Paryushana
Aug
25
10:30 AM10:30

Paryushana

Celebrated by 5 million Jains Worldwide This festival is observed by fasting and emphasis on the five main vows: 1. nonviolence 2. truth 3. Nontheft 4. selfcontrol 5. nongreed. What can we as Unitarian Universalists learn from the Jain Religion.

Presenter: Rev. Charlie Davis

Service Leader:  Caroline Barker

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Optimism versus Pessimism
Sep
8
10:30 AM10:30

Optimism versus Pessimism

Is it better to be pessimistic? We may never be disappointed by bad outcomes, yet we might miss out on some wonderful experiences because we decided not to try. Is it better to be optimistic? Sometimes we can fake it until we makes it. Other times we are deluded by false expectations.

Presenter: Rev. Charlie Davis

Service Leader: Cathy Corr

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Confidence, Trust, Hope & Faith
Sep
15
10:30 AM10:30

Confidence, Trust, Hope & Faith

Confidence is based on the scientific probability of something happening. Trust is confidence based on personal experience. Hope is longing for the best possible outcome. Faith is believing that things will be okay no matter what happens. Which works best for you? What situations call for one more than the others?

Presenter: Rev. Charlie Davis

Service Leader: Beth Conley

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The Seventh Principle: Crisis Facing Humanity
Oct
6
10:30 AM10:30

The Seventh Principle: Crisis Facing Humanity

The huge diversity in world views has created a monumentally problematic set of conditions for advancing the sustained stability of humans upon this planet. Very simply there is no existing common vision of humanity that will allow us to proceed as a species and a culture into the future.

Presenter: Fred Pittinger

Service Leader: Rebecca Shelby

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Creating an Open Community
Oct
13
10:30 AM10:30

Creating an Open Community

Pledging money to the fellowship should be motivated by our mission. How have we used our money to create an open community? What more can we do to be more open? Are we open to theological, economic, and cultural diversity?

Presenter: Rev. Charlie Davis

Service Leader: Anne Sorocki

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Catch a Falling Star
Aug
11
10:30 AM10:30

Catch a Falling Star

The Perseid meteor shower, also known as the tears of St Lawrence, recur each August. This service explores the scientific and mythological significance of the amazing Perseid phenomenon.

Presenter: Rev. Charlie Davis

Service Leader: Gerry Mackle

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Glad Canticles of Benevolence.
Jul
28
10:30 AM10:30

Glad Canticles of Benevolence.

Happiness needs to be shared. When we hear a good joke we want to share it with some one else. A good meal becomes morepleasant when shared with others. Celebration is not frivolous it is a necessary spiritual practice. This service features songs by Gail And Charlie Davis from their CD GLAD

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Spiritual Journey
Jul
21
10:30 AM10:30

Spiritual Journey

I have had a good life but I have endured three psychological crises. The first was a crisis of faith in my early 20’s. The second was the estrangement from our younger daughter about 20 years ago. The third was my life-long gender identity issue and the struggle for resolution over the past dozen years.

Presenter: Stephanie Jones

Service Leader: Bethanne Jacobson

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Moving From Anger to Action
Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

Moving From Anger to Action

True anger is a reaction to injustice. Defensiveness is merely fear disguised as anger. Sometimes we scream when we do not get our way. But if our way is not attached to equality for all then it is just spiteful desire. When we feel mad we need to determine whether it is fear, greed, spitefulness or justified. The first three call us to change ourselves. Justice calls us to change the world. This service features songs from Gail And Charlie Davis

Presenter: Rev. Charlie Davis

Service Leader: Mike Corr

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Earth Renewal
Apr
21
10:30 AM10:30

Earth Renewal

Easter symbols have many images about the earth renewing itself each Spring after a long winter.  Taking a longer view how will we renew the earth after subjecting it to an industrial winter for the past 200 Years.  How do we make the earth whole again.

Presenter: Rev. Charlie Davis

Service Leader: Sam Love

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Make America Whole Again (for maybe the first time)
Apr
14
10:30 AM10:30

Make America Whole Again (for maybe the first time)

The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage was the first American abolition society. It was founded April 14, 1775, in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania.  Unitarian Benjamin Franklin and Universalist Benjamin Rush were Founding Members.   America has been fractured by race since before it’s founding.  What is the path towards becoming whole nation that recognizes all of its citizens.  

Presenter: Rev. Charlie Davis  

Service Leader: Rebecca Shelby

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Foster Parenting in Craven County
Apr
7
10:30 AM10:30

Foster Parenting in Craven County

Our presenter, a Licensed Social Worker who works with the HOPE Family Resource Center, will address foster parent recruitment, what the process of becoming a foster parent looks like, what the foster care system looks like in Craven County, and what the need is for fostering.

Presenter: Kathy Steeber

Service Leader: Beth Conley

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Sympathy For The Devil
Mar
24
10:30 AM10:30

Sympathy For The Devil

Mel will surmise and theorize and postulate on the effects of the various temptations encountered on our Journey thru life, and the understanding and compassion those who cannot resist, in some instances, may deserve.

Presenter: Mel Williams

Service Leader: Trish Hardy

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Religious Pilgrimage
Mar
10
10:30 AM10:30

Religious Pilgrimage

Spiritual seekers often physically travel to a special place to gain insight into themselves and others. Christians and Jews go to the Holy Land. Muslims go to on the Hajj to Mecca. Hindu's travel to the sacred waters of the Ganges River. Where are our sacred spaces? How do we journey towards them?

Presenter: Rev Charlie Davis

Service Leader: Jane Merrill

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Shared Ministry is a Shared Trust
Feb
17
10:30 AM10:30

Shared Ministry is a Shared Trust

Unitarian Universalists tend to resist authoritarian leadership. Blind trust in a messiah or his representative is not the goal of our movement. We try to build consensus and proceed in an egalitarian manner. Being a UU minister is NOT like herding cats. It is like herding sheepdogs who are also trying to herd. How do we transform that passion and energy into effective action.

Presenter: Rev Charlie Davis

Service Leader: Carole McCracken

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Trusting Our Dreams
Feb
10
10:30 AM10:30

Trusting Our Dreams

It is good to plan. It is good to try to avoid the many pitfalls along the path to ones dreams. But planning for every potential problem can cause a paralysis of analysis. Sometimes one has to step toward ones goal in order to see it more clearly. Sometimes we act now trusting we can adjust our dreams as new realities emerge.

Presenter: Rev Charlie Davis

Service Leader: Ann Sorocki

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Dr. King and Intersectionality
Jan
20
10:30 AM10:30

Dr. King and Intersectionality

Baynard Bayard Rustin was a major adviser to Martin Luther King. He was kept in the back ground because it was felt that his homosexuality would damage the movement. Modern justice movement recognize that all marginalized people need to work together and openly support one another. What coalitions are possible in New Bern

Presenter: Rev Charlie Davis

Service Leader: Nina Powell

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