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Side with Love, February 10-11!

On the weekend of February 10-11, we will host special guest, Christopher D. Sims, Rockford, IL.  Christopher is a poet and spoken-word artist, human rights activist and community organizer.   His visit to Valdosta is sponsored by the Betty Derrick Accepting Difference Project Fund of the UU Church of Valdosta.

Summary of events:

Saturday, Feb. 10, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., meet-n-greet at UU Valdosta, 1951 East Park Ave.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:45 a.m., UU Sunday Service, Christopher D. Sims,  “What Dr. King’s Work has for the Black Lives Matter Movement and Charlottesville.”

Sunday, Feb. 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Open-Mic Night at Jessie’s Restaurant, 205 N. Ashley Street, downtown Valdosta.

More detail:

On Saturday, Feb. 10, we will host a meet-n-greet at the church, 1951 East Park Ave., from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Christopher will share briefly about his experience in Charlottesville during the white nationalist rally last August.   Please bring finger foods to share with our guests.

On Sunday morning, Feb. 11, Christopher will provide the message at our Sunday service at 10:45 a.m., “What Dr. King’s Work has for the Black Lives Matter Movement and Charlottesville.”

Sunday evening, Feb., 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Christopher will host an Open-Mic Night at Jessie’s Restaurant, 205 N Ashley Street, across from the courthouse in downtown Valdosta.  Admission is free.   Jessie’s Restaurant will have beverages available to purchase.   If you have poetry or other spoken-word pieces you would like to share during the open-mic, please send an e-mail to    Please invite your friends, family members, and other groups to these events – all are welcome!

More information about Christopher D. Sims:   On Facebook:

Music with poetry –

Side with Love is an interfaith public advocacy campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Association that promotes respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  Join us at UU Valdosta to observe Thirty Days of Love for the month of February 2018.  

Mission Statement

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Valdosta is committed to building a community of acceptance and love, where all people may strive for intellectual, moral and spiritual enlightenment. We offer a place to celebrate life’s passages and to join in social action on behalf of local and global communities.


I believe every inch of America is shared,  from sea to shining sea.

I believe we make it holy by who we welcome and by how we relate to each other.

 …Eboo Patel

Betty Derrick Memorial Lecture and Discussion, Friday October 6, 7:00 p.m.

The speaker for the 3rd Bettery Derrick Memorial Lecture and Discussion was Dr. Dennis Marks and his title was “The Unity of the Universe.”   Dr. Marks is a long-time friend of Betty Derrick and is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, Valdosta State University.  Dr. Marks is also chair of the Literacy program for the Rotary Club of Valdosta and chair of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library project, which is sponsored locally by the Valdosta Rotary Clubs.

Interfaith Pride Service was held Sunday, Sept. 17, 2:00 p.m.

Dr. A. J. Ramirez was the guest speaker at this year’s Interfaith Pride Service (photo above).   Her topic was “Love Across Borders,” incorporating her work as a therapist at LEAF Therapy Services and the impact of love and understanding in a time of emotional uncertainty.  The Interfaith Pride Service is held in conjunction with the South Georgia Pride Festival.


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Betty Derrick Memorial Lecture – and Discussion!

The first Betty Derrick Memorial Lecture and Discussion was held on Friday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. at the UU Church!   Dr. Leslie Sandra Jones, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Valdosta State University, was the first guest lecturer and facilitator.  Her topic was “Untangling Biological Diversity from the Social Construction of Race.”

The second guest lecture held on March 3, 2017, was a panel of political scientists, who discussed “Election 2016.”  The panel included Dr. Dick Saeger, Dr. James LaPlant, and Dr. Bernard Tamas, all from the VSU Political Science Department.

Betty Derrick, who passed away in March, 2016, was the coordinator of our book group, among other activities here at the church.   In honor of her life devoted to science, learning, and social justice, we plan to start this lecture series at the church.     These evenings will be patterned after the book group discussions, but rather than reading a book ahead of time, we will have a guest speaker briefly present a topic and then facilitate a discussion in an informal setting.  Watch this space or our Facebook page for announcements of future lectures.

Obituary for Betty Derrick

50th Anniversary Celebration!

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Valdosta has been involved in the life of the Valdosta community for 50 years!   On March 20th, 2015, we celebrated this milestone with a special service.   Rev. Mary Louise DeWolf, a founding member of UU Valdosta was our guest minister.  Maggie Lovins, Southern Region Congregational Life staff, brought greetings from the UUA.  About 50 people gathered afterwards for dinner, a short program, and cake!

For a full history of the church, please go here.

Living the Welcoming Congregation

UU Valdosta has been named a Welcoming Congregation!

“Living the Welcoming Congregation” is a voluntary program for UUA congregations to deepen their commitment to inclusive practices, ensuring that all people are welcomed through our doors. In 2014-2015, we completed a series of educational sessions and continuing community outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community.  We were notified of our Welcoming Congregation status in the spring of 2016.    Please join us in our efforts to create a community welcoming to all!   For questions, send an e-mail to