|My favorite color is October. The leaves are changing as I write this column, signaling that Autumn its on its way. At times I look out of my apartment window and it looks as if it is snowing leaves. The autumn equinox was on September 22, and we’ve just had a Harvest Moon, with a lunar eclipse on September 15th. New beginnings approach as we reap what we have sown at this time of year. A friend mentioned to me a few days ago that even though the autumn and winter are times when it appears that the trees and flowers are dying, it's still just such a beautiful time of the year. I agree. The lessons of the seasons are so profound and simple when we take the time to think about it. Life, death, and rebirth. There is a time to hold on and a time to let go. Nature has always known this.|
When we can learn to accept the notion of impermanence, that things are always in a state of change, it is easier to know when to let go. When we can learn to accept that certain conditions in life are like shoes - at some point they just don’t fit - we can learn to let go. How long are you going to hold on to things that are no longer in your best interest? Things that do not bring fulfillment? Things that are no longer productive? How long are you going to meet the demands and expectations of others? How long are you going to overdo, over-give, overindulge, trying to convince yourself and others that you are worthy? Perhaps during this season of change it is a good time to let go and grab hold of your true essence. It has been said that an intelligent person learns something new everyday, but a wise person lets something go everyday. Perhaps this is the time to let go and find the courage and strength to be worthy!
"Hunger, Home, Righteousness"
This sermon is partly inspired by volunteering and witnessing other volunteers serve community residents and the homeless for the “Open Table” located each Wednesday at the Black Mountain United Methodist Church. It has been a thing of beauty to behold and to be a small part of. Many of the volunteers are from our UUCSV. I want to discuss what hunger, home, and righteousness can mean when we put our faith into action with others, regardless of our theological differences, for all religious traditions call us to share our blessings and to provide faith, hope, and charity for the less fortunate among us. We are all hungering for a sense of home and righteousness that flows down like water from a mighty stream. We as UUs and perhaps more importantly, we as human beings are in our true essence, what some would call-- love beyond belief.
Sunday 2 October 2016 11am
“Woo-Woo Versus the Bunny Hug”
Are we saved by faith or intellect? People who might describe themselves as liberal or progressive tend to fall into two camps, those who embrace belief in the supernatural and others the un-super.
Cecil Bothwell is an artist, musician, organic gardener and author of ten books. He is serving his second term as a member of Asheville’s City Council and his other car is a raft. He believes one can never be too blasé about the possibility of another Genesis flood.
Sunday, 9 October 2016 11am Rev. Michael J.S. Carter
Sunday, 16 October 2016, 11am
“Weavers and Threads: a Faith Journey in Story and Song”
When we tell a story, we weave together the threads of our personal experience and beliefs; we express our values, even sometimes unintentionally. When someone hears our story and they are moved or inspired by it, a little strand from that thread connects the teller and the listener at the heart. We will explore how our personal stories connect us as families and as a community. Eric Bannon is a musical storyteller whose songs travel the bleak desert highways and lush mountain hollows of the heart. Eric is based in Pittsboro, NC. His home congregation is The Community Church of Chapel Hill U.U.
Sunday, 23 October 2016 11am
"UUism and the Atheist Revisited"
Sunday, 30 October 2016, 11 am Rev. Michael J.S. Carter“UUs, Saints, and Souls”
Halloween is October 31st and we all know a bit about that “holyday,” but November 1st is All Saints Day and Nov. 2 is All Soul’s Day in the Roman Catholic Church tradition. There are a few UU congregations across our country with the name “All Souls,” but in my research I have found none named “All Saints.” Be that as it may, I will argue this morning that we as UUs can also benefit from the sentiment of these two holy days of our Catholic brothers and sisters by perhaps looking at them in a slightly different light. For instance, by replacing the start of the word “Saint” with a small “s” instead of a capital one, we too can honor our heroes and sheros who have inspired us and accompanied us along life’s journey. After all, Unitarian Albert Schweitzer reminds us that “one does not have to be an angel to be a saint,” and C. S. Lewis tell us that “we don’t have a soul. We are a soul. We have a body.” Let’s explore!
Rev. Michael J.S. Carter
A few years ago I wrote a sermon entitled, The Spirituality of The Atheist. I was the new minister here and as a Theist, this was my attempt at letting the humanist, agnostic, and atheist members know that they were not invisible. Lately, I’ve been reading and re-reading the works of the Dalai Lama, and Bishop John Shelby Spong, I began to think more deeply about why a secular ethic is needed only with religion in our culture today, as well as whether or not UUism is really a religion in the traditional sense and use of the word. Without a so called elevator speech to tell folks when asked what it is that we as UUs believe, it has been difficult, but perhaps we don’t need one. UUs have always seem to know that the world was more complicated than we thought; we always knew that a more inclusive perspective was needed. It certainly appears now that perhaps religion, as well as a secular ethic, was always the way to go. Let’s explore.
|As temperatures get cooler and days just a smidge shorter, our program is underway. This year's curriculum, Picture Book UU, is perfect for gathering together to learn about the 7 Guiding Principles of Unitarian Universalism.|
Our teachers this year for the Elementary class are Evelyn Carter and Heidi Blozan. They are long-time supporters of the RE program here at UUCSV and have been teachers here as well as in their professional lives for quite some time. It's very exciting to have them together as a team this year!
What's coming up in October? The annual BOO! at the UU event is coming up on October 22, 4pm-6pm. Mark your calendars now! This is a "bring a snack to share" event and is open to everyone! Needed are adults to be on the set up crew, supervise activities (teens, here's your chance to jump in!), and be on hand for clean up. Let me know how you would like to help out. Activities include, but are not limited to turnip carving, ghost bowling, mummy wrapping, costume pageant and, of course, trick-or-treating.
Yours in service,
Beata Ball, Director of Religious Education
|Have you ever had the feeling that there is much more to life than what we experience with our five physical senses? Are you interested in unexplained phenomena such as psychic abilities or channeling? Are you interested or curious about life after death experiences (commonly referred to as NDE’s)? Are you interested in eastern religious traditions and or reincarnation? Are we alone in the universe? Are you at least mildly curious about the mind-body-spirit connection and the utilization of energies in our bodies and the world around us? What about visiting “power spots” or places on the earth that are said to be the home of “energy vortexes” and sacred spaces? If any or all of these topics interest you, then perhaps you may want to attend UUCSV’s Psi Gatherings.|
The first gathering will be on Tuesday Oct 11 at 1:00 pm facilitated by Lois Heintz. Let’s gather and explore!
|Financial Peace University Starts November 8th |
Your money. Your story. Your life. This changes everything! Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University is a biblically based curriculum that guides people on how to handle money. We all need a plan for our money. Dave's class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!
This nine session class will be on Tuesday evenings (6:45pm-8:15 pm) at UUCSV. Dates are: November 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13, and January 3, 10, 17, 24. Get a free class preview after Sunday service on October 23rd. The class will be led by UUCSV member Erin Spainhour. You can contact her for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 336-592-5882. You can register and learn more information about the class online at www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1025202. The registration fee is $93.00 plus shipping which pays for course materials from Dave Ramsey's organization.
|The Sunday Service Associates offer this information early to assist in your planning during the busy holiday season.|
Sunday, November 20th will be our annual intergenerational Thanksgiving Service. We are delighted to feature story-teller extraordinaire Beck Stone for this service! Music will be provided by the UUCSV String Band, and Diane Graham is the Sunday Service Associate.
Sunday, December 16th the service will celebrate the Winter Solstice. Linda Metzner and Rebecca Williams are developing the program.
Rev. Michael Carter will lead us in a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service on Saturday, December 24th, at 5:30 p.m. Michael will lead the service and Linda Metzner is coordinating music and singing. (No service on Sunday morning, December 25.)
There will be a regular service on Sunday morning, New Year's Day, featuring guest musicians Todd and Meg Hoke, who led a well-received service here several years ago.
|Minister's Column Continued |
|Life is not about holding on. Life is not about making others believe you are worthy. Nor is life about denying yourself to make others feel better. Life is about learning when to hold on and when to let go, especially when you are in a holding pattern. In fact, you may be the very one being left behind by the very ones you stayed behind to help. Life is about examination, re-examination, elimination, and recreation. Make today the day you decide to learn from nature and to let go and to become reborn again. Why not begin this day (or this season) to take the opportunity to let go of self negating thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, ideas, and people standing in the way of your desire to shed the old so that you can stand squarely in your worthiness.|
Besides, Spring is not the only time to practice “resurrection.” Enjoy the colors of the season!
Peace and Richest Blessings,
|The annual used book sale at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, featuring thousands of good-condition books in almost every category, will take place on October 21-22, 9am-4pm, at 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. For more info call 828-254-6001.|
Thanks --Ephraim Schechter
|The October Luunch Buunch will meet on October 4th at noon at UUCSV. The topic is "Fear of Death." |
|The women's group meets Friday, October 14th at 1:00 pm, at the clubhouse, the Lynx Condominiums.|
|In October the UUCSV Choir will sing on the 23rd. We will rehearse on October 16th at 12:15, then on Wednesday the 19th at 7 PM, and again on Sunday the 23rd at 10 AM, the day of our performance. Please come and sing with us! We laugh a lot and you will enjoy it! |
Linda Metzner, Choir Director
| Our congregation sponsored a weekend-long OWL training held at the Highland Lake Cove in Flat Rock Sept. 16, 17, and 18th. Nineteen adults traveled from 4 states to attend the training which will certify them as teachers of the Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.) Curriculum. Now that the training is finished, the participants have gone back to their congregations to volunteer to teach their youth about staying healthy and safe as they navigate their way through puberty. |
Members of our congregation who helped put on the weekend training are: Carolyn Shorkey, coordinator, Milt Warden assistant, Scott Shaw, registrar, and Diane Graham, messenger.
Sarah Kirkpatrick was the UUCSV volunteer who competed the intensive weekend training.
Friday Fling, a fun party for grown-ups, usually every third Friday of the month, will be held on 21 October at the UUCSV church. Red and white refreshments will be provided; please bring a potluck dish to share. First movie choice: Young Frankenstein (1974; Mel Brooks, dir.; Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr; a hilarious tribute to Mary Shelley’s classic novel; “A monster riot.” (The New York Times). Second movie choice: A Dangerous Method (2011; David Cronenberg, dir.; Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender; based on the true story of Jung, Freud, and the patient who came between them). Potluck begins at 6:30. For further information call Norm Kowal (458-4537).
|The Sunday Service Associates team works hard to provide guest speakers who will appeal to the widely varied interests of our congregation. Once in a while, however, we manage to inadvertently offend some segment of our membership.|
As the chair of this group and as the individual most involved in bringing Katie Player to our pulpit, I regret any discomfort that resulted from her visit. At the same time I recognize that many members were enthusiastic about Katie's talk and felt it was very worthwhile.
At every SSA meeting we spend time debriefing the services of the previous month. If concerns have been shared directly with us we can make use of that feedback in the future.
Second and third-hand reports of complaints are much less helpful!
We always welcome your reactions, reflections and suggestions, including ideas for future topics or speakers!
Ginny Moreland, Chair,
Sunday Service Associates
Annually the UUA selects a book to serve as a “Common Read” and provide materials to assist groups who may wish to form a discussion group around the book. This year the chosen book is The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, written by North Carolina’s own Rev. William Barber, with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Rev. Barber also spoke at one of the plenary sessions of last summer’s General Assembly. Follow this link for more information on the UUA Common Read program.
| October 14 On line voter registration begins.|
October 20 Begin in person early voting and same day registration. "One Stop Voting"
November 1 Last day to request an absentee ballot at the Board of Elections.
November 5 In person early and one stop voting end.
November 8 In person voting from 6:30AM to 7:30PM, or absentee ballot postmarked and or received by November 14.
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Ginny and Jackie
|Board of Trustees:|
David Reid, President
Dave Wells, Vice-Pres.
non-voting Board Member:
Rev. Michael Carter