John Pavlovitz The Activism of Gratitude

By Sunday, Thanksgiving will be well over but our giving of thanks cannot be.

Gratitude isn’t just a nice idea or a word to put on pillows and profile photos, it is critical to having peace in our present circumstances, to clarifying what matters to us, and to propelling us into the good work of being human in difficult days.

Let’s cultivate gratitude together and watch the way it changes us and the world around us.

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Please Become a UU@UN Member

Last year, our Fellowship was a Sixth Principal Congregation for the
second time. In order to our status, we need to hold a service about
the UN, which we will do on Sunday, donate a gift from PEACE
Fellowship, which we will, as the funds to pay for a speaker for the
service go to that, and have a percentage of our Congregation donate
$60 to be members of the UU@UN (or $30.00 if you are Retired), which we hope you will do.

You can make checks for that purpose out to UUPF and write in the subject Read more

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John Pavlovitz Electing Hope When It All Hits the Fan

We’re all worried about it. Tuesday, November 8th is the place our minds and hearts are fixed on, because it represents more than just politics. It is about our individual and collective values, convictions, and dreams. Right now our energies are understandably directed and our hopes pinned to this singular Tuesday. But what if things don’t go our way? What if the news is bad? Where will hope be on that Wednesday morning, if the worst- case scenario plays out? Let’s talk about it.

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PEACE at Vote for Climate Action October 3

On October 3, Andrea Correll, Nancy Locklin, Elizabeth Norval and Cindy Thomas held up the “We are all in the same boat” sign as part of the Vote for Climate Action, Amen prayer chain. From 5 pm until almost 6p.m., we were part of a line of more than 131 people who stood along Wade Avenue. We joined Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle for the 2nd Annual Climate Prayer Chain for the Earth. We formed a human prayer chain on the sidewalks of Read more

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Information Regarding our Youth Religious Exploration Classes

In our Youth Religious Exploration classes that take place during the service on Sunday, we are following the curriculum provided by Soul Matters.

During the month of September we are discussing how Unitarian Universalists are a community of Expectations.
Our themes for the months ahead are:
October: belonging
November: attention
December: awe
January: integrity
February: resilience
March: wisdom
April: liberation
May: thresholds
Please join us to explore these ideas.
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Reverend Rebecca Jaine Suzik The Secret People Turning the World: Jewish Mysticism for Our Times

There are many concepts and teachings from the Judaic faith tradition offering wisdom and truth amidst the breaking and remaking world. Jewish mysticism is here to inspire us and contemplate our role in the healing and restoration of humanity and our hurting planet.

 Interfaith and Interspiritual Minister Reverend Becky will lead us to discover secrets and ideas that might just help us persevere and even thrive during these uncertain and ever-changing times.

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John Pavlovitz 8 Billion Funerals. Grief Trauma and the Collateral Damage of Being Human

To live here is to lose something.

Every single human being is moving through this life while mourning a letting go: of someone they loved, their old story about God, their former image of country, the earlier mythology of their family, their belief in the goodness of people, the disconnection of a treasured relationship, of their sense of optimism about the future.

The loss here is universal. If we lean hard into this truth, we can trace the source of our trauma, we can courageously face our own Read more

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John Pavlovitz Agnostics With Suspicions

What happens after we die?

We all live with this fundamental question hovering in the periphery of our minds.

A fortunate few of us find absolute answers in our theology, others in Science.
Most of us however, live somewhere in between, with far more mystery than certainty. What if there was something in between: a way of being rooted in the here and now, while still courting our better angels?
Whether we think we go to Heaven, Hell, or the dirt when we die, can we find holy common ground now?

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Reverend Rebecca Jaine Suzik A Reverent Reverend

A Reverent Reverend: The Currency of Community and a Path to Interfaith Ministry with Reverend Rebecca Jaine Suzik

Rebecca Jaine Suzik has been a member of UU PEACE Fellowship for the past decade and currently serves as the Religious Youth Director. Joining and serving our lay-led Fellowship prompted her realization and calling as an Interfaith and Interspiritual Minister. Last month she became ordained after completing an intensive interfaith and interspiritual seminary Read more

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Rev. Patty Hanneman The Spirit of This Place

Our culture has largely succumbed to the individualistic set of responses to the gift of life, easily forgetting questions of the common good.  Progressive religion, at its best, seeks to bind us to the whole, to one another through our covenants with one another, and to multi-generational thriving.  What does it mean to gather together, to be a “congregation” and to approach religious community as a way of learning to balance giving and receiving?

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John Pavlovitz The Pulse of One Heart

These are hazardous days for human hearts. The wear and tear on our humanity is not normal. We are not built for this relentless urgency, this scale of grief. The risk is that we succumb to it all and stop caring altogether and we can’t afford to do that now. It’s important to protect our hearts so they can remain pliable enough to still break for the world so that we can be agents of healing—but how do we do that? We do it together.

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