June 20: Our Living Tradition. This morning, we reflect on a year of leadership, growth, and laying the groundwork for the future while practicing ministry across physical and social – but not spiritual – distance. As part of our service, we will covenant with our Board, and celebrate congregational leaders.
June 27: Endings and Beginnings. On this last Sunday of our ministry together, Rev. Sally will reflect on endings and beginnings; on the road we have traveled together and the roads that beckon us into divergent futures.
July 4th– Jubilation! In(ter)dependence Day. Marilynn Cullison, Worship Committee Chair and others-
On our first Worship Sunday (in) between UCF ministers, we will explore thoughts and ideas about navigating, sharing and supporting one another- an in(ter)dependent web of existence within our UCF church!
July 11th-When People Don’t Like What You Say. Rev Gaye Morris, UU guest minister
In our congregations, when we don’t like what someone says (or what we’ve heard that they’ve said), instead of fuming silently, or expressing our anger to someone else, we are urged to approach the person with whom we differ directly – assuming good intentions – to ask them to speak with us about what is concerning us. Wouldn’t it be grand if everyone everywhere lived more intentionally by a covenant of right relationship?
Bio: The Rev. Dr. Gaye Morris lives in Manteo NC with her husband, the Rev. David Morris, and great-grandson Oliver. She is the affiliated Community Minister of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, Oak Ridge TN. She also teaches online courses in Communication as an adjunct instructor with Augusta University, Augusta GA. She was ordained in 2013 and served until 2019 as the full-time minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, GA.
July 18th What brought you to Unitarian Universalism and what keeps you coming back?Rev. Debra Guthrie, UU guest minister-
Over the years, have you forgotten and it has just become a habit? Are you so concerned with what needs to be done you have forgotten why we are doing it? This morning we will try to reconnect with all the reasons we call ourselves UUs and why it is good to be church people.
Bio: Rev. Debra Guthrie was raised on Harker’s Island, NC and is a graduate of East Carteret High School. She has been a member of UCF for 15 years. While living in NC she served the congregation in many volunteer roles and as the paid DRE. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Under the mentorship of Rev. Sally, she attended seminary and she received her Master of Divinity from Andover-Newton Theological School in Boston, MA. She completed Clinical Pastoral Education at Hebrew Senior Life in Boston, while also serving First Church of Leominster as their Ministerial Intern. She studied the immigration issue at the border between Tucson, AZ and Nogales, Mexico through the Borderlinks program. She was ordained in the Unitarian Universalist ministry at UCF on Jan 28, 2018. She has served the Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church, SC since 2016 and has recently been called as their settled minister. She is a lifetime member of NAACP and is heavily involved in Racial Justice issues and GLBTQ rights. Her ministry draws heavily on personal story, open honest dialogue, and close listening.
July 25th – A Deep Dive into the Story of Jonah and the Whale. Rev Maj-Britt Johnson, UU (retired) guest Minister– Exploring the depths of this story can reveal a myriad of timely and timeless themes.
Bio: Maj-Britt Johnson retired from the UU ministry in 2017, and now lives in Pine Knoll Shores NC. While active in ministry she served congregations in Norfolk VA, Ridgewood NJ, Englewood NJ and Chapel Hill, NC, as well as working for 2+ years as Spiritual Care and Bereavement Coordinator for Hospice of N.J. These days she is grateful to be of service (along with members of UCF) with the Citizens for Diversity in Education (CDE), as well as chairing the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Taskforce at Keller Williams Crystal Coast. She loves living on the Crystal Coast – as the ocean feels like her spiritual home.