Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks

To All Members and Friends 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!

Weekly Announcements:

SUNDAY SERVICE –March 21, 10:30 AM
David Mohler “Reasons for Hope” 
With climate change so urgent and yet so neglected as a national policy priority, what gives an expert on energy and the environment grounds for optimism?

Building and Grounds Work Day – Saturday, March 30 (Raindate: Saturday, April 6)
Come anytime from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

We need your help to maintain our beautiful building and grounds. Lots of work to be done! We need your help with everything from weeding, to shoveling, pruning to mulching. Power washing! Something for everyone! All in fun fellowship, and helping to make our UUCOB home look good. RSVP to kathy.mcmahan@embarqmail.com is encouraged, but not required. Food contributions welcome!

Minister at Clergy Retreat: This weekend, from Thursday through Monday, Rev. David will be travelling to attend the semi-annual retreat of the Southeast Chapter of the UU Minister’s Association in Highlands, NC.  While he is at the UU Retreat Center called “The Mountain,” he will be able to send and receive email, but not text messages or phone calls. Rev. David will make every effort to stay in touch while he is at this professional gathering.

 Celebrate With Revs. David and Gaye: Friday, April 12th at 6 PM.
Mark your calendars now to join in a ceremony at the UUCOB Meetinghouse celebrating Rev. David Morris and Rev. Gaye Ortiz’s recent wedding. Please join us for this joyous occasion.

A note from Joan Liston: “We are excited to be a part of Rev. David and Rev. Gaye’s wedding celebration on April 12th at 6:00.   We will be providing lovely appetizers, soft drinks and a champagne toast. You will have an opportunity to sign up beginning this Sunday on a sheet on the back table. A large bowl will be provided for congratulatory cards. Hope we have a great crowd!”

Cultural Crossroads Event – ECSU Jazz Ensemble – Saturday, April 13, 7:00 pmThe Elizabeth City State University Jazz Ensemble returns to UUCOB for an evening of jazz.
For more information: http://www.uucob.org/events-2/

 UU Forward Together Workshop–The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina is offering  Becoming a Justice-Making Congregation: Creating, Growing, & Nurturing Social Justice Minstry in UU Congregations, a workshop for UU social justice leaders and activists.  Would you like to help UUCOB to engage in social justice work more visibly, more relationally, more spiritually, more strategically, and more effectively?  Here’s a chance to learn strategies and skills!   There’s no cost for the workshop, but UU Forward Together will gladly accept a suggested donation of $15 per person to offset the cost of breakfast and lunch.  The workshop will be held Saturday, April 6th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the UU Congregation of New Bern.  You can register at: Forward Together Workshop – New Bern

Poet Mark Strand (1934-2014) wrote these words:

“Back down these stairs to the same scene,
to the moon, the stars, the night wind. Hours pass
and only the harp off in the distance and the wind
moving through it. And soon the sun’s gray disk,
darkened by clouds, sailing above. And beyond,
as always, the sea of endless transparence, of utmost
calm, a place of constant beginning that has within it
what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand
has touched, what has not arisen in the human heart.
To that place, to the keeper of that place, I commit myself.”

In your own moments of deepest stillness, insight, and connection, to what or to whom do you commit yourself?  How do you understand and express the deepest backdrop against which your life unfolds?