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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Lights

Lights for Liberty

Lights for Liberty Candlelight Vigil An Interfaith Gathering Join us on Friday night, July 12th, for a candlelight vigil calling for an end to human detention camps and to the inhumane treatment of migrants and asylum seekers. Our vigil is one of hundreds being held under the umbrella of Lights for Liberty, an organization dedicated […]

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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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A Letter from Your Minister — June 2019

Dear Folks, Welcome to June, to our monthly theme of beauty, and to National LGBTQ Pride Month! Kahlil Gibran wrote: “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” My message to you this month is simple. Contemplate your beauty. Imagine that light inside your heart, and picture it becoming brighter […]

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