December 1 Minister Moment

Can you explain your faith in 30 seconds?  Can you even say, “Unitarian Universalism,” in that length of time?  Maybe you are new to our community and are unsure what UUism is.  Maybe you have been a “UU” for your entire life and have never tried to put your faith into words.  Or, when it comes to explaining what is important about UCN, maybe you are a little long-winded …

THIS is why we are holding an Elevator Speech Workshop, Saturday, December 9, from 9 – noon. The goal is to help you articulate your faith quickly – before an elevator can go one floor!  It will be a morning of theological discussion.  Come give it a try, and maybe carpool with friends.

Help make the workshop a success: sign up for set-up or clean up too!  We are using a new website called “” to help plan the event.  Just click and enter your name.  If you add your e-mail, you get a reminder too. To register for the workshop, click here:

Please indicate if you are bringing children so we can plan appropriately for the nursery.


In other news: Today is World AIDS Day … a day to remember what the virus did to lives and remember the cruelty of prejudiced and scared Americans.  Also, a time to remember kindness and community building by LGBT and straight allies, prevention, treatment and the hope for a cure.

World AIDS Day is also a time to reflect on health policy.  Are those at risk aware of their access to prevention and do they even have accurate information?  Do they have someone they can trust to assist them?  Thirty years ago, before the first World AIDS Day, there were no treatments.  Today, even with all our science and drugs, the world still has a million deaths due to AIDS each year.

The tradition is to wear a red ribbon for those who have died from AIDS, and perhaps to participate in an awareness walk. Fortunately, the Hampton Roads AIDS Walk starts in front of our church (Why don’t we have our pride flag up?)  The walk is Saturday Dec. 2 at 10:30 – Bring a Sign (and wear your yellow shirt!) Click here for details:


This Sunday: pick a tag from the “Walking Angel Tree” –  it sounds magical and it is. Come make a local child happy this Christmas. This is one aspect of our faith that must be seen to be understood!

Planning ahead? We need a Maître D’ for our Christmas Eve reception at 6 PM. We also need folks to bake and bring finger foods, and a few to help set up and clean up. We already have the job scheduler, but need a host to oversee the evening. Christmas Eve is a big time for UCN.  We have many many visitors, and many of our members have gone away.  If you are here for Christmas, please help.  And consider asking your adult children to lend a hand too.  There will be evening services at 5 and 7. Look for signup opportunities in the weeks ahead. Contact me ( to volunteer for the Maître D’ job!

Yesterday’s graveside service for Caroline Green was well attended and perfect weather.  While she had not been able to attend for years, several our members, including the Portsmouth crew, came to represent UCN.

See you Sunday, I’ll be talking about our monthly theme of Storytelling – Telling your own story.

Done with Thanksgiving leftovers yet?

I love you,

Rev Charlie