Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Services are held every Sunday at 11:00am at the Everett Senior Center in Maryville, Tennessee. Please join us before the service at 9:30 a.m. for faith development followed by coffee and conversation at 10:30 a.m.

2nd and 4th Sundays: Faith Development classes for children and youth begin at 9:30am.

1st Sundays: Meditation Group at 9:30am

2nd Sundays: Adult Book Club at 9:30am

4th Sundays: Parents Cafe at 9:30am

Please click on "Newsletter" to the left for a comprehensive calendar of upcoming events. We also invite you to find us on Facebook!

March Services

March 2: Welcome to Lake Woebegone: A ‘Sharing the Journey’ Service -Christy Walsh

The language we use determines how we view the world. In particular, how we describe others determines how they are treated and in some cases whether they are included or excluded. Christy plans to speak about the negative power of one word. Language can change over time and when language changes, the world changes- one word at a time.

March 9: "Reproductive Justice: Sacred Life, Sacred Choices" -Rev. Laura Bogle

What is “reproductive justice” and how is it different from being pro-choice? How can UU’s express their diverse views on abortion, sexuality education, and reproductive health care from a place of faith and deep theological reflection? Join Rev. Laura to consider our powers of creating new life and how we hold those powers responsibly.

**Delegates at the 2012 General Assembly in Phoenix, AZ, selected "Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling" to be the 2012-2016 Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of Congregations. The CSAI is an invitation for congregations and districts to take a topic of concern and engage it, reflect on it, learn about it, respond to it, comment on it, take action—each in their own way. A CSAI is NOT a statement—it is a question.**

March 16: “Spirit: A Certain I Don't Know What” -Rev. Chris Buice

Spirituality is not so much about what 'we know' as what 'we do not know.' The French have an expression, "un certain je ne sais quoi" and this Sunday we will explore how spirituality might be just that " a certain I don't know what."

Chris Buice was a member of the original Blount County UU group in the 1980's known as the Smokey Mountain Unitarian Group or playfully as SMUG.  He is currently serving as the minister of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. He will be speaking on this same topic at the European Unitarian Universalist Spring Retreat near Paris in April.

March 23: “Science And Spirituality” -Dr. Neil Greenberg

Insight into the causes and consequences of spirituality, science, and religion profit from examining them as extensions of specific adaptive processes that serve fundamental biological needs. We will consider the necessarily tense relationship between science and spirituality as complementary aspects of understanding. Interestingly, dysfunctions of the underlying substrate of science and religion can be manifest as what neuropsychologists often call “disorders of belief.” 

Dr. Neil Greenberg is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the UT, Adjunct Professor in Psychology and in Medicine and a Researcher in neurosciences.

March 30: "Springing Forth": A 'Circle of Life'Service -Rev. Laura Bogle, Wendel Werner

Our ‘Circle of Life’ services include worship full of music, story, meditation, and a time to share in community on the upcoming seasonal theme. Come to be renewed and to share in the Circle of Life.

Springing Forth” -- How is the transformation of spring calling you forth to greater compassion and healing? Don’t forget! Potluck and Community Conversation after the service!

2014-2015 Giving Campaign

Spring is on the way, and it’s time for FUUF’s annual pledge drive – we need your support! This year’s pledge form makes it easy to pledge our gifts of time, talent, and treasure. In addition to the usual financial contribution form, you will have the opportunity to share your preferences for various volunteer activities and ways that you might contribute special talents (e.g., singing in a worship service or contributing artwork to be used for a fundraiser). We hope you will reflect on the ways that you might offer gifts of time, talent, and treasure to FUUF in the next year – be creative! If you would like to talk with a member of the Stewardship team about the process or about your contributions of time, talent, and treasure, please contact Crystal Colter (crystal.colter@maryvillecollege.edu). We would be happy to arrange a phone call or meeting at your convenience.

Pledge forms will be available at Sunday services, or you may fill out the online form (link located on the left sidebar). We are asking that all pledge forms be turned in this year by March 16. Forms may be turned in on Sunday morning at the greeter’s table or in the offering plate, or may be mailed to FUUF, 1039 Hampshire Drive, Maryville, TN 37801. Thank you!

Community Conversations

Mark Your Calendar for Sunday Potlucks and Community Conversations!

We gather for a potluck meal directly after the service, with a community conversation following. Community conversations will be time to learn a leadership skill or engage specific topics related to the direction of our congregation. All are welcome.

March 30: Nonviolent Communication workshop

April 13: Proposed congregational covenant

May 4 : Annual Congregational Meeting – all are welcome; only members can vote §  Vote on congregational covenant §  Vote on 2014-2015 budget §  Mission Area Teams  - Year in Review Report §  Board of Trustees – Year in Review Report and Status of Long Range Plan & Development

Volunteers Needed

Would you like to help with the worship service? We need volunteers for greeters and ushers, coffee hour hosts, flowers, and set-up and take-down. For more information, or to sign up, please contact Renee DeLong.

New Member Classes

If you are interested in becoming a member of our congregation, please call the church office at 865.282.3883 or email office@fuuf.org for more information.

Book Club

The Book Club will meet again at 9:30 on Sunday, March 9. The movie selection for this month is the documentary ‘Inequality for All’. The book for April’s meeting (held on Sunday, April 13 is ‘Love and Death:  My Journey Through the Valley of the Shadow’ by Forrest Church . As always, all are welcome at book club whether you've read the book/seen the movie or not.  Please contact Carrie Talley at carrie.talley@gmail.com with any questions or to suggest titles for future meetings. As always, all are welcome at book club, whether you've read the book/seen the movie or not. If you have any questions or to suggest titles for future meetings please email book club coordinator Carrie Talley at carrie.talley@gmail.com.

Foothills UU Fellowship Logo Items Available for Purchase

Foothills UU Fellowship now has its own CafePress store where you can purchase shirts, hoodies, car magnets, coffee mugs, and more with our beautiful new logo! To purchase your items, go to CafePress today!

Gift Card Program

The Gift Card Program is an easy and effective way for members and friends to help support FUUF. On Sundays, stop by the table with the red and white tablecloth and purchase your cards, chat a bit and know that your participation in this ongoing fundraiser is a win-win opportunity for all of us. Click here for additional information as well as Gift Cards currently available.

Help Our Fellowship Every Time You Shop At Kroger!

Sign up to help raise money for FUUF by simply swiping your “Kroger Plus” loyalty card at check out. If you have not signed up, stop by the Gift Card Table where there is someone to help you get the process going. Remember, everyone can participate now! You can pay for your Kroger purchases with your favorite credit card, help FUUF’s Capital Reserve Fund and earn points on your credit card at the same time. Sign up today and register FUUF as your non-profit of choice!

Stay Connected

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Meeting Place

Services are held at the Everett Senior Center: 702 Burchfield St. Maryville, TN located at Everett Park in Maryville. You can contact our office by phone at 865.282.3883