Events Archive

Steve   Bowling
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Fire Communion

Steve Bowling. On or near the first Sunday in January, many Unitarian Universalist congregations hold a ritual to bid farewell to the old year, and to release it. In the words of Rev. Elizabeth Harding, "The fire communion separates the end of the year from the beginning, helping us to put in perspective the joys and sorrows, the changes and transitions, the ups and downs of the year. It's a half-way point in our church year, but a celebration of the outside calendar’s year’s end and year’s beginning." In a ceremony of the burning bowl, people are invited to write down write down words, or a phrase, to sum up what they wish to release before entering the new year. They then come forward to burn that piece of paper.

Reesa   Boyce
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Activate the Healer Within; A Guided Meditation

Reesa Boyce. A hospital in China specialized in helping people that other medical centers could not help.  It used a special type of meditation as well as Tai Chi and massage in its practice. This meditation has helped people recover from over 180 different diseases, including cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and heart problems.  Based on the laws of nature it uses your body’s natural healing ability to develop physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Partake in this healing meditation and learn how to contact the healer within you.

Reesa teaches Tai Chi at the Macon Senior Center as well as a long-time student of Chinese medicine.

Penny   Brewster
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Earth Day Music Service

Fellowship Members. Join us as we celebrate Earth Day in song and story.

Steve   Brooks
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
For the Sake of the Song: Songwriting as a Spiritual Path

Steve Brooks. Songs and singing feed our spirits, but where do the people who write them find spiritual inspiration? How is songwriting like meditation or prayer? Austin folksinger and UU Steve Brooks answers these questions and more, while unearthing the hidden link between Oedipus Rex and Mama Tried. He illustrates his ideas with songs by himself and the patron saint of Texas songwriters, Townes Van Zandt.

Gene   Brown
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
World Peace

Gene Brown. Let's think for a moment. What happens when we drop a pebble into the water for Joys and Concerns? What happens when you skip a stone across a calm lake? Regardless of the size of the stone, ripples will be created. It doesn’t matter if it is a small grain of sand or a monstrous boulder ripples will form. The more stones that are cast, the more ripples will form.

Rev. Linda   Bunyard
Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 7:00am
Singing the Journey

Rev. Linda Bunyard. Interim Minister at UU Spartanburg, will guide us on a musical journey exploring the UUA's contemporary hymnal, "Singing the Journey".

Rabbi Rob   Cabelli
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 7:00am
Tyrannies and Subversions: Are We As Advanced As We Think We Are?

Rabbi Rob Cabelli.  An age-old story, read critically, reveals a radical, subversive, and universal message about the nexus of gender and politics, as well as tyrannized minorities.  Yet for centuries the impulse has been to read the scroll of Esther as an ethnocentric, fairy tale of freedom and to either approve or disapprove of it on that basis alone.  Regardless of how objectively modern or post-modern we might imagine ourselves to be, we receive texts through culturally conditioned eyes and ears.  We must challenge ourselves to open up to the subversive in our most sacred and venerable texts, or else humanity and its religions will remain their own worst enemies.  

Service   Cancelled
Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 6:00am

Sunday Service is cancelled.  Stay safe and enjoy the beauty of the snow.

Gary   Carden
Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 2:00pm
Mother Jones performed by Lara Chew

Premiere of Gary Carden’s Monologue “Mother Jones”, performed by Lara Chew.  This will be a first for our Fellowship.  We will be premiering a performance starring two of our most talented members, Gary Carden and Lara Chew.  We have presented many of Gary’s plays in the past but he has never trusted us with a premiere.  I am sure this trust is inspired by Lara’s ability to assume the persona and to speak in the voice of Mother Jones.  Mother Jones was once considered to be “the most dangerous woman in America”.  In the late 19th century, to the chagrin of governments and “Robber Barons”, she rallied coal miners, dock workers, endangered citizens, mill workers, and disabused members of societies, to protest against unfair wages, under age workers, poor working conditions, unhealthy living sites, poor government protection and unwarranted control of civil liberties. We benefit today from Mother Jones’ motivating outcries.


Tickets: $15 Available: 828/524-3161, 828/524-6777 and at the door. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the UUFF Scholarship Fund.

Gary   Carden
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 3:00pm
Madison: A Gary Carden Monologue


Once again it is our pleasure to announce the performance of a Gary Carden Monologue.  On Friday, April 26, 2013, at 7:00 PM, Gary, assisted by Pam Meister, Curator of the Mountain Heritage Center at WCU. will present "Madison" on the UUFF Stage.  This is the life story of  Dr. Robert Lee Madison who in the 1880's promoted the idea of a school that would train teachers for the mountain schools.  His idea progressed from the very small Cullowhee Academy to the Western Carolina University that we know today.
There are not many families in this Western Region of North Carolina who have not been impacted in some way by the presence of Western Carolina University.  Either they had family members who attended the University or were taught by a teacher who graduated from WCU. 
This presentation will honor two important men in our intellectual life.  Gary Carden, who is a member of our Fellowship, in 2012 received the highest honor the Governor and the State of North Carolina can bestow inthe Literary Arts.   This monologue was written to honor Dr. Robert Lee Madison, whose guidance and persistence made possible a university education for the Appalachian Mountain population.  
Tickets available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce  828/524-3161 - 828/524-6777- 828/369-8658
Virginia Wilson, Event Co-ordinator