Here are ways for you to get involved in congregational life:
- Read weekly email (Around the Meetinghouse) and announcements (sign up here)
- Sing in choir; rehearsals are 9am most Sundays.
- Provide flowers or volunteer to be a Sunday morning greeter
- Join a team or committee
- Teach a Youth Faith Formation class
- Participate in a Soul Matters group (our Adult Faith Formation small group ministry)
- Follow us on Facebook
Several social groups exist for members to build community and have fun:
- Sisters Over Sixty-Five – A group of women over 65 who get together and have wide-ranging discussions. They meet the second Thursday of each month. Contact Sharon Gustin for more information.
- Sisters in Good Company – A group for women of all ages who gather together to enjoy one another’s company. We have potlucks, movies, and outdoor activities about once a month. Contact Cathie Rowand for more information.
- Retired Old Men Eating Out (Romeos) – An interfaith group of men who meet weekly on Wednesdays for lunch in area restaurants. Contact John Moore for more information.
Social Justice work at UUCFW
UUCFW members and friends have a variety of social justice issues of concern. To allow for many issues to be explored, we invite members to form Groups of Five for short term projects, actions, or studies. Information to propose new Group of Five projects can be found here: “The Steps to Starting a Group” and filling out the Group of Five form. A member may choose an issue to work together with at least four others to pursue their project.
Racial Justice work at UUCFW
Motivated by GA and current events, the Advocates for Racial Justice group meets regularly to do the personal work of understanding our white privilege, the community work of understanding and dismantling systemic racism, and the broader work of developing relationships with minority communities in our area. Past projects and areas of interest include; taking trips to learn more about black history and the African American community, supporting local organizations with fundraisers and personal participation, working on voter registration and getting out the vote among under-represented populations, and working with a grant from the UUA for a social media campaign to encourage young black voters. Advocates are currently working on developing a joint outreach with the Fort Wayne A Philip Randolph Institute called Friends First. Advocates for Racial Justice meets the first Sunday of the month at noon, and the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM. For more information, contact Rebecca Reeder.
HUUmanists in Action Group
This group celebrates and encourages the philosophy of Humanism within Unitarian Universalism. Members of the group work to nurture our connection with FreeThought Fort Wayne, the local chapter of the American Humanist Association. We regularly schedule after-service meetings to explore the history of Humanism and its application to contemporary social and community issues. Looking to learn more about this group? Contact John Moore.
We have been designated by the UUA that we are Freethinker Friendly: we provide a welcoming community for people with all spiritual beliefs, including beliefs that do not include a god or higher power.
Wellspring Interfaith Social Services
Our congregation is one of sixteen congregations that actively support Wellspring Interfaith Social Services through collection of food items weekly during our offering. We also periodically donate clothing to its Shoppe, and funding for its summer camp.
Sunday Share the Plate
Our congregation also provides funds to local and national non-profits to support critical programming for those most in need through our Third Sunday Share the Plate each month. In 2023 we are supporting:
January – A. Philip Randolph Institute – Charles Redd Scholarship
February – Street Reach for the Homeless
March – Planned Parenthood of Indiana
April – YWCA Fort Wayne
May – Wellspring Summer Camp
June – Fox Island Alliance
July – Fort Wayne Pride
August – ACLU of Indiana
September – All Options Pregnancy Resource Center
October – Carriage House
November – Miss Virginia’s Mission House
December – Kira Downey Memorial Rider Fund at CTN
A. Philip Randolph Institute
We are hosting the monthly meeting of the A. Philip Randolph Institute on the first Saturday of the month, 10 AM.