UUSD Debuts Theatrical Fundraiser, Love Letters

March 19, 2016 7:30

2016 UUSD LOVE LETTERS4X6 E AATThe Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware (UUSD) will stage a production of A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at their new church located at 30486 Lewes Georgetown Highway (Route 9), Lewes.This play — a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in drama when it was first produced in 1989 — tells the story of a life-long relationship between a man and woman through their letters to each other. It has been widely performed, on Broadway and across the country in professional and community theatres. It has been described as “deceptively simple and quietly moving” and as celebrating “the dying art of putting pen to paper to exchange news.” The play contains adult themes and language and is not appropriate for children. Deanna Duby of Milton and Rick Welk of Lewes will portray Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Jean Charles of Lewes is directing the play.

Tickets are $15 will be available at the door on the night of the performance, and can also be reserved in advance or purchased at the church. For more information, please email Jean Charles.

 

 

UUSD Hosts "Singin' (and Dancin') in the Rain" Film Party

December 5, 6:30 p.m. in Lewes.

Umbrella-with-rain-2The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware (UUSD) will hold a fun-filled film party with the showing of the beloved musical, "Singing in the Rain" on Saturday, December 5, 2015 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at UUSD's new church located at 30486 Lewes Georgetown Highway (Rte.9) two miles west of the Coastal Highway in Lewes. Tickets can be purchased for $10/person at the door or in advance by calling Lee at 301-646-1795.

"Singing in the Rain," which stars Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor, is considered one of the greatest musicals ever filmed. This 1952 movie showcases fabulous songs and lavish dance routines. Partygoers will sing and dance to the music as they view the film and enjoy complimentary light refreshments. Since the film is set in 1927 Hollywood, 20's and 30's party attire is encouraged.

Proceeds will support UUSD's mission to nurture spiritual growth, embrace diversity, work for justice, and strive for a loving world.

Craft-Faire-image-cropUUSD Hosts Second Annual Holiday Arts & Craft Faire—Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Holiday shoppers will find a wide variety of unique gifts and delicious baked goods at the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware (UUSD) Second Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at their new church facility at 30486 Lewes Georgetown Highway in Lewes. Admission is free.

2015-10-11 14.34.17ScarfHatAlong with a wide selection of gifts, accessories, original artworks, and decorations is an ornament tree covered with unusual and hand-made holiday ornaments. Just in time for winter weather are cozy scarves, hats, and mittens. Also featured at UUSD’s Holiday Arts & Craft Faire are boiled wool purses and totes, jewelry, note cards, baby gifts, and vine wreaths.   Extra special offerings include a gorgeous vintage flower quilt and a crochet sampler, both large enough for a queen-size bed.

Barbara Barnette, UUSD’s Fundraising Chair, says, “UUSD’s talented crafters have worked painstakingly all year to create these beautiful items perfect for the holiday season and all year round. Our Arts & Crafts Faire offers just the right gifts for those special people in our lives and also supports our congregation’s continuing outreach to the community." Barnette adds, “This is also an opportunity to get a jump on holiday baking with freshly baked home-made pies, cakes, and cookies for sale, and a beautiful gingerbread house ready to display in your home.”

UUSD is a vibrant and welcoming progressive spiritual community with a faith rooted in love and justice. Proceeds from UUSD’s Second Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire will support their mission to nurture spiritual growth, embrace diversity, work for justice, and strive for a loving world. For more information, visit www.uussd.org or contact Barbara Barnette at 443-944-7379.

UUSD Presents Songwriter Roy Zimmerman

— “The Faucet’s on Fire,” Sunday, October 11, 7:00 p.m

Zimmerman-FOF-Lewes-webWhat can one person do about climate change, torture, racism, gun violence, fracking, Congressional ineptitude, ignorance, war, and greed? Write funny songs, says Roy Zimmerman. "The Faucet's on Fire!" is ninety minutes of Zimmerman's hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton, and George Carlin. He's been profiled on NPR's "All Things Considered," and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

 

Roy is bringing his show "Roy Zimmerman: The Faucet's on Fire" to UUSD for a not to be missed one-night performance on Sunday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is at the door only, $18 or pay what you can. Spread the word! Email Margaret Keefe for more information.


YouTube links for Roy include https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3qgiNPVpSM for ”My Vote, My Voice, My Right” or see Roy’s page and other videos on YouTube.

 

UUSD Announces the First Service in Our New Church Home
and a Homecoming Family Dinner

UUSD will be holding its first service in our new church home this Sunday, September 20 at 10 a.m. We have been given our Certificate of Occupancy, and many of our members have been working extremely hard (and will continue to through this week) to finalize all aspects of our new space. The drapes are hung, the chairs are set, the sound system works, and the grand piano is ensconced in its place on the chancel. Rev. D. Michael will return to UUSD and join Rev. Paula Maiorano in the pulpit for what promises to be a very moving service. All systems appear to be go! (If you need the address for your GPS, it is 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes, DE.)

So please come worship with your UUSD family! The children will be a part of the service and will be in the sanctuary with us throughout, so there will be no RE classes that day. After the service, there will be a Homecoming Family Dinner, as we bring dishes to share. The tables are set up in our new "gathering space" and we will breaking bread together in celebration.

9538-Parking-Lot-webJust a couple of notes about driving onto the new site and parking:  There will be an officer directing traffic on Route 9. Drive onto the site, stay on the pavement, and keep moving until you see the parking lots. They are clearly marked with concrete stops at each place. Take special care if you are dropping someone 0699-Ramp-weboff at the entrance (there is a ramp there as well as the steps). DO NOT drive onto the grass anywhere, as it is newly seeded. Entrance is through the doors at the front of the church, and not the door on the west side of the sanctuary.

I look forward to seeing you all, as I've missed UUSD and all of you these last two Sundays! This is the end of a long and sometimes arduous journey, and the beginning of a new chapter in UUSD's story! I'll see you in church!

Deanna Duby
President, Board of Trustees 

MEGA UUSD YARD SALE
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 **UUSD AT TODDY'S**

YARD-SALE-SIGNS-16-9-Top-compThe Fundraising Committee is planning an All-Church Yard Sale on Saturday, September 5 at TODDY'S from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sylvia Daniels will be coordinating our volunteer pool. Please call her at 302-945-1218, or email her at to let her know how you would like to help. She will tell you the location, time, and duration of each volunteer opportunity.

Beach Cleanup Scheduled for May 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

The Social & Environmental Justice Committee and children of UUSD invite all members to join them in cleaning up UUSD’s part of the beach at Cape Henlopen on Saturday, May 16th, starting at 11 a.m. with a pot luck lunch following. Details will be announced in church or contact Karen Lunstead at 302-231-8192.

 UUSD Celebrates Climate Justice Month
with a Climate Change Forum

Please plan to join us at UUSD on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Noon for a special forum to celebrate Climate Justice Month (see below). We are honored to have as our speaker, Ms. Lisa Locke, Executive Director of Delaware Interfaith Power & Light. The theme of the presentation is "Being a Part of the Web." In an essay on sustainability, Lisa wrote: "Consider a spider which spins an intricate web five times stronger than steel, infinitely renewable, while consuming little energy and producing no damaging wastes. She is attuned to her surroundings. She is using her resources wisely. She takes. She gives. She is part of the larger web. She feels the pulse of the planet as her own. She is powerful. We can learn from her." With broad experience within the social, environmental, business and faith communities, Ms. Locke has a unique breadth of understanding and the ability to communicate both strategically and eloquently on these interlocking elements of sustainability.
— Don Peterson, Chair Social & Environmental Justice Committee

 

 UUSD Announces Annual Auction
Into the Woods, April 18, 2015

Auction-photo-2015-TreesThe Auction is one of the most entertaining, fun and festive events of the church year. This year's auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. The theme this year is based on the award-winning musical movie, Into The Woods, so you may be seeing Jack and his Beanstalk, various Princes and Princesses, Red Riding Hood and all sorts of other characters hanging around the place.

We need your donations now!!! The most popular donations are hand-crafted items, services, vacations, parties and dinners. We also welcome donations of physical items in excellent condition.

You may enter your donations on our auction website at: http://togetherauction.com/uussd, signing on with your phone number. The default PIN is the last four digits of your phone number. If you have trouble signing on to the auction website, you can just e-mail your donations to Barbara Barnette. Make sure you include the estimated value and suggested minimum bid for each donation. The deadline to get your donations into the auction catalog is March 29th. If you have any questions about donations, please call Barbara at 443-944-7379.

First Annual Sock Hop, Saturday, January 10, 2015

Dance the night away on Saturday, January 10 at the 1st Annual UUSD Sock Hop featuring local singer Cathy Gorman and songs from the 50s and 60s. There will be refreshments, games and prizes for the best dancers and best costumes (costumes encouraged but not required). Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased in advance or at the door starting at 6:00 p.m. The Sock Hop will be held at UUSD.  The proceeds will support UUSD's operations budget.

Cathy Gorman is from Sussex County, Delaware and has been singing for approximately 25 years. She captivates audiences everywhere she goes with her charm and her love of doing what she does best…singing. Let Cathy take you back to the songs that created memories! She will get you going with her Big Band and World War II renditions. Then get hopping and bopping to the 50s and 60s rock and roll era. Want to hear some country favorites? Let her sing a few Patsy Cline classics! So get out those poodle skirts, white t-shirts, black motorcycle jackets and saddle shoes and let Cathy take you back to that “Remember When Time”!

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, contact Gwen Johnson or call 302-396-7107. 

Soup & Bread Community Dinner, January 24, 2015

The Social & Environmental Justice Committee would like to invite the congregation to a Homemade Soup & Bread Dinner on January 24th at 5:30 p.m. Please decide on a favorite soup, bread, salad or dessert that you would like to bring to this community dinner and sign up in the alcove by January 18th. This will be a casual social evening where we all will have some time to enjoy each other's company. We are sponsoring this dinner to support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) “Guest at the Table” fundraiser. UUSC is a group that raises awareness about human rights issues. We will be handing out some information and taking a collection to help support their work. Come enjoy a fun and informative evening. BYOB. For more information, contact Kris Acker at 302-537-0705 or e-mail her.

The Social & Environmental Justice Committee would like to invite the congregation to a Homemade Soup & Bread Dinner on January 24th at 5:30 p.m. Please decide on a favorite soup, bread, salad or dessert that you would like to bring to this community dinner and sign up in the alcove by January 18th. This will be a casual social evening where we all will have some time to enjoy each other's company. We are sponsoring this dinner to support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) “Guest at the Table” fundraiser. UUSC is a group that raises awareness about human rights issues. We will be handing out some information and taking a collection to help support their work. Come enjoy a fun and informative evening. BYOB. For more information, contact Kris Acker at 302-537-0705 or e-mail her.

First Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire: Saturday November 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This is the time of year when many of us are searching for just the right gifts for those special people in our lives. Look no further than UUSD for help with this sometimes daunting task and, as a bonus, support our congregation.

This year our creative community of artists and crafters will be front and center at the First Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire. Their one-of-a-kind pottery, glass, textiles, paintings, and photographs will be on sale along with unique holiday ornaments and decorative items, select antiques and collectibles, and homemade baked goods. The proceeds will support UUSD's operations budget.

A wonderful array of items has already been donated by our congregants but more are needed to round out the collection. If you are interested in donating something, please contact Ceil Payne by November 3 by email or phone (302-260-9132).

Please come and bring a friend to share this fun event. See you there!

 Deeper Into the Heart, A Day of Chanting and Dance: November 29

Nov-29-eventJoin Amina, Arif, and friends at UUSD on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29, as we feel deeper into our hearts, our connection with each other's heart and with the One Heart.

We’ll sing and chant Kirtan/Songs of Peace in the morning from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Share a potluck lunch together from 12 - 2 p.m. Continue Dances of Universal Peace and Spiritual Practice from 2-6 p.m. Come for some or come for all! Everyone is welcome; no experience is necessary.

The Dances of Universal Peace are body prayers - simple music, lyrics, and circle dance movements that touch our spiritual essence. Songs include themes of peace, healing, and the celebration of life's great mystery. Dancers create a sense of solidarity and community, and honor the underlying unity of all spiritual traditions. Live music (drum, guitar, clarinet, harmonium).

Nov-Event-2Amina and Arif are experienced dance and kirtan leaders from New England. Arif Leininger began dancing in the early 1970's and Amina Silk began dancing in the early 1990's. In 2007 they joined to present the Dances of Universal Peace. Combining Arif's musicianship and Amina's graceful, heartfelt movement, they express their love for this powerful practice of healing, community, and peace.

Donations follow the Gifting Economy model, no one is excluded due to lack of funds, and if someone moved in this current time, the donation basket is a way to express thanks. For more about this model, go to http://sacred-economics.com/film

No pre-registration is required. Simply come and join us. Sponsored by the UUSD Music Committee and Beebe Frazer. For more information, contact Beebe Frazer by email or at 302-645-6770.

Come to the Delmarva UU Celebration on Sunday October 12th!

There are a few reasons why this year’s Celebration is a really, really big deal: 1) The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark (UUFN) together with the UU Society of Mill Creek (UUSMC) are co-hosting this year’s event; 2) it is going to be a spectacular event that will remind us all why we are UUs.  

Date: Sunday, October 12, worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch, personal action plan discussion with our cluster ministers and service project opportunities both onsite and offsite.

Celebration Site: John Dickinson High School, 1801 Milltown Rd, Wilmington, DE.

Theme: “We’ll Build a Land.” Working off of this year’s UUA General Assembly theme “Love Reaches Out”, we will explore our personal action plans in social and environmental justice, as well as UU evangelism. The worship service will feature the message from the hymn “We’ll Build a Land,” a 60-person Celebration choir, our new ministers from UUFN, UUSMC and UU Fellowship at Easton and an inspiration message from our yoUth groUp.

Note: On Sunday, October 12, there will be no services at UUSD.

The Celebration will be a multi-generational event, so all are welcome. Bring yourselves, your families and friends to Dickinson High School. Child care will be provided for kids 5 and under, and youth older than 5 will be welcome in the service. Come early to meet UUers from all eight congregations of Delmarva Cluster (for more info about the cluster visit http://www.uudelmarva.org).

Following the worship service we’ll share a lunch filled with fellowship and an opportunity to talk about our personal action plans with Delmarva Cluster ministers. Following lunch there will be several service project opportunities both onsite and offsite. The offsite service projects may involve getting a little dirty with trail work, invasive species removal and trash pickup. Therefore if you’re so inclined, bring work clothes, shoes and gloves to be prepared to work outside.

Hopefully, the Delmarva UU Celebration sounds exciting and is already something you want to come to.

You will find the worship service very spiritual. Also, one could argue that a major challenge now facing each of us is to develop and optimize our personal role in promoting a just and compassionate world. We can talk the talk, but can we walk the walk? Yes, we can.

Award Winning Musicians Come to Lewes: 7 p.m. Monday, August 18, 2014

Famous October and The Bowmans will be performing at the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware (UUSD) on Monday evening, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this heartfelt and creative concert held at UUSD located at 33739 Marsh Rd. at Wescoats in Toddy’s Business Complex in Lewes. Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person; no reservations are necessary.

Famous-OctoberFamous October (Sarah Bowman and Rene Coal) are two singer-songwriters currently living in Switzerland. They combine vocal harmony with cello and guitar to bring their moving stories to life. Their sound pulls from Americana, Country, Folk, and surprising Classical elements. Attending their concert is an open door into the heartwarming and picturesque world that is created by both the music and the intimate connection they instantly have with their audience.

Winners of the Werkbeiträge Prize of canton Nidwalden, CH, and the Verein für Musikschaffende Schweiz selected artists for the prestigious Künstlerbörse in 2014, Famous October has made a splash in their first full year of existence. After wowing audiences across Switzerland with their touching, intimate, and imaginative program, Famous October has big plans for 2015 (www.famousoctober.com).

With harmonies that seem to come as if one astonishing voice, The Bowmans (Sarah & Claire) share a rare, near The-Bowmanstelepathic musical bond. The traveling twins are a “roller coaster” duo, ranging from poignantly captivating to serendipitously joyful. The Bowmans deeply move and delight their audience worldwide with unforgettable performances with their blend of Folk, Americana and Classical music. Their albums include Make Sure the Snow Falls, Live at Powerplay Studios, The Bowmans, and Far From Home.


The Bowmans were selected artists on BBC2 Bob Harris Show, Song selection on NPR's 'All Songs Considered', Winners of the Paste Magazine Cayamo Cruise selection, Honorable Mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (
www.thebowmansmusic.com).

UUSD is pleased to offer such special events to the community at a reasonable price in an inviting casual setting. As an active member of the local community for over 15 years, UUSD provides a liberal spiritual home for people of free faith in support of their mission to nurture spiritual growth, embrace diversity, work for justice, and strive for a loving world.

For more information about the concert, contact Len Bowman, 443-286-3495.

 UUSD ANNUAL PICNIC: Saturday, June 28 11:30 a.m. at Trap Pond State Park

USD has rented the same pavilion for the day, overlooking the lovely Trap Pond and the refurbished playgrounds. A perfect day for families and kids of all ages! The Activities Committee will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages, paper goods and plastic ware. Please bring a side dish (with serving utensils) and games to share. Trap Pond State Park (Website Link: http://www.destateparks.com/park/trap-pond/maps/index.asp) features the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress trees in the United States. The park features kayaking (bring your own or rent theirs), hiking, horseshoes, volleyball and bird watching. No dogs are allowed in the picnic area.

Sign up at the back of the church or contact Paul or Barbara Barnette at 410-973-1188 (Home) or 443-944-7379 (Cell) to sign up or if you have questions.

Directions to Trap Pond State Park (Laurel) from Lewes: Follow U.S. 9 West (DE 404) to Gravel Hill Rd (DE 30). Turn left and follow DE 30 South to Millsboro. Turn right onto DE 24 (you could also take DE 24 from Coastal Highway in Rehoboth). Follow DE 24 approximately 5.5 miles (DE 24 will cross 113). Then take a slight left onto Rd 450/Goose Nest Rd. Follow Goose Nest Rd 1.4 miles to a left on Rd 449/Trap Pond Rd. Destination will be on the left. Delaware residents will pay $3 per car to enter the park, non-residents will pay $6.

 Celebrate Music—Sunday Service, June 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Music-Sun-Choir

Mark your calendar for a music-filled morning as our music director, Marcie Schiff, and the choir take us on an exploration of beliefs through readings and song.

If you stop to think about it, we actually “believe” a great many things and “know” very few. Often we express what we think, our opinions, judgments, convictions, or views. All of these are ways of Music-Sun-Marciestating what we believe. The development of beliefs and belief systems are the result of a complicated web of experiences that, while at times appearing unreasonable to the outsider, make sense to those holding the beliefs. Music is often an important medium for the expression of beliefs, whether it's Gregorian chant, show tunes, or rock 'n roll. What a great way to explore what we believe!

As Unitarian Universalists, we in particular accept the diversity of beliefs as part of our principles. It’s important to understand that beliefs are often the foundation for and predecessor to actions. Music also serves as a vehicle to explore what we believe.

We have a very talented Music Director and a fabulous choir. Marcie is on the faculty at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, teaching studio voice and music education methods. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Delaware, Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and is in the final stages of her doctoral degree at Boston University. Our choir has experienced Marcie's techniques in mind-body connections in developing a truly moving and resonant sound that supports the spiritual growth of both the choir and the congregation

Beach Cleanup May 28 — All are welcome

Spring is the time for us to tend to our adopted beach at Herring Point and we invite you to join us for our annual spring cleanup on Wednesday, May 28. Meet at UUSD at 4:00 p.m.to carpool or go directly to Herring Point. Bags and gloves will be provided. Cleanup will be followed with snacks and drinks in beautiful Cape Henlopen State Park. Children are welcome. There is a sign-up sheet in the UUSD alcove. Sponsored by our Social and Environmental Justice Committee, Liz Carlisle & Kris Acker, Co-chairs

 THE UUSD WILD WILD WEST AUCTION: SATURDAY, MARCH 22 at 6 p.m.Auction-graphic2014

This great event is not only super fun with its costume contest ($50 cash prize!), raffle drawing, competitive bidding, great food, and the very best fellowship, it is also important to the life of our church. All profits support our operating budget. Your participation helps keep the lights on!

As you can see, this year's Auction has a really fun theme of the Wild Wild West and you are invited to dress-up in your western gear if you wish. Mark the date and invite your friends. We will once again have the huge tent to expand our silent auction space. And we will have tons of donations to bid on! We will also have light refreshments and are asking for finger food donations (nothing that needs to be heated up).

Speaking of business donations, if you regularly patronize a local business or know a local business owner, please do ask them for a donation. Kat Huston and Sylvia Daniels are coordinating commercial donations and have a supply of letters to request these donations so please contact them first.

We are again using the together auction website as we have for the past two years. Please visit the website at http://togetherauction.com/uussd. You can login with your last name and phone number and see what others have donated, choose an open date for an event you'd like to donate, and/or enter your donations. The deadline for your donations is Sunday, March 2.

As always, the auction presents many opportunities to volunteer your help. Contact Barbara Barnette, Auction Coordinator by email (simply click on her name) or at 443-944-7379 if you are willing to help or if you have any questions.

 Evening with record producer & writer Ian Nagoski, March 14, 2014

Everyone is warmly invited to a very special evening with record producer, music researcher, and writer Ian Nagoski on Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m.

Ian-Nagoski-photoNagoski tells the stories of frequently overlooked immigrants from the early 20th century, especially those of the Middle East, through the restoration of their original recordings. He has lectured throughout the U.S. and Europe and will be lecturing and performing a newly commissioned composition of his own at the Onassis Center in Greece this April. During his session at UUSD, he will share restored recordings of rarely-heard and often deeply touching performances, some joyous and some heartbreaking, while asking questions about the value of life and meaning of music.

Commenters have noted that "his work is so rare and important that it should almost be treated as a ritual object, a pathway to the past and a voice for ghosts of a forgotten part of American (and world) musical history". He also has been called a "visionary, using his collection of 78s to hallucinate a history that actually happened but which remains hidden beneath official dogma and nationalisms".

In the past six years, Nagoski has produced collections for the Dust-to-Digital, Tompkins Square, Important, and Em record labels, as well as 16 LPs on his own Canary imprint (manufactured and distributed by Mississippi Records of Portland, OR). In the past year, he produced six new LPs of music from India, Anatolia, Greece, the Levant, and Eastern Europe, as well as a "global view of the rise of rock n' roll, 1942-61".

A $10 good-will donation is suggested. Everyone is welcome regardless of ability to pay. This is great opportunity to spend a unique evening with one of the creative and passionate musicologist's today.

For more information, contact Margaret at 302-329-9487 or email her.

Friday, March 7: The ’62 Storm

This local documentary details the great storm of ’62 that hit Delmarva. Few residents who lived along the Delaware coast in 1962 will ever forget the coastal storm of the century. The powerful northeaster that pounded the coast from March 6 through March 8 that year destroyed dozens of oceanfront homes and businesses, flooded communities, and snatched away lives. Filmmaker, Mike Oates, uses archival photos, home movies, and interviews of those who survived to re-live Delaware's greatest 20th century disaster and the weather events that spawned it. The film also reflects on the possibility of a similar storm occurring along Delaware's coast today.  Pot luck is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the film and discussion at 7:00 p.m.

Free Screening & Discussion of Documentary Film Bully, February 24, 2014


On Monday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. the Unitarians of Southern Delaware (UUSD) and the Parents, Family, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) invite the public to a free screening and discussion of the acclaimed documentary film Bully (PG-13). The film is direct and hard-hitting, as it follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary—at its heart are those with the most at stake and whose stories each represent a different facet of the bullying crisis.

With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias, and principals' offices, Bully offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children, as teachers, administrators, and parents struggle to find answers. While the stories examine the dire consequences of bullying, they also give testimony to the courage and strength of the victims of bullying and seek to inspire real changes in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children, and in society as a whole.

Through the power of these stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change and to turn the tide on an epidemic of violence that has touched every community in the United States—and far beyond.

 

ART FUNDRAISER: December 7, 2013

The theme of this year's Fundraiser is RECYCLE, REJOICE. It's a celebration not driven by greed and guilt but rather joy, companionship, sharing and fun.

Date: Saturday, Dececember 7, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Home/Studio of Gabriel Zepecki & Tony Mattox, 8255 Hearns Pond Rd., Seaford, DE 19973
Event: Art Sale Benefit to Support UUSD — Food & Beverages
Donation: $10 per person, children under 12 are free

Hosts for this event are Ms Whimsy and her cat Paws, a sculpted creation made entirely of recycled material, and Gay Bird who is crafted of recycled cut prints feathers.

All artwork in Gabriel's studio will be available for purchase at a 50% discount. If anyone is interested in looking at the art but cannot come to the event, you are welcome to visit the week prior. To make an appointment, call Gabriel at 302-628-0471(home) or 703-389-1316 (cell). The discount will apply to all purchases. Credit cards are accepted.

In keeping with this year's theme, the Silent Auction piece Fireflies is a print collage made of recycled material. It is framed and measures 20 x 24 inches. In addition, there will be two small black and white etchings in the drawing, so three numbers will be chosen. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00.

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY: December 31, 5:30 p.m.

  • Gala to support the Capital Campaign
  • Celebrate with music and entertainment by Dan Payne, sing along at the Piano Bar      with Beryl Martin, and enjoy an hourly toast around the world.
  • Appetizers & Beverages. Bring finger food to share.
  • Recommended Donation: $15 per person for the Capital Campaign.
  • Contact Lee Summerville by email or phone at 301-646-1795 if you have any questions.

UUSD ANNUAL PICNIC: Saturday, June 15 starting at 11:30 a.m. at Trap Pond State Park

USD has rented a pavilion for the day, overlooking the lovely Trap Pond and the refurbished playgrounds. A perfect day for families and kids of all ages! The Activities Committee will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages, paper goods and plastic ware. Please bring a side dish (with serving utensils) and games to share. Trap Pond State Park features the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress trees in the United States. The park features kayaking (bring your own or rent theirs), hiking, horseshoes, volleyball and bird watching. No dogs are allowed in the picnic area.

Sign up at the back of the church or contact Paul or Barbara Barnette at 410-973-1188 (Home) or 443-944-7379 (Cell) to sign up or if you have questions. Website Link (click here): http://www.destateparks.com/park/trap-pond/maps/index.asp

Directions to Trap Pond State Park (Laurel) from Lewes: Follow U.S. 9 West (DE 404) to Gravel Hill Rd (DE 30). Turn left and follow DE 30 South to Millsboro. Turn right onto DE 24 (you could also take DE 24 from Coastal Highway in Rehoboth). Follow DE 24 approximately 5.5 miles (DE 24 will cross 113). Then take a slight left onto Rd 450/Goose Nest Rd. Follow Goose Nest Rd 1.4 miles to a left on Rd 449/Trap Pond Rd. Destination will be on the left. Delaware residents will pay $3 per car to enter the park, non-residents will pay $6.

First Friday Film—The Invisible War, June 7 at 7:00 p.m.

The-Invisible-War-PosterThe Social and Environmental Justice Committee will host a free public screening and discussion of the documentary film, The Invisible Waron Friday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. This groundbreaking documentary is a vital and frank expose on sexual assault in the U.S. military, shot by master filmmaker Kirby Dick. Young men and women join the armed forces to serve their country and we expect them to be honored and protected by their fellow soldiers. Instead, a federal court ruled in 2011 that rape is “an occupational hazard of being in the military.” Ginger Livingston, an advocate for Protect Our Defenders, will lead a discussion following the screening.

he Invisible War gives voice to soldiers who were sexually assaulted while serving the United States. Men and women share their stories of the physical abuse, and the skewed system of justice in the military. After an assault, the victim is to report to their commander, who has the choice of investigating or dropping the case. This self-regulating justice system does not work—no one up the chain of command wants to be the officer with a rapist in their group. The Department of Defense estimates over 20,000 rapes per year, 54% of which were men, who rarely report the assault. Of the 3,200 cases reported in 2010, only 157 soldiers were convicted and jailed. Quite often the victim’s reputation is tarnished and is discharged from service, while the attacker’s career has no setbacks.

The Invisible War not only documents these soldiers’ stories, but also has become part of the movement toward changing the military system of justice. The movie has opened the publics’ eye to the injustice and is now mandatory training in the Army.

Contact: Kris Acker at 302-537-0705 or email her.

“We’re on a Mission”
UUSD Mission Retreat
Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. to Noon

All UUSD members are invited to the UUSD Mission Retreat led by Mark Bernstein, Regional Growth Development Consultant, Central East Region of the UUA. This interactive experience promises to be invigorating and transformational as we explore our values, beliefs, and the meaning of Unitarian Universalism in our lives and communities. The Workshop will start the process of revisiting the current Mission* to assure that it reflects the heart of UUSD.

It has been at least five years since our current Mission was established by thoughtful and forward thinking members. The congregation has indicated through the Growth Plan that it is now time to continue this journey by focusing on where we are going as a community through the process of spiritual self-examination

Thom Belote states the following, “Mission is the need for members of a congregation to be aligned in a common purpose, to be articulate about why they exist and what they are in the world to do, and to achieve clarity in this understanding.”

We will begin this journey by responding to the following question:

  • What do you believe is the fundamental purpose of religion?
  • What is your current calling as a Unitarian Universalist?
  • How has your Unitarian Universalist faith transformed you and how can it transform the world?
  • How will you know if you are being the “best” Unitarian Universalist you can be?

Please attend this important Retreat. Bagels and coffee cake will be served along with the power of transformation.

UUSD Mission Working Group: Gary Colangelo, Dianne Conine, Betty Kirk, Ron Schaeffer, and Lin Schmidt

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*UUSD Mission: UUSD is a welcoming congregation proudly providing a liberal spiritual home for people of free faith through worship, education, community, outreach, and social and environmental justice.

World-Wide Film Premiere: Two Who Dared

Movie-poster-April-2012In commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, UUSD is hosting a free public screening of the documentary Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War, on Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the church. This screening is part of a worldwide premiere occurring simultaneously at community churches, synagogues, theaters, and schools. Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War, tells the story of a Unitarian minister, Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha who, just days prior to the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, left their young children in Massachusetts to help save Jewish children being persecuted in Eastern Europe.

The film was directed by Artemis Joukowsky III, the Sharps’ grandson. Artemis explains, “As a 9th grader, I was given a homework assignment to interview someone of moral courage. When I asked my mother if she had any suggestions for a subject, to my shock she said, ‘Talk to your grandmother’! What I discovered in doing that assignment, and in many years to come, is that my grandmother and grandfather had a dramatic history that I had never heard before. This included underground espionage, working to rescue refugees, and opposing the Nazi regime, in the service work that they had performed during World War II in Europe in 1939 and 1940.”

The documentary is told from the point of view of Martha and Waitstill, drawing on their recorded interviews, letters, and unpublished memoirs. The film also includes interviews with noted scholars and survivors who were rescued as children. To view the trailer, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqM41Hirvd0

Over 50 public screenings will follow April 7-18 at venues around the world. Brown University will stream a 30-minute educational version of the film online for 48 hours from April 19 at 5:00 p.m. through April 22 at 8:00 a.m. at http://www.watsoninstitute.org/twowhodared

Join us for the Delaware premiere of this incredible film. To reserve a seat, email Peggy Smith, or phone her at 302-362-2771. UUSD is a welcoming congregation that provides an inclusive spiritual home for people of all faiths, valuing diversity and social and environmental justice.

Songwriter Roy Zimmerman Performs "Wake Up Call" Saturday, April 13, 8:00 p.m. 

UUSD-wake-up-call-flyer-231x300"It’s a big, big country full of all kinds of people," says satirical songwriter Roy Zimmerman, "but there’s one thing we can all agree on. And when I find out what that is, I’ll let you know." He’s bringing his show "Roy Zimmerman: Wake Up Call" to Lewes on Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. for a performance at the UUSD. Admission is at the door only, $18 (cash please) or pay what you can. The event is hosted by the Music and Capital Campaign Committees. Contact: Lee Summerville at 301-646-1795 or email her.

The world is full of funny songs, but Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive originals are also incisive calls to action, smart, savvy, and undeniable. "Wake Up Call" is ninety minutes of these songs—funny songs like "Abstain With Me" and "I Want a Marriage Like They Had In the Bible," heartfelt songs like "Hope, Struggle and Change" and "I Approve This Message," and impassioned comic commentary. In thirteen albums over twenty years, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s been profiled on NPR’s "All Things Considered." Zimmerman’s YouTube videos have amassed over seven million views, and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

 

 

Toga-Auction-Cover-230x300TOGA! TOGA! TOGA!

Yes, it is that time again for our biggest annual fundraising event of the year! As in the past, doors will open at 6:00 p.m. on March 9. Our Silent Auction starts at 6:00 p.m. and closes at different times for each of the three sections. A Live Auction will be held from 7:20 to 8:20 p.m. The festivities will also include a 50/50 Raffle with tickets on sale until 10 minutes before the drawing at 8:20 p.m. Childcare is available (advance signup required). You will also enjoy the delicious refreshments provided by UUSD members. Visit our bar for beer, wine, soft drinks, or bottled water for a nominal donation. Be sure to stay until the end of the evening for a special beach treat.

We appreciate and need your help—donations of goods, services, and those fabulous dinners and events, assistance with the event, etc. Go to our auction website at http://togetherauction.com/uussd where you can make your donation yourself and access last year’s auction catalog.

To make donations for this year, click on “Donate,” login with your phone number and pin, click on “Donate a new item,” and enter your information.

To see last year’s catalog, click on “Catalog” and in the “Other Years” box, click on “2012.” To see YOUR information from last year, click on “Donate,” login with your phone number and pin, and click on “2012” to bring up the list of things you bought and the list of things you donated.

The deadline for donations to be listed in the printed catalog is February 24. For more information or difficulty with logging in, email our Auction Coordinator, Barbara Barnette or call her at 443-397-5269.

“READY, SET, VOTE!—A REVUE OF POLITICS, THE ELECTORAL PROCESS AND OUR GRAND DEMOCRACY”

Ready-Set-VOTE-FULL-CAST-CROP-300x200On November 3 at 8 p.m., UUSD presented its first theatrical fundraiser, “Ready, Set, VOTE!” This readers theatre revue of elections, politics, and democracy provided music, history, and comedy, all in one evening. The script was compiled by and directed by Deanna Duby. Jean Charles served as the Assistant Director, and Beryl Martin as Music Director. The acting company of six included Stephanie Allman, Maureen Downing, Linda Killion, Charlie Meyer and Rick Welk, all of Lewes, and Steve Twilley of Milford.

The production offered political satire, some history (primarily of the women’s suffrage movement), and a look at the current political scene, including the battle over voting rights laws in the states. This was “an opportunity to have a good laugh, brush up on your history, share some serious observations about the electoral process, and enjoy a little music to boot, all in one evening,” said Duby.

The production played to a full house and was a great success. Over$1,000 was raised for UUSD.

Tastes of Fall

Tastes-EricCrop-150x150The Tastes of Fall Fun-raiser Event was held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at our Church. It was a fantastic event and no one went away hungry. Guests were tantalized with tastes that were prepared by our members and included appetizers; a variety of meat, seafood, and vegetarian entrée; and desserts. Children had a chance to be chefs when they decorated naked chocolate cupcakes with their favorite sprinkling toppings. There were demonstrations about how to prepare sushi, magic cookies, and a warm quinoa salad. Some of the tastes were recipes from the UUSD cookbook, which was available for sale.

Pam-TastesLighter-150x150Many thanks go to Pam Smith, who chaired the event, and to the committee members who made it possible: Kris and Dan Acker, Joel Bastow, Linda Bennett, Kathy Idziak, Tony Mattox, Betty Metzler, Anne Pikolas, Lee Summerville, and Gabriel Zepecki. Kudos to our additional helpers and chefs: Isaac Carney, Janice Clark, Joan Craft, Chuck Herbert, Beryl Martin, Pat Rocket, Rev. Mike Smith, Walt Smith, Eric Standifer, Bob Wallace, and Rick Welk. Pam noted that, “It takes a village,” and the villagers all really helped to make the Tastes of Fall a success!” Through the efforts of everyone, including guests (and we thank you all), we raised $921 for UUSD—well done, everyone!

 

Earth Day and “Clean Up Delaware Highways”

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Highway-Clean-Up-300x225Highway Cleanups are sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Committee and Men’s Group. The first highway cleanup of 2012 was held Saturday, April 21. A big thanks went to our team of UUSD volunteers who met at the church and then spruced up our stretch of U.S. 9.

Saturday morning, October 20 was an opportunity to sleep in, but not for seven hearty souls from UUSD. Jeff Cordiano, our Highway Cleanup Coordinator, along with Jim Lesko, Evan Lesko, Paul Barnette, Joe Farrell, Ron Schaeffer, and Jean Charles with her super-dooper truck, were out on Kings Highway at 9:00 a.m. removing trash, plastic, cardboard, paper, wood, etc. from both sides of the road. The UUSD area of responsibility runs from the point where Route 9 begins at Route 1 (Community Bank is on the left) all the way up to Mr. P’s past the High School. This effort was part of the day devoted to “Clean Up Delaware Highways.”

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GA-2-CroppedWEB2-150x150Glimpses of General Assembly in Phoenix.

Rev. Smith and Peggy arrived safely in Phoenix and are making our UUSD presence known.

Results of the UUSD 2012 Annual Meeting, Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Unsung Hero Award – Dianne Conine for her Pastoral Care work and Sunday music dedication.
  • Board of Trustees Award – Barb Barnette and the Auction Team. To all the past and present auction workers—THANK YOU!
  • Social Justice Award – John Sykes for the work he has done for the Interfaith Power and Light connection—especially for helping UUSD be the first DE church to be involved.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to the newly elected Board members—Jean Charles, Deanna Duby, Susan Dunlap, and Pat Schaeffer. Other Board members are Allan Cairncross, Margaret Keefe, and Lori Reading. Also, to Chuck Herbert for his election on the Leadership Development Committee. Sturgis Dodge is the other LDC member.
  • The Budget for 2013 was approved.

IlluminationsLogo-150x150Illuminations

The exciting, new mobile app from the Unitarian Universalist Association became available June 6, 2012. It includes:

350 Inspirational Words, a Seven Principles Guide, the Sources of Faith, and five virtual Chalices that can be “lit” and extinguished.

English and Spanish versions of he Seven Principles with examples of their application.

lluminations is available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The Android version will be out soon. The app is free from iTunes; and a demonstration is available on You Tube.

Leadership Development Committee Presents Results of Committee Self-Assessments, May 2012

By Pat Schaeffer, Committee Chair

Committee chairs and members were invited in April to participate in a self-assessment survey piloted by the Board of Trustees earlier this year. The survey was developed by the Leadership Development Committee (LDC) to help church leaders identify what they feel they need to get more satisfaction, effectiveness, and fun out of their volunteer ministry. More information is available in the Survey Report.

Flowers4x6WEBDSC07078-300x200Flower Communion—June 10, 2012

A profusion of beautiful flowers graced UUSD for Sunday’s Flower Communion. Rev. Smith shared the story of how Dr. Norbert Capek (1870-1942), founder of the Unitarian Church in Czecholslovakia, created this ceremony. The significance of this ceremony is that just as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make.

 

 

 

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