Our Intern Minister is Arriving Soon!

Everyone is invited to join in welcoming our intern minister, Ali Peters, and there will be multiple opportunities to do so in September.
Ali is excited to join the Fellowship as its 2020-2021 intern minister in the Bertschausen Teaching Ministry program. Ali holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she concentrated in Interreligious Engagement. She has previously served as a student minister at First Unitarian New Jersey in Fanwood, NJ. Prior to enrolling in seminary, she worked as a middle school math teacher.  
Rev. Christina will formally welcome Ali by conducting a ceremony to commission her at our Mingling of the Waters Service on September 13th at 10:00 am. You will be able to see her in person later that day at our drive through Mingling of the Waters Parade at the Fellowship. Ali will also be leading our first Wellspring program on September 9th, entitled Call out or Call in? Accountability with Love (see ad below for details). Lastly, the Intern Committee will be hosting a couple of virtual “meet and greets” this month to provide further opportunities for members and Ali to become acquainted. 
Let’s give Ali a great reception! Feel free to send her a welcome note at ali@fvuuf.org.

Sunday Service

10:00 am CST 

What is Hope? by Rev. Karon Sandberg
Click HERE for Worship Service details
The Order of Service is available HERE
Call in: 312-626-6799
with meeting ID 176 319 484
Sunday Morning Connections for Children & Youth!
•  Children’s Chapel (grades 4K-6) 9:00- 9:40 am
•  Youth Connection (grades 7-12) 11:00-11:40 am
Contact director of religious education, Kim Hartman, at kim@fvuuf.org, to receive the Zoom link for children and youth connections.
  • Click HERE for worship service Zoom link
  • Listen to past sermons HERE
  • Watch some of our past sermons on our Youtube channel

Water Photos and Clips Needed!

We need your help putting together a video for water mingling with pictures or short video clips of various sources of water in our area. Rivers, lakes, bays, ponds, backyard swimming pools, park fountains, etc. Please send video or short video clips (labeled clearly with the name of the location) by Monday, September 7, to photos@fvuuf.org.

Our Traveling Chalices Need Homes!

Sign up HERE to host one of the chalices in the coming months!
As we continue in an ongoing time of physical distance from one another, we are finding creative ways to tangibly connect with each other and our UU community. The new Traveling Chalice project will have four chalices visiting various homes at different times, and bringing a part of the Fellowship to you!
If you sign up, you will be assigned a week, and will receive a kit on your doorstep including a chalice, candles and matches, a journal to make any notes about the chalice and its visit to your home, and some simple resources. Feel free to use the chalice as much or little as works for you, and we invite you (if you wish) to share in our Facebook group HERE about the chalice’s visit to your home.

Adult Faith Development

  • September 7, 7:00 pm - Lovingkindness Meditation with Taizan Alford: The metta or lovingkindess meditation comes from the Tibetan lineage of Buddhism. It helps strengthen feelings of kindness and connection toward oneself and others. Tai will talk about this powerful meditation and lead the participants in the meditation. Click HERE to participate, passcode UU.
  • September 10, 6:00 pm - What do UUs Believe? with Marie Luna, director of congregational life: Principles, credos, and covenants! What do these mean, and why it is so important to understand them as Unitarian Universalists? Click HERE to join, passcode UU.
  • September 17 - Is this a new religion? with Marie Luna, director of congregational life

Wellspring Wednesday
September 9: Call Out or Call In? Accountability with Love with Ali Peters, Intern Minister
The internet’s “cancel culture” seems to have taken on a life of its own with polarizing effects. It can be challenging to navigate this new phenomenon as we strive to live up to our principles of justice, equity, and compassion. More information and Zoom link HERE. Check out a preview video of Ali’s program HERE and the pre-workshop worksheet HERE.

Religious Education - Children and Youth

Children and Youth Connections for next week:

We invite all young people to join us to share our time and hearts together!
Sunday Morning
•  Children’s Chapel (grades 4K-6) 9:00- 9:40 am
•  Youth Connection (grades 7-12) 11:00-11:40 am
Weekday Meetings
•  Kid’s Connection- (grades 4K-6) Thursdays 4:00-4:30 pm
Please contact director of religious education Kim Hartman at kim@fvuuf.org or religious education assistant Eve Rosera at eve@fvuuf.org with questions and for Zoom link information.

Religious Education Classes Start September 20

Join us for our new and exciting virtual program year!
Sunday programs:
•  Children’s Chapel (grades pre-K through 6): First and third Sunday of each month
•  Crossing Paths (Formerly Building Bridges) (grades 7 through 12): Second and fourth Sunday of each month
For details please visit our website HERE.
In order to provide a safe learning experience for our children, registration of all children between the ages of Pre-K through 12th grade is required in order to receive Zoom links. Please make every effort to register your child(ren) by the due date, as this will help us keep our families better informed about current happenings and use our staff resources most efficiently.
Registration Link HERE. Registrations for the year are due September 27, 2020.
There is a $20 registration fee for each child; the fee for families with more than two children is $45. Scholarships are available, contact Kim Hartman, director of religious education, at kim@fvuuf.org for information. If you are a visitor who would like to attend without registration, please contact Kim.

On the Horizon

Dear friends,
I hope you are well! I’m writing to welcome everyone to participate online in music-making at the Fellowship this year. 
Please drop me a line at steve@fvuuf.org if you are interested in:
  • Singing with the Fellowship Choir (online, most Wednesdays at 7:00 pm)
  • Discussing music (online, occasional Wednesdays at 7:00 pm)
  • Putting together small-group special music, i.e. mUUse (online, scheduling TBD)
  • Offering an audio or video musical contribution for prelude music
Remember, there’s a difference between physical distancing and social distancing. Even while we’re apart physically, let’s connect with one another socially in song.

Drive Thru Mingling of the Waters  

Sunday, September 13th at 4:00pm

Our annual Mingling of the Waters worship service will be at 10:00 am on Zoom, as usual, followed by a late afternoon celebratory car parade at our property. Staff and other leaders will be present to wave from a safe distance. You’re invited, as you are each year, to bring a small vial of water from wherever life has taken you lately—near or far—to pour in our common vessel.

Journey Group Facebook Group


Marty Arnold and Brian Murton are facilitating a facebook group for those who can't participate in the monthly Journey Group meetings. All are invited to join this group to engage with the themes on your own time. The monthly theme packet will be provided in the group. Click on the link above to ask to join the private group and then read and agree to the posted covenant. Contact Marie Luna, director of congregational life, at marie@fvuuf.org with questions. 

Justice Action Ministry

UUA Side with Love Webinar on the Breathe Act and Criminal Justice Reform

6:00 pm – September 8, 22, October 13 Register HERE.
Given this year’s overarching justice focus on anti-racism at the Fellowship, and Rev. Leah’s sermon (watch HERE) on August 9, your Justice Action Ministry facilitator team wants to bring your attention to this webinar series hosted by the UUA’s Side with Love Campaign: It will focus on the BREATHE Act, legislation being introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), which “seeks to reform federal laws and eliminate funding for federal programs that criminalize Black, Muslim, and immigrant communities, reinvesting our resources in community solutions for education, health, and the environment.” Webinar topics will explore divesting funding from harmful criminal legal-systems, investing in new creative approaches to safety, allocating funding, environmental justice and public health, and holding officials accountable.


Notable Extras

Click HERE for details.
  • Black Lives Matter Lending Library
  • Zoom Guidance
  • Masks Available at the Little Free Library

Small Groups

Click HERE for details about all these groups.
  • Anti Racism Fellowship Facebook Group
    A group for people affiliated with our Fellowship who want to learn about racism, anti-racism, and how to be better allies in the struggle for racial justice.
    Ongoing, find the group and ask to join by clicking HERE

  • Fellowship Community Journal
    Ongoing, submit your work to leah@fvuuf.org

    More information HERE.
  • Fellowship Pen Pals - Click HERE for information.
  • Joyful Mind Zen Sangha; Saturdays, 7:00 am
  • Men's Group, First Wednesdays and Third Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Pollinate (BIPoC), Email pollinate.BIPoC@hotmail.com for meeting information
  • Smiling Dandelion Sangha, Sundays, 6-7:30 pm
  • Spill it Sister, Second Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Third Thursday Book Club, Third Thursday of the month, 2:00 pm. Click the link above for the reading list.
  • UU Parenting Support Group, First Monday of the month, 6-7:30 pm
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