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The UUSD Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at UUSD. All members are urged to attend or, if they are unable to attend, to submit an absentee ballot. Information and documents are available in the Members section.

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VegRehoboth and UUSD will co-sponsor the showing of Seed:  The Untold Story, on Friday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. This startling and absorbing film tells the story of food, tracing humans’ use of seeds as far back as 12,000 years ago.  “There is almost no land-based species that can live without food grown from seeds, so learning about how best to preserve this most precious resource is quite a critical and radical practice,” says VegRehoboth President Tara Sheldon.  In fact, a shocking 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared.  The movie follows the passionate seed keepers who protect our food legacy.  The biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, and the film follows a cadre of farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fighting a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.

Don Peterson, Co-Chair of UUSD’s Social & Environmental Justice Committee says, “UUSD is proud to support Rehoboth Beach VegFest by co-sponsoring this important film with VegRehoboth. Unitarian Universalists have respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” he says. “Sustaining life for future generations requires caring for the environment now.  I believe the on-going extinction of seed varieties and the mass production of single variety genetically modified crops is a serious threat to biodiversity and the sustainability of the planet.”

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The documentary BULLY offers an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. The film was directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch. The showing, which is part of our ongoing First Friday Film series, is free and open to the public. The documentary may not be appropriate for children age 10 and under.

Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window into the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic, and economic borders. The film documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy the “kids will be kids” clichés. It captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities, and in society as a whole.

Brooke Pikolas Parents For HumanityBrooke Pikolas, facilitator of UUSD’s Parents for Humanity, says, “We do not have to live in fear. Our children deserve to feel safe in their schools. Parents for Humanity is an advocacy, resource, and support group at UUSD for all concerned parents.” Pikolas adds, “UUSD created the group after increasing local reports of hate towards people, including children, who were being targeted for their differences. This group offers a safe place for parents of minorities and the LBGTQ community to come together and find common ground.” For more information, contact Brooke at


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LenBowmanUUSD will offer Moral GPS: Ethics for Our Multicultural World, a five-week series on Thursday evenings 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. beginning May 25. The series will be led by Dr. Len Bowman.

Moral GPS builds on the time-honored metaphor of journey for the moral life. But since the moral life is lived together with others, it is a shared journey. And since we all live in the same world, that shared journey is on one global Moral Highway. More than a “moral compass” is needed on this Highway, for that can only tell you

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All of us have been enjoying our beautiful Sanctuary chairs successfully funded entirely by our previous Bricks for Sanctuary Chairs program. They are both comfortable and beautiful. As we expected, we have had both strong membership growth and we are also using the Sanctuary for outside events. See the Information Sheet and Order Form for details about the current program!

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We officially welcome Rev. Michelle Collins! At today’s Congregational Meeting, members voted unanimously to call her as our new settled minister! An amazing 126 members out of our 147 voted! Rev. Paula will complete her service as our interim minister on June 30, and Rev. Michelle will begin August 1.

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 Click here to view the Newsletter.

CANDIDATING WEEK APRIL 29 – MAY 7: The Ministerial Search Committee has recommended Rev. Michelle Collins as UUSD’s settled minister. Learn how you can get to meet Rev. Michelle during candidating week April 29 through May 7. The vote to call Rev. Michelle will be on May 7. See Jean’s article on page 5.

REV. PAULA’S MESSAGE: Rev. Paula shares insights about hellos and goodbyes. See her message on page 2.

GARY COLANGELO, BOARD PRESIDENT: Gary talks about change and looking ahead for the opportunities that change brings.  His column starts on page 2.

AMBER PETERSON, LIFESPAN FAITH DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: Amber discusses the “Time For All Ages” in her column on page 3.

 CONGREGATION TO VOTE ON PROPOSED FY 18 BUDGETS ON JUNE 11:  Patricia Murdock, Finance Officer, discusses the proposed FY 18 Budgets.  The congregation will vote on the FY budgets at the Annual Meeting on June 11.  Her article is on page 6.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM UUSD’S APRIL BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING: Gwen Johnson provides highlights from the Board’s last meeting. Her update starts on page 3.

INFORMATION ON UUSD EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:  There are lots of new events and activities scheduled for February and beyond. Look for information on pages 9 — 11. Also, check listings on UUSD’s website (, Church Calendar, Facebook, the Order of Service, and the Community Update,

Be informed, get involved, and stay connected. Have a great May!


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