To All Members, Friends, and Guests of UUCOB:
We, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks, extend a warm welcome to you. We invite you to join us in the celebration of life and the search for its meaning. Our members form a diverse group with various religious backgrounds.
- Have you felt a need for a spiritual community that values your whole life, welcoming you as you are and recognizing that every life has extraordinary possibilities?
- Have you ever wished for a religious community that finds inspiration in all the world’s religious traditions, in nature’s beauty, in poetry, stories, music, and art, and in the discoveries of science?
- Have you wondered if faith and love could guide spiritual and religious people to work for equity and justice, for peace and freedom, for equal rights for all people in this world, in this lifetime?
- Have you wanted to be part of a community of love who celebrate each other’s joys, who comfort and support each other in times of trouble, who strengthen and encourage each other for the work of making a better world, and who welcome and celebrate each other’s quest for truth and meaning?
For over 30 years the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks has been building just such a spiritual community. We would love to share it with you. We hope you’ll enjoy exploring this website and our Facebook page, but most of all we would be glad to welcome you to a Sunday service at our Meetinghouse on Kitty Hawk Road. Come as you are!
SUNDAY SERVICE – August 11, 10:30am
Rev. Ed Brock “Seeking Community and Civility in an Uncivil Society”
The sermon will explore what creates, destroys, undermines, and sustains healthy relationships between individuals AND groups. Rev. Brock’s remarks will be based on his recently published book Optimal Relationships.
About Rev. Brock:
Rev. Ed Brock is UU minister who specializes in transitional ministry and is an Accredited Interim Minister. Rev. Brock and his wife, Alphise, have two daughters, Allie and Lily. Rev. Brock is also a licensed psychotherapist and has written a book entitled Optimal Relationships: A Path Toward a More Civil Society. Rev. Brock is currently serving the second year of a two-year interim ministry at the Huntsville UU Church.
NEWS & NOTES
Rev. David on Study Leave:
Rev. David Morris will take the first of his three weeks of Study Leave for the 2019-20 fiscal year from Saturday, August 10th thru Friday, August 16th. During that time he will be available for pastoral or other emergencies, but will be focused on planning for the coming year’s services. Non-emergency congregational questions can be brought to Board members or to the members of the Pastoral Care team: Joan Liston, Gwen Taylor, Sara Zimmerman, or Barbara Goulet.
COMING SOON: Children’s Sunday Program:
We are hoping to restart a more structured program for children on Sunday mornings and we need your help. Parents, grandparents, interested members and friends please tell us what you want to see us offer. All suggestions, input, or offers to help appreciated. Contact: Donna Mohler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Kind of Man Are You?
Rev. David is planning to restart a Men’s Group at UUCOB in the Fall, focusing on the lives and needs of all kinds and generations of men amid today’s challenges and changes. If you’d like to take part in the group, please let him know!
REV. DAVID’S QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Theologian Frederick Buechner (b. 1926) writes:
“Today is a moment of light surrounded on all sides by darkness and oblivion. In the entire history of the universe, let alone in your own history, there has never been another just like it and there never will be another just like it again. It is the point to which all your yesterdays have been leading since the hour of your birth. It is the point from which all your tomorrows will proceed until the hour of your death. If you were aware of how precious it is, you could hardly live through it. Unless you are aware of how precious it is, you can hardly be said to be living at all. All other days have either disappeared into darkness and oblivion or not yet emerged from them. Today is the only day there is.”
The moments of the past and future are not unreal, but we are never actually living in them. What helps you to call your attention to the preciousness and extraordinary reality of the present moment?