For this week’s service at Sunnydale 334 S. Trade Street at 10:30 am on Sunday, October 6, Lyndon Harris will be sharing “The Exuberance of Francis: What a 12th Century Saint Can Teach Us Today.” Please join us as for this reflection and dialogue about the life and work of Saint Francis of Assisi who worked on behalf of the poor and was grounded in a spirituality that honored all living and non-living things.
Please also mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm for the upcoming inaugural CommUnity Coffee House of the Carolina Foothills with Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway and “Deeper Than The Skin” (CommUnity Coffee House page on our web site). After the two very talented, award-winning musicians sing gospel and folk songs about racism and prejudice, they share how their friendship overcame the racial divide, and then the audience gets to share their experiences.
CommUnity Conversations Continue
This Wednesday, September 11, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at The Tryon Depot at 22 Depot Street, Robin Edgar will be facilitating Conversations about Compassion & Forgiveness. In response to the feelings hate and retribution after the 9/11 attacks, The Fetzer Institute initiated a national campaign, “Conversations about Love & Forgiveness,” one of which Robin Edgar facilitated in Charlotte, NC. After four years of conversations, The Fetzer Institute recognized that compassion was a key to forgiveness and initiated “Conversations about Compassion.”
All of our CommUnity Converastions are free and open to the public so I hope you can join any or all of the remaining conversations:
- Weds Sept 11from 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Compassion & Forgiveness with Robin Edgar
- Weds Sept 18from 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Forgiveness for Good with Lyndon Harris and Robin Edgar
- Weds Sept 25from 2:00 to 5:00 pm: Better Angels Depolarization Skills workshop with Del Kimbler will teach the discipline of non-polarizing attitudes and words about the political “other”. (Note: this is a three-hour workshop.)
Our Next Fellowship on Sunday, September 15, 2019
Lyndon Harris will be sharing about “Four Little Girls.” On September 15, 1963, following the forced desegregation of schools in Alabama, four African American girls were killed in the cruel bombing, by the KKK, of the 16th Street Baptist Church. 56 years have passed and we’ve come a long way. But we still have a way to go. In this reflection we will consider developments in civil rights, from the early sixties to the rise of Black Lives Matter and the amazing work of Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative.
President of the UUFCF Board
Join Pam and Charley Rogers Weds, Sept. 4 for Moments Of Truth, a workshop that teaches listening skills and word strategies to repair relationships and build community. Free and open to the public from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Tryon Depot at 22 Depot Street, the session is one of the CommUnity Conversations sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Carolina Foothills. For additional information, call 828-513-0570.
Tickets are also now on sale for Deeper Than The Skin with Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway. You will not want to miss this unforgettable concert that explores friendship, race, and community through music, storytelling, and the spoken word. The first concert in our CommUnity Coffee House series, it will be held on Wednesday November 13, 2019 at 7 pm at the Historic Sunnydale Cabin at 334 S. Trade Street in Tryon. To purchase $20.00 tickets for general seating go to www.brownpapertickets.com.
Peacemaking in the Nuclear Age On August 6, 1945, in response to provocation, the U.S. bombed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and, three days later, Nagasaki killing over 200,000 people. That was 74 years ago yet, every August, we still commemorate those who died, renewing our commitment to world peace and our call to work for a world free of nuclear weapons. On July 11, 2017 the United Nations passed an historic resolution banning nuclear weapons (the vote was 122 – 1), with one nation (Singapore) abstaining. This sounds encouraging — except for the fact that the nine nations owning nuclear weapons chose not to participate. Join us as Lyndon Harris will offer a reflection and encourage dialogue on peace making and solidarity in the nuclear age.
This coming Sunday, July 21 at 10:30, our service will be about Science and Faith in the 21st Century:
The fourth principle of Unitarian Universalism declares a commitment to “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” The history of human progress is born from the emergence of science and reason from the mists of superstition and dogma. But is there a conflict between faith and reason, science and religion? Come join us for a thoughtful investigation of the relationship between science and faith, and share your thoughts about why this is important, and what it means for today.
NOTE: There will be a brief UUFCF Board meeting after the service. All are welcome to attend. Only members can vote.
July 7, 2019
Just What Is Freedom?
Janis Joplin said, “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.” Ernest Hemingway stated in the aftermath of the First World War, “Words like freedom were hollow and abstract.” Sartre declared, “Man is condemned to be free.” A recent chapter in our political history manifested “freedom fries.” But what is freedom? What does it taste like? What is this blessing (or curse)? In the humanist philosophical tradition, humans have free will and moral responsibility to use our free will for the betterment of our communities. How are we doing? Come join in a reflection and conversation about liberty and freedom in commemoration of our national Day of Independence.
This Sunday, May 19, 2018, Lyndon Harris will be sharing “The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Human Being.”
Belief in the dignity and worth of every human being is the first founding principle of Unitarian Universalism. But what does that mean? And how do we do it? This teaching will be a reflection upon the sources for this first principle, and a consideration of its implications for community. Drawing upon experiences of the disenfranchised to assert their rights for self-determination and identity, we will consider ways be supportive as we grow into that “Beloved Community” of Dr. King’s dream.
UUFCF services are held at 10:30 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at Sunnydale, 334 S. Trade St., Tryon. Please do not park in spaces by the Dollar General or your vehicle may be towed.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
President of the UUFCF board
We hope to see you Sunday, May 5 at 10:30 am at our new location at Sunnydale located near the Dollar General Store at 334 South Trade Street in Tryon. Our guest speaker, Rev. Michael Carter will share about Denial, Deception, and Love.
He says, “I was listening to NPR on the way to church one morning, and the conversation (I believe the guest was a writer for the Weekly Standard) turned to how the country is so polarized around politics and culture that no one can agree on what data or facts really mean. The host spoke about the Trump base and how even if they are going against their own interests, it doesn’t seem to matter as long as it benefits the president, and yet many of them are convinced that what they are doing is right. This type of tunnel vision acknowledges only one particular political party and even one particular religion for that matter. What makes us act against our own best interests when it can appear so obvious to others that we are stuck? Let’s explore.”
Please do not park in spaces by the Dollar General or your vehicle may be towed.
We hope to see you Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 am at our new location at Sunnydale located near the Dollar General Store at 334 South Trade Street in Tryon. Please do not park in spaces by the Dollar General or your vehicle may be towed.
Lyndon Harris will share about the “A Kaleidoscope of Faiths: A Conversation about Easter and Passover” The majority of the world’s Christians observe Easter on April 21. The Jewish holiday of Passover begins on Friday, April 19 and continues through April 27. These two faith traditions have had a significant impact on Western culture and history. But what might they mean for us today? Bypassing the conundrum of a resurrected body, the Rev. F. Forrester Unitarian Church of All Soul in New York City approaches Easter by delving into the question that Jesus’ death poses to each of us: “Are we living in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for?” In other words, are we living lives committed to our most cherished principles of dignity and respect, compassion and kindness for all? This Easter will present an opportunity for us to explore and recommit ourselves to our most cherished values.
April 7, 2019
At current location: 835 N. Trade Street
“The Prodigal Son”
(Rescheduled from March 17)
To me, one of the most beloved teachings of Jesus is his parable of the Prodigal Son. In this parable, love and forgiveness abound, even as a disgruntled older son refuses to participate. Some of the details of the story are shocking such as the idea that a Jewish son would be so desperate as to resort to feeding swine in order to survive. But even more shocking is the magnanimous love of a Middle Eastern patriarch for a son who, by any reasonable metric, would be considered disqualified and unworthy. But perhaps the timeless nature on the parable of the Prodigal Son has more to do with our own identification with the prodigal. The experience of loneliness, exile, and hunger are common to many of us at one time or another. Perhaps, like the Prodigal, we’re just trying to find our way home to a table where we are welcome and cherished. What secrets might this parable impart to us modern day prodigals as we seek to find our place in a community where we are cherished? Where our needs are met? Where we are blessed with meaningful work? Where we are able to grow closer to our full potential as blessed human beings? Join us on April 7th, and let’s explore what it means to journey toward “home” together.
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April 21, 2019
At NEW LOCATION: Sunnydale, 328 S. Trade St., Tryon (between IGA and Dollar Store)
“A Kaleidoscope of Faiths: A Conversation about Easter and Passover”
The majority of the world’s Christians observe Easter on April 21. The Jewish holiday of Passover begins on Friday, April 19 and continues through April 27. These two faith traditions have had a significant impact on Western culture and history. But what might they mean for us today? Bypassing the conundrum of a resurrected body, the Rev. F. Forrester Unitarian Church of All Soul in New York City approaches Easter by delving into the question that Jesus’ death poses to each of us: “Are we living in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for?” In other words, are we living lives committed to our most cherished principles of dignity and respect, compassion and kindness for all? This Easter will present an opportunity for us to explore and recommit ourselves to our most cherished values.
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