Our mission is to celebrate and witness love, justice, and mercy
by facilitating spiritual enlightenment, welcoming differences,
and embracing the interconnected web of life

New Covenant Group begins August 31!

Covenant  Group The presentation on August 21st by Gabriele Weinberger and Paulette Moerdyk-Catlin moved several people to ask, "how soon can we start a new covenant group?" And the answer is "immediately!" The new group will have its first meeting Wednesday, August 31st.

"We want to tell members of UUCCV that they should view it as not another obligation or chore," Gabriele says, "but as their personal time of healing and regaining strength, of letting go of stress and connecting."

If that sounds like something you'd be interested in, write to Gabriele at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Then she'll know how many people want to be included ... which will be a factor in deciding where the group will meet. So please write to her soon!

Meanwhile, learn more about Covenant Groups and the kinds of topics they discuss at www.smallgroupminstry.net and at www.uucpa.org.

September 4th: Water Communion

water communionIt's our annual observance of water communion -- one of our most cherished rituals. Share water representing your recent travels or experiences and join those waters together with waters from our history to continue the saga of who we are and where we are going. Join the celebration whether or not you feel you have anything to share -- you'll probably be pleasantly surprised!

Read more about water communion here ...

All-Committee Night: Sep 7

Committee work can be beautiful!The next of our regular All-Committee Nights at the church! Join us at 5:30pm with a brown-bag supper -- then at 6:00 we'll break off into our groups. Later we get back together to give brief reports on what we've done. It usually turns out to be fun because we enjoy each other's company!

Pick the committee that most interests you:

  • Membership and Caring |  Music |  Religious Education |  Program and Publicity |  Social Concerns |  Congregational Growth |  Building and Grounds |  Finance / New Budget Priorities

Pride Celebration on the Lawn - Sep 17

We have a sign-up sheet in the church lobby where folks can volunteer for various ways to help at the UUCCV booth at the 7th Annual Celebration of Catawba Valley Pride. We hope you'll join us in our presence in and among this community on the SALT Block Lawn (243 3rd Avenue Northeast in Hickory).

As a Welcoming Congregation, we've committed to being allies in the struggle for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender,and two-spirited people in the Catawba Valley region of North Carolina. This is a great opportunity to show the world where we stand -- now more than ever.

Sort of an "Online Magazine"

DiscussionWe've launched an experiment on our website: the UUCCV Forum. Just click the "FORUM" button on our main menu and you'll be taken to a site where we've posted a few thoughtful articles by some of our members. There are still bugs to work out, but the idea is that you can either just read the articles as you would in a magazine, or sign up as a commenter and reply to the articles! Check it out and see what you think: click here to get started. Tell your friends!

We have a library!

Library books!You may not know about The Max Curdy Library! It may be just a modest collection of volumes housed in the UUCCV office, but they're books that may interest you. And Rev. Bob has just donated several interesting titles to the collection. Get the latest list here and visit our office some Sunday morning to learn how to check out one of these books.

Collections for ALFA Continue

ALFA serves to improve the lives and health of those affected by HIV/AIDS while preventing transmission through education and testing.

You can be part of this wonderful ongoing effort supporting real people in our community by bringing much needed food & non-food items to the collection bin in our front hallway. Here are the items that are ALWAYS needed:

  • Peanut butter and jelly/jam
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Canned stews and chili
  • Beans in cans or bags
  • Canned tuna, chicken, salmon  
  • Canned fruit or fruit cups
  • Boxed mashed potatoes, rice
  • Soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Laundry detergent, dryer sheets
  • Toilet paper, feminine products

Your generosity is much appreciated!

Requested Sermon Material

Here are several of Rev. Bob's most-requested talks of recent times:

Many people have requested Gabriele Weinberger's "Holocaust Memorial" talk. Here it is as a PDF: Yom HaSoah 2016

And a few people have asked for a couple of things after LMFW Lee Shackleford's talk January 31st. And here they are: an audio recording of the talk and a link to the "Coexist" handout so you can print your own!

Proud to be an LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation

Street Address:
833 5th St. SE
Hickory, NC 28603
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9164
Hickory, NC 28603



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