There are a variety of ways you can connect with our UUFLG community. You do not need to be a member of our Fellowship to participate in the activities and programs that we offer. We hope you’ll join us for the inspiration, fellowship and fun! Belonging through membership is the “frosting on the cake.”
Sunday Service and Social Hour
Each Sunday, immediately following the service, we meet on the deck – or inside, depending on the weather – to share conversation and beverages. Join us!
Private Consultation with Minister
Refer to Minister Services web page.
Children’s Book Exchange
Do you have books your children have outgrown? Would you like to donate them and maybe get a book or two (or three) in exchange? Bring any children’s books you no longer want to church. There will be drop-off boxes on the deck. After the service, you and your children can help yourself to free books! The exchange occurs on the last Sunday of the month during social hour. Check the calendar and weekly updates for the months it’s scheduled. Contact: Katie Stubstad, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Great Books Foundation “is an independent, nonprofit educational organization with a mission to help people think and share ideas.” The local chapter meets at the Fellowship the second Monday of each month from 7:30-9:30p. Contact: Brent Browning, email@example.com.
Women’s Spirituality Group
The purpose of the Women’s Spirituality Group is to support individual spiritual growth, support one another, reach out to women in the Fellowship and provide social interaction. Each year the group selects a book or topic that will stimulate spiritual growth and provide a basis for group discussion. The group meets the first and third Mondays of each month from 6:30-8p in the Lounge.
This intimate group supports members in exploring individual paths of spiritual growth. The Chalice Circle meets at the Fellowship on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 10-11:45a. New members are welcome! Contact: Katie Rall, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morning Women’s Group
This group is open to all women of the Fellowship and provides opportunities for friendship and community building. We talk about what is going on in our lives, take part in a project that benefits the Fellowship, and have a lively discussion on a topic chosen by our discussion leader. We meet on the second Thursday of the month from 9:45a to noon in the West Room of the Fellowship. Contact: Linda Osborne, email@example.com.
Retired Unitarian Universalist Men get together for lunch and talk about a wide variety of topics: one’s latest trip, politics, UUFLG issues, favorite jokes, etc. There is no program and there is no leader. We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from 12-1:30p at the Fellowship. Bring a bag lunch and something to drink. Contact: Harry Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memoir Writing Group
The Memoir Writing Group meets offsite Fridays 2−4p at Edy Young’s home in San Jose. The purpose of this group is to record the stories of our lives for our descendants and for our own reflection. Though published works have come from groups like this, publication is not our primary goal. The most satisfactory part of meeting is that we have a wonderful time writing then reading to each other. You need not be a good writer to enjoy participating. Each of us improves with doing and listening. You need only have lived an ordinary life to have had remarkable experiences. We have lived in “interesting times.” Our grandchildren cannot imagine how our childhood was lived, and they will want to know. As we listen to each other’s stories, we are astonished at the differences among us, yet, the human spirit is the same. We relate to and appreciate each other. This is a healing, transformative activity. We neither criticize nor tell each other’s stories out of the group. Beyond all of that, we laugh, and we can’t wait for next week. Contact: Edy Young, email@example.com.
Private Consultation with Minister
Refer to Minster Services web page.
Our Men’s Circle meets the second Friday of the month. It is for those among us who identify as male and want to take advantage of the presence and compassion of their brethren. The first half of the evening will be a facilitated circle for sharing what is alive in us in terms of our celebrations, mournings, needs and musings. Cross-talk will be discouraged during this phase in order to support active listening and full self-expression. The second half of the evening will be a non-facilitated, informal period of conversation and refreshments, where we can listen to each other’s ideas, get feedback on important issues, and be fed by community. Contact: Rev. Fa Jun, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building & Grounds Work Party
The Building and Grounds team works to maintain and improve the inside and outside of our fellowship. We replace and upgrade wherever is needed. We encourage those interested and able to attend our once-a-month work party – usually on the last Saturday of each month, from 9 until noon. We do not hold a formal meeting but discuss jobs to be done and match those with the talents available at the beginning of each work party. Contact: Ellen Hill, email@example.com.
The last Saturday of the month is Game Night at the Fellowship. Enjoy friendly competition over your favorite board and parlor games as we visit, laugh and nosh. There will be a wide variety of games and feel free to bring your favorite game, too. Bring snacks and beverages to share! Contact: Albert James, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Ages Potluck
Held four times a year on the fourth Saturday evening of the month at the Fellowship, families and friends come together for a potluck dinner from 5-8p. A children’s craft event and often a movie are provided. Contact: Colleen Hamilton, email@example.com.
Variable Days of the Week
New to UU
Interactive workshops held several times a year where Unitarian Universalist principles and history are explored and connections fostered between newcomers and members. Contact: Rev. Fa Jun, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building and Grounds Committee
Maintains and improves the inside and outside of our Fellowship at a once-a-month work party, usually the last Saturday of each month from 9a to noon. Contact: Albert James, email@example.com or Ellen Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Caring Committee is intended to help and support each other and to foster connections within the Fellowship. Members help with transportation, food, caring words, visits, help in an emergency, etc. We hope everyone will join our UUFLG Cares community. The committee meets the first Wednesday of every other month. Please check the online calendar for our next meeting and join us! Contact: Dave Kiebert, email@example.com.
Building strong connections in loving and supportive community is the primary way we will grow a congregation that lives our UU Principles and meets our Fellowship’s mission. In this spirit, the Connections Committee works to educate people about the benefits and responsibilities of membership. We create a comprehensive approach to membership, from visitors to new members to retention. We also manage external and internal communication. The Committee has five areas of action:
(1) Welcome visitors and prospective new members.
(2) Track prospective new members and educate them about membership.
(3) Facilitate volunteer opportunities for congregants.
(4) Celebrate membership and provide outreach to both new and long-term members and friends.
(5) Publicize Fellowship activities in the local community, and; communicate within the Fellowship via formal and informal channels.
We typically meet the first Tuesday of every month at 12:30p.
The Finance Committee is responsible for the receipt and disbursement of all Fellowship moneys, and keeps a complete accounting of the finances. The committee prepares budgets, plans and organizes the annual pledge drive, supports major fund raising activities including the annual auction and Christmas boutique, and manages the Fellowship endowment funds. The Finance Committee meets on the second Thursday of the month, from 10:30a to noon. Contact: Ann Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifespan Learning (Religious Education) Committee
Volunteers are needed each Sunday to work with various ages in our Religious Education Program. Contact: Katie Stubstad, email@example.com.
Green Sanctuary Committee
The Green Sanctuary Committee is responsible for the development of the UUFLG’s Green Sanctuary Program (GSP), which we kicked off in January 2017. The GSP provides a path for congregational study, reflection, and action for today’s environmental challenges – including climate change and environmental justice. Successful completion results in Green Sanctuary accreditation: a formal recognition of a congregation’s service and dedication to the Earth by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Our congregation will begin by examining our current environmental impact, then move towards developing sustainable practices. There are 4 focus areas:
(1) Environmental Justice acknowledges that marginalized communities are often hit first and hardest by environmental crisis. In partnering with these communities we are able to address human and environmental needs at the same time. Environmental Justice emphasizes a shift from providing charity to working in solidarity with the communities most affected by climate change.
(2) Worship and Celebration is the heart of Unitarian Universalism. As we work together towards a cleaner, more just and sustainable world, worship enables us to stay connected to each other and to celebrate the work we have accomplished.
(3) Religious Education shapes more than just minds. It shapes attitudes and practices.
(4) Sustainable Living requires us to treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make.
With all the current political and social turmoil and its negative impacts, read why Rev. Fa Jun believes now is the best time for our Fellowship to focus on the Green Sanctuary Program and make it a top priority. Contact: Rev. Fa Jun, firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Action Committee
We strive to put our UU principles into action through service, education and advocacy. We promote and support activities that help shape just, sustainable communities within our Fellowship, our cities, our country and world. We meet on the second Sunday of each month at the Fellowship from 9-10:15a to plan, prioritize, and organize. Join us! Contact: Ellen Hill, email@example.com.
Sunday Programs Committee
The Sunday Programs Committee helps provide programs for UUFLG services. The committee finds guest speakers for the Sunday services when our minister is not in the pulpit. Members of the committee act as Worship Associates assisting the minister or guest speaker during Sunday services. The Worship Associates also assure the sanctuary is prepared for services, and are responsible for the decoration of the chancel and sanctuary. Contact: Katie Rall, firstname.lastname@example.org.