THE BEACON:  January 7, 2018 "Fire Communion"
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January 7, 2017 Service: Fire Communion

Please join us at UUCF on January 7th at 11am for a Unitarian Universalist tradition: Fire Communion!

The Fire Communion helps us to put in perspective the joys and sorrows, the changes and transitions, the ups and downs of the previous year. During the ceremony, participants are invited to write down words, or a phrase, to sum up what they wish to release for the new year. They then come forward to burn that piece of paper. Child care is available during service. Fellowship, refreshments, and conversation continue following the service. You are welcome here!

Our Service Coordinators: 
Andrea Poole currently serves as President for the UUCF Board and is a member of the Sunday Services Committee. She is also a stay at home mom, and an environmental and social justice activist with such groups as Climate Parents and Moms Rising. She and her partner, Mike, live in Fayetteville with their three children.

Susan Gyaben has been a Unitarian Universalist for over 20 years, attending UU churches in the six states where she has resided. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Ghana, West Africa in the early 90s. Susan has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a keen interest in topics of health. Susan is a member of the Sunday Services Committee. She and her family live on Fort Bragg, NC.

  • On-going: UUCF collects toiletries for Fayetteville Urban Ministries. Donations welcome. 
  • On-going: Wednesdays at 6:30pm is Religious Exploration for Adults, hosted by Kent Smith at 115 Hale St, Fayetteville with coffee, refreshments, and conversation. Children welcome for independent play. 
  • Volunteers Needed! Want to help coordinate services? Coordinators are needed on January 14th and 21st!  
  • Child Care Volunteers Needed: Please consider volunteering for child care as we continue to search for a candidate for the position. 
  • We welcome Cape Fear Indivisible as our newest partner in Social Justice for 2018!
  • Sunday Services Meeting: Our next Sunday Services meeting will be after service on January 14th. We will be planning services for March-June. 2017 Summer Services in July & August will focus on each of the 7 Principles, one per week, with the 8th meeting ending in a summer potluck. 
  • Feb. Board Meeting - It's a big one! Child care interviews and Bylaw Updates - Our next board meeting is on Feb. 11th after service. After interviewing child care candidates, we will be formally reviewing and updating the Bylaws. PDF and print copies of the bylaws are available for all members who wish to have input. This will be the first official update of board positions and bylaws since 2008. Please plan accordingly for this exciting meeting in our growing congregation!
  • Feb. Potluck: Our next potluck is Feb. 25th to celebrate Feb. birthdays and special occasions such as anniversaries. We hope to have a monthly potluck celebrating special occasions as a new tradition!
  • 2018 Fiscal Year Pledge Drive starts in March.
  • Congregation Annual Meeting - May 7, 2017
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We are hiring!
UUCF is hiring for a child care/children's faith development position, ages birth to 12 years. This is a paid position. Time commitment is 1.5 hours on Sundays (September-June) and approximately 3 hours of preparation/training per week
Email us at: or call: (910) 920-0347 to apply or refer a candidate. Current and non-members of the congregation are welcome to apply!
Update: We have several candidates and are inviting them to attend services in January before formal interviews at the Feb. board meeting. Candidates must come to a service and attend a child care session with a member of the congregation monitoring, and stay for conversation and fellowship to follow. Formal interviews will take place in an open format at the Feb. 11th board meeting, prior to Bylaw editing and all are welcome to attend. Only candidates who have attended a service will be invited to interview. Parents are highly encouraged to attend the open interview and stay for the vote to add their voice to the discussion after the candidates leave. We will either vote to extend an offer or vote to keep looking. 

The candidate must be willing to train in UU curricula for Children: 
- Tapestry of Faith (free program)   - OWL (Our Whole Life) training, paid for by UUCF. 
The ideal candidate:
will teach and nurture within the respects of the UU principles, has experience in child development/education, and is/agrees to become certified and educate themselves in OWL/other paths of UU Faith Development.
Social Justice & Community
We support these community organizations:
Breaking Rag  - Cape Fear Indivisible 
Cumberland County Foster Care - Fayetteville NOW
Fayetteville P.A.C.T. - Fayetteville PFLAG
Fayetteville PRIDESustainable Sandhills
Transgender Safe Haven - Quaker House - More Info

Transgender Safe Haven Support Group

Support Group Meetings are Saturdays at 2pm. 
Hotline: 315-400-0453
Contact: Storm Silvermane  Learn More

Note: January 6th meeting is cancelled.

Clean Energy Summit: March 9 & 10, 2017
Interested in joining the UU-led Stewardship of Earth Committee? Join this Sunday. 

Women's Rally on Raleigh
Saturday, January 20 at 9 AM - 1 PM
More Info
Cape Fear Indivisible is arranging Carpools: Link to Carpool Sign-Up
Community Cafe Conversation
Hosted by the City of Fayetteville
Thursday, Jan 11th, 6pm at Kiwanis Rec. Center.
January Monthly Meeting
Sunday, January 14th, 2pm at Revolution Coworking, 100 Hay St. Fayetteville
More Info
NOW Blue Stocking Salon: Poverty
January 27 at 2 PM - 4:30 PM at Revolutionary Coworking More Info
January Meeting
Tuesday, January 16 at 6pm   More Info

UU Around the World

UU World News: Highlighted Article: Year in review: UU World’s most-read stories of 2017
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Our Guiding Principles of the UU Faith

1st PrincipleThe inherent worth and dignity of every person.
2nd PrincipleJustice, equity and compassion in human relations.
3rd PrincipleAcceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
4th PrincipleA free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
5th PrincipleThe right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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