March 2016 Communicator  Volume 33, Issue 3
Worship in March: Redemption
Join Us for our March 6 Sunday Service

“To have someone – a friend, a cousin, a partner – love you is…one form, one very human form, of redemption” – the Rev. Joe  Cherry

Redemption is a collaborative process with the holy. The return to our authentic selves; to right relationships; to healing & recovery: all of this redemptive work is possible. Thus, redemption comes in surprising ways, through cultivating gratitude and openness to outcomes that are perhaps different from what we “ordered” in our prayers and wishes.  Embracing generosity and gratitude as a way of life reveals that redemptive work is in you and in the world. Our liberal religious tradition holds that love wins, even in the most deeply challenging situations or people. Could it be that no one/nothing is beyond redemption?

Come explore this question through the lenses of addiction & recovery; the Jewish notion of tikkun olam with Rabbi Marc Sack of Temple Judea; feminist theology; and the redemptive story of Easter and the great story of the Cosmos. Come, let us worship together!  
Community Sharing in March
GRACE Project
The Guatemalan Rural Adult and Children’s Education (GRACE) Project designs and delivers health, art, financial literacy, human rights, and capacity-building programs for Spanish-speaking women, farm worker families, youth, community leaders, and educators in Southwest Florida and in Guatemala.

  • Working to Improve through Self Employment –
              WISE Women Project
  • Happehatchee Center,
  • Sanibel-Captiva Zonta Foundation,
  • Organización Internacional para Latinos en el Exterior - OILE, and
  • the Women’s Legacy Fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation
Three ongoing classes for 40 mothers in: Estero/Bonita, North Fort Myers and Pine Island 
  • Laws for Peace, Leyes para la Paz
Human rights education and website for Florida and Guatemala
  • Happe Summer Eco-Camps   for Farmworker Children
    • GUATEMALA workshops and legal advocacy

  •           a. Workshops for teachers and community leaders (over 3,000 participants since 2006) on:
                       1. Reproductive health and rights
                       2. Human trafficking prevention
                       3. Laws for protection from violence and abuse

              b. Scholarships for Gabriela Magdalena Bravo Gonzalez, a law student
    In her third year of the six-year Law Degree Program at San Carlos University. First Mayan woman in her village to attend university.

All undesignated donations in our Sunday offerings this month will be given to GRACE Project.  Please be generous with your offerings this month.  The GRACE Project thanks you!

From the Minister
This month marks the turning of the year to spring.  We are called to abundance and the resurgence of new life.  The Easter tradition invites us to be Easter people- those who have faith that love wins through our commitment to compassion and justice.  I recently had the occasion to join with friends from our LIFE interfaith justice ministry in a prayer vigil.  We prayed for the changing of hearts at the State's Attorney's office so that we can learn from them and find a solution to change the status quo of unsolved murders in Fort Myers.  To date, they refuse to meet with our powerful organization. You can see coverage of the vigil here: 

LIFE is a perfect example of the power of the people having faith in outcomes for justice and compassion.  In LIFE, for those of you who have committed to be a network member, please remember we have our rally coming up at UUCFM March 14th at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  At the rally, we gear up for the Nehemiah Action April 18th (which is at Harborside) and are invited to invest in the LIFE organization.  

I ask you to grow deep into this community, and LIFE is a way to grow deep in building a just and sustainable world.  We also grow deep within our walls, called to center ourselves around the sacred.  We revere the democratic process, and the Annual Meeting after church March 20th is a time to celebrate all the ways that we share ministry in the congregation and to empower the new Board of Trustees in our congregation to be visionary leaders in the congregation- moving us into a new vision for 2021, our 60th anniversary! 

As we approach the springtime this month, take some moments to think about the strengths you have and how you can deepen them here at our community.  And UUCFM will love you in your growing edges, too. Come Grow With Us!
Newcomers Meeting
If you are a new visitor to UUCFM and would like to find out more about us, please consider attending our Newcomers Meeting on March 6th at noon in Classroom 2.  The Newcomers Meeting will focus on the following: All will have an opportunity to talk about what they are looking for in a church community; there will be discussion of what it means to be a UU; opportunities for spiritual growth and social interaction will be discussed, and attendees will be asked what skills they think they would bring to UUCFM.

The Newcomers Meeting should not be confused with the Pathways to Membership meeting which is for people who are ready to commit to membership to UUCFM

Chris Rosa, Member Services
Open House at Rev. Allison's!
This Sunday, March 6 from 2-4pm!

In celebration of the congregation's generosity for this year's  Come Grow With Us  financial commitment drive, all are welcome to join up for fun, snacks, and good company at Rev. Allison's house. Accessibility note: We have a fenced pool and a 6 inch rise into the house and onto the lanai.  All ages are welcome and no RSVP is required. For those who play music, bring your instruments and jam!

Directions to Rev. Allison's house available in the Narthex or email
Save the Date!
Join us with leaders from the Unitarian Universalist Association's Southern Region for a leadership experience that invites us to deepen multicultural awareness in a pluralistic world that needs our love and ministry. Sponsored by our own congregation's "sacred conversations on race" group, all members serving in leadership  are strongly encouraged to attend, especially anyone who would one day like to serve on our board of trustees.

Differences That Make A Difference
May 21, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, UU Church of Ft. Myers, FL
As Unitarian Universalists we have a history of being inclusive. We have a pluralistic faith that makes room for all kinds of god/gods or none at all. Many of us came from other faiths where we felt different, out of place, not really seen or counted. We know that differences matter. So as people who have a tradition of "giving them hope not hell," how do we live in today's world where differences divide us so often?  Let's explore together how we can be in relationships that matter. Learn more and register 
Book Study
Come to a new book study group with Rev. Allison!  Join in reflection, discussion, and growth together around the study of the book,  My Promised Land  by Ari Shavit.   Sessions begin Wednesday, February 24th, meeting weekly Wednesdays 1-2:30p through April 6th.  We will not meet March 30th; instead all are encouraged to attend the interfaith luncheon we are hosting about Religion and the Earth with the Interfaith Council of SWFL.
"This is the least tendentious book about Israel I have ever read. It is a Zionist book unblinkered by Zionism. It is about the entirety of the Israeli experience. Shavit is immersed in all of the history of his country.  While some of it offends him, none of it is alien to him. . . . The author of  My Promised Land  is a dreamer with an addiction to reality. He holds out for affirmation without illusion. Shavit’s book is an extended test of his own capacity to maintain his principles in full view of the brutality that surrounds them.”—Leon Wieseltier, The New York Times Book Review 
Caring News
Rev. Allison and many UUCFM friends joined together for Norman Beecher's celebration of Life and Memorial service on Friday February 26th. Family and friends shared stories about all things Norman, and we marked the sacred time together.  Pictured below is Norman with his surviving wife, dear Nancy, receiving a UUCFM Prayer Shawl from Pastoral Care Associate, Mary Tracy Sigman.  

Nancy Fisk died peacefully this week soon after entering hospice care.  She has been companioned by many good, loving folks in our congregation in her last years.  Nancy faithfully came every  Sunday to church until it was too difficult physically to come. But, thanks to our Caring Ministry and Pastoral Care Associates, Nancy was often in good company and visited by many who benefited from Nancy's presence and authentic way of being in the world.  She will be missed. Should there be a memorial, details will be shared in our weekly communications.
Unsolved Murders in Fort Myers have led to a lack of trust in law enforcement and the judicial system in affected communities.  When Lee County’s arrest to murder rates over the past 5 years are compared to similar-sized counties, other counties are more effective at investigating and arresting suspects per murder. Fewer cases make it to trial disproportionately in District 20 (which includes Lee County) than compared to similar sized districts resulting in fewer convictions/pleas. And interfaith LIFE research group is currently researching to find a community solution to these problems.  Understanding that our interfaith justice ministry's power is in numbers, please make sure to have these dates saved in your calendar: the LIFE Rally is March 14th at UUCFM at 6:30 pm for sign-in. The Nehemiah Action is April 18th at 6pm at Harborside Event Center. The Celebration is May 23rd.  
Christian Group
Our Christian Group meets at 9:00a every Sunday in Room 7.  All are welcome to attend.
Humanist Forum
The Humanist Forum meets every Sunday at 9:15a in Hobart Hall.  All are welcome to join us for a new and engaging topic each week. This week’s Humanist Forum will focus on popular music and how it has reflected and impacted American politics.  From This Land Is Your Land to Pharell Williams Freedom. Jack Ulman, Cleveland Rock Hall Docent will give his “Music and Politics” presentation.  All are welcome—bring your memories and opinions.
The UUCFM Annual Meeting will take place immediately following the service on March 20th.  After the meeting there will be a lunch available for all in the Screen Room for the presentation of the Gauch Award.  There will be a $7 charge for lunch, which will be barbeque.  Vegetarian options available.  
Board Thanks
The Board of Trustees would like to thank the following people for their service to UUCFM:  Helen Dixon and her team for all the work of another successful Service Auction;  Prita Lal and Paloma Blanca Siebert for their work on the Islamophobia program; John and Janine Johns for their balloon contributions; Mary Nies and Neil Yesu for their work on the Dementia program.
Our Volunteer of the Month is  Margaret Lueptow!  For many, many years Margaret has run our UUCFM library and she has been a part of the Social Justice Team.  Thank you very much, Margaret!
Canvass Update
GROW WITH US - WITH GREAT REJOICING!  As our Canvass wraps up, the finance council would like to extend our deep appreciation to the pledges we have received so far:          

Bahre, Theresa & Carr, Kevin 
Beemer, Chester & Jan
Blosser, Robert & Jennifer         
Blumenfeld, Gerald & Shirley
Borras, Anthony & Latino, Toni
Boynton, Richard & Barbara
Brewer, Phyllis 
Brown, Ted & Audrey
Brunner, Alice
Burget, Don & Judy        
Carville, Alison 
Carville, Jill & Mike
Cochran, Hugh 
Cooper, Mel & Teri 
Copestick, Paula         
Dash, Ira R
Davidson, Brad & Ross, Rebecca
Davis, Julia
Dixon, Helen          
Ehat, Donald 
Eisenberg, Steve & Peggy
Ellis, Ray
Erickson, Andrew & Ellen                 
Farnum, Allison & Crossen, Andy
Forsyth, Alice & Susan 
Gatto, Leslie & Doc               
Gentilman, Rick & Elinor 
Gonzalez-Routh, Marge & Don
Green, Roy & Nancy                
Griffin, Sean & Romano Griffin, Katie 
Gustafson, Cindy 
Heckes, Harvey & Ann              
Heckler, Kathy
Hickok, Joan 
Howe, Brad & Anne  
Hoxworth, Gerald (& Fran)              
Hutchinson, Jeffrey & Emily
Hutson, Krista
Ireland, Julie
Ittenbach, Walter & Simone     
Jeffcoat, Priscilla 
Jensen, Denis & Linda  
Johns, John & Janine 
Johnson, Linda            
Kelly, Ellen & Terri 
Kretchman, Denise 
Krieger, Robert & Helen 
Laliberte, Dan & Jorgensen, Steve
Lancaster, Judith 
Langan, Diane
Leaver, Wayne
Leddy, Bruce & Helen 
Letts, Jeffrey & Nancy
Lienhardt, Dawn 
Linhoff, Patricia                     
Machones, Melinda & Mick
Mannix, Barbara
Marble, Bruce & Judie
Maron, Don & Carolyn
McCarron, Robert
McElhaney, Luther & Nancy
McFadden, Jennifer
McGrath, David
Melton, Angela & Littleton, Kimberly
Murray, Mary
Nies, Bob & Mary
Petrarca, William & Strathman, Jane
Pierce, Mary Alice
Pittman, John
Rauen, Holley & Taggart, Liz
Richards, Donald
Richey, Margaret Jane
Richey, Mary
Robbins, Gary & Sima
Rosa, Christine & Silvernail, Terrance
Rose, Fran
Rosenthal, Russ & Annie
Russell, Gail R.
Savoia, Renee
Sexton, Joseph & Beth
Sizemore, Tom
Smith, Jen
Spiller, Patrick & Rachel,
St. Amour, Nic
Stewart, Sydney
Swank, John & Elaine
Ulman, Jack
Van Howe, Dorothy
Vivier-Naidl, Patricia
White, Margot
Wistreich, Lucy
Yesu, Neil & Buckley, Diane
Ziemer, Suzanne & William

Using the Canvass results, the 2016-2017 Budget will be finalized this week and submitted to the Board for approval at the March 8th Meeting.   Question and Answer sessions are scheduled with members of the Finance Council to explore the details of the proposed budget before the vote at the Annual Meeting on March 20th.  - March 13th following the service from noon to 1:30, and  - March 17th from 6 to 730 pm  (Attendees are encouraged to bring green beer to share! Or cookies!)
Florida Spring Gathering
March 12

Where Do We Come From?

Who Are We?

Where Are We Going? 

Please plan to join us for the Florida Spring Gathering March 12, 2016, at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater for fun, networking, cooperative learning, and covenant!

Our morning Keynote on Covenant will be presented by Connie Goodbread, Congregational Life Staff, and Margie Manning, Elder.  Lunch will be served before an afternoon of topical workshops. Our closing worship will send us on our way feeling connected and revitalized! We will offer a portion of the Unitarian Universalist film series "Long, Strange Trip" as an optional evening activity. Please feel free to stay over Saturday night and join us for worship on Sunday morning!


---Social Justice/Witness/Black Lives Matter with Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith

---Stewardship with Rev. Kenneth G. Hurto

---Intro: Leadership as Spiritual Practice with Connie Goodbread

Youth (age 12 and over) are welcome to join any workshop which interests them, as all are intentionally open to all ages, abilities, and learning styles in the spirit of whole family church. 

Child-care is available on the registration form for those 12 and younger. 


Regular registration (ends 21 February): $50 for adults, and $10 for youth (17 and under)

Late registration (begins 22 February): $75 for adults

Firm registration deadline: 07 March

>>>Register here!

Southwest Florida Cluster Revival
The Southwest Florida UU cluster is being revived. The first meeting will be April 2nd at the Venice UU church.  The address is 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice. The meeting is from 9:00a-3:00p.  If you would like to attend, contact Harvey Heckes at  by January 29th. The program is in the process of being planned.  
RE News
Thanks to a team of volunteers, the new nursery is now complete. Please stop by if you have the chance to check out the new murals that so many hardworking volunteers helped to create. Many thanks to our volunteer movers as well - we got the whole nursery switched over in just one afternoon.  Of course, all this excitement about the new nursery pales in comparison to our excitement for our nursery attendant, Liza, who is expecting a baby! Tis the season of new beginnings in the nursery, it seems.

Our Mystery Friends program is getting started this week, much to the joy of all who are participating. If you have signed up for the program or have a child in our RE classes and have not received an email from me, please let me know ASAP!  I'm sure both our kids and adults are looking forward to a month of sneaking around the courtyard to secretly deliver messages and trinkets - it's just so much fun!  Thanks to all the adults who volunteered to be a Mystery Friend!

Jenn Blosser, Director of Religious Education
Mindfulness Meditation
Join us on Monday evenings to explore the very simple and satisfying practices of mindfulness and meditation.  You don’t need experience with meditation, nor do you have to be a Buddhist.  Do please bring an intention to quiet the mind and the body in a supportive group of UU members and friends with a similar intention - people who want to carry mindfulness into their daily lives.  We meet Mondays from 6:30-8:00p in the Sanctuary.  If you have any questions, please contact Gary Robbins at  
Community Wednesday
Join members and friends of our UUCFM community each Wednesday for a delicious vegetarian meal prepared by Chef Joy for a donation of $5.00. After the fellowship and fine fare from 6:00- 6:45p, join your favorite programming event, committee meeting, or social activity.  A place will be provided for any informal gatherings of your choosing.
4:00-5:30              Coping & Optimal Living (1st & 3rd Wed)
6:00-6:45              Community Meal
6:45-8:00              Music Team in Sanctuary
7:00-8:30              Programs (see below)

Upcoming Program for Community Wednesday
March 9:  Three UUCFM members have answered the call to offer readings and music.  Nancy Letts will read her poem, On Blathering,  Linda Jensen will read humorous excerpts from her dog book, Don't Forget the Liver, and Denis and Linda Jensen, AKA the Nebraska Drifters, will sing, with Denis providing  accompaniment on the keyboard.  David McGrath will play mandolin
The programs are held in Hobart Hall at 7:00p.  Childcare is provided until 8:30p.  Community Wednesday programs are open to all in the community.  There is no need to pre-register for programs or the dinner. If you are interested in providing a program for Community Wednesday contact Linda Jensen at: or 215-880-1433.  
Kitchen News
On Wednesday, March 16th , our regular Community  Wednesday dinner  will not be prepared by Joy.  She will be traveling to a much needed spiritual respite.  The space remains available for potluck or pizza or sandwich night, Joy just won't be there to orchestrate. She will be back the following week
Coping & Optimal Living
The Coping and Optimal Living group is open to all and does not require attending every session.  We meet in the Sanctuary the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 4:00-5:30p. We discuss how to live optimally including practical ways to cope with life's challenges and issues.   Helping others and developing maturity in ourselves is part of our quest.  We explore many paths and techniques for enriching our lives and making a difference for others.  For more information call Wayne Leaver at 275-3097.
Women's Circle & Potluck
The next Women’s Circle meets in Hobart Hall at noon on Monday, March 14th.  Remember that TV show, What's My Line?   It is returning to the Women's group, following a potluck luncheon.  Don't miss out on the fun, as it is rumored that two of the famous people will be UU women.  The women's group is open to all members and friends.  Be sure to attend.  
CUUPs Learning Circle
The CUUPS Learning Circle Series has two tracks about Earth-based Religions at this time:   an introductory track called CUUPS 101 and a more advanced track called Earthways Shamanic Path. These are offered on Wednesday evenings and are conducted by Whale Maiden, a member of CUUPS here at UUCFM

CUUPS 101: March 9th, 7:00 to 8:30p, Room 2.  What is Paganism?  What is CUUPS?  How does CUUPS fit into Unitarian Universalism’s Seven Principles? What does CUUPS do at this UU Church?  Join Whale Maiden for this informative class. This is an interactive class with a mixture of lecture/history/story telling, and Q & A from the class, so no two classes will be alike. (Tentative dates for next classes:  April 13th, May 11th)
Earthways Shamanic Path: Monthly meeting  April 6th. -- 7:00 to 8:30p, Room 1.  Whale Maiden leads this on-going discussion group with meditation regarding the application of one's Pagan path to the unique features of Florida. 

Save the date for the upcoming Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering, April 15-17, 2016 at UUCFM. More details coming soon. Contact: 
Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Group
The Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Group meets every Sunday in Room 1 from  1:45-3:45p.  All are welcome to attend!   Join Mary Tracy Sigman and others for this well loved and well attended group. 
My UU Story
Antoinette Brown Blackwell
Born:  (1825-05-20) May 20, 1825, Henrietta, NY
Died:  Nov. 5, 1921 (1921-11-05), Elizabeth, NJ
It was the 1850s -- not a good time for independent-minded women.  Getting the vote was still a lifetime away.  Getting protection from job discrimination was over a century away.  The idea of celebrating Women's History Month would have been laughed at.  My path was not easy, but the struggle was worth it.

In 1853, I was the first woman ordained as a minister in the United States, at the  Congregationalist Church.  But, my ordination was not recognized.  So I later quit that church and became a Unitarian.  In 1878, I applied to the American Unitarian Assn. and was recognized as a minister, and spoke in Unitarian churches
I was youngest of seven growing up in Henrietta, NY .  The preaching of evangelist Charles Grandison Finney , from nearby Rochester , led my family to join the Congregational Church .   I was accepted into the church before the age of nine. Shortly after becoming a member I began to preach during Sunday meetings. In 1841 at the age of 16, after completing my early schooling, I taught school.

Since I did not intend to spend my life teaching I set my sights on a degree in theology from Oberlin College and a career in the pulpit.  The College grudgingly admitted me to religious studies, but refused to give me a degree.  A  Methodist clergyman presided at my ordination when Congregationalist ministers would not.

Without a preaching license following graduation, I decided to pause my ministerial ambitions to write for Frederick Douglass' abolitionist paper, The North Star .
I believed that it was best to remain single, because single women experienced greater levels of independence than did married women.  After meeting Samuel Blackwell, my opinions began to waver in favor of marriage. We married on January 24, 1856, and had seven children, two dying in infancy.

Throughout my life, I have addressed issues such as slavery abolition, temperance, and women's rights. In 1902, I  helped found the Unitarian Society of Elizabeth, NJ, and served as its minister.  In 1920, at age 95, I was the only participant from the 1850 Women's Rights Convention, in Worcester, MA,  to see the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.  I then voted for Warren G. Harding in the 1920 presidential election.
For more information see these on-line websites: 
March:  Women's History Month
Women's History Month highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8.
In February, 1980, President  Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women's History Week.   In 1987, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as Women’s History Month.    U.S. presidents have continually issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month.

History helps us learn who we are.  When we do not know our own history, our power and dreams are immediately diminished.  Multicultural American women are overlooked in most mainstream approaches to U.S. history.  So, the National Women’s History Project champions their accomplishments and leads the drive to write women back into history.

The National Women’s History Month theme for 2016 honors women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership.
Although often overlooked and undervalued, they have influenced our public policy and the building of viable institutions and organizations. From championing basic human rights to ensuring access and equal opportunity for all Americans, they have led the way in establishing a stronger and more democratic country.
For more information see these on-line websites:
~ Summarized by Joy F. Sokeitous
About My UU Story
Each month, the Membership Committee would like to publish your UU story- either converted or born UUs.  How did you become a UU or how did our religion affect your life?  Alternatively, do you have a one-paragraph remembrance of your first reaction to being in a UU church and/or learning about the religion?  To share your story, please contact Joy Sokeitous at   Joy will help you edit and she will provide questions to help you develop your story.   
March is Womens History Month

A Man Invented The Title "Ms."

Most people would be surprised to learn that the term "Ms." did not originate with the Women's Movement.  "Ms."  is pronounced (miz).  It is a title of respect prefixed to a woman's surname .  Unlike "Miss" or "Mrs.", it does not depend upon or indicate her marital status.

The term "MS."  actually dates back to 1901.  A male writer for a newspaper in Springfield, Mass., complained that:  "Everyone has been put in an embarrassing position by ignorance of the status of some women.  To call a maiden Mrs. is only a shade worse than to insult a matron with the inferior title of Miss."

He suggested that "Ms." be used.    That proposal was made off and on for many years.  In 1952, the title of "Ms.", was recommended in a  Business Writing handbook.

~ Joy F. Sokeitous 

Famous Women UUs
Of the list of 83 famous Unitarian Universalist women, the following have appeared on postage stamps (in most cases, US stamps): 

·         Abigail Adams

·         Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

·         Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

·         Clara Barton (1821-1912)

·         Dorothea Dix

·         Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

·         Lucy Stone

·         Emily Stowe

To see the full list and find more details on each woman, go to:  /

~ Joy F. Sokeitous

Women's History Month

UUA and Reproductive Justice

The understanding of reproductive justice has evolved over time, and there is no universally accepted
definition, as noted by the Unitarian Universalist Assn.  However, all definitions recognize that the need for access to resources goes far beyond abortion alone. These four principles are accepted by many as representative:

·         People have a right to have children. 

·         People have a right not to have children. 

·         People have a right to raise their children in safe and healthy environments. 

·         People have a right to health and self-determination regarding their bodies and sexuality, free from oppression and shame.

A complete discussion appears on the UUA site

~ Joy F. Sokeitous

Join us for Tai Chi every Thursday morning in the Sanctuary from 10:00-11:00a.  It is a free class and all are welcome.
Play Mah Jongg every Thursday afternoon in the Narthex from 1:30-4:00p. There is no charge and all are welcome!
Happening In Our Greater Community
If you are a UUCFM Community Sharing Partner, a regular Facility User, or have UU related news to share, you are now welcome to submit announcements for publication in our Greater Community section of the newsletter.  Please send announcements in by each Wednesday for publication in the Thursday E-news.  
Religion and the Care of Earth
The Interfaith Council of SW Florida presents Religion and the Care of Earth.
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers
Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Time: 11:00a ~ 2:00p.
Cost: $10.00 RSVP: House of Prayer for Lunch (vegetarian available) Deadline to register is March 23 Local religious leaders will lead discussion about Religion and the Earth
Creative Express Workshop
The Creative Express Workshop is a six-week class on Thursdays from March 24th to April 28th from 7:00-9:00p in Room 7.  This class is ideal for people aged 18 and older who want to learn to become more creative.   We’ll learn about the creative process and its relationship to relaxation, time management and prioritization.  Express yourself as we explore the creative process through many media:
  •  writing goals and affirmations, poems and blogs,
  •  producing collage and sculpture,  
  •  developing a character,
  •  a play, a plan, and a party.
There will be weekly experiences, and opportunities for you to make things in class.  The Workshop costs $25.00 per week.  It's $120.00 if you pay in full for the series.  Space is limited so please contact Julia Davis to reserve your seat.
This workshop is conducted by Julia Davis, Certified Life Coach and Creativity Consultant.  Please contact Julia at   or (239) 560-2114 for more information and to register for the class.  
PFLAG Interfaith Convocation

PFLAG invites  persons from all faith traditions to attend this special Convocation to be held at The Current  Ecumenical Center 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd #111, (in Imperial Square Mall between  Passage to India and Jack’s Seafood Bar and Grill) Naples.  Participants from 23 Houses of  Worship will blend music and prayer in an inspirational program with a celebratory reception to  follow.  Further information at:  www.PFLAGInterfaith.Com
March 3            Joan Hickok
March 3            Don Routh
March 4            Jim Morgan
March 4            Dorothy Van Howe
March 7            Dick Boynton
March 8            Mary Tracy Sigman
March 9            Frank Schooley
March 10          Gary Robbins
March 13          Andy Crossen
March 13          Krista Hutson
March 15          Mike Carville
March 15          Rachel Spiller
March 24          Gerald Hoxworth
March 25          Lily Hoffman is 8!
March 26          Bill Ziemer
March 27          Beth Helm
March 27          Kim Watson
 Please send all news articles for the Weekly E-news to
Jill Carville 
(239) 561 2700 
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