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                                                  FLD Connections
                                     E-Newsletter of the Florida District
                                                                  March 18, 2008

 In This Issue                                       A Note from Our District Executive
 Note from Rev. Kenn Hurto                           According to UUA studies, only 1 in 20 people has ever heard of
                                                     Unitarian Universalism. It is easy to surmise of those, many still
 Note from Connie Goodbread
                                                     confuse us with the Moonies and Unity. And still others think of
 Florida District notes                              only as "oh, you're the people that don't believe anything." We
                                                     need to change that.
 Peacemaking Workshop

 New on YouTube                                      We have not done a good job of letting our communities know
                                                     that we offer a true religious alternative to Calvinistic
 UU Choral Festival                                  orthodoxies, secularized consumerism or sports addictions. Here
 Bumper Stickers                                     are some simple steps you can do to remedy that a bit:

 Quick Links                                               q   Ensure your web site is up to date! Be sure it has your
                                                               address and phone number easily found on the home
       Florida District UUA Website                            page.
                                                                    r Add to your web site section: "Especially for Those
           YRUU - Florida District
                                                                       New to Unitarian Universalism."
                UUA Website                                         r Add a simple: "What Our Congregation Offers,"

                                                                       and list there your primary programs and mission
      Church of the Larger Fellowship                                  statement.
                                                                    r Be sure there's a "How to Find Us" link to a map.
       Unitarian Universalist Service
                                                           q   Be sure you have a listing in the yellow pages. Yes,
                 Committee
                                                               people still do let their fingers do the walking.
                                                           q   Invite a neighbor or friend who is not a Unitarian
 Contact Us                                                    Universalist to come to your congregation one Sunday.
 District Executive                                            Then take your friend to lunch afterward and ask, "What
 District President                                            are your impressions?"
 Program Consultant                                                 r If five members do this, you'll know immediately

 District UUA Trustee                                                  what you're missing in terms of welcoming guests.
 District Office                                           q   Give out UUA pamphlets on our faith. Particularly good is
                                                               the little, red wallet sized one, "Our Beliefs" by David
 Calendar Notes                                                Rankin [available in bulk from UUA bookstore, or see
                                                               www.floridadistrict.org for the text and make your own].


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                   March                                       Mail a copy to every guest the week after they've come to
 29 - Mapping a Culture of Peace                               visit you.
                    April                                  q   Have a good sized ad in the Saturday religion pages, with
 5 - Light the Fire! Growth Workshop                           a succinct tag line to identify your congregation.
 5 - Basic Youth Advisor Training
                                                           q   Be reliable: if you say worship or another event is going
 18 & 19 - District Annual Assembly
                                                               to begin at a certain time, do so. If the office is supposed
       Complete District Calendar                              to be open during certain hours, be sure someone
                                                               answers the phone -- don't rely on answering machines.

                                                     But, perhaps most importantly: We need to practice
                                                     articulating our faith. One of my frequent questions is: "Were
                                                     there a law against Unitarian Universalism, would there be
                                                     enough evidence to convict you of your convictions?" We will be
                                                     better at letting people know we are here, if we know and say
                                                     clearly why we are already involved. It takes practice to hone
                                                     your "tell a stranger what they need to know in three minutes or
                                                     less." I suggest your worship include a variation on "This I
                                                     Believe," as so ably demonstrated on National Public Radio. And
                                                     what could be more important to building our sense of
                                                     appreciation for each other than sharing our most heartfelt
                                                     convictions in the safety of our fellow members? By going deeper
                                                     with one another we will go more broadly into the community.

                                                     So, let's go, stop hiding our light under bushels, embarrassment,
                                                     indifference, or ineptitude. Tell our story. It is a wonderful one,
                                                     much needed in today's world.

                                                     Blessings,
                                                     Rev. Kenn




 Note from Acting Lifespan Program Consultant
 Congregational Adult Advisor Training
 The Naples congregation http://www.uunaples.org will be hosting a Basic Training for
 Congregational Adult Advisors on April 5, 2008. This is a training designed specifically to help
 develop strong adult advisors for congregational youth groups.

 We will begin at 9:00 AM with a light breakfast and community building from "Deep Fun". We will
 cover the basics, boundaries, confidentiality, program models, networking and the importance of
 helping to build the youth ministry in your congregation. Lunch will be served. There will be no
 childcare. The training will end at 4:00 PM.

 Please see the flier and registration form on the Florida District website at http://www.
 floridadistrict.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/advisor-training-april-2008-naples.pdf

 OWL Training Cancelled

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 The scheduled Our Whole Lives Training for leaders in 7th-9th grade module April 4 @ 7:00 PM -
 April 6 @ 3:00 PM at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater has been cancelled.


 District Annual Assembly
 The Florida District Annual Assembly will be on April 18 -19, 2008 (please note that this is a date
 change) at the Gainesville Fellowship. See http://www.floridadistrict.org/cms/wp-content/
 uploads/2008/02/daa08-flyer-and-registration-final.pdf for complete program and registration
 information.

 DREs please remember that we are all gathering for the whole day on Friday beginning at 9:00 AM.
 Childcare and food will be provided.

 We will share part of the day with the ministers and participate in the program being presented by
 Paula Cole Jones. We will also have time for us to talk as a group about our jobs and/or calling. This
 is an opportunity for all of us to get to know one another and talk about the importance of the work
 we do.

 I really hope to see you all there.

 Please mark your calendars:
 General Assembly, June 25 -29, Ft Lauderdale, FL
 http://www.uua.org/events/generalassembly/index.shtml .
 RE Week, July 6 -11, The Mountain, NC
 www.mountaincenters.org
 All Ages OWL, August 21 -24, Atlanta, GA
 The flyer is not up yet but will be soon on http://www.msduua.org/home/
 RE Visioning, September 20, Sarasota, FL
 cgoodbread@uua.org

 Connie Goodbread

 Florida District Reminders

                           Light the Fire! Growing Our Unitarian Unviersalist Presence in Florida, A
                           Workshop on congregational development featuring Rev. Kenn Hurto will be held
                           at the UU Congregation of Naples on Saturday, April 5th, from 9:30am to 3:00pm.
                           Complete details are available at http://www.floridadistrict.org/cms/wp-
                           content/uploads/2008/03/light-fire-flyer-april-08.pdf

 District Annual Assembly:
 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, April 18 - 19, 2008
 How Strong Is Our Faith? Spiritual Growth in a Multicultural World with Paula Cole Jones
 Assembly Flyer has been mailed to all congregations and is also available online at http://www.
 floridadistrict.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/daa08-flyer-and-registration-final.pdf

 An Invitation to a Community Peacemaking Conversation



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 Mapping a Culture of Peace in Palm Beach and Surrounding Areas

 Presented by the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice
 Sponsored and Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton
 Sponsored by the Florida District of the Unitarian Universalist Association

 Saturday, March 29, 2008, 8:30 am to 3 pm
 The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton
 2601 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33433 561-482-2001 www.uufbr.org

 Facilitated by Dr. John Frank, Organizational Development Consultant and Professor of Public Policy
 at the University of N. Florida.

 Peacemaking is more than protesting war. For peace to be real it must become part of the context
 of the culture. It must be in the structures and systems of our society, creating a global web
 of peacemaking.

 The Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice is a community of local peace, faith and environmental
 groups working together to bring about an emerging culture of peace in Florida, advancing a more
 just, humane, non-violent and sustainable world.

 FREE; Lunch is a $10 donation
 For information, dietary needs and childcare contact Judy Kraft, 561-271-9111, jkraft@hyperband.
 com

 ON-LINE REGISTRATION: To register, please respond to the short survey at http://www.diacomtalk.
 com/FCPJComDialogues.html . Please mail by 3/20 your $10 donation for lunch as a check payable
 to UUFBR, designated for lunch, to UUFBR, 2601 St. Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton, FL33435. Please
 include your phone number.

 Gainesville Minister on YouTube!

 A new video of a recent sermon by Rev. LoraKim Joyner, co-minister of the UU Fellowship of
 Gainesville, has been posted to YouTube and is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?
 v=YWgg6NpDbt4

 UU Choral Festival News




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 The First Unitarian Church of Orlando was the site of the Second Annual Florida District Choral
 Festival on March 8-9, 2008. The fellowship was great and the music was glorious!

 The choir performed these pieces during the worship service:
 "Reflections of Peace" by Linda Spevacek
 "River of Peace" by Jamie Sterrett
 "A Gaelic Blessing" by John Rutter

 For additional photos and more please see http://orlandouu.org/content/view/483/160/




 New Bumper Stickers Now Available!

 Bumper stickers with the new UUA tagline are available for $2 each with a
 minimum purchase of 10. The bumper stickers are 15" long and 3.75" tall. They
 are very eye-catching, with bright green and blue text on a white background. To
 see a color image and to order, visit www.uua.org/marketing/congregational .




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