Fellowship Service: 10 a.m., 1st & 3rd Sundays
Adult Forum and Children/Youth Religious Education follows at 11 a.m.
Adult Religious Education: 10 a.m., 2nd & 4th Sundays (No second hour; ARE ends at 11 a.m.)
Please check our News and Events for other programs and special events occurring on 5th Sundays.
*Childcare is provided for all Services.*
A RECENT QUOTE OF AUGUST TO PONDER THIS SEPTEMBER:
My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for 60 years, and especially my fellow Arizonians, thank you for the privilege of serving you, and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead.
I’ve tried to serve our country honorably. I’ve made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them. I’ve often observed that I am the luckiest person on Earth. I feel that way even now, as I prepare for the end of my life. I’ve loved my life, all of it. I’ve had experiences, adventures, friendships, enough for 10 satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life in good or bad times for the best day of anybody else’s.
I owe this satisfaction to the love of my family. One man has never had a more loving wife or children he was prouder of than I am of mine. And I owe it to America to be connected to America’s causes: Liberty, equal justice, and respect for the dignity of all people brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth were not circumscribed, but are enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.
Fellow Americans, that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history, and we have acquired great wealth and power in the progress.
We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down; when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.
We are 325 million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before, we always do.
Ten years ago I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening. I feel it powerfully still.
Do not despair of our present difficulties. We believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit, we never surrender, we never hide from history. We make history. Farewell fellow Americans, God bless you, and God bless America.
- Late Senator John Sidney McCain
ADULT RE CHAIRPERSON: CHARLES CAPEN
02 September 2018: Guest Speaker Eva Lott shares insight on the kaleidoscope of interconnectedness.
09 September 2018: Charles Capen presents a podcast: "Creating God".
16 September 2018: Guest Speaker Rex Thomas shares a lively presentation in regard to our interconnectedness.
23 September 2018: Charles Capen presents: TBA
A brunch to welcome new members and visitors is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 23rd immediately following Adult Religious Education.
30 September 2018: Tracy McCloud and Roxann Patrick lead a dedication ceremony of the UUFBC grounds, honoring its designation as a National Wildlife Federation Garden for Wildlife. This will be an outdoor event, followed by a potluck.
KIDS'(S) RE CHAIRPERSON: HULDA BURGAR
This year we journey around the world as we explore our UU sources of faith.
The Middles (K-5th grade) continue to learn to seek guidance through our UU sources with the series “Love Will Guide Us”
Our Youth (6-12th grade) continue to deepen their understanding of faith by studying world religions in the series “Building Bridges”
02 September 2018: Love is like a seed; how did everything come to be?
09 September 2018: What does your family value most? What do you believe in?
16 September 2018: Awesome Love; our shared sense of wonder.
23 September 2018: How can we work together if we don’t agree with each other?
02 September 2018: Judaism- the covenant of Abraham and the enduring values we all share
09 September 2018: How is your ethnicity connected to your faith? Share your family values or beliefs.
16 September 2018: Judaism- the laws of Moses and a passion for justice
23 September 2018: How can we respectfully discuss difficult subjects with others? Brainstorm strategies to understand opposing points of view.
Youth (6-12th) and Middles (K-5th) have open discussion available on 2nd and 4th Sundays in addition to regular RE option on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bell County welcomes people from all religious, ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds. We are a welcoming and inclusive community which supports open-minded religious exploration, free from doctrine or creed. We work together to seek spiritual and intellectual growth and understanding, in accordance with our mission.
We hold weekly services and other regular events. Please check our News & Events page to see the full list of activities.
Whatever your background, beliefs, or journey, we welcome you with open arms and open minds.