Welcome to CrossCurrents!  Your comments are welcome at crosscurrents@uucwc.org

In this issue:


Rev. Kim is on Sabbatical and the Sabbatical Team Welcomes Questions

Connection, Hospitality and our Church by Rev. Sue Goodwin, Minister of Congregational Life
UU Summer Camps and New Adult Learning Classes by Robin Pugh, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Capturing Institutional Wisdom by Dianne Ross, Trustee, Board of Trustees

Ask Me Table: Have You Ever Had a Question About UUCWC by Holly Bussey, Membership Ministry

Love is the Spirit of this Church by Michael Howe-Smith, Pastoral Caring Ministry

Capital Campaign/Project Update – Jan. 2020 by Jayme Trott and Susan Vigilante, Capital Campaign Project Co-Chairs

Faith Action Ministry: 2019 in Numbers by Jamie Evanini, Faith Action Ministry

Earth Ministry Update and 2020 Calendar by Chris Piatek, Earth Ministy

Faith Action Ministry Supports LGBTQ 101 Workshop by Barbara Jensen

UUA: Side With Love – Thirty Days of Love
UUCWC Auction 2020!

I Am Trenton Community Foundation Receives $4,000 from 2019 Auction

Help Preserve Our New Parking Area by Steve Saddlemire, Co-Chair, Grounds Committee

Fundraising Meeting Follow-up by Wendy Stasolla, Chair, Fundraising Committee

What is All the Brouhaha About General Assembly? by Holly Bussey, Denominational Affairs

UUA Central East Region Announcements

Airport and Train Transportation Service

Rev. Kim is on Sabbatical


After serving the UUCWC congregation since 2014, our senior minister, Rev. Kim Wildszewski, is on sabbatical.  She will return on May 3. During this time, Rev. Sue Goodwin is preaching and providing pastoral care. More information on Rev. Kim’s sabbatical, including an FAQ brochure, is available here.


The Sabbatical Team Welcomes Questions

Rev. Kim’s  Sabbatical Team is available for questions or assistance about the day-to-day operations of the church, a project, concern or celebration. Members of the Sabbatical Team will join Board Members at the Board Chat on Feb. 2 (10am) on February 2. Read more…


Connection, Hospitality and Our Church

Rev. Sue Goodwin, Minister of Congregational Life


As most of you know, I am filling in for Rev. Kim in the areas of preaching and pastoral care and I’ve been charged with “letting go” of some of my Congregational Life duties until post-sabbatical because I am a part time employee working twenty hours a week. Of course, this being a church, we were due for a “mini miracle” and it has arrived in the form of the Connection Team.  Read more…


Contact Rev. Sue if you would like to be involved in the Congregational Life Council.

Have You Ever Had a Question About UUCWC?

Holly Bussey, Membership Ministry

What is an Ask Me Table? Just that! Ask the person there a question about UUCWC (or even UUism in general) and we’ll try to point you in the right direction or help you make a connection. The ASK ME Table will make its debut on January 26, after each service in the foyer. We will be posting a schedule for monthly appearances soon.  Read more…


UU Summer Camps for All Ages
Robin Pugh, Director of Lifespan Religious Education


Attending a UU summer camp or conference helps to solidify a Unitarian Universalist identity. Many lifelong Unitarian Universalists will tell you it was their participation in UU summer camps, conferences, retreats and other “immersion experiences” that solidified their connection to their faith.  Read more…

New Adult Learning Classes Starting in February

New classes starting in February are Becoming Unafraid of Death and Mindful Movement: Selfcare and Spirituality. Chalice Circles continue. Registration and more information…


Capturing Institutional Wisdom
Dianne Ross, Trustee, Board of Trustees


Typically UUCWC’s Board of Trustees has two retreats a year, one in late summer and one in winter, to dive deeper into strategic topics. The Board decided to open the morning session of its winter retreat, held on January 4, to UUCWC’s Council. The focus of the meeting was to have a presentation by the Capital Campaign team and to capture the institutional wisdom of the various policies and procedures.  Read more…

The next council meeting is February 26. All are welcome to attend.


Love is the Spirit of this Church
Michael Howe-Smith, Pastoral Care Ministry

I’m sure you’d agree with the sentiment in my headline. The words are taken from one of our UU covenants. This one continues: Love is the spirit of this church and service is its law. This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.  – James Vila Blake

Notice how the covenant begins by emphasizing service and continues by teaching how we may serve: Help one another.  Read more…


Capital Campaign/Project Update – Jan. 2020

Jayme Trott and Susan Vigilante, Capital Campaign Project Co-Chairs

Have you seen the pictures of the planned church expansion yet? The Capital Campaign Steering Committee had created posters depicting the architectural drawings in hopes that you will be as excited about the plans as we are! Here are some of the highlights

There are several dates for UUCWC members and friends to learn more about the Capital Campaign. The first is Stewardship Sunday, February 9, with presentations and Q&A sessions at 10:15am and 12:15pm. More info here…


Faith Action Ministry – 2019 in Numbers
Jamie Evanini, Faith Action Ministry

On Sunday, January 12, the Faith Action Ministry hosted a special gathering to celebrate, commiserate, and motivate by looking back on the fullness of 2019, and casting our visions for 2020. As part of the event, participants walked through a makeshift ‘labyrinth’ in the Crossings Room, with index cards along the path telling the story of 2019 in numbers.  Read more…

Earth Ministry Update and Calendar for 2020
Chris Piatek, Earth Ministry
2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

Each Sunday, we light five Candles of Fellowship to actively affirm our commitments to five core UUCWC principles. One of these candles affirms UUCWC’s commitment to caring for our earth and, more locally, our church building and grounds as a Green Sanctuary. Read more…

Faith Action Ministry Supports LGBTQ 101 Workshop

Barbara Jensen, Faith Action Ministry

On January 10, in the community room of Hopewell Valley Central High School, a speaker from Garden State Equality gave a workshop, LGBTQ 101,  to a packed house of over 100 attendees. The workshop was free and open to the public, and provided participants with basic information, terminology, and key concepts around gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and intersectionality. Read more…


UUA: Side With Love


Thirty Days of Love is observed Monday, January 20, 2020 through Friday, February 14, 2020, culminating on the 11th Annual National Standing on the Side of Love Day.

Thirty Days of Love is an opportunity to lift up the ways Unitarian Universalists and many of our partner organizations are building and organizing by taking bold, courageous action for intersectional racial justice.  Resources and more here…


Save the Dates


January 28, 7pm
Zoom meeting to learn about UUA’s GA

February 5, 7pm
February 9, 10:15am

Learn about UU the Vote

February 9
Stewardship Sunday
Watch for details!

February 26, 7pm
Council Meeting


March 7, 8pm
Cosmic Crossings Concert

March 22, 5pm
Potluck and film: The Condor and the Eagle


Earth Ministry 2020 Events


UUCWC Calendar


UUCWC Auction 2020!

Silent Auction Sundays
April 19 and April 26

Live Auction
Saturday, May 2


See the auction page for info. Contact the auction team to help out!



I Am Trenton Community Foundation Receives $4,000 from 2019 Auction

At the annual meeting in June, 2018, we adopted a proposal put forth by the Auction Committee, “In keeping with the mission of UUCWC, the Auction Committee proposes that 50% of net auction proceeds, after the budgeted revenue from the auction is met, be donated to social action causes.”  Read more…

You can meet I Am Trenton represenatives after each service on February 2.

Help Preserve Our New Parking Area

Steve Saddlemire, Co-Chair, Grounds

We hope and expect everyone is taking advantage of our new pervious paved parking area. While we have established a workable parking pattern, we have not resolved several issues and need the congregation’s help.  Read more…


Fundraising Meeting Follow-up

Wendy Stasolla, Chair, Fundraising Committee


Thanks to all who attended the fundraising brainstorming meeting and emailed their ideas. Our goal is to support current fundraising efforts and also help bring new ideas to fruition by assembling teams specific to each event.

One thing we identified to support and expand on is the Cosmic Concert series.  Read more…


Email Wendy to help out.


What is All the Brouhaha About General Assembly?

Holly Bussey, Denominational Affairs

General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for our Faith Association through democratic process. There will be a ZOOM meeting for anyone wanting to know more on Tuesday, January 28 at 7pm. For more info and to register, contact Holly Bussey. Read more…


UU Central East Region Announcements

Job Opening for Congregational Life Field Staff and Summer Institute Staff

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training
March 27 – 29, Media PA

UU Mid-Atlantic Community Summer Gathering, July 12-18

UU College of Social Justice Summer Interships

More info here…


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