Reflections on Refugees and Service Sunday

This month we shared our fifth Sunday tradition of dedicating our worship service to community service.  I just want to let you know that I love it.  When I decided I wanted to be a minister, long before I decided I even wanted to be a Unitarian Universalist, what I felt called to do was […]

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President’s Corner

Lee Elliott Carnes, Piedmont UU Church Board of Trustees President Piedmont UU Church Experiences In 2009, Alice and I joined Piedmont UU Church. Here are some of my memories: – Anne Laukatis and I were charged with renting a storage unit for housing furniture and materials for PUUC and Piedmont Progressive Preschool. –  Reverend Robin […]

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Keeper of the Flame

This is the first article of 2017 in a series where I, Lee Elliott Carnes, President – Board of Trustees, ask questions to the Leaders of our gatherings. This month, Lauren Neal, 2016 Chair of the ADORE Team (A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity), shares her experience and wisdom with us. Lee Elliott Carnes: What […]

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From Rev. Lee

Dear Piedmont Congregations, Hello.  My name is Leland Bond-Upson, but please call me Lee, or Rev. Lee if that feels better.  My wife Deborah Bond and I hyphenated our name the day before our first child was born in 1979.  Her name is Gwendolyn and she is a wonderful person, as are my other three, […]

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From Your Minister of Congregational Care

Dear Folks: Welcome to January, Beloveds.  This month we welcome a new year, a new minister, and a host of opportunities for growth as we seek to live into who we are—a community that nurtures the spirit, cherishes diversity, and cultivates justice. Appropriately, our theme for the month of January is “change.”  What an interesting […]

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Spiritually Speaking: The Art of Waiting

When I announced that I would be leaving after the service on Christmas Day of this year, it seemed a long way off as I made the announcement in May.  I shared that the general advice for leaving was that one should not announce their departure more than three months in advance.  I joked that […]

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From Your Minister of Congregational

Dear Folks (and Dear Rev. Robin), Greetings from your minister of Congregational Care.  Fall has arrived, bringing with it cooler weather, “shorter” days and reminders of the seasons and transitions of life. This fall also ushers in a new season for our Beloved Community as we approach Rev. Robin’s departure date in December.  As we […]

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Jolena James-Szanton- Keeper of the Flame

This is the second article in a series where I, Lee Elliott Carnes President-Elect of the Board of Trustees, ask questions to the Leaders of our gatherings. This month, Jolena James-Szanton, Director of Religious Education will share her experience and wisdom. Jolena has many responsibilities including: designing the annual curriculum for our gatherings; leading the […]

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A Message from the Healthy Congregation Team

Team Members: Beth Foreman, Alice Carnes, Merna Hesse, Hugh Hammond, and Rev. Robin Tanner. The Healthy Congregation Team (HCT) continues its mission to promote the emotional health of our beloved community.  You might be wondering; how does the HCT do this?  In the past year, the HCT has promoted two exciting learning opportunities at Piedmont […]

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