Our mission is to celebrate and witness love, justice, and mercy
by facilitating spiritual enlightenment, welcoming differences,
and embracing the interconnected web of life


Want to learn more about Unitarian Universalism? Now’s a great time: Rev. Bob will conduct one more "UU101" classes, at 9:30am on June 26. Hope to see you there! 

Special Service for July 3

declaration icon Have the words of a poet or songwriter inspired your sense of Freedom? If so, we would like to hear from you. On July 3, the theme of our worship service will be “Verses of Freedom: A Celebration in Poetry and Song,” and we would like to include verses that have touched your soul. Please give your suggestions to Rev. Bob, Lee Shackleford, Sharon Smith, or Katherine Farris. (You can send them to us online here.) We’ll include as many of your suggested “verses of freedom” as we can.

All-Committee Night: July 6

Committee work can be beautiful!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:

  • Membership and Caring |  Music |  Religious Education |  Program and Publicity |  Social Concerns |  Congregational Growth |  Building and Grounds |  Finance / New Budget Priorities

Welcome, Tanya!

new babysitterParents of small children, you'll be glad to hear about our new full-time babysitter: Tanya Desjardins!

Tanya retired to the Hickory area after a career in Medical Lab Technology and as a Medical Assistant. She is the mother of four grown children and the grandmother of six. She also works at The Growing Tree Counseling Center in Hickory.

Before moving to North Carolina, she lived most of her life in New England. Her hobbies include knitting, loom weaving, gardening, camping, and other outdoor activities. In recent years she has also been a Brownie Troop Leader, an Assistant Girl Scout Troop Leader, and worked with the Junior Women's League. So you can see she believes in being a positive influence in children's lives!

So glad to have you with us on Sundays mornings, Tanya!

Shiny New Online Presence

web building"I hope folks like the changes I've made," says Lee Shackleford, our main web-and-social-media person. "Since my school year ended I've finally had time to implement some much-needed improvements to our website and the newsletter. At least I hope they're improvements." What do you think of them? Click here to let Lee know!

"The next phase of the update will include a discussion forum," he says, "where people can post ideas and opinions and openly discuss them. I think we'll find out pretty quickly if that was a good idea or not...!"

Our Annual Picnic! August 27!

picnicWrite it on your calendars! August 27th is the day we'll hold our annual picnic at Geitner-Rotary Park. More details as we get them, but plan to join us at 12:00 noon and stay until whenever. Food, fun, and fellowship!

Click here to read more about beautiful Geitner-Rotary Park ...

AUGUST 28: The Day of Fond Farewell

Rev. Bob. Photo by Shelly Frome for the Black Mountain News If you write only one date down on your home calendar for this summer, let this be it! August 28th is the Sunday before Rev. Robert MacDicken begins his well-deserved retirement. So we have two services planned, quite different from each other, and you'll want to attend both!

11:00am - Rev. Bob's ultimate sermon from our pulpit is entitled "Denouement by Denouement," with the cheery subtitle "The End is the Beginning." It sounds appropriate and we're sure the details will be intriguing. Then...

5:00pm - Community leaders from the entire area will join us in appreciation of Rev. Bob's outstanding contributions to the local interfaith alliances as they work together for peace and justice in the Catawba Valley and beyond.

Collections for ALFA Continue

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:

  • Peanut butter and jelly/jam
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Canned stews and chili
  • Beans in cans or bags
  • Canned tuna, chicken, salmon  
  • Canned fruit or fruit cups
  • Boxed mashed potatoes, rice
  • Soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Laundry detergent, dryer sheets
  • Toilet paper, feminine products

Your generosity is much appreciated!

Requested Sermon Material

Many people have requested Gabriele Weinberger's "Holocaust Memorial" talk. Here it is as a PDF: Yom HaSoah 2016

Rev. Bob encourages everyone to read a talk from several years ago: Why Do UUs Worship?
and his excellent talk on Valentine's Day had many people wanting to read the text, so here it is: Of Love and Massacres

And a few people have asked for a couple of things after LMFW Lee Shackleford's talk January 31st. And here they are: an audio recording of the talk and a link to the "Coexist" handout so you can print your own!

Pride Celebration on the Lawn - Sep 17

We're making our plans now to be involved with the 7th Annual Celebration of Catawba Valley Pride. We hope you'll join us in our presence in and among this community on the SALT Block Lawn (243 3rd Avenue Northeast in Hickory).

As a Welcoming Congregation, we've committed to being allies in the struggle for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender,and two-spirited people in the Catawba Valley region of North Carolina. This is a great opportunity to show the world where we stand -- now more than ever.

Proud to be an LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation

Street Address:
833 5th St. SE
Hickory, NC 28603
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9164
Hickory, NC 28603



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