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In this issue:

Welcome to Rev. Sue Goodwin! by Rev. Kim Wildszewski
2019-2020 Religious Education Plan for Transformation by Robin Pugh, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
Report of the UUCWC Board of Trustees: 2018-2019 Church Year by Marianne Alt, President, Board of Trustees
Thank You UUCWC Leadership by Sandy Muccioli, Chair, Nominating Committee

Save the Date! Aug. 16-18: Putting the 8th Principle Into Practice – Workshops by Christina Rivera
Kirkridge Weekend: October 18-20, 2019 by Sarah Burke

More: TUS wins Bennett Award, White Lies podcast, summer reading, UUA GA event coverage

Communications Committee – Help Wanted!

Airport and Train Transportation Service

Welcome to Rev. Sue Goodwin!

Rev. Kim Wildszewski

I am thrilled to announce that as of July 1, the Rev. Sue Goodwin will begin serving as our Minister of Congregational Life!

Many of you are familiar with Rev. Sue’s energy, maturity and open-hearted theology. Sue has been a frequent guest preacher here at UUCWC, and a popular teacher of several of our Adult Religious Education classes. It was in those spaces that Sue first began to realize UUCWC, its mission and its people, felt like a homecoming; felt like “coming into shelter,” Sue told the Search Committee.

Sue brings many gifts and talents including an entrepreneurial spirit, ability to grow her dreams into organized and structured realities, and a passion for people. She is a leader who values and prioritizes collaboration. Sue is curious, authentic and excited by congregational life. As one Search Committee member said, “I honestly can’t imagine finding anyone better.”  Read more…

2019-20 Religious Education Plan for Transformation
Robin Pugh, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

UUCWC adopted the 8th Principle last June. In so doing, we covenanted and affirmed to journey toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

I’ll admit that last summer, as I was planning the children’s Religious Education (RE) year, I didn’t know where to begin in trying to dismantle white supremacy in our RE program. Fortunately, last fall, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Lifespan Faith Development Office was looking for congregations to pilot a newly developed structured process to begin to dismantle white supremacy in RE programs. The process involved using an assessment tool to help set goals based on what the assessment showed. It is meant to be “ a rigorous means for ongoing reflection and responsible leadership in the learning process of all ages of Unitarian Universalists.” I applied to be part of the pilot and was selected.  Read more…

Report of the UUCWC Board of Trustees: 2018-2019 Church Year

Marianne Alt, President, Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is the nine-person elected governing body of this religious community. The Board’s governance philosophy delegates decision-making authority to individual ministries and committees so it can focus on:

  • Financial stewardship
  • Goal-Setting and implementing the Strategic Plan
  • Creating and overseeing Church Policies
  • Overseeing Personnel and Staffing

The board meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month, our Executive team meets monthly in between the full board meetings, and we offer monthly Board Chats during Middle Hour. The Vice-President holds quarterly Council meetings with church leaders. Four board members regularly attend other committee meetings serving as board liaisons. Twice a year we hold a day-long board retreat on a Saturday to set goals for the year and then reflect on those goals. We are committed to our work.  Read more…

Congratulations to The Unitarian Sociey in East Brunswick, the recipient of the UUA’s Bennett Award for their work on the Lost Souls Public Memorial Project.

UUA General Assembly: Videos and transcripts are available for many of the events from June’s General Assembly.

Racial Justice Initiative Summer Reading List – A selection of books on topics on race and racism in the U.S. and/or works by Black, Latinx, Asian American, American Indian, Arab American authors.

White Lies: NPR podcast about the murder in 1965 of UU Rev. James Reeb during the Selma campaign of the Civil Rights movement.  And from the UUA, Exposing Truths of the Murder of Rev. James Reeb

Thank You UUCWC Leadership
Sandy Muccioli, Chair, Nominating Committee

On behalf of the Nominating Committee and the entire Congregation, I would like to congratulate and thank the leadership of UUCWC.
Read more…

May 19 –  September 8
One service at 10:00 am

Summer office hours
July and August
Tues – Thur: 10am – 2pm

Save the Dates

August 16-18
Putting the 8th Principle Into Practice: Workshops led by Christina Rivera. Mark your calendars and watch for more details coming soon.

August 24, 10am – 3pm
Multicultural Welcome Workshop offered by UU Princeton. Based on a resource created by Janice Marie Johnson, Rev. Alicia Forde, Susanna Whitman, and India McKnight for the UUA.

September 27-29
Murray Grove Homecoming

Universal Good: Social and Environmental Justice

Rev. Kim is the Sunday preacher.  Watch for more details. Download flyer.

October 18 – 20
Annual Kirkridge Retreat

October 19

UU FaithAction NJ Fall Issues Conference

UUCWC Calendar

Communications Committee – Help Wanted!

Interested in being part of this group? Let us know at communications@uucwc.org.

August 16-18
Putting the 8th Principle Into Practice

Thanks to a generous grant from the Endowment Committee, and with additional support from the Council for Faith in Action, UUCWC’s Faith Action Ministry is bringing Christina Rivera, former UUA Board Member and Executive Director of Called to Justice (CTJ) to offer faith-based anti-racism coaching to UUCWC during the August 16-18 weekend.  Read more…

Kirkridge Weekend
October 18-20, 2019

by Sarah Burke
Last month marked the fifteenth anniversary of my becoming a member of UUCWC, but it was a weekend that following October that made me feel connected to this community in a way that I didn’t expect. I read about the annual weekend get –away to Kirkridge, located in the Poconos Mountains, and although I didn’t know anyone going, I signed up. I have returned almost every year since.  Read more…

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