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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Croix

Newsletter Summer 2014

Schedule of Events

Friday, August, 8, 7-9 PM at the Jewish Community Center: Farewell Sendoff for Frances Vernell/ Potluck Dinner. Frances is leaving the island to return stateside to be with her mother and family. She has been a dedicated member and volunteer with the Fellowship since she joined in January 2013. Please come out and show your appreciation and support for Frances and enjoy the company of your UU fellowship. This may be our only get-together this summer. Please bring a favorite dish to share (no pork or pork by products).

Sunday, September 14, 10 AM, Jewish Community Center: Services resume, starting with our Water Communion Service and Signing of the Membership Book. Bring water from your travels or home. (See explanation below in Qiyamah’s Column)


Qiyamah’s Column: Odds N Ends

Summer Greetings to Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Croix Members, Friends and Supporters!


I trust everyone is having a great summer! Mine has been a memorable one in more ways than one and it isn’t even over! One big milestone has been my “semi-retirement.”

Regarding my Fellowship duties, I continue to meet with and do some planning with Shelli Brin, our new Director of Religious Education. I am scheduling more time to read and write and to conduct research on the status of Black women in Unitarian Universalism. I am also gardening, walking and swimming daily.

I attended General Assembly this summer in Providence, Rhode Island, with the generous help of Jim and Gail Nealon, the UUFSC Board of Directors and the UU Association (UUA). Over the course of the week I was able to rejuvenate myself and reconnect with folks that were helpful in my growth and development. I also brought some resources back for Shelli which I hope will prove to be helpful. I have been exploring many aspects of personal and community growth that included attending a recent training with Alternatives to Violence here in St. Croix. It is my intention to take further training and become a facilitator. I have become an active board member with Liberty Place, an organization devoted to GLBTQ persons and their families. A training session on Hate Crimes will be offered on August 13 at UVI. I hope that some of you can attend.

Another event I would like to promote is a debut of the play “Out of Control” by Opal Adisa Palmer, playwright and director. This debut of her latest play is about domestic abuse and the emotional and physical violence that impacts the entire community. The Moving Women Collective Theatre Ensemble in Frederiksted will showcase their talent on August 9 at 8 PM. The cost is $10. There will be only one performance. Location: James C. Savage Theatre, the Good Hope School, Frederiksted. Come out and support the arts! For more information: opalpalmeradisa@gmail.com or 510-219-0704.

Fall services resume September 14 with our Water Communion Service and signing of the Membership Book. Remember to bring your water from the various places you have traveled so that we might co-mingle the water and recall with fondness some of our summer memories.

Rev. Qiyamah

Wish List

Two bookcases on wheels are needed. One book case will hold our hymnals and the second our library books, tapes and donated children’s books. If you would like to make a donation towards these items, please write a check made out to UUF of St. Croix with bookcases in the memo line. You may mail it to UUFSC, P.O. Box 3034,  Kingshill, USVI 00851.

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