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Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Welcome back to Fellowship, Everyone!  Our 2022-23 program occurs each Sunday at 10:15 am.  This Sunday we will be meeting by Zoom only.

A welcoming and liberal spiritual community in Lincoln County, Oregon, since 1984, Unitarian Universalism is a religion welcoming science and reason while honoring mystery and wonder.  Visitors Always Welcome.

Next Service: Sunday, January 29, 10:15am

In Person at the VAC and on Zoom 

Also: Poetry Reading at Don and Ann Davis Park Gazebo, Newport at 2:00 pm

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This Sunday, January 29, join Ingrid Wendt for

Meeting What Comes

 
The public is invited to attend and participate in Newport’s annual William Stafford tribute.

Stafford is honored during January, his birthday month, throughout Oregon, the US, and internationally. He was Oregon’s Poet Laureate from 1975 to 1990. He was a pacifist and conscientious objector during World War II. Stafford’s writing challenges our ideas on patriotism, protest, and peace. Those new to Stafford will find an entrance to his enduring themes.
 
https://www.williamstafford.org/

Ingrid WendtOur featured presenter is Ingrid Wendt, poet, teacher, editor, and friend of William Stafford.

Among her multitudes of accolades and awards, Ingrid has served as Poet-in-Residence at several colleges and has been a three-time Fulbright Professor. Author of five books of poems, she considers herself “a citizen of the world and an activist, whose passions are to protest injustice, wherever she finds it, and to celebrate, and affirm whatever gives our lives beauty and meaning.”
 

 

Music by Rand Bishop

Location: This program will be held in person at the VAC and on Zoom (see below for registration instructions).

 

Also, this Sunday, January 29, join Ingrid Wendt at 2:00 pm for

A Poetry Reading, hosted by Friends of William Stafford.

The event is free.  People are welcome to bring a favorite Stafford poem to share.

Location: The poetry reading will be held at the Gazebo at Don and Ann Davis Park in Newport.  Directions

 

 
 

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For more information about our congregation, contact us by email
at ccuuf.programs@gmail.com or by phone at (541) 224-8818.  Also, see the NUUsletter .
A calendar of our upcoming events is always found on this webpage www.ccuuf.org
Fellowship events will also be announced on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CCUUF.org/

If you use PayPal, CCUUF can now receive your pledge$ via PayPal!  Please note that connecting you PayPal account to a credit card can result in a charge.  Consider connecting to a bank account instead.

In PayPal, use the Send button and type in CCUUF Treasurer or ccuuftreasurer@gmail.com or PayPal.me/CCUUF

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Due to COVID-19 health concerns, our regular Sunday services are both in person and online.  To register for ZUUM meetings, go to https://zoom.us/meeting/register/   

 

January Programs

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This Sunday, January 22, join John Pavlovitz for

Making Peace and Waging War

John PavlovitzThese are times of tremendous relational and societal fracture. The disconnections and divisions are everywhere we look. Where are people of faith, morality, and conscience supposed to stand on days like these? Where is our rightful place as human beings committed to diversity and equity? Does our spirituality mean we are to be in the gaps between divided people, pulling them back together— or are we meant to speak and act boldly even if it means widening those gaps?

Join author and pastor John Pavlovitz for an honest conversation about the pushing and the pulling happening right now.

John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor, storyteller, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. Over the past eight years his blog, Stuff That Needs To Be Said, has reached a diverse worldwide audience, recently passing the 100 million views mark.

A 25-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside of faith communities. His bestselling books include A Bigger Table, Hope and Other Superpowers, and If God is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk which arrived last year.

 

Music by Rand Bishop

 

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This Sunday, January 15, join Brent Burford with Celebrant Virginia Gibbs for

MLK and Letter from Birmingham Jail

 

MLKDr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963 letter from Birmingham jail was a response to an open letter written by eight white Alabama clergy in the Birmingham paper telling MLK that his nonviolent disobedience of the Jim Crow laws was not appropriate and he should stop and only seek recourse through the courts.

His response was essentially “we’ve waited long enough”, it’s been 100 years since the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, this is what Jesus would do, and I was hoping you eight clergy would be allies in this struggle, not my opponents.

The first portion of the presentation will be setting the stage for the letter—the lead up to the demonstrations, the emphasis on a nonviolent response to being beaten and arrested, the intentional emulation of Gandhi’s nonviolent approach, and the aftermath in Birmingham (bombings by whites including the church bombing that killed the four young girls). We will then look at excerpts from the letter from the eight clergy and excerpts from MLK’s response.

Music by Rand Bishop

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This Sunday, January 8, join Mary Ann Beggs for

Brainstorming a Better CCUUF

 

brainstormingPlease join us in person or by Zoom as we come together to brainstorm the direction of CCUUF. I’m sure each of us has an opinion!

Three years ago, reality shifted. For a year, the world stood still as most of us watched from home. For a year, we could not fellowship together in person. Zoom, something some of us had never heard of, saved us. I believe we thrived. Most of us did. Some did not. There are limits to virtual relationships. We are a smaller group today than before Covid. Happily, we can meet together in person again.

We are not the same Fellowship we were three years ago. In some ways, we’re better. Our genuine affection for each other stood the test. We came to appreciate Zoom and have retained it as part of our weekly programs. Our programs have been excellent. The energy on a typical Sunday is engaged, loving, and joyful. That’s the good news and it is very good. Unfortunately, there’s bad news as well. Many of the volunteer positions needed to run a lay-led spiritual group are unfilled, leaving our goals unmet. It’s time to reexamine our goals and ideals for our Fellowship. What better time than now.

So, where do we go from here? What do you want from CCUUF? Don’t be reluctant to chime in. For this one day only, you can make a suggestion without being appointed to a committee!

Music by Rand Bishop

 

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This Sunday, January 1, join us for

A New Year Gathering

 
NewYear2023
 
 
Location: This program will be held in person at the VAC only.

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 Additional Activities and Notes

Our Mailing Address, Website, Newsletter, & Donations:

Donations. Checks may be made payable to “CCUUF” and placed in our donation box or mailed to: CCUUF Treasurer, P.O. Box 111, Newport, Oregon 97365. Receipts will be issued upon request or at the end of the year. For questions, contact info@ccuuf.org 
Newsletter. To contribute activities or announcements to our email newsletter, please contact our newsletter editor CM at editor.ccuuf@gmail.com
Emails. To add or remove your name from the email list for our Fellowship’s newsletters and our Google Groups, please contact CM at editor.ccuuf@gmail.com

Welcoming Congregation. We are a Welcoming Congregation. All are equally welcome regardless of race, background, gender, or sexual orientation.
Website. Our website is at www.CCUUF.org. For questions or comments concerning the website, contact the website administrator at ccuuf.org@gmail.com. 
Facebook. Fellowship events will also be announced on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CCUUF.org/  as well as posted on this website.

–Monthly meeting of the fellowship’s Board of Trustees is usually on the first Monday of the month. Contact our board president at info@ccuuf.org for confirmation of location and of time.

–The monthly UU Ladies Lunch, is usually on the 2nd Thursday of the month in Newport at 11:45 am. The location varies. For location and confirmation of time, contact info@ccuuf.org. RSVP requested if you are going to attend so that a reservation can be made for the proper number.  *** We are not having Ladies Lunch events at this time. ***
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–The monthly UU men’s breakfast is usually on the third Friday of the month in Newport at 9:30 am. This month it is Friday, July 23rd at the Pig ’N Pancake in Newport at 9:30am. Please RSVP to ccuuf.org@gmail.com.

Oregon UU Voices for Justice.  Our congregation is a member of Oregon UU Voices for Justice. Contact or join Oregon UU voices on social issues at: http://www.uuvoicesoregon.org/.

–CCUUF recognized by the UUA as a “Welcoming Congregation.”   Since 2012 Central Coast  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has been recognized by the Unitarian  Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA)  as a Welcoming Congregation.