Keeper of the Flame: Teresa Rowell

This is the second article of 2017 in a series where I, Lee Elliott Carnes, President of the Board of Trustees, ask questions to the Leaders of our gatherings. This month, Teresa C. Rowell, Member At-Large of the Board of Trustees and a founder of the Salisbury Gathering, shares her experience and wisdom. The first […]

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Introducing New Board Members and a List of Current Team and Committee Leads

Three members joined the Board of Trustees in January, 2017, the first month of the church year: Jim Price, President-elect; Frank Mabrey, Treasurer; and Anne Laukaitis, Secretary. They join returning members Lee Carnes, President; Krissa Palmer, Past President; Ilene McFarland, Member at Large; and Teresa Rowell, Member at Large. Jim Price, President-elect Jim was married […]

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Our Search For a Settled Minister

Our church is at a very important stage in its history, and every member is part of what will be unfolding, as we seek, choose, and install our next permanent minister.  Since our beginnings in 1998, we have had four ministers: Rev. Elizabeth McMaster (1998-1991), Rev. Wyman Rousseau (1992-2008), Rev. Karen Matteson (interim, 2008-2010) and […]

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How Does Each Gathering Select Their Music?

The music leaders at each gathering were asked the following question: Given the seemingly endless music from which you could choose, how do you decide what music to include in your services?  Teresa Rowell at the Salisbury Gathering shares her answer with us in February. We’ll hear from Theresa Woody at the Lake Norman Gathering […]

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Children and Youth Religious Education

The hills are alive, with the sound of… Well, not quite “the hills.”  More like “the mountains.” If you really want to get the tune right, it was the The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highland, North Carolina and the mountains were indeed alive last fall with the sound of talking, laughing, singing, and […]

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From Your Lake Norman Gathering Minister

Dear Members and Friends, Well, folks, Women’s March on Washington was a lot more than just women and a whole lot more than just women’s issues.  I will never forget standing on Pennsylvania Avenue hearing the cheers of all the people.  It was swell of sound moving down the street towards me like wave, getting […]

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From Your Minister of Congregational Care

Dear Folks, Welcome to a brand new day!  Our theme for the month of February is embodiment.  The word embodiment conjures images of tangible representations of the intangible.  Many religions speak of avatars or incarnations of divinity in various forms—whether it be the Hindu elephant god, Ganesh (the embodiment of wisdom as well as the […]

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From Your Interim Minister

As of this writing I am nearing the end of my first month as your Interim Minister.  I have met quite a few of you already, and will meet more of you in the Salisbury Gathering on Feb. 5.  I am impressed by your friendliness and generosity.  I detect no systemic dysfunction and hope I […]

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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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