Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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231 Parish Drive • Wayne, NJ 07470
(973) 696-6362
Saturday, April 19th

1:00pm-6:00pm


Peace, Salaam, Shalom


A gathering for all concerned about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Sunday, April 20th     

10:30 AM

“PEACE, SALAAM, SHALOM” EPILOGUE
 
 
An Israeli Jew and a Palestinian Muslim appear together as guest speakers for the April 20 program.

This Sunday service is an epilogue to “Peace, Salaam Shalom,” an event taking place at the fellowship Saturday, April 19. Both will feature Eden Fuchs, an Israeli Jew, and Ibrahim Issa, a Palestinian Muslim from the West Bank. Saturday will consist of a five-hour interactive gathering of Muslims, Jews and others concerned about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They will be guided to explore their shared humanity in general and in terms of the ongoing hostilities in the Middle East.
 
Sunday, during the regular LUUF service, Fuchs and Issa will tell about their work in Israel and the West Bank to facilitate dialogue, trust and partnerships between Israelis and Palestinians. Rev Schulman explains, “During our worship service, we will have a Unitarian Universalist celebration of Easter. Ours isn’t an observance of a literal resurrection, but rather a remembrance of a vision of a ‘beloved kingdom,’ where all are loved and cared for. People of every faith, as well as those not affiliated with any religious tradition, are welcome to attend.”


    

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Remembering Meredith Ward

On Sunday, April 6th, special musical selections and remembrances  ere shared in honor of longtime LUUF member Meredith Ward.


                                                                      

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal tradition in which congregants are encouraged to find the commonality and truth in many religious teachings while fostering strong roots in community and service.  

Our shared practices in this tradition include the lighting of the chalice, the observance of the
7 Principles and a connection to the 5 Smooth Stones of Liberalism


BEGINNINGS



 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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  There was a nice turnout on Sunday evening, August 11th for a potluck dinner and open planning session as members of the congregation and the LUUF Board got together to advance plans for resuming regular service next month.  The group set priorities and began shaping goals for what will be a busy season.


 

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.

Rev. Ann Benedetto

Sunday Services:
Provided by our minister, guest speakers and lay-led clergy.

From September 8th through next June, services will begin at a new time of 10:30AM and are followed by Coffee Hour.   Childcare services provided on-site.

On the second Sunday of each month, the service is followed by a potluck meal.

                                                                                  

LUUF RATIFIES KEY STATEMENTS TO CONVEY THE CONGREGATION'S IDENTITY AND GOALS

 LUUF members unanimously passed resolutions to adopt these defining declarations about our Fellowship:


MISSION STATEMENT

LUUF’s mission is to seek and share the light of truth through the warmth of love in community as we work in behalf of our commitment to peace.

We accomplish our mission by

* Building a UU community that empowers our fellowship creating lay-led clergy

* Promoting, embracing, nurturing our UU principles and traditions in our relationships with one another, our communities and the world at large

* Welcoming and honoring diversity, and

* Promoting peace and social justice at home and abroad by serving with compassion and commitment


VISION STATEMENT

LUUF’s vision is to build a spiritual community devoted to peace, social justice, the environment and philanthropy guided by our UU principles and traditions. LUUF will strive to provide spiritual guidance and growth for all generations and welcome and honor diversity. We work toward becoming a conscientious community with a progressive voice.


COVENANT

We will:

* Speak the truth with love and kindness

* Listen deeply without interruption

* Trust in good faith and intention, and speak well of one another

* Take responsibility to create a community of encouragement,  compassion and hospitality

* Respect differences in belief, age, race, gender, sexual orientation  and personality

* Support the congregation, its activities, and the care-taking of the  Fellowship with our time, talent and treasure

* Make decisions democratically

* Include spiritual practices in all Fellowship meetings



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