UUFCF Meeting on August 18, 2019

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 week at UUFCF

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.

THis Week with UUFCF

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 week at UUFCF

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!

Robin Edgar

President of the UUFCF board

Rev. Michael Carter is guest speaker on Sunday May 5

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.

 

 

April 21, 2019 Meeting at our new Location

 

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.

Upcoming Services

 

 

April 7, 2019

At current location: 835 N. Trade Street

 

“The Prodigal Son”

(Rescheduled from March 17)

Lyndon Harris

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”

Lyndon Harris

 

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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UUFCF services are held at 10:30 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at