Announcements (January 2014)

Meditation and Buddhism classes.

Classes:
Everyone wishes to enjoy peace and tranquility in their daily lives. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will be offering classes at UUFP Monday evenings at 7pm in the RE area. Drop-in classes include chanted prayers, meditation and Buddha’s teachings presented for the people of our modern world. Fee: $10 (half-price special $5 for UUFP members). Everyone welcome!  For more information, contact the Vajrayogini Buddhist Center through their website at: http://www.meditationinhamptonroads.org/

Meditation:
2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the Sanctuary at 6:30pm. The Three Jewels Meditation Group, a new Meetup.com group, is a chance for people to get together and discuss dharma teachings and then meditate. Sponsored by ARE. No fee but donations encouraged. Everyone welcome!  For more information, contact UUFP Administrator, Mary-Elizabeth Cotton.

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Winter Game Nights on the Second Saturday of January, February and March.

This event is sponsored by the Membership committee. Contact person: Rosalee Pfister

Rummikub? Blink? Bananagrams? Balderdash? What’s this all about? Come out Second Saturday of the month and find out at Winter Game NIght! During the long dark nights of winter, the membership committee has planned some fun nights for us all to gather together to laugh, to strategize and maybe get a bit silly! We will be playing a variety of games from the quiet thoughtful games to the louder group games. There will be childcare provided to give parents a break and a chance to play games with other adults as well as zones in the church to accommodate for different types of games. This event will meet in the common area of the main building. It will begin at 6:30 and end at 8:30pm. All are asked to bring a snack or drink to share and a favorite game if you have one. Plus, each month there will be a drawing to win a game to keep, thanks to Alice and Bob Smith’s generous donations. Please contact Rosalee if you are planning on coming and especially if you will need childcare.

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Compassionate Communication Practice (Third Tuesdays)

Everyone who has taken a Compassionate Communication class with Bob and Alice Smith are urged to follow-up by attending practice sessions.. These sessions will be held Tuesdays January 21, February 18, and March 18 at 7:00 p.m. in RE space.

Review these two questions: What is alive for you? What would make your life more wonderful?
Remember the four steps: Observation, Feelings, Needs and Requests.

Please bring your Feelings, Faux Feelings, and Needs lists
Enjoy these opportunities to hone your skills in this new language..

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Fall Orientation Workshop: Sunday, January 19

The Fellowship’s next Orientation workshop will be held on Sunday, January 19. This is a program for visitors as well as existing members of our congregation who want to learn more about our chosen faith and our beloved community. Whether you’re new to Unitarian Universalism or not, the orientation is strongly recommended prior to making the commitment to join, since it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the Fellowship as well as to get to know some of our other members.

The class will briefly cover the background of both Unitarian Universalism and our Fellowship, but the primary emphasis is on what it means to be a member, the various activities in which you might want to participate, and the ways in which our congregation transforms lives.

We will start after the second Sunday service with a great lunch at about 12:15 and finish the workshop by3:30! Childcare will be provided if requested (please give a 2 week notice). If you have any questions about the Orientation, contact Rev. Andrew Millard or Bobbie Schilling, Membership Chair, at membership@uufp.org.

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Fifty and Better

Friendship,Food, and Fun !
Our first get together of 2014 will be on January 16th at 12:30. If you are fifty or older we welcome you to join our potluck lunch. Please call Esther for details at 369-1858 .

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Adult Religious Education Schedule

1/5 Hinduism–Foundational Texts and Teachings
Hinduism, one of the world’s oldest religious traditions.

1/12 Hindu Gods and Devotional Practices
Learn about Vishnu, Shiva and other gods.

1/19 Gita to Gandhi
Liturature and leaders in Hinduism.

1/26 Li: A tale of two political systems
In this provocative, boundary-pushing talk, Li a Chinese investor and political scientist asks his audience to consider that there’s more than one way to run a successful modern nation.

2/2 Attia: Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?
Attia, a young surgeon, challengies what we think we know about nutrition and obesity.

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Goddess Circle will create symbolic collages for the New Year

January 5th, 2014

This is an open discussion circle for both men & women.

Goddesses are chosen from various world religions as a starting place for group discussion.
When: 1st Sun.of each month after the 2nd service (12:30-1:30)
Where: in the Caum room Why: potluck, fellowship and fun.
Please contact goddesscircle@uufp.org with any questions.

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