Events Archive

Dr. Karen   Bentley
Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 7:00am
Just Food: Setting the Table for a Sustainable Future (SEJC sponsored)

Dr. Karen Bentley offers a perspective on the links between food justice and environmental sustainability, and outlines how our lifestyles and foodways can help build a better future. She is co-founder and past-chair of Sustainable Mountain Living Communities in Clayton, Georgia.

Locavore Luncheon Potluck. Are you a locavore? You are if you depend on fresh, local foods for your menu. If not, try this for your July offering. Instead of pulling down the tried and true recipe book, visit your local farmers' market or farm stand, and build your recipe around what's in season. That's a locavore!

Adam   Bigelow
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 7:00am
The Cullowhee Community Garden: A Garden That Gives

Community GardenEarth Day Service. UFF will celebrate Earth Day this year on April 13. The theme of this year's program will be "Gardens That Give." The speaker will be Adam Bigelow. He serves on the boards of the WNC Gardens That Give and the statewide N.C.; Community Gardens Partners. The title of his talk will be "The Cullowhee Community Garden: A Garden That Gives." Adam will provide background on food insecurity in WNC and explain the goals of WNC Gardens That Give using the Cullowhee Community Garden as an example. The Cullowhee Garden, a project supported by the Jackson County Board of Health, requires gardeners to donate half of their produce to local food relief agencies.

Adam   Bigelow
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 6:00am
Soil is Life

Hand in SoilAdam Bigelow. 2015 is International Year of Soils. Soil is the living skin of the Earth. Yet, as environmentalist Vandanna Shiva has noted, we seem to have declared war against the soil itself. There is a paradox here. How will we define the winners and losers of this conflict? And is there cause for optimism? Lest we forget, the soil is an intimate and essential part of the interdependent web of all life of which we are a part.

Adam Bigelow is Garden Manager for the Cullowhee Community Garden. For more information, please visit Community Garden.

Join us for this service sponsored by the SEJC Committee.

Adam   Bigelow
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 7:00am
The Wildflowers of Southern Appalachia

Hand in SoilAdam Bigelow. The forest floor comes alive in the springtime, with Flowers!

Have fun learning about the Spring Wildflowers of Southern Appalachia with Adam Bigelow.  We will discuss identifying wildflowers using ID Guides and keys, hear the stories of the plants; their many names, benefits, uses; and their relationship to each other, the forest, and to us. And, there will be many beautiful pictures of wildflowers

Adam Bigelow is the owner/operator of Bigelow's Botanical Excursions, an Eco-toursim business based in Cullowhee, NC. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Horticulture from Haywood Community College and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Carolina University. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference, a board member of the North Carolina Community Garden Partners, and a member of the Gardens That Give of WNC organization. Adam has guided wildflower walks for the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference, the Highlands Biological Station, the North American Rock Garden Society, the Great Smoky Mountains Association, and many other groups and individuals.  Adam has a passion for community gardening and organic gardening, sustainability and environmental education, and especially for the native wildflowers and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Animal   Blessing
Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 7:00am
Animal Blessing

Paws 4 Life from Clayton, Ga joined us for our UU Animal Blessing.,

Rev. Rebecca   Booher
Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 6:00am
The Economic Vision of Dr. King

Rev. Rebecca Booher.  If MLK had not been killed, we might have a more spiritually-based economic system.  Is "spiritual economics" an oxymoron?

Cecil   Bothwell
Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 7:00am
The Prince of War: Billy Graham’s Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire

Cecil Bothwell. Memorial Day weekend. Cecil wrote the first biography of the world's most famous preacher to expose his unabashed support for wars from Korea to Iraq. Fully documented by research in the Billy Graham archives, the Library of Congress, presidential libraries and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center. Graham advocated genocide in Vietnam and, in the week before the first Gulf War, told President G.H.W. Bush that Saddam was the Antichrist and that it was Bush's historical mission to destroy him. Visit Cecil's website at

Cecil   Bothwell
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 7:00am
Prudery in the Pulpit (or, how politicos manage to estrange bedfellows)

Cecil Bothwell. A look at how religion and politics have been mixed, using moral strictures, guilt, fear, prejudice and money to influence communities and garner power in America.

Cecil Bothwell is an author, gardener, member of Asheville's City Council and a recent candidate for U.S. Congress.

Cecil   Bothwell
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 7:00am
Water, Water Everywhere?

Cecil Bothwell. No, not really. Communities around the globe are experiencing fresh water shortages as climate change crashes into population growth. Retreating glaciers, falling water tables, shrinking lakes and dwindling rivers are affecting agriculture, industry and the most basic need: safe drinking water.

2013 is the UN Year of Water Cooperation

Cecil   Bothwell
Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 7:00am
Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

Cecil Bothwell. Black Death, white sugar and the quest for a Living Wage all figure in a discussion of how we value our own and others’ labor, the shifting lines of serfdom and freedom, and the sometimes puzzling consequences of population growth.