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Rose Hamid

August Theme and Guest Speakers

During the month of August, we are focusing on world religions and the topic of justice. We are privileged to welcome three guests each from a different tradition: Rabbi Dr. Andrew Ettin of Temple Israel; Muslim social justice activist, Rose Hamid; and Rev. Kathy Beasley, recently ordained in the Unity Church. I look forward to […]

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Our Annual Giving Campaign and Membership Renewal

Soon, our Generosity Team will be revealing our theme for this year’s giving campaign! We will kick off the campaign with a Gala on September 7th at the University Gathering. Stay tuned for more information coming soon. Formerly referred to as Annual Commitment Time at Piedmont UU Church, there are many terms used to describe […]

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Music and its Role in Religions Around the World

Kaarin Record Leach, Director of Music   Because of the crucial role music plays in all our lives, it’s very difficult to imagine what life would be like without it. Music communicates emotions, thoughts, and inspirations that transcend race, religion, and culture; as such, it plays a vital role in the emotional and spiritual well-being […]

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Our Church As An Internship Congregation

When I came on board as your minister, I reviewed a document called the “2020 Vision.” This document was compiled years ago–perhaps with input from some of you–as a way to look into the future with very particular aspirations. I’ve asked the Board of Trustees to review the document as we prepare to set new […]

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A Letter from Your Minister — August 2019

Religion isn’t about believing things. It’s ethical alchemy. It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness.        ~Karen Armstrong Dear Folks, Welcome to the month of August and to our monthly theme of World Religions. Our speakers this month will share from the faith traditions of Judaism, […]

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Thirty Years at Piedmont UU

I joined Piedmont UU in June 1999, so I am observing an anniversary of thirty years as a member! Such a long time! So much has happened in the church’s life and in my life as well. I was a timid joiner, visiting many times in 1998 and 1999 before taking the membership leap. I […]

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A Letter from Your Minister — July 2019

Choose kindness, and laugh often. Dear Folks, Welcome to July and to a new monthly theme of Laughter. Scientists and even sacred texts proclaim that laughter is “good for the soul” and that “a joyful heart does us good– like medicine.” Doctors tell us that laughter helps our cardiovascular system. It’s key to forming bonds […]

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Music Notes

Hello, Piedmont UUs! It’s finally July and I’m thrilled to officially be on board! My first month as your music director will be dedicated to not only providing music for Sunday services, but to listening to your thoughts about what musical offerings would bring you a more reflective and meaningful musical experience. Music means so […]

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Official Yard Sale Proclamation

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! It hath been decreed that the Piedmont UU Church University Gathering YARD SALE will take place on the 24th day of the month of August! Please read on with wonder as I anticipate and answer all of your questions…   Q. Do we REEEAAAALLY have to have a yard sale?? They […]

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A Letter From the Incoming Music Director

The term ‘full circle’ has been resonating in my mind in the weeks since Rev. Mary Frances Comer offered me the opportunity to join the congregation as your new Music Director. When, in 2006, a job opportunity for my husband resulted in our relocation from New York to Charlotte, I left behind the Presbyterian church […]

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