Events Archive

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
Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 6:00am

Sheila Franks, Board Member of CareNet will speak.

Elena   Carlson
Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 7:00am
R.E.A.C.H.'s Latino Outreach

Elena Carlson, a part-time employee with R.E.A.C.H. in Macon County will share the ever-expanding Latino Outreach programs including a community garden, sewing projects, Latino Women Support Group in seeking personal & educational needs/goals. Join us as we celebrate Mother's Day. 

Rev. Michael   Carter
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 7:00am
The Pebble In My Shoe

Rev. Michael Carter.  There is a wonderful line from "The Godfather Part 3" that I absolutely love. Al Pacino plays the role of Mafia Don, Michael Corleone, who is the head of the Corleone Crime Family in New York. After much bloodshed (both his father and brother Sonny are now Dead) he longs to become a "legit businessman," but no matter what he does he cannot escape the life of organized crime. In one seen, Pacino's character says, "Everytime I try to get out they keep pulling back in."

This has been my experiece with the teachings of Jesus. His teachings and life have been the pebble in my shoe. I invite you to explore what it can mean to be a Unitarian Universalist Christian and a follower of the teachings of Jesus.


Frank   Casper
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 7:00am
Faith in Film

Frank Casper takes us to the movies, where we find some surprising spiritual insights in likely and unlikely places. Lights down. Roll the film.

Service Leader: Mary Teslow

Frank   Casper
Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 6:00am
The Spirituality of the Body

Frank Casper. Fall means cooler temps, wool clothing, colorful trees, and football, among other things. But it also means, for many, nostalgia. There is no shame in good memories.

But now the days are short, I'm in the autumn of my years
And I think of my life as vintage wine
From fine old kegs
From the brim to the dregs
It poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year

Frank Sinatra

Lois   Cavanagh-Daley
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 6:00am
Three Samurai Cats: A Buddhist Folk Tale for UUs

Samurai PawRev. Lois Cavanagh-Daley. Three Samurai Cats is a Zen Buddhist folktale telling the story of a frustrated nobleman, a greedy rat who loves rice balls, three samurai cats, and their efforts to outsmart the rat! Come and hear this humorous tale, and reflections on what message it conveys to Unitarian Universalists.

The Rev. Lois Cavanagh-Daly will be our guest speaker. She is an ordained interfaith minister and a member of the UU Fellowship of Raleigh. She has served as President Elect, President, and Past President of the Fellowship in recent years. She completed an 18 month volunteer position in June, 2014, at All Souls in Durham. As a pastoral associate, she provided pulpit supply, pastoral care and community outreach on an as needed basis to the congregation. Lois will begin her third unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Wake Med in Raleigh in January.

Rev. Lois   Cavanagh-Daley
Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 7:00am
Flower Communion

Flower WreathRev. Lois Cavanagh-Daley. Rev. Dr. Norman Capek is one of the heroes of our faith. To hear his story⎯to hear it again or to hear it for the first time⎯is to re-create and re-affirm us as people of a particular faith. One writer has said, in speaking of Dr. Capek, "To find synthesized in one man a love of country, an expression of simple,yet sensitive and symbolic beauty, and a dedication in his liberal leadership of his church so firm and enduring that it does not quail before impending martyrdom is so rare an event as to impel one to learn more about his life and works.”

Before his death at the hands of the Nazis, Dr. Capek introduced to his Prague Unitarian Church the flower ceremony he called "Flower Communion." This Sunday we celebrate and memorialize with the exchange of flowers. Please remember to bring a few flowers to exchange with others.