The Social Action Council (SAC) is letting you know that … it’s that time again! It’s time to nominate your favorite non-profit organizations to receive proceeds from our monthly plate collections. Each month, the Fellowship shares 50% of all plate collections with a non-profit organization meets the following criteria:

• Does work in or for the benefit of Winston Salem and/or Forsyth County NC
• Upholds the Fellowship’s Mission and/or Vision
• Coincides and does not conflict with Unitarian Universalist Principles

The Social Action Council also strongly encourage nomination of groups who work to improve racial equity, particularly in the local educational system.

Please let the Social Action Council know who you believe is doing great work in our community, and could use a few extra dollars to make a difference. We can’t donate to individuals, unless a 501c-3 entity can receive a pass-through donation on their behalf (it’s a tax thing). If an organization has been a share-the-plate recipient in the past, that’s OK. We enjoy sharing with folks who are still doing the work!

Thanks for everything you are doing in the community, and everything you contribute to our Fellowship. Without you, we’d be pretty lonely.

Working to build a new way,
Your Social Action Council

Our Share the Plate partner for November is SHARE Cooperative Winston-Salem.  SHARE’s principle goal is to provide service and assistance to our entire community, while promoting inclusivity. The Cooperative is organized and dedicated to provide food, nutrition education and advice, coping skills counseling, immigrant sustainability support, and local health and food equity policy support.  The concept was developed in conjunction with The Freedom Tree, a segment of the Institute for Dismantling Racism.  It was intentionally located in a part of town that is defined as a food desert.

While the 100 bin challenge is over, food insecurity continues to be a problem in Forsyth County. There are over 57,000 food insecure people in the County, or 16% of our population. Let’s help fill this need by bringing non-perishable food items to the Fellowship and placing them in the bin located near the front door. If you would like to donate money, please go to
If you have questions, please contact Diane Harney or

We need a NEW coordinator for the Aging Well meetings. We Zoom once a month – September- December and February- May. Are you interested? Don Kautz will help with topics and speakers. Please contact Pam Lepley at
Thank you!

We continue to be closed due to the virus. Because of your generous donations in the past, we have been able to to donate items to local agencies that provide clothing to those in need. This month we will be donating to The Rescue Mission. We will make an announcement here when we are again able to accept your donations.

“Building Our Future”.  Why is this important? How do we accomplish this? You will soon be hearing more about this important topic. The Stewardship Committee will be beginning our Annual Fund Drive soon, so we are inviting you to contemplate these questions from your own personal perspective. In addition, you’ll soon be invited to a Zoom meeting with a small group of your fellow UU’s to hear more from Reverend Ed about why “Building Our Future” is important and how we can all participate. We acknowledge this has been a tough year, but we will get through this together. We need each other and the Fellowship needs YOU, more than ever. The meetings will be held during the week of October 18, 2020. Stay tuned, and be on the lookout for your emailed Zoom invitation soon!
The Stewardship Committee
Ann Roberts, Chair

A Pastoral Letter from Rev. Ed Brock – October 22

Dear Members and Friends of UUFWS:

The election season is in full swing and promises many surprises.  To prepare the Fellowship for this, the Election Season Ministry Team met for the second time on Thursday, October 22. Joyce Porter, Seretha Masdon, Ann Zimmerman, Pam Lepley, Jack Campbell, Gus Preschle, Kathy Johnson, Caron Armstrong, and I were present.

Like everyone else, we are at the mercy of events which we cannot fully anticipate. Yet we resolved that whatever occurs, we are prepared to respond as we are best able.

Among the issues discussed:

  • To meet frequently enough to be able to gauge what type of responses would best serve the needs of the congregation as election results emerge.

  • Reach out to local community groups to discern if there is action being done by other congregations and groups locally.

  • Clarify what activities are being planned regionally among fellow UU groups and communities.

  • Prepare for a wide assortment of responses.  Multiple possibilities might unfold around election day – and so widely diverse responses need to be planned for.

  • There are certain actions that may be appropriate despite what happens. For example, providing sharing groups just to process feelings after the election regardless of what occurs.

There was an awareness that there are two fundamental tasks at play. One is an internal focus – to make sure we care for one another during this time. Another task involves connecting with groups external to UUFWS to identify specific ways to engage in collective actions and demonstrations in case that emerges as a desirable course.

We do not know what is going to happen. There are smart people creating models of most likely scenarios, but none of these can give us insight into what is going to really happen. But we are clear about one thing: the UUFWS Election Season Ministry Team is prepared to serve the needs of the congregation in every way we can during this difficult period.


Rev. Ed Brock

A Pastoral Message from Rev. Ed Brock – October 15

Dear Members and Friends of UUFWS:

An historically important election season is upon us. At every level of government important decisions are being made that will shape our future.

Many people are on edge, not knowing what to expect; hoping for the best but unable to dismiss the possibility of the worst happening.

The Fellowship seeks to address the special needs of our time. On Wednesday of this week, a newly created Election Season Ministry Team met to discuss ways the Fellowship could address the needs of the congregation during this extraordinary time.

Present at this meeting to form the new Election Season Ministry Team were Ann Zimmerman, Gus Preschle, Joyce Porter, Kathy Orms, Seretha Masdon, Pam Lepley, Mary Law, Kathy Johnson, Jack Campbell, Caron Armstrong.

Many ideas were discussed. Part of our challenge is that we do not know the specific nature of what events will ensue in the coming months. But you have our pledge that we will extend to the members and friends of this congregation every possible means of solidarity, support and encouragement we can summon, and that we will adjust our response as unfolding events lead us.

The Election Season Ministry Team will be communicating with you soon to explain more of our plans and intentions. Your thoughts and suggestions are welcomed.

Our mutual care of one another strengthens us and will continue to do so, whatever we face.


Rev. Ed Brock

Meet the Interim Minister

Dear Members and Friends of UUFWS:

I am delighted to begin my work with you as Interim Minister. In my first two sermons, I talked about my background, why I am here, and what I will be trying to accomplish as your Interim Minister. You can listen to my sermons here on the website, and you can view them at the YouTube links below.

Part I: Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

Part II: Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

My intention is to connect with each and every one of you in the coming months. During these meetings, I will talk briefly about my work at the Winston-Salem Fellowship and invite anyone present to ask me any question they would like. I am available at the following e-mail address: You may contact me at this e-mail for any reason. I would be happy to speak by phone or set up a zoom meeting.

I am excited to be working with the Winston-Salem Fellowship and look forward to getting to know you much better in the days and weeks ahead.


Rev. Ed Brock

Hey everyone! Are you salivating yet, thinking about this salmon dinner which will be in our auction? We’re looking forward to see what you donate! We are creating such a fun event for all of us – no pandemic gonna get us down! Please click HERE  to tell us what you can donate.

The 2020 Annual UU Fellowship Auction is going virtual!

There will be two components to this year’s auction:
– August 20-30 – online bidding for Silent Auction and Fixed Price offerings
– August 29 – a “Live” Auction night via Zoom

Throughout the Auction, there will be fun contests and raffles. The Auction Team will keep you posted on the website, on Facebook, and via emails. So stay tuned! Questions? Contact

The COVID Advisory Taskforce (CAT) appointed by the Board of Trustees has been hard at work evaluating various recommendations about how to congregate and stay safe in the current environment. Based largely on their recommendation, the Board has adopted this policy  with respect to our building and grounds. We know that developments surrounding the spread of COVID-19, especially in our community, have and may change rapidly. Consequently, we will continually review our policy and update it as needed.

The Board would like to thank CAT members for their ongoing vigilance to keep us all safe: Pam Lepley, Lynn Mitchell, Gina Pyke, Patricia Ricono, and Herman Schmid.

Are you bored and restless after 3 months of pandemic? Longing for social interaction? Looking to make a new friend? Our new intergenerational Pen Pal Program is just the thing! We are looking for kids/youth and adults to exchange letters for eight weeks (or longer). We will match one youth with one adult so that you can get to know each other. Each of you must commit to write at least one letter per week for eight weeks, so that you can build a relationship. The program is open to kids age 3-17, and all adults.
Every individual, regardless of age, who wants to participate must sign up in order to be matched.
We ask that you communicate the old-fashioned way – snail mail – to make it a little more personal. If you would like help gathering stationary and/or stamps, we are happy to provide those.

The schedule will be as follows:
July 10: Deadline for registration
July 17: you will receive information about your pen pal via email. If you do not have or use email, I will call you with the information.
July 19 – September 6: Letter exchange. Please send at least one letter each week. Ask each other questions. Tell each other stories. Swap recipes. Share pictures. Exchange art. Get to know each other. Our Fellowship is full of really amazing people of all ages.

When it is safe, we would like to have some kind of get together in person. We will have to wait and see how we are doing with the pandemic in the fall to schedule that.

Sign up here:

If you are not able to sign up with the google form, or are not comfortable with it, or have any questions, please contact Rachel Hawkins at or 682-438-6702.