From Your President – December 2018

Modified on: November 26, 2018

Dear Members and Friends,

The Pride Festival at Barnet Park in November featured a booth by UUCS, and many of our members and friends were there for the parade and festivities. For the first time in 10 years, there were no ugly counter-protestors barking at the edges. The parade was a several blocks long, filled with people. There was such a positive feeling, and a tangible sense that with effort we can make the world a better place.

Our Social Justice Council has been very active lining up service opportunities for our congregation. Recently we earned a membership for UUCS at the Gifts In Kind Center, which gives us a very low-cost source for large quantities of material goods that will expand our ability to serve regional populations that are in need.

I enjoy our UU church community very much, and a lot of my social life involves people from UUCS. This provides me with a blanket of warmth that many of us enjoy. So it can be a jolt to me when news or events intrude into my consciousness which reminds me of the hate, injustice, and violence in the world. In the past couple months, two friends of mine have had a family member or close friend severely injured by gun violence. This reminds me that it is not just enough to think right; we have to be reaching out into the world to confront violence, hatred, and inequality.

I am repeatedly impressed by now many talented and hardworking volunteers (and staff!) we have behind the scenes making this church work and advancing our ministry. I express my thanks to each of you.

In love and peace,

Fred Stoll

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