Sunday, March 9th
EVOLUTION IS AWESOME!
Rev. Phil Schulman discusses the national campaign entitled “Evolution is Awesome!” during the 10:30 a.m. service, on March 9, at the Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 231 Parish Drive, Wayne.
Rev. Schulman says, “As religious liberals, we embrace science. In many ways, we give science more authority than sacred texts, which represent world views from long ago. We see science not as a challenge to our faith, but as a great source for developing awe, wonder, trust and even firmer faith. ‘Evolution is awesome’ represents a liberal religious attitude that looks into the discoveries of science and finds reason to have reverence.
“We will use our senses to explore evolution, with ears and eyes capable of meeting the Sacred and Holy there. This will be a morning for expanding our understanding of the miracle and mystery of the interdependent web of existence.”
LUUF is one of more than 590 religious congregations across the country and around the world that participated in Evolution Weekend, sponsored by The Clergy Letter Project and held this year on Feb. 7-9. (A list of participants can be found at www.evolutionweekend.org.) The event “recognizes that religion and science, two fields of critical importance to humans, should be seen as complementary rather than confrontational. Religious people from many diverse faith traditions and locations around the world understand that evolution is quite simply sound science; for them, it does not in any way threaten, demean, or diminish their faith in God. In fact, for many, the wonders of science often enhance and deepen their awe and gratitude towards God.”
The Clergy Letter Project includes more than 13,700 members of the clergy in the U.S. who have signed letters urging school boards to teach evolution rather than creationism in public school science classrooms and laboratories. More than 1,000 scientists on six continents, representing 32 countries, also have signed on as consultants.
On Sunday, September 8th, the Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Wayne began its new season of regular Sunday services and that was just the start of its new beginnings!
The program began at the new start time of 10:30 AM and there was a new, but familiar face leading the service.
Rev. Ann Benedetto has decided to step down after seven years of dedicated service as the LUUF's part-time minister, and Reverend Phil Schulman, a UU minister with roots in the congregation, has moved back home to rejoin and serve his former community at the LUUF.
The Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship extended its heartfelt appreciation to Rev. Benedetto for her years of loving and devoted service, and extended a warm, welcoming hand to Rev. Schulman as he returned to the community as its new minister for the 2013/2014 season.
Toasts, tributes and best wishes were flowing during the special celebration held in the LUUF ballroom on Sunday, Sept. 29th.
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MEET THE MINISTER
After graduating from the Starr King School for the Ministry in 1989, Rev. Schulman became a Spirituality counselor and therapist in Shreveport., La. His work there won recognition from the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals. He also created and directed one of the early Peer Run Respite programs for mental health crisis response in Essex County, N.Y. He has served on the board of the National Association of Rights, Protection and Advocacy, bringing concepts of recovery, spirituality and holistic wellness to the mental health system.
In 2001, Rev. Schulman began his career as a parish minister, serving at LUUF as well as at UU fellowships in Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2005, he founded the 10 Tree Challenge, in conjunction with the UU Ministry for the Earth, through which approximately 40 UU congregations planted 3,000-4,000 trees. He also has offered “Compassionate Conversations” workshops at mental health conferences and at UU congregations and district conferences. Most recently, he completed a sabbatical with The Freedom Project, bringing Nonviolent Communication Training into prisons in Washington state.
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SPECIAL BOARD MEETING HELD. NEW BOARD ELECTED.
THERE WAS A SPECIAL BOARD MEETING HELD AT THE FELLOWSHIP ON MONDAY EVENING, JULY 1st. THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP WAS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. THE SLATE OF CANDIDATES FOR THE LUUF BOARD FOR THE YEAR AHEAD WAS ANNOUNCED, VOTED ON, AND PASSED.