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Clayton Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church — Thinking, Loving, Serving

The Newberry UU Church!

334 Clayton Memorial Church Road, Newberry, SC  29108

Some Newsy News for the UUs!     

3-3-17

  1. Hey all! Be sure to join us this Sunday as we are having a guest speaker, Brooks Heard, of the chaplaincy program at Palmetto Health.  We look forward to meeting him and sharing his message.  After the service we will be having Eatin’ Meetin’ !!  All are welcome.  We want to THANK Munson and Kira for leading us so delightfully in song following the February Eatin” Meetin”.  What a treat!!!! Let’s not be shy about doing that again!!!
  2. Next Sunday, March 12, the service will be offered by the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Columbia. Please make a special point to join with us in this special time together.
  3. January was SC Interfaith Harmony Month, and the first week of February every year is Interfaith Harmony Week. We so enjoyed sharing in the various events and offering an event on January 29.  The final event of the Interfaith Harmony Month calendar was a Healing & Peace Interfaith Ceremony offered by Osireion, Sunday, February 12 at 3:00pm at the SC State House – a definite good time was had by all.  The plan is for Osireion to offer the Community Healing Ceremony at CMUU in October.
  4. Please let Marla know of any interest you have in serving on a committee. We have Worship and Music, Buildings and Grounds, Information Technology, Fellowship Hall, Outreach/Inreach , Finance, and the Ad Hoc Welcoming Church committees.
  5. We had a good productive workday at the Church on the 4th Sunday in Feb! What a crew!!! Bonnie and Sarah and Kira and Nance were on detail in the Fellowship Hall and it now sparkles!!!  Marla and Sam C and John H took care of the church – it now shines!!  Sam S, Eddie and Marsha were the outside crew and got the pruning done and pine straw put down – including down at the Wayside Pulpit!  It was a good day with good work and good company.  I hope I didn’t leave anyone out.  If I did, sorry!!!  Please know that all efforts are AWESOME!!!, as well as appreciated, valued, loved!!!!!
  6. We are looking into participating in the Sparkleberry Country Fair in Columbia on Saturday, April 29, as part of an interfaith effort. It should be tons of fun.  Please let Marsha know of any interest you have in helping.
  7. Have a great week!!

1-24-17

 Hey all!  I hope your new year is off to a great start.  I know it is at the Church!!!

  1. We had our Annual Congregational Meeting on Jan 15. We had 14 members in attendance.  Board officers for 2017 were elected and are Marla, Chair; Annie, Secretary; Marsha, Treasurer; and Sam S, Member-At-Large.  Michelle also serves on the Board as Minister.  We thank John most heartily for all his work on the Board in recent years!!  :o)
  1. A sign-up sheet will be circulating in the near future for committee involvement. The standing committees of the Church are: Religious Education & Worship, Buildings& Grounds, Finance, Nominating, Outreach and Information Technology.  An Ad Hoc Committee will be completing the application to UUA for recognition as a welcoming Congregation.  To flourish, the Church is open to all the help it can get.  We are “in the black”.  This enables us to operate less in survival mode, as has been the case in recent years, and more in “let’s stay out of the hole” mode and “let’s flourish!” mode!  We want to help the Church flourish for years to come.  This includes people’s money, time, energy, good ideas, participation, availability, reliability, on and on in terms of how to serve.  All of this is, of course, within you own comfort level and ability, but please know that your efforts, good intentions and contributions of any sort are welcomed and truly appreciated.
  1. I sent a copy of the directory out to all the members. I have received a few changes and will give to Jan 31 for any additional changes.  At that time I will send it out again as corrected. 
  1. During the Annual Meeting we approved the motion to apply for recognition by the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation. We will be preparing that application in the near future.  If you would like to be on the ad hoc committee, please let Ree, Marsha or Marla know.  Much of the discussion at the meeting involved conveying that we welcome all.  In my heart I feel that this process is putting in writing how we make a place for the human spirit to find ease.
  1. At the Annual Meeting we also approved the motion to allow dogs in the church service with the following guidelines:
  • Dogs will be on leashes or in carriers while in the sanctuary;
  • Dogs should have all current vaccination on file with the Secretary of the Board;
  • Ask owners before touching a dog;
  • Owner should respect anyone’s fear of dogs and relocate as needed;
  • The pet-friendly area for leashed dogs is the back 2 pews of the sanctuary.  Dogs should not sit or lie directly on pews or carpet;
  • Owner should remove dog if it causes disruption during service or shows sign of aggression; and
  • It is the sole responsibility of the owner to disinfect areas if necessary. Cleaning agents are located in the bathroom outside the sanctuary.  

It is acknowledged that the guidelines may need to be modified as appropriate & applicable as time goes on. 

  1. Please remember that our Church is participating in Interfaith Harmony Month. We have invited (by way of the Interfaith Partners of SC events calendar& notice in the Newberry newspaper) the community to visit us during our 5th Sunday service on Jan 29 at 11:00am.  During that service we will be explaining the various parts of a UU service.  A congregation member will read a summary which will be given to you by Marla about a component of the Service (such as Joys and Concerns), and then we will all experience it together.  Marla is making a list of who will be sharing which part.  Please get with her to sign up if you haven’t already. 
  1. Also in the name of making a place for the human spirit to find ease, the Board has been intentionally attending to & increasing awareness of the need for self-care. We are a relatively small group of people who choose to covenant together to find a spiritual home.  How to best do that?  A key part is to stay mindful of people’s needs & at the same time get all the work done.  This church has all the needs of any facility & at the same time is a place for spiritual nourishment.  What better way for people to be able to give to others than to care for themselves?  Michelle gave a wonderful message on “Compassion Fatigue”on Jan 8.  Please be reminded that we do have an In-reach effort in the church to reach out to each other and as a way to let our needs be known.  Marsha is the In-reach contact person on the Outreach Committee.  We have lots to do as a community, but if we share the load we cannot help but flourish!  You are encouraged to reach out to Michelle or any Board member as needed.  You are also encouraged to serve on the Outreach Committee if you are so moved.
  1. We made another contribution to Heifer International with the cash in the jar on the organ! The Church donated $40 for a share of a sheep, a share of a goat and a Flock of Chicks!!!!  Thanks so much for these gifts so that we were able to make this donation.
  1. We received a very nice thank you note from the Newberry Co Department of Social Services for the Christmas gifts we gave them. They are so very appreciative of what we did.  It is likely that the Director of Newberry Co. DSS will come give a presentation to the Church in the near future about the Foster Care program.
  1. Just a reminder that if you would like to present an idea, concern, issue or suggestion to be considered for action by the Board, the procedure is to submit it in writing to the entire board. Putting it in writing is the most important part.  If you send it to one Board member, it is important for you to know that it will be shared with all other members of the Board.  We do this so that we will all have the same information from you at the same time about the idea or issue.  This procedure is an effort to streamline clearer communication and enhance clarity and feedback.  We function better if we do not have to interpret what you mean (as we could do it inaccurately).  Thank you for your input.  The submission will be considered at the next scheduled Board meeting with a response to follow. 

 Send your email to the following email addresses:  Marla: marlakatcast65@gmail.com;  Annie: harpbridge@gmail.com; Michelle: michelle_wildes@yahoo.com; Marsha & Sam: mderosy@gmail.com.

 Assistance with our thinking on this comes from the UUA website about congregational functioning.  “Carver’s Policy Governance® Model in Nonprofit Organizations”, by John Carver and Miriam Carver, is shared in the Congregational Management – Governance section of the UUA website.  From it the CMUU Board has incorporated the following approach in its operations:

“The board speaks authoritatively when it passes an official motion at a properly constituted meeting. Statements by board members have no authority. In other words, the board speaks with one voice or not at all.  The ‘one voice’ principle makes it possible to know what the board has said, and what it has not said.  This is important when the board gives instructions to one or more subordinates.  ‘One voice’ does not require unanimous votes.  But it does require all board members, even those who lost the vote,to respect the decision that was made.  Board decisions can be changed by the board, but never by board members.”


12-3-16

  1. Happy Holidays!! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!  Last time we met, we enjoyed our visitors from Osireion of the pagan tradition who offered a service for community healing.  Everyone’s openness and receptivity to the event and your willingness to share about it  during and after the service are greatly appreciated.  Tomorrow we will join together for our holiday meal following the service.  We will also be decorating the Christmas tree.  Please check in with Marla if you would like to sign up to bring something to the meal.  Our service will focus on the theme of hope and light following along with the themes of numerous faith traditions within this season.
  1. Our annual Christmas service will be on Sunday, December 18 at 11:00am, which will be another wonderful time to share together as a church family.
  1. Please remember that Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm for about an hour and a half. If you have a topic of interest or something you would like to present, please let Ernest know.
  1. A Unitarian Universalist holiday tradition that we are going to experience together is Chalica.  org/worship/holidays/chalica on the UUA website & chalica.blogspot.com/p/history-of-chalica.html offer lots of info about ideas on how we might incorporate the Seven Principals into our daily lives and keep them in our awareness.  Chalica is a UU holiday that celebrates each of our Seven Principles – one a night, for seven nights. The celebration begins on the    first Monday of December (December 5, 2016) and is marked by the lighting of a chalice each day (or evening).  Our service on Dec. 11 will be about Chalica.  Please plan to join in!!

Ideas for taking part include lighting the same chalice each night or have 7 different chalices or one for each member of the family or a chalice with seven lights or whatever works for  you.  Each day represents a different UU Principle, and a chalice is lit each day or evening.   Info from http://chalica.blogspot.com/p/days-of-week.html has the following ideas for what you might say or do for each Day:

Monday: We light our chalice for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Give gift(s) to honor those you do not understand / agree with / like.  Examples:   a thank-you card celebrating differences, words of forgiveness / apology, a peace offering such as inviting someone to diner, help someone in need

Tuesday: We light our chalice for justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Give gift(s) to honor those in your local community that are less fortunate.  Examples:   spend time in a soup kitchen, donate clothes to a worthy organization, display kindness and care to those around you, take part in a political demonstration at city hall

Wednesday: We light our chalice for acceptance of one another & encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. Give gift(s) to honor fellow UUs & their spiritual journey.  Examples:   a chalice / book / hymnal, extend words of peace or forgiveness to a fellow UU whom you may have hurt / not understood in the past, offer / take part in an event at your church / with your congregation church potluck

Thursday: We light our chalice for a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Give gift(s) to honor another tradition, to honor education.  Examples: offer / take part in an event that celebrates another religion / tradition, teach someone something you know and love, learn something new from someone else, give a book / read a book

Friday: We light our chalice for the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Give gift(s) to honor democracy.  Examples:  help a political party, write your government, help a committee at church, host a dinner / party to celebrate democracy

Saturday: We light our chalice for the goal of world peace, liberty and justice for all. Give gift(s) to honor our global community.  Examples:  volunteer with an organization that has global influence, write a letter for amnesty international, help your social justice committee hold a fundraiser, donate to a cause such as UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, etc.

Sunday: We light our chalice for respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Give gift(s) to our earth and/or its creatures.  Examples:  start a compost, recycle bottles and cans and donate the money to an environmental / animal aid society, rescue an animal from a shelter, hold an outdoor worship service (dress warm/bonfire)

Nice ideas to ponder.  See you tomorrow!!

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11-4-16

  1. Happy autumn!! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!  Remember that Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday so be sure to set your clocks back an hour!!!  So thrilled that Miss Analeigh is home!
  2. This Sunday we will be celebrating a Water Communion ritual together in good UU fashion.  Please remember to bring a small portion of water (no more than  2 ounces) to add to the common bowl of water for our ritual.  Please bring water that somehow represents a place in your life where you have been sustained/cared for within the  past year.   We will also enjoy an Eatin’ Meetin’ together following the service so be sure to join us and please bring some delish items to contribute!!  Please join the Clayton community for lunch.
  3. Our 5th Sunday Service on Oct 30 was wonderful. Thanks to all who came to share in it.  Thanks and double thanks to Michelle and Marla for all the hard work and beautiful words and presentation.  It was very thought provoking and provided a wonderful time for the Clayton family to share together!
  4. Please remember that Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm for about an hour and a half. If you have a topic of interest or something  you would like to present, please let Ernest know.
  5. Holli Emore and the Osireion group will offer a Community Healing Ceremony as part of the Sunday morning service on November 20.  Please join in with us for this opportunity to participate in community healing – you may bring your drum and wear your special colors and clothes if you would like!
  6. Looking ahead — Sunday, December 4 the church will be having its Holiday Meal together and we will put up the Christmas tree as part of Eatin’ Meetin’!! We’ll do it in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring your good decorating ideas!!!  More details to come about the menu plans – YUM YUM!!!!    And our annual Christmas service will be on Sunday, December 18 at 11:00am, which will be another wonderful time to share together as a church family.

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Some Newsy News for the UUs!     10-15-16

  1. Happy autumn!! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!  We had an intimate time of reflection last week in church through the theme of wisdom that arose out of our focus on Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. This week, we will take time to remember our loved ones and ancestors in acknowledg-ment of significant religious observances that are happening this season, like Hallows Eve/All Souls Day, Dia de Los Muertes, and Samhain.  See ya there!!
  1. We will not be having service next Sunday as it is the 4th Sunday, but we will be having a special time together on October 30 for the 5th Sunday service. CMUU is offering a Community Conversation from 3pm-5pm on the topic of “Blending Families”.  A flyer is attached.  Marla and Michelle have worked hard putting together this meaningful event.  It will be held in the fellowship hall and all are welcome – please feel free (and are encouraged!!) to bring friends and family. 
  1. Our church Mission Statement is: Clayton Memorial – Thinking, Loving, Serving. And be sure to check out our website at org/ and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Clayton-Memorial-Unitarian-Universalist-Church-518433194881510/! Be sure to LIKE the page if you haven’t already!! 
  1. We had a good get-together at the church last evening for Spirituality Group. We watched a PBS broadcast of the documentary “Dream On with John Fugelsang”, exploring the present day American dream.   Please remember that Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm for about an hour and a half.  If you have a topic of interest or something you would like to present, please let Ernest know.
  1. A water communion service is planned as part of the Sunday morning service on November 6. Please be sure to join us and bring a couple ounces of water from a place special to you.  We will blend it all together literally and symbolically! 
  1. Holli Emore and the Osireion group will offer a Community Healing Ceremony as part of the Sunday morning service on November 20. Please join in with us for this opportunity to participate in community healing –  you may bring your drum and wear your special colors and clothes if you would like!
  1. Looking ahead (although it is unbelievable that we are actually nearing Thanksgiving and Christmas already!!) just a note to let you know that on Sunday, December 4 the church will be having its Holiday Meal together and we will put up the Christmas tree as part of Eatin’ Meetin’!! We’ll do it in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring your good decorating ideas!!!  More details to come about the menu plans – YUM YUM!!!!      :o)
  1. And our annual Christmas service will be on Sunday, December 18 at 11:00am, which will be another wonderful time to share together as a church family. Love abounds!
  1. CMUU is forming a Welcoming Church subcommittee of the Worship Committee to continue to focus and explore the possibilities and to direct any interest and intentions about becoming recognized as a welcoming congregation by the UUA. Ree is the point-person for these efforts, so if  you have a desire to participate in this endeavor please do not hesitate to  let her know!  Thanks in advance for any and all participation and ideas!!
  1. We are continuing as a church to contribute to Heifer International, Marion Medical Mission (which installs shallow water wells in Africa), and the Pomaria Community Food Bank. Please feel free to contribute to any of these in whatever way is most comfortable to you.  In anticipation of interest being expressed to do something as a church for foster children in Newberry County for Christmas, please put your ideas in writing to the Outreach Committee!!!  Hugs!!!

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Some Newsy News for the UUs!            7-23-16

  1. Happy Summer and 4th Sunday Eve!!!
  1. Hear Ye, Hear Ye – PLEASE NOTE – Our 5th Sunday service in July on 7-31-16 will be another Community Conversation from 3pm-5pm on the topic of “Welcoming Church – What Does it Look Like, Sound Like, Feel Like” with speaker Candace Chellaw-Hodge from Jubilee Circle in Columbia. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!!   You can check out Jubilee Circle at their Facebook page     https://www.facebook.com/groups/196434450694151/ and website      http://www.jubileecircleucc.com/ .
  1. The Community Conversation on the topic of Blending Families will be held in Oct on the 5th Sunday! See you there! 
  1. Reminder that Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm. We will not, however, be meeting in July due to so many other commitments at that same time for people.  When we meet for our August 12 group we will continue discussion of our consideration of the possibility of becoming a welcoming church by delving into what the UUA ideas are.  Please plan to join us to join in.
  1. Our church Mission Statement is: Clayton Memorial – Thinking, Loving, Serving. Please see above!!   
  1. The fish fry was wonderful!!! Sorry if you missed it (and I’m just gonna rub it in), but you missed a great time!  THANKS to one and all who contributed and made it such a great event and time together.  Thanks particularly to Dale Shealy for doing the frying!!

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Some Newsy News for the UUs!            6-22-16

  1. Happy Summer!!!
  1. Reminder that Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm. We will not, however, be meeting in July due to so many other commitments at that same time for people.  In June we spent some very quality time with Dr. Will Goins, CEO of the SC Cherokee Tribe.  We thank him for his time, perspective and generous heart as he shared with us. When we meet for our August 12 group we will continue discussion of our conside-ration of the possibility of becoming a welcoming church.  Please plan to join us to join in.
  1. In our meeting on the 17th the Board agreed with the recommendation of the mission-statement-consideration-subgroup (Annie & John) for our church Mission Statement. It is: Clayton Memorial – Thinking, Loving, Serving.  LOVE IT!!  The plan is to start using it as our Mission Statement on July 3 if there are no serious objections or better options offered.  We had 15 or so submissions (thank you all so much!!!), and Clayton Memorial – Thinking, Loving, Serving really spoke warmly to our hearts.  Please let John or Annie know by July 3 of any objections and alternatives.  Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness in this process.
  1. REMINDER – we will not be having 11:00am service this Sunday because it is the 4th Sunday of June. We will be having service on July 3 so please make plans to joins us.  Eatin’ Meetin’ will follow the service!!  Ya’ll come!! 
  1. Hear Ye, Hear Ye – We will not be having 11:00 Sunday service on July 10 as we will be gathering as a church family the evening before for a fish fry!!! Church members have been collecting up the fish they catch to make this happen!!!  Go, Fishermen/women!!!  Please plan to join in on 7-9-16 around 5:00pm (or earlier if you’d like to help fry fish).  Marla is coordinating the menu just to make sure of enough and a variety of foods.  YUM!!!  Guests are of course welcome, but it would be helpful to know of their coming beforehand so that we can make sure we have plenty of food. 
  1. Another Hear Ye, Hear Ye – Our 5th Sunday service in July on 7-31-16 will be another Community Conversation from 3pm-5pm on the topic of parenting and step-parenting prepared by Michelle and Marla. Please mark your calendars!!
  1. Please remember that if you have an idea or concern for which you want some action from the Board, please give the idea in writing so that it may be shared with the entire Board. This is helpful in that we will all be clear on what you are proposing. Thanks for your ideas and participation on committees, groups, services, church events, etc., etc!!  Together we get it done!

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Some Newsy News for the UUs!            6-4-16

  1. Happy LBGT Pride Month – June 2016!! Please check out this website about LBGT Pride Month:   https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/31/presidential-proclamation-lgbt-pride-month-2016.  In her recent email to us Pastor Michelle shared this about this Sunday’s Service: “I hope this email finds you well.  I am excited to see those of you who are able to attend this Sunday for our eat & meet lunch and service.  We will reflect upon the LGBT movement in honor of LGBT Pride Month and continue to consider our theme of family as we discuss how far we have come concerning LGBT families and how far we have to go.”
  1. Reminder that Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm. This coming Friday on 6-10-16 we will be hosting Will Moreau Goins.  Please see his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/will.phd?fref=ts and this website for more information about him:  http://www.naotw.biz/directory/native-american-arts/performing/storytelling/dr-will-moreau-goins.  The website shares that: “Dr. Will Moreau Goins is an author, activist, singer, dancer, and storyteller who celebrates his indigenous heritage from the Americas.  A Native American author, storyteller and spokesperson for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice and human rights, Moreau’s poems, short stories and writings tell many perspectives and expressions.
    Will is a colorful collage of Native American Indian movement, singing, and stories.  He uses music, poetry, legend, movement, visual imagery and drums to tell an ancient and contemporary story of the American Indian.  He chants ancient songs and contemporary Native songs, plays the native drum, flute and percussion instruments.”  Please join us on Friday when Dr. Goins shares with us on the topic of Native American Spirituality.
  1. Our 5th Sunday service on May 29 from 3-5pm was a huge success – thank you, John, for all your hard work in putting it together. CMUU hosted 2 community leaders who discussed Islam and offered a question-answer session, including the role of women, the threat of Islamic terrorism, Islam and Christianity.  We had between 50 and 60 people in attendance and feedback has been very positive in its having been a meaningful experience.  The plan is for our 5th Sunday Services in 2016 to be Community Conversations, presenting topics of interest and involving the larger community.  Thanks to all involved for such a successful May 5th Sunday Services.
  1. The Fellowship Hall is in need of an umbrella stand. Does anyone have an attractive one to share or any ideas for making one?  We also need 16 ounce bowls for dessert and cereal and storage bags, plastic wrap and aluminum foil.  Plastic containers are also handy for use by people to take leftovers.   Please check your cupboards to see if you have any of these things to spare and share. 

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Some Newsy News for the UUs!            5-7-16

  1. Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow!!!
  1. Reminder that Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm. This Friday the plan is to continue the discussion about the possibility of our church becoming an open and affirming church.  Included with this Newsy News is a copy of The Blue Book which will be a starting place for the discussion.  See you there! 
  1. Reminder that we are looking at our Mission Statement and hoping to come up with one that expresses our mission now! Our theme for this year is All Families Matter, and we continue the essence of compassion, inclusiveness and acceptance.  Surely you have some words too that come to mind when you think of the mission of our church.  Please share these.  Our goal is to be able to convey our mission in one sentence that tells the purpose of the church and is concise, clear, and memorable!!  I know we can do it!!!
  1. Please be sure to join us for service tomorrow as it will be especially honoring Mothers. Last Sunday we began a conversation about families, which is the theme we are focusing on as a church this year.  We talked about the families we are born into and the families we choose – our church family included.  Please join us for our upcoming service, which will focus on mothers as we celebrate Mother’s Day as a congregation.
  1. We received a nice Thank You for the donation to Heifer International the congregation made recently. Please remember that there is a jar in the Fellowship Hall to collect coins (and bills!) for this purpose. 
  1. On May 29 from 3-5pm, CMUU will be hosting 3 community leaders in an afternoon of discussion about Islam, including the role of women, the threat of Islamic terrorism, Islam and Christianity, and your own questions.  Please share this info!!  A flyer is attached.
  1. The Fellowship Hall is in need of an umbrella stand. Does anyone have an attractive one to share or any ideas for making one? 
  1. We also need cups/mugs and bowls. We have some cups but more are welcomed.  We don’t have any dishes such as 16 ounce bowls.  These would be wonderful to have for dessert and cereal.  If you feel so moved please help us come up with some bowls about 16 ounces in size.  We have a recent donation of much larger bowls – THANKS!  We are also in need of storage bags, plastic wrap and aluminum foil.  Plastic containers are also handy for use by people to take leftovers.   Please check your cupboards to see if you have any of these things to spare and share.  Baskets of thanks to you!!!

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Some Newsy News for the UUs!            4-4-16

  1. Happy Spring!!!
  1. Reminder that Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm. This Friday the plan is to share favorite / meaningful quotes.  Each of us may bring favorite and meaningful quotes to share with the group.  As you might imagine, we can anticipate many thought-provoking ideas and sentiments to arise and talk about!  All are welcome.  Please come and share with us words that are special and meaningful to you!  <3
  1. Reminder that we are looking at our Mission Statement and hoping to come up with one that expresses our mission now! Our theme for this year is Families Matter, and we continue the essence of compassion, inclusiveness and acceptance.  Surely you have some words too that come to mind when you think of the mission of our church.  Please share these.  Annie is your primary point of contact, but feel free to tell any Board member – John H, Marla, Michelle, Annie or Marsha.  Our goal is to be able to convey our mission in one sentence that tells the purpose of the church and is concise, clear, and memorable!!  I know we can do it!!!
  1. Another reminder that if you have an idea or concern for which you want some action from the Board, please give the idea in writing so that it may be shared with the entire Board. This is helpful in that we will all be clear on what you are proposing. Thanks for your ideas and participation on committees, groups, services, church events, etc., etc!!  Together we get it done!
  1. Something else you might share your ideas with Annie and Marsha about is what would make an inviting and warm devotional corner. The thought is that it would be nice to have a space in the Fellowship Hall where someone could sit quietly or prayerfully, could make a contribution of money towards something near to their heart (such as a meal, an event, Spirituality Group, a church project, landscaping, Fellowship Hall needs), submit a prayer request in writing or in prayer, submit something in writing to let go of, that sort of space.  Please put your thinking caps on and let us know what you think.
  1. The Church made another donation to Heifer International thanks to generous contributions. Please remember that there is a jar in the Fellowship Hall to collect coins (and bills!) for this purpose. 
  1. On May 29 from 3-5pm, CMUU will be hosting 3 community leaders in an afternoon of community discussion about Islam, including the role of women, the threat of Islamic terrorism, Islam and Christianity, and your own questions. Please share this info!!

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Some Newsy News for the UUs!            3-27-16

  1. Happy Easter!! And Happy Spring!!!
  1. You are invited to please share your thoughts about the topic of “The Welcoming Move-ment in Open and Affirming Churches” and “The Blue Book”, which was attached with the previous Newsy News. Our Church is looking into the process of becoming an open and affirming church to the LGBT community.  Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness. 
  1. Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm. If you have a topic you would like to present or consider, please let Ernest know, as he coordinates the Group!!  The plan for Spirituality Group for April 8 is to share favorite / meaningful quotes.  Each of us may bring favorite and meaningful quotes to share with the group.  As you might imagine, we can anticipate many thought-provoking ideas and sentiments to arise!  All are welcome.  Please come and share with us words that are special and meaningful to you!  <3
  1. The Building Bridges event on Sunday March 20th was a huge success. Twelve visitors from Masjid al Salaam were our guests in the Fellowship Hall for lunch and fellowship.  A few guests joined us for the service for which Imam Omar Shaheed delivered the message.  Thanks, Church family members, for making this such a heartfelt and warm gathering.  Thanks to John H for organizing it!  We have gotten equally warm praise and thanks back from their group!
  1. Guess what! The Church is looking at our Mission Statement and hoping to come up with one that expresses our mission now!  Our theme for this year is Families Matter, and we continue the essence of compassion, inclusiveness and acceptance.  Surely you have some words too that come to mind when you think of the mission of our church.  Please share these.  Annie is your primary point of contact, but feel free to tell any Board member – John H, Marla, Michelle, Annie or Marsha. 

We are going by these guidelines and want your help and thoughts!:

  • Mission Statement Definition: A one sentence statement that tells the purpose of the church;
  • Characteristics of Effective Mission Statements: concise, clear, and memorable;
  • Example of Effective Mission Statement: Clayton Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church – a church family with a passion for compassion.
  1. Just a reminder that if you have an idea or concern for which you want some action from the Board, please give the idea in writing so that it may be shared with the entire Board. This is helpful in that we will all be clear on what you are proposing. Thanks!!

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Some Newsy News for the UUs!            3-14-16

  1. Hear Ye!! Hear Ye!!!  We are having a work day at the Church this Saturday morning starting at 8am.  If you can’t make it that early, come when you can.  Lots of tasks will be available to complete!!  Please come join in as we care for our Church home, do Spring cleaning and prepare for guests on Sunday.
  1. At Spirituality Group last Friday we watched a video from the PBS show To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe – A Discussion of Issues from Diverse Perspectives, from December 2014. The topic was “The Welcoming Movement in Open and Affirming Churches”.  Sam Stone led the discussion, and we took the first step in considering if and how this might apply to our church community.  We had very good discussion and came away with the plan of Marsha getting “The Blue Book”, of us looking it over and getting back together to further the discussion.  “The Blue Book” is a booklet mentioned several times in the video as a very useful guide in thinking through the issues and process in becoming an open and affirming church to the LGBT community.  It was written by a Presbyterian Church in New York to share what they learned in their own process.  Marsha was able to find the book online printable from that church and it is attached.  Sam announced about this endeavor in Church on Sunday and particularly encouraged anyone who is against the idea to let your thoughts be known.  Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness of this issue. 
  1. Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm. If you have a topic you would like to present or consider, please let Ernest know, as he coordinates the Group!!  The plan for Spirituality Group for April 8 is to have a “Sharing of Favorite / Meaningful Quotes Night”.  Each of us is to bring favorite and meaningful quotes to share with the group.  As you might imagine, we can anticipate many thought-provoking ideas and sentiments to arise!  All are welcome.  Please come and share with us words that are special and meaningful to you!  <3
  1. Don’t forget that we are hosting a Building Bridges event on Sunday. March 21st has been designated Ending Racism Day, and in celebration of it on Sunday, March 20th our service will be centered on the topic of building relationships.  Members from Masjid al Salaam will be our guests in the Fellowship Hall for lunch and conversation.  All church family members who are able to join us on this occasion are invited and encouraged to do so.  Please bring a little extra food to ensure that we have a sufficient amount for our guests.  Out of respect for the Muslim dietary restriction, we ask that you please not bring pork products or dishes that have used pork in the food preparation.  We also ask, out of respect for the possibility that a guest might be afraid of dogs, that we not have dogs at the service or lunch.
  1. See you Saturday and Sunday!!!

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Some Newsy News for the UUs!            3-8-16

  1. Don’t forget that this weekend is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.  We’ll move our clocks UP an hour this Saturday night!  See ya Sunday!!!
  1. Be sure to join us on Friday of this week (3-11-16) at 7:00pm at the Church for Spirituality Group. We will watch a video from the PBS show To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe – A Discussion of Issues from Diverse Perspectives, from December 2014.  The topic will be “The Welcoming Movement in Open and Affirming Churches”.  Sam Stone will lead the discussion as we consider if and how this might apply to our church community. 
  1. Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm. If you have a topic you would like to present or consider, please let Ernest know, as he coordinates the Group!!
  1. We have several Outreach Activities being offered at and by the Church. Some have said that our outreach projects define who we are as a church.  For these outreach initiatives to succeed, we need the involvement of our entire church family.  Your assistance would be helpful in program planning, publicity, setting up, cleaning up, food preparation and service, as well as so many other small but important tasks.  We need you!! We are small in numbers, but we can achieve great things if we all develop a passion for outreach and its connection to all of our seven principles.  Please let John H know if you are willing to help.  Following is a brief description of our plans:
  1. Coming Together:  A biracial group of clergy and community leaders are participating in a series of sessions with the goal being to develop plans to understand and to dismantle racism in our communities.  Clayton Memorial and Newberry College are co-sponsoring this series. The sessions are conducted in the Fellowship Hall. 
  1. Building Bridges: March 21st has been designated as Ending Racism Day.  On Sunday, March 20th our service will be centered on the topic of building relationships.  Members from Masjid Al-Salaam will be our guests in the Fellowship Hall for lunch and conversation.  All church family members who are able to join us on this occasion are invited and encouraged to do so.  Please bring a little extra food to ensure that we have a sufficient amount for our guests.  Out of respect for the Muslim dietary restriction, we ask that you please not bring pork products or dishes that have used pork in the food preparation.
  1.  Islam Today…. Journey to the Future: On the 5th Sunday in May at 3 PM, we will sponsor a community outreach program on the Islamic faith, which will be in lieu of our regular 11am service.  Specific topics will focus upon the Isis Crisis, Christianity and Islam, and the Role of Women in the Muslim world.  The format will include short presentations, audience question and answer time, and table switching opportunities for small group conversations.

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Some Newsy News for the UUs!            2-8-16

  1. May you have the best President’s Day ever on February 15!! <3
  1. We received nice thank you-s in the mail from Forest Lake Presbyterian Church in Columbia to which we sent flood relief money and from Heifer International for our gift at Christmas. Heifer International sent a certificate which says, “Heifer International gratefully recognizes Clayton Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church for your contribution of healthy animals and training   in their care to help struggling families overcome a life of hunger and poverty.”  Sweet!!!  Glad we could do it.
  1. The practice in the Church for the Heifer Fund is to collect money in a jar which sits on the organ. It used to be that people would drop coins in the jar when they came up for Joys and Concerns but that practice has waned.  The jar is still there, however, and all are invited to contribute as your heart and mind so leads you.
  1. Please be sure to join us for Spirituality Group this coming Friday at 7:00pm at the Church.    The topic will be a DVD viewing of “Awake: Life of Yogananda”.  Please make plans to be there with us.  We will start right at 7:00pm as the DVD is an hour and a half long.  With discussion following, we will most likely finish up around 9:00pm.  Please feel free to bring a comfortable chair or floor pillow.  Light refreshments will be available.  Annie will be leading the discussion.  Thank you, Annie!
  1. The Church’s Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/Clayton-Memorial-Unitarian-Universalist-Church-518433194881510/?ref=hl . Please LIKE the page if you haven’t.  It is a fun and informative page and a great way to get info out in a widespread manner.  Please feel free to SHARE any of the content, particularly anything listed on the page as an EVENT.  YAY!  Thanks so much!
  1. The Church’s website address is: http://newberryuu.org/. Check it out. 
  1. Congratulations to the newly elected Board: Marla, Chair; Annie, Secretary; Marsha, Treasurer; and John, Member-At-Large. Michelle, Minister, is also a full member of the Board by nature of being minister; this position is not an elected one.  We are open to comments and ideas, so if you have something which you would like the Board to consider for action please let us all know.  It is most helpful for all to have the full idea at the same time so that one of us does not have to interpret or possibly misunderstand or misrepresent.  Our email addresses are:  “Marla Castillo” <marlakatcast65@gmail.com>, “Annie Burgard” <harpbridge@gmail.com>, “John Halfacre” <halfacrj@gmail.com>, “Marsha DeRosier” <mderosy@gmail.com>, “Michelle Robinson” michelle_wildes@yahoo.com.  We look forward to a great 2016 as a Church Family!!

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Some Newsy News for the UUs!            1-3-16

  1. May you have the Best New Year Ever!! <3
  1. Thanks to all who participated in the gift giving by the Church to foster children in Newberry County and to Heifer International. The donation to Heifer International was given by the Church in memory of Johnna Eargle Mills and included a share of a water buffalo, bees, rabbits and chickens – all gifts that keep on giving.  Sweet!!!
  1. The practice in the Church for the Heifer Fund is to collect money in a jar which sits on the organ. It used to be that people would drop coins in the jar when they came up for Joys and Concerns but that practice has waned.  The jar is still there, however, and all are invited to contribute as your heart and mind so leads you. 
  1. Our Christmas Eve service was such a delight: very warm, communal and uplifting. Thanks to each person who was part of the planning and doing; thanks to all who came to share.  The music and carols were beautiful, as were the story and poem.  Hugs!
  1. Please be sure to join us for Spirituality Group this coming Friday at 7pm at the Church. The topic will be Gratitude and is part of the celebration by Interfaith Partners of SC Interfaith Harmony Month’s calendar of events.  See below for more!!!
  1. The Church’s Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/Clayton-Memorial-Unitarian-Universalist-Church-518433194881510/?ref=hl . Please LIKE the page if you haven’t.  It is a fun and informative page and a great way to get info out in a widespread manner.  Please feel free to SHARE any of the content, particularly anything listed on the page as an EVENT.  YAY!  Thanks so much!
  1. The Church’s website address is: http://newberryuu.org/. Check it out. 
  1. Ernest is coordinating a brief meeting after the service Sunday, Jan 10, to discuss organizing a chapter of the UUCF (Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship).  Please plan to attend if you have an interest in this endeavor. Tentative agenda will cover: (1) When is the best time to hold a meeting?  Inclination is for those who are interested to have a monthly meeting at either 10am or noon on the second or third Sunday of a month, i.e., before or after the regular service, but not on the first Sunday because of the Eatin’ Meetin’;  (2) What should be the focus of those monthly meetings?; and (3) Should we try to have a service project of our own?
  1. CMUU will hold its annual Congregational Meeting of active members on the third Sunday (January 17th) at 10am. The following items will be addressed: Election of the Board, Treasurer’s Report, Selection of a Pastoral Search Committee Team, and Bylaw Change (adding the Fellowship Hall as a Standing Committee). A list of candidates will be submitted by the nominating committee for board elections.  Hope to see you there!
  1. Please be sure to join us on the 5th Sunday of January (1-31-16) for a special 11:00 service Celebrating SC Interfaith Harmony Month with the Interfaith Partners of SC. The service will include as many people as possible (Church family and friends!) with the hope of explaining / sharing with others the various parts of a Unitarian Universalist service.  We will gather in the Fellowship Hall following the service to welcome our guests and Church family for further sharing and fellowship.  This event is part of the below calendar celebrating SC Interfaith Harmony Month with the Interfaith Partners of SC.  Please join us!! and please SHARE this event on our Facebook page.  :o)
  1. The Schedule for South Carolina Interfaith Harmony Month is listed below. We are all invited to all of these happenings! Love, love and love!!

Spirituality Discussion    Friday, January 8,
7:00 – 8:30 PM    334 Clayton Mem. Church Rd., Newberry

Join us in our new church Fellowship Hall at Clayton Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church for relaxed discussion with friends.

Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism    Wednesday, January 13
7:00 PM    228 O’Neil Court, Columbia, SC 29223

SGI-USA hosts an Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism at the S.C. Buddhist Center, Questions contact eahendley@gmail.com or 803.240-2037.

Midlands Interfaith Meet-Up    Wednesday, January 13
6:00 – 8:00 PM    Zorba’s Restaurant, 6169 St. Andrews Road, Columbia
                                     Come prepared to visit with friends, and chat about what’s on your heart.  All are welcome to this monthly event, no RSVP needed, bring a friend! Dutch Treat Dinner (you may order on your own, but no order is required) followed by discussion.  Topic for January: What to do when our beliefs clash? Questions contact holli@sc.rr.com.

5th Annual Interfaith Celebration at Hindu Temple    Wednesday, January 13
6:00 – 8:00 PM    1740 Jervey Street, Charleston

You, your family and friends are invited to a special interfaith friendship and harmony event organized by the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center.  Presentations from different faiths on the topic, “Personal Growth For Social Tolerance.”  Questions contact 843-875-9753 or
shroff_shaila@hotmail.com.

Women of Many Faiths    Thursday, January 14
6:30-8:30 PM     2020 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201

Fellowship and enjoy refreshments together until 7:00 when our discussion will begin. Discussion Topic: What defines “worship” in your services and gatherings?  What is the purpose of your gathering?  What do people get out of it?  What is your expectation, what do you hope will happen? If you wish, bring food to share. Baha’i Center at 2020 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201. Questions contact anne41450@aol.com or schelen1@icloud.com.

National Congress of American Indians (online)    Thursday, January 14th
10:30 AM    Livestream Online

National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby will give the State of Indian Nations address at Knight Studios, Newseum, Washington DC.  RSVP required, http://tinyurl.com/jlpqsnn.  Space is limited; a confirmation email will be sent to those requests we can accommodate. This event will also be broadcast live through Livestream.com. All are invited to attend (via internet).

3rd Annual Teen Interfaith Service Weekend    Saturday January 16
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM    2701 Heyward Street, Columbia 29205

A day of service to the community, lock-in, and building interfaith relationships. High school youth at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia invite other youth to join them as volunteers at Columbia’s Family Shelter. Dinner and lock-in at the UU church follow the day of service.  Also included is a unique youth service followed by a Q&A session with a youth representative from each faith tradition present. Fun games and activities will last through the evening. Price for meals and t-shirt is $25. All 9th – 12th grade youth are welcome to participate. Questions contact reassist@uucolumbia.org.

Baha’i’ Devotional Service    Sunday, January 17
11:00 AM    2020 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Devotional followed by an brief presentation and discussion regarding the teachings of the Baha’i, questions welcome. Light refreshments. Presented by the Baha’i’s of Greater Columbia. Questions contact careymurphy19@gmail.com

Sikh Temple Open Worship & Langar Lunch    Sunday, January 17
11:30 – 1:00    11419 Broad River Road, Chapin, 29036

A special temple service with music and translations into English for first-time guests, followed by a traditional Sikh free langar lunch. Head coverings are provided and all are welcome.

I Shall Not Be Silent    Monday, January 18
6:30 – 8:00 PM    5827 Trenholm Road, Columbia 29229

Join Beth Shalom Synagogue for this MLK Weekend special screening of the award-winning documentary about a rabbi who would not be silenced.  From synagogues in 1930s Berlin to the 1963 March on Washington, with Andre Braugher narrating excerpts of Rabbi Joachim Prinz’s writings. Refreshments afterwards. Questions and RSVP for planning purposes to 803-782-2500.

Facing Fear in our Houses of Worship    Tuesday, January 19
7:30 – 9:00 PM    228 O’Neil Court, Columbia, SC 29223

A panel of law enforcement experts from Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and our own Sheriff Leon Lott of Richland County Sheriff’s Department, talk to us about how to constructively face our fears in the wake of tragedies such as the shooting at Emanuel AME in Charleston.  Short presentations by each panelist, discussion questions and interaction with guests. is SC SGI-USA Buddhist Community Center, 228 O’Neil Court, Columbia, SC 29223 (beside DMV). Questions contact holli@sc.rr.com.

Native American Winter Story Telling (2) Series    Wednesday, January 20th
1:00 – 2:30 PM    Online webinar

Join us for a Native American Indian Spirituality event, sponsored by The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc, (NIWRC) and promoted by ECSIUT- Cherokees of SC. Cost: Free.  http://www.niwrc.org/content/event/winter-story-telling-1-3

Stories of the Prophets from the Holy Qur’an    Friday, January 22
4:00 – 6:00 PM    509 Winmet Drive, Columbia, SC 29203

Stories of the Prophets, exhibits and refreshments at the Masjid Noor Ul Huda. Modest attire suggested, note that it is customary for shoes to be removed just inside door and women are invited to wear a head covering. Questions contact president@picna.org.

Musical Shabbat Worship    Friday, January 22
Tree of Life 120th Anniversary Concert    Saturday, January 23
7:30 PM start for both    6719  N.  Trenholm  Rd.  Columbia,  SC

All are invited to join Tree of Life Congregation for events celebrating 120 years serving the Jewish community of the Midlands. Events also include a Saturday lunchtime music workshop and a Sunday Tu Be Shevat Lunch. Suggested donation for concert $10 or $36 for a family.  Made possible by Sid Krauss Memorial Fund and the Columbia Jewish Federation. Questions contact 120th@tolsc.org.

Jubilee! Circle Service    Sunday, January 24
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    2730 Millwood Avenue, Columbia

Join Jubilee! Circle in a unique celebration of the Holy using contemporary secular music and a blend of religious traditions that honors and welcomes Christianity, Paganism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and more.

Opening  Ceremony of a Season for Non-Violence    Saturday, January 30
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM    1801 Legrand Rd, Columbia, SC 29229

The 19th annual Season for Non-Violence begins January 30 and runs for 64 days until April 4th, marking the deaths of Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and in honor of their work.  Hosted by Unity of Columbia, speakers will be from different faiths in our community, followed by Dances of Universal Peace and a light lunch.  Questions contact unitycolumbia@gmail.com.

2016: The Year For Interfaith    Monthly starting Sunday, January 31
9:30 and 11:15 AM     2535 Leeds Ave., Charleston, SC, 29405

In light of the turmoil around mass shootings, religious bigotry, and people’s use of belief and religion as divisive tools, Unity of Charleston announces “2016: A Year of Interfaith Understanding”. One Sunday per month for the entire year, we will give our pulpit to a speaker from another faith tradition to learn of their tradition’s basic practices and teachings. First speaker is on the Sikh faith, February 28- Islam, Dr. Shahid Husain, President of the Central Mosque of Charleston; March 20: Buddhism, Geshela Topgyal, spiritual leader of the Charleston Tibetan Society.  More dates and speakers to be announced. You are invited to come to Charleston for any of these Sundays to hear these speakers. Service times are 9:30 and 11:15. Unity is located at 2535 Leeds Ave., Charleston, SC, 29405. Questions 843-566-0600.

Unitarian Universalist Service    Sunday, January 31
11:00 AM    334 Clayton Mem. Church Rd., Newberry

This event will be in 2 parts.  First part is a short service (around 30 minutes) with sharing on the meaning, history, and symbolism of the elements of a UU service. The second part is gathering in the Fellowship Hall to continue discussion of Unitarian Universalism and the Seven Principles with light refreshments.

University of S.C. Methodist Student Network    Sunday, January 31
5:00-8:00 PM    728 Pickens (between Greene & Blossom)

Join us to hear students talk about their ministry, for worship and for a meal, at Wesley Foundation near campus. Questions contact Carl Evans, 803-315-5481. Parking info call 803-799-7363. More about the Methodist Student Network here:  http://msnatusc.com/v2/.

Dances of Universal Peace    Friday, February 5
7:00 – 9:00 PM    RSVP for address near Beltline/Forest Drive, Columbia

Dances of Universal connect us to the universe by positive inspiration from numerous spiritual traditions. Hafiz put it this way, “I bow to the Friend in deep reverence and discover a marvelous secret carried in the air: this whole Universe is just as blessed and divinely crazed as I, and just as lost in this Wonderful Holy Dance.”  Leader keeps us from getting too lost by teaching and leading us in chants and dances.  Each dance is a practice that enhances our resonance with the Divine in ourselves and in others. We will also share some prayers and blessings. After dancing, we socialize over refreshments. Small donations accepted. Questions contact mff426@gmail.com>, 803-743-0731.  Not familiar with DUP?  See some at the recent Parliament of the World’s Religions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TArJLQqVRPw  Also see more information about DUP at http://www.dancesofuniversalpeacena.org/

Lights of Nut Ceremony    Sunday, February 7
7:00 – 8:00 PM    RSVP for private address

Each of us makes our own journey through the night, seeking the light of understanding. While we must make a solitary journey, we are not alone. The deep blue body of Nut, the sky mother, embraces and receives us all, and gives rebirth to us with the dawn.  Members and friends of Osireion will hold a short ceremony called Lights of Nut (pronounced “noot”).  Because Lights of Nut will be held in a private home, attendance is by RSVP only. You are welcome to bring a guest, however. The service will last about twenty minutes, followed by refreshments. You need not be familiar with New Egyptian Spirituality, Paganism or Osireion in order to attend, and no particular attire is required. Just come and enjoy the communion of Spirit and friends.