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This Week at UUFP

  • Virtual Halloween Party! UUFP will be hosting a virtual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Kids time at 6:00 – 6:45 pm Teens & Tweens Party will start at 6:45- 7:45 pm. All are welcome. Numbers are limited; REGISTER NOW at “registration”. Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula. For more information, email dre@uufp.org.
  • Let's Stay Connected! UUFP is now offering On-Line Check-In (Monday and Wednesday Only) via Zoom, at 11:00 a.m. Please drop in to let us know how you’re doing, to let us know what you need help with, to share good news or sad news, or just to chat. Join us here or Dial 1-646-558-8656 (Meeting ID: 841 4786 9284).
  • Fiber FUUN is held every 1st and 3rd Mondays on-line via Zoom, at 7pm. Virtual gathering of the Fiber FUUN group - a subset is now mobilizing to sew masks. To join, see the link on the calendar. For more information, please contact fiberfuun@uufp.org
  • Water Communion Month! Please join us in-person for the “Embodied Ritual” of pouring your water into our collective bowl by coming to the Fellowship during one of these times:
  • Wednesday 10/21: 2pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 10/22: 11am to 2pm, 5pm to 7pm
  • Friday 10/23: 11am to 6pm
  • Saturday 10/24: 11am to 2pm

Weather permitting, we'll do this out front of the Sanctuary building. So bring a few ounces of water from your home, wear your mask, and we'll hold our (physically distanced) Water Communion as a sign of our connection to one another even now!

  • “Reflect-Back” Discussion Group - Wednesdays at 7pm via Zoom Unitarian Universalism has a long tradition of encouraging individuals to rely on their own experience and discernment. Many congregations provided time during the Sunday worship service itself, after a minister’s sermon, for members to “talk back” to the pulpit. While the tradition has fallen out of favor in most larger congregations, there remains a strong impulse to apprehend, reflect, criticize, deconstruct, reconstruct, and internalize a message, making it one’s own — and strengthening our bonds of fellowship in the process. If you missed the Sunday service, this might be a good way to catch up! To join in visit ReflectBackWednesdays or more information, contact minister@uufp.org
  • Sip and Social Thursday! We’ll gather informally (and virtually) via Zoom on Thursdays at 4 p.m. We invite you to please join Rev. Andrew for tea (coffee, or hot chocolate, or whatever you prefer) to check in with one another and chat. Click https://uuma.zoom.us/j/384426773 to join us via Zoom!
  • Men's Writers Group every Fourth Thursday of the month, at 6:00 p.m. via "Zoom" click Mens-Writers-Group to join or Dial 1-646-558-8656 (Meeting ID: 976 8059 4005) Passcode: 932791 For more information, contact menswriting2@uufp.org
  • First UU Richmond's memorial service for the Rev. David Hicks MacPherson will take place via Zoom on Saturday October 24th at 4pm. Please register here https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrf-qpqTkoH9aGNwJ6xEhfDWGEeGFLkJ5d to receive the Zoom link for the service and join us to celebrate Rev. Dave's life and the impact of his ministry throughout (Unitarian) Universalism.
  • Women’s Drum Circle every Fourth Saturday of the month, at 7:00 p.m. via "Zoom" to join click Womens-Drum-Circle or Dial 1-646-558-8656 (Meeting ID: 959 3950 9949) Passcode: 344925 For more information, contact womensdrumming@uufp.org.
  • REGISTER NOW FOR VIRTUAL SOCIAL JUSTICE UNIVERSITY Please register to attend Social Justice University virtually (it would have been at CVUU). The Fellowship, through your Social & Environmental Justice Steering Committee is collaborating with the Hampton Roads Legislative Collaborative Table which is sponsoring this annual event where you will learn about critical social justice issues that we will be visiting our state legislators about in October and November. Senator Mamie Locke will be the keynote speaker. Register by clicking on http://bit.ly/SJU2020! Let's together, cause change towards social and environmental justice in Virginia!
  • Upcoming UUA workshops: The Leadership Development Committee would like to invite you to a series of free workshops presented by the UUA. They are held on the second Tuesday of each month from now until May and will cover various topics such as stewardship, dismantling white supremacy within a congregation, and shared ministry. If you are interested in signing up please contact the committee at leadership@uufp.org or register at https://uua.wufoo.com/forms/z1kfa6r40qhfefm/ .
  • The Book Club is held on every Fourth Monday via "Zoom" at 7:00 p.m. Join here at TheBookClub or Dial 1 301-715-8592 US (Meeting ID: 990 8470 8484 Passcode: 006448 For more information, please contact bookclub@uufp.org.
  • Zoom Encounters of the UU Kind: The "Leadership Development Committee" (LDC) is trying something that will not call for leadership, development, or a commitment longer than about 35-40 minutes. We want to have some Zoom Encounters of the UU Kind. Meetings to get to know each other better or to meet members that are not well known to us. To do this we propose to have small (5 to 8) group zoom meetings by invitation. These would last less than 45 minutes and would feature topics that are not political, not social justice, and not religious. A member of the LDC will be convener and moderator. The format will begin with a brief check-in just so we all know the latest in each other’s lives. Several topics will have been listed in the invitation and the group will pick one of those to talk about. Topics will be things like: favorite hobby, favorite trip, an interesting book, etc. For more information, contact Meg Glenn-Albiez, LDC member; galbiez41@gmail.com
  • UU the Vote at UUFP: UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray has stressed that "UU the Vote" is our #1 priority. "Faith. Love. Action. Together." and "#VoteLove – #DefeatHate" are the motto and slogan for the campaign.
    • Absentee voting in Virginia starts September 13. Please find your voting hours and locations at https://www.elections.virginia.gov/
    • You can register to vote until October 13. Details at the Virginia election website.
    • UUFP will be helping with voter registration on October, as well as sending postcards, offering rides, and phone banking. Contact Sandra and Pam at uuthevote@uufp.org.
  • Polling and Early Voting Information
    • Newport News (two locations) Contact 926-8683
      Where: City Hall, 2400 Washington Ave.
      City Center, Fountain Plaza II, 700 Town Center Dr.
      When: City Hall: Monday- Friday from 8:00-5:00 (Wednesdays in October, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm).
      City Center: October: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 – 5:00, Monday and Wednesday 11:00-7:00
      Both offices will also be open on Saturday, October 24, and Saturday, October 31, from 9:00-5:00.
      *Ballot drop boxes will be available the same dates, times, and locations listed above for in-person, early voting.*
    • Hampton (two locations) Contact: 757-727-6218
      Where: 101 Kings Way. Hampton
      1919 Commerce Drive. Hampton
      When: September 18th thru October 31st Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      *Boxes are not yet decided*
    • Poquoson (one location) Contact: 757-868-3070
      Where: 500 City Hall Ave. Poquoson
      When: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:.30 p.m.
      Additional hours Saturday October 24th and 31st
      *There will be boxes for absentee/early ballots at each of the precincts on election day*
    • York County (two locations) Contact: 757-890-3440
      Where: 5322 G.W. Memorial Highway. Yorktown
      6614 Mooretown Rd. Yorktown
      When: September 18th thru October 31st Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      Additional hours Saturday 24th and 31st, Closed on October 19 for Yorktown day.
      *There will be boxes at all the precincts for early/absentee voting on election day*
  • “Ride to Vote” Early or on Election Day UUFP is offering no-cost rides to election polling locations on the Peninsula, now through October 31st. If you or someone you know need a ride to the polls, please contact 757-598-1627 to reserve a pick-up. Calls are taken between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. In order to ensure your reservation, please give a 24 hour pick-up notice. The following information is required: *Full Name *Contact Number *Address *Polling Location
  • "I Can't Breathe" Sessions: The Social Justice Committee is facilitating Zoom sessions every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. and every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. for the rest of June to help us process the deaths of George Floyd and many other People of Color. The sessions will address BlackLivesMatter, Ending Police Brutality against Blacks, and Ending White Supremacy. All are welcome. We are facilitating these as Deep Listening sessions at first, like our Fellowship Circles. That is, we all listen respectfully with no comments or suggestions while each of us speaks in the safe, loving place that we create together in our Zoom sessions. In Community, Robin van Tine, Chair Social Justice Committee. Please join us via Zoom at bit.ly/2zGXGdg or for more information, contact socialjustice@uufp.org.
  • Volunteers are needed to help with the mowing and weekly trash take out at the Fellowship Building. ALL HELP IS APPRECIATED. Please contact Roy Schilling at grounds@uufp.org or the office building for more information.

Upcoming

  • "Goddess Group" Pop! Goes Goddess Group: Discworld: Our October 4th Goddess Group meeting takes us to the incredible universe of Terry Pratchett. The Discworld books are full of amazing, astounding, and downright unusual characters. We’ll look at how some of Pratchett’s female characters contribute to the themes, motifs, and general mayhem of the series. When: Sunday, October 4th, at 12:45 p.m. Where: "Google Meet" to join click meet.google.com/rzz-xffd-tob For more information, please visit OctoberGoddessGroup or email GoddessGroup@uufp.org

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