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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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From Your Interim Minister

Piedmont UU Church’s financial difficulties continue apace. If the trend doesn’t change, the condition will worsen, and soon. We have gained some members since Rev. Robin’s departure, but our Membership Team reports that we lost at least 30 once she announced her departure on April 8th, 2016. These were apparently people who were attached more […]

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Board of Trustees Carries Out Successful Leadership Retreat

The Board of Trustees held a leadership retreat at the church on Saturday, April 1, 2017. President Lee Carnes led the meeting and welcomed and thanked everyone for coming. 34 members from the University Gathering, Salisbury Gathering and the Lake Norman UU Fellowship attended. Salisbury Gathering Beth Foreman described the Salisbury Gathering. The congregation was […]

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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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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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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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