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The Effects of Human Trafficking on America’s Youth

 

Yvonne Williams

Co-founder Trafficking in America Task Force

 

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Citrus County

 

Monday June 5

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

 

Click here for more information


Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist, Inc.
7633 N. Florida Ave (Highway 41)

Citrus Springs (Dunnellon for GPS), Florida 34434

352-465-4225
naturecoastuu@yahoo.com





Third Friday Potluck

 

Join us every third Friday

for fun, food, and fellowship


Arrive between 5:00 - 5:30
Eat at 6:00

Wine available for a donation to support our Media Fund





This month's potluck will be on Friday, June 16, 2017. We will have fun with a “Guess Who the Baby Is” contest.


Find a baby picture of yourself and give it to Connie Hart or bring it Friday night. The photos will be displayed and everyone will try to match the “baby” picture with the “mature” adult.

 

Newcomers welcome: bring your picture and see if others can guess who you are/were. Third Friday potlucks are a great way to get to know members and friends of NCUU. We hope to see you there!



Who is this baby?
Attend the potluck to find the answer!

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Recent Past Events


 



The 15th Annual NCUU


Yard Sale/Rummage Sale/Book Sale/Food Sale

 

Friday February 10th 8:00 – 3:00


Saturday February 11th 8:00 - 1:00










Building Your Own Theology









The Religious Education committee offered the ten week course entitled "Building Your Own Theology”. This adult education UU course invites you to develop your own personal credo, your own personal beliefs that will guide your actions in life.

 

The course was held on Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and began on January 8 with nine participants. Co-facilitators were Joan Burnett and Dave Koveleski. 


This course has been offered several times at NCUU and will most likely be offered again in the future. The paperback text book is $16.00 with discounts for multiple purchases. Please email naturecoastuu@yahoo.com if you are interested in participating in a future course. 


NCUU Members Wanda Brown, Gordon Dinmore, Judy Capone



 


01/04/2017

2:00 pm

Insights from
Standing Rock, ND

 
There was a Standing Rock slide show presentation here at the NCUU on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 2 PM. The presentation was of interest to anyone following the struggle against the Dakota Access pipeline and those who are concerned about FL’s own 515 mile methane Sabal Trail.

Luc Watelet, a well-recognized teacher, psychotherapist, and author from Rochester, NY lead the presentation. Luc has been to Standing Rock twice, following his passion to protect our planet and honor human and environmental justice.




7:00 PM December 24

NCUU held an inspiring Christmas Eve celebration again this year. We sang traditional carols and heard several readings about why and how Unitarian Universalists celebrate Christmas. It was a meaningful UU experience. Light refreshments were served after the service.




Muriel’s Kids


Muriel Chess has left all the material needed to continue with the “Sponsor a Child Project”, or as Muriel called it, “Kids’ Christmas”. We had two collections.


We collected $400 this year and were able to buy clothes, books, and toys for four children. Contributions are still being accepted for the ongoing, annual "Muriel's Kid Fund". Please make checks out to NCUU and write in the memo part, "Kid's Christmas Fund".


We thank you for your continued generosity.






 


NCUU Social Justice
Kitchen Table Forum


Sabal Trail:
Concerns About
the Liquefied Natural Gas Plant
in Crystal River


Monday November 21


1:00 – 3:00


Nature Coast UU presented an educational Forum on Monday, Nov. 21 at 1PM to 3PM. The topic was the Sabal Trail: a  system of 515 miles of interstate gas pipeline, about half will cut through Florida. It is estimated this pipeline will carry 1 billion cubic fee per day of natural gas over our aquifer.

 

The guest speaker was CeCe Scofield who is an expert on liquefied natural gas facilities and transportation.

Click here for information on the Sabal Trail Pipeline

 


Click here for more on efforts to STOP the Sabal Trail Pipeline




NCUU Social Justice Kitchen Table Forum

Monday October 17 at 1 PM

Don Wright gave a Power Point introduction

and lead an open forum discussion on


Unitarian Universalists Justice Florida Climate Adaptation Project

Rising Together: Temperature, Water, Health and Strength

 

NCUU is one of eight UU fellowships in Florida that are partnering with vulnerable communities to educate residents about how to protect their health and welfare and generally adapt to climate change, sea level rise and increased coastal flooding, to document the residents' adaptation concerns and recommendations, and to communicate that information to relevant local planning staff and public officials. NCUU is representing Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties. The Rising Together initiative is coordinated statewide by Jan Booher, UU Fellowship of Boca Raton, and is funded by a grant from the UU Fund for Social Responsibility. The goals of the NCUU component are:

 

•To document the opinions of local residents regarding adaptation planning;

•To connect NCUU to leaders and public officials in the three counties, and to

  strengthen relationships between NCUU and vulnerable communities; and

•To increase resilience of vulnerable residents by educating them about
  health, safety and welfare issues that will be exacerbated by climate change
  and coastal flooding in their communities.

 

If you are interested but could not attend this presentation please contact Don Wright at ldwright@bellsouth.net. Any role you may wish to play, including providing advice, is welcome and appreciated.




NCUU Talent Sunday


10/02/16

10:30 am

NCUU

TALENT SUNDAY



On Sunday on Oct 2 NCUU held our first ever TALENT SUNDAY. This was an excellent opportunity for all our members and friends to showcase their talents.


We had display tables of various talents such as sewing projects, spinning, jewelry, woodworking, sculpture, oils, water colors, and photography.


We also enjoyed singers, dancers, and several who played a musical instrument.



















Understanding and Responding

to the Effects of Climate Change

on Community Health and Wellbeing

 

NCUU’s Social Justice Committee is partnering with eight other UU Fellowships throughout Florida to work with residents of vulnerable communities and educate residents about how to protect their health and welfare as climate change increases sea level and coastal flooding. They will document the residents' adaptation concerns and recommendations, and communicate that information to relevant local planning staff and public officials.


 Please click here for more specific information.

If you are interested in actively participating, or if you support this endeavor, please sign up on the Social Justice form in the foyer.  You can also email fengshui42day@gmail.com or ldwright@bellsouth.net.


Everyone who signs up as interested in participating
in this worthwhile cause will be contacted  about a soon-to-be-scheduled informational meeting.



This is a project of the Green Sanctuary Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton in partnership with Developing Interracial Social Change (DISC) and Habitat for Humanity in Boca Raton, Florida and Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice in Delray Beach, Florida. This project has been funded by EPA Grant # EQ-00D35415-0.






CHANGING THE CONVERSATION

AMERICA’S GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC

 

Free SCREENING and DISCUSSION

 

with Joan Lund

 

Monday, June 20th from 1:00 to 3:00


The Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Kitchen Table Forum presented a screening of the 30 minute film, Changing the Conversation, which reframes the discussion of America’s gun violence epidemic by shifting from Second Amendment rights to a broader focus of public health prevention.


Participants learned how we can engage in a radically logical approach to restructure how we think, speak and act on gun violence. Changing the Conversation asks – not can we change the status quo on gun violence, but will we?

 

Joan Lund, former UUA Trustee, lead the discussion and shared with us what actions they are taking in the Tampa Area to address public health prevention of gun violence.





 

"Aussie" Themed Forgotten Films for Thursdays in June

Thursdays at 3 PM                $3 suggested donation


June 30:  Priscilla, Queen of the Desert


Priscilla, you must know, is a well-used bus. The passengers are a troop of entertainers who perform, in drag, in remote corners of the Australian outback. There is lots of fun and humor in this film.

Click here for NY Times Review

 

Click here for YouTube Movie Trailer





06/23/16:  The Road from Coorain


Jill Ker Conway, president of Smith College in Massachusetts, wrote this memoir which looks back at her girlhood on a depression era sheep ranch in the remote outback of Australia. It becomes as much the story of her mother, Eve’s, struggles as it is of Jill’s.




06/16/16: 
Japanese Story


Toni Collette, as an Australian geologist, is assigned to take young Japanese businessman Hiromitsu on a tour of the desert outback to inspect mining sites. This cross-cultural adventure, winner of several of Australian Film Institute’s awards, turns out to be a love story with a surprise ending.


Click here for NY Times Review

 

Click here for YouTube Movie Trailer






Monday May 16 from 1:00 to 3:00




FIRST DEGREE Screening


Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist


Social Justice Kitchen Table Forum


Presents


A Free Special Screening and Discussion


FIRST DEGREE is a new documentary about a college behind bars that prevents released inmates from returning to prison. It is currently playing at film festivals across the country and has picked up three top awards to date.

The expression, "sent up the river," was coined by convicts who were sent up the Hudson River to do their time at the infamous Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, NY. FIRST DEGREE finds hope in this seemingly hopeless place by investigating an unusual college behind bars that prevents Sing Sing inmates from being sent back up the river after their release. Nationwide, over half of released inmates return to prison within 5 years, but for the past 14 years, less than 1% of the inmates who received a college degree at Sing Sing returned to prison. 

 

A lively discussion to spark action aimed at reducing recidivism and mass incarceration followed the screening of this timely documentary.


Produced and Directed by Roger Weisberg
Hosted by John Fugelsang
Featuring Jermaine Archer, Sean Pica, & Clarence Maclin



Monday May 16 from 1:00 to 3:00


Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist, Inc.
7633 N. Florida Ave (Highway 41)

Citrus Springs (Dunnellon for GPS), Florida 34434

352-465-4225
naturecoastuu@yahoo.com




Monday, April 18th from 1:00 to 3:00

The President of the Nature Coast chapter of the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State presented a power point outlining why the separation of religion and government is as important today as it was when James Madison said, “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” A discussion and snacks followed the presentation.




Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist, Inc.
7633 N. Florida Ave (Highway 41)

Citrus Springs (Dunnellon for GPS), Florida 34434

352-465-4225
naturecoastuu@yahoo.com






 


Sunday March 27


 after the service 


NCUU's Annual


Easter Potluck

 





 

Forgotten Films for Thursdays in March

Thursdays at 3 PM                $3 suggested donation

Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
7633 North Florida Avenue (US 41) Citrus Springs, FL 34434
(use Dunnellon for GPS)
naturecoastuu@yahoo.com


03/24/16:   Philomena

 

An Irish mother (Judi Dench) goes to America in search of her son, born out of wedlock some 50 years before, and put out for adoption. Does she find him? Well, the ending is both surprising and poignant.

 

Click here for NY Times Review

 

Click here for YouTube Movie Trailer







03/20/16

10:30 am

Hassan Shibly

Islamophobia
and
 Religious Freedom


On Sunday March 20th at 10:30 am the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists were honored to welcome to our pulpit Hassan Shibly the Chief Executive Director of CAIR Florida, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

 

Hassan was raised by Syrian immigrants, both medical professionals, who instilled in him an immigrant's wonder and determination. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in Political Science concentrating on International Relations. He subsequently graduated amongst the top of his class from the University at Buffalo Law School. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in December 2011 and was admitted to practice in Florida’s federal courts in April 2012.

 

Hassan lectures regularly on issues relating to Islam, American Muslims and Civil Rights. Hassan has taught courses on Islamic belief, law, history, spirituality and culture. He actively works with various inter-faith and social service organizations to assist those in need and promote cooperation and understanding between diverse faiths and cultures. Hassan often serves as a consultant on Islam for many organizations.

 

He has appeared numerous times in both local and national media outlets including CNN, NPR, Voice of America, the New York Times, the Toronto Star and the Buffalo News for his work protecting civil liberties and promoting understanding of the Muslim faith. Hassan’s work has earned him the attention of various Islamophobic publications, which criticize Hassan for "deceiving the American People" by "promoting a peaceful and tolerant image of Islam."
 


www.cairflorida.org

Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist, Inc.
7633 N. Florida Ave (Highway 41)

Citrus Springs (Dunnellon for GPS), Florida 34434

352-465-4225
naturecoastuu@yahoo.com




You can follow Hassan

at his official blog

 www.hassanshibly.com




Sunday March 13


 after the service 


NCUU's Annual


St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon



The Social Activities Committee once again sponsored their fabulous annual Corned Beef and Cabbage luncheon on Sunday, March 13, after the regular Sunday service. Beside corned beef, cabbage and all the other fixings, we also offered Sheppard’s pie and had homemade Irish soda bread, beverages, and dessert.





 

Forgotten Films for Thursdays in March

Thursdays at 3 PM                $3 suggested donation

Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
7633 North Florida Avenue (US 41) Citrus Springs, FL 34434
(use Dunnellon for GPS)
naturecoastuu@yahoo.com



03/17/16: The Mirror Has Two Faces

 

This is a comic tale, starring Barbara Streisand and Jeff Bridges, about the relationship between a frumpy college lecturer specializing in romantic literature and a fellow professor who wants a platonic friendship with an intelligent woman. However, she begins to long for more, and they soon find that their goal of a union based on celibacy will be difficult to achieve. . . . .

 

Click here for NY Times Review

 

Click here for YouTube Movie Trailer




March 10: Mrs. Henderson Presents

 

Teaming with Bob Hoskins, a newly widowed Mrs. Henderson (Judi Dench) decides to open a theater and feature nude dancers. Scandalous, maybe, but see how Judi keeps all in balance.

 

Click here for NY Times Review

 

Click here for YouTube Movie Trailer

 

March 3:  Love with the Proper Stranger

 

Two of Hollywood’s all-time favorite stars heat up the steamy streets of Manhattan during the early 60’s in this tough and tender romance. Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen star as a charming, footloose musician and the innocent Macy’s salesgirl who is carrying his child. The conditions to which she must submit in order to have an abortion are unbearable, so she and her friend change their minds out of terror. In most instances, this is a light-hearted romance, but it touches upon a very serious subject. Natalie Wood received an Academy Award nomination for her touching and memorable performance.

 

Click here for NY Times Review

 

Click here for YouTube Movie Trailer






 

The 17th Annual NCUU


Yard Sale/Book Sale
 

Friday February 12th 8:00 – 3:00


Saturday February 13th 8:00 - 1:00


 




Sunday January 24

Annual "Souper Sunday"




Soups included: clam chowder, split pea, chicken rice (or lentil soup).  Folks spent just $5 for a wonderful lunch of all you can eat soup, corn bread muffins, beverage, and dessert.  Many stayed for a hot soup lunch on a cold Sunday after the service.

 





The NCUU Social Justice Committee’s Get Money Out of Politics Task Force had a booth at the Manatee Festival in Crystal River Saturday and Sunday January 16-17 in support of The Stampede: Stamp Money out of Politics movement.


Visitors to the booth had the opportunity to stamp their dollar bills with words such as “STAMP MONEY OUT OF POLITICS” and “ NOT 2 B USED 4 BRIBING POLITICIANS”. 


Several members and friends of NCUU participated in this NCUU Social Justice Committee event.


 


 






The NCUU Social Justice Committee’s Get Money Out of Politics Task Force also had  a booth at the Commemoration for Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday Jan. 18 at Copeland Park in Crystal River in support of The Stampede: Stamp Money out of Politics movement. There was food and educational materials available.


Visitors once again were asked to stamp their dollar bills with the phrase “STAMP MONEY OUT OF POLITICS”. 








NCUU had an "all new" candlelight Christmas Eve celebration planned for this year. There was Christmas music, singing traditional carols, and readings about why and how Unitarian Universalists celebrate Christmas. It was truly a meaningful UU experience. Light refreshments were served after the service including hot mulled cider, a refreshing punch, or wine. It was a truly spiritual and joyful experience for all. It all began at 7:00 PM on December 24 in our UU sanctuary.

 




We held our second annual New Year's Eve "Banishing Bonfire" and drum circle from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Together we ceremoniously banished all those hurtful, hateful, heinous feelings, thoughts and memories from 2015. Now is the time to welcome in a New Year full of health, happiness and harmony.  We met at 7:00 pm on December 31 at our fire pit in the Memorial Garden. Afterwards, we had a joyous pot-luck party, with good food and music.


 



Sunday, Nov. 22
10:30 AM
Doug Hughes at NCUU


We had a rare opportunity to hear directly from Doug Hughes, who flew over the White House in an auto gyro, in an attempt to deliver letters to Congress. Arrested and awaiting sentencing, he was here, at NCUU, in Citrus County on November 22 to tell his story: that he wants money out of politics, and why and how he chose his own unique way to get out his message. His story touched all who wish they had the courage to always “walk the talk.”


Facebook page “Free Doug Hughes.
Read his presentation by clicking here

COFFEE FAIR


November 8


The Social Justice task force on Fair Trade products hosted a "Coffee Fair" during the coffee break on Sunday, November 8. 


There were several fair trade coffees to sample and an opportunity for folks to express their opinions about each of them. 


It is our hope that NCUU will serve fair trade coffee on all occasions
thereby Standing on the Side of Love
 in support of those who produce the coffee that we love


click here for more information



Dias de los Meurtos

SUNDAY SERVICE

Nov 1st from 10:30 to 11:30 AM




On the First Sunday in November the Earth-centered Spirituality Circle Small Group Ministry presented Dias de los Meurtos, a ritual that mixes celebration and mourning - that both affirms life and provides an opportunity to share our grief while understanding that death is a part of life. This service explored the history of the Day of the Dead, and the ways various cultures celebrate. There was an “offrenda”, or altar, where articles were placed in memory of a loved one who has passed away, and an opportunity to speak the name of the deceased friend or relative. This also applied to our departed animal friends.  All were invited to place pictures and objects on the offrenda before the service and to share memories after the service.








Witch’s (and Warlock's) High Tea


Saturday Oct. 31st        2:00 to 5:00 PM

This was not a trick but a treat!
 

Sponsored by NCUU Earth-centered Spirituality Circle Small Group Ministry



A delightful Witch’s (and Warlock's) High Tea was held here at NCUU on October 31st.   Many witches and warlocks zoomed in on their brooms, sat for a spell to chat, and then joined in on a game of Halloween related charades. The only admission fee was to wear a witch’s hat with a contest for the best decorated hat. A goulish time was had by all.








Guided Walking Tour at Manatee Springs State Park

Wednesday Oct. 21st



This fun event was sponsored by the NCUU Social Justice Committee and the Water Task Force.


This was a guided walking tour at Manatee Springs State Park, with time for a picnic lunch plus free time to swim, explore or talk.


Manatee Springs is located six miles west of Chiefland on SR 320 off US 19. This is a spring “of the first magnitude” and considered a five star destination, with wildlife, clear spring water, swimming and diving, and lots of great trails to explore. A pavilion and grill for BBQ, if you want to grill, are available.





Kitchen Table Forum
Monday October 19th
1:00 to 3:00 PM

Mayor Nathan Whitt of Dunnellon spoke at the NCUU Social Justice Committee Kitchen Table Forum on October 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

Nathan Whitt was elected to the Dunnellon City Council as Mayor in November 2012. He has owned a local small business for the past 12 years. Mayor Whitt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science/Watershed Policy & Planning from Ohio State University. Locally he is a member of the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce, the Dunnellon Historical Society, and the Professional Association/America Outdoors. He is also a certified Paddlesports professional. Mayor Whitt and his wife Deidre’ have been married for 11 years; they have two daughters.




Restore The Votes.org

Restoration of Rights Clemency Hearing

On September 30th the NCUU Social Justice Committee traveled to Tallahassee to attend the clemency board hearing. Several members from NCUU attended with UU Rev. Janet Onnie.


Florida is one of only three states that make it difficult for non-violent felons to have their civil rights restored. We have been told by the A. Phillip Randolph Institute that it seems to effect the decision of the panel when there are many people present in the hearing room. How can anyone be more outstanding then a crowd in bright yellow shirts standing on the side of justice and love!!






09/27/15 @ 10:30 am

 

Art Jones

 

One Rake at a Time

 &

Annual UU Water Ceremony



The Water Ceremony, also sometimes called a Water Communion, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. Many UU congregations now hold a Water Service once a year, often at the beginning of the new church year in September. Members bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them or from a place they have visited over the summer. Water that is symbolic of a special place or event can also be brought. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, each person explains why the water is special. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. Bring your special water and join us!




Social Justice Kitchen Table Forum


On September 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committee’s Kitchen Table Forumwas held.  Joan Lund, former National Trustee of the Unitarian Universalist Association for the Florida District spoke to us about “Speaking Publicly from The Grounding of Our Religion.” 


Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal theology of engagement. We draw inspiration and truth from experiencing each other and the world around us. In doing so, we necessarily witness both the beauty and brokenness of our world. And that’s why we are here, because we have chosen to do social justice work in the context of our religious community. Being religiously grounded is a key to effectiveness because it helps frame issues from an authentic, religious perspective, and it helps us speak and act from a religious perspective as well.
Join us for information, discussion and snacks.





 

 

The Social Activities Committee held a Salad Sunday Potluck on  Sunday, August 16th.


Members and Friends were encouraged to make their favorite salad to share, and joined us after the service for this Potluck Luncheon.

 




 

Four Forgotten Films for July

Thursdays at 3 PM                $3 suggested donation

Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist, Inc.
7633 N. Florida Ave (Highway 41)

Citrus Springs (Dunnellon for GPS), Florida 34434

352-465-4225
naturecoastuu@yahoo.com




Click here for information about the July films





 


The Social Activities Committee sponsored
the annual Independence Day picnic
Saturday, July 4 at 1 pm


 There were hot dogs, Italian sausage w/ grilled peppers and onions, potato salad, baked beans, watermelon, and much, much more, all for only $5.


Many came to enjoy our fellowship and friendship and to eat to their heart's content.

 






Social Justice Forum


Adult Literacy in Citrus County


Monday June 15


1:00 – 3:00


 



The NCUU June Social Justice Committee Forum featured a presentation by Sharon Stegemyer from the Adult Literacy Program in Citrus County.


According to the Florida Legislative Report, Office of Economic and Development Research, 25% of adults in Citrus County are functionally illiterate.


This is a serious problem and we know that many of you are interested in learning what NCUU could do to help.


Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists
7633 N. Florida Ave. (HWY41)
Citrus Springs, Florida, 34434
(use Dunnellon for GPS)

naturecoastuu@yahoo.com

The Social Justice Committee Forums are now held on the third Monday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00. These informal forums provide information on important social justice issues, discussion, opportunities to create change and snacks.

 

The last forum held in May was a presentation that put the Selma Marches then and now into an historical perspective and helped us to see how the public consciousness can change.





Sunday June 21


 after the service 


NCUU's Annual


Father's Day Brunch


(various egg dishes)





****Special Event****
 Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists
7633 N. Florida Ave. (HWY41)
Citrus Springs, Florida, 34434
(use Dunnellon for GPS)

naturecoastuu@yahoo.com

On Sunday May 31 at 10:30 the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists presented Bill and Eli Perras in Song and Story “Singing for a Change.” This was a a modern take on Americana music in its purest form. Bill and Eli Perras spoke with truly heartfelt lyrics and bluesy guitar against social injustice, cooperate greed and daily follies in everyday life. Bill and Eli are regulars at many Florida folk music venues.






Sunday March 10


 after the service 


NCUU's Annual


Mother's Day Potluck




 

Five Forgotten Films for April

Thursdays at 3 PM                $3 suggested donation

Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist, Inc.
7633 N. Florida Ave (Highway 41)

Citrus Springs (Dunnellon for GPS), Florida 34434

352-465-4225
naturecoastuu@yahoo.com





 


April 30: The Golden Compass

 

Phillip Pullman’s novel is the basis for the beautiful and wondrous parallel world where the frozen North is ruled by Ice Bears, and one girl is destined to hold the fate of the universe in her hands. Starring: Nichol Kidman, Daniel Craig.

 

Click here for NY Times Review

 

Click here for YouTube Movie Trailer



 


April 23: Innocence

 

For fifty years, a woman in a loveless marriage finds her world changed when a boyfriend from her youth re-ignites the spark of a torrid and passionate affair. (Toronto film festival) Starring: Julia Blake.

 

Click here for NY Times Review

 

Sorry, no good Movie Trailer for this one :(

 



April 16: Shadrach

 

A southern family, during the Great Depression, find the obligations of their ancestors become their own with the arrival of an aged man who has one last wish in his heart. Starring: Andie MacDowell and Harvey Keitel.

 

Click here for NY Times Review

 

Click here for YouTube Movie Trailer





April 9: Vitus


The story of a child prodigy who has everything he wants – except to be a normal kid. Won Swiss and Berlin awards.

 

Click here for NY Times Review

 

Click here for YouTube Movie Trailer



 


April 2:
Shell Seekers


Adapted from Rosamunde Pilcher’s best-selling novel. A woman torn between the selfish demands of her children and her desire to hold onto cherished mementos of the past returns to Cornwall, England. Starring: Angela Lansbury.

 

Click here for NY Times Review

 

Click here for YouTube Movie Trailer



 


Sunday April 5


 after the service 


NCUU's Annual


Easter Potluck

 




 

The Social Justice Committee sponsored a demonstration


Get Big Money Out of Politics


Thursday April 2
4:00 - 6:00

at the Old Citrus County Courthouse
One Courthouse Square
Hwys 41N/44W


This was our chance to put our hopes
for a more just world to action!


www.citizen.org







Sunday March 15


 after the service 


NCUU's Annual


St. Patrick’s Day Dinner



The Social Activities Committee held our annual Corned Beef and Cabbage/Sheppard’s Pie luncheon after service on Sunday, March 15 for a suggested donation of $8.





A whale of a time was had by all!!



 



The Religious Education Committee

  sponsored a five-week

adult education course

Articulating Your UU Faith

 



The focus of this five-week curriculum was on articulation: exploring how and what to say in various settings where you might be called upon to declare and explain yourself religiously. It was a series of easy and engaging exercises involving personal reflection, role-play, and discussion.

 

Many UUs struggle to adequately describe our religion to others. This course provided very practical experiences that help us to be effective when answering questions about our faith and wonderful denomination. This curriculum was also a great way to get to know others in our congregation.

 

The course began on February 21 at 10:00 AM. and met on five consecutive Saturdays until March 21.




Linda Myers and Pam Ricker of the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist fellowship were with many other UU's in Birmingham and Selma, Alabama for a recreation of the march and crossing of the bridge from Selma to Montgomery March 7, 1965.


This Bridge Crossing Jubilee  was held to remember the horrific events of that day and to commemorate the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.







Clean Water Rally in Tally


Floridians for Clean Water & Amendment 1 Rally

February 18, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On the front steps of the Old Capitol

400 S. Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Floridians' Clean Water Declaration Campaign team and the Florida's Water and Land Legacy team partnered for this rally. We sent a loud and clear message to our legislators that we want clean water, and we want it now!

 


 
Members of the NCUU Social Justice Committee sponsored a trip to the Clean Water Rally in Tallahassee. 
Members and friends also signed the F
LORIDIANS’ CLEAN WATER DECLARATION.




Sunday Feb 8 3 pm


Atwater/Donnelly Duo:

Images of Women in Folk Music


House Concert

5106 West Yearling Dr, Pine Ridge


Suggested donation of $15 included refreshments

 



Atwater-Donnelly Duo is a highly acclaimed husband and wife duo from Rhode Island. They present programs of traditional American and Celtic songs, old time gospel, and dance tunes on a variety of instruments including guitar, dulcimer, tin whistle banjo and more. Songs are explained to create a deeper understanding of the music and its cultural history. They have recorded 10 CD’s with airplay on NPR, have won many music awards and teach workshops and appear at festivals around the country.




 

Five Forgotten Films for Thursdays in January (one in February)

Thursdays at 3 PM                $3 suggested donation

Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
7633 North Florida Avenue (US 41) Citrus Springs, FL 34434
(use Dunnellon for GPS)

naturecoastuu@yahoo.com





February 5:   Truman

 

The remarkable story of Harry S. Truman: a failed farmer, shopkeeper, county politician and president, who lived true to his aim;“to serve the people, not control them.”


Starring Gary Sinese and Diana Scarwid

 

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January 29:   Iron Will

 

The uplifting true story of a young man who is thrust into adulthood as he and his team of courageous sled dogs embark on a grueling race from Winnipeg , Canada to St. Paul, MN to win the prize money that will save this family from financial ruin. Starring: Mackensie Astin and Kevin Spacey.

 

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January 22:   Widow’s Peak

 

Shocking secrets turn the town upside down when a beautiful stranger arrives. Comedy and mystery with one startling revelation after another. Starring: Joan Plowright, Mia Farrow, and Natasha Richardson.

 

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January 15:   Hope and Glory

 

An astonishing and exhilarating portrait of the director’s own childhood in London during the onset of WWII.


Starring: Sarah Miles
, David Hayman, and Sebastian Rice-Edwards


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Les Puces at NCUU

The 16th Annual NCUU

Yard Sale/Rummage Sale/Book Sale/Food Sale

Friday January 9th and Saturday January 11th
 from 8:00 - 2:00

 

Well, maybe not quite "Les Puces", the Paris flea market, but the next best thing was the annual Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist flea market and book sale. Held Friday, January 9 and Saturday January 10 from 8 AM until 2 PM at 7633 N. Florida Ave, (Route 41) just west of the Holder light. This was not just a bargain, it was a tradition.

 

Many people look forward to this annual January event for deals in household items. Especially important was the large and excellent collection of books for sale. Folks could search through hundreds of best sellers, novels and non-fiction and take home a good read for very little money.

 

For sustenance and stamina to pour through the rows of items, Muriel Chess sold drinks and cooked up reasonably-priced snacks. Many came to enjoy the no pressure, friendly market place.

Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist, Inc.

7633 N. Florida Ave (Highway 41)

Citrus Springs (Dunnellon for GPS), Florida 34434

352-465-4225
naturecoastuu@yahoo.com




Getting Rid of the Old and Bringing in the New for 2015

On New Year’s Eve the Earth-centered Spirituality Circle, which is a small group ministry of NCUU, held a banishing bonfire and party. The purpose of the banishing ritual was to symbolically rid ourselves of negative energies from the past and make room for positive energies to come in the New Year. Through drumming and ritual we sought to connect our energies to the energy cycle of the changing season.


Some of those present also participated in an ancient New Year custom from Scotland explained to us by Pam Ricker. Wishes for NCUU for the New Year were placed in a bag and left outside the door with instructions that a dark haired person bring the bag inside in the New Year. The wishes are as follows: continued acceptance and to learn, that we will all keep being kind to each other, may art and poetry flourish, continued acceptance, a spiritual leader, be kind to each other, spiritual growth, NCUU membership=150, friendship.


After the bonfire we had an awesome party with music and a plethora of good food.
A good time was had by all.









NCUU Social Justice Committee Black Friday Protest


As one of our action projects the NCUU Social Justice Committee organized a demonstration targeting low-wage jobs at national chains. The NCUU Social Justice committee agrees with Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Rev. Bill Schulz, president and chief executive officer of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee position that raising the minimum wage is a moral imperative.


This Black Friday demonstration was part of a national movement to decrease wage disparity in the United States.


The Social Justice Committee’s purpose for this demonstration was to raise local awareness with the long term goal of getting legislation passed to raise the minimum wage, attach the minimum wage to inflation and significantly increase the wages of those who work for tips.

 




Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Thursday, November 20, 2014

7:30 pm

Congregation Beth Sholom – Sanctuary Building

102 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills

Clergy from several houses of worship in Hernando, Lecanto and Beverly Hills lead the community in an interfaith Thanksgiving service.

 

Participating Congregations:

 

Beverly Hills Community Church                                 Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Hernando United Methodist Church                             Congregation Beth Sholom of Citrus County

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church                                First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River

Unity Church of Citrus County                                      Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists

Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church                       Heritage Baptist Church


 
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Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist, Inc.
7633 N. Florida Ave (Highway 41)

Citrus Springs (Dunnellon for GPS), Florida 34434

352-465-4225
naturecoastuu@yahoo.com