Events & Announcements
This year’s SUUSI catalog has been released and is ready for download at suusi.org. The theme for 2019 is “Sacred Spaces.”
July 14-20: The 2019 Southeast Unitarian-Universalist Summer Institute will be held from July 14-20 on the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee, NC, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. The catalog lists our hundreds of workshops, nature trips, and sports & games activities available, as well as this year’s lineup of worship leaders and concert hour musicians.
Most people prefer the electronic version of the catalog, but if you’d prefer a paper copy, you can order one through Amazon for $11.45.
Did you know we have a new way to sign up as a volunteer teacher for our RE program? We do!
Click below or copy and paste the following link into your browser and follow the steps provided:
Just remember, if you haven’t volunteered with us before, we will need to complete a cursory background check prior to your volunteer date.
Knitting Ministry Do you knit or crochet? Are you interested in joining a knitting group with others from UUBRidge?
A knitting ministry is a group of friends that will meet occasionally to knit prayer/comfort shawls and lap blankets for UUBRidge Members and friends.
Why are they called “prayer” shawls? Because they hold our “prayers” of positive energy for the person who receives a shawl.
Do shawls make a difference? YES! Recipients in other congregations say things like “when I go for chemo I take my shawl and feel that I am not alone.” Another comment “thank you for the beautiful shawl. It is a reminder of the comfort and support that Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge have given me.”
If you are interested, please contact Kathryn Treanor at Outreach@uubridge.org.
Sunday Services Begin at 10:30 a.m.
On behalf of the entire congregation, I bid you welcome to the Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge.
We gather with our doubts as well as our convictions, with our fears and our hopes, with our failures and our aspirations, with our sorrows and our joys.
Whether you are joining us today for the first time, or you’ve been with us since this congregation’s beginnings in 2008, you are welcome here.
Whatever the faiths you have now – if any – or whatever your heritage, you are welcome here.
Whoever you are and whomever you love, you are welcome here.
However you arrived at this beloved place, you are welcome here.
All Services Start at 10:30 AM
April 7: For All That Is Our Life, with Rev. Russ Savage
The unfolding of spring reveals the wonder of new life, as well as life which was simply dormant during the long darkness of winter. Let’s examine the wonders of our lives, both the good parts and the not-so-good.
April 14:: Passover Story, Songs, and Symbols: How Ritual Preserves Culture and Values. with Ira Chaleff
This talk will explore the symbols and rituals of Passover and how they relate to Christianity, Islam, African American freedom movements, the Dalai Lama’s efforts to preserve Tibetan culture and to Unitarian Universalist principles.
The hope is to deepen understanding of how ritual supports & preserves the history and aspirations of people everywhere.
April 21: Season of Hope, with Rev. Russ Savage
This year’s confluence of Easter and Passover lifts up the message of hope in both these great religious traditions. It is hope after all that sustains us in dark times as well as good ones.
April 28:: Supporting Our Neighbors in Need Through the Food Pantry, with Mimi Forbes & Gwen Bates
The Food Pantry Clients include over 200 families, ranging in ages from infants to seniors, providing them a variety of food products and non-food items. The Pantry purchases a variety of items and receives many donated items that keep our shelves fully stocked. In addition, we deliver 150 food packages each Friday to the schools and CCLC to ensure children have food at home over the weekend. We also connect clients to other resources in the County including the Benevolent Fund, Social Services, Little Washington thrift shop, etc.
All are welcome. Entrance is the stairs/ramp on the right as you face the building. A social hour follows the service. Contributions of finger food are welcome. Dress is casual.
An adult is available on request to provide care for your infant or toddler during the service. If your child is restless, feel free to move to the comfortable lounge area through the double wooden doors.