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Sunday, February 4 – Rev. Fred Howard, “Why I’m a Unitarian Universalist”

Why am I a Unitarian Universalist? If you google that question, quite a few interesting, amusing, and provocative answers pop up. Though I’ve hinted at my answer many times to the congregation through the years, I’ve never answered the question directly.  After nearly eleven years as your minister it seemed about time I did.   This morning I’ll take courage in hand and attempt to do so.  As part of the presentation, I hope to include answers from a few other brave souls.

Sunday, February 11 – Christopher D. Sims, “What Dr. King’s Work has for the Black Lives Matter Movement and Charlottesville”

Christopher D. Sims has been a Unitarian Universalist for fifteen years. As a lay minister and a spoken word poet, he’s taking his race relations experiences and expertise to Unitarian Universalist places of worship to speak for the black experience, and to educate and inform our congregations about what is taking place in our communities across the country. He’s a published poet who is a member of the Green Sanctuary Advisory Board and a former committee member of the UUA people of color affiliate organization DRUUMM, which stands for Diverse, Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries. Christopher lived in Fairhope, AL, but has recently returned to his previous home of Rockford, IL.

Sunday, February 18 Rev. Fred Howard, “What Should We Do with Family Drama?”

Whose family isn’t filled with drama? How do we even begin to extricate ourselves from it?  Is it even possible without cutting ourselves off entirely?  Tough questions I’ve been exploring the past eleven years doing family systems work as part of the Leadership in Ministry program at Columbia Seminary.  I’m also introducing this theory to our congregation through our study of the book Extraordinary Relationships.  I wanted those who couldn’t attend the class to get a glimpse of what the “systems” approach is about.  This morning I’ll attempt to do so.

Share the Plate Sunday: Share the Plate Sunday Offering: Donations to the plate this Sunday, not otherwise designated as pledges, will go to the South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness. SGPEH partners “with federal, state, local, and private organizations…to provide services and support to poverty-stricken and other disadvantaged individuals.”  More info: 

Sunday, February 25 – TBD! Watch your email and Facebook for announcements.