Wed 10/2, 7-8.30 pm – Mindfulness Meditation at CBS

Mon 10/7 – DIMH dinner Head Chef: Leigh Hesseltine (see below)

Sun 10/13, 11.30 am – All UUCD Pizza Party

Sun 10/13, 11.30 am – Social Justice Committee meeting

Wed 10/16, 6.30 pm – Board Meeting

Fri 10/25, midnight – End of Interim Stewardship Drive

all Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm – Mindfulness Meditation at CBS (see below)

Save the Date

Good to Know

UUCD Has A New Minister – The Rev. Dr. Kharma R. Amos is absolutely thrilled to begin working with the Unitarian Universalists of Central Delaware in Dover, DE. She has been working with the Unitarian Universalist Association to receive plural standing (dual affiliation) for the last year, and is nearly finished with that process. Rev. Amos was ordained by Metropolitan Community Churches in 2002, and she has served in MCC as a local church pastor (9 years) and denominational staff (8 years).

Kharma received her Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary (Lancaster, PA) in 2002 and her Doctor of Ministry degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2008 where her work focused on Queer Theology and Congregational Life. She has published works on Queer Theology and Social Activism in a pluralistic context, and is passionate about both.

Kharma currently lives in Rehoboth Beach with her wife, Rev. Elder Diane Fisher (Pastor of MCC Rehoboth) and their two pets, Kady and Téa.

UUCD Endowment Fund – As we prepare to celebrate our 10-year anniversary, the UUCD Board felt this would be a good time to build a broader and stronger foundation for our congregation’s future. To help achieve that, at our Charter Anniversary Worship Service on Sunday the 17 th of March, we will initiate the UUCD Endowment Fund by directing all monies received in the offering of that Service to the Endowment Fund. This fund will be administered by the UUCD Board and maintained in a special account, independent of our operations account that is supported by our pledge payments and other plate collections.

The Endowment Fund will grow from contributions that may be associated with special events in our personal lives – such as birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, and other times of celebration. It can also grow from gifts provided by thoughtful generous people who include UUCD in their Will. Donors may receive special acknowledgement, if desired and as appropriate. This Endowment Fund will be used only for special purposes such as capital projects and programs that support the vision and mission of UUCD.

Mindfulness Practice Group – Our group is formally registered as the ST. JONES RIVER LOTUS SANGHA with the Mindfulness Bell, a publication of Plum Village. Plum Village, France is the home of the monastic order who practice in the tradition and teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and teacher.  A Sangha is a community which strives to live in harmony and awareness. We welcome all to enjoy peace as we practice with guided, silent and walking meditation.

We meet at CBS in the main sanctuary every Wednesday. Our practice time is 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The sessions include a variety of activities designed to bring us to the present moment. We consider the teachings of our teacher Thich Nhat Hahn as we breathe, sit, walk and listen.  No experience is needed as we review the basics at each session. We also practice deep listening, guided meditation and silent meditation. Our hope is to take this practice into our daily lives bringing peace to ourselves and others. There is no fee and no prior experience is necessary.  For further information, please contact Molly Keogh.

DIMH Dinners – The first Monday of each month UUCD members prepare and serve dinner at the Dover Interfaith Men’s Home (DIMH). Prior to the meal, we gather and listen as some residents share joys and concerns. After serving, we join them for dinner. Kitchen clean-up is the responsibility of the residents. Those of us who have been part of this experience return to help because we realize we are gaining as much or more than we are giving. Each month, one person serves as “head chef,” and is responsible for planning the menu and gathering all necessary ingredients. If you would like to serve as head chef, contact Sara Russell.