Welcome to uufc.org, the online home of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clemson (UUFC).
If you're searching for a progressive spiritual community that celebrates a tolerant and thoughtful search for spiritual meaning, we hope you will find a home with us.
At UUFC you will discover a diverse and lively community of seekers and skeptics that will welcome you just as you are. We are an open, welcoming and caring community.
Whatever your age, gender, social background, orientation, or ethnic origin, you are welcome here.
Explore, Ask Questions, Join In!
The members and friends of UUFC look forward to getting to know you. Here are a few ways to explore our welcoming community!
Weekly Connection Newsletter
Newsletter Sign Up Here
Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m.
Fire Pit Gatherings at the Founders House
Next Date: May 22nd at 7:00pm
Join us for a socially-distant fire pit gathering! Bring your own chair and snacks. Attendance is limited to 10 people, so please sign up each individual in your party (including kids!). Click the image to see the full-size flyer. Would you like to host a Fire Pit Gathering? Contact Rev. Christina (email@example.com) and she will help you set it up!
Use our NEW donate button to make your contribution any time! It's in the upper right corner of any page.
Online Zoom/Google Gatherings
Coffee with Christina at 2:00pm
Bingo at 6:30pm
Social Time Chat at 11:30am
1st and 3rd Mondays
Meditation with Jeanne at 8:00pm
The links are published in UUFC's newsletter, The Weekly Connection. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe!
UUFC's In the News
To see which UUFC members have been making or in the news click on the link here.
Parenting While UU Covenant Group
Parents and caregivers want to do everything they can to support the well-being of a child or youth. Unitarian Universalists believe that parents, often supported by the local congregation's religious education program, are the primary spirituality and faith educators for their children.
It is through nurturing religious and spiritual experiences and values for their children that caregivers grow their own spirits, finding within themselves strengths and capacities to be their children's primary spiritual guides and mentors. As a resource for parents, we would like to offer a once-monthly covenant group for parents at a time to be determined. If you are interested in joining this group, please sign-up here.
CLEAN-UP & ORGANIZE DAY
DATE: Saturday, July 10th beginning at 9:30am
In person at UUFC
The hallways, closets and corners of UUFC have gathered dust, donated books and lots of scattered stuff since March of last year. Let’s get together and get ready for our hopeful return to the building in the fall for worship and social events. (All our fingers are crossed that all the COVID numbers stay down and we can move into Phase 3 in August!). Come on Saturday to help us organize and help UUFC be ready.
DATE: Wednesdays at 5:30 pm
In person at UUFC
As part of our Phase 2 reopening, vespers as an in-person worship service starts this coming Wednesday, July 7th, from 5:30 to 6 and will continue at least through August 25th. These services will be short and simple, an opportunity to share joys and concerns with one another, to affirm our sense of community, and have a short homily related to one of the principles. Rev. Christina will lead the first one before going on vacation. Lay speakers will lead the others. Masking is required, and seating is arranged for individuals to sit in small groups with family members. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
UUFC Novel Circle
DATE: First Wednesday of Each Month at 7:30pm. For July's Meeting:
Call My Name, Clemson: Documenting the Black Experience in an American University Community by Rhonda Robinson Thomas)
All members and friends of UUFC who enjoy reading novels and discussing their relevance to our lives are invited to participate in our Novel Circle. Please contact Gail Brownlee or Cindy Lee at email@example.com for more information and the Zoom link. (and if you want to get a head start, August's book is The Midnight Library by Matt Haig)
Policy for Returning to Church
If you test positive for COVID-19, or become aware of another individual at UUFC who tests positive for COVID-19, please refer to the Pandemic Exposure Procedures.
At the behest of the Board, the Council of Committees took over the work of the Re-Entry Task Force to establish policies and guidelines for a safe and responsible return to our physical facilities during the novel coronavirus pandemic. A significant number of our members, friends, staff and their households are in one or more high risks groups. Our faith tradition calls us to make the safety of all of these individuals our highest priority. That same tradition also calls us to respect the guidance of science when making decisions concerning reopening our facilities.
Criteria for Reopening
Any transition to reopening, or any transition from one phase to another of reopening, must be informed by the relevant data regarding COVID-19 cases in the area (specifically, Anderson,Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties in SC, and Hart county in GA), with a minimum of 14 days of a downward trend in new cases........ Click Here to open and read the full pdf version...
The current UUFC Pandemic Exposure Procedures can be view and read by clicking here.
Virtual Tea Tasting Sunday March 28th at 2:00 PM
The Virtual Tea Tasting workshop online (zoom) will be similar to the previous virtual chocolate workshop. Participants will need to obtain three or four tea samples ahead of time. My suggestion would be for a white, green, oolong and black tea. If you are interested and respond via email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), I will send you some specific suggestions for small samples available from Upton Tea. (The sample size is suitable for 3-4 cups.) However, feel free to buy whatever you like or use tea you already have. A virtual tea tasting means that each participant or small group will be brewing tea during the workshop so you might want to visualize the best way to accomplish this process ahead of time. It shouldn't last more than an hour but that depends on the questions at the end. Additional information and links will be provided if you respond to the above email address. Note that the SWIM crowd and others will be invited. (SWIM has a weekly get together every Tuesday at 6:30 and all are welcome.) Take care and stay safe.
Enrollment Now Open
New Online Covenant Groups
Interested in joining an online covenant group?
The Rev. Christina Branum-Martin will facilitate
up to two new online groups (unfortunately,
COVID-19 does not yet permit in-person
meetings) beginning this fall. Covenant groups are a great way to get to know other members and friends better, and, of course, to get to know our new interim minister! If you would like to participate, please fill out the online form here. For more information, contact Karen Hiebel, email@example.com
Monthly meal at Our Daily Rest
UUFC is providing a monthly meal at Our Daily Rest, the homeless shelter in Seneca. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Janie Shipley at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the menu, the schedule, updates on COVID protocol, etc. Aside from the meal, they have some basic needs such as cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, paper towels, coffee/creamer/hot chocolate. If you are able to contribute such supplies you may deliver them to Our Daily Rest at 525 East Main St, Seneca or contact email@example.com.
New UU and You
June--Date and Time TBD
Have you been considering joining our fellowship? Now would be a great time! We are planning to have a "New UU and You" class in June - date and time to be determined based on participation. Please contact Rev. Christina (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our membership team (email@example.com) if you are interested in membership at UUFC.
DATE: Thursdays at 6:30 pm
Meditation with Jeanne (online)
DATE: 1st and 3rd Monday of Each Month at 8:00pm
Jeanne Malmgren will lead an online evening meditation on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. All are welcome to attend.
Coffee with Christina (online)
DATE: Wednesdays at 2:00pm
Join Rev. Christina for a cup of coffee via Zoom on Wednesdays at 2pm. All are welcome to stop by for a chat.