I wanted to tell you about a place where I go to meet like minded people: The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork in Bridgehampton, New York. After attending a number of other houses of worship over the years, I feel as though I have found my spiritual home.
The UUCSF is not a church, but a meetinghouse. Members, friends and visitors gather together each week to talk about how to make the world a better place. The meetinghouse is a recognized Green Sanctuary, and many members and friends are advocates for taking care of Mother Earth and Her resources. Among the members and friends of the congregation are many advocates for social justice, advocates for equal rights for all women, advocates for the rights of all people of color and culture, advocates for the dismantling of white supremacy and patriarchy, mass incarceration and unfair immigration policies. UUs care deeply about the issues of our times and gather together to inspire each other.
Minister Reverend Kimberly Quinn Johnson, is a recognized social justice leader both here on the East End of Long Island and nationally with the Unitarian Universalist Association and she leads services two to three times per month. Once or twice a month, services are led by local, regional or national speakers, who talk about relevant issues in the world today.
I wouldn’t call the UU a “Holy Place”, but rather a “Sacred Space.” This is a home away from home, a family of choice, a place of true camaraderie for me and many others. They frequently host interfaith events and community meetings for local social and green justice organizations and are home to yoga and meditation practices. A new “Little Free Pantry”, inspired by the LFP in Greenport, will be in operation this fall to support local community members in need.
Should you too care about any or all of these issues, UUs are your partners and your friends. Weekly services begin at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. The children’s education program meets during service and invites young members of the community to learn about each of these issues in an age-appropriate way, while their parents and grandparents enjoy their own time for spiritual renewal.
After each service, coffee, tea are served along with light food in summer and soup in winter, and the buzz is amazing. If you’re like me, maybe you’ll come late and leave early the first time, just so you can’t be “snagged” and pressed into service. They understand, and don’t take attendance.
The UUCSF was recently the recipient of a generous bequest from a former member, Mr. Paul Berman, and is embarking upon development of a formal Grant Program for High Impact Community Outreach with local community organizations that share their values. They are looking to grow membership to help do more for each other and for the East End community. Together, many great things can be accomplished!
The UUs say: No Matter Whom You Love, No Matter How Much You Have Contributed to the World, Whatever Your Name for The Sacred, This is a place where all can find Hope and an opportunity to give collaboratively, Our doors are open and you are welcomed here.
Michael Daly is founder of East End YIMBY and, in July 2019 became President of the Board of Trustees at the UUCSF. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org