Annual Meeting Set for June 7th, 2015

Annual Meeting – June 7th

The presence of all members of the congregation is requested by the Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, which will be held on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at 12:45 pm.

A meeting agenda and packet will be distributed in advance of the meeting.

Special Mother’s Day Service

“You are invited to join us on Sunday May 10, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. for a special Mother’s Day service:
FINDING THE WAY HOME: Finally Becoming Ourselves, 
By Dr. Jean Reynolds, PSC Professor Emeritus, local author, popular writing instructor, and author of Gretel’s StoryDr. Reynolds will use the story of Hansel and Gretel as a framework for an exploration of the archetypal forces hidden within our fears and fantasies about coming home.   She explains, “The parts of ourselves that we fear the most may be the hiding places of our deepest truths and greatest strengths.”

From Gretel’s Story by Dr. Jean Reynolds:

“We can identify with Gretel’s yearning to come home.  Like her, we may feel that we are restlessly searching for the special place where we can settle in and finally become ourselves.”

Dr. Reynolds will be available after the service to sign copies of her book “Gretel’s Story”.

Move To Amend

Move to Amend
To The Congregation:

We will consider adopting this Move to Amend resolution (see below) for ourselves at the upcoming annual meeting. Move to Amend is an organization dedicated to overturning the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United. This decision, as you are most likely aware, is a decision that puts speech up for sale by declaring that the spending of money on speech is, itself, speech.

This is a question of conscience and we, as a community, should seek to explore this question. Some of us may explore inwardly but there are others who seek to explore outwardly; community is found in each in a shared, common space for both.

Whatever your preference, please try to decide whether you would support our organization’s name being associated with this movement. Seventeen UU churches have approved of this resolution.

– Ron Nickolas
President, Board of Trustees

Move to Amend Resolution

RESOLVED: the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lakeland, Florida stands with the Move to Amend campaign and communities across the country to defend democracy from the corrupting effects of undue corporate power by amending the United States Constitution to establish that:

1. Only human beings, not corporations, are endowed with constitutional rights, and
2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Congregation of Lakeland, Florida hereby joins with other organizations statewide to instruct our state and federal representatives to enact resolutions and legislation to advance this effort.

New Members Recognized

On Sunday, April 26th we recognized the newest members of our congregation!

Welcome to Andrew Barker, Julie Storm, Jeannette Manning, Orathai Northern, Michelle, Jason and Mason Mallory and Elizabeth Ezekiel! We are happy to have you as part of our family!

If you are not yet a member of UUCL and wish to become one, please contact Ron Nickolas at (863) 255-0236.

Flower Communion Sunday, April 5

Join us for a beautiful ceremony celebrating the beauty and symbolism of flowers.

The Flower Ceremony, sometimes referred to as Flower Communion or Flower Festival, is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community.

Originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by Rev. Maya Capek, Norbert’s widow.

In this ceremony, everyone in the congregation brings a flower. Each person places a flower on the altar or in a shared vase. The congregation and minister bless the flowers, and they’re redistributed. Each person brings home a different flower than the one they brought.



March 31, 2015

The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) by Indiana Governor Mike Pence:

“On March 27, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a thinly-veiled attack on the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The bill was promoted as being necessary to preserve religious freedom in Indiana, but make no mistake: this bill was passed in order to legally permit blatant discrimination against the LGBT community. As president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), I am appalled at the passage of this bill and condemn its desperate attempt to create second-class citizens.

Last year, when the courts struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, we celebrated another significant step forward for marriage equality. The passage of RFRA, however, reminds us that the road to equality is long and arduous with many obstacles in our path. But our resolve will not waver. This act of fear will not deter us. Legislators in Indiana need to acknowledge what a majority of Americans now profess: that LGBT people are deserving of full civil rights under the law, including the right to marry, and should not be subjected to discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation.

I am heartened by the opposition to RFRA by many corporations such as and Apple. I applaud our Unitarian Universalist congregations in Indiana who are standing on the side of love to combat this deplorable legislation. And I vow to continue to fight against other bills – such as Arkansas’s HB1228 – that threaten the civil rights of LGBT people. Please join me.”

What you can do:

Sign petition.

Read the response to RFRA from Indiana and Midwest UU ministers.

Read more about what local businesses are doing.