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Getting back to basics....
In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self:
Your full identity, your questioning mind,
your expansive heart.
Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door:
we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we've been before.
supports "the free and responsible search for truth and meaning."
Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to
embrace diverse teachings
from Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.
Unitarian Universalists believe more than one thing:
We think for ourselves, and reflect together, about important questions.
We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values, as expressed in our
. We are united in
: our open and stirring worship services, religious education, and rites of passage; our work for social justice; our quest to include the marginalized; our expressions of love.
Sunday, January 20 - Amanda Mangiardi, coordinator
10:30 AM: "Our Seven Principles"
Rev. Jane Lippert will lead our service this Sunday. It's a fresh year and the ink is still wet on our resolutions. The new year comes with non-negotiables: our age will change; our body will change; however, the core of this community will not change. Our UU principles bind us together, providing deep roots and our unified vision.
Children & Youth Programs
The Children and Youth of our Grand Traverse Region
need a place like UUCGT!
Child care for
infants through age 4 is
provided in our Nursery on Sunday mornings. Programs for pre-K-5th grade and Youth are also available.
Meet our teachers for preK-5th grade and Youth programs:
Susan has a Master's Degree in Montessori
Elementary Education and was the Music
Director for the UU of the Blue Ridge (VA) from 2011-2014.
She will be assisted by parent and congregant volunteers.
5th-8th grade co-teachers - Logan Chamberlain and Katie Tomczyk
Logan comes to us with college studies in philosophy and photography.
He currently runs the after-school Kid's Club in Leland in addition to doing marketing and communications for Neahtawanta Research & Education Center.
Katie's Master's degree is in Curriculum and Instruction with endorsements in PE/Health Education and Special Education and she has experience in teaching a wide range of health topics including self-care and reproductive health.
Please give Susan, Logan and Katie a warm welcome!
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We welcome your support and invite Volunteers to participate
a couple of Sundays throughout the year
to help build a Multi-Generational Community.
The Religious Education Committee
continues to host Brainstorming Sessions in January after the service during the coffee hour.
Your suggestions are welcomed and encouraged! Join us!
Contact Jolynn Paige at 231-409- 2050
if you can help.
Input Sessions for UUCGT Congregation
Your Board is faced with a challenging decision on how to move forward with our most important position, Senior Spiritual Leader. We would like your input to help inform our discernment on what path to take at our Board Meeting on January 22.
Accordingly, we have scheduled two more opportunities for you to be informed on what alternatives we have and give us your thoughts and input. Rabbi Chava is aware of these sessions and is supportive of our decision making process.
Thursday, January 17 at 7:00 pm;
and a final session on
Sunday, January 20 at 9:00 am
Both sessions will be held in the Sanctuary
These forty-five minute sessions will be solely for you to be informed and to provide your thoughts. They are not official Congregational Meetings and no vote will be taken. Please attend one of these sessions if you possibly can.
Your input is important to us.
All Congregation Potluck Brunch ~
Sunday, January 20
Please bring a dish to share & your own table service
Membership Team will provide desserts!
Everyone is Welcome!
Mike McDonald, Board President, will present an update on UUCGT's October Visioning session
### Third Annual Women's March ###
~ Saturday, January 19 @ 1:00 PM ~
Assemble @ 12 noon - Workshop Brewing Co
221 Garland Street, TC
We all, Women & Men, March
March with pride for the freedoms we have obtained
March for those women throughout the world
who are still fighting for their basic rights
March for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment
UUCGT Social Justice Action Team,
Emmy Lou Cholak
2019 - MEMBERS &
Email any changes to
your address, email or phone
Submission deadline is February 10, 2019
2019 Donated Dinners FUNd-raiser
A benefit for UUCGT & local community groups!
John Hoffmann and Lauren Keinath are coordinating this effort in 2019!
Thai, Winter Comfort Food, Snowshoe Outing & Supper, Casual Dinner w/ cocktail music by Gary Deavel,
Dune Hike & Lake Trout Dinner,
Beer & Brats, Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinner, Indian Cuisine...
FUNd-raiser descriptions and sign-up sheets are available in the social hall
UUCGT Bulletin Board
Super Bowl Raffle and Party has been cancelled due to lack of interest. Other opportunities to benefit UUCGT are coming up - Have you signed up for a Donated Dinner yet?!
SokukoJi Buddhist Community Meditation/Book Study
Initial gathering: Tuesday, January 22, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room (former small classroom). Group will meet weekly on Tuesday evenings. Meditation is open to everyone.
UU Men's Group: Monday, February 4 @ 5:30pm - Minerva's
Mark Gustafson will facilitate discussion on UU World Magazine article, "No Time for a Casual Faith" by Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President. Articles available in entryway.
--- HOW ART SPEAKS ---
in the corridor gallery
How does art speak to you?
UUCGT Calendar of Events
Congregational Care Team: Thursday, January 17, 1:00pm, library
Input Session for Congregation: Thursday, January 17, 7:00pm, sanctuary
UU Office is closed on Fridays
Sunday Services Committee: Sunday, January 20, 9:00am, library
Input Session for Congregation: Sunday, January 20, 9:00am, sanctuary
All Congregation Potluck Brunch: Sunday, January 20 after service.
SokukoJi Buddhist Meditation: Tuesday, January 22, 6:30-8:30pm, meditation room (former small classroom)
Above the mountains
the geese turn into
the light again
on an open sky.
has to be
so you can find
the one line
Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that
wedge of freedom
in your own heart.
the bones of the black
sticks left when the fire
has gone out
someone has written
in the ashes of your life.
You are not leaving
you are arriving.
~ David Whyte ~
(House of Belonging)
UUCGT office hours
day - Thursday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm