The RE Committee is getting ready to start a new year of programming, and we need to know who wants to participate! The pandemic brought a lot of changes, so we are making a new list of families from scratch. Please help us by signing your kids up after service or by sending an email TODAY to Rhonda at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can send you a link to our online registration form.
We are currently registering students ages 5 to 18 for Religious Enrichment classes and Youth Group. Please email email@example.com for a link to the online registration form, even if you have participated in the past. We will form classes based on numbers of interested kids. Classes will begin when our new full-time DLRE (Director of Lifetime Religious Enrichment) arrives and gets settled.
Until classes begin, outdoor childcare during Sunday service will continue except on days we have multigenerational service. If you want your children to participate in childcare, please sign up at the welcome table on Sunday morning.
The theme this month is Belonging. In this lesson we explore the path of honoring our unique selves. As UU’s we celebrate each of us as a unique and special person. By belonging to our special selves, we encourage and allow others to belong to their truest selves. You belong to you!
STORY 1: “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes When you don’t like your name, you might lose your sense of belonging. But finding a person who supports you can make others be like you. Book: HERE
“She was a perfect baby, and her doting parents chose a name to match, Chrysanthemum. She is proud of her musical name until kindergarten, when she finds herself in a world of strange new names such as Sue, Bill, Max, Sam, and Joe–in short (really short) a world of ordinary monikers. That wouldn’t be so bad if the others – like Victoria – hadn’t made a mean-spirited game of tormenting her, sending her home in tears to be comforted with cuddles and Parcheesi. Wisely, Chrysanthemum’s concerned and loving parents try not to interfere, but what can’t be put right by them is dealt with by lucky chance. The class learns that their popular music teacher not only has a whopper of a name herself – Delphinium – but also plans to name her expected baby by the prettiest name she has heard, Chrysanthemum. The charming mouse with her delicate little face seems just right for her name…” – review on Amazon
What did you like about the story?
Do you like your name?
What would you/did you think of a name like Chrysanthemum?
UU Ministry for Earth is preparing for the year ahead! In October, we are excited to announce a series of upcoming programs and save the dates, share our new annual report and program calendar, and offer opportunities for embodiment, empowerment, and engagement to pursue climate justice.
As our new board chair, Rev. Anastassia Zinke reminds us, partnership, kindness, and intentionality for transformation are at the heart of our cause. Together, we can imagine and nourish a ministry that can be the best partner for the moment and our Unitarian Universalist movement.
Join us before the service on Sunday, September 11th at 9:30 AM for “Morning Munchkins,” a monthly social gathering. We will enjoy playtime in the RE courtyard, coffee, and donut holes. Cash donations are welcome to help cover food expenses. Sponsored the Parent Fellowship group.
The 8th Principle Learning Community and the UU BIPOC Caucus for Climate Justice invite you an exciting event:
8th Principle Meets 7th Principle: Environmental and Climate Justice in Unitarian Universalist Congregations
Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 7 pm to 9:30 pm EST/6pm to 8:30pm CST/5pm to 7:30pm MST/ 4pm to 6:30pm PST
What does our Unitarian Universalist faith call us to do at this moment in our nation’s history? What happens when the 8th Principle and the 7th Principle come together? Join us to learn about ideas and sources to support and strengthen local UU congregations’ call to environmental, climate and racial justice? A broad range of UU groups working on climate justice will speak.
Please invite people from your congregations. Advanced registration is required for this meeting.
A special episode of the Voices of Unitarian Universalism talk show from last fall- “Uniting the 7th and 8th Principles.” In the broadcast, Dr. Paula Cole Jones and former UU Ministry for Earth Co-Director Aly Tharp discuss the unification of the 7th and 8th principle– and how the climate crisis and racial justice work intersect.
Hello children, Youth and families… Welcome to a new church year!
I hope you had a wonderful Summer. You probably have heard by now that we have a new religious educator who will be starting at 1U on October 1. Her name is Judith Stein-Farrall and her title will be Director of Lifespan Religious Enrichment or DLRE.
I believe that there are many wonderful adventures ahead of us this church year as well as some challenges. We plan on starting RE for you soon and look forward to continuing to help you grow in our faith tradition, Unitarian Universalism.
Thank you for being a part of the 1U community and for your beautiful laughs filling our campus. Welcome back! – Rev Margalie
The Water Communion service on September 11, 2022 kicks off the new First Unitarian Church of Orlando 2022-2023 program year!
It also kicks off this year’s Volunteer Fiestas where you can learn about the different church ministries. Come explore all the opportunities available this year during coffee hour after the worship over the next few Sundays. Meet new people and come be a part of church life at 1U!