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TriUU TimeTable

SUNDAY SERVICE  (In Person and Virtual via Zoom)


May 22nd,10:30 AM

Rev. Howard Roberts, Guest Speaker:

“Mind Changing Journey”.

How I have changed my mind and grown through the years in my understanding of racism. How I have become aware of my own racism and how it affects my interactions with others. 

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Bowl of Fruits

 Memorial Day Picnic

Grab your red, white and blue to celebrate the start of Memorial Day weekend. You are invited to Eileen and Tom’s on Friday May 27th from 5-7.
Please bring snacks, salads, sweets and a beverage.



We are planning our first post-pandemic potluck for Tuesday, May 24th at 5:30.  Look for the sign up sheet in the back of the sanctuary.  Be sure to indicate how many are coming and what type of food you will be bringing.  Call Gretchen Lewis 219-314-9141 for any questions.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Important Congregational Meeting

There will be a very important hybrid Congregational meeting directly after the Sunday Service on June 5. Your Board of Trustees after discussions with the Transition Team, Rev. Cynthia and two UUA consultants would like to share our thoughts on the ministerial future of Tri-UU.


Your Pet Pics Wanted

On Sunday, June 5 we will have a pet blessing service.  Well behaved pets are welcome.  Pictures of pets are desired for the Whistlestop that Sunday.  Please send a picture of your pet along with your pet’s name, your name and a brief sentence or two about your pet.  Please send these to Rev. Snavely at by Monday, May 30. 

Brainstorm Team Meeting


Even though the building was closed for most of the past fiscal year, the work of the many teams that keep Tri-UU running and that provide Sunday services, chats, special programs, outdoor gatherings and social justice activities kept on meeting and accomplishing much good work! In the next couple of Timetables, we will share with you the lists of accomplishments that have been provided by each team. Perhaps you will see that the work of these teams fits your interests or skills. Come be a volunteer!

Fun and Friendship Accomplishments 2021-2022

Tri UU’s Fun and Friendship team works to ensure that each person at Tri UU experiences acceptance, finds open-minded discussions, feels valued and respected. The Team supports the joy in human connection and fosters strong connection of minds and hearts. Friendships and fun do not require large acts and big events. Kind words, active listening, being present, and simple acts of kindness are invaluable. 


Fellowship is experienced at Tri UU in Virtual Sunday services, Zoom Chats  Chalice Circles, team meetings, book club meetings, Wednesday evening meditations, etc. These, and many more connections among Tri UU members provide opportunities for collaboration, work, conversation, and fun. 


Fun and Friendship, zoom style , brought people together for campfire songs, weekly Bingo games and virtual celebrations including a zoomed Valentines Day Talent Show and Salute to Mother Nature Show in May. Appreciations to Donna Kagan, Frank Kelly and Dan Wolf for supporting these fun events. 

Climate Action Team members Margaret Wineman and Jane Riffe, in partnership with Fun and Friendship, planned and led a very well attended and wonderful field trip to Silver Springs in Feb. 2021. 

A second collaboration between the Climate Action Team and Fun and Friendship Team resulted in a trip to Prairie Creek Preserve and Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery in Gainesville. The Guided Tour of forest and meadows at Prairie Creek Preserve and Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery. The mission of Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery is to provide a natural burial choice that conserves land and reunites people with the Earth. 


Walks at Hog Eye Trail in Fenney Village, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, Griffin Lake State Park, Venetian Gardens in Leesburg , Paradise Park in The Villages were enjoyed by many. Trips to see the manatees at Rainbow Springs, Appleton Museum, and the Butterfly Exhibit in Gainesville were also enjoyed. 

Several Bingo sessions, Coffee Talks, and a Sunday afternoon picnic took place under the portico at Tri UU. Twenty-four people attended a mid-February gathering with former Ministerial Intern Joe Donatone, outside at Jan D.’s home . 

The first after service hospitality hour in two years took place outside in mid-March 2022 thanks to the support and enthusiasm of Gretchen Lewis. Fun and Friendship supported the Love Letters show in February.  Thanks are due to the many people who made that event a grand success.

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Al Solberg, long-time Tri-UU member and former choir director passed away Monday, April 4 at 2:00am at Cornerstone Hospice. Notes of condolence for the family may be sent to his wife Nancy Solberg at 2115 Sansores St. The Villages, FL 32159. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 11:00am at TriUU and on Zoom. Donations in Al's memory may be made to Tri-UU Box 829 Summerfield, FL 34492 or to Cornerstone Hospice 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL  32778.


When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same prices with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Tri-UU. AmazonSmile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.


When you sign up at, enter Tri-County Unitarian Universalists as your charity. 

Yellow Shirts

If you want a new or your own "Side With Love" shirt so you are ready for the next protest.  Social Justice has a supply for sale at their table.  If you want other Side with love merch (Hats, stoles, large sizes) you can Click here to go to the Side with Love Spot in the UU Bookstore.


Side With Love Supports Abortion Access

Click HERE for the Side With Love Action Team Report on the news about Roe V Wade. 

Click HERE for your

Current Board of Trustees

Click HERE for the

Minutes from Annual Meeting of 2022

Click HERE for the

 April 2022 Board of Trustees meeting minutes


Click HERE for our TriUU Community Bulletin Board


Click HERE for the text of select recent sermons. 

Click HERE for our Facebook page for videos of recent services.

Click HERE for our 2021 Volunteers

Click HERE for our updated Congregation History


TriUU Share Sessions

The Regular Share Sessions through the
end of the month are open

RSVP for speakers sessions is encouraged. Helen Dohn or 518-209-2596) Speakers are Underlined!

Video recordings are available for Leadership Reviews, Building Bridges Interviews, and some speakers by contacting Myra Symons (

The Share Session "On Race" is changing from weekly on Thursdays to monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 4 pm.

Any Share Sessions not detailed  below are open chats

Monday, May 16th 10 am

On  Zoom

Brunch with the minister

Monday, May 16th, 4 pm

Trivia with the gang

Tuesday May 17, 4 pm

In the News with Jan Droegkamp

Monday, May 23rd, 10 am

On  Zoom

Brunch with the minister

Monday, May 23rd, 4 pm

Trivia with the gang

Tuesday May 24th, 4 pm

In the News with Jan Droegkamp

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The Tri-UU BOOK CLUB meets at 1:00 via Zoom

Contact Cindy Grossman

For dates and details check the schedule HERE

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Sunday, May 15th,

10:30 - 11:20 

Sunday Service 

Wednesday, May 18th

7:00pm - 7:30pm

Buddhist Meditation Session

My usual day off is Saturday.  Do not fear.  I rearrange my schedule for weddings, memorial services, and congregational events.

Rev. Cynthia Snavely

Interim Minister,

Tri-County Unitarian Universalists


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Rev. Snavely on Vacation

Rev. Snavely will be on vacation traveling to Maryland for her oldest grandson’s high school graduation Friday, May 20 through Thursday, May 26.  Brunch with the Minister on Monday, May 23 will be an open share session.  Buddhist Meditation on Wednesday, May 25 will be led by Ivett Garza.  Rev. Snavely may be reached for emergencies at 240-475-2111.

Train of Thought

We will begin May with a flower communion as a part of our Beltane/May Day service.  The flower communion was begun by Rev. Norbert Capek (1870-1942), who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia.  He wanted to create a ritual for his mostly formerly Catholic congregation that would give them some of the ritual they missed without the theology that they had rejected.  In the flower communion each person brings a flower which represents oneself.  These are put together into a basket(s) or a vase(s) representing the community of the congregation.  At the end of service each person takes a flower brought by someone else to represent the gifts we share with one another.  Rev. Maja Capek, wife of Norbert Capek, introduced flower communion to the United States on a tour here.  She was unable to return to Prague due to the outbreak of World War II.  Norbert Capek died in a Nazi concentration camp during the war. 

As we remember the Capeks let us keep in our hearts all people currently living in or refugees from countries at war or in conflict; Ukraine, Yemen, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and unfortunately more. A prayer by Prudence Jones, “May the Great Goddess watch over all peoples and bring them to the flowering of their fulfilment.  May She nourish and protect them, who are all, unknowing, Her Children. 

“May she bring to them the knowledge of their fellowship within Her Hall, in which all races live, of their companionship at Her Table, from which all nations eat.

“May all the (people) of Earth take up the stewardship of their inheritance.  May joy and fulfillment come to those who care for this bright globe; may understanding come to those who labour unaware.

“Let the grace of the Goddess be born within us all, the children of Earth and Heaven.  Let the knowledge of Her fellowship guide our actions and our lives.”

April 9, 1931- April 26, 2022

Reverend Mary Louise DeWolf, a second generation Floridian, was born in Crescent City Florida, the
fourth and last child of Nettie Louise Holley DeWolf and Levant Prior DeWolf, Sr. She was the valedictorian of her senior class in Crescent City High School, the same high school from which her two parents had graduated.
She also was the pianist and organist of the First Methodist Church for four years, and the captain of the All Star basketball team in the St. Johns Conference in her senior year.
After attending Florida State University for three years, she transferred to the University of Florida
where she received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in the field of Science Education. While at FSU, Mary Louise played the piano for physical education dance classes. At UF she was a student assistant in the music department where she accompanied voice students and played for summer musical productions. She also played
the organ for Sunday services at the Wesley Foundation, and was active in the Sigma Kappa Sorority.
Following graduation, Rev. DeWolf taught physical education one year in Sebring, FL, and biology and
chemistry for 29 years in other schools in Florida, England, Georgia, and California. During these years she was the Co-Founder with her late husband, Harold (Bud) Evans, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Valdosta, GA; an organizer of the Southeast Winter Institute in Miami (SWIM); President of the Unitarian Universalist Society in Sacramento, CA; Membership Chair, Vice President and President of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Miami; and member of the Florida District board of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
This was followed by teaching biology at three Community Colleges in Jacksonville, FL. Then she and her husband, John DeWolf-Hurt, served eight years as Co-District Executives of the Unitarian Universalist
Association in the Florida District and the western half of the Mid-South District from Nashville, TN to New
Orleans, LA. During this time, she began her studies for the Unitarian Universalist ministry. After retiring from
the Co-District Executive position and the death of her husband, she continued her studies while preaching at
the UU churches within reasonable driving distances from her residence in Ocala.
In 2000 Ms. DeWolf married Robert L. Campbell. In 2001, Ms. DeWolf was ordained in the Unitarian
Universalist ministry by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County, and received her second
Master's degree, this time in Religious Studies at USF. In 2003, she became the part-time minister at Nature
Coast Unitarian Universalists in Citrus Springs and served for seven years. This was followed by being
awarded Minister Emerita, and publishing her book, A Cracker Gal Finds Religion. Her next niche was
volunteering with the Citrus Democrats.
Rev. DeWolf was preceded in death by her husband Bob. She has been a resident of The Windsor of
Ocala since 2017 and is survived by her sister, Grace Trice, Ocala, FL; step-son and his wife, Gifford and
Michele Campbell, Salem, MA; step-son Randy Hurt and his wife Kathy of Ellijay, GA; and nine nieces and
A memorial service is planned for June 4 at 11:00AM at Roberts Downtown Chapel, 606 SW
2nd Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34471.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of Marion County or Nature Coast

Minister-Led Events Multi-Platform

Brunch with the Minister Mondays at 10am will be held online and in person in the conference room at TriUU.

On Race will be held the first Thursday of the month at 4pm online and in the conference room at TriUU.

Buddhist Meditation will be held on Wednesdays at 7pm online and in the sanctuary at TriUU.


Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Responses from Side with Love, Hungarian Unitarian Church, and UUSC

In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Unitarian Universalist organizations have been responding. The UUA issued a statement, "Supporting Those Impacted by the Crisis in Ukraine." To quote the Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray:

"We continue to join in solidarity with so many around the world and pray for the people of Ukraine. Our hearts go out to those who are enduring devastating loss of life, violence, instability, and upheaval due to Russia’s unprovoked invasion. Our UU faith calls us to remain committed to justice and we believe we have a moral responsibility to support the creation of peace and the equal rights of all people.”

Side with Love's director, the Rev. Ashley Horan released a statement on Feb. 25, From Texas to Ukraine: Interdependence Over Imperialism, saying:

"Our faith aspires to build a different kind of world. At its best, Unitarian Universalism gracefully holds at its center a reverence for both the individual and the collective. Our congregations covenant to affirm and promote “the inherent worth and dignity of every human being” alongside “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” In practice, this means working for a world in which individual freedoms are in balance with collective thriving."

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) director, the Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, issued “We Demand An End to the Bloodshed”: UUSC Responds to Vladimir Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine. Morn also listed several international NGOs working in and around Ukraine as suggested recipients of support: HIAS, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the International Rescue Committee, the Ukrainian-American Crisis Response Committee of Michigan, and Win Without War.

Hungarian Unitarian Church, based in Romania, helping refugees 

The Hungarian Unitarian Church, based in Cluj/Kolozsvár, Romania, is helping families fleeing Ukraine. The Hungarian Unitarian Church has issued a call for aid (PDF) that includes information on how to send money to their organization directly. The church can be contacted by email at or by phone +40 740 083 039.

Want to Know More About Native Americans in Florida and the Nation?

Back Copies of “The Seminole Tribune” are available on top of the Climate Action bookshelf.  Articles on Native land and water issues including dealing with climate change are included, but there are also articles on Native artists, Native peoples appointed to office, and Native youth in sports.   Please feel free to take, read and return at your leisure.


05/02  Jehuda Frydman

05/05  Steve Burt

05/07  Fran Frydman

05/08 Joe Donatone

05/11   Andrea Coburn

05/14   Marjorie Rhem

05/20   Lynn Worthington

05/25   Nancy Solberg

05/28   Rosie Dunn

Welcome to the Care Team

Welcome to the Care Team (a sub-team of the Membership Team) chaired by Judi Bessette.) We exist to help all our members faced with a life crisis. Need a doctor visit? Give us a call and we will get you there and bring you home again. The pharmacy or grocery store?  A visit or phone call?  Maybe a casserole or bread pudding? Whatever helps you to overcome the Need Help time in your life, we are here!


Judi Bessette – (414) 581-9146-
Andrea Coburn – (352) 408-4920-
Lorraine Connors – (352) 259-3390 –
Gretchen Lewis – (219) 314-9141 –
Ginger Ryan – (518) P421-444 –
Marcia Wolfe – (973) 479-7894 –



The Website, Timetable, and Calendar

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Facebook updates

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Constant Contact and Address Changes

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To schedule Zoom meetings:

  Helene Kirschbaum -

Breast Cancer Thrivers' Support Group

The Zoom meeting of the Breast Cancer Thrivers' support group will be on the first Saturday every month at 1:00 pm. For information contact Nancy Garrison

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Register Now for In-Person GA 2022!

Registration is now open for in-person attendance. Full-time registration is $575 for adults, and $275 for high school youth, emerging adults, and retired and candidate ministers. Financial support for registration, lodging credit within the GA housing block, as well as a payment plan are available.

Register Now for GA 2022!

Registration is now open for in-person attendance and virtual attendance. Financial support for registration, lodging credit within the GA housing block, as well as a payment plan are available. 

GA Collections Fuel Our Movement


This year’s GA collections benefit the Living Tradition Fund, the Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Side with Love, and this year’s local beneficiary of the Sunday worship collection, East County Rising Community Projects (ECRCP). ECRCP builds grassroots leadership within East Multnomah County to create an equitable, inclusive, and livable community centered on the needs of the most underrepresented and marginalized residents.


During each collection participants will have an opportunity to donate online, via text-to-give, or through the GA mobile app using a credit card, PayPal, or Apple Pay—these are the preferred, as well as the fastest, safest ways to donate. For those who prefer to donate by check, or via a donor advised fund or IRA qualified charitable distribution, registrants will receive a mailer a few days prior to GA with instructions on how to do this. Onsite attendees will still be able to place cash or checks into the collection basket.


Visit to learn more about the collections as well as the Express Donate option—make one gift that is evenly divided between all four of this year’s beneficiaries.

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