Opening for Director of Religious Education

The UUFM has a part-time position opening for Director of Religious Education (DRE).
We will accept applications until the position is filled.

Full job description

Send resume and the contact information for three professional references to
DRE Search
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan
PO Box 910
Manhattan KS 66505
or by email
office@uufm.net
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World Travelers: Photos of Tom & Monta’s

What a fun field trip we had!  Here are some photos of the sun tracker, fish, greenhouse, polliwogs, bees, and of course, our wonderful kids.  Thanks, Tom & Monta!

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How Not To Fit In

May 6th, Welcoming Congregation Service: Slawomir Dobrzanski, a fellowship member, shares his insights gained from living a life true to one’s convictions shaped by living as a minority within a minority. His life lessons help us to celebrate our status as a congregation which welcomes diversity, including LGBT people who often find themselves unintentionally and intentionally marginalized in this conservative region of the country.  Rev. Michael Nelson will convene.

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Young Adults Group

A Young Adults Group is forming at UUFM, to bring young adults together and simply have fun. We plan to gather socially and the activity and location will change. At the first gathering, we’ll work out the details with a pizza party at Matt and Jen Campbell’s house on Saturday, APRIL 7, at 6 pm. Email or to RSVP or to learn more.

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Can We Change The Conversation?

In the March issue of the Kansas Electric Cooperatives magazine, while it devotes much of this issue to birding in our state, (a very good thing) to my surprise has an article addressing the problem of the negative conversations that occur about important political and cultural issues in our state and country. Tim Steffensmeier, an Associate Professor of Communication at K-State, believes that a more disciplined effort needs to be made to hear all voices, positive conversations change the world for the better and that hierarchies in communities need to grant authority to its citizens. This sounds like it came straight out of our Unitarian Universalist principles . Wow!

And then in the “Cook’s Library” a monthly column, Patsy Terrell writes about the need for people to tell the story of who they are with their whole heart. She observes that there are not many places in the world which encourage the authentic sharing that create real connections between people. Instead the consumerist, isolationist habits of our TV addicted culture promote hair extensions, face lifts, sports fixation, instead of real conversation.

Patsy laments the loss of the many ways we once had to connect with one another like community dances, barn raisings, coffee klatches, bringing a casserole to an ill friend…UUFM should send her some photos of the swing dance class, filled with rollicking dance  and community spirit, all the people helping to build more useable space for religious education, the numerous times in the week when UUFM friends gather for coffee or share something of real value with a Fellowship friend or member who ails…

Sometimes you find inspiration in the places you least expect. Lesson: Keep our eyes open!

Michael

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A WOMAN’S RIGHT???

This Sunday’s service, February 12th, encourages us to contemplate the relationship between the wisdom of how true love cannot exist without equality and the continued struggle for women to have rights equal to those that men enjoy. Unitarian Universalism has worked to support equal rights in Kansas for women from the 19th century forward. Enell Foerster, Katie Kingery-Page and Rev. Michael Nelson invite you to join them in their exploration of women’s rights and how it impacts our personal and public lives. Please join us for special music from Gershwin to Liszt to guide us into the wonder and power of love and to welcome new members to our progressive Fellowship!

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Upcoming Pagan events …

UUFM’s PAGAN FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE gathers on Saturday, January 7, at the Fellowship.  Come be with us for the January Full Moon Esbat, as Morrigan Oran of the Manhattan Goddess Circle leads a full moon circle.  We begin at 5 pm with a potluck meal.

Future Pagan celebrations at the Fellowship include:

February 4, 2021 – Imbolc sabbat and full moon esbat
March, 10, 2012 –  full moon esbat
March 17, 2012 – Ostara sabbat
April 7, 2012 – full moon esbat
April 28, 2012 – Beltane sabbat

Old sage or newly curious, all are warmly welcome!   Learn more from Deirdre Greeley at saffyrr@gmail.com

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UUFM Drum Circle

The UUFM DRUM CIRCLE gathers on Friday, January 13, at 7 pm, in the Fellowship’s Inez Alsop room.  UUFM members, friends, and the community, beginners and regulars, and those of all ages are welcome.  We do multi-cultural drumming and love learning new songs.  Bring your own drumming instrument or borrow one of ours.  Learn more from Pat Embers at embers1@cox.net

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Come One, Come All

We will celebrate our second Christmas Eve Service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 7 pm, this Saturday. It will be a time of singing, celebrating the birth of what we hold dear and bringing light that leads us into the new year.

Burke and Indigo Belanger and Jennifer Bryan will lead us into the celebration. Dick and Judy Chattel will share excerpts from a “Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas, Dick Beeman and Jennifer Bryan will bring us good tidings of joy with their musical talents. Nick McGaughey will read us a story. Carrie and Lauren Cave will help us understand how Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer can help guide us to what we love. Eric Banner will share a passage from Luke and his reflections on how it brings meaning into our lives today. Clara Mayfield will move us into the spirit of generosity with her musical offering. Rev. Nelson will help us understand how, through the words of Howard Thurman, Christmas begins and continues with purity in the heart.

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Spiritual Healing for Returning Soldiers

UUFM is honored to host Rev Lt Col Peter Bauer who will discuss PTSD, TBI, and spiritual healing.  Rev Bauer will present a series of three lectures at the Fellowship, on Saturday, January 21, to help us explore spiritual healing as a restorative path assisting returning veterans as they cope with the stresses of combat.

Rev Bauer’s lectures include:

• Spiritual Issues and Combat Stress

• Current and Future Treatment Interventions for PTSD

• Current Interventions for TBI:  Symptoms of Depression and Anger

The lectures take place between 8 am and 2:30 pm, in the Fellowship’s Main Sanctuary.  A light lunch will be served, at no cost, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of food, and Rev Bauer’s transportation and expenses.

These lectures are open to the public, so please spread the word to family, friends and colleagues. Those inter- ested in attending the Saturday lectures may RSVP to Ryan Myhre at ryan.myhre@gmail.com.  Space is limited.

On Sunday, January 22, Rev Bauer leads our morning service. His sermon is entitled, “What Comes After the Beer, Pizza, and Sex.” The service begins at 10:45 am.

Register to attend the lecture series, and learn more about Rev Bauer’s time in our area from Ryan Myhre at ryan.myhre@gmail.com

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