Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
of Greater Cumberland
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We hope you will visit us this Sunday morning!
We are a theologically diverse congregation. Our shared worship is framed around our belief that how we live together - how we take care of each other and the earth - is critically important, and we strive to live our lives guided by compassion and a commitment to social justice. We also commit to each other that we will respect and support each person's sincere, responsible search for truth and meaning, and we recognize that this is an ever-evolving journey. We are an ethical and liberal religious community dedicated to promoting the ongoing search for truth and to affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every individual.
We welcome all who would like to be part of a caring, open-minded, spiritual community.
Please join us on Sunday mornings for services from 10:45 a.m. to noon. Children have religious education classes at the same time. Everyone is invited to stay after the service for light refreshments and conversation. Although we do not hold Sunday services in the summer (mid June to late August) please check our News & Events page for summer activities.
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The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Greater Cumberland is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of North America (UUA). Please visit the related sites listed in the left hand menu for more information.
We have been recognized by the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation - a congregation which has engaged in education and self-study to be welcoming to those of all sexual orientations.
Sunday April 28
A program entitled "The Cellist of Sarajevo in Words and Music" will be presented on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Greater Cumberland, located at 211 S. Lee Street in Cumberland. The program will include readings from The Cellist of Sarajevo, a novel by Steven Galloway, and "Maybe (Maybe Not)", an essay by Robert Fulghum, as well as music performed by cellist Jane Peatling and Marlin Barnes on the marimba.
Sunday March 3
Barbara Hurd: "Can Art Protect a River?: The Trouble with Reverence"
What's the relationship, if any, between art and environmental advocacy? What happens when work that begins with an artistic spirit finds itself harnessed to a political agenda? When working out of political convictions, how do artists discover what they don't know?
Drawing on her own work for an upcoming collaborative show at the Gilchrist Gallery titled "Stepping into the Same River Twice," Barbara Hurd will discuss drawbacks and possibilities of writing out of a deep-rooted environmental stance.
Barbara Hurd, the author of five books of prose and poetry, has lived in Western Maryland for over forty years. Her work has appeared in many journals including The Yale Review, Orion, and Audubon, and has earned her numerous awards. She currently teaches in the Stonecoast lowresidency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.
Sunday March 10
Rev. Terry Ellen: "A Free Religion for a Hurting World"
Thomas Berry, himself a Passionist Father, honored the redemption-based religious traditions but called for a cosmically-grounded, earth- elebrating religion for these times, based on what we now know of the universe's story. Our free-faith tradition offers a majestic way to enter this desperately-needed vista and centering. And, small though we may be, we have an important task ahead of us in moving this shift forward.
Sunday March 17
Rebecca Booher: "On Moral Ground"
Our planet is in peril. What is our responsibility to the Commons? How do we talk with people who are in denial?
Rev. Rebecca Booher is an ordained interfaith minister. Since 2005, she has served UU congregations in Colorado, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Maryland as parish minister, consultant, and guest speaker. Her passion is social and environmental justice. She is a member of UU Ministry for Earth, the Marcellus Citizen's Group of Westmoreland County, and the Gray Panthers. Currently, Rebecca has returned to her Western Pennsylvania roots, and is living in Ligonier with her dog, Morgan.
Sunday March 24
Ilene Evans: "Harriett Tubman - Behind Enemy Lines"
Storyteller and Educator Ilene Evans returns to UUFGC with a service for all ages. During her last visit she portrayed Harriett Tubman and her role with the Underground Railroad. This time she will focus on Harriett Tubman's contributions to the Union Army efforts during the Civil War, commemorating her passionate dedication to freedom and liberation.
Rev. Terry Ellen is our Consulting Minister. He is also the Executive Director of Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice of the Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia Region, where he works on social justice issues including global warming, affordable housing, health care for all, marriage equality for same-sex couples, multicultural and anti-racist initiatives, and opposition to the use of torture.
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