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A Message from our Minister:

Fall is a time of ingathering.  The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sheridan (UUFS) invites you to join us.  Let me introduce myself.  I’m Rev. Kali Hayslett; Rev. Kali.  This past summer (2017), I began serving as the Fellowship’s contract minister.  I’m a pretty new resident to the West.  My partner and I moved out here last fall.  We live in Fort Smith., MT.  I was fortunate to find a home here at UUFS.  From day one, this congregation welcomed me into their services and their lives.  The Fellowship has a long history of lay leadership that is still alive today.  I share ministry with the congregation.  You will see me leading service once a month.  The rest of the time I can be found helping out in our Religious Education classes or creating joint services for the whole congregation with different members.

I am a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and a lifelong UU.  After several years of ministry as a chaplain, working in hospitals and hospice, I took a break to travel and work for the National Park Service with my partner who is a law enforcement ranger.  It was those travels that brought us to the border of Wyoming and Montana.  I am glad you’re reading this and I hope you’ll check us out some Sunday.  I am also available for pastoral care and activities outside our Sunday services, such as weddings and funerals.

As a liberal religious voice in our community we welcome you.  We as Unitarian Universalists understand what it’s like to feel disconnected from the standard versions of worship.  Maybe you left church or your faith tradition because of past hurts, differences in theology, a new relationship, or even concerns of not being accepted because of your gender, sexuality, or race.  At UUFS, all are welcome.  We look forward to meeting you!

Rev. Kali Hayslett  
Board Certified Chaplain
Ordained Unitarian Universalist
National Park Service Employee

The newly elected 2018-2019 Congregational Board takes office July 1, 2019:

President: Bill Bradshaw (2 year term)

Vice President/Membership: Michelle LaGory

Co-Secretaries: Katie & Matt Egging

Treasurer: Ramona Stine

Worship Chair: Victory Ashear

Religious Education Chair (youth): Ian Wallace

Long Term Planning: Sue Roberts

Social Action: Don White
Special Activities: Bernie Barlow & Barbara Walter

Care and Concerns: Mary Rathbun

Ministerial Association: Roger Sanders and Rev. Kali DeHart

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Unitarian Universalism in Brief

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion born of the Jewish and Christian traditions.  We keep our minds open to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places.

We believe that personal experience, conscience, and reason should be the final authorities in religion.  In the end, religious authority lies not in a book, person, or institution, but in ourselves.  We put religious insights to the test of our hearts and minds.

We uphold the free search for truth.  We will not be bound by a statement of belief.  We do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed.  Ours is a free faith.

(Excerpts from "We are Unitarian Universalists," by Marta Flanagan, © 1999 Unitarian Universalist Association)

Have You Been a Unitarian Universalist Without Knowing It?

Frequently we hear people say, "I have been a Unitarian Universalist for years without knowing it!"  It may be true for you, but how can you tell?  As a beginning, you can see if any of these questions have a familiar, personal ring:

  • I cannot accept religious beliefs on faith alone.  Is there a religion for me?
  • I believe in many things: human dignity, ethical effort, the constant search for truth, and the need for more human community and harmony with the natural order, but I cannot bind my beliefs to a creedal test.  What church would want me?
  • Some churches seem to insist that religious truth is revealed and complete.  Does any religious tradition welcome the idea that truth is a growing, not a finished, thing?
  • A child should be allowed to discover religion in his or her own unfolding life, not through a process of indoctrination.  What church practices this?
  • Can a religious community be effective and still encourage each member to be a free, individual self?
  • There is beauty and truth in many of the world's religious faiths.  Is there a faith that does not claim to have all the answers?
  • Where is there a religion that honestly encourages the fullest possible use of reason?
  • Can persons from any religious background--or no religious background--find a religious community where all are welcome without "conversion" or "renunciation"?
  • I want to be free to affirm--or doubt--and still be religious.  Where can I find a religious community that calls no honest doubt "heresy" and no honest affirmation "unworthy"?

If you find something of your own thought, experience, and searching in these questions, there is probably an exciting place for you in Unitarian Universalism.

From the historical affirmation of the unity of God (Unitarian) to the universal salvation of all souls (Universalism), UU beliefs have expanded to a broader concept of a unity in diversity that affirms the supreme worth of all persons bound together through love.  We cherish wide differences of religious belief and spiritual expression within our ranks, yet there is a sustaining bond of union expressed in the covenant affirmed by the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, expressed as the UU Principles:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

(Excerpts from "Meet the Unitarian Universalists," by Jack Mendelsohn, © 1997 Unitarian Universalist Association)


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