Services for October 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
October 6th: “C-OK?”
We’re familiar with the adage, “Without a vision, the people perish.” So what is our vision — of the world, of our community and our place in it? How does what we see determine the role we will take in shaping the future?
Rev. Suzy Cothran is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) serving as Campus Minister for United Campus Ministries at Christopher Newport University. She finds that working with emerging adults in this context is invigorating and rewarding! She is a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond VA and Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville TN. Prior to coming to CNU, she served for twenty years as solo pastor for small-membership congregations. Rev. Cothran and her husband, Skip, have two adult sons, Josh and Grant. They enjoy RV traveling, sailing and their two bichons, Hope and Joy.
October 13th: “Come out, come out, wherever you are!”
October is National Coming Out Month. What does Coming Out mean to persons of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community? What does Coming Out mean to a straight person who is an ally to LGBTQ people? What does it mean, especially in Southeastern Virginia, for a person of progressive, liberal or no faith to Come Out? How can our faith communities be safe places for people to Come Out?
Rev. Robert Coats received a BA in History from Virginia Wesleyan College, a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School. Rev. Coats has been associated with the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) since 2005, most recently serving as Pastor of MCC Boston. Rev. Coats also served for nearly three years as a Commissioner for the City of Cambridge MA on the city’s GLBT Commission.
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The choice of topic for the following pair of services by Rev. Andrew was won in last year’s Goods and Services Auction by Janet Gecowets.
October 20th: “The Church of Last Resort?”
Journalist Lisa Miller wrote that Unitarian Universalism is “where you go when you don’t know where to go.” And the Southern Baptist Convention told the Supreme Court that if explicitly Christian prayers were removed from government meetings, then what’s left would be “a state-sponsored Unitarian [Universalist] church.” But why should we be the church of last resort …
October 27th: “The Church of First Resort!”
… when we can be the church of first resort? Unitarian Universalism could be at the top of the list of religions where people know they can find uplifting worship and music, outstanding religious exploration for all ages, faithful witness for progressive values, tireless advocacy for justice, and, above all, a loving community where we tend our own souls by caring for one another!
Special music will be provided by some of the UUFP’s talented musicians!