Author Archive | Deb

Covenants of Purpose and Covenants of Right Relations

Dear All, Thirty years ago, the UUA gave a steering committee the task of developing a covenant in order to start a new religious community. Many months went into “learning the organizational skills necessary to start a new congregation and developing a vision for the future as a religious gathering.”*  Out of that effort, the […]

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From your Minister of Education and Outreach

Greetings Friends, With all the recent news coverage about the marches for ending gun violence, I was touched and impressed that the students of Parkland, FL thought to lift up their friends of color who have long been struggling with this issue in their communities. It is a great reminder that no matter the issue […]

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From Your Lead Minister

Dear Folks, Welcome to the month of April. Our theme for this month is Emergence! This seems fitting as we witness the miracle of spring and the beauty of nature as it comes into being. The month of April is rich with opportunities to nurture the spirit at Piedmont. The first Sunday of April is […]

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Children and Youth Religious Education Program Updates

October was a month full of blessings for the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) program and November will be even more of the same! Our second annual Friendly Ghost program matched children and youth from the Salisbury and University Gatherings anonymously with adult Piedmont UU Church members, friends, and staff from their gatherings. The […]

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From Your Minister of Congregational Care

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.  ~Albert Camus Dear Folks: Welcome to November!  As colder weather ushers in a change of seasons and as we approach the end of our church year, we’re facing numerous transitions at Piedmont UU Church.  Each year brings changes in […]

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Keeper of the Flame: Lisa Dickinson

This article series continues the Keeper of the Flame tradition started by retired president Lee Elliott Carnes.  The questions are posed by Piedmont UU Church President of the Board of Trustees, Jim Price, and the answers are provided by leaders and visionaries in our church community.   1) What brought you to the Unitarian Church? […]

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From Your Interim Minister

I got a call a week after I’d gotten the news that my contract was to be terminated a year early due to a financial situation that couldn’t be survived otherwise.  It was from a relatively new member who offered to take $10,000 out of their IRA to establish a ‘challenge’ to other members to […]

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From Your Minister of Congregational Care

Dear Folks, As we approach the halfway mark of 2017, I’d like to offer a summary of our Care Team activities thus far.  As I shared with the board, we have ministered to broken bones, broken hearts, and everything in between.  Together, we’ve made 40 visits, over 120 phone calls, over 60 emails and texts, […]

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News from the Board

Lee Elliott Carnes, Retired President – Board of Trustees, Piedmont UU Church The last couple of months have been a busy time for the Board with the Annual  Leadership Retreat, Town Hall Meeting, and regular monthly meetings. I would to thank all Board members (Anne Laukaitis, Frank Mabrey, Ilene McFarland, Krissa Palmer, Jim Price, and […]

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Keepers of the Flame

This is the sixth and last article of 2017 in a series where I, Lee Elliott Carnes, Retired President-Board of Trustees, ask questions to the leaders of our gatherings. This month, Perry Babcock, long time member of the choir, shares his thoughts about his faith and music. Perry also serves on the Finance Committee. Lee […]

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