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 from February 14, 2019

SUNDAY SERVICE – February 17, 10:30 AM
Author, Mindy Klasky
“What happens when we choose against the religion or beliefs of a parent? Coming of age rituals can be a critical time of decision making between parent and child. Mindy Klasky discusses these concepts as she presents her personal experience and those of other cultures as inspiration for her 2-book series KEARA’S RAVEN”. USA TODAY: “Klasky’s writing is top-notch, her pacing swift and sure.”

REV. DAVID’S QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
James Luther Adams (1901-1993), a Unitarian Universalist theologian, ethicist, justice activist, and seminary professor, spoke of five core beliefs he thought were the foundation of our faith.  This is the first:  “The first tenet of the free person’s faith is that our ultimate dependence for being and freedom is upon a creative power and upon processes not of our own making. Our ultimate faith is not in ourselves. . . .  Whatever the destiny of the planet or of the individual life, a sustaining meaning is discernible and commanding in the here and now. Anyone who denies this denies that there is anything worth taking seriously or even worth talking about. Every blade of grass, every work of art, every scientific endeavor, every striving for righteousness bears witness to this meaning. Indeed, every frustration or perversion of truth, beauty or goodness also bears this witness, as the shadow points round to the sun.”

It’s important to note that Adams does not describe the nature of the “creative power and processes,” or the content of the “sustaining meaning.” How would you describe them? How does taking the time to name your understanding of those powers, processes, and meanings affect your experience of everyday life, or of extraordinary events?

NEWS AND NOTES:
Upcoming Cross Cultural Events:
UUCOB Movie Night – “Sorry to Bother You” – Saturday, February 23, 7:00 pm
This critically acclaimed 2018 independent satire from hip hop musician-turned-filmmaker Boots Riley is about a young Oakland man (Lakeith Stanfield) who adopts a “white voice” for his call center job and quickly rises to the top of the company, only to make a shocking discovery.

Jaki Shelton Green, Poet Laureate of North Carolina – Saturday March 9, 7:00 pm
Ms. Green’s topic: “Who told you that story?” How do you remember the tales about relatives? Where did that vase come from? The answers to such questions suggest the ways communities have survived through the art, music, stories, and crafts produced by its members.

NOTES FROM REV. DAVID:
Minister’s Study Leave:
Rev. David will take the second of his three weeks of annual Study Leave from February 19th-25th. During Study Leave, Rev. David does not keep office hours, attend meetings, or take non-urgent calls or emails, but is available by phone or text message at 925-914-7353 for pastoral emergencies. He will be here for Movie Night at the UU – Saturday, February 23, 7:00 pm “Sorry to Bother You”. Come join us, and bring a friend.

A Morning of Peace – Saturday, March 2, 9:00 am:
Come join Rev. David for a morning of spiritual respite and conversation on Saturday, March 2nd at the Meetinghouse from 9 AM to noon.  In a purposefully quiet setting, we’ll talk about spiritual practices that we’ve found meaningful, and take some time to try on a few practices for a morning of spiritual nurture and reflection.

And…Congratulations to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of New Bern, NC, celebrating the Installation of the Rev. Charlie Davis as their Minister this Sunday!