Bloom & Grow • sunday 3 may 2015

11:00 Service ~ Bloom & Grow

diversity-tree_resizedgroup of multiracial young students huddled togetherJoin our UU Teens for this multigenerational service as they celebrate the power of friendship and community. In addition, there will be a special bridging ceremony for our graduating seniors.

Speaker: UU Teens

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ Topic to be announced soon!

Perrin LancePerrin Lance is the Executive Director and is one of the original co-founders of Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA).  along with Megan Hollenbeck and Chris Brooks.

Speaker: Perrin Lance

Developmental Goals for UUCC 2014-

A. Identity, Vision and Mission.
Who do we say we are, to ourselves and to the world? How do we express the unity that binds us despite our humanistic and spiritualist differences?

B. Covenant and Safe Community Policy.
What are the standards for the relationships we want to have with one another? How shall we respond when behavior violates these standards?

C. Member Engagement.
How do we build a larger core of active members? Are there programming changes that will help? How do we identify and build the next generation of church leaders? How do we build a financial stewardship tradition that will sustain the church?

D. Governance.
How do we extricate our Board of Trustees from the ever-flowing nitty-gritty of ministerial decision making to create time for governance and strategic thinking? How do we develop policies that will make our decision making more consistent?

E. Better Communication.
What procedures and habits must we build to make decision-making as transparent as possible and build trust within the community? How do we do a better job of telling our story to the larger community?

the nUUsletter • december 2014 p3

Love is the Spirit of This Church • sunday 26 april 2015

11:00 Service ~ Love is the Spirit of This Church

Cathy HarringtonloveLove is the Spirit of this Church,
And service is its law. This is our great covenant:
To dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another

What does it mean to covenant together and where does this language come from? Our roots date back to the Puritans whose commitment to live together by covenant rather than creed is our legacy

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington


9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ “Basics of Gender
 Speaker: Katie McKenzie

Our history – 1891 The Unitarian Guild-House in Chattanooga

Chattanooga Times · 11 january 1891 p3

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The Unitarian Guild-House in Chattanooga.
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A Church Home, With the Home First – Where Home Pursuits Are Allowable.
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Something About Unitarianism as Related by a Unitarian—Principles of the Unitarian Church Briefly Set Forth—The Growth of the All Souls Congregation in Chattanooga—The First Unitarian House of Worship Ever Built in the State.
Written for the Chattanooga Times.

The approaching dedication of All Souls Church calls special attention to the youngest religious organization of this city. This is the first Unitarian house of worship ever built in Tennessee, and one of a half dozen found south of the Ohio. Six years ago missionary services were held for a month by Rev. G. L. Chaney of Atlanta, and a similar experiment tried two years later. In January 1889, the American Unitarian Association authorized Rev. E. D. Towle, of Boston, to remain here until May in order to make a more thorough survey of the field. His favorable report resulted in his return in October, 1889, since which time the movement has certainly gained a right to be classed as one of the permanent religious factors in the community.  …

Read the complete article: 1891 Unitarian Guild-House of Chattanooga

The Fire of Commitment • sunday 19 april 2015

11:00 Service ~ The Fire of Commitment
Cathy Harrington
the Flame of Commitment

The irony of commitment is that
it’s deeply liberating – in work,
in play, in love. ~ Anne Morriss

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington

Collapse_of_Western_Civilization29:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ “The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future
Roger Davis & Sandy Kurtz discuss Naomi Oreskes & Eric Conway’s imagined world devastated by climate change, “a time when sound science and rational discourse about global change were prohibited and clear warnings of climate catastrophe were ignored. What ensues when soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, drought, and mass migrations disrupt the global governmental and economic regimes, [leading to] the Great Collapse of 2093.”