Greetings from the new Interim Minister at UUCGT!
My arrival at this congregation coincides with the start of the congregational year and with the Jewish High Holy Days and International Day of Peace. These celebrations offer to us a blessing for the coming year: That of forgiveness and atonement for harms we have committed; of new beginnings and the new life they encourage; and of peace that passes all understanding and the work of peace-making so that all may share in God’s abundance.
I come to UUCGT after serving as the Consulting Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Southwest Michigan, in Portage, MI, for three years. I am a trained Prepare/ Enrich facilitator, a premarital and marital counseling program. I serve the larger UUA as the Vice President of the Heartland UU Minister’s Association. I was ordained in June of 2011 and received my Masters of Divinity in 2009. For fun I like to swim in cold bodies of water and eat hearty chocolate chip cookies.
Blessings to you, Cassie
Mindful of our vibrant Congregational history and steadfastly committed to a strong future, we strive to promote good in the world and aid each other in ethical and spiritual development.
To this end, I willfully covenant to:
Welcome with open minds and hearts all who gather here;
Inspire and respect others, from youngest to oldest, on our various spiritual paths;
Assume good intentions, communicate directly, share ideas freely, listen willingly, disagree respectfully, and forgive easily;
Support the ministry of our Congregation through gifts of time, talent and money.
Encourage all voices to speak and be heard, as we participate in a collaborative and democratic process.
We provide a safe, caring community where all can freely explore diverse religious thought.
Our Sunday Service is at 10:30am.
Our services are varied. Some are led by our Interim Minister, the Rev. Cassie Howe; others are presented by visiting ministers, local speakers, and lay members of our congregation. Music is an integral part of each service. We invite you to attend several services to experience this variety and to get a fuller understanding of what we are all about. For weekly service information see our Sunday Service page.
Religious Education and Childcare are offered at 10:30.
We have a lively RE program for children. Our professional Director of Religious Education works with an RE committee to develop programs, which are led by volunteers from our congregation. We strive to partner with parents in raising children who are curious, courageous, and compassionate. The program includes Sunday activities, worship experiences, social gatherings, community service work, and multigenerational events. Child care for the youngest members of our community is also available.
UUCGT is a member of the UUA (The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations). As such, we covenant to affirm and promote:
• The inherent worth and dignity of every person
• Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
• Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth
in our congregations
• A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
• The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within
our congregations and in society at large
• The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all
• Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
6726 Center Road
Traverse City, MI 49686-1802