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Our mission is to honor differences and to foster peace, justice, and sustainability in ourselves and in our world.
I Don’t Want to Add to the Hate: A Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump
An excerpt from Rev. Deane Perkins' Post-Election Sermon
What I have come to understand in my study of religion is that there are two basic concepts that are germane to all the major world religions. First, “all faiths insist that compassion is the test of true spirituality and that it brings us into relation with the transcendent we call God, Yahweh, Allah, Brahman, Nirvana, or Tao. Each has formulated its own version of what is sometimes called the Golden Rule, “Do not treat others as you would not like them to treat you.” Read the full sermon here. -- Rev. Deane Perkins
Declaration of Conscience of the Unitarian Universalist Association
At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.
In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.
And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.
We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.
As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.
Sign the Statement of Conscience and share with your friends.
UUCB Clothing Sale, May 5 & 6 at First ChurchUUCB will hold an All-Seasons Clothing Sale on Friday, May 5 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Church in Belfast. There will be a bag sale Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The big sale will including articles of clothing for men, women and children. (more)
“New” Interior of Church Building Revealed on TourMore than 75 UUCB members and friends toured the church building after the Sunday service on April 9 to kick off the 2017 stewardship campaign, "Building...all ways." The visitors "oohed" and "aahed" at the spaciousness of the new sanctuary as sunshine highlighted the windows' bright colors and patterns. (more)
Twelve members attend UUA Regional AssemblyDelegates Jacqui Lee and Karen Wigglesworth and ten other active and enthusiastic UUCB members attended the UUA New England Regional Assembly in Woburn, MA, the weekend of April 21 and 22. UUs from across New England gathered for workshops, worship, music, and good conversation and discussion. (more)
Green Sanctuary Encourages Participation in the Food Waste ChallengeDid you know that nearly 40 percent of food is wasted from farm to fork? Cultivating food that isn’t consumed takes a big toll on the environment: agriculture uses half of all land and 80 percent of the freshwater consumed. (more)
Volunteers Needed at Food Cupboard May 4 & 5(4/25/2017) It will be UUCB's turn to help at the Greater Belfast Area Ministerium Food Cupboard on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5. We will pack bags on Thursday at 10 a.m. and distribute them on Friday, May 5 at 8:45 a.m. Please let Dan Avener, firstname.lastname@example.org or 338-5675, know if you can help one or both days.
Cinco de Mayo Festival, Friday, May 5(4/23/2017) CongoLife is hosting a Cinco de Mayo fiesta on Friday evening, May 5, from 6 - 8 in the Co-Housing's Common House. We will provide a delicious meal; you just need to come and enjoy some Mexican food! Sue Cobb is planning the menu, so you know it will be fabulous. (more)
Easter Bonnets and a Special Birthday(4/23/2017) Our first-ever off-site annual Easter bonnet photo, taken at the East Belfast School, with old and new faces, adults and children, children, children. Most Easter "bonnets" lacked flowers and ribbons, but the hats represented the styles of the wearers. How lucky we have been to be able to gather on Sundays at the school during renovations at the church. (more)
Green Sanctuary encourages early orders for Window Inserts(4/10/2017) Are you thinking about ordering some Window Dressers inserts this year? Were you a customer in the past and do you have a friend or neighbor who could use some? Now is the time to sign up at WindowDressers.org ! Orders are being taken for spring measuring. Inserts will be made in Belfast and Searsport in October and November 2017. (more)
Collaborative Read: “Hillbilly Elegy”(4/6/2017) The Collaborative Ministry Teams (CMT) of the UU congregations of Belfast, Ellsworth, and Castine invite you to mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m., when groups will gather for a discussion of our second Collaborative Read, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. (more)
Meals Matter(4/6/2017) After church on March 12, 30 kids and parents from the Primary and Intermediate levels of RE gathered in the kitchen of the EcoVillage to cook meals for the Caring Circle. Families brought ingredients, and teams were formed to prepare the food. Families who were not able to attend dropped off ingredients in advance. What a wonderful collaboration of all ages this was! (more)
Collaborative Ministry Internship: March Activities(3/13/2017) March was a “pile it on” month. In Ellsworth we held eight small-group discussions that will lead, we hope, to the articulation of a new mission statement; I took part in most of them, as did Rev. Sara, Robin Lovrien, and Mary Haynes. (more)
UUCB receives Peace Advocacy Congregation certification(2/12/2017) In January 2013 our church voted on and passed a Peace Statement of Conscience, the first step in our three-year process to become certified as a Peace Advocacy Congregation by the UUA. During these years our church has performed peace activities in each of the four areas required: International Peace; Personal, Domestic and Congregational Peace; Peace Lobbying and Activism; and Military Personnel Support. (more)
Jennifer Howard Introduces UUCB to Helping Hands Family School(2/4/2017) Sunday, Jan. 15th, after church, Jennifer Howard treated the congregation to a presentation which introduced us to Helping Hands Family School, and explained her plans to relocate her pre-school school into the RE classrooms in our newly renovated church building at 37 Miller Street. (more)