Are we UU?

There are two big reveals in this blog.    The first (and most important) from the last blog…why was I playing an accordion with my head?

Surprisingly no one got it right.  Although there were some very interesting guesses.

 

I was doing a scavenger hunt and the task was to “play a musical instrument with a body part that isn’t usually used to play it”.

Enjoy more pictures from that scavenger hunt later in this blog.  (no guessing needed)

But first I’d like to talk UU.

Is Saug-For-All a UU camp?

I’ve had several comments and questions this summer about this.  The name poll brought the question up again as some of the choices will have UU in our name.  To answer that question, we need to look at SaugForAll’s beginning.  Whether you knew it or not we’ve always been a UU camp.

SaugForAll began as a kind of spin off camp.  It was started to allow AMUUSE campers ( a camp for UU singles) to keep going to camp after they were in a committed relationship.  In the late 1990’s when AMUUSE decided to no longer allow couples to attend, SaugForAll was born.

AMUUSE has always been a UU camp.  SaugForAll has also always been a UU camp.


scavenger task break: task number M2:

 “create a portrait using any art form”  (My media was edamame pasta on corelle plate.)


What about UU?
In a nutshell, being UU is about being open to the world, embracing social justice, respecting everyone, and loving the earth.

When I started coming to camp I was a UU church member.   From my experiences in UU churches, I can tell you that many of our camp traditions are very common in UU.  Things like check-ins, love of coffee, snacks at all meetings, along with a broad interest in social justice, and a love of music, poetry, philosophy and art are quintessential UU.  These things are also loved and enjoyed by many non-UU communities (and our non-UU campers).

Are there things that a UU camp doesn’t do that most UU churches do?  Well, at camp we have a lot less committees, fundraising, and a lot less time in religious services.  Our time together is mostly fun, growth and friendship and the spiritual activities (like vespers and sufi) are optional.

The church talks about how to be a UU, camp is an experience of UU.

UU isn’t like most religions with a strong dogma or a defining belief system.  People don’t get baptised or confirmed or bar mitzvahed into being a UU.  Part of being a UU is to not make a big deal out of being one.

I went to a UU church for about 10 years and while I still believe in the principles and philosophies I no longer attend.   Although I no longer go to UU church, I still want to go to a UU camp.

What’s a UU camp?

I’ll quote from AMUUSE’s current website where they state:

What does UU stand for?  Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a liberal religion with Judeo-Christian roots. It has no creed to which one must subscribe. It affirms the dignity of all, and advocates freedom of belief. UU works to provide a warm, open, supportive community for those who believe ethical living is the highest religious expression. You need not be a Unitarian Universalist to attend.”

Back when Jon and Joan Lager started their couples camp, even though it didn’t have UU in the name, it was a UU camp.  It was part of the  Council of UU camps and Conferences.  And, just like AMUUSE, they welcomed all adults UU or not.  There was a definite UU connection.

What about our website?  The SaugForAll website has always mentioned UU.  Here’s what we say:

Eligibility: Any adult 21 or over. Our community is comprised of singles and couples. While we are affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist religion, a camper need not be a UU member to attend but should agree with our 7 principles. Saug-for-All is a member of the Council of Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences.”


scavenger task break: task number D3:

“That’s not how you ride a bike.  Ride a bike incorrectly, but stay safe.”


What are the 7 principles (that we ask campers to agree with)?

At  http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles the official list reads…

1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our community*;

4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our communities* and in society at large;

6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

* I’ve replaced the word “congregation” with “community”, because that’s a better fit for what we are at camp.

I feel these are very appropriate for Saug-For-All.  They work as basic principles and I certainly think all our campers (UU or not) would agree with these.

 


scavenger task break: task number D7:

“Go inside somewhere you’ve never been.”

Channeling my inner ‘old woman’ in a shoe.


While I agree that are downsides to any organized religion, I can’t think of another group that better fits the philosophy of what I experience at camp.

Whether we do or don’t say we’re a UU camp, we’ll still have the same ideals and be the same community.

We want to encourage new people to come to camp.  From a practical standpoint it’s very helpful if we can give them an idea of what camp will be like.  Saying we’re “UU” summarizes a lot of ideas that are hard to describe.

You can call it being UU or you can call it being a decent human being, but either way we want to be that and to meet others that aspire to be that at camp.


Break:  And lastly a picture from our visit to Luss, Scotland:

It’s quite possible that this tyrannosaurus running through town was a task on some Scottish scavenger hunt.


Now for the second big reveal:

The votes are in and the winning name is…

Simply Amazing UU Gathering   aka   S.A.U.G.

We like it the way camp has been and it’s been UU.  Having “UU” in our name doesn’t make us different.  We create camp.  We invite our friends, and we welcome people who find us on their own.  With UU in the name I hope even more like-minded people will join us (beyond just friends of friends) and make both weeks at camp a success.

name that tune

I’ve been using my head.
Any guesses as to how/why this picture happened? If you can guess correctly, email me or comment here.   First correct answer will get a $25 discount on the camp week at Dekoven or an accordion concert, your choice. (I recommend the discount.)

If you missed the news, there will be 2 camps next summer. Because of some really fun legal issues  we get to pick new names for each camp. Those of you that came to Nissokone in 2017 filled a large pad of paper with name ideas.

Thanks to all who helped us with name ideas for our camps next summer. Sandy Kreger is running a week of camp at Nissokone June 17-23, 2018. That camp already has a name that I’ll let Sandy announce in one of her newsletters (hint: it was one of the suggestions we got at camp).

We know some of our campers feel that camp will always be SaugForAll and both of our names will honor that name. Sandy’s has the initials S.F.A. Mine will have the initials S.A.U.G.

The week of camp I’m running is August 5-11, 2018 at Dekoven. Mine will be based on another name suggestion suggestion we got, to have the acronym for my camp be S.A.U.G. I’ve come up with a lot of ideas and have narrowed it down to a few favorites (with the help of my Saug-For-All LLC members). Now I’m going to let you decide. Yes it’s a…  gasp…. *poll. I’ll leave this up for a couple of weeks and announce the new name after that.

Here’s the options we chose from. Thanks for voting, the poll closed on October 5th.

*Note: Poll result numbers won’t be published. The name getting the most votes will win. In case of a tie I will decide the winner.