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Summer R.E. ...for children and adults!
Summernary – a lay summer "seminary' experience
Honduras Group ready to go
Lost-and-found
Faith-to-Action nominations requested for 2014-15


Summer R.E. ... for children and adults!

A summer of learning and exploring awaits us at the UU Church of Columbia, with new learning opportunities for all ages.

We are offering Summer Sunday School for children for the first time in a one-room schoolhouse style, using an environmentally oriented curriculum created by our Green Sanctuary team. We look forward to sharing this exciting programming with your children, and we hope that adults of all ages will consider volunteering for a Sunday to help this new program thrive.

We will also be offering a new adult education series this summer – it’s a bit of an experiment I’ve come up with called “Summer nary: A Lay Summer ‘Seminary’ Experience.” For six Saturdays over the course of the summer, those who are interested may gather to delve deeper into our ministry and heritage. See the next item below on this page for more details.

I look forward to the opportunity to learn and reflect together!

See you in church,
Rev. Molly

[From the June 2014 Searchlight]

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Summernary – A Lay Summer "Seminary" Experience

Would you like the chance to deepen your engagement with your own faith formation, the practices of our shared ministry, and the history and theology of our tradition?

Join us for Summernary, a series of in-depth workshops engaging with the topics listed below. Each workshop will require a reading assignment and a writing assignment, to be completed before the session.

Participants may sign up for as many or as few sessions as they prefer. Each session will be on a Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except Aug. 23, which will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and will include lunch. The cost of $25/session will include the book for that session and lunch. Scholarships are available – contact the minister to apply.

Register by email to Rev. Molly (minister@uuchurch.net), or use the online registration form.

The schedule is as follows:

Spiritual Formation – June 15 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Explore your own spiritual biography, as well as discernment regarding the gifts you possess to share with the world.

World Religions – June 28 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With teacher of religion Courtney VanLacy, participants will seek to understand something of what drives several of the world’s religious traditions.

Unitarian Universalist History – July 12 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Delve more deeply into the history of our rich tradition, using narrative, primary source documents, and biography.

Pastoral Caregiving – July 26 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Discuss how to be a healing presence and how to give ministry amid loss, suffering, and joy as well.

The Liberal Theological Tradition – Aug. 9 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ground yourself in both UU theology and our place in a wider liberal theological tradition.

Preaching & Liturgy – Aug. 23 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants will workshop a sermon they have prepared and discuss the art of preaching and liturgy.

[From the June 2014 Searchlight]

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Honduras Group ready to go

The 17 people who are traveling to Honduras June 12-19 to build latrines and forge deeper relationships with our Honduran sisters and brothers are set to go!

Those going are Paul Byland; Jeremy Duke and Eli Byerly-Duke; Walter, Allie, Gabriel and Leila Gassmann; Chris, Megan and Maddie Hayday; Kristine, Dan, Christian, Sam and Caden Smith; Jackie Verdun; and Sami Baugher.

If you have any used summer children’s clothes, soccer cleats or school supplies to donate, please place them in the designated box in the greeting area or contact Allie.

Thanks for all your support over this past year of planning and fundraising!

Allie Gassmann, Social Action Team
447-3619 or email

[From the June 2014 Searchlight]

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Lost-and-found

The lost-and-found container at the church is located under the coat rack on the main level and is full to overflowing! If you have lost something, be sure to check there soon! The items left in the container on June 30 will be donated to a local charity.

[From the June 2014 Searchlight]

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Faith-to-Action nominations requested for 2014-15

Once again the UUCC Social Action Team is accepting Faith-to-Action Collection recipient nominations for the next church year. Next year's recipients will begin receiving collection awards in September 2014. A total of 14 recipients will be selected for the year and will receive awards by the end of May 2015. The team is accepting nominations immediately and will begin selecting recipients after May 31, 2014. The selection process is expected to be completed by September 2014.

From now to May 31, we encourage recipient nominations from members and friends of the church. Nominations may be made in writing by completing a Faith-to-Action Recipient Nomination Form (Word format) and emailing it to Church Administrator Kathie Bergman or Social Action Team Chair Wiley Miller. The team prefers that nominations be submitted electronically; however, paper forms are available from Kathie or Wiley.

Nominees can be local, regional, national, or international programs, agencies, organizations or efforts that exemplify one or more Unitarian Universalist principles. Final selections will be made by the Social Action Team. Nominations received after May 31 may be accepted and considered, but preference will be given to nominations received before May 31.

When completing the Nomination Form, please remember that the Social Action Team believes brevity is as important as the quality and content of responses. Therefore, please respond within the space provided on the nomination form. Near the end of the nomination form, space is provided for any brief additional comments that you believe might be helpful to the understanding and selection of your nominee. Additional comments are not required, but they will be welcomed if you think they might be of use.

If you have any additional questions about completing the Nomination Form, please contact the Social Action Team Chair Wiley Miller or any other member of the team.

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