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 December 6, 2018

SUNDAY SERVICE – December 9, 10:30 AM
Rev David Morris “Daring to Risk Futility”
Hanukkah tells the story of a leap of faith. What would you dare for what you hold sacred?

Our Sunday service will celebrate the courageous and trusting spirit of Hanukkah, with a menorah, dreidels, and gelt. Continue the festivities after the Service: Rev. David will be making potato latkes in the kitchen to celebrate the last day of the Festival of Lights. If you’d like to help with the frying, please let Rev. David know by phone, text, or email. Everyone is invited to share this traditional Hannukkah fare.

Meanwhile. Ed Obermeyer, our Artist of the month, will share his thoughts about his Art Show Opening, “From Sea to Shore”. Ed will talk about his painting style which was inspired by his experiences in Australia.

REV. DAVID’S QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Poet Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) offers us this thought:

Commonplace miracle:
that so many commonplace miracles happen…
A miracle, just take a look around:
the world is everywhere.
An additional miracle, as everything is additional:
the unthinkable
is thinkable.

Hanukkah and Christmas are often described as a season of miracles. In that season, may we each find time to notice and acknowledge the commonplace miracles that surround us and invite us toward hope and healing in every moment of our lives.

NEWS & NOTES
Ribbon of Holiday Cheer. How do UUCOB Members and Friends Impact our World? Let us Count the Ways…On the back table, pick up a paper hand, or 2 or 3 or more, and write on it one thing that you have contributed to our world this  year, (no need to write your name), then pin it up on a ribbon.

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.”  Helen Keller

Art Show: From Sea to Shore”, Paintings by Ed Obermeyer
This one-man show at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks will be displayed beginning December 9 through January 30.

UPCOMING SPECIAL SERVICES & EVENTS:
December 16 Merry Christmas–Greening the Meetinghouse!  Our Sunday service will explore Unitarian connections with some of our favorite ways of celebrating Christmas. After the service, we’ll celebrate the Christmas season (and the Solstice too!) by decking our building and Sanctuary with greens from our yards and gardens. Please bring holly, evergreen boughs, and vines like smilax and ivy if you can; come join in the fun whether you have greens to bring or not!

December 23—Our Sunday service will be filled with the sound of music. UUCOB is bringing in “Constellation”, the musical duo of Eric Thomas and his wife Helen Wolfson, to lead a service called “The Language of Music”. Eric and Helen have performed at their local UU fellowship as well traveled to provide services at various UU, Ethical Culture, and liberal religious congregations on the East Coast. We hope to have a great turnout for this very special service! For more details, see attached flyer.

December 24—Monday, 7 PM  Our Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Join us for a beautiful candlelight service of carols, stories, and lessons for Christmas Eve. This annual, family-friendly service is a highlight of our year that you won’t want to miss.  The Christmas Eve Offering is the foundation each year of the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, which Rev. David can use to assist UUCOB members and friends as well as folks in the community with small financial emergencies.  Bring a plate of your favorite Christmas cookies, and enjoy warm spiced cider and a cookie swap after the service!

December 30–The Turning of the Year. Our Sunday service will be a circle celebration built around a ritual of releasing the old year and welcoming in the new.

January 12–Cultural Crossroads Series Event – Billy Stevens
“Sincere Forms of Flattery: Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music”   For more information, click here.