Join Us on the Journey!
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 September 13 Service at 10:00 AM EDT
Available on YouTube
“Return Again” – Rev. Tony Fisher
Returning and committing to individuals and as a community
using our first and seventh principles as guiding beacons.
Special musical guest, Alexandra Carlson
Alexandra Carlson has performed solo and chamber piano works throughout Europe, Russia and the U.S.A. She is celebrated for her “transcendent precision” and her “soulful playing” in the European press.
As a soloist, Dr. Carlson has performed with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the 5thAvenue Chamber Orchestra. ARD Television (Germany) featured her solo performance with the Junger Künstler Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. Dr. Carlson’s festival performances include the Atlantic Music Festival, The Rachmaninoff Festival, the US-Russia Education Bridge Project Festival, and the Baltic International Piano Duo Festival.
Joys and Sorrows:
If you have a Joy or a Sorrow you would like shared during Sunday’s service, please email Tony at email@example.com
Joys and Sorrows stay on the live service feed most of Sunday until it is replaced with an edited version later on Sunday evening or on Monday.
Youth Religious Exploration:
We hope all our RE families will join in our special Family Service described above. There are no other scheduled RE activities this week.
Sunday, August 23rd, following our regular service at 10:00, our Religious Exploration program for 2020-21 begins with a special RE Chapel at 11:30 on Zoom. Check you emails in the coming week for the invitation to join.
To join the service:
1. Go to our Website at www.UUNaples.org
2. Look in the upper right-hand corner of the page and click on the YouTube symbol: or Click Here!
3. This will take you right to our UUCGN YouTube channel where you will see the current live service (farthest left) and previous services.
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 we 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.
The Year Ahead – From the Minister
This congregational year at UUCGN promises to be an interesting one as we start (and may possibly finish) the year as a virtual congregation. The Pandemic has changed so much in our world including the unwelcome feeling of separation and the loss of our regular activities. On the other hand, it has provided an unexpected window onto the world and an opportunity for us to see ever more clearly that oppression is not an abstract thing that we talk about every once in a while, but one that impacts all of us every day.
As a community, we cannot let this moment pass. We must deepen our mission of building a wider community of peace, justice, and (especially) love by becoming better advocates in the struggle for equity. We will do that by developing a greater understanding of racist power and policy, by listening to folks who must face this struggle every day, by looking within to connect to our own suffering so that we can more easily connect to the suffering of others, and by offering our hearts and hands to one another as we all work for justice.
This congregational year will have an overarching theme of anti-racism and in order to be intentional about how we go about this work, we have formed a steering committee whose charge will be to review, plan and coordinate all aspects of this work.
If you would like to take an active role in this work, please let me know by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org . There will be plenty of opportunities to lead, to grow, and to learn how to better side with love in a world that sorely needs more of what our hearts can offer.