Welcome

We welcome you to our liberal religious home.  We embrace many faiths, accept and celebrate all genders and sexual orientations, work to deepen spirituality, build community and make a positive difference in the world.  We hope you find much about our congregation and faith here and that you will visit our meeting house soon.

***PLEASE NOTE: UUCSF will be suspending in-person services for the month of January***
 
Rev. Kimberly will be taking a sabbatical February – May 2022
 

What is a sabbatical, and why?

 

First of all, a sabbatical is not a vacation.

 

Traditionally, in religious and academic organizations, the need was seen for ministers and professors to have a periodic, extended opportunity to learn new things relevant to their responsibilities, to reorient their ideas in the light of experience, and to do a creative and useful project that is different from their usual duties but which complements and enlarges their capabilities when they return.

 

The word sabbatical comes from the same root as Sabbath. Rather than once every seven days, it traditionally came once every seven years. The Unitarian Universalist Association supports the idea that UU ministers should have this opportunity and encourages UU congregations to back it financially by continuing the minister’s remuneration during the sabbatical period. Our congregation has recognized this by putting the right to sabbatical leave into Rev. Kimberly’s contract at the rate of one month for each year of service-–with an expectation that she will take a sabbatical every 5-7 years.

 

Rev. Kimberly will be going on sabbatical leave for four months in 2022: February, March, April, and May. (And another four months in 2023). For the 2022 sabbatical, we have formed a sabbatical team of congregational leaders which is charged with planning for our continuing operations during Rev. Kimberly’s absence. This group has been meeting over the past several months to make sure that we as a congregation are able to maintain our essential activities and continue our spiritual growth over these four months.

What to Expect  and Whom to Contact:

Worship – Sue Penny

During sabbatical, Sunday worship will continue as usual. You can expect a number of guest speakers, including several ministers who are serving on Long Island. You can also expect that we will have more than the usual amount of worship services led by members and friends of the congregation. This will be a great way for us to get to know each other a little better.

Pastoral Emergencies – Pamela Wittenberg

During the sabbatical, we will be able to call on some of the other UU ministers serving on  Long Island to help out if we have a pastoral emergency. If you (or someone you know in the congregation) are in need of spiritual support, Pamela Wittenberg will be able to help get you the support that you need. If you need emergency financial help, Pam will be able to help you access the minister’s discretionary fund – set up to help individuals in emergencies

E-bulletin, Website, and Announcements – Kelly Glanz

As always, if you have announcements that you would like to share with the congregation, please get them to Kelly by Tuesday of the week that you would like them to be announced. If you have questions about the website or the e-bulletin, address those to Kelly, and she can help get you to the answers.

Building and Grounds – Gerry Boyer and Ingrid Krinke

Our meetinghouse is often a sought-after location for community gatherings. If you have questions about the use of the space, including rentals or scheduling meetings, contact Ingrid Krinke. If you have questions about the maintenance or upkeep of the building or grounds (including the garden) contact Gerry Boyer.

Public Witness – Linda Engbrenghof

We are occasionally called upon to lend our voice and support to social and community issues (climate justice, racial justice, immigration, housing, …). During the sabbatical, when our unique liberal religious voice is needed, Linda will help to identify the appropriate person to speak on behalf of the congregation.

General Questions – Linda Engbrenghof

During the sabbatical, our sabbatical team will continue to meet monthly. If you have a question or concern and are not sure where to direct it, Linda Engbrenghof can help address your concerns.

We have tried to anticipate your questions and concerns, but we may have missed something. If you have any questions or concerns about the sabbatical, please reach out to a member of the sabbatical team.

Sabbatical Team:

John Andrews, Finance, Care & Connection, Adult Programs – candrews40@optonline.net 

Gerald Boyer: Building and Grounds – gerryandpatience@aol.com 

Linda Engbrenghof:  Board of Trustees President, LIAC delegate – lengbrenghof@gmail.com 

Kathy Engel: Board of Trustees, Social Justice – kellajaja@gmail.com 

Kelly Glanz: Administrator, Bookkeeper – admin@uucsf.org 

Patience Halsey-Sherman: Board of Trustees – patienceandgerry@yahoo.com 

Carolyn Holstein: Care & Connection – crholstein1@aol.com 

Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson: minister – minister@uucsf.org 

Sue Penny: Worship – Suepenny@optonline.net

Martha Potter: Committee on Shared Ministry – mtpotter@optonline.net 

 

 

 

 
 
COVID-19 safety guidelines:
 
Safety Guidelines
For everyone’s protection the following requirements will apply to all attendees:
  • Proof of vaccination is required.  Please use this link to upload proof of vaccination: https://bit.ly/UUCSFVaccination
  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Social distancing requirements must be followed, including appropriate seating arrangements.
  • No singing or eating.
 
We are committed to continuing inclusive options to gather both online and in-person. Please be sure to consult our weekly e-bulletin and our online calendar for upcoming event locations or zoom connection links.
 
Worship
In order to maintain social distancing, in-person participation in Sunday morning worship will be capped at 20 worshippers. Once you have provided proof of vaccination, you do not need to upload proof again each week. We will maintain a list of individuals who have provided proof of vaccination. You can also continue to join worship via Zoom by going to https://bit.ly/UUCSFOnlineWorship.
 
We look forward to seeing you, however you choose to connect.

 

UPCOMING SERVICES

Click to Join Worship With Video (computer, tablet, smartphone)
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,676202199#
Join by phone: (929) 205-6099
Meeting ID: 676 202 199  Password: 11932

MEET OUR MINISTER

Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson has served as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork since 2015. She has embraced the East End of Long Island as well as her congregation.  Reverend Johnson is a sought after fixture in our community.  Her perspective, insights and actions have led to social justice initiatives and increased UUs influence in the area.  She is a welcomed proactive force for change.

Reverend Johnson is a rising star within the larger Unitarian Universalist denomination.  She wears many leadership hats.  She serves on the Organizing Collective Board for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism. Reverend Johnson is co-chair of the UUA Appointments Committee and on the Board of Trustees of the UU Women’s Federation.  Another of Reverend Johnson’s passions is serving our UU youth.  She is a leader with the UU College of Social Justice.  She hopes to spend her summer working with youth through UU Summer Seminary or Thrive: leadership school for UU youth of color.  Lastly, Rev. Johnson was selected to co-present at the prestigious Berry Street Essay, the longest running lecture series in the United States on its 200th anniversary in 2020.

Reverend Johnson brings creativity, enthusiasm and passion to our Meetinghouse. The core of her ministry is faith formation—creating spaces and experiences for people to connect to the sacred, and to express that connection in the world. Reverend Johnson challenges congregants with theories and practices from many sources.  This facilitates the exchange and exploration of our knowledge which encourages a deeper understanding and commitment to act.

Rev. Johnson has a wide range of experiences which fostered her passion and expertise for racial justice work. Earlier in her career, Reverend Johnson worked as a union organizer with the United Auto Workers. She also taught Women’s and Gender Studies at New Jersey City University. Rev Johnson is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, where she was awarded Faculty Award for Religious Leadership. Before coming to the UUCSF, she was the Intern Minister at the Fourth Universalist Society, on the upper west side of Manhattan.

FIRST TIME VISITOR

We are a welcoming congregation and hope we convey that warmth.  You will be greeted at our door and asked to sign our guest book, given an order of service, a name tag and some conversation that makes you feel comfortable.

Some logistics:

  • Services begin at 10:30 at our Meetinghouse
  • Services usually last an hour followed by hospitality in our social hall
  • Our Minister is Reverend Kimberly Quinn Johnson
  • Dress is casual and comfortable — “Come as you are”
  • There is a Religious Exploration program available for children
  • Children join us for the beginning of worship, followed by class after the First Message.  They are always welcome to stay in service with their family. 
  • Parking is plentiful in our own lot
  • We are a small but vibrant congregation and a typical Sunday has 35-50 attendees
  • Please contact our Minister with any questions. minister@uucsf.org or 631 537-0132

We hope you will find a connection with us.  Our services offer a medley of experiences and affirming activities, including inspirational music, thoughtful readings, pointed commentary from our minister, as well as lay leaders and “Candles of Community,” where one can briefly share a joy or a concern.  Our services offer such variety that we encourage visitors to come more than once to get a true picture of who we are and what is available.

UPCOMING EVENTS

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Mission Statement

We are a spiritual community.
We honor every individual’s search for truth and meaning.
We act against exclusion, oppression, and violence.
We nurture the health of the earth.
We strive for peace in our hearts and in the world around us.
When fear strikes, we stand on the side of love.

 

Covenant of Right Relations

Our Covenant of Right Relations is a promise to work together to provide a safe community where ideas are respected, nurtured and everyone’s needs are considered as we celebrate our life together. As members of this beloved community we affirm that:
  • We listen with open hearts and speak with care even when it is difficult
  • We deal with conflict directly; with honesty, love and respect
  • We are mindful that actions may cause pain. We approach others with kindness and a generous spirit
  • We support each congregant’s needs and gifts
  • We respect and nurture everyone in his or her lifelong spiritual journey
  • We promise to care for and about both the young and old
  • We are transparent and inclusive in decisions that are important to congregational life
  • We have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of our congregation
  • We make mistakes and have shortcomings. We forgive ourselves and others

Upcoming Services

Services start Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Click to Join Worship With Video (computer, tablet, smartphone)
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,676202199#
Join by phone: (929) 205-6099
Meeting ID: 676 202 199  Password: 11932

CONTACT

Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of the South Fork

977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
P.O. Box 1444
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
631-537-0132

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