Services for November 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula
November 2nd: “Navigators USA — Nature, Inclusion, Community”
Every first Sunday of the month, our Share-the-Basket partner is Navigators USA Chapter 58, the UUFP’s very own co-ed, inclusive scouting group. But what is Navigators, and why does it matter? The leaders of Chapter 58 will speak on the importance of this program, how it can impact our youth and our community, and how it reflects our Unitarian Universalist principles.
Nicole Lorsong has been attending the Fellowship since moving to the area in 2013, and was one of the founding leaders of Navigators USA Chapter 58. Taking time off from a career as a registered nurse to homeschool her two elementary-school-aged children, Nicole enjoys time outdoors, baking, many do-it-yourself projects and community work.
Parker Appel started attending the Fellowship after signing on as a leader of Chapter 58. A lifelong scout, he enjoys camping, coffee, kayaking and writing letters. Parker hopes one day to work in a museum or outdoor setting, with a focus on diversity and accessibility in educational activities. Parker currently spends his time babysitting and volunteering.
Adam Balsley has been attending the Fellowship since earlier this year and is excited to be the newest leader with Chapter 58. In his spare time, he provides geospatial technical support and business process improvements to our regional water utility. Adam especially enjoys experiencing Nature and learning about our world with his wife and their two daughters.
November 9th: “A Purpose Worth Pursuing”
Sophocles’ play Philoctetes (409 BCE) tells the story of a wounded soldier and his complex relationships with others. During the last decade it has been performed to help medical and military personnel to focus on the physical, psychological and spiritual wounds of warriors. What light does it shed on our Fellowship’s calling to support veterans, military families and others who seek spiritual wholeness?
November 16th: “LOVE Changes the World!”
Last Valentine’s Day, two dozen people, and a majority of them from the Fellowship, gathered at the Newport News Courthouse to Witness for LOVE! This event, like many others across the Commonwealth, was coordinated by People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, a state-wide movement for justice founded in 2005. Let’s celebrate that marriage equality is now recognized in Virginia, but also remember that there’s still plenty of work to do!
Rev. Andrew is pleased to share the pulpit with Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline, President of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. A native of Michigan, where he served as a local and county elected official, Robin earned his M.Div. from the Episcopal Divinity School and his Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary. From 2003–2013, he was Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond. Identifying as a spiritual activist for social justice who builds bridges across social and religious divisions, Robin co-edited Disrupting White Supremacy from Within and is the author of articles on sexuality, anti-racism and theology. He has been married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt, LCSW, for seventeen years, and tthey are grateful for three daughters and two sons-in-law, two glorious granddaughters, and Cocoa, their standard poodle.
4:30pm on November 16th: Transgender Day of Remembrance
Join us for an early evening service marking the sixteenth annual, internationally observed witness of and resistance to violence based on bias against transgender people. We’ll begin in the Sanctuary for some music, a brief reflection and the reading of names before lighting candles at sunset and processing outside for a time of silent vigil.
November 23rd: “A Guest at Our Table”
From Fourth Sunday Soup Socials to the Thanksgiving Dinner, from next month’s Festival of the Season to April’s Passover Seder, as well as many regular groups and programs that include potlucks or meals, we are a congregation that loves to share food and companionship together! In gratitude we remember these and other gifts of our lives and embrace these opportunities to live into our commitments to justice and compassion.
Special music will be offered by the UUFP’s ChorUUs!
November 30th: “Making Life New”
Despite our best intentions, we sometimes get stuck in places we don’t want to be. What matters most is how we frame these situations. Are they life sentences or passing stages? The awareness that life can always be made anew creates a space for hope and resilience in times of difficulty. Intern Chris and Rev. Andrew will offer their reflections in this service for Advent Sunday.
Special music will be offered by the UUFP Winds!