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 almost 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 October 20
Sunday Service – October 23, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
Will the Center Hold? – Bryan Jones
As part of our Share the Pulpit series of sermons, Bryan Jones will speak on something that may be bothering a lot of us: Will the Center Hold? Each day seems to bring a fresh shooting, a new protest, more hate speech. Do incendiary campaigns for high office reflect a world coming apart or will sanity prevail? History and faith may inform us.
Fall Fantasy Goods and Services Auction – November 5
Deadline for Auction Donations – October 22
Saturday, November 5, 2016, the weekend after Halloween, is the date for this year’s Fall Fantasy- also known as the Goods and Services Auction. We hope you’ll be there, and that you can contribute a good or a service. Also, it would be cool if you could ask a business (or businesses) for a donation. We have a script suggestion if you’d feel better working with it when approaching a business. And, we are working with an auction program developed and run by a member of UU: www.togetherauction.com/uucob. You can see the items we’ll be auctioning in an online catalog that is updated every time that someone adds something new. You do not have to log on to view the catalog. We have entered into the program our members and friends. Just enter your phone number and then the last 4 digits of your number, and you can add your own items. If you’re not on the list, you’ll have a chance to join. And – you can add items of your own to auction. If you’d rather have us do it, no problem. We’ll have forms for donations, forms for business donations, and hints for talking to businesses about donations at a table near the coffee every Sunday until October 22. Donation deadline: October 22nd. Auction: November 5th.
Heal the World Reading Group – Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.
As we seek to join or support movements that resist the intersecting inequalities and oppressions that disfigure human relationships, a powerful first step can be learning to see the world from the perspectives of marginalized people. Rev. David Morris invites all those interested in the work of building a more just world to join me for an ongoing exploration of recent books that open powerful new ways of seeing the systems and structures that perpetuate inequality. Meeting twice a month, we’ll use a practice, growing out of Liberation Theology, of alternating study, reflection, and action as we read books like Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, Rev. William Barber’s The Third Reconstruction, and more together. As our understanding and compassion grow, we’ll seek ways to put our learning into action together. This group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Meeting House. Attendance is drop-in, but signups are encouraged for planning purposes.
Rev. David Morris’s “Everyday Spiritual Practices” retreat this Saturday is postponed to a later date. Please contact David if would like to join in a pre-holiday time of retreat and peace.
A Winter Home
The ficus tree on our UUCOB front porch needs a new home before the weather turns cool. Please let David know if you’d like to host this lovely tree for a few months until it can return to grace our porch again!
Can You Do Calligraphy?
Our new Singing the Journey books will arrive soon and the Program Committee needs to complete the dedication cards for them. We can do this very nicely with a computer and printer, but hand-prepared dedications would be even more lovely. If you are able to do calligraphy and would like to take this project on for about 25 songbooks, please contact Rosemary Rawlins at email@example.com.
All Souls Service is Coming
Next week Sunday, October 30, we will have our All Souls observance during the service. You are invited to bring a picture or memento of any loved one who has died to place on a table at the front of the sanctuary. Additionally, anyone who has lost a family member or loved one this year (since last October) is invited to participate in a simple procession at the beginning of the service, with a candle to place on the table as the name of your loved one is shared aloud. Please let David know by Wednesday, 10/26 if you have a loved one you would like to honor in this way.
Decorating Our All Souls Table
If you have Dia de los Muertos or Samhain-themed décor that you are willing to share for our table, please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October Share-the-Plate – Outer Banks Cancer Support Group
The Outer Banks Cancer Support Group provides transportation stipends to patients for doctor visits, and they pay bills (rent, car payments, etc.) for those in treatment who are unable to work during that time.
Rev. David Morris, Minister
UUCOB Meetinghouse Office Hours:
Tuesday, October 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26, 1 – 5 p.m.
Thursday October 27, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Other times and locations available by appointment.
Monday is his day off, and Friday is his day for study and writing.
He can be reached by email at email@example.com, and by phone any time at 252-423-3043