2021 Annual Meeting – Online Again This Year!

Pre-Annual Meeting Q & A and Candidate         Meet and Greet
Please join us via Zoom (no registration required) at 6:00 pm CT, Wednesday, June 2.
This informational session will review the proposed 2021-22 annual budget, the resolution to reaffirm the establishment and purpose of the Fellowship endowment, outline proposed bylaw changes (including the proposal to eliminate the Planned Giving Committee from the bylaws in an effort to streamline our fundraising efforts), and introduce candidates for election. Members of the Executive Team and Governing Board will be on hand to answer your questions.
Annual Meeting
Please join us via Zoom (registration required) at 11:00 am CT, Sunday, June 6 after the Flower Communion service.
After the service, please plan to join the Annual Meeting a few minutes early so that we can establish quorum and record attendance. All are welcome to attend this virtual meeting, but registration is required. There will be a separate link to register, and you can register anytime between now and just before the meeting. Please register early, as we plan to start the meeting at 11:15 am! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. All members in one household should each register separately. 
Please visit our annual meeting information web page HERE for the appropriate meeting and registration links, as well as additional details.

Sunday Service

10:00 AM Central
Wait, What? A Question Box Service
by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Click HERE for Worship Service Zoom Information and the Order Of Service 
  • Listen to past sermons HERE.
  • Watch some of our past services on our Youtube channel.
  • Click HERE for information on hosting a traveling chalice in your home.
  • Students in Pre-K through 6th grade will meet at 9:00 am CT for a large group Children’s Chapel. We can’t wait to see all of our friends! See our website (here) for more information about all Religious Education classes for children and youth.

Adult Faith Development

Fellowship Book Read with Intern Minister Ali Peters

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love
By Valarie Kaur
A quote from the book jacket: “Tested, and tempered by suffering, but rising up with hope and joy, Kaur shows us how to love others, opponents, and ourselves in ways that will bring us closer to the Beloved Community.  This book will change your life.” - Parker J. Palmer

Religious Education - Children and Youth

Summer Religious Education

Summer RE begins this Sunday, May 30.
While we await reopening, our schedule is:
•  Prek-1st grade Chalice Children: 9:00-10:00 AM CT on the first and third Sunday of each month
•  2nd-6th grade Chalice Children: 9:00-10:00 AM CT on the second and fourth Sunday of each month
•  PreK-6th grade Chalice Children: 9:00 AM CT on August 29
•  Youth RE 7th -12th grade: 11:00-12:00 PM CT every Sunday
Registrations from this past program year will continue through the summer. Please contact Kim Hartman, director of religious education, at kim@fvuuf.org for more information.

Justice Action Ministry

Family Separation Updates

During the Trump administration, the government cruelly engaged in the systematic separation of over 5,500 migrant families coming to the United States. Thousands of families have been reunited as a result of litigation and grassroots help. However, families remain separated to this day. Parents of hundreds of children have still not been found – and the irreparable trauma inflicted upon all the families is everlasting.
Act: Sign this petition urging the Biden Administration to take action
Learn more: The ACLU has compiled information, including a timeline and articles HERE
Learn more about the Fellowship’s immigration justice team and read the past articles in this series HERE.

Justice Hub Webpage

The Justice Hub webpage has information about our JAMs, justice events, and opportunities here at our Fellowship and out in the community right there at your fingertips any time you need it.
This week: Read more about each of these on the Justice Hub webpage!
•  ESTHER interfaith community organizing information
•  Job opportunity! ESTHER seeks a part-time (10 hrs/week) Communications Coordinator. Applications due May 30
•  Stronger Together Fox Valley equity network is forming
•  There’s still time to impact the WI state budget by contacting your legislators with suggestions from our WISDOM interfaith state action network!

If you want to share something on the Justice Hub webpage, please do so by completing this form by Thursday to be posted when the page is updated each weekend. Submissions may be subject to staff approval and editing.


10:00 am: Flower Communion Sunday Service on Zoom
11:15 am: Annual Meeting (Info HERE)
3:00 – 4:00 pm: In Person Flower Communion and Ongiri Family Farewell
2600 Philip Lane, Appleton
All Times CST

Bring a flower to show at the Zoom service at 10:00 am, then join us between 3:00 and 4:00 pm live for a walk-up ritual outside the Fellowship building, where you'll bring your flower to share. There will also be extra flowers available if you are not able to bring one. 

We'll also bid farewell to Rev. Leah and her family during that outdoor celebration before they depart for Oregon. This will not be the end of Rev. Leah’s ministry with us—she will continue half-time through November, and there will be additional chances to honor her ministry. 

We will be giving Leah's family a Wonder Box filled with notes of love and appreciation, so either bring a card on June 6th, fill one out there, or mail it in advance to the Fellowship office at 2600 Philip Ln., Appleton, WI 54915.

Staff Summer Schedules

As is the custom, staff members take time off in the summer. Please be mindful of the following staff schedules with notable changes. Feel free to reach out to us directly with questions and other needs!
•  Marie will work part-time hours in June and July.
•  Leah will be off June 7th-30th. Starting July 1st, she will work half-time through November and then end her ministry with the Fellowship.
•  Christina will be off June 21-July 1, July 12-25, and August 23-29.

UU Women's Connection Virtual Spring Retreat

"Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky"
Saturday, June 5, 9:00am-5:00pm CST
The registration fee will only be $30. More information and registration available HERE.

Virtual General Assembly 

General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct the business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. Virtual GA allows us to retain our dedication to community and make our experience more accessible and more environmentally sustainable. 
More information and registration available HERE. If you are planning on attending and would like to be credentialed as a delegate, please email marie@fvuuf.org
The UUA President invites a distinguished guest each year to address the General Assembly as the Ware Lecture. Please join us Saturday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. CT. General Assembly registration is required to view.
More information about the Ware Lecture HERE.
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Small Groups

Click HERE for details about these groups.
  • Gathering Circle - Fourth Mondays, 6:30-8:00 pm CT
  • Joyful Mind Zen Sangha; Saturdays, 7:00 am CT
  • Men's Group, First Wednesdays & Third Tuesdays, 7-9:00 pm CT
  • Music-Making Online - Click the small groups link for information
  • PoC, Email PoC.global.majority@gmail.com for meeting information
  • Senior Wonders - Contact Janet Hughes for information
  • Smiling Dandelion Sangha, Sundays, 6-7:30 pm CT
  • Spill it Sister, Second Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm CT. Contact Kate Hancock-Cooke at rugbykate@new.rr.com with questions.
  • Third Thursday Book Club, Third Thursday of the month, 2:00 pm CT. Contact CyAnn Martin at cmartin25@new.rr.com for meeting information.
  • UU Parenting Support Group, Contact Erin Vandenlangenberg for information at vand0379@umn.edu
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