One of my philosophy professors in college brought a miracle in a little box to class one day. During his morning routine of grinding coffee beans to brew coffee, he discovered one bean had escaped the whirling blades and remained whole. A miracle!

Years later, I encountered that same professor during Coffee Hour in Freeman Hall at the Unitarian Universalist Community of Charlotte (UUCC) and reconnected. Maybe not a miracle, but for me, a happy twist of fate.

And an experience that might not have happened if not for the volunteers in the UUCC kitchen making coffee hour happen. If they weren’t there, he or I might not have lingered after the service, and I would have missed the chance to share coffee and conversation with someone who had had an impact on my life.

I don’t mean to imply that if you volunteer as a coffee server one Sunday a month (a role that entails preparing the coffee, tea, and snacks that help fuel lively conversations in Freeman Hall) you will definitely facilitate long-lost connections, but you will help maintain existing connections in our community, create new ones, and maybe, just maybe, create the conditions for a conversation that begins with the question, “Do you remember me?”

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our community. Are you interested in volunteering as a coffee server? If you would like to be a coffee server or volunteer at the UUCC in a different role, email Director of Member Relations Kelly Greene (Kelly(at) or use the volunteer form to let us know how you’d like to serve.