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!


SUNDAY SERVICE
MAY 19, 10:30 AM
Rev. David Morris “The Gift of Receiving”
A spiritual community thrives on an “economy of care,” in which we offer one another support in times of need.  Our willingness to accept help is a necessary part of that flow of caring.

and after the service, 11:45am  Program Committee Discussion:
Join members of the Program Committee after this Sunday’s service as they invite you into conversation about our Sunday services.  What makes them meaningful for you? What is most important? What would add value or significance to your experience of our community in worship?

NEWS AND NOTES
2019-20 Pledge Drive Drawing To A Close–Is Your Pledge Form In?

It’s getting late,
The deadline’s passed
To pledge your contribution!

We’re not going to judge, yet
We must fund our budget,
And you’re part of the solution.

Please help us plan–
Increase if you can,
To strengthen our fair institution!

Note: Rhyme-free pledge forms will be available at the Meetinghouse this Sunday. If you need to speak with someone about your pledge, Rev. David, Jennifer Gilbreath, or Finance Chair Bryan Jones will be glad to hear from you.

Flower Power Fundraiser Follow up:
From Kathy McMahan…Thanks to all those who participated in the recent Flower Power fundraiser, we were able to raise $266 for the congregation! Everyone should have received their orders of bulbs and seeds by now.

Building and Grounds Yard Cleanup – Saturday, June 15 (rain date June 22)
Mark your calendars. Plan to come lend a hand any time between 9-5 on Saturday June 15. We’ll have fun sprucing the grounds before the annual meeting June 23! Questions? Contact Dennis Tromba or Kathy McMahan.

Reminder:
You can increase donations for Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks by remembering to do your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com (rather than amazon.com) and designate UUCOB as your “charity”.

REV. DAVID’S QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Theologian Frederick Buechner (b. 1926) writes:
“The major difference between hating and loving is perhaps that whereas to love somebody is to be fulfilled and enriched by the experience, to hate somebody is to be diminished and drained by it. Lovers, by losing themselves in their loving, find themselves, become themselves. Haters simply lose themselves. Theirs is the ultimately consuming passion.”

In these polarizing times, when cherished values are being systematically undermined, how do we prevent our disagreements–even passionate and urgent ones–from becoming hatreds?  What steps do you take to keep yourself grounded in defending and promoting what you love and value, rather than allowing yourself to be diminished and drained by hatred?