*Stay Connected*

As of May 28, 2020

UPCOMING VIRTUAL SERVICES 

Read about the May 2020 theme, Sabbath, in the Touchstones Journal 

https://28110b7f-90c9-422c-a3a3-789b2ba677c1.filesusr.com/ugd/552cc1_43c5db08ae9f492a95e64bb36ec569ec.pdf 

Use this link to join our UUFH Virtual Sunday Service, Weekly, at 10:30 am 

https://zoom.us/j/530274017?pwd=NWNBQS94MC9ZTktnc01lZHJQSURzUT09
Or Telephone: +1 929-436-2866
Webinar ID: 530 274 017
Password: 768579 

Looking for some connection after service? Fellowship Hour is weekly on Sunday, at 11:30 am. Here’s how to join.  

https://zoom.us/j/269723967?pwd=b0JHVStOYXFDR1JUelE0LytyZUVudz09
Or Telephone:  +1 929-436-2866 
Meeting ID: 269 723 967
Password: 172129 

May 31: Patriotism for the Non-Scoundrel Patriotism has not necessarily had a good name among discerning people. “The last refuge of the scoundrel,” Samuel Johnson called it in 1775. But especially in this age of national crisis, with tens of thousands of Americans dead in the past few months, there is a form of patriotism which our guest speaker believes, while unconventional, is exceptionally honorable. An SPC service, with guest preacher Rev. Ben Bortin; Isabella Johnson, piano 

VIRTUAL MEDITATION: IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK. 

Join us for morning at-home meditations, via secure ZoomPro software and your smartphone, tablet or computer. Enjoy 30 minutes of silent sitting followed by sharing — of poetry, verse or mindful readings.  Virtual meditation: Tuesday and Friday, 10 to 11 am, followed by optional social time until 11:30. Contact petermcgullam@gmail.com for Zoom link. Sangha: 631-220-6235 or UUFH office: 631-427-9547 

NEED HELP?
It isn’t easy to ask for help, but your health is too important to compromise. If you are in a high- risk category, please stay at home and give yourself and your family the peace of mind knowing that you haven’t been exposed to the virus. Or, if you know of someone in the Fellowship who can use help, let us know. Contact Sue McGovern suemcgovern45@gmail.com or Carol Towne litowneny@gmail.com and tell us how the Fellowship can be of help.  

UUSJ: WHY UU’S SUPPORT THE PPC (POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN) 

Excerpt from a message from Pablo DeJesus, Executive Director of the UUSJ:  

Please join the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (PPC) on May 28th and again on June 20, 2020 as the movement goes digital and urges folks to “Stay in place! Stay alive! Organize, organize, organize!” The UUA, Side With Love and UUSJ have endorsed the PPC. To show that UU’s will rise up for a justice-centered vision of American society, you can: Attend the May 28th Digital Mass Meeting live on Facebook at 8:30 pm; and sign up for the June 20th Digital Justice Gathering at be www.june2020.org 

We understand that COVID-19 has forced the nation into an unprecedented emergency. Yet the PPC’s Souls of Poor Folks Audit and Moral Budget (which you can find under Resources on www.poorpeoplescampaign.org) show that the current emergency results from a deeper and much longer-term crisis:  that of poverty and inequality and of a society that has long ignored the needs of 140 million people who are poor or one emergency away from being poor. Long after the pandemic ends, folks will continue to suffer needlessly unless we change the moral compass of our democracy. As UU’s we are called to live our values and drive for justice. June 20th is a movement milestone, not the goal. The goal is a beloved community of our nation’s peoples. Join the movement! 

For more information, CLICK HERE 

RURAL AND MIGRANT MINISTRY CARAVAN TO THANK FOOD CHAIN AND FARMWORKERS, 2 PM MAY 31 

Please join Rural and Migrant Ministry, a nonprofit advocating for farmworker rights, on May 31, as they host a car caravan to express gratitude and solidarity to Farmworkers and Food Chain Workers. The caravan will leave from our UUFH parking lot Sunday, May 31at 2 pm. and will last about an hour as it goes to the site of various supermarkets in the area to thank frontline food workers. Speakers will make remarks at the last site, which is to be determined. Please make signs thanking the workers to decorate your cars! Folks can email Mary Beth at mbguyther@gmail.com if they have questions. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE NOW—AND BEYOND
Many of our Fellowship members and friends have been very busy during this crisis helping those in need—in a socially distant way. There is a tremendous need still for more volunteers. If you’d like to help, some members have shared info about where they volunteer. Contact them for more information.  

From Susan Karbiner: The Poor People’s Campaign needs volunteers to do phone banking to offer people assistance and to tell them about what we do. Please call me for more information at 631-560-1642 or email at jkarbiner@aol.com.  

Community Solidarity needs volunteers to distribute food in Huntington Station Tuesday evenings from 7 to 11 pm. For more information you can call me at (631) 560-1642 or go to their website at www.communitysolidarity.org.  

From Steve Burby: During the pandemic I have supported the UUFH by representing us at the Huntington Station Food Bank held by Community Solidarity, Housing Help, Inc., and other community organizations on Mondays at St. Hugh of Lincoln.  

I also have donated white blood cells and platelets. When I donate I do it in the name of the UUFH by using their ID number to credit us. 

From Helen Boxwill: Huntington Rapid Response Network is serving the immigrant community of Huntington. We are involved now in providing food, working with Housing Help in Food Distribution, Census completion (Huntington Station is a hard to count area), monthly Zoom meetings and individuals are disseminating information and working with other grassroots organizations. http://www.hrrn.org/ Join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/203307173778061/ For more information contact hrrnorg@gmail.com     

Town of Huntington Anti Bias Task Force. Comprised of faith communities, community organizations, local police and other groups working to combat bias. When school starts they hope to start a program for high school students to learn about various groups of people in our community and to develop projects in their school. http://huntingtonny.gov/abtf For more information, contact Helen Boxwill hboxwill@gmail.com 

New York Civil Liberties Union is working with a coalition of groups to ensure the rights of students are protected, parent education, bail reform and other issues. https://www.nyclu.org/en/chapters/suffolk-county  contact suffolk@nyclu.org 

LI Jobs with Justice is working with Rapid Response Networks around Long Island and with coalitions of faith and community groups. https://longislandjwj.org  They are also looking for someone from UUFH to represent us in their Amos Project- The AMOS Project (A Movement of Solidarity) is the community outreach campaign of Long Island Jobs with Justice that aims to create a “coalition of conscience” among faith, labor and community organizations.  For more information or to get involved email Richard Koubek, Community Outreach Coordinator, at rkmicahli@gmail.com 

LINC- Long Island Network for Change is a local grassroots civic engagement group. The mission is: “To be a force for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice through personal engagement, education and political action.” Find up-to-date information on local and national issues and how to get involved on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/groups/LINC.URL/ You can get very active in our national and local elections by getting on the email list. You will get information and numbers to call to ask our elected officials to take stand up for progressive values. Contact: Brian Whitehead at whiteheadfb@gmail.com 

NAACP Huntington Branch: Join and support the effort to ensure justice and equity in our society. Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/naacphuntington/notifications/ For more information, contact Helen Boxwill hboxwill@gmail.com 

If you volunteer for an organization that helps folks and works to achieve social justice and needs volunteers, we’d like to hear from you! Please, write me. Give me the name of the organization you volunteer for, what they do and how prospective volunteers can get in touch and sign up.  We’ll see that it gets in the Flash! Thank you. 

–Chris McDonald for Social Justice Ministry 

As of May 21, 2020 Flash

UPCOMING VIRTUAL SERVICES

Read about the May 2020 theme, Sabbath, in the Touchstones Journal

https://28110b7f-90c9-422c-a3a3-789b2ba677c1.filesusr.com/ugd/552cc1_43c5db08ae9f492a95e64bb36ec569ec.pdf

Use this link to join our UUFH Virtual Sunday Service, Weekly, at 10:30 am

https://zoom.us/j/530274017?pwd=NWNBQS94MC9ZTktnc01lZHJQSURzUT09
Or Telephone: +1 929-436-2866
Webinar ID: 530 274 017
Password: 768579

Looking for some connection after service? Fellowship Hour is weekly on Sunday, at 11:30 am. Here’s how to join.

https://zoom.us/j/269723967?pwd=b0JHVStOYXFDR1JUelE0LytyZUVudz09
Or Telephone:  +1 929-436-2866
Meeting ID: 269 723 967
Password: 172129

May 24: Involuntary Sabbath When the commandment to rest becomes inconvenient, how do we re-center and recalibrate? Greta Jo Seidohl preaching; Isabella Johnson, piano

May 31: Patriotism for the Non-Scoundrel Patriotism has not necessarily had a good name among discerning people. “The last refuge of the scoundrel,” Samuel Johnson called it in 1775. But especially in this age of national crisis, with tens of thousands of Americans dead in the past few months, there is a form of patriotism which our guest speaker believes, while unconventional, is exceptionally honorable. An SPC service, with guest preacher Rev. Ben Bortin; Isabella Johnson, piano

 OTHER WAYS TO BE IN COMMUNITY

Though we can’t worship together in the building at this time, we will be having virtual services and social gatherings. In addition to this weekly emailed newsletter, you can also click on the “Stay Connected” link on our site for information throughout the week. https://www.uufh.org/worship/stay-connected/

NEED HELP?
It isn’t easy to ask for help, but your health is too important to compromise. If you are in a high- risk category, please stay at home and give yourself and your family the peace of mind knowing that you haven’t been exposed to the virus. Or, if you know of someone in the Fellowship who can use help, let us know. Contact Sue McGovern suemcgovern45@gmail.com or Carol Towne litowneny@gmail.com and tell us how the Fellowship can be of help.

THE UUFH IS IN BLOOM

Office volunteers have been taking turns checking on the UUFH daily. One of them, Ann Scolnick, wanted to make sure we all saw that the flowers continue to bloom even if we don’t see them. 

VIRTUAL MEDITATION: IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK.

Join us for morning at-home meditations, via secure ZoomPro software and your smartphone, tablet or computer. Enjoy 30 minutes of silent sitting followed by sharing — of poetry, verse or mindful readings.  Virtual meditation: Tuesday and Friday, 10 to 11 am, followed by optional social time until 11:30. Contact petermcgullam@gmail.com for Zoom link. Sangha: 631-220-6235 or UUFH office: 631-427-9547 

A MESSAGE FROM THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE:  Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
The coronavirus is awakening many to the political and economic crises that have long been buried under the surface in our society, crises that the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is working to address. As people of conscience, I invite you to read about our movement and to sign the petitions which can be found at www.nysppc.org/covid-19-resources/#projects of survival, under “Making demands of our state and national governments.”

The Poor People’s Mass March on Washington, scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2020, is going digital. We hope you will join us and hundreds of thousands of people from every state in the nation on that day. For more information and to register, go to www.june2020.org.

And if you have some time to devote to our cause, we invite you to sign up to do phone banking to some of the 1000 people on Long Island who we hope to reach before June 20. To learn more or to volunteer, contact Susan Karbiner at 631-560-1642 or jkarbiner@aol.com

LOCAL L.I. MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS SUPPORT

MHAW (Association for Mental Health and Wellness) has a Peer Support Line (accessible by dialing 631-471-7242, ext. 1217) and Healing Connections Support Groups (http://mhaw.org/programs/online-peer-support-groups), both staffed by trained and experienced Certified Peer Specialists. They also have a Mental Health Helpline: 631-471-7242 and a peer-to-peer support group for military veterans: www.DwyerProject.org.

For more information, visit their website at www.mhaw.org 

MENTAL HEALTH AND COVID-19 – Articles to Read

The current pandemic is causing mental and emotional crises for many. A coalition of mental health organizations has assembled a collection of articles to help people cope–with personal fears and feelings, with how to help your children and others around you, with PTSD after the fact, and much, much more. Besides the personal information and advice, there is a section of articles for professionals. You can find it on the Mental Health Resource Hub’s website at www.psychhub.com/covic-19.

 As of May 14, 2020 

 UPCOMING VIRTUAL SERVICES 

 Use this link to join our UUFH Virtual Sunday Service, Weekly, at 10:30 am 

https://zoom.us/j/530274017?pwd=NWNBQS94MC9ZTktnc01lZHJQSURzUT09
Or Telephone: +1 929-436-2866
Webinar ID: 530 274 017
Password: 768579 

May 17: The Art of Meaning Art has power to move us and change our lives, whether creator or observer. But what is it about the arts? We’ll examine the ways art helps us make sense of our lives, our communities and all of creation. An SPC service, with guest preacher Rev. Kimberley Debus * See note below about Fellowship Hour. 

May 24: Involuntary Sabbath When the commandment to rest becomes inconvenient, how do we re-center and recalibrate? Greta Jo Seidohl preaching; Isabella Johnson, piano 

May 31: Patriotism for the Non-Scoundrel Patriotism has not necessarily had a good name among discerning people. “The last refuge of the scoundrel,” Samuel Johnson called it in 1775. But especially in this age of national crisis, with tens of thousands of Americans dead in the past few months, there is a form of patriotism which our guest speaker believes, while unconventional, is exceptionally honorable. An SPC service, with guest preacher Rev. Ben Bortin; Isabella Johnson, piano 

NEED HELP?
It isn’t easy to ask for help, but your health is too important to compromise. If you are in a high- risk category, please stay at home and give yourself and your family the peace of mind knowing that you haven’t been exposed to the virus. Or, if you know of someone in the Fellowship who can use help, let us know. Contact Sue McGovern suemcgovern45@gmail.com or Carol Towne litowneny@gmail.com and tell us how the Fellowship can be of help.      

 VIRTUAL SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING SUNDAY MAY 17 AT NOON  

In accordance with Article 3.2 of the Bylaws of the UUFH, The Board of Trustees has called a Special Congregational Meeting to be held virtually (via Zoom) on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at noon. A Zoom participation link will be sent to all members via e-blast the week before the meeting; please look out for it. For more information, click on this link:  

https://www.uufh.org/special-congregational-meeting-on-may-17-2020-at-1200pm/ 

–In Fellowship, the 2019-’20 Board of Trustees 

NOTE ABOUT FELLOWSHIP HOUR
Each Sunday we have been gathering after the service for a virtual coffee hour. However, this Sunday, May 17, due to the special Congregational Meeting being held at noon, there will be no Fellowship Hour. Please join us for Fellowship Hour again on Sunday, May 24 at 11:30 am. The link will be in the next Flash and is always on our Stay Connected page, https://www.uufh.org/worship/stay-connected/ 

A MESSAGE FROM THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE: Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
The coronavirus is awakening many to the political and economic crises that have long been buried under the surface in our society, crises that the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is working to address. As people of conscience, I invite you to read about our movement and to sign the petitions which can be found at www.nysppc.org/covid-19-resources/#projects of survival, under “Making demands of our state and national governments.” 

The Poor People’s Mass March on Washington, scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2020, is going digital. We hope you will join us and hundreds of thousands of people from every state in the nation on that day. For more information and to register, go to www.june2020.org 

And if you have some time to devote to our cause, we invite you to sign up to do phone banking to some of the 1000 people on Long Island who we hope to reach before June 20. To learn more or to volunteer, contact Susan Karbiner at 631-560-1642 or jkarbiner@aol.com 

 May 7, 2020  

UPCOMING VIRTUAL SERVICES 

Use this link to join our UUFH Virtual Sunday Service, Weekly, at 10:30 am 

https://zoom.us/j/530274017?pwd=NWNBQS94MC9ZTktnc01lZHJQSURzUT09
Or Telephone: +1 929-436-2866
Webinar ID: 530 274 017
Password: 768579 

Looking for some connection after service? Fellowship Hour is weekly on Sunday at 11:30 am. Here’s how to join.  

https://zoom.us/j/269723967?pwd=b0JHVStOYXFDR1JUelE0LytyZUVudz09
Or Telephone:  +1 929-436-2866 
Meeting ID: 269 723 967
Password: 172129 

May 10: Bloom Where You are Planted Let us gather to celebrate our roots and bloom together in a multigenerational service. Celebrating our Annual Flower Communion. Greta Jo Seidohl preaching. 

May 17: The Art of Meaning Art has power to move us and change our lives, whether creator or observer. But what is it about the arts? We’ll examine the ways art helps us make sense of our lives, our communities and all of creation. An SPC service, with guest preacher Rev. Kimberley Debus 

May 24: Involuntary Sabbath When the commandment to rest becomes inconvenient, how do we re-center and recalibrate? Greta Jo Seidohl preaching; Isabella Johnson, piano 

May 31: Patriotism for the Non-Scoundrel Patriotism has not necessarily had a good name among discerning people. “The last refuge of the scoundrel,” Samuel Johnson called it in 1775. But especially in this age of national crisis, with tens of thousands of Americans dead in the past few months, there is a form of patriotism which our guest speaker believes, while unconventional, is exceptionally honorable. An SPC service, with guest preacher Rev. Ben Bortin; Isabella Johnson, piano 

OTHER WAYS TO BE IN COMMUNITY  

LAST CALL FOR VIRTUAL FLOWER COMMUNION PHOTOS 

As we mark our annual Flower Communion in a time of Covid-19, Greta Jo would like to invite you to take a picture of yourself with a flower(s) – it can be real, picked, planted, made of paper or something else creative and include your face or not! You have until Saturday, May 9 at 10 am to email them to office@uufh.org or message UUFH on Facebook and we’ll create a slideshow to share during our livestream/recorded service on May 10.   

A SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM DAVID BRENNER 

Many thanks to all who expressed concern, called, sent cards and sent good mojo while I was recovering from COVID-19. At the nearly seven-week mark, I am grateful to write that I’m almost 100 percent again. I am grateful to all of you for your support, and to Linda and my son, Dan, for amazing tender-loving care. And, I must say, I feel very lucky. My heart goes out to all who have suffered directly and indirectly from this. Love, David Brenner 

NEED HELP?
It isn’t easy to ask for help, but your health is too important to compromise. If you are in a high- risk category, please stay at home and give yourself and your family the peace of mind knowing that you haven’t been exposed to the virus. Or, if you know of someone in the Fellowship who can use help, let us know. Contact Sue McGovern suemcgovern45@gmail.com or Carol Towne litowneny@gmail.com and tell us how the Fellowship can be of help.  

FEED OUR COMMUNITY 

There are hundreds of community members still struggling with hunger in our own community. Thanks to so many volunteers coming together, there is now distribution five days a week in Huntington Station. So many don’t have food because of illness, not being able to get to school lunches, loss of jobs and ineligibility for any government benefits. You can help by donating to this GoFundMe link to Housing Help. They are coordinating food distribution on Mondays at St. Hugh of Lincoln in Huntington Station, along with the NAACP, the 2nd Precinct and others. Check out this short Video of the first day’s event and thank you for considering this. 

UU THE VOTE LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT 

Join UU the Vote for “How We Thrive!” a LIVE virtual event on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 pmWhat does it mean to practice our principles during a pandemic? What are we doing to guarantee free and fair elections in states targeted by voter suppression? How is UU the Vote rising to the challenges of COVID-19, while creating a movement towards UU values in the 2020 elections? Join us LIVE for a special update from UU the Vote. Sign up here: https://secure.everyaction.com/Q7gv-XyC2ke12BvUwImgLQ2?emci=4c304dbc-ae85-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&emdi=0f523e4b-3a86-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&ceid=3075326 

This event will feature musicians from across the country, a message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, and opportunities for you to get involved and make meaningful impacts in 2020!  

SUPPORT LI JOBS WITH JUSTICE 

Many people on Long Island do not have any access to benefits at all. During this crisis, they have lost their jobs and have NO means of getting funds for food or rent. There are few services to help these families. One is Long Island Jobs with Justice (LI JWJ). They give direct financial support to individuals or families that are in need. Because the number is great, they can only give $100 per adult. That is not a lot to live on LI but it is something to stop starvation. The UUFH has been collaborating with LI JWJ for many years and they gave us an award this year for all that we do with them. Please consider supporting the Solidarity Fund during this time of emergency. To donate go to https://longislandjwj.org/donate/solidarity-fund/ 

Split Plate for The Next Few Weeks – Update 

Community Solidarity is America’s largest all-vegetarian hunger relief food program. Their philosophy is that compassion for people, animals, and the environment go hand in hand. Every week Community Solidarity assists thousands of families by sharing free nutritious vegetarian groceries and hot gourmet vegan meals.  Although hot meals have been suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic, Community Solidarity has a food and supplies share every Tuesday night in Huntington Station for free groceries (for the week), clothing and other necessities for anyone in need. 

Because there is an especially dire need for food and other supplies right now in our surrounding community, the Executive Committee and Pastoral Care have decided to do something a little different with this split plate.  $250 will be donated to Community Solidarity immediately from the Minister’s Discretionary Fund.  In addition, the Minister’s Discretionary Fund will be used to match the first $250 donated to the split plate collection.  Please give as generously as you are able.  Thank you!