In person worship services
are currently suspended, but we are live on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM EDT on the
If you’re searching for a spiritual home where people honor each other’s beliefs and yet worship together as one community of faith, we invite you to join us at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples!
Grounded in a rich liberal religious tradition that honors the worth and dignity of all people and our place within the interdependent web of existence, we choose to live our faith in the world, believing that all are called to help shape a more just and compassionate society.
“We are a welcoming congregation freely seeking intellectual and spiritual growth. We strive to create a larger community of peace, justice and love.”
UUCGN’s June 28 Service will be a live stream
of the 2020 Sunday Morning Service
from the UU Virtual General Assembly
On Sunday June 28 at 10:00 AM EDT, UUCGN’s Sunday Service will be a live stream of the 2020 Sunday Morning Service from the UU Virtual General Assembly! This is your opportunity to join thousands of fellow UUs around the world in this powerful communal worship experience.
The service will include a Community COVID-19 Memorial. If you have lost someone to COVID-19, and would like to have their name honored during this service, please send your loved one’s name, UU congregation (if any) and age (if known), no later than June 20th to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack will lead the service. He is the Community Minister for Worship and Spiritual Care for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, an organization and spiritual community committed to support Black folk in our faith.
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval will deliver the sermon. She is the Minister of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT. The daughter of immigrants from the Philippines, she is the mother of a kindergartener and spouse of a proud Vermonter.
A highlight of the service is the performance of the group of choral singers gathered specifically for GA. This year they will be directed by Benjie Messer who currently serves the UU Congregation of Phoenix and has recently completed UUA’s Music Leadership Certification Program.
The service is open to the public so you need not register for GA to participate.
For further information and a link to the live stream service on June 28, please select:
For folks who come to UUCGN mostly for Coffee Hour:
You are invited to join our UUCGN Virtual Coffee Hour group on Facebook. We’ve set up this site for chatting anytime, not just for after the service. The UUCGN Virtual Coffee Hour is open 24 hours a day so you can feel free to visit whenever you want to share a or express your angst during this crazy time. This is a closed group for UUCGN members and friends only (You do need to be a Facebook subscriber to join.)
Here’s how you join:
1. Go to your Facebook page and in the search window, type: UUCGN Virtual Coffee Hour
2. When you get to the page you will have to find the “Join this Group” button and click on it.
3. Wait. A moderator will see your request and accept you as a member or friend of UUCGN and that’s it! Once you receive notice that you have been accepted, start posting!
UUCGN in-person worship services and other programs
are suspended until further notice
Our UUCGN Board of Trustees voted to suspend in-person worship services immediately and to limit other gatherings at our congregation’s facilities until further notice, but at a minimum until the end of March. This includes the Forum, Inquirer’s Series, Spiritual Practices, and the Youth Religious Exploration activities. We will be offering online worship services beginning this Sunday and Mary will offer connecting points for our R.E. students and families.
The Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been a growing concern, occupying much of the news and filling many of our thoughts and conversations. Many of you have already let me know that you are choosing to self-isolate, staying out of harm’s way as much as possible. Given the responsibility to protect the safety of the entire congregation, the Board and staff agree that an immediate and pro-active approach is called for and that limiting potential contact is the prudent thing to do.
We have already begun to explore ways to keep everyone connected and will gratefully accept your suggestions. As mentioned, we will offer Sunday morning services on-line, either in real time or recorded and posted same day, and we will provide easy instructions for you to access those broadcasts (much more on that before this Sunday!). We are looking at establishing phone trees and small group gatherings via conference calls or face-to-face “Zoom” meetings over the internet. We hope that many of you will connect on social media chat rooms and, much as we did during hurricane Irma, we will create a private Facebook page where we can do that and gather as a community to share tips on binge-watching good TV shows or on how to handle food deliveries!
Some small group meetings of the congregation will be allowed to gather in person with clear guidelines for the safety of all involved and with virtual access available for those who can’t or choose not to be there (much more on that and information on our annual meeting scheduled for Sunday the 29th in our next communication).
We really want to know what we can do to support you during this difficult time and would gratefully accept your ideas for sustaining the warmth of our great UUCGN community. Can we assist you in communicating your status with others or getting up to speed on the internet? Would having a phone buddy, or maybe two or three, help you feel connected? What could you offer the community in this unusual time of our lives here on planet earth?
As usual, we strongly suggest that you stay informed and up to date by seeking the most accurate sources of information like the Center for Disease Control or the Florida Department of Health. We also join together in sending our good thoughts and appreciation for the people on the front lines of this pandemic and our love and best wishes to those who have been affected directly by the virus.