports on what we've done. It usually turns out to be fun because we enjoy each other's company!
Pick the committee that most interests you:
William Keener, founding member and advisor to the Board of Directors of the Hickory Humanist Alliance, talks to us about "Certainty and Uncertainty" -- the difference isn't always as clear as one might think. As UUs we tend to think of ourselves as extremely flexible thinkers who are open to challenge. Come and test out that theory!
Many of us know that Rita works on an inpatient psychiatric unit at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Often patients there are admitted who are homeless and have only the clothing on their backs ... or come from other hospitals wearing only paper scrubs!
We feel that no matter what bridges people may have burned in their lives, access to a clean set of clothes is a human dignity issue...
So we're asking for any help you can provide by cleaning out your closets and drawers! Specifically, we are requesting gently-used tee shirts and sweat shirts, “soft” pants or shorts (like yoga pants, sweat pants, shorts with elastic waistbands. We can also especially use men’s jeans, and medium skirts with elastic waistbands.
We will set out a collection bin in the foyer of the church. We will collect clothing starting now through the entire month of October.
Thank you for your generosity!
We've already had several requests for Rev. Bob MacDicken's "farewell address," his final sermon from our pulpit, delivered August 28th, 2016.
Read it here:
Denouement by Denouement
The presentation on August 21st by Gabriele Weinberger and Paulette Moerdyk-Catlin moved several people to ask, "how soon can we start a new covenant group?" So the group had its first meeting on August 31st. There's room for more -- including you!
"We want to tell members of UUCCV that they should view it as not another obligation or chore," Gabriele says, "but as their personal time of healing and regaining strength, of letting go of stress and connecting."
We've launched an experiment on our website: the UUCCV Forum. Just click the "FORUM" button on our main menu and you'll be taken to a site where we've posted a few thoughtful articles by some of our members. There are still bugs to work out, but the idea is that you can either just read the articles as you would in a magazine, or sign up as a commenter and reply to the articles! Check it out and see what you think: click here to get started. Tell your friends!
You may not know about The Max Curdy Library! It may be just a modest collection of volumes housed in the UUCCV office, but they're books that may interest you. And Rev. Bob has just donated several interesting titles to the collection. Get the latest list here and visit our office some Sunday morning to learn how to check out one of these books.
ALFA serves to improve the lives and health of those affected by HIV/AIDS while preventing transmission through education and testing.
You can be part of this wonderful ongoing effort supporting real people in our community by bringing much needed food & non-food items to the collection bin in our front hallway. Here are the items that are ALWAYS needed:
Your generosity is much appreciated!