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


Welcome Back Message 
from
Carol Swift and Pat Kneisel
LUUF Co-Presidents


“Welcome Home” to the LUUF, a place of community, spiritual growth and social justice.  As we began our regular 2014 - 2015 Sunday morning services, Co-Presidents Pat Kneisel and Carol Swift  laid out a vision for the LUUF's future in the new season and beyond.


They called on members to celebrate a renewal of community and intent to thrive together.  Carol and Pat presented the role of communication in fostering loving relationships, and how intent and our Principles will help us to discover a common vision going forward.  

All who are interested are encouraged to click on the "Past Sermons" tab to read the full texts of their inspiring talks.

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Friday, Sept. 26th
7-10 PM


LUUF Wine & Cheese Social and Movie Screening

Join us for fun, fellowship and film, as we watch the thought-provoking film: Divine Matrix.
The screening will be followed by discussion.
For more about the film, click on the "Upcoming Topics" tab.

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Sunday, Sept. 28th       
 11 AM


Birds of a Feather

Rev. Ann Benedetto



 

Guest minister Ann Benedetto talks about our sacred relationship with nature in her sermon “Birds of a Feather,” during the 11 AM service.
 
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. Benedetto says, “We’ll explore what it means to truly engage with the Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism – ‘Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are all a part’ – by looking at ancient indigenous cultures and their relationship with birds. What might be our role in behaving consistent with the reality that we are an active member of this magnificent web? What ‘bird medicine’ have we lost contact with, since the focus of our society has become so materialistic? How can we do our part to mend this broken web?”

 

Rev. Benedetto is a former minister of LUUF.  She was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 1991 at the New Seminary, New York City.  She was a teacher for 38 years, including 18 at Edwin Gould Academy--a residential school for survivors of abuse and neglect--where she coordinated a health and interfaith spiritual life program. She served as a teachers’ union organizer and official for 31 years. In 2006, Rev. Benedetto received an environmental award from Skylands CLEAN for her efforts to preserve Passaic County’s Saddle Mountain. She is a founding member of Highlands Peace Action; board president for Strengthen Our Sisters, a shelter for battered women and children; and a board member of Kunsi Keya Tamakoce, a Lakota Two-Spirit community land project.


 





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



COMMUNITY ORGANIC GARDEN UPDATE:
The fruits (and veggies) of the LUUF Garden Committee's labor are making a big impact.  Thanks to a funding grant and a dedicated team of hard-working gardeners, our fresh, healthy vegetables are being shared with clients of the Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry. The LUUF is happy to see its efforts address an important need in the surrounding community.   


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

Starting in September 2014, services will return to their traditional start time of 11:00AM and are followed by Coffee Hour.   

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


                                                                                  

 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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