Information on upcoming UUCGN activities can be found below.
A calendar view of events and program listings is available here. All our worship services, meetings, and programs are being held online via Zoom, posted as YouTube videos for public pre-recorded content, or using YouTube Live Online Streaming.
Contact the office at (239) 455-6553 for details on participating in UUCGN Zoom meetings, or if you need access to one of our Zoom licenses to host a meeting. Unfortunately, due to reports of Zoom meetings experiencing unwanted intrusion by people intending to cause disruption, Zoom links will not be publicized on our public web pages.
Zoom meeting details are available in the UUCGN Newsletter for members on the members-only page.
For Folks who come to UUCGN mostly for Coffee Hour:
UUCGN’s Virtual Coffee Hour group is still going strong on Facebook. You’re invited to join us after the service or anytime. The UUCGN Virtual Coffee Hour is open 24 hours a day so you can feel free to visit whenever you want to share a thought 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 our Coffee Hour group:
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. A moderator will see your request within 1-2 days and accept you as a member or friend
of UUCGN and that’s it!
4. Once you receive notice that you have been accepted, start posting!
We meet monthly via Zoom and are always interested in having new people join our meetings to find out more about what we do. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 16 at 2PM. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for the zoom details. We will be showing a 10-minute TED Talk "How Climate Justice Can't Happen without Racial Justice" to inspire discussion.
United We Move: CCL's Plan for Climate Action in 2021. This past June the Citizens' Climate Lobby national team held a virtual conference that was attended by over 4500 people. On Saturday, December 5, we will have the opportunity to join another free virtual conference that will focus on plans for 2021. The Saturday session is from 1 to 5 PM and will feature Hahrie Han(How Organizations Develop Activists), John Wood, Jr, (Braver Angels) and Shi-Ling Hsu(Case for a Carbon Tax). There are additional Sunday seminars that begin at one and last two to three hours. You can find out more and register by clicking here.
Effective and Comprehensive Climate Change Legislation
will have a much much greater chance of being achieved if the majority of the US Senate supports it. That is why so many concerned citizens are volunteering to get out the vote in the
Climate campaigns target critical US Senate runoffs in Georgia. If you feel climate change legislation is important, would you like to put your phone banking or text banking skills to great use from the comfort of your own living room? Please look at all of the opportunities available at mobilize.us and fairfight.com You can donate as little or as much time as you choose to potentially make a huge difference to defend and protect our one and only endangered Earth.
The Green Sanctuary program is an accreditation program that is managed by the UUA in conjunction with the UU Ministry for Earth. It was first created in 1989 and its original aim was to guide congregations in study, reflection and action in facing environmental challenges. UUCGN was accredited in 2008. Every few years the program is revamped and on September 15, 2020 the seventh iteration of the program was launched. It’s called Green Sanctuary 2020: A Faithful Response to Climate Urgency. Many people are focused on the upcoming election, so we will dive into the topics suggested by Green Sanctuary 2020 later this year. For more information you can follow this link. If you are interested in seeing what the Green Sanctuary Committee is all about, our next meeting will be via Zoom on Wednesday October 14 at 2 PM. Contact Amy Clifton, firstname.lastname@example.org, for the zoom meeting details.
Thursday Q&A with the Minister
An opportunity for fellowship and learning. Each week on Thursdays at 5:30 PM online via Zoom there will be a chance to check in and new subject to talk about. Visitors, please contact the office by calling our office manager Anna Riazi (239) 455-6553 or by emailing her at email@example.com for details of the Zoom meeting.
Visual Arts Group
The UUCGN Visual Arts group meets the 4th Monday of the month on the patio at 4:00 PM. Please wear a mask, we will be social distancing and want everyone to feel comfortable. Our agenda changes from month to month. Bring some of your own artwork OR artwork that inspires you. Questions? Email Christina or George Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindful Meditation in the Garden!
Saturdays at 10:30 AM
The Mindfulness Meditation group continues to meet on Saturday mornings 10:30 AM -11:30 AM. We gather in the garden or on the pavilion, maintaining social distance throughout the hour. All are welcome - folks who are brand-new to meditation and those who have been meditating for years. For more information, contact Ann Fisher at email@example.com or Ann Marina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mindful Meditation – an online Meditation experience
Tuesdays at 3:00-4:00 PM
The Mindful Meditation group which has been meeting on Saturday mornings for over three years is offering an online opportunity to gather together to share an hour of meditation and reflection. All are invited to join us! If you have never meditated before or if you have been practicing on your own for decades, feel free to participate. We begin with about five minutes of gentle movement, followed by a brief reading, and then a guided meditation which leads into a time of silent meditation. Following our meditation time, we have a time of shared reflection and conversation.
Gentle Yoga with Lois
Weekdays, 12:00 – 12:30 PM. All who want to join for yoga, must first check with their doctor before participating. Also for those interested in participating in the class, please send your email address and phone number to email@example.com prior to joining so I have a way to notify you of changes and cancellations. Join Zoom Meeting Click here. Meeting ID: 784 4945 1053 Password: 028910
Are you committed to a long and healthy life?
Then we need your pledge. This pledge is an endorsement of the Blue Zone values and the commitment to strive for a healthy life and support others on the way. It does not require any financial commitment.
What is the Blue Zones Project? Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to help people make healthy choices. The Blue Zones Project SWFL relies on churches and other religious organizations to help improve community well-being by bringing individuals together to support them in their journey to better health and longevity. UUGN has endorsed the Blue Zone values by e.g. maintaining a wonderful garden, offering Yoga and many other activities.
Why are we asking for the pledge? As announced in the newsletter from August 24th, our congregation has been re-starting the efforts to become a Blue Zones approved Faith Based Organization. In order to become Blue-Zone approved we need at least 25% of the members of our congregation to pledge to the Blue Zone principles. All it involves is giving your name and email address (as zip-code you may enter the zip code of the congregation, 34116). You will receive emails from the Blue Zone Project with health-related information. The pledge-text can be read here: https://bluezonesproject-enterprise.s3.amazonaws.com/all/docs/personal_pledge.pdf
Ready? Please click the link below and enter your name and email address (zip code 34116 from UUCGN). Be assured that the Blue Zone project will not sell your name and email address to other parties. Pledge Link Questions? If you would simply like to pledge to be a participant of the BlueZones Project and are unable to fill out the online form, or If at any point during this process you have questions please reach out to: Jodi Bisogno, or Susanne Abele, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blue Zones Project of Southwest Florida is offering some terrific programs to help you stay healthy, active and engaged - even while you are socially distancing. Please check out the yoga, tai chi, and nutrition programs available. Click Here for more information and to get involved!
Click here or search for Zoom tutorial on YouTube if you want to learn about zoom. Recommendation: for those of you who only need to join a meeting and own a smart phone, just download the app. It is much easier to use than the zoom on your computer. It is as easy as using Facetime or Skype or WhatsApp.
Mindful Monday Forum Kicks off this week!!
The Forum Committee is excited to introduce a new speaker series to be held online via Zoom on twice a month onn Monday evenings at 7:00 PM through the generous support of the Congregational Engagement Fund.
We have an exciting lineup of speakers whose topics will address a number of important current issues, including Election 2020, Anti-Racism and Policing, and more. Pre-registration for our webinar series is required. Click this link to register. By doing so, we'll be able to send you email reminders of upcoming dates. You only need to register once to be able to join any and all of the Mindful Monday webinars. Please join us for FORUM Mindful Mondays this fall.
View the lineup of speakers FORUM Mindful Mondays this fall!
UU Book Club
Greetings readers and hopes that you are all well. We cannot predict the future as to when our group will meet again in Thomas Hall, there are many variables. But it is our hope to conduct our book club meetings on line until we do. We would keep to the same time: 2:00 PM on the third Thursday of the month, October through April, either at Thomas Hall or online.
We have not assigned each book to a particular month yet. However, that information will follow shortly. If you aren’t on our email list and want to be, send an email to
Joann Anthony at email@example.com or call me at 508.207.7983.
Meetings at 2:00 PM online. Joann Anthony firstname.lastname@example.org or 508.207.7983.
December 17: THE RED NOTEBOOK by Antoine Laurain; Facilitator: Carol Evans
January 21: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA by Phillip Roth; Facilitator: Deborah Vahab
February 18: GENEROSITY: AN ENHANCEMENT by Richard Powers; Facilitator:
March 18: WHITE NOISE by Don Delillo; Facilitator: Robert Andrews
April 15: WE ARE ALL COMLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES by Karen Fowler; Facilitator: Bonnie Cousineau
May 14: THE ANNUAL BOOK SHARE
Chrysalis: A Guided Autobiography Class
A memoir is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and loved ones. Now is the time to begin writing your life-story two pages at a time, a story that’s just waiting to be told. ‘Guided Autobiography’ is a memoir writing class designed to assist adults of all ages in writing and sharing stories from their earlier life experiences. Each week, participants will be guided in exploring a different life theme and writing two pages on that theme at home. Participants will bring the story to class the following week, and read it in a nonthreatening, confidential setting to a small group of supportive fellow classmates. Instructor: Pamela Mayers Contact email@example.com by January 30th to enroll.
Pavilion Usage Policy - UUCGN Building Closed
Click Here for the Policy on Use of Pavilion!
Dear Friends, Needless to say these are trying times, especially with the CDC recommendations for gatherings designed to minimize the spreading Covid-19 infections. Balancing the need for a modicum of small group meetings of UUCGN Members on our beautiful Pavilion while being mindful of the need for prevention of disease spread requires common sense and wisdom.
Fortunately for us, we now have a set of Board Approved guidelines for such meetings on the Pavilion. The attached instructions attempt to balance the need for maintaining a vibrant UUCGN community with the precautions needed to create safe meeting conditions. Thus has emerged a new "Pavilion Use Policy” that I request all UUCGN members to read and follow faithfully if you do intend to meet on the Pavilion in a small group setting. Anna included this new Policy in our weekly news and will also publish it in the next Monthly Newsletter. It will be posted on our UUCGN website, around the building and Pavilion, and it is readily available upon request from Anna or me. When you use the Pavilion during this pandemic, please follow the Policy guidelines and STAY SAFE, as everyone implores these days.
Bill McC/ President of BoT
The Facilities Committee would like to ensure the safety and security of all UUCGN members. With the recent rise in Florida covid cases we would like to remind the congregation that the building is closed.to all. With the exception of the Sexton, only select individual are allowed in the building for short periods to accomplish critical tasks.
As a result, there are no specific office hours and the building remains closed to the public even if the authorized staff are inside. Also, there is a new signup sheet available at the entrance for all who ARE AUTHORIZED TO enter and exit, to easily track the traffic for everyone's safety. Though the pavilion and the gardens are open, please make sure to practice social distancing and follow protocols. If you have any questions or need to drop off and/or pick up anything, please contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239.455.6553 to make arrangements. Please help us stay safe. Be Well, The Facilities Committee
Endowment Fund News
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO WHILE YOU'RE HERE
IS TO ENSURE UUCGN WILL BE WHEN YOU'RE NOT
March has arrived; spring--a season of renewal--is around the corner. The UUCGN Endowment Board wants to educate about the Endowment Fund and how it benefits our UUCGN community. This year, the Endowment Board was able to transfer $10,000 to the Capital Fund for important and necessary upgrades to our fire alarm system. As our Fund continues to grow, the Endowment Board will annually consider funding projects related to the safety and security of our building and grounds and the promotion of our visibility and message into the greater community. The generosity of past and present members who have made bequests has enabled our Fund to grow.
Have you wondered how you can make a difference in the future of our beloved congregation? How you can impact the life of UUCGN decades from now? Consider becoming part of the Legacy Circle, a group of members who have chosen to name UUCGN in their estate plans. There will be informational brochures on the patio after service in March. Stop by and take a look and speak to one of the Endowment Board members. The Endowment Board is keenly aware of the trust you, the members of UUCGN, have entrusted in us. Your generosity will continue to benefit UUCGN for generations to come. Endowment Board members Adrianne Cady, John Goodlet, Jane Graham, Ken Notturno and Robin Petty are ready to answer your questions.
Social Justice Update
The "Glass is Half Full" Kind of People
While not all of us fit this description individually, Unitarian Universalists are generally an optimistic bunch. It’s part of the inherent DNA of a group that “reveres the past but trusts the dawning future more” (Hymn #145, “As Tranquil Streams,” Marion Franklin Ham). It’s what allows is to think less about ourselves and more about how we can help others get through a crisis like the one we’re facing now and think clearly about how we prepare for a “new normal.”
A case in point is your response to appeals for contributions to help UUCGN support individuals and organizations during the Pandemic. Members and friends have generously donated well more than $30,000 to the different congregational funds including the Ministerial Discretionary Fund and Weekend Meals for Kids, as well as our commitment to our Social Justice Partner Legal Aid Services of Collier County.
You have given even more in direct contributions to the organizations that the Social Justice Committee listed in the main appeal for help that went out a few weeks ago, including a great response to Bill McCormick’s effort to lift up the work of the Naples-based Meals for Hope.
While few of us can get out and roll up our sleeves to do the physical work, UUCGN members Ellen Hemrick with Standing Up for Racial Justice of Southwest Florida (SURJ) and Yvette Stafford with the Crohns Charity Service Foundation have both been able to work through their organizations to directly provide healthy groceries to local folks in need.
The Ministerial Discretionary Fund, which was set up to help members and friends in financial stress, has been able to help a few of our own and some others in the community with rent assistance with enough left over to help support the organizations above in their work. We’ve also started a conversation about setting up a permanent fund for emergencies that would be available for responding quickly to the kind of needs we saw after hurricane Irma and now during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Weekend Meals program has now been funded to last year’s level and is exploring what additional needs might result from the pandemic and what different ways the program might respond to any change in school schedules or routines. It is likely that more students/families will need the kind of assistance Weekend Meals provides so further appeals may be needed.
Finally, despite not being able to hold our annual charity auction, we have been able to fulfill our annual pledge to Legal Aid Service of Collier County. Legal Aid Service is our Social Justice partner organization for the current three-year period. Chosen by the congregation almost two years ago, we have been able to support a part time paralegal position in the area of immigration justice. Legal Aid Service is also responding to the pandemic by offering specific legal services for folks struggling financially.
It is clear that more will be needed along all these fronts as the situation evolves, but looking at this local response to a global crisis, we can see ourselves in a “glass half full” light and know we are in solidarity with all people who act with compassion, seeing the real needs and responding in the best ways we can.
Please stay safe, stay connected, and keep being who you are!
Love and blessings to you all!
PFLAG Naples is now hosting its monthly support meetings at the Naples Pride Center: 2248 Airport Rd S, Naples, FL 34112. What to expect: A safe, loving, non-judgmental, and supportive environment for the parents, family, and friends of the LGBTQ community and those who wish to learn more about them. Masks are required. For more information email email@example.com. https://pflag.org/chapter/pflag-naples
Feed your mind, body, and soul.
A mid-week multi-age gathering with food, fellowship, and fun for all.
Join Zoom Meeting: Click Here! Meeting ID: 685 024 297. Password: 895882 Or call in at 646 876 9923 •
December 2 – Stories from U
December 16 - A Musical Evening brought to us by our Music Committee.
A Musical Gift for the Holidays
It's time for a holiday party! Put on your holiday duds, grab your favorite holiday snack, and join the UUCGN Music Committee for a fun evening of musical holiday favorites. Sing along to John Lennon's, "So this is Christmas," and don't miss Ann Fullarton and Mike Dias's rendition of "Auld Lang Syne". Two of our youngest UUCGN members, Rachel and Amber Kastner, will sing holiday songs and Scott Ritter and Karen Batten will share a holiday favorite. So, mark your calendar now and plan to join us as we share "A Musical Gift for the Holidays" at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, December 16.
January 20, 2021 – Robyn Clumner, Center for Inquiry - Fostering Reason, Science, and Secularism...and Why That is More Important Than Ever
Meditate and Create - Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 10:30 to noon
Outside at the UU Church - All are welcome! Click Here for more info!
Led by Zen teacher Sensei Laurie Lyons, this workshop offers a rare opportunity to immerse ourselves in meditation and the creative process. This is a fun, alternative practice path, a method of making visible what is often invisible. You are invited to enter the essence of a Zen teaching by tapping into the creative, nonjudgmental self, sometimes called Buddha Nature. This innate voice awakens the meaning beyond what words alone can convey. Often the results of our practice are difficult to point to. In this case, we will walk away with pieces of art to live with and contemplate well into the future. Our inspiration for this workshop will come from two Zen poems, a haiku by Master Basho and a poem by Chiyono, a Zen nun. No previous experience with art or meditation is necessary. Safety precautions will be taken. (Mask wearing when not socially distanced, hand sanitizer provided.) No required fee, donations appreciated.
To learn more about the facilitator, Sensei Laurie, please visit www.ZenArtsFlorida.com
The Garden Crew invites you to visit the gardens. Please read as you will find many new additions to the gardens. UUCGN Members and Guests: Are you feeling like you have been at home forever? Do you feel like the
four walls are closing in? Well, why not take a trip to UUCGN and tour the gardens. The garden crew still meets on Tuesday mornings and has continued the work of continually improving the gardens. Did you know we have started a rose garden in front of the building? We also have a meditation area where you can meditate along with Buddha. To the left of the meditation area are several new gardens started just a few months ago. If you feel like you want to sit and relax on the pavilion you will observe all the plants and flowers in spring bloom. Looking to your left you’ll see the Purple Martins working on their new home. You might also enjoy walking the trails.
To the left of the sanctuary is a Bromeliad Garden, which is still a work in progress. Then wander out front and see if you can find a new pineapple garden. The Amaryllis Garden is also located nearby. Feel like an adventure? See if you can find the following. Lola, the frog in front of the fountain, the solar powered fountain, the relaxing giraffe, the chalice and shishi odoshi. So now you have something new to do that will give you exercise, fresh air and relaxation. Please enjoy the gardens. Please observe social distancing.
Unfortunately, in-person social activities are suspended indefinitely
due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Check back here for updates.
Met third Mondays of each month: Film Fans would meet at Silverspot for a movie; several are recommended, starting close to the same time and about the same length. This program is suspended during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Film Fans usually meet on third Mondays) at Silverspot for a movie and at Burntwood Tavern afterwards for conversation and a meal. I’ll make reservations at Burntwood Tavern for 6:30 PM. If you want to try a late movie, join us for the meal and see a later film afterwards.
Important: RSVP for the meal so I can reserve tables. Robin Schrage, 239-261-9427.
Third Fridays Circle Dinners
Join us for a dinner with 6, 8, or 10 friendly UU’s in their home. Circle dinner hosts will prepare a main course and ask you to bring some of the trimmings: appetizers, a salad, dessert, bread or maybe a vegetable side dish. We meet around the dinner table to get to know each other better, to have personal conversations, and to have a fun and entertaining evening. If you are new to circle dinners and would like to participate in one of our dinners, there is a sign-up sheet in our UU foyer, or you may call Marjorie or Sal Corrallo 239.269.8802 for more information.
Ongoing Programs and Activities*
*These programs are suspended during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Adult Enrichment: Guided Autobiography: Pam Mayer will continue to offer her very-much appreciated Guided Autobiography Levels 1 and 2 classes, early in the new year. Those who have already participated in Levels 1 and 2 will be joining Pam in an online group that starts this month.
Several other ongoing programs will continue to be offered as well. Several of these are offered not directly under the umbrella of the Adult Enrichment Committee, having existed before the committee formed. Ongoing programs include, for example, Art in the Garden, Writing Group, Visual Arts Group, Aging Well, Fiction Book Club.
Adult Enrichment: Creative Writing Group
This is an opportunity for all writers - fiction, non-fiction, essay, poetry - to come together to share their work and receive feedback in a supportive, collegial environment. Contact John Womack by e-mail at johnHwomack@gmail.com for more info.
Adult Enrichment: Visual Arts Group
The Visual Arts Discussion Group meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome! Come and bring in examples of your recent work . . . painting, photography, sculpture or any other medium. We will try to go beyond a technical critique and explore what story the artist is trying to tell. Interested? Contact George Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like information about the Bereavement support group please contact Joanne Swonk at email@example.com.
Many UUCGN members have left their former communities up north (or west, for some folks), and have relocated to southwest Florida and found their way to our Unitarian Universalist community. Our
congregation's Caring Committee members are available to help with short term needs such as transportation to appointments, delivery of prepared meals when an acute need arises, or childcare for emergency situations.
Our committee members come from varied backgrounds and professions and may be able to offer
information to you if you have questions about resources in our region. Call the office and request a call from one of our members. We'd be happy to assist you with our helping hands and loving hearts.
LGBTQIA+Interest Support Group
If you are interested in joining LGBTQIA+ group, please contact Alice Modic at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief introduction of yourself. Meets second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM.
Social Activities: Film Fans: Suspended
Normally meets the third Monday of each month at Silverspot Cinema, but film outings have been suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Please contact Joan Insel at 239.514.2759 or email@example.com for more info.
Social Activities: First Fridays / First Saturdays: Suspended
First Friday is a monthly evening get-together at a UUCGN member’s home. Guests bring finger food and drink to share. If you are unable to host a party at your home, please consider hosting a First Saturday on the UUCGN pavilion with the same format. Contact Cheryl Lash or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Social Activities: ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out): Suspended We usually meet for breakfast on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Skillets in the Bed, Bath, and Beyond Plaza at the corner of Airport Pulling Rd. and Pine Ridge. We start at 8:00 AM until ??? Call Roger Brown for additional info. at 239.254.1128.
Green Sanctuary: Citizen’s Climate Lobby: Contact Amy Clifton at email@example.com for details on online meetings.
Do you have five minutes to tell congress how you feel about climate? If so, please click cclusa.org/write and enter your name and address. The next screen will show messages to be sent to your congressman and both senators. You can send the suggested script, or customize. Submit and you’re done.
On November 12, over 800 CCL'ers from across the nation met with congress people and their staff in DC asking for them to take meaningful action on climate. A common response from the congress person is they need to hear more from their constituents. If you want to make your voice heard please click cclusa.org/ write and enter your name and address. The next screen will show messages to be sent to your congressional representative and both senators. Submit and you’re done. To learn more about CCL, please join us in Thomas Hall for our monthly meeting. All are welcome.
Citizens Climate Lobby, citizensclimatelobby.org, is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that empowers people to become effective advocates for climate solutions. Each meeting we have a guest speaker (by video) and make plans around outreach opportunities, building relationships with local business, faith and political leaders, and pursuing media opportunities. Meetings are most third Thursdays of each month at 6:30 PM.
Board of Directors. Tech4Good: Suspended.
Tech4Good is a nonprofit organization that meets the first Tuesday of each month, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at UUCGN. We invite all local nonprofit organizations to network, learn, test and explore new technologies, exchange ideas, and best practices. To learn more or to register, visit https://local.nten.org/tech4good-swfl/ for updates on upcoming events.