A Message from the Minister – January 9, 2021

Dear Members and Friends,

Events in Washington, D.C., this week disturbed many. Michelle Obama wrote that January 6 “was a fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can’t handle the truth of his own failures. And the wreckage lays at the feet of a party and media apparatus that gleefully cheered him on.” The contrast between the treatment of the insurrectionists and BLM groups was stark. Rev. Jacqui Lewis wrote of her frustration that she lived “in a country that treats Black grief as a threat and white rage as a sacrament.”

Yet, several momentously good and wonderful things happened this week. First, Stacey Abrams and the black women of Georgia saved democracy in America. Second, Rev. Raphael Warnock, the son of a woman who “used to pick somebody else’s cotton,” became Georgia’s first Black senator. Third, two Senators were elected in Georgia who will end the Senate’s control by regressive forces. Fourth, a coup attempt by the current President failed. Fifth, fascist-leaning politicians revealed themselves, and their sedition will not be forgotten.

The actions of desperate, misguided, misinformed persons this week failed and will be overwhelmed by a wave of rising progressive forces.

Vigilance is necessary to ensure progressive forces prevail, but I am more optimistic now than I have been in a long time.

Stacey Abrams has reminded us that dedication, careful planning, diligence, determination, and moral vision can do what seemed impossible.

It is a lesson to carry with us in the weeks and months ahead.


Rev. Ed Brock

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: minister@uufws.org. 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