Fossil Fuel Divestment Presentation on Jan. 4

There’s a movement afoot to call on institutions to divest from fossil fuel implicated companies. Divestment is the opposite of investment: it means getting rid of stocks, bonds, or funds that are unethical or morally ambiguous.

Fossil fuel investments are a risk for both investors and the planet. UFP is opening the discussion on this subject through an information session by Julian Tennent-Riddell on Sunday, Jan. 4th at noon at UFP.

We welcome other faith and justice communities to partake. For further information, contact Ian Attridge or Scott Donovan.

2015 Budget Approved

The Fellowship has approved its 2015 budget, at a congregational meeting held after the November 30 service.

wpid34722-IMG_8155.jpgThe major change in the coming year is the creation of a new part-time administrator position, a role most congregations our size have. The Board has felt for a number of years that Rev. Julie has to spend too much of her time on administrative tasks. The intention is that this new position — which expands on and replaces the Congregational Engagement Coordinator role — will free Rev. Julie up to do more of what she is truly meant to do: minister to the congregation. Bookkeeping will be included in the new administrator’s role.

The meeting expressed its gratitude to Kate King-Fisher for her many contributions as our Congregational Engagement Coordinator.

A Pete Seeger Songfest

With singer-songwriter Jim Scott

jim-scottFriday, November 28, 7 pm
at the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough,
775 Weller St. (See map)

Suggested donation: $10-$15, sliding scale. This is a fundraiser for UFP.

Singer-songwriter Jim Scott collaborated on many projects with folk legend Pete Seeger, and will lead a celebration of Pete’s as well as his own songs of earth, justice and peace.

We’ll honour Pete Seeger by singing many of his well-loved songs such as If I Had a Hammer, Turn, Turn, Turn, Where Have All the Flowers Gone and many others. Come and listen, come and sing. We’ll raise our voices for causes Pete championed and remember the great contributions he made in his 94 years of life.

We have lost an icon, but not his legacy of poetry and song, which will continue to guide and inspire us.

Jim Scott was guitarist with the Paul Winter Consort, and is a prolific composer in his own right. He compiled the Earth and Spirit Songbook, songs of earth and peace by many composers, including Pete Seeger. Jim brings warmth and authenticity to a gathering. His melodies, well-crafted words, guitar mastery and humour moved Pete Seeger to call him “some kind of a magician.”

Two facilitators wanted for Circle of Care

We are currently looking for two people to join us as “facilitator” for the Circle of Care. The monthly facilitator acts as the main communication link between someone requiring some assistance and those who are willing and able to provide that assistance.

Each of us takes a one-month turn acting in the facilitator role. We currently have three individuals serving in this role and an increase to five would require us to be available approximately two months per year. Although we work toward an equitable rotation, we are flexible and work to accommodate vacation time and other travel plans.

Most of our communication is done by phone or email. We meet face-to-face approximately four times per year for overall planning and communication.

If you see yourself in this volunteer role or want more information, please speak to Rev. Julie, Hendrika Seshadri, Jan Bowen, or Erika Steinhubl.