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October 6, 2013 @
"Let the Mystery Be"
Reflections on the "first"
source of our living tradition,
"direct experience of that
transcending mystery and
wonder, affirmed in all
cultures, that moves us to a
renewal of the spirit and an
openness to the forces that
create and uphold life" drawn
from the experience of
(Margaret Fuller and Ralph
Waldo Emerson) and our own
personal encounters with
mystery, transcendence, and
the feeling that we are all part
of something larger than
ourselves as we stand in awe
of the Universe, Life, and All
To view UUFR’s
visit uufr.org and
click on UUFR
Donation Forms Are Due
This Sunday, October 6
Gumbo! Jambalaya! Red Beans and
Rice! Bread Pudding!...... and many more New
Orleans-style dishes! And what Mardi Gras
would be complete without a King's Cake. Our
"Party Gras" will begin at 6:00 on Saturday,
October 26, with a sumptuous dinner and lively
music. Tickets are on sale now for $10 (find the
guy in the funny hat), but they will be $15 after
October 20. Child care will be provided, but we
need you to register for that by Oct. 20.
Right now, top priority is for all of us to
submit the donation forms for the items that we
will sell at this Annual UUFR Live
Auction. Donations forms are due October 6, so
we will be able to provide you with a catalog of
all items by October 13. When you visit our
www.uufr.org website, and click on Special
Events, you will find lots of details and you will
be able to donate on-line, or print a donation
form to mail or deliver.
At UUFR, the headquarters for Mardi
Gras planning is our bulletin board, where you
may buy tickets, submit donation forms, sign up
to help with food prep or cashiering, and find the
answers to your questions.
This is the most FUN event of the UUFR
year. (Just ask someone who has been
there.) It is also our biggest fund-raiser, so let's
get those donation forms turned in.
Healing with Music Led by Rev.
Karla Brockie and Yuri Yamamoto
October 2, 7 p.m. in Music Room.
Are you grieving for a loss? Are you in a difficult
transition? Join us in a time of music, reflection and
sharing (if your spirit moves to share). Please bring a
journal. The next evening healing gathering is on
November 6. RSVP appreciated.
For more information, contact Yuri at email@example.com or
Expand your social awareness and your circle of
friends by joining Expand your social awareness and
your circle of friends by joining us for DOCUMENTARY
NIGHT. We show documentaries on a us for
DOCUMENTARY NIGHT. We show documentaries on
a wide variety of Peace, Social Justice, Health &
Environmental wide variety of Peace, Social Justice,
Health & Environmental issues. We meet the 1st
Thursday of the month in Raleigh. issues. We meet the
1st Thursday of the month in Raleigh. Questions ? email Jeff or Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Email Jeff or Anne at
Listen to or join in the discussion afterwards. Listen
to or join in the discussion afterwards. Admission is
Free. OUR NEXT SHOWING IS at 7pm Thursday
October 3rd. Election Time Documentaries. Please join
us for 3 short documentaries, interesting discussions
and informative handouts.
“UNITED WE FAIL: Citizens United & the Sale of
Our Democracy” (8 min).
“YOUR VOICE, THEIR MONEY” (12 min).
“FORWARD TOGETHER, NOT ONE STEP
BACK” (15 MIN).).
Together these films show us some of the causes of the
threats to our Democracy, but also give us suggestions
for actions we can take to protect our Democracy.
If you think things should be better... then you need to
join us! We will be in the Clara Barton room.
First Friday Kirtan
Join us for a call-and-response devotional chanting
or singing meditation with Danielle Koppel and Aaron
Rocket on October 4 at 7 p.m. in Founders Hall. Kirtan
is originally from India. Today kirtan with both sansrkit
and English chants is gaining popularity in the United
States. Suggested donation $5-20. Contact Yuri
Veteran Israeli soldier, Dana Golan from the Israeli
NGO, “Breaking the Silence”, brings soldiers’ reports of
their haunting experiences while enforcing Occupation
on Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza. The book,
Our Harsh Logic : Israeli Soldiers Testimonies from the
Occupied Territories 2000-2010* will be available for
purchase. Thursday, October 3 @ 7pm, Founders Hall,
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313
Wade Avenue, Raleigh. Sponsors: The Coalition for
Peace with Justice and co sponsors: faith based,
human rights and peace building organizations ..
www.peace-with-justice.org. Inquiries: 919 630 3340.
*“One of the most important books on Israel/
Palestine in a generation..” David Shulman, the New
Your Review of Books.
Sally Ikeler Memorial
UUFR members and friends are invited to attend a
memorial service celebrating the life of Sally Ikeler at
3:00 pm on Sunday, October 13, 2013 in the UUFR
sanctuary, followed by a committal of ashes and a
reception in Founders Hall.
As many are aware from direct or indirect
participation, the Moral Monday events have become a
powerful force for cohesion among many members of
the progressive community – including multiple UU
congregations. The participation from UUFR members
was energizing and meaningful as a public affirmation
of our shared commitment to social and economic
The NC NAACP organized, led and funded these
events on a “Pay it Forward” basis. They provided the
venue, the plan and the resources to make Moral
Mondays happen, and they have orchestrated financial
and legal support for those who chose to practice civil
disobedience (including 18 UUFR members). Moral
Monday gatherings are continuing across our state.
Recognizing that the NC NAACP created this
opportunity for all of us to show up, stand up and be
heard, and that their work in support of social and
economic justice continues, UUFR will hold a threeweek special collection dedicated to the NC NAACP,
starting September 22nd and running through October
6th. Baskets will be provided for this collection at each
Sunday service, and checks written to the NC NAACP
will be gratefully received at the UUFR office throughout
the collection period.
Sunday Morning Forum Topics for
October 6, 2013 9:15 am THE UNITED STATES
OF ALEC documentary,
narrated by Bill Moyers
The “United States of ALEC”
reports on the most influential
force most of us have never
heard of – ALEC, the
American Legislative Exchange Council. A national
consortium of state politicians and powerful
corporations, ALEC presents itself as a “nonpartisan
public-private partnership”. But behind that mantra lies
a vast network of corporate lobbying and political
action aimed to increase corporate profits at public
expense without public knowledge. http://
October 13, 2013 9:15 am The
Power of Myth - Bill
Moyers interviews Joseph Campbell
Twenty-five years ago,
renowned scholar Joseph Campbell
sat down with veteran journalist Bill
Moyers for a series of interviews that became one of
the most enduring and popular programs ever aired on
Episode 2: The Message of the Myth (first
broadcast June 22, 1988 on PBS)
Creation myths, transcending duality, pairs of
opposites, God vs. Nature, sin, morality, participation
in sorrow, the Gospel of Thomas, Old Time Religion,
computers, religion as “software,” the story of Indra:
“What a great boy am I!,” participation in society.
October 20, 2013 9:15 am Current Events Forum.
October 27, 2013 9:15 am Lecture. Great
Courses- Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the
Greatest Images of the Universe Lecture 2: Comet
Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter
The importance of Shoemaker-Levy 9 is it kind of
woke up the astronomical community. It said, “Hey,
this is a problem. We just saw Jupiter get whacked; we
see that these things have hit the Earth in the past.
The rate at which a kilometer-sized asteroid hits the
Earth is not zillions of years; it’s a couple hundred
thousand years. This is something we should get
concerned about. http://www.thegreatcourses.com/
The price for dinner is $8 for adults and $4 for
children ages 13-16. Children 12 and under eat free.
Families with children will be charged no more than
$20 total. Please bring your own place setting if you
can. You must sign up by 5 p.m. Monday to reserve a
meal for the following Wednesday. Sign-up sheets are
in the foyer or you may email Linda Liles at
email@example.com. Orders are placed Monday evening.
If you sign up and then cancel after Monday evening,
UUFR still has to pay for your meal.
Hibachi chicken & steak
Zucchini & onions
Rice, salad, & dessert
Prepared by the Quinn’s
Eastern NC pork shoulder; vegetarian
2 kinds of cole slaw, boiled potatoes, &
Beef brisket; vegetarian entrée
Brunswick stew, field peas, broccoli salad, &
Shortie’s Out of Sight Café
Spinach lasagna & lasagna w/meat
Garlic bread, salad, and dessert
UU Looking for Temp. Housing for
My name is Pat Curley, I am an active member of
the Unitarian Coastal Fellowship in Morehead City.
My daughter Erin is an NCSU grad and is currently
attending WCU for a Dr. of Physical Therapy degree.
She has been assigned to Raleigh for her clinical
internship from Nov 11- Dec 20 and is looking for
temporary housing. If you can help or know someone
who can, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
meeting: Thursday, Oct 3, 2013
WOMENTOGETHER is a gathering for all UUFR
women - members, friends and visitors. This once-amonth meeting is an opportunity for us to get to know
one another. Join us for lively conversation on topics of
interest to women and maybe a cup of tea! Place: the
music room (upstairs near the sanctuary) More
information: Bridget Farkas
(email@example.com); Karen Matteson
Blessing of the Animals
Rev. Karla Brockie will be offering a blessing of the
animals ceremony in the garden from 9:30 to 10:30 on
Sunday October 6, in honor of St. Francis (or Mother
Earth, or just of the animals!). Bring your best beastly
companions in containers or on leashes and whatever
treats they like. Water will be available.
Everyone in this room is a Raleigh Rambler! We
have two events coming up. Next Friday, October 4, at
6:00 we're going to a Back Porch Concert, but it’s got a
new name and a new location. Now it’s Center Stage at
American Tobacco and new location is in a grassy park
Join us on Saturday, October 5, at the IFFS farm
called Diamond View Park on Blackwell Street next to
located on Tryon Road. You should wear clothes that
DPAC and behind the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. And
can get dirty, bring gloves if you wish. IFFS is one of our they’ve added food trucks, beer tents, kids games, zip
congregational partner projects. Children 5yr and older line, and a corn hole pit. We'll bel listening to bluegrass
are welcome and may be able to work with goats or
legends IIIrd Tyme Out and up and comers Mipso. And
hens. Questions: contact Carmen White 919-851-1253. it’s free. Email Art Lieberman (Art@Lieberclark.com) to
reserve a spot. We’ll let you know where to meet us,
Family Energy Use Workshop
Come for this special First Hour workshop on energy
use, great for the whole family! We will learn about ways
to conserve energy and assess how well UUFR"s energy
use practices align with our values. We're hoping to
inspire ideas for better conservation at home AND at
Then on October 19, we’re celebrating Diwali! This
Festival of Lights is India's largest and most important
holiday. Come and enjoy the dancing, food, cultural
events, bazaar, and more. It’s at the Koka Booth
Amphitheater in Cary. We’ll meet at 1:00. Email
Carmen White (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to
go with the group. Let her know if you want to
carpool. We’ll let you know where we’ll meet, later.
Your Board of Directors and your lead minister — that would be Chris Wise, Sonia Ensenat, Jim Hurdis,
Claude Martin, Bob Sundstrom, Jacqueline Popp and John Saxon (Barry Taylor was unable to attend) — met on
Tuesday, September 24. Several members of the congregation were also there for much of the meeting.
Key items from the meeting:
Our financial condition — updated information to be put up on the website, not bad, but not great, either.
The stewardship committee reported on their concerns regarding how to target their efforts. It appears
that they and the staff are beginning to get a grip on the issue.
The board noted that our bylaws are out of date and the board will be forming a team to review and
revise the current bylaws.
The Committee on Ministry sought the board's input into areas they could be reviewing during this year
The board suggested they look into welcoming and membership efforts; and review previous surveys
and best practices work;
The problem of the roof was discussed at some length with the result that the President was authorized
to effect repairs as soon at possible. This is turning out to be much more complicated and probably
much more expensive than any of us expected. As soon as there is some clarity, the President will be
informing the congregation in more detail. [Note: Following the board meeting we had some positive
news regarding negotiations with the original contractor. Our expenses could be less than originally
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 10-4, Sun 9:30-12:30
YRE Office Hours: Tues 10-2, Wed. 5:30-8:30
Wednesday evening by appointment
Web site: www.uufr.org;
The Chalice email: email@example.com
Rev. John L. Saxon,
Rev. Karla Brockie
Director of Religious Education
Youth Rel. Education Coordinator
Social Justice Coordinator
Jacqueline BrettLay Ministry Connections Coordinator
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The Chalice is published twice a month. Deadlines are the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month by midnight.
Email your items to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the online submission form on the uufr.org website.
Next deadline: Thursday, October 10 , at midnight.
This issue of the Chalice was edited by Jenny Buckman. [Volume 65, Number 17]
Coming up on
Coming up on
Healing with Music,
led by Yuri Yamamoto and Karla Brockie
Our Living Tradition: Transcending Mystery and
Wonder led by Rev. John Saxon
Virtue Ethics (for High School Youth), led by Maggy
Personal and Ethical: Save Money, Eat Well, and
Make a Difference, led by Linda Watson
New Parent support group, led by Cara Lewis
Magic The Gathering Game Club, led by Zane
Potorti and Kendall Brievogel
Sacred Fire, led by Rev. Nathan Alan Hollister
For details and to RSVP, go to
Family Workshop on Energy Use, led by Claudia
Cooper and Amy Gilbert
JoyUUs Singers, led by Yuri Yamamoto
Our Living Tradition, led by Rev. John Saxon
The Great Turning, led by Bo Chagnon
Animal Blessing, led by Karla Brockie
Sunday Morning Forum
For details and to RSVP, visit
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