Announcements-The Beacon Blog

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Announcements posted in the Beacon newsletter appear on this page in chronological order as posted.  New announcements are posted every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. Here are our latest items:



Ministerial Search Update

A Successful Workshop
The Search Committee thanks all of you who attended last Sunday’s service and the following workshop. UUA representative Jones Hollister-Victoria (Jo) led us all toward a more open and successful search process as we consider candidates for our next settled minister.
The presentation was timely, since the search process itself has...Read More »

Spiritual Odyssey Potluck

Friday, January 11
Cedars Center
6:00 p.m.

On most 2nd Friday evenings we are invited to gather for a potluck supper and discussion with friends or members of Cedars who have agreed to share stories of their personal spiritual journeys.

The presentations are informal, and can lead to deeper understandings of each other as...Read More »

Men in Me Too

Cedars UU Church, VETERANS DAY Sunday
November 11, 2018
Rev. Thomas Perchlik has made the entire text of his sermon available at the following link  Sermon_Men-in-Me-Too

©2018 Reverend Thomas Perchlik

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What is a Church Without a Building?

January 13
10:00 a.m.
The Island School

With Rev. Thomas Perchlik, Interim Minister and Jenny Weaver, Worship Associate and guest guitarist, Michael Mandrell.

Often the word “church” refers only to a church building. Often, when people say they are “going to church” they mean an event in a building. But what if...Read More »

What Does Humanism Mean Today?

Cedars UU Church at The Island School
Rev. Barry Andrews, Guest Speaker
December 30, 2018

The entire text of Rev. Barry Andrews talk can be found by following this link: What Does Humanism Mean Today?

Copyright @2018


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Beyond Categorical Thinking

January 6
10:00 a.m.
The Island School

With a UUA Representative and Mike Cox, Worship Associate

What do you put into the category of “minister”? Do you think of a young, black-skinned, gender-queer person in a wheel-chair? Today we will look at the ways our thinking about professional UU ministry limit us...Read More »

Candles in the Dark

Our traditional Christmas Eve service was enjoyed by members, friends, and family guests this week in Webster Hall. The service centered on the sharing of candlelight with an accompanying homily by Rev. Perchlik, and included music by our own Cedars choir and Synergy choral group as well as a...Read More »

Ordaining Jessica

Saturday, January 19
3:00 p.m.
The Island School
As previously announced, Cedars member and former Board President and Worship Associate
Jessica Star Rockers will be ordained into UU ministry by our Cedars congregation in the afternoon of Saturday, January 19. All members and friends of Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church are invited to...Read More »

Ministerial Search

Chances are you thought of both. And distinct images perhaps came to mind. In terms of a minister, what images came to mind? Was it a person of a particular gender, race, or age?
Congregations often assume that their ideal minister will look...Read More »

Our Own Transcendentalist

Rev. Barry Andrews (speaking on Sunday, December 30) is a retired UU minister emeritus, an internationally recognized and honored Transcendentalist scholar and author, and an active member of Cedars. In his own words, he says: “I write and teach not as a theologian or academic, but as a minister and spiritual...Read More »

What Does Humanism Mean Today?

December 30
10:00 a.m.
The Island School

With Barry Andrews, Guest Speaker and Jenny Weaver, Worship Associate

Humanism has many meanings, but I choose to focus on what it has meant for several generations of Unitarian Universalists who call themselves humanists, me included.

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Christmas Eve: A Candle in the Dark

December 24
7:30 p.m.
The Island School

With Rev. Thomas Perchlik, Interim Minister and Mike Cox, Worship Associate

It is a holy and beautiful tradition to gather on a sacred night and hold candles up in the darkness.  On this eve, through traditional Christmas songs, stories and lessons from other traditions, we...Read More »

Solstice and the Beloved Community

December 23
10:00 a.m.
The Island School
With Rev. Thomas Perchlik, Interim Minister and Penny Brewer, Worship Associate


Christmas once divided Americans. It was actually outlawed in some parts of New England. Today, while many things divide us, the vision of Beloved Community still calls. Muslims call it ummah, Buddhists speak of the...Read More »

Social Action News

Pantry shelves will be fuller for the holidays due to the generosity of the Cedars congregation. 304 pounds of food was collected, grocery gift cards were donated, and $574 was contributed during the November

18 food drive. Helpline House and Fishline were delighted to be...Read More »

A Special Need

Christmas Eve
Webster Hall, The Island School

YMCA/ALIVE is the recipient again this year for our December collection, which will take place on Sunday, December 23 and on Christmas Eve, December 24th.

ALIVE, an acronym for Alternatives to Living In a Violent Environment, has provided emergency...Read More »

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