UUR Benefits Local Organizations with Annual Outreach Donations

UUR Benefits Local Organizations with Annual Outreach Donations

ROCKLAND, Maine – In January the First Universalist Church in Rockland contributed to five local organizations with donations from their 2016 weekly plate collections. The Unitarian Universalist congregation's Outreach Giving is a practice that engages the congregation with local community needs, and is a reminder within the congregation that generosity is a spiritual discipline. Each time the First Universalist Church gathers for worship, they donate half of the offering plate towards this principle. The 2016 plate offerings allowed $1,140.00 to be donated to each of the following organizations: OUT Maine, Mid-Coast Health Net, the Maine Diaper Fund, Maine Family Planning Association, and Window Dressers. This annual outreach service is just one of the ways the First Universalist Church is committed to supporting important community work in the Mid-Coast.  The congregation also provides weekly donations of food and supplies to the AIO Food Pantry and has expanded assistance to the One Less Worry program and to the Oceanside High School's emergency supply closet.

For information on the First Universalist Church in Rockland, Sunday service, or becoming a community partner, call 594-8750, or email mail@uurockland.org. The First Universalist Church is located at 345 Broadway, Rockland.

Comprehensive Sexuality Education Course for 8th & 9th graders Offered

A comprehensive sexuality education course is being offered for 8th & 9th graders in the mid-coast starting in November.  This program has 25 sessions that will be offered twice a month on Sundays from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. through April at the OUT Maine office, 63 Park St. in Rockland. Lunch will be provided. Trained volunteer facilitators guide participants through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to young adolescents, including those typically excluded from sexuality education and health classes. The First Universalist Church of Rockland is sponsoring this non-religious program because we recognize a real need in our community for mindful, respectful sexuality education.

There will be an information and orientation session for parents and caregivers on Sunday, October 30 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at OUT Maine.  At the end of the session, parents can register their children in the program, which starts on November 13. There is a $25 fee to help defray the costs.  We also try to arrange transportation if needed.   Our lead facilitator is Ashby Bartke of St. George.  Experts from the community will help to supplement the material.  

Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

Our Whole Lives uses approaches that work, and is used in schools and community organization across the country. The curricula are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (PDF) produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education, and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

For more information or to register for the program, email dre@uurockland.org or call the office at 594-8750. You also can find more information at http://www.uua.org/re/owl.




World Religions Day Camp for Ages K-5 at the UUR

World Religions Day Camp promotes understanding among Religions

The First Universalist Church in Rockland is offering a day camp for grades K-5 during the week of August 22-26. 

The goal of this camp is to promote understanding and goodwill among religions while having fun.  We will investigate the world religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Earth Centered Spirituality with storytelling, arts and crafts, games, and special visitors.

Camp will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with extended childcare if needed.   

The day camp costs $125 per child; families can apply for a sliding scale fee.   Before and after care is an additional cost of $5.00 per hour. 

Registration forms are available by calling 594-8750 or on line at: https://uurockland.breezechms.com/form/8d03cd95.

There are limited positions for counselors-in-training (grades 6-8) and counselors (grades 9-12).  

Contact Carney Doucette at dre@uurockland.org if interested.

Vigil Honoring Orlando victims draws over 150 community members


Reposted from OUT As I Want to Be:

Co-hosted with the First Universalist Church in Rockland, our vigil on Tuesday, June 14th at the Rockland Library lawn drew over 150 youth and adults to honor the victims of Orlando -- and all of our LGBTQ family and straight allies.

The following poem read by Rockland Mayor Louise MacLellan-Ruf captured the sentiments of many, some of whom shared their own grief and call for action on gun control and keeping our youth safe.

"These are times that drop us to our knees.
Let us not be part of the vitriol and rancor
Instead let us unite in spirit and support
For all of our brothers and sisters
Mothers, fathers and friends
Lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and straight.
It does not matter.
We are all one.

We grieve and tonight remember Orlando.

We will continue to love out loud
We will continue to laugh out loud
We will continue to live out loud

We will continue to put ourselves out there
Offering kindness and love
Until the ignorant see the truth
We need to believe that
We outnumber the haters
We will outman and outrun the hate
We will outdistance the din
We believe that being out and about matters
With our persistence the hate will burn out
We believe, no, we know that
Our voices of sanity, kindness and fairness will win out."

Unitarian Universalist Church introduces values Dr. Suess style Sundays in July

This summer children of all ages are invited to learn valuable lessons through the stories of Dr. Suess (Theodore Geisel).  Dr. Suess – UU Style will take place weekly at the First Universalist Church in Rockland, located on 345 Broadway.  The program will begin July 10th and run through September, on Sunday mornings from 10-11 a.m. .  Each Sunday, one book will be read followed by activities that support a universal message being illustrated in the book. In Horton Hears a Who, children learn that their voices do count, and in I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today, children learn about how to be humble.  You do not have to be a Unitarian Universalist to attend, and there is no cost.  All children are welcome to participate.  Parents are welcome to join us for worship during this hour as well.  For more information, call the church office at 594-8750.