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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The Mystery Of Christmas
Dec
23
10:30 AM10:30

The Mystery Of Christmas

The Bible tells two stories of Christmas.  Matthew has Jesus born in a house with Magi visiting with gifts.  Luke has him born in a manger visited by lowly shepherds.  What other stories are there of Jesus birth?  Are any of them historical?  What truths are they trying to convey?

Presenter: Rev. Charlie Davis

Service Leader: Rebecca Shelby

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The Riddle of Life
Dec
16
10:30 AM10:30

The Riddle of Life

What is the meaning of Life?  What is the meaning of death?  Some questions are not subject to scientific inquiry.  Believers say that God works in mysterious ways. So, how do we live without answers?

Presenter: Rev. Charlie Davis

Service Leader: David McCracken

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The Simplicity of the Mystery of Divinity and Humanity
Dec
9
10:30 AM10:30

The Simplicity of the Mystery of Divinity and Humanity

For thousands of years humans have corrupted religion to be about greed and power with countries literally starving one another to prove their superiority, but Creation and “Christmas” are really to demonstrate the necessity of the care and feeding of one another. Let’s uncomplicate the mystery and see that it’s around an ordinary table that we should sit together with awe and wonder, tasting the goodness of the Lord and appreciating our own God-likeness as we develop a better understanding of what it means to have faith.

Presenter: Rev. Laura Johnson

Service Leader: Trish Hardy.

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