Special Events 

The  Trials of Muhammad Ali  :  a Social Action film event!

the-trials-of-muhammad-ali-768x350The Social Action Committee’s next film showing is Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm. “No conventional sports documentary, The Trials of Muhammad Ali investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject’s life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America’s controversies over race, religion, and war.” (from the movie trailer)  The discussion after the movie will be led by Maria Santelli, Executive Director, Center on Conscience and War.   Questions? Call Suzanne Ziglar at 581-0564.

O.W.L. Training Levels 7-9/10-12
Flat Rock, NC
September 16, 17 and 18, 2016
Registration Deadline is August 1st


If you really want to attend a weekend O.W.L. training for the middle and high school grades in Western North Carolina I must have your tuition money in hand, postmarked on or before August first. I need the money before I sign a contract with the facilitators and the agreement for the site rental. I will notify you in early August if I have collected and deposited enough money to cover the expenses to run the training. If I have not met the financial goal to run the training and I have to cancel the event, your money will be returned in full. Otherwise, your tuition payment is NOT refundable, but it is transferable if you find someone else to take your place or if I have a waiting list.

So here is the scoop:

Location: Highland Lake Cove Retreat Center, Flat Rock, NC.
The retreat center is near Hendersonville and a 40 minute drive south of Asheville. We will be in a beautiful wooded camp-like setting with views of the lake.

Housing: There are four options:

  1. If you want to sleep at this rustic retreat center indicate on your registration form that you would like a space in a newly constructed bunk house. You’ll be using a communal bath house located a short distance from the bunk houses. The cost is $25 a night.
  2. The Hendersonville Fellowship has offered complimentary home stays for participants of the training.
  3. If you want to personally pay for and treat yourself to a bit of luxury, the adjacent Highland Lake Inn ( has a selection of lovely accommodations.
  4. You may book a hotel nearby.


  1. $225 NONREFUNDABLE per person includes the cost of your training, workshop supplies, rental of the meeting room and kitchen, and all of your meals.
  2. If you don’t already have a 2014 (Second Edition) O.W.L. Manual for grades 7 through 9, you will need to purchase one and bring it to the training class with you. The cost it is $75 (plus S/H) per copy. In the spiritual practice of being morally responsible role models, please do not violate copyright law and bring photocopies of the manual. Let’s support the authors and publisher of this high quality curriculum by purchasing the published manual. If you will be teaching the curriculum for grades 10-12, please order the manual for that level and bring it to the workshop. It costs $60. It can be ordered from this link:
  3. Housing costs are variable, depending upon where you choose to stay.
  4. Whatever it costs for your transportation to get you to and from your home to Flat Rock, NC.

The Schedule:

Check in will begin at 5:00 on Friday, Sept. 16th. Dinner will be at 6:00 and we will have a training session on Friday evening after dinner. You will be heading home on Sunday, Sept. 18th, no later than 3:00 in the afternoon.

We are not able to provide childcare during the training.

Your Trainers:

  • Rev. June Grugg, UCC, Charlotte, NC
  • Erica Hazra, UU, Decatur, GA

Your Volunteer Registrar:

  • Scott Shaw

Your Volunteer Cook:

  • Milt Warden


  • Send an email requesting a registration form to:
  • Your Volunteer Training Event Coordinator:
  • Carolyn Shorkey
  • She will send you a registration form.

REMEMBER: The event will be cancelled if Scott doesn’t receive enough money by August first to cover the expenses to run the training.

Past Events (a sample)

10995888_10153127306441810_5419178005050043603_n1“An Evening with David Roth”

Saturday, July 2, 2016, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
Suggested donation $15 – $20, no one turned away

David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As he returns to the Swannanoa Gathering, catch him at “An Evening with David Roth” on Saturday, July 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Join us at UUCSV, 500 Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Suggested donation $15 to $20, no one turned away. For information contact Ginny Moreland. Join us for an intimate roller coaster ride of song and story! See more details here or visit David’s website.


A Pete Seeger Songfest, featuring Jim Scott
Friday, June 19th, 2015 7:30 pm
Suggested Donation:  $10 to $15 at the door

We’ll honor Pete Seeger, singing many of his well-loved songs such as If I Had a Hammer, Turn, Turn, Turn, Where Have All the Flowers Gone and many others.  All interested singers welcome, no experience necessary.  Led by composer/guitarist Jim Scott, who knew Pete well and collaborated on many projects with the folk legend, we’ll raise our voices for the causes Pete championed and remember the great contributions to our American heritage Pete made in his 94 years of life.

UUCSV Annual Congregational Meeting
June 7th, 2015, following the Sunday Service

Quorum and Votes needed to approve:

  • Slate of nominees  for new Board of Trustee members,
  • 2015-2016 Annual Budget
  • By-laws change to add definition of “Sustaining Friends”

Full details on the agenda.

“Last Chance for Eden” film showing

The Community Dialogues on Race continue, beginning with a two part showing of “Last Chance for Eden.”  The first part will be shown at UUCSV Tuesday night, April 14th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Part Two will be on Tuesday April 28th, same time and place.  This description is from the producers’ website:

Last Chance for Eden is a documentary about nine men and women discussing the issues of racism and sexism in the workplace. They examine the impact of society’s stereotypes on their lives in the workplace, in their personal relationships and within their families and in their communities. In the course of their dialogue, they also explore the differences and similarities between racism and sexism – an area that has seldom been researched, but has heatedly become a very important issue needing to be understood and dealt with. (2002, 90 minutes)

Community Dialogues on Race

Two local churches have joined forces to offer a four-week series of Community Dialogues on Race, beginning Tuesday, February 10. The two-hour programs will feature films, group exercises, and dialogue, facilitated by the Rev. Michael J.S. Carter of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley. The partner church is Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church.

All sessions will be held at UUCSV frrom 6:30 to 8:30  pm

The dates (after some weather-related revisions) are:

1. Tuesday, February 10
2. Tuesday, February  24
3. Tuesday, March 1
4. Tuesday, March 10

It is not necessary to attend all four sessions!  Come when you can.

Organizers of the series are the Rev. Carter, the Rev. Wayne Purcell of Thomas Chapel, and Roberta Madden, a member of the UU church’s Social Action Committee. The program is free and open to everyone. Interested persons are encouraged to register by emailing Roberta Madden at

Talent Show and Silent Auction – Saturday March 14th, 6:00 pm

Please join the UUCSV Community in a Talent Show and Auction Event which will raise money for the Coming of Age Yuuth to go to Boston.  We’ll have refreshments prepared by our youth, opportunities to bid on a variety of donated items, products, services, and experiences.  Begining at 7:00 pm, we’ll enjoy stories, songs, skits, poetry and music from many of our talented members and freinds.   Admission is a recommended minimum donation of $10 per person or $25/family. This is going to be an evening for all of us to remember!

Room in the Inn
Friday 26, September, 2014
Black Mountain Presbyterian Church Annex

UUCSV will be providing all the meals (including bag lunches), the van drivers, and overnight volunteers for that day. It will be the last one for the year in Black Mountain.

Video Series About Corporate Rule

First Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Doors Open at 6:30 pm
Question and Answer at 8:00 pm

  •  5 June – “The United States of ALEC”
  • 3 July – “Legalize Democracy”
  • 7 August – “The Story of Citizens United v. FEC”

Learn about the nationwide campaign to amend the Constitution to return corporations to their earlier state when they were not given the rights of citizens, when money wasn’t speech and Congress could regulate money in politics.

Trillium – A Festival of Follies and Flings
Saturday, 3 May, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Baked goodies, plants, books, furniture, household goods, antiques, jewelry, tools, toys, etc. will be for sale. (No clothes, mattresses, electronics, or junk.) The children’s festival will have face painting and fun games sponsored by our Religious Education department. This huge yard sale’s profits will be used for the work of our UUCSV church, and to support our partner church in Romania. Donations may be dropped by the church the week of April 27 through May 2, 10-7, and forms are available for tax deductions. Contact Barbara at or 828-333-2721.

A Radical Idea: Equality for Women
Tuesday, 15 April, 2014, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Anna Stearns and Roberta Madden will present a program at our church on the current status of the Equal Rights Amendment.  Anna and Robbie are leaders of RATIFY ERA-NC, a statewide organization dedicated to making the ERA part of the U.S. Constitution.  Current focus is to pass pending legislation in Congress that will eliminate the 1982 deadline and require only three more of the necessary 38 (three-fourths) states to ratify the amendment.
For more information contact

Room in the Inn
Friday, 28 March, 2014
Black Mountain Methodist Church

Sign up begins for our first Room in the Inn event for this year. This is a highly successful program for homeless women in the community and Social Action is very grateful for all the help our congregation has provided over the years.
As usual, we will need morning and evening drivers and overnight volunteers as well as food for all meals. Anyone who wishes to sign up can add their name to the sign-up sheet in the foyer or by phone or email (

Concert MANY ROOTS, ONE MUSIC with Bera College Folk Roots Ensemble
Saturday, 15 March, 7 pm

folk_rootsThe Berea College Folk-Roots Ensemble performs a wide range of traditions-based music. They take Appalachian music as their touchstone and from there branch out into other styles, including Appalachian, English, Irish, Quebecois, blues, singer-songwriter, and spirituals. Elizabeth DiSavino directs the ensemble.
Many Roots, One Music is a musical reflection on Berea College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.” The Folk-Roots Ensemble is one of many diverse groups from the Berea College Music Program.
Tickets are $10 and $8 for students.

“Corporate Personhood” – Introduction to the concept and how to get involved
Thursday, 27 February, 2014, 7 pm – 9 pm
UUCSV Sanctuary

Showing the DVD “A Call to Action Against Corporate Rule” by David Cobb
Opportunity to sign MTA petition
Sale of MTA Tee Shirts
Sponsored by UUCSV Social Action Committee and Move to Amend Buncombe County
Contact: Geoffrey Stone at 828-669-0619


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