March 2017 Newsletter

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March 5Filling the Well Reverend David Morris
In a time when our public life seems disfigured by the ugliness of hostility and fear wedded to power, and in times when troubles of our own are too much with us, we need deep resources of healing and strength.  Today, we consider the immense gifts of beauty.

March 12 – Five Steps to Prevent Activist Burnout  – Sara M. Vekasi, M. Div., Eco Chaplain
Sarah is a Buddhist-trained Chaplain who founded and runs an organization called the Eco-Chaplaincy Initiative to work with environmental and social justice activists, providing pastoral support to thousands of activists working in a variety of movements and organizations. She currently lives in Black Mountain, NC.

March 19Commitment Sunday – Reverend David Morris
On this day when we launch our annual Pledge Campaign, Rev. David Morris asks: What do you dream of for your spiritual community?

March 26 – Bryan Jones – White Privilege
A sermon from the “Shared Pulpit” series.

Rev. David Morris, Minister.
UUCOB Meetinghouse Office Hours
Tuesdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursdays 1 – 5 p.m.
Other times and locations available by appointment. Fridays are for writing and study, and Mondays are his “sacred day off.”  He can be reached by email at, and by phone any time at 252-423-3043.

Family Potluck and Game Night – March 10
Join us Friday the tenth of March for a fun, family-friendly, relaxed event.  David will bring a vegan dish. Please bring a dish to share, and a game if you like.

Women’s Journey Group – March 8, 10:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Sandy Anderson
Topic: Chapter 7 from Listening Hearts, Cultivating Ourselves

Art Opening
There will be a Photography show opening after the service on Sunday, March 5, at 11:45 of the work of Jane Manolas, a freshman at First Flight High School.

Get Ready to Pledge
On March 19, we will kick off our Pledge Drive for fiscal year July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.  Rev. David will speak on that day about dreams you have for your spiritual community.  You will also hear from several committed members of our congregation throughout the drive on why they pledge their financial support to our beloved community.

I would like to remind you that you do not have to be a member to sign a pledge form.  Of course, we would love to have you join, but if you come to services regularly, just enjoy our events or are glad that we are a beacon of liberal religion and inclusiveness on the Outer Banks, you can also sign a pledge form.  We welcome and appreciate our Pledging Friends.

Please be as generous as you can when you receive your pledge packet on March 19 or soon afterwards.  Anything you can contribute will be appreciated.  Thank you!

Sherrie Lemnios

Finance Chairman 

UUA General Assembly in New Orleans, June 21-25
Registration and Housing for GA opened March 1. Rooms often sell out. If you’re thinking of attending GA, please know that the number of guests staying at the “official” conference hotels helps to secure meeting space for the Assembly as well as gains support for the environmental and fair employment practices the UUA negotiates with the hotels. It would be wonderful to take a full complement of delegates plus any more folks who would like to take part in this planned “Justice General Assembly.”  GA is always exciting, and this year promises a powerful and memorable experience.

March Share-the-Plate – Community Care Clinic of Dare
The Community Care Clinic of Dare serves the lower-income, uninsured persons living or working in Dare County by providing access to basic healthcare and medications. The Clinic is committed to increasing accessibility to healthcare on the Outer Banks.

Heal the World Study Group
As we seek to join or support movements that resist the intersecting inequalities and oppressions that disfigure human relationships, a powerful first step is 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 an ongoing exploration of recent books that open powerful new ways of seeing the systems and structures that perpetuate inequality.  For the next few sessions, we will read and consider Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Between the World and Me. Rev. Morris has ordered copies.  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 Meetinghouse. In February we’ll explore books and ideas related to Black History Month. This is a drop-in group, open to all even if you have not yet read the current book–our conversations are wide-ranging.  Feeling the need to “do something?” Join us!