Unitarian Universalist Congregation

of Fort Myers

The Communicator

June 2021 Volume 39 Issue 6


Our Sunday Service


Please join us on Zoom this Sunday, June 6th, at 10:30 AM for our Sunday Service featuring Lay Minister, Mary Cline Golbitz, and Speaker, Jennifer Grant. We will be exploring the theme of Play and its significance as part of our connection to Spirit, our higher selves and our sense of wonder and joy. We invite you to wear or bring with you something that brings out the playful spirit in you. We hope you can join us!

Join Zoom Meeting Sunday at 10:30 am


No password needed

Or, follow the link on our webpage for audio only: uucfm.org

Thank you to Sunday's Participants:

Mary Cline Golbitz, Lay Minister 

Suellen Kipp, Director of Music          

Hank Flandysz, Worship Associate

Jennifer Grant, Speaker

Peter Golbitz, Musician

Lesley Peterson, Musician and Tech Team Member 

Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member

Walter Peterson, Lead Tech Team Member

Holley Rauen, Tech Team Member

Jill Carville, Tech Team Coordinator

Mary Studer, UU Dialogues Host 

Bill Petrarca, UU Dialogues Host


Community Sharing in June: Pachamama of SW Florida

The Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida was formed in October 2016 after a group of local leaders took the Game Changer Intensive. 

Their intention is to work with the people in Southwest Florida who are beginning to live in a new dream— one that fosters environmental sustainability, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment. Their three-fold mission is to collaborate with and support existing Game-Changing movements; Originate programs and facilitate trainings designed to enlighten, energize, and empower pro-activists, and integrate the wisdom of and promote the participation of indigenous peoples to strengthen our collective transformation.

More info can be found at https://connect.pachamama.org/group/87/about

UUCFM Board of Trustees Meeting

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be Tuesday, June 8th at 5:00 PM. Here is the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92925862711

All who are interested are invited to attend.


In Loving Memory

Member Don Routh passed away at home this week. Don was a long time member of UUCFM. Details on a Memorial Service, etc. will be announced soon.


Father's Day Slideshow Presentation

The Music Team is putting together a Father's Day slideshow for the service on June 20th. Please send pictures to Lesley Peterson at vpworship@uucfm.org

Summer Office Hours

The UUCFM Office is still open by appointment only. Soon we'll enter phase 4 of our Covid Guidelines, but until then, please call ahead or email officemanager@uucfm.org and let me know that you'll be coming by. From June 1st-August 31st the office will be physically open from 9-12 Tuesday-Friday and staffed by the office manager and volunteers. Feel free to call and leave a message or email the office manager anytime. I will be working afternoons and evenings from home.

Jill Carville

Office Manager


New Email for Calendar Events

If you'd like to schedule an event at UUCFM, please use the new email calendar@uucfm.org. Board Member Toni Latino will help you schedule your events this year. Thank you!

UUCFM Book Club

The UUCFM Monday Book Club will convene via Zoom May 24th to discuss up to the end of Part Two (Ch. 10) from Redefining Realness by Janet Mock. If you’re joining for the first time, please email Mary Studer. She will send you the link to zoom: mstuder929@gmail.com  

UUCFM/Caloosahatchee Mindfulness

The Caloosahatchee Mindfulness and UUCFM Meditation Book Group is reading The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness by Rhonda V. Magee.

The author "reveals that the work of racial justice begins with ourselves. The practice of embodied mindfulness--paying attention through our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open, nonjudgmental way--increases our emotional resilience, helps us to recognize our unconscious bias, and give us the space to become less reactive and to choose how we respond to injustice."

The group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Contact Helen Leddy at helen.leddy@gmail.com or Mary Robinson at mindfulness579@gmail.com.

Social Issues Book Group

Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 PM


Book: My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.

My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for Americans to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but also about the body. The author introduces the reader to an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide. He takes the reader through a step-by-step healing process based on the latest neuroscience and somatic healing methods.

Coming to the Table (CTTT)

We are inviting interested members to join together in the formation of a Coming to the Table chapter in Southwest Florida. CTTT provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism. For further information about CTTT, following this link: 


Contact Helen Leddy for details on the book group or CTTT: helen.leddy@gmail.com


60th Anniversary Pave the Way Fundraiser

Our goal is 100 commemorative bricks at $100 per brick for $10,000 for our General Budget. Our Endowment Fund will pay production costs so each $100 goes right to the Budget.

59 bricks have been donated. 39 other bricks have been moved from the Eco-Preserve that were the 2011 50th Anniversary Fundraisers. Thus, 98 engraved bricks grace the walkways into our Sanctuary. They are a blessing to read.

Each 4" X 8" brick can be engraved with up to 3 lines of 13 characters/spaces on each line. Examples of donated bricks are UU quotes, memorials, names & sayings, such as:

She loved and was loved. Nancy Letts

Service is our Law. Go Forth!

Remembering (name, birth-death)

Albie & Mary, Lay Ministers, Thank You

To Donate a Brick: Contact suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 812-332-3450 or

helendixon9@gmail.com, 239-633-4989.

UUA General Assembly

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend. This year’s GA is a 100% virtual event and will be held June 23-27. Registration costs $200 and is done on-line at https://www.uua.org/ga/registration

Southern Region Links

Find out what's happening in our district! https://www.uua.org/offices/organizations/southern-region-uua


June Birthdays

June 8 Joe Sexton

June 11 John Worster

June 12 Linda Jensen

June 16 Betty Tobin

June 17 Phyllis Brewer

June 19 Suzanne Ziemer

June 21 Chet Beemer

June 23 Karen Brown  

June 24 Helen Krieger

June 25 Rosalie Kuehn

June 28 Chris Rosa  


Amazon Smile donates to UUCFM when you do your online shopping by following this special link



Want to Become a Member?

If you are interested in becoming a new member of UUCFM, please email 


Board of Trustees

Email: board@uucfm.org

President Lane Cook

President Elect Mary Studer

Secretary Ruth King Fotovat

Treasurer Pati Maier

VP Worship Lesley Peterson

VP Operations Genelle Grant

VP Programming Karen J. Brown

VP Membership Toni Latino

VP Stewardship Nancy Hutchins


Lay Minister Albie Johnson albiej@uucfm.org

Lay Minister Mary Cline Golbitz mary@uucfm.org

Director of Music Suellen Kipp music@uucfm.org

Office Manager Jill Carville officemanager@uucfm.org

Building Supervisor  Mickey Kellam buildingsupervisor@uucfm.org

Assistant  Liza Kellam lhiz_sierra@yahoo.com

Please send all newsletter articles by Wednesday at noon for publication in Thursday's newsletter. Send articles to newsletter@uucfm.org.


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