Summer Message from our Associate Minister
Can we possibly be at the end of another church year? If it’s time for General Assembly we know that summer has arrived.
In our historical Unitarian and Universalist past, churches closed for the summer. City dwellers escaped the urban heat to attend cooler mountain or coastal destinations like Star Island off the coast of New Hampshire, Ferry Beach in Maine, or the Mountain in North Carolina. Rural folks needed all hands on the farms to do the work required to tend crops, livestock and harvest.
Ministers, released from weekly services, would take July as vacation month and August as study Month in preparation for the coming year.
Today most UU churches have year round services. Summer services are most often led by guests and lay members of the congregation.
Here at York our summer services, just one at 10 am, are a delightful variety of topics, speakers and the usual hospitality. Visitors are welcome to come more than once to meet us, share fellowship, and there are youth religious education programs designed especially for the summer season.
Reverend Bob will represent us at General Assembly along with George Haldeman, Rafi Veras and Cindy Terlazzo. I will participate in General Assembly on line as an off-site delegate. The wonders of modern technology will permit me to participate in real time in all the Business Plenaries and votes and some of the other events.
I will continue to maintain my regular 10 hours per week, including office hours on Tuesday from 9 am-2 pm. As always, you can schedule an appointment at our mutual convenience by calling 717-845-8212 x.103.
I will be available for any Pastoral Emergencies in Rev. Bob’s absence. I’ll also be providing emergency pastoral coverage for the Boiling Springs UUs during GA week and for the Buxmont UU the third week in July.
To all visitors, welcome and come see us. To all friends and members, have a joyful, restful summer.
-Rev. Kate Bortner
Since 1955, UUCY has offered a religious experience based on freedom, reason, tolerance, and compassion. This on-going process is filled with reverence and responsibility to individuals and community in a spirit of love. This process continually brings with it an enduring hope for the future. Notwithstanding change over the years, the founding principles of this congregation continue to offer hope and support to those on their own religious spiritual journey.
What We Believe
Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations together affirm and promote seven Principles. We also share a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from many sources. The seven Principles and six Sources of the Unitarian Universalist Association grew out of the grassroots of our communities, were affirmed democratically, and are part of who we are. Join us as we journey together.
UUCY Co-Sponsors York Equality Fest
These fabulous photos were taken by Rev. Kate. Thank you for your support of this event!