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2 Our Vital, Welcoming Community Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale We Inviteto Become Part of It YOU September 2008

3 What has UUCFL done for the world during the last year? Raised money for human rights & social justice via Guest at Your Table program Were involved in Harmony for Humanity peace rally Participated in Earth Day 2008 Demonstrated to have Burger King raise the wages of tomato pickers, signed petitions, and otherwise supported the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

4 What has UUCFL done for the public in Broward County? Hosted homeless families for the Coalition to End Homelessness and the Interfaith Hospitality Program. Carried a banner for Marriage Is a Civil Right at the Stonewall Street Parade Participated in World AIDS Day Shabbat

5 What has UUCFL done for the public in Broward County?. Housed the Womens Sacred Saturday workshop and concert Hosted Labyrinth Café (folk music concerts) Sponsored concerts jazz and chamber music Maintained a labyrinth for meditations and workshops

6 Where has UUCFL participated in the larger UU community? Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute (SUUSI) Southeast Winter Institute in Miami (SWIM) Southeast Cluster Connections Workshop and meeting Florida District Annual Assembly.

7 . What did UUCFL do at the National UU Association General Assembly? Passed Actions for Immediate Witness: End present day slavery in the fields Filled District General Assembly 2008 Coordinator and other leadership and support roles. Oppose the California and Florida Marriage Protection Initiatives

8 What has UUCFL done for adult religious education? Class on Articulating Your UU Faith Class on play reading Class for new member orientation. Cinema Nirvana sessions on mainstream films with moral, ethical, and spiritual themes

9 What has UUCFL done for adult religious education? Evensong sessions for attentive listening and sharing on a variety of spiritual topics Talk by Rabbi Phil Posner about Food for Thought. Rumi poetry reading and Sufi music

10 What has UUCFL done for adult religious education? Book Group – American Gospel: God The Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation Eat, Pray, Love An Independent Woman The Known World Mary, Called Magdalene NonZero: The Logic of Human Destiny Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York Ten Little Indians.

11 What have UUCFL teens done during the last year? Currently creating a video for our web site Currently developing UU General Assembly picture CDs Held other fundraisers for a trip to Boston to see the history of Unitarian Universalism Attended Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) state Techno-Con 07.

12 What have UUCFL teens done during the last year? Watched Control Room documentary on media-gathering process in Iraq Watched Iconoclasts TV episode with Mike Myers and Deepak Chopra discussing humor as part of spiritual life Watched Big Ideas for a Small Planet TV series concerning recycling, resource conservation, and creating sustainable products.

13 What has UUCFL done for childrens religious education? Spirit cinema Chalice making T-shirt design Time capsule Flags and banners Gardening project.

14 How has Rev. Gail Tapscott represented UUCFL? Minister of UUCFL Guest speaker at numerous UU churches and other assemblies Board of South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice Active with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) clergy & friends.

15 How has Rev. Gail Tapscott represented UUCFL? Advisor to Cooperative Feeding Program Steering committee for Filling Empty Bowls of Ft. Lauderdale VP of the Florida UU Ministers Association Board of the UU Christian Fellowship.

16 What has UUCFL offered the pagan community during the last year? Web site full of events and resources (www.MoonPathCUUPS.org) Weekly broadcast to 500+ Weekly CUUPS (Covenant for Unitarian Universalist PaganS) study group Celebrated eight sabbats – Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Summer Solstice, Native American Green Corn ritual, Fall Equinox, High Holy Day, Yule.

17 How else has UUCFL enriched the social lives of our members? UU Sisterhood (women's discussion group) Interweave group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender concerns Weekly Sunday services.

18 How else has UUCFL enriched the social lives of our members? Ceremony to welcome new members. Celebrated holiday events Live music, choir, and tri-choir events Coffee hour food and beverages

19 How else has UUCFL improved visibility and raised funds? Cleaning, repairing, and improving building and grounds. Erecting a new street-visible sign Using Albertsons Community Partners card Raising funds for new hymnals

20 How else has UUCFL improved visibility and raised funds?. Holding annual stewardship drive (Canvass pledges) Holding an annual church/community Rummage Sale Holding an auction of meals, activities, classes, skills, goods, and services (service auction)

21 How else has UUCFL improved visibility and raised funds? Developing monthly The Journey newsletters Maintaining web site (www.uucfl.org) Sending out weekly cUUrious cUUrier s Audio taping our services.

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