Weekly Highlights

 

Information on upcoming UUCGN activities can be found below.  Please refer to the Event Board in the church foyer for detailed flyers on several of the events. 

 

A calendar view of events and program listings is available here.  

This week's highlights include events taking place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples unless specified otherwise.

After thoughtful deliberations, our UUCGN Board of Trustees has 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.

Some online services and programs may be offered.  

Please plan to revisit the home page for regular updates and for links to online offerings.

​Sunday Schedule

  • Our Sunday service from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM will continue throughout the rest of the congregation year.

  • Youth Religious Exploration Sunday program will meet at 10:00 AM unless otherwise noted by the weekly email to parents.

  • Forum runs from 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM and runs Sundays through May 10, 2020.  Forum includes a 35-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes for Q&A.  Speakers will also be available from 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM. for a more leisurely conversation on the pavilion.

  • second service will be held from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM starting in January 2020.

    • In between the two services will be a 30-minute hospitality time, from 11:00 AM -11:30 AM so participants at both services can gather with friends and extend a welcome to visitors.

  • On the last Sunday in April, April 26, 2020, we will again return to only one service, at 10:00 AM, which will continue at least until the end of the Collier County school year (and most likely beyond).

 

Choose the 2nd Service!

All other things being equal, we do hope you’ll consider attending the second service on Sunday mornings. If you choose the 11:30 service, you’ll have the option of joining the early coffee hour at 11:00 or staying after the second service for part two of our hospitality. (You could even do both!!)

The first service promises to get even tighter as we deepen into season, so maybe take a little more time on Sunday morning to read that additional section of the newspaper, sip a little more coffee or tea, and join us a little later in the morning! The two services are identical in content.

 

This week there will be a visitor orientation to UUCGN after the second service.

 

The two-service format is being offered as we continue to strive toward a foundational piece of our 2020 Vision Statement: “We will know we are a beloved community when we provide a quality worship experience in the sanctuary for all who wish to attend.”  You too can share the joy of this important work. First, plan to attend the second service as often as possible as we try to accommodate everyone that wants to be here.  Second, sign-up to show your interest in helping in at least one of the following areas: 1) Sextons, 2) Greeters, 3) Ushers, 4) Hospitality, 5) Religious Exploration, or 6) Audio/Visual.  You may sign-up in the Pavilion after service, by emailing our Office Manager, Anna Riazi, at office@ uunaples.org, or by calling the office at 239-455-6553. Find a friend and sign up together!

The Work and Wisdom of Women

100 Years Later

The March 8th service will be presented by a group of women.  We will be looking at the progress made in the women’s movement and how we can move forward.  We will be presenting the new Women’s Banner.

Welcoming Visitors and New Members

Welcome Table: Attention Visitors – Join us on the patio after services!

Newcomers who would like more information regarding our congregation are requested to fill out a green- colored paper located between the chairs in the sanctuary.  Place them in the collection plate or leave on the table in the foyer. Please also consider stopping by the Welcome Table on the Pavilion after the service.

Newcomer Orientation March 1 at 12:45

For those who would like to find a way to connect, learn more about our congregation and for those who may be ready to join, there will be an orientation this Sunday after the second service, lasting about 2 hours.  Childcare and a light lunch will be provided.  Please contact the office if you would like to attend.

 

​Forum - Sundays at 9:00 AM

Timely topics are presented by renowned thought leaders from around the globe, as well as experts from within southwest Florida and our own congregation.  Talks are free and open to the public.

March 15 at 9:00 AM

Eloise Ayala, J.D., Supervising Attorney, Immigration Unit at Legal Aid Service of Collier County "My Journey"

Eloise Ayala was born in Wisconsin to Mexican-Colombian parents.  As a baby she was taken to Mexico and was raised there until she was 8 years old, learning Spanish as her native language.  At age 8, she returned to the United States where she learned English as a second language.  After graduating from high school, and thanks in part to her mother’s great efforts and support, Eloise went on to college where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2011 from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL.

 

While attending college she also worked as a paralegal at an immigration law firm, where she learned and handled cases in immigration law.  She knew her final goal was law school since prior to college and in 2013 she began to study law in Orlando, FL.  Eloise graduated with her Juris Doctor degree from Barry University School of Law in 2015 and shortly thereafter passed the Florida Bar Exam.  In 2016 she began working at a business immigration law office but when an opportunity to serve low income migrant workers came up in November, she moved from Orlando to Naples and began working at Legal Aid Service of Collier County under the great mentorship of legendary Sister Maureen Kelleher.  First starting as an Americorp Equal Justice Rights Fellow at Legal Aid, then as a Staff Attorney and is now the Supervising Attorney for the Immigration Unit at Legal Aid Service of Collier County.  The Immigration Unit at Legal Aid Service of Collier County handles over 500 cases per year and is one of the few organizations in the region who offer full representation at the Miami Immigration Court.

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.

UUA General Assembly News!

 

Interested in Attending the UUA General Assembly This Year?

A couple of important dates are looming for those planning to attend GA, which takes place this year in Providence, RI, from June 24th to the 28th. The first is the opening of the GA Housing Reservation System on Monday, March 2, at 9 am EST. To learn more about reserving a room, go to https://www.uua.org/ga/travel/general-assembly-hotels.  At this link you’ll find descriptions and rates for all eight GA hotels, two GA dormitory options, and local home hospitality. Housing reservation will be available online only, with a link going up on the UUA website Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.  Also, remember that early registration ends March 15. Go to https://www.uua.org/ga/registration to start the registration process.  Finally, if you plan to attend GA and are not already on UUCGN’s email list for GA, contact us to get on it.  We’ll be sending out updates as they arise, will also be scheduling a discussion session closer to the start of GA for all within the congregation who will be attending.  Contact Kathie at kathie.gorski@gmail.com to receive more information and to get on our list.

Congregation-wide Events

March 15 through April 5 - Bring Canned Dog & Cat food for our Easter "Can" Hunt.  Collection Basket in the main foyer.  Donations will go to the Food Angels pantry afterwards.  

 

Sun. March 15 - See the Sunset on Vanderbilt Beach - a Congregational Meet Up from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.  Please RSVP online here or email mary@uunaples.org

 

Seeking Substitutes Teen or Adult for PreK-2nd for now until the end of May AND Summer Assistant(s) for PreK & Wiggly children - Be our Safer Congregation 2nd teen or adult with Em Moran, Sunday Teacher, during 10 am service. Can you commit to about an hour for a Sunday?  Could you do more?  (There's a lot of play, and in the Summer there will be a story (from around the world) and an activity aimed at Developing Character, Conflict resolution, Kindness, Friendship without Barriers and Community Building)  Contact Mary@uunaples.org with questions or to apply.

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Interested in Carpooling for the March 18 Lecture at the Collier County Museum?

On March 18, rather than holding Wonderful Wednesday at UUCGN, we will be encouraging folks to attend Prof. Ted Thornhill’s lecture at the Collier County Museum from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. His topic is “Race, Class, and Collier County in 2020–How and Why the Past Persists in Southwest Florida.”  Prof. Thornhill was the first Progressive Voices speaker this year.  Admission is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP.  They will maintain a waiting list if necessary, so RSVP early.  RSVP by clicking here or call (239) 252-8242.  If you are interested in carpooling, either driving or being a passenger, let Anna know by March 13 so we can figure out the logistics and get back to you with details.

Youth Religious Exploration for Sunday March

Primary K-2nd: start directly in Beatrix Potter room (at 10am & 11:30am for this age group). Topic: the wisdom of a simple rule for living that is easy enough for 3 year olds to know and hard for those older to remember and do! Story: "Birdsnest" (from the book Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents collected by Sarah Conover) Activities: Meditation (listen to a chime till you can't hear the sound), Make a bird's nest with natural materials.

 

Elementary: 3rd & up start directly in Thomas Hall for Chapel.

This week we will tell the Buddhist Story of the Mustard Seed (about loss and death),

most of the chapel will be an opportunity to do Thich Nhat Han's Ten Movement Meditation - Participants should be dressed comfortably. Free play after - will include options of creating a sand mandala or origami Lotus Blossom making on the family meet up table. (adults welcome)!

 

Resources for your mind and spiritual practice 

Topic: Wisdom / Buddhism UU Sources: Direct Experience & World Religions UU Principles #2 - Be Kind in all you do, #4 - Search for what is true.

·         Ten Mindful Movements - Plum Village and Thich Nhat Hahn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzA6Hu840to The movements are demonstrated twice, first by a Plum Village student, and the second by Thich Nhat Hanh himself (at minute 17:33 ) This video is bundled with the Thich Nhat Hanh's book, "Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being" (https://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Moveme...), and is shown here with the permission of Thich Nhat Hanh and his publisher, Parallax Press.

·         BUDDHA STORY - The Time When Buddha Explained Death - Kisa Gotami and the Mustard Seed - video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alScaM8sSEIYouth & Adults may like this:

·         An 8 minute guided meditation from Plum village https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcEGMSaQZks

Conscious breathing meditation; Intro until 4 mins 40 - then the 8 minute meditation - to come back into your body and the present moment. The only moment we have.

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For rising 7-9th grader in 2020-2021 - OWL Info Meeting in April

 

Who: Parents and those youth entering 7th - 9th grade in 2020-2021

What: A Potluck and informational meeting, and meet and greet. Meet some of the Facilitators, and other parents, and youth who may also be in a joint class (Naples & Ft. Myers UU's). There will be time for youth and parents to meet individually after the potluck.

 

  • This comprehensive sexuality and values class is called Our Whole Lives (OWL).  Check out the sessions and summary in the flyer here.

 

When: Good Friday, April 10, 2020 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The program for 7-9th graders will run from Saturdays, Aug. 15, 2020 to March 6, 2021 from 4-6pm (with some dates off)

Where:  This meeting at Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, 13411 Shire Lane, off Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33912

 

RSVP to Mary Borland at mary@uunaples.org so we make better plan activities for youth that day and for other informational items for you to help in your decision making)

Mary Borland - 203-470-6183

email: mary@uunaples.org

On-site Office hours generally are:

Tuesdays 9:30 AM-5:30 PM,

Wednesdays 3:00 PM-8:00 PM or by appointment Sundays-Wednesday

Notes for High schooler's GA Trip Fundraiser in March

March 8 - is now the Car Wash Fundraiser date (when Jackson can do it).  Please RSVP to mary@uunaples.org

1) that you plan to attend that date - 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM or 1:00 PM depending when our last car will be,

2) bring old towels with you (how many can you bring?)

Questions? or to get on the family email list contact Mary@uunaples.org

Music Calendar at UUCGN!

March 15  11:30 AM Worship Service:  Adult Choir sings a beautiful arrangement of Shenandoah.

March 15  3:00 PM:  ChamberWorks Recital

Featuring Lan Lam, piano; March 15 at 3:00 pm. $25 advance, $30 at the door

March 15 7:00 PM:  Andy Wahlberg, harp guitar and Richard Smith fingerstyle guitar in concert at UUCGN.  Tickets are $25 at the door only.

If you are interested in participating in choir, both groups meet weekly – Adult choir 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Thursdays; Youth choir. 11:00 – 11:30 AM Sundays.  Email Lan Lam at music@uunaples.org

Progressive Voices Speak Out
Wednesday, March 12
Reception at 6:30 PM
Lecture at 7:00 PM

 

The UUCGN and Common Ground Progressive Voices Lecture Series concludes for the season this coming Wednesday night.  Claudine Schneider  will be speaking on the subject of Climate Change Mitigation.

The United States is in a significant transition period -– as substantial and as historic as the shift from the Dark Ages to the Enlightenment/Renaissance.  We can neither shift rapidly, nor can we presume that ‘business as usual’ will bring us the same benefits and success as it did in the past.  The way forward is one of sustainable development, clean tech jobs, and green communities.  Happily, this transition is well on its way.  We need to facilitate and accelerate this transition for governments, business, NGOs, and foundations, either in the U.S. or anywhere in the world.

Claudine Schneider is the Founding President of Solar Alliance and former U.S. Congresswoman from Rhode Island.  Ms. Schneider’s amazing background included interactions with heads of state both as a member of Congress, and afterward.  Topics focused on climate change, energy and the environment, and ecological economics.  Ms. Schneider was part of a BBC special with Prince Charles on climate change, briefed Margaret Thatcher on climate change in 1989, and was Federal Coordinator of the Coastal Zone Management Program.  More currently, she organized 30 of the world’s leading solar manufacturers (BP, Sanyo, Sharp, etc.), installers and integrators into the Solar Alliance; built a consensus around the four policy goals needed to expand solar in the states; engaged 10 state governments to commit to solar expansion through specific policy changes; and hosted the first solar briefing for the NATIONAL Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. 

The Honorable Claudine Schneider served in the U.S. Congress (R. 1980-1990) from Rhode Island.  She authored the first and only revenue neutral Global Warming Prevention Act in 1988 with 140 bi-partisan co-sponsors.  Parts of the 13-part bill became law.  Today, she continues her climate consulting work, but also serves on numerous boards focused on integrity and ethics in our national government.

Reception: 6:30 p.m.;  Lecture: 7:00 p.m.

Admission: $15 suggested donation

 

Social Justice Actions

Celebrate Women's History Month

 

Celebrate women's history month and the Suffrage Centennial by viewing another exhibit in Thomas Hall. This year we honor 12 African American Suffragists featured in Rosalyn Terborg Penn's book:  "African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920".

The exhibit includes women like Mary Church Terrell, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Harriet Forten Purvis, Margaret Murray Washington, Mary Talbert, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Coralie Franklin Cook.

Learn more about these women who "fought racism and sexism simultaneously".  Read about the racism amongst White Suffragists as well.  The exhibit also includes a few Unitarian Suffragists who were featured in last year's exhibit. Project created by Jill Haughie/Chair Women's Justice Committee.  Exhibit on display March-May.

March's Split the Plate:  Legal Aid Service of Collier County

UUCGN continues are monthly initiative to support local non-profits aligned with UU values.  In conjunction with our March 21st fund raiser dinner and auction event, we will be doing a Split the Plate with Legal Aid Service of Collier County.  Legal Aid Service of Collier County is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services to Collier County residents who face matters of life-changing significance.  Legal Aid provides a critical safety net for the community by serving thousands of economically needy residents in Collier County.

Save the date:  Saturday, March 21, 2020! 

Building Bridges, Connecting Communities

Charity Fund Raiser for

Legal Aid Service of Collier County

at Naples Italian-American Club

on Airport-Pulling Road at Orange Blossom

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, March 21, for UUCGN's annual Charity Partner dinner and auction to benefit Legal Aid Service of Collier County will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Naples Italian-American Club.   Our funds help support a bi-lingual paralegal who focuses on immigration cases:  DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, or "Dreamers"; TPS (Temporary Protected Status) filings, deportation hearings, and asylum petitions.   We will hold again the event at the Naples Italian-American Club on Airport-Pulling Road -- but a lot of other things will be new!  Exciting new auction items and mystery wine pull await!

Now is the time to buy your tickets to the March 21st BUILDING BRIDGES, CREATING COMMUNITY fund raiser dinner, dance, and auction for Legal Aid Service of Collier County.  Come for a scrumptious Caribbean dinner, a chance to mingle with friends old and new, and bid on many exciting new auction items. 

Here are just a few of our exciting auction items -– stay tuned for more teasers coming up in the days to follow!

 

  • 7-night stay in a UUCGN member's 3-bedroom private home in UNESCO heritage site in Antigua, Guatemala

  • Do you love greenery in your home – but have no room, aptitude, or time for a garden?  Beautiful live plant arrangements crafted into antique chairs will be available for you to take home.

  • Beautiful handmade ceramic bowls donated from Empty Bowls Naples.

  • FLY AWAY!  To Portland, Oregon . . . or Portland, Maine?  Burbank, Boston, or Baltimore?  Salt Lake or Seattle?  Buy a chance on 50,000 frequent flyer points, allowing you to fly to any city in the continental US where JetBlue flies.  Raffl

Order your dinner tickets and/or make a sponsorship donation online now!

Social Justice Volunteers Needed!

Support our charity partner, Legal Aid Service of Collier County.

Are you good at publicity and social networks?  Contribute a bottle of wine to one of our baskets?  Could you sell tickets on a Sunday in March?  Check people in with their bidder paddles the night of the event?  Check people out at the end of the evening?  There are lots of ways, big and small, to help!

The Host Committee for the charity fund raiser happening March 21st will meet via Zoom (not in person) on Monday, March 9 at 5:00 PM.  No need to drive in high season traffic . . . Just connect using the URL below to find out how you can contribute.    https://zoom.us/j/761075831?wd=R2NGNU9udVZZUnVDemdLYTUrTmhDUT09
Meeting ID: 761 075 831, Password: 964883

If you would like to learn more and participate in the planning and execution of this fund raiser, you are welcome to join our next online meeting Monday, March 9th at 5:00 PM.

 

Adult Enrichment​

Wonderful Wednesdays

Feed your mind, body, and soul.

A mid-week multi-age gathering with food, fellowship, and fun for all.

Unless otherwise noted, Wonderful Wednesdays will start at 5:30 with vespers (centering), followed at 5:45 with a simple meal (suggested donation $10/person, $20/family).  Please pre-register by Monday at 5:00 PM so that we know how many meals to serve.

We will take a hiatus from February 5 through March 11, during which Progressive Voices will be offering a Wednesday evening series.  We will pick up again with Wonderful Wednesdays starting on March 18, with many more programs

"Wonderful Wednesdays" is a mid-week multi-generational gathering to feed the mind, body and soul.  Food, fellowship and fun for all.  It consists of three parts:  Vespers, followed by a light meal, and the program. 

  • RIDE SHARE:  If you’d like to carpool, email office@uunaples.org and we’ll try to pair you up.

  • PROGRAM ONLY.  You do not need to attend vespers or dinner in order to participate in the program.  

 

5:30 PM Vespers

5:45 PM - 6:30 PM Dinner – a simple meal.  Requires pre-ordering.  Suggested donation $10/person, $20/family.  Please RSVP for meal so we have an accurate count:  Sign-up sheets will be in foyer on Sunday morning or email office@uunaples.org. by Monday at 5:00 PM.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM – Program.  Come for the entire evening or come for just one part.  Childcare is provided.

Wonderful Wednesdays will pick up again after the Progressive Voices series is complete, with the first one taking place on Wednesday, March 18.  It will be a Multi-Age Hymn Sing, led by Linda Swears.  If you were at the Carol Sing in December, you might recall how Linda spoke about the benefits of singing with your children, so perhaps on March 18 we’ll see some young faces singing with their parents along with other members of the congregation.  Then on March 25, Dave Griffith will talk about Buddhism, a topic in which he is well-versed.  Dave has presented classes on world religions in the past, and we are grateful that he will share his knowledge about Buddhism with us in March.  We have a full line-up for Wonderful Wednesdays going into the end of April, with possible additions into May, so stay tuned as we publicize the programs closer to their dates.

Also, a reminder to all: Please contact the office or sign up in the foyer for the meal, by Monday at 5:00 PM.

Adult Enrichment Winter Offerings

Calendar Change for Wonderful Wednesdays in March

Wonderful Wednesdays would normally pick up again immediately after the Progressive Voices series is complete.  However, we have postponed the program for the March 18 Wonderful Wednesday (a Multi-Age Hymn Sing), until later.

 

On March 18th, the first Progressive Voices speaker in this year’s lineup, Prof Ted Thornhill, will be speaking at the Collier County Museum from 6:00 to 7:30 PM on “Race, Class, and Collier County in 2020–How and Why the Past Persists in Southwest Florida.” Admission is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP. They will maintain a waiting list if necessary, so RSVP early.   RSVP by clicking here or call (239) 252-8242.

Interested in Carpooling for the March 18 Lecture at the Collier County Museum?

On March 18, rather than holding Wonderful Wednesday at UUCGN, we will be encouraging folks to attend Prof. Ted Thornhill’s lecture at the Collier County Museum from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  His topic is “Race, Class, and Collier County in 2020–How and Why the Past Persists in Southwest Florida.”  Prof. Thornhill was the first Progressive Voices speaker this year.  Admission is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP.  They will maintain a waiting list if necessary, so RSVP early.  RSVP by clicking here or call (239) 252-8242. If you are interested in carpooling, either driving or being a passenger, let Anna know by March 13 so we can figure out the logistics and get back to you with details.

 

The March 25 Wonderful Wednesday program in which Dave Griffith will talk about Buddhism, will take place as planned.  We have a full line-up for Wonderful Wednesdays going into the end of April, with possible additions into May, so stay tuned as we publicize the programs closer to their dates.

March 1st at 10:00 AM:  Inquirer’s Series

This Sunday, March 1, our Inquirers Series will continue at 10:00 AM and be held in Thomas Hall during the first service. This series of 6 non-sequential stand-alone programs is offered for friends and members of UUCGN who wish to learn more about our vibrant community.  Please grab your coffee and join us, then stay for the second service.  This week's topic is Social Action & Community Service.

A Change to the Upcoming Series on Alzheimer’s

 

The upcoming series on Alzheimer’s Disease, during which we will be exploring the book The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline, will start on Friday, March 13.  We were not able to schedule our hoped-for speaker for the last session, so we will be postponing our plans for a speaker until we can work something out.  All four sessions will go ahead, however, taking place on four consecutive Fridays from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.  On March 13 and 20, we will talk about the book The End of Alzheimer's itself.  On March 27 we’ll hear from a member of the congregation who has been following the author’s protocol.  And, on April 3, we will pick up a few aspects of the Bredesen protocol that will not have been covered to allow a deepening of our discussion, will offer resources for participants to delve into, will explore whether there is interest in creating an ongoing series on brain health and what that programming might look like.  We hope you will join us for all four sessions!

The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline

The upcoming series on Alzheimer’s Disease will explore the book The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline.  The four sessions will take place on four consecutive Fridays from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.  On March 13 and 20, we will talk about the book itself.  On March 27 we’ll hear from a member of the congregation who has been following the author’s protocol.  And on April 3, we will pick up a few aspects of the Bredesen protocol that will not have been covered to allow a deepening of our discussion, will offer resources for participants to delve into, will explore whether there is interest in creating an ongoing series on brain health and what that programming might look like. We hope you will join us for all four sessions!

What is the science behind Dr. Bredesen’s program?  What exactly does the plan recommend, and what is it like following it?  What is the hype about?  If you are keen to know more, join us as we discuss the book over two sessions (March 13 and 20), then hear from an individual who has been following the author’s protocol, known as the Bredesen Protocol (also known as ReCODE) (March 27).  In our final session (April 3) we hope to hear from a physician who has trained in the Bredesen Protocol.  We recommend you give yourself plenty of time to read the book before our sessions begin, to benefit fully from the discussions. Sessions will take place from 1:00 to 2:30 pm on Fridays March 13, 20, and 27 plus April 3.

Developing a Spiritual Practice –

Six Sessions Starting in March

 

Starting on Sunday, March 8 and continuing for five more Sundays, through April 12, Adult Enrichment co-chairs Ann Fisher and Kathie Gorski will be offering a program on developing a spiritual practice.

 

The classes will take place at the same time as the first service, i.e., from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Join us for this thought-provoking and potentially life-changing series, then enjoy the hospitality service on the pavilion, and join others for the second service in the sanctuary, at 11:30 AM. 

 

The sessions will include:

(1) finding your spiritual practice,

(2) keeping sabbath,

(3) meditation,

(4) worship and ritual,

(5) discernment and ritual reading, and

(6) work and service.

 
 

​Book Club Reading List 2019-2020

Meetings are held in Thomas Hall at 2:00 PM every third Thursday of the month except as noted by asterisk. These meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month.


March 19:  The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl; Facilitated by Betty Walsh
April 16:  The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood; Facilitated by Carolyn Bordeau
*May 14:  The Annual Book Share.  Our reading list, by custom, is composed of works of fiction that do not exceed 400 pages.  Since our members are readers of diverse forms of literature, we use a different format in the May meeting to discuss and recommend to the group 1 or 2 books that do not conform with our criteria but are worth the members’ attention.

New Adult Enrichment Non-Fiction Book Club meets Tuesday, March 24

After a very successful launch in February of the new non-fiction book club, we are pleased to announce the book for March: Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, by Jennifer L. Eberhardt.   The discussion will take place on Tuesday, March 24, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at UUCGN.  Each month, on the fourth Tuesday of the month, we will meet to discuss another book.  Please RSVP to Elle Dicasparro at elle@dicasparro.com so we can have an idea of the room size we need.

Miami Book Fair November 20-22

A bus trip to the Miami Book Fair has been popular with many UUCGN members for years.  Michael Finkel has taken over leadership from Jay Shaplow.  The group is called West Florida Friends of the Miami Book Fair.  There will be a bus to Miami on Friday, November 20 at 9:30 AM, and a return bus between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Sunday, November 22.  A block of deeply discounted rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Port of Miami, which is located right at the site of the book fair. The hotel does have rooms that accommodate those with disabilities and walkers, and motorized scooters can be rented for those who do not walk distances.  All the events are accessible for people with disabilities.

 

This is always an exciting and fulfilling event. For more information, contact Michael Finkel at michaelfinkelmd@gmail.com.

Social Activities

Film Fans

Meet third Mondays of each month:  Film Fans will meet at Silverspot for a movie; several are recommended, starting close to the same time and about the same length.  

Film Fans will next meet on Monday, March 23 (usually on third Mondays; we meet this month only on fourth Monday) 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

Time to sign up for our Friday, March 20 circle dinner.  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.

March:  Celebrate Women's History Month

Celebrate women's history month and the Suffrage Centennial by viewing another exhibit in Thomas Hall. This year we honor 12 African American Suffragists featured in Rosalyn Terborg Penn's book: "African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920".

The exhibit includes women like Mary Church Terrell, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Harriet Forten Purvis, Margaret Murray Washington, Mary Talbert, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Coralie Franklin Cook.

Learn more about these women who "fought racism and sexism simultaneously".  Read about the racism amongst White Suffragists as well.  The exhibit also includes a few Unitarian Suffragists who were featured in last year's exhibit.  Project created by Jill Haughie/Chair Women's Justice Committee.  Exhibit on display March-May.

Watch for more information on future shows.  Contact Ann Fullarton @ auntmeg@comcast.net for more information or to suggest ideas and or artists you would like to recommend.  This gallery is for your enjoyment and represents our congregation.

 

​Ongoing Programs and Activities

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 wrightonovernaples@aol.com.​

Bereavement Group

If you would like information about the Bereavement support group please contact Joanne Swonk at swonk2@sbcglobal.net.

Caring Committee

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 alicemo1@aol.com with a brief introduction of yourself. ​  Meets second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM.

The focus of this Monday’s LGBTQ+ mtg will be to begin organizing for UUCGN’s participation in the Naples Pride festival, Saturday, June 6th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Cambier Park.  We will have a booth that day and there will be opportunities to volunteer for set up, breakdown, representing UUCGN at our table, etc. This is a team effort and a great way to do some service and show our support for the local LGBTQ+ community. So please make an effort to come to the meeting this Monday, March 9th at 7pm in the large RE room to join in on the fun!  There will be treats available for those who ate their vegetables at dinner.

Social Activities:  Film Fans

Normally meets the third Monday of each month at Silverspot Cinema, but we will meet on March 23rd for March only.  We then meet at Burntwood Tavern in the Mercato shopping center in north Naples afterwards and have dinner and good conversation!  Please contact Joan Insel at 239.514.2759 or joaninsel@hotmail.com for more info. 

Social Activities: First Fridays / First Saturdays

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 office@uunaples.org for more info. 

Social Activities:  ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out)   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

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

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 www.tech4goodswfl.org.

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