• Our Mission

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    We are a vibrant, inter-generational faith community, inspired by thought and spirit and grounded in love.

    Our mission is to honor differences and to foster peace, justice, and sustainability in ourselves and in our world.


     

    Welcome

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    By exploring this website you can learn more about Unitarian Universalism and the ways in which our church expresses and practices UU principles and values. Our community engages in many activities and programs, for both adults and children, whose purpose ultimately is to “deepen the spirit and help heal the world.” Everyone has their own spiritual path in life and our church supports that journey by providing a community that is safe and open. We are a “free” church in that we do not tell people how to think or what to believe; rather, our church brings “individuals into a caring, trusting fellowship.” Moreover, Unitarian Universalism is a progressive, liberal faith that engages actively in peace and social justice work.

    We invite you to attend a service, meet our minister, members and friends. We encourage you to ask questions, enroll in a class, and explore how we find meaning in our lives through Unitarian Universalism.


  • “Soul Matters Packets” – What are they and what can they do for you?

    In a faith tied together by principles and choice not by doctrine and creed there are times to wonder what is it we share at our deepest level? In the Christian churches, often regardless of denomination, there is a shared liturgical calendar marking the rhythms of the year, the scriptures read and stories told. A Baptist in Ellsworth can attend a church in Belfast and know exactly what will be discussed and what readings they will hear. Perhaps that is a good thing or not, but it does bind together all of those who share that religious tradition. A bond of deepening and familiarity is possible among them. (more)
     

    A personal journey – What is denominational service?

    Thursday, October 5th, I began my first experience working at the denominational level, as a part of the UUA’s nominating committee. Eight of us, gathering at the UUA’s national headquarters in Boston, spent an intense two and a half days evaluating applications, clarifying needs, working on job descriptions, and working through the national bylaws. (more)
     

  • Report on the Collaborative Ministry Team

    As we enter into our third year, the CMT continues to seek ways of coming together and deepening connections with our sister congregations.  Going forward, we plan to continue our schedule of sponsoring two films and two book discussions per year. The CMT (Collaborative Ministry Team, with representatives from Ellsworth, Castine, and Belfast) has chosen "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson as our next Common Read. (more)
     

    UU Youth Program for 2018 – UUA United Nations Office Intergenerational Spring Seminar

    As most of you know, each year our Youth take on a service learning project, which in past years has culminated in regional, national, and international pilgrimages – to Mano en Mano in Milbridge, to New Orleans and then Safe Passage in Guatemala.   (more)
     


  • Around and About UUCB


    Upcoming Dates

    January 22  -  "Luau" at church from 6:00-8:00 pm, Hawaiian garb.
    January 25  -  CMT Book Discussion: "Just Mercy," 5:30-7:00 pm
    January 28 - 4th Sunday Potluck, after the service; bring something warming to share!
    January 29 - Program Council meeting

    Welcome New UUCB Members, Allan Harriman and Sarah Lozanova

    Monthly Theme:  Intention
    Our church-wide theme for January is “Intention.”  A packet for reflection will be e-mailed to all members and friends and is also available in the Member section of this website.
     

    Clothing Sale Report

    (1/12/2018) We are happy to report that after adjusting to our new space in various ways, the 2017 Clothing Sale was a success-bringing in around $2,500! First of all, we are grateful for all the quality donations which help make our sale so appealing.  (more)
     

    Intern newsletter, Amy Fiorilli

    (1/12/2018) Hello All, I am filled with gratitude this morning. I am looking out onto a gray and snowy landscape, buffered by the twinkling Christmas lights and warm greenery decorating my space. I am aware of what a privilege it is to pursue this calling I love and engage my life with ever deepening connections to you and to all that is truly holy and sacred. (more)
     

    Building Leadership Connections at UUCB

    (1/12/2018) Our second Program Council (PC) meeting took place on November 20, and with soup and love we dove into several wonderful discussions. Our check-in reflected on places we had seen and experienced “Welcome” in our congregation since our last PC meeting where that was the focus.  After two inspiring short videos, including one of Maya Angelou talking about how Love Liberates us, we discussed the characteristics of spiritual leadership and the ways that changes the “How” of what we do. (more)
     

    The solstice sun rises on Miller Street!

    (1/12/2018) On the evening of December 16, amid a forest of greenery and the twinkling of thousands of tiny icicle lights, our mistress of ceremonies Gemma Scott welcomed one and all to our 21st annual Winter Solstice celebration, held for the first time in our own sanctuary. With music and dance, poetry and play, we drove away the darkness and invited back the light. (more)
     

    Coming of Age Retreat

    (1/12/2018) On December 2-3, 2017, seven Coming of Age (middle schoolers) and their seven mentors attended our first COA Retreat of the year. During the retreats, the children get to watch a movie, have ice cream sundaes, and partake in four workshops that focus on: their beginnings (Stardust), their community (Coral), the beauty within them (Geode) and the legacy they wish to leave behind (Fossil.) (more)
     

    Renewing Welcoming Congregation Status

    (11/25/2017) The Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast has an exciting opportunity to collaborate with our sister churches of Ellsworth and Castine to renew our Welcoming Congregation (for LGBTQ et al folks) status. A lot has happened in the world since our first go around with this and there is so much more information for us to learn and share. (more)
     

    A word from our Collaborative Ministry Intern, Amy Fiorilli

    (11/2/2017) This month has sped by! I have now met with my fabulous Intern Committee. I am so lucky to have these five souls from each congregation, to support me, challenge me and help me navigate the incredible adventure that is this internship. (more)
     

    Welcoming ourselves and each other at Program Council

    (11/2/2017) With the goal of deepening our connections to one another, the folks who attended Program Council on September 25 explored what it means to “be a people of welcome.” Sixteen or so people joined together to share a meal (not a potluck!) and to engage on the theme of “Welcome,” suggested by the Membership committee. (more)
     

    Sarah Hewitt, our new Administrative Assistant

    (11/2/2017) UUCB is pleased to welcome Sarah Hewitt, our new Administrative Assistant. Sarah comes to us with a wealth of experience running her own business. We are very excited to welcome her!  Her office hours are Mondays and Fridays from 10:30 – 3:30. Please be patient with her as she learns the ropes! There are a lot of details to making our church hum! (more)
     

    Fundraising Events and Opportunities

    (10/6/2017) Our brief church history is full of moments when many members have come together to make volunteer tasks part of our spiritual practice. Please consider helping with one or more of the following events: Selling books on Amazon, the Nov. 4th Clothing Sale, or the Bed and Breakfast program. (more)
     

    Compassionate Communication Class Offered This Fall

    (10/5/2017) Lifespan will be offering a class on Compassionate Communication (also known as Nonviolent Communication) this Fall, and I will be facilitating it.  We did this introductory course six years ago; periodically it helps to repeat it.  This is especially true when our country and world seem so divided, and when the language that is used in public tends to promote incivility and even violence.  I find NVC helpful and  persuasive; in fact, it is, for me, a form of spiritual practice. (more)
     

    Become a UU B&B Host

    (8/31/2017) Have you been wondering if there is an easy way to make a big contribution to our church that also expands your spiritual connections in the world? There is--through the UU Bed and Breakfast program. We are looking for hosts to welcome traveling UUs to their homes and our area of Maine. If you have a spare bedroom and a willingness to share that space with visitors, this is your gig. (more)
     


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