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.
We, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks, extend a warm welcome to you.
- 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 April 19
Rev. David’s Quote of the Week:
“Thanks to science, we now can see that a relationship with the Cosmos awaits us. We begin to catch a glimpse of the awesome role of the human in the Universe process – and of our destiny as Homo sapiens, or wise humans. For with us, the Universe brought into existence a creature by which it can begin to know–to reflect on–its vastness, its beauty, its amazing journey. You see, we didn’t come into this world, we grew out from it. . . . We humans are not separate creatures on Earth, in a Universe. We are a mode of being of Earth, an expression of the Universe.”
Michael Dowd, Thank God for Evolution (2007), pp.56-57.
This Earth Day, let’s reflect on both the grandeur of knowing our true place in the world–and the humility of knowing we are just one part of the world, as well.
Sunday Service – April 22, 10:30 a.m.
Reflections on Earth Day – Rev. David Morris
Rev. David Morris will lead this service with invited thoughts about environmentalism and spirituality centered on the Earth from members of our congregation.
This Sunday marks the close of the Pledge Drive for our next fiscal year, July 1 – June 30. So far we have received $37,340 in pledges, still 23% off from our goal of $47,956. If you have already sent in your pledge, we thank you very much; some pledges received have been extremely generous, which we really appreciate.
The Preliminary Budget that you received in your Pledge Packet was based on the expectation of receiving $47,956 in pledges. If this goal is not met, we must adjust some of the amounts of our expenses. Some of our costs are fixed, such as almost $17,000 in insurance, utilities and taxes. This year we allocated $10,500 to Buildings and Grounds expenses to complete some much-needed projects. If we fall short, we will have to cut back on some of these repairs.
We would like to increase Rev. David’s hours to 2/3 time from 1/2 time. He has done a wonderful job since he has been here and we are very excited about this possibility. He has told us that he would be able to preach one extra Sunday per month and increase his efforts to create a larger presence in the community, thereby contributing to our growth. We really don’t want to relinquish this wonderful opportunity, so please be as generous as you can when you make a pledge to this congregation.
You do not have to be a member to make a pledge. If you enjoy attending our services and events, we encourage you to help support our efforts. The finance committee is ready to take your pledge form this Sunday, or please see one of us to make arrangements. Thank you everyone, for your pledge!
Sherrie Lemnios, Chairman
Dave Feild, Treasurer
Bryan Jones, Finance Committee member
ECSU Jazz Ensemble Performance – Saturday April 21
UUCOB is excited about bringing jazz to the Outer Banks and providing the students an opportunity to perform for our community. Join us and bring your friends. This will be a wonderful evening.
The ECSU Jazz Ensemble is coming to the Outer Banks. The performance will be the second in the UUCOB’s 2018 Music at the Meetinghouse Series. The concert is this Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 at the UUCOB Meetinghouse. Doors open at 7:00 to allow people to come early to enjoy socializing and refreshments, which are included in the admission price of $20 at the door.
Speaking of refreshments, please contribute wine, soft drinks, appetizers or desserts. Finger foods are preferable. THANKS!
As you’ve probably noticed, the main grassy parking area is being restored and re-seeded after a punishing winter. On Sundays and for large events, we encourage anyone who can to enter the Feline Hope driveway (second entrance off Herbert Perry Rd.), drive past the shed, and park in the open area across the footbridge from the Meetinghouse. Thank you!
We love the feeling that our wonderful buildings and grounds are “home” for us all. However, it’s also important to remember that they are community spaces, with shared responsibility and decision-making. Unilateral decisions to remove the “First-Time Visitors” parking sign (sadly now in need of replacement) or override the Sextons’ responsibility for the Sanctuary and kitchen on Sundays may feel like being at home, but can undermine the sense of community. Respect and consideration should always be our guides.
Rev. David Morris’ Office Hours
Tuesdays and Wednesdays – noon to 5p.m.
Thursdays – 9:30a.m. to 3:30p.m.
Appointments are recommended to avoid schedule conflicts, and Rev. David is available by appointment at other times as needed.