CUUB News, the weekly newsletter for members and friends of Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton.

December 4th, 2020

Beyond Categorical Thinking

Jacqui C. Williams

WA: Sarah Neidert

Sunday, December 6th 2020 10:30am EST

THINK OF A MINISTER. DON’T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT. Chances are, you thought of both. And distinct images perhaps came to mind. In terms of a minister, what images came to mind? Was it a person of a particular gender, race, or age? Beyond Categorical Thinking is a highly recommended part of the search process for our congregation. In finding the person who would be the best match for our minister, we could potentially overlook or even let biases keep us from knowing that a particular person would be the best match for us.

Join us Via Zoom: 

Meeting ID: 972 7514 1173

Or Dial in:312-626-6799

Board Blips

November 2020 Board Meeting Speedy Report

  • Speedy Reporting: the Board decided to start publishing a short blip in the News after monthly meetings to keep congregation more informed
  • Endowment Fund monies formally dedicated to gain interest income, keep sufficient flexibility in emergencies, and show CUUB's dedication to building an endowment
  • Building re-opening: assigned task force to investigate Worship Team needs & tabled more expensive HVAC/etc. upgrades
  • Policy Availability task force: asking each Team to confirm the version, etc.; will facilitate document control soon.
  • Healing/Moving Forward: next Town Hall to be February/mid; Board members will independently work on historic problems investigation for next month

Spiritual Exploration (SE) News

What's happening in SE this week: 

Dec 5th 4pm -Dec 6th 12pm - Stuffed Animal Sleepover at CUUB - Even though us humans aren't able to gather during this time at CUUB, stuffed animals still can! All information in link. 

Dec 6th - 9:30am Let's get together on Zoom and connect and share. 
Zoom Link:

Dec 8th - Bedtime Story at 7:30pm 

Zoom Link:

Dec 11th All ages Zoom Game night 7pm. Let's get together and have some fun playing Bingo on zoom

Dec 13th Can you escape? 4th graders and up join us on zoom at 12pm  to find out if you can escape. 

Dec 13th 12pm - Youth Group Zoom 

Check out the December Padlet for fun activities. 

Search Team News

The next step in the process of finding our next minister for our members & friends is  a “Beyond Categorical Thinking” Workshop on Saturday, December 5 from 10-11:30 and 1-2:30pm (please plan on attending both sessions).

The facilitator will give the sermon on the next day, Sunday, December 6. More details can be found at along with summaries of the survey and cottage meetings.

Thank you for your outstanding contributions to these efforts,
Search Team  

Severe Weather Network of Livingston County Homeless Shelter

CUUBies thank you for your support last season for helping the homeless in Livingston County.  Of course the cold weather is back, the need is still here and Covid 19 changes everything.  Click here to see what we need to do now to help our homeless through their difficult times.  If you have any questions or want to learn more contact Greg Soave CUUB Representative, SWN 810-730-6066 

To donate to this great cause click here.

Racial Justice Conversations

Please join us for racial justice conversations on December 6th & 20th. Check-in time to catch up will begin at 11:45 and the session will start at 12:00. We will use part of the time to discuss the beginning chapters of “So You Want to Talk About Race?” Everyone is welcome!
Use this Zoom link to join us each time.

Facilities Updates - making CUUB safer

CUUB's facilities team has completed a fence between the playground and the pond to help keep kids safe that are playing and may want to escape toward the water. 




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Rev. Julie's Corner
As of October 1st, I am on parental leave, expecting Joel and my child to arrive mid-October. 

If you are having difficulties and need someone to talk to, please contact

If you have questions about logistical or governance issues, please contact

For any other issues, please contact

Keep on building beloved communities, within and beyond your walls, and I’ll see you when I return in mid-January.  


Treasurer's Corner
End of October 2020

Endowment Fund: $20,050
Mortgage balance: $433,234.

Budgeted: $59,000 (33.3%)
Actual: $47,037 (26.6%)
C/O from FYE20:  $11,748

Budgeted: $56,137 (33.3%)
Actual: $55,827 (33.2%)

Included in the expenses are the full annual UUA Dues of $6,891 and the full year property and liability insurance amount of $2,647.00.
Jim Dowd
CUUB Treasurer



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