Sunday Worship 10:30 am - In person and online:
Meeting ID: 878 5010 9590
Dial in- 929 436 2866
As always, children are welcome in worship. Families come to worship together. After the Children's Moment, children and adult leaders enjoy a brief lesson together then dismiss to build healthy friendships in outdoor play (or indoors, depending on the weather).
Youth Group meets most Sundays at 12 pm.
Sunday Forums 9 am in the UPUCC library and online:
Meeting ID: 834 8280 3068
Dial in: 301 715 8592
(Sunday Forums resume in the church library or online Sunday, February 5 at 9 am.)
February 5th - Lisa Sorg- Please join us for a conversation with Lisa Sorg, award-winning environmental investigative reporter with NC Policy Watch. Lisa has a keen interest not only in the environment, but also the social justice impacts of pollution and corporate malfeasance. Lisa has a keen interest not only in the environment but also the social justice impacts of pollution and corporate malfeasance. She has won dozens of awards for her news, public service and investigative reporting, including the Henry Weathers Freedom of Information Award for her reporting on government transparency.
She will share with us the latest information regarding:
--Water quality issues, including toxic PFAS (perfluorinated compounds) in our area's drinking water.
--Pending legislation/issues to look out for during the North Carolina General Assembly's long session.
--Issues around housing development plans in Wake Forest.
February 12th – Best of Enemies- Please join us for a conversation with Yamila Monge, who is directing JTP’s upcoming production. The play is based on a true story of the unlikely relationship between two low-income community activists, Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader. The story takes place in Durham during the turbulent 1960s and 70s, when the Civil Rights Movement was at its peak. Don’t miss this opportunity to go behind the scenes with the director of this powerful play.
February 19th – Tibetan Buddhism- Elise Strevel, Triangle Interfaith Alliance member and Outreach Director for the Kadampa Center for the Practice of Tibetan Buddhism will be joining us for an interfaith discussion to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism. We’ll get some background on its tenets, and have discussions on what Buddhism looks like in America as well as ways where Buddhists and Christians can better work together.
February 26th - Stormy Ingold of Moms Demand Action- Communities of faith are called to peace and non-violence. But how do we act on this calling in a culture that suffers from an inordinate amount of gun violence? Stormy Ingold, Interfaith Outreach Lead for Moms Demand Action in Raleigh, will talk to us about gun violence, including the proliferation of guns in the US, faith communities' responses to gun violence, recent legislation, and work being done in our area to push for gun violence prevention. She will encourage us to put our faith into action by working to address this dangerous trend.
Upcoming Lenten Study - Mondays online 7 pm (March 6-April 10)
For the season of Lent, we will have a Monday night study focusing on the Amy-Jill Levine book, Witness at the Cross, beginning on Monday, March 6th. In Witness at the Cross, Amy-Jill Levine shows how the people at the cross each have distinct roles to play. Each Evangelist presents a distinct picture of the death of Jesus. Each portrays different individuals and groups of people at the cross, each offers different images and dialogues, and so from each, we learn how those meanings and messages cross the centuries to any who would come to the cross today.
Published in December 2021, this book is widely available. However, it’s not necessary to purchase and read the book to participate in the study. After reviewing and discussing the relevant chapter each week (total of six), we will watch a 15-minute video from the author providing additional background for further discussion. Please join us as we wrestle with what it means to be “witnesses at the cross.”
Tuesday Book Group 6 pm (online)
The Tuesday Night Book Group meets every other Tuesday evening online. Contact Kathy Dobbs firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be part of this group. The current book being discussed, South to America, by Imani Perry, won the 2022 National Book Award for nonfiction. We all think we know the South. But the idiosyncrasies and habits of the region are stranger and more complex than much of the country tends to acknowledge. In South to America, Ms. Perry shows that the meaning of American is inextricably linked with the South, and that our understanding of its history and culture is the key to understanding the nation as a whole.
Yoga Offering -Journey Through the Chakras - An 8 Week Series
Tuesdays, 9:30-11 am through February 21
The seven chakras are each a collection of energy that contain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements. When any of these energy centers are blocked, dormant or imbalanced, our body and mind reacts by succumbing to dis-ease in any given layer of our being: physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually.
This 8 week series will provide you with the information and tools to harmonize the healthy free flow of energy through and around your chakras. You'll find benefits in your body, mind and heart and soul.
Each week, we'll target a specific chakra in a combination of movement, breath and various meditations.
No experience necessary. $150
Sign Up here: https://www.cyndipowers.com/yoga
Saturday Meditation Group online (most) 1st Saturdays 10 am
Practiced for centuries and is well-known for its many benefits, meditation can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, increase compassion, and more! UPUCC is carrying on this ancient practice- each first Saturday of the month at 10 am, for one hour. We enjoy this time out from busy-ness to focus and redirect our minds, and invite you to come join us. Absolutely no experience required. Contact Joanne Kennedy Frazer email@example.com if you would like to be part of this monthly group.
If you've missed our virtual worship services, you can find the videos here.
- to be respectful of the diversity of choices made by individuals within the Congregation
- -encouraging any who have not yet taken full advantage of vaccinations to do so
- -and requesting that any who have been exposed to Covid first test negative before returning to church.
At the Coordinating Council’s October 20, 2022 meeting, after a lengthy discussion while reviewing the Covenant Partner Surveys, a decision was made to move to ‘masks optional.' We do so reminding all:
Should a significant surge in cases occur in the area, we will move to ‘masks recommended.’
We will continue to offer streaming options for any who feel too compromised to return to in-person worship.
Many thanks to all who participated in the recent survey which allowed us to choose policies that best reflect the will of the entire Congregation.