WILLIAMSBURG UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS
A WELCOMING, WORSHIPING, WITNESSING CONGREGATION
WUU NEWS october 2008
September 28—Rev. Preston Moore her a hearing. Come to church this Sunday
“Our Place in the World of Religion”— prepared to be surprised.
Part II” The mapmaking continues. See
worship theme for 9/21 above, including October 26–Natalie Miller-Moore
information about related LFD programs. “Weakness to Strength”
Illness is something no one wants. But we
October 5–Reverend Jennifer Ryu all have, or have heard, stories of it leading
to great spiritual growth. This Sunday we
“The Wisdom of Atonement” During
seek a deeper understanding of the paradox
these holiest days of their calendar, Jewish
presented by such stories.
communities everywhere put making
amends for hurting others at the top of
their lists. Can we import the wisdom of “Are You Lying Awake at Night
this practice into our own religious Worrying?”
tradition? Early September brought Atlantic
hurricanes flooding our southern
neighbors. Later in the month came
October 12–Reverend Preston Moore
collapsing financial institutions, the
“Estranged Bedfellows: Recovering bombing of a U.S. embassy and more
the Unity of Psychology and Religion” nuclear saber-rattling from North Korea.
Did you know that these two used to be The polarizing presidential campaign
thick as thieves? What happened? Is there continued to pump out overheated rhetoric.
any profit in trying to get them back All the while, soldiers kept dying in Iraq
together? Come be a fly on the wall at this and Afghanistan.
couples counseling session for two of the
The deluge of bad news makes me feel
world’s great disciplines.
anxious, and I know many of you are feeling
the same way. On the other hand, imposing
October 19–Reverend Preston Moore a news blackout is no way to deal with life's
“Saviors of God: a Theology Bold and sorrows. The caring part of your nature and
Brash Enough for Unitarians” God is mine won't let us to that.
not an old man with a white beard sitting Is there a way out of this bind?
on a throne in the sky. She needs your In Buddhism there is a teaching, or
help—the help that only you can give. Grant “sutra,” that we should “live with skillful
nonchalance and ceaseless concern.”
Be unconcerned and constantly She reflects that children and youth
concerned at the same time? It sounds like learn how to be in the world through
a Zen paradox. But nonchalant doesn't observing and imitating the adults around
mean unconcerned; it means unheated. It is them. They learn to interpret the messages
possible to care deeply without boiling over. around them through the responses of the
It is not only possible; it is a profound adults in their lives. More than any
spiritual practice. We can transform the amounts of word or text, children learn
mind and enlarge the heart so we can hold through our example. For those of you who
the paradox of caring deeply for the world are parents, you know how true this is as
without being consumed by the heat. you have observed your child playing and
Of course there are times we need to get you recognize yourself, in the actions, the
steamed up about injustice. That Buddhist words, the tones—for better or for worse!
sutra is telling us we have a choice about What does this mean for our faith
when to get heated up and when to stay development programs here at
cool. The skill comes in being awake Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists?
enough to choose. How are we serving as models for our
October may not bring cheerier children and youth? How do we serve as
headlines, but with "skillful nonchalance models for one another? I actually think
and ceaseless concern," maybe we can all that it is not just children who learn to be
get a little more sleep. good people, ethical people by the behavior
May your hearts and minds find rest, around them. How does an Enron happen?
It happens because the culture around us
says that making money is more important
than acting ethically. So what are the values
“What are we teaching and what are that we are teaching through our behavior
we learning?” here at WUU? How do our faith
There was an article the UU World in development programs assist us in living
September that caught my eye, it is called the kind of lives we want to live?
“How to Raise a Mensch: Cultivating your I look forward to exploring with you
Child’s Ethical and Spiritual Growth” by some answers to these questions!
Debra Haffner. If you want to read the Blessings,
article you can find it here: Margaret
The article talks about how as parents, we From the President
want our children to be good people, to live The church year has kicked off with a
ethical lives that are engaged in the world, BANG! The strong start was the LFD
to give back and be in service to the weekend with Rev. Sue Sinnamon and
community. Many of us in fact seek out wonderful participation of the people who
and join Unitarian Universalist braved Hanna to come out on Friday night
congregations for help in instilling values, and/or Saturday. The feedback from
to reinforce what we hope we are teaching Friday's session was invaluable and is
at home. available on our website. On Friday night,
Rev. Sinnamon reiterated the fact that paths in the Memorial Garden and
WUU has a chance to take a leading role in mulching around shrubs and trees to keep
the Thomas Jefferson District by putting equipment away and retain moisture. We
Lifespan Faith Development at a forefront might need to apply that moisture first if we
in our programming. So far we're breaking don’t get rain. Meanwhile, we have been
records in sign-ups for covenant groups replacing the roses in front of Parker
(co-ed, female and male groups). Many House. The grounds committee meets with
returning and new children signed up for tools in hand, this time we can also use your
children's LFD programming last weekend wheelbarrows. See you there, Virginia
and also held their first regular children's Banks, co-chair.
choir practice that Joelle is leading. The
environmental group continues to be active
Williamsburg Climate Action
and we've heard that there are some
"green" items being offered on November
October 13, 7:00-9:00 pm,
1st at the Raucous Caucus auction. On top of
all this, there's the regular art group, yoga,
Live Off Five, informal book clubs and “Building a Drought
more. The Board used to be involved in all Tolerant Lawn” will
decisions facing the church—those big and be presented by
small. Policy Governance means that we WJCC Master Gardeners
leave the day-to-day decisions to the Bob Winters and Rich Strenkowski. Learn
executive team and, like most corporate how to reduce weeds, improve soil, use less
and non-profit boards, we will provide water and save money. All are welcome! For
more of a "helicopter" view for the more information, contact 253-8029 or
executive team to operate on a day to day check out www.williamsburgclimate.org.
basis. Maybe this means we're not as visible
in terms of managing the small stuff, but Raucous Caucus -Auction 2UU8
believe me, we're working hard on setting If you're going to "serve as a
direction and looking towards the future. delegate" at the Raucus
Are we there yet? Not at all. But, are we Caucus on November
thrilled at the direction we're taking at 1st, you'll want to get on
WUU? You betcha! line to buy your tickets
when they go on sale - Sunday, October 5th.
Grounds Day Auctioneer Richard Wolfe will have the
The next grounds day will be crowd going wild for the items being
October 11 and the rain date auctioned and the DOG Street Rhythm
will be October 13 (Columbus Kings are already practicing their patriotic
Day). If you have ideas about songs. "Campaign Chairs" Ruth and David
what needs doing or would like to Hopkinson and their many volunteers are
volunteer, please come on out. You can also combing the land for items and services to
contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org. Work we auction - what do you have to donate? The
expect to do includes moving mulch to the deadline for donations is Oct 19th. Ruth
Hopkinson is hot on the campaign trail but worship and the three “T’s” (time, talent,
will stop to take your call—you can reach and treasure) in the life of the congregation.
her at email@example.com.
The Campaign junkies in our Notes from the Stewardship Team
congregation can tell you that the auction, if
It may seem a bit early to talk about the
you've never been, is not only the largest
2009 Annual Stewardship Campaign,
fundraiser for WUU, but it is a party you
but actually it’s almost a year-around
won't forget. We hope you'll make plans to
process. Months before the appeal to pledge
come! You'll be able to bid on dinners at
monetary support for next year’s activities,
fellow WUUs' homes, vacation homes,
the planning and budgeting for facilities
garden design consultations, artwork, UU
and programs must be worked through.
B&B's in DC and Lancaster, PA and more!
Only then can the campaign team help
It's a great way to socialize, support our
inform members and friends of the
wonderful WUU and wear your finest Red,
particulars - the aspirations and
White and Blue!
expectations and prospects that are
possible. And the price tag. The campaign,
New UU Orientation of course, then provides the opportunity to
October 12, 19 and 26 make it all happen through our
Are you considering membership? Join us commitments of financial support.
for the 3 session new member orientation. You can help shape this year’s
The first meeting will be on Sunday, campaign. We welcome your thoughts on
October 12, from 4–6 pm at the home of our how to promote a growing sense of
co-ministers. Snacks will be served. commitment and generous spirit within our
Sessions 2 & 3 will be in the Sanctuary congregation. Our aim is to link the
following the second service (12:30–2:30 practice of committing your dollars for the
pm). This is a great way for us to get to WUU mission more closely with a personal
know each other better and spend some sense of spiritual growth by doing so. With
time exploring whether WUU is where you this in mind, two questions to ponder:
belong. To sign up, contact Jacqui at Do you have any suggestions for a more
firstname.lastname@example.org or the WUU effective and spiritually evocative
office at email@example.com. Childcare is campaign?
available upon advance request. Please let Would you join the campaign team in
us know of any special dietary needs. some capacity?
Session 1: Oct 12 “Our Beliefs” - UU
We’d like to hear from you! Our email is
history, sources and principles
Session 2: Oct. 19 “Our Values” -
Discussion of UU religious education and
values, and of our Covenant and Mission
Session 3: Oct. 26 “Our Spiritual Needs
and Growth” - Discussion on the role of
Spotlight on: Johnsmith Financial Update
Johnsmith brings his soulful Fiscal Year 08-09 August
lyrics to the Live off Five! Pledges: $19,938.83
Concert Series on Friday, Fund Raising: $105.00
October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Singer- Outreach Plate Collection $954.00
songwriter Johnsmith employs All other: $965.62
gently beautiful story telling Total Income: $21,963.45
sung with a smooth and lovely Expense: $32,358.21
voice in his contemporary folk music. As a Net: ($10,394.76)
solo performer Johnsmith totally opens up
and bares his genuine self on stage. Night Fiscal Year 08-09 Year to date
after night, CD after CD, he brings it all on
full heart. Johnsmith’s CD Break Me Open
Fund Raising: $321.00
was top 5 in the Folk DJ’s 2006 most
played CD of the year. Tickets are $10 for Outreach Plate Collection $2,250.00
adults, $5 for students. Please join us for All other: $6,465.38
dinner before the show (6:00 p.m.)—just Total Income: $70,975.49
$5!! Dinner reservations are required; Expense: $59,546.32
email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Net: $11,429.17
Dave Banks, Treasurer
It’s That Time Again—Almost!
For years we did a mitten tree for FISH
Is WUU a Green Sanctuary?
until we found what they
really need is socks and The goal of the Environmental Stewardship
underwear—they give one Group is to promote better stewardship of
pair of mittens, three pairs the Earth. We share the vision of the Green
of socks and three sets of Sanctuary Program: “a world in which all
underwear to each person. So, bring NEW people make reverence, gratitude, and care
socks and underwear (infant to adult, men for the living Earth central to their lives.”
and women) to the FISH barrels and I will We appreciate that our congregants take
see that your contribution gets under the this vision to heart in their own lives. Are
Christmas tree this year. we doing the same in our church life? In all
Thanks, Dolores Moyer aspects of congregational life, whether
working in offices, committees, grounds
and facilities maintenance, or social
Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday begins gatherings, please be aware of your impact
at 12:01 am Friday, October 10 and ends at
on the environment.
midnight on Monday, October 13! For
details: ESG Meeting dates (all on Monday at 7 in
Fahs) are: October 6, 20 and 27.
Buy from Amazon.com? Exploring Nature and our 7th
Don’t forget—use the Amazon box on the Principle. Saturday, October 18, 10:00
WUU website and WUU earns money on am-noon. We will explore the woods of
every dollar you spend! Greenhaven (Moyer farm) and see what is
happening as the year wheels from summer
into fall. Group activities for adults and
Thank you, WUU!
children of all ages plus time to sit quietly
On Monday, September 8, Dolores and
under a tree, breathe deeply, and listen.
Wayne Moyer delivered 67 jars of peanut
Please register with Wayne Moyer and
butter to the food pantry at FISH. These
provide your email address if you did not
jars were donated by members of our
visit us last spring. We look forward to
congregation in response to the increased
seeing you come sunshine or light rain.
need for food assistance by our neighbors.
Racial Awareness Group meeting
The Racial Awareness Group will meet in
the Sanctuary building on Friday, October Spiritual Practice
3, and Friday, October 17, at 7 pm. The (Lifespan Faith Development: Adult
purpose of the Racial Awareness Group is Program)
to work to break down barriers between the What is a spiritual practice?
races. All who are interested in this work Why is it important?
are welcome to attend. For more How is it done?
information, please contact Cindy Schuler, In this "hands on" experiential class we will
Joseph Mazilli and Peter Mellette at answer these questions and others as we
email@example.com. explore a variety of classic spiritual
practices: deep relaxation and breathing,
Association Sunday Dinner music and silence, prayer, Qigong
October 12, 2008, 6:00 pm, Sanctuary (grandmother of Tai Chi), singing, mindful
Come watch video highlights of the UUA eating, contemplation of sacred texts,
General Assembly and have small group intentional listening, altar building,
conversations about the proposed changes observation of nature, and dream work. If
to the UU 7 Principles & Purposes. Read at you would like to deepen your sense of the
www25/uua.org/coa. This site also provides spiritual or learn new forms of spiritual
a way for you to respond directly to the practice, then this is the class for you.
UUA about these proposed changes. Dinner Thursdays, Nov. 13 & 20, Dec. 4 & 11, 7-9
will be provided for a suggested donation of pm in Sanctuary
$5/person. If you like to cook for large Advanced registration required, deadline:
groups, please contact Jennifer (220-6830) Sunday November 2, Class size: 12
to volunteer your culinary skills. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put the program name in the subject line,
and include names, email addresses, phone
numbers and any special needs or concerns.
Tell us if you will need childcare. If you Our Newest Members
don’t have email, call Jill Whitten at 220-
9975 to register. If you have questions,
please contact the program leader, David
*For phone numbers and personal email
addresses, please check your directory. If
you don’t have one, stop by the
membership table in the lobby. It is our
policy to NOT publish them in documents
that go on the Internet.
On Sunday, October 5, the offering will be
directed to Avalon, which is a local
organization committed to intervening in
and reducing the incidence of domestic
violence and sexual assault. In order to
achieve this mission, Avalon offers shelter,
advocacy, education and support to
survivors and fosters awareness and
prevention by educating the community.
Please join us in supporting Avalon.
Dolores and Wayne Moyer delivering peanut butter to FISH. Rev. Jennifer
was also there and handed over a check to FISH for $1100.oo.
October 2008 Program and Events Calendar
Sunday services at 9:15 and 11:15; Lifespan Faith Development at 11:15
1 Wednesday 16 Thursday
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal-S 7:15 pm Board meeting-FH
2 Thursday 17 Friday
7:30 pm Worship Associates-A 7:00 pm Racial Awareness Film
3 Friday 18 Saturday
4 Saturday 19 Sunday
5 Sunday 9:15 & 11:15 Worship Services-S
9:15 & 11:15 Worship Services-S 11:15 am LFD all ages-FH, PH
10:15 am Adult LFD program-S Share the Plate—mortgage pay down
New member Sunday 12:30 pm New UU orientation-S
Share the Plate collection 20 Monday
4:00 pm Animal Blessings 9:30 am Art day-FH
6 Monday 12:00 noon newsletter deadline
9:30 am Art day-FH 6:00 pm WCAN small group
7:00 pm WCAN-FH 7:00 pm ESG-FH
7 Tuesday 21 Tuesday
8 Wednesday 6:00 pm WCAN small group
5 pm Yom Kippur 6:30 pm Silent Meditation-S
9 Thursday 22 Wednesday
All day Yom Kippur 7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal-S
7:15 pm Executive team mtg.-FH 23 Thursday
10 Friday 7:30 pm Membership Comm.-FH
6:00 pm Dinner 24 Friday
7:30 pm Live Off Five concert 25 Saturday
11 Saturday Grounds Day 26 Sunday
12 Sunday 9:15 & 11:15 Worship Services-S
9:15 & 11:15 Worship Services-S 11:15 pm LFD all ages-FH, PH
10:15 am Welcoming Comm. FH 27 Monday
11:15 am LFD all ages-FH, PH 9:30 am Art Day-F
12:30 am Finance Comm-PH 6:00 pm WCAN-FH
4:00 pm New UU orientation 7:00 pm ESG—FH
6:00 pm Association Sunday 7:00 pm Dream group-PH
dinner 28 Tuesday
13 Monday Columbus Day 6:30 pm Silent meditation-S
Rain date for Grounds Day 7:30 pm Jazz Band practice-S
9:30 am Art days-FH 30 Thursday
6:00 pm WCAN -FH 31 Friday Halloween
7:00 pm ESG-FH All day Auction set up
14 Tuesday FH=Fahs House; PH=Parker House
5:30 pm Social Justice-PH S=Sanctuary; L=Library; A=Activity Room
WILLIAMSBURG UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS
3051 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Harold Philipsen, President
Preston Moore, Co-Minister
Jennifer Ryu, Co-Minister
Margaret Sequeira, Director, Lifetime Faith Development
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