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Being with Each Other is Just Plain FUN

This coming Sunday September 25 is opening RE Sunday for Religious Education at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society in Syracuse, NY.  There are still a lot of details to take care of, emails to write, phone calls to make.  Last Sunday was opening RE Sunday for many many UU congregations.  Our congregation does something really wonderful and a little different (which is exactly how I would describe the congregation itself).  Each fall two weeks after Labor day weekend we rent out a UU camp not too far from us and about 60 adults, teens and children hang out together for the weekend.  Yep that’s right we just hang out.  Some of us go hiking.  A couple of brave souls actually went swimming in the lake.  This is late September in the Adirondacks yikes!!!  Some of us sit by the fire.  The teens hang out; the children run all over the woods.

Mostly we cook together, eat together, play together.  For me the real beauty of this weekend is that there is no programming.  This is not a weekend retreat for the Board to set its goals and vision for the year.  It is not a weekend for us to learn more about our UU identity.  The video above represents about as much programming as we are likely to do.  For me as Associate Minister I just don’t get that many opportunities to just be with folk.  We are a busy place.  I think just hanging is pretty special for all of us.  The picture below tells you why there isn’t much programming.  There is nothing I could think up to do, say or create that can compete with this.  Sometimes you just need to sit down, close your mouth and soak in the beauty.

So for those of you who are interested in being part of community that really values being a community enough to actually take some time and be with each other; if you would like to be part of a place where we really enjoy each other; if you would like to be part of a group that values the questions more than the answers, if you would like a place where you can bring your kids and they are likely to have some fun and feel valued then you might want to consider visiting us.  You can visit our website at