glowing chaliceThe FORUM
Monthly Newletter of MVUUF
March 2008
Volume LV, No. 7
MVUUF Building by Lew Hann
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8690 Yankee Street
Dayton, OH  45458
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                                 Rev. Amy Russell

Rev. Amy Russell

I remember an Easter many, many years ago when I had just discovered that I was pregnant with my first child. My husband and I were spending Easter in New York with my parents, and my three sisters. I still remember as I announced to my family our exciting news and watching as surprise and joy bloomed on their faces. As their faces grew with amazement at this new miracle coming into our lives, I realized that my life was changing and that this event would change us all.


Many events in our lives are transforming in this way. A new job or career, a new relationship, even going through a serious illness and recovering is a way that our life changes so dramatically, we are born anew.


The metaphor of resurrection that the Christian story of Easter portrays tells us something about this transformation. It tells us that something must die, for something else to be born. We live through our Good Fridays to somehow dig through to our Easter mornings. Most of the time it doesn't happen in three days.


Change is almost always painful. Right now we are considering how to deal with the Peace Flags project which was created with great unity, energy, and joyfulness. We have been asked to consider our neighbors and their feelings. We are being asked to change direction. This is not easy. Especially when so much wonderful community spirit was generated by this project.


Whatever we decide, I hope that we will realize that in the creation of the project, much was given to this community. But that in change, old things might die, and new things will be born. We might consider how we might envision a more permanent peace memorial. We might consider how to get our neighbors involved in a peace project.


We must consider how to maintain the energy of the project and how not to lose that in our disagreement about this. Disagreement can be healthy. But disrespect is not healthy. I hope we will continue to respect each other for the passion we each have for this Beloved community and the work we do together.


March 2 at 11:00 AM

Infinite Possibilities of the Universe

Rev. Amy Russell

We perceive reality through the senses that give information to our brain that in turn interprets this information into a sense of our own reality. Our senses are limited. Are there ways of viewing the universe beyond our senses and our rational mind? Many philosophers ask these questions and allow us to ponder, "What is the nature of reality if we allow for all possibilities?"

Also at this service, an installation ceremony will be held to honor our 2008/2009 Board and Program Council Representatives.

March 9 at 11:00 AM

Listening in the Silence

Rev. Amy Russell

We don't have enough silence in our noisy, busy world today. Silence is seen as holy in many faith traditions. Prayer and meditation are often done in hushed quietude. What is the benefit of silence and how do we find it?


March 16 at 11:00 AM

Humanism: One of the Four Faiths

Rev. Amy Russell

As a part of a sermon series entitled "Four Faiths," this sermon will discuss the aspects of Humanism that speak to a certain segment of our congregations. The sermon series will also include sermons on Theism, Naturalism, and Mysticism. These divisions of faith were introduced by Fred Campbell in his book, Religious Integrity for Everyone.

FRIDAY, March 21 at 7:30 PM
Good Friday Service
Rev. Chuck Thomas


Good Friday, as commemorated by the Dayton UU community has never been about Jesus, certainly not just about Jesus. It is a difficult day to commemorate. Not everyone can appreciate it. You aren't likely to understand Good Friday unless, like Jesus, you have suffered pain you don't deserve; or have failed at something that really mattered; or faced up to a situation that you desperately wanted to avoid; or have felt that people who believe in you, and look up to you, expect great things from you, and you know that you don't have a single great thing left to give.


If any of that reminds you of something or sometime in your life or sounds familiar in any way, you are invited to the Fellowship for Good Friday worship. Please bring your own past or present despair. We promise you will not be asked to talk about it and no one will try to talk you out of it. What we will do is stand together in common acknowledgement that when the worst happens, it is every bit as bad as it is. Come let us show you that you are not alone. Come show us that we are not alone.



Opening the planning of the Good Friday service is a tradition as old in the Dayton UU community as the service itself. Anyone wishing to help plan the worship service should call Chuck Thomas. We will start with recent years' services that have worked well, but the best way to make it better is with your input. Thanks for your help and support.


March 23 at 11:00 AM

Born Again in Every Moment

Rev. Amy Russell

Process theology suggests the godlike creativity alive in every moment. The Easter story and Passover story give us metaphors for this rebirth.


March 30 at 11:00 AM

The Language of Irreverence

Carol Narigon, Alice Diebel and Joe Zimmerman

Unitarian Universalists have been talking about the Language of Reverence and how we might be more spiritually awakened through the language we use. We talk about the Language of Irreverence. How does such talk benefit our human condition?

                                             By Judy Rengel, Membership Rep

MVUUF records show that we have 161 voting, 49 associate and 9 member emeritus members. How wonderful that 219 people at one point in their lives decided to become a part of our beloved community. Some members joined many years ago when we were First Church while others joined as recently as last month. New members generally tell us why they are joining but what about the reason for staying? I asked a few of our members "What keeps you at MVUUF?"


Sylvia said it is because she believes UUism is the most important movement in the USA. Dane stays because he has found a terrific group of diverse people and he loves the philosophy.  Linda initially joined in 1992 because she was looking for a religious community for her children. However, 16 years later she realizes she stays because of her need for a spiritual community. Deb's response is representative of many of our members, "I have a spiritual home in which to freely explore and develop my beliefs surrounded by loving and supportive people. Who could ask for more?"


What is your response to the question, "What keeps you at MVUUF?"

Participate in our survey now by clicking the link below! Last day to participate in the survey is March 31.



Meg Barnhouse            Rev. Amy Russell
Meg Barnhouse (L) and Kiya Heartwood
Chalice Dessert Men Who Cook
Chalice Dessert Featured at Men Who Cook
Rev. Amy Russell           Rev. Amy Russell

"Men Who Cook" was a Great Success! 
Men Who Cook and Toast         Rev. Amy Russell
Meg Barnhouse Concert pictures by Lew Hann.
Men Who Cook pictures by Judy Rengel.

We send healing thoughts to Bettie Nickell who is recovering from surgery.


We are happy to see that Ellen Beck and Gary Courts have each been able to return to church, as they continue to convalesce from their surgeries.


We are proud of the brave way little Jasmine is learning to cope with her diabetes and the whole Cyan family as they rally around her.


We will continue to hold Sarah and Peter Hewitt in our hearts since learning the devastating news that their baby was stillborn in early February.
We were sorry to hear of the death of Bev Wince's sister and best friend from high school this past month.
We send our thoughts and prayers to Kathleen Pennington for the death of her father.

                                                                                                Photo credit Lew Hann
Children's Mandela by Lew Hann
                                                       By Natalie Spriggs
Natalie SpriggsEvery time I go to write a letter for The Forum, I realize that the YRE program is going through an exciting time. Last month our numbers were growing, the month before was the beginning of the New Year, and this month excitement is still in the air. The curriculum subcommittee has just started meeting. This subcommittee has a magnificent, important job!  We will choose not only the curriculum used for this summer and next school year, but the model in which the curriculum will be presented. There will be some great changes going on in youth religious education. Keep your eyes and ears open.
Look above this article or in our Gathering Space to see the Mandala created by our Grade K to 5 children during Children's Chapel, along with their facilitators Shannon Harper and Cynthia Brooks. The Mandala project took the children several months to create. Thanks to Lew Hann for taking the photo.

I am also pleased to announce the addition of our new preschool program. The new Pre K class will begin on March 2 and is for children 3 to 5 years old. The leaders for this class are Sean Halpin and Katie Reese as well as Kayleigh Harvey as the classroom helper. The class will be using the curriculum "Chalice Children" and will meet every Sunday starting at 11:00 AM! 

Here are the upcoming events for YRE in March:

Saturday, March 1 at 6:00 PM

Mystery Friends Dinner (the end to a wonderful intergenerational event)


Sunday morning, March 2

Children's Chapel and Youth Worship


Saturday, March 8 at 6:00 to 9:30 PM

Service Auction (Fun workshops and a movie for the children)


Sunday morning, March 9

Class (YRE Committee meeting after service)


Friday to Sunday, March 14, 15, 16

Heartland UU Junior High Conference onsite


Sunday morning, March 16



Sunday morning, March 23

Class (Easter)


Sunday morning, March 30



As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. It is best to reach me via email at You can also reach me via phone at 436-3628. Thank you everyone for all of your support to our YRE program.


A Heartland District Junior High Conference will be held at the Fellowship on March 14 through 16. Youth from 6th through 8th grades, as well as fun adults are invited. The $30 registration fee will include:

  • Workshops and Activities
  • Fun
  • Social Justice Projects
  • Worship
  • Group Games Galore!
  • Crafts

Be sure to bring sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, clothes for Saturday and Sunday, cards, and a musical instrument if you desire. Be there or be square, er, star!


Adult volunteers are still needed to chaperone the conference, especially first aid certified people. Let Natalie know if you are willing to help.


Click here for more information on Constellation!


Registrations due by March 9th


Due to the Easter holiday, the young adult group will meet on Sunday, March 30 at 12:30 PM at the Fellowship; topic to be announced on the young adult list serve. The group also has several social activities coming up that are also announced on the list serve. For more information, see Marisa Head or Jennifer Henry, or send an email to

 Soup is served

Soup's On for Peace!


On March 29, MVUUF will host its 3rd Annual Soup Supper. This year, we are partnering with the Dayton International Peace Museum (see article below to learn more about the Museum). Local artisans and students have donated handmade bowls for 200 people to use for their soup and then take home with them as a memento of the evening. We will have delicious soup and bread from local restaurants, salad, and dessert. Peace Museum staff will have an interesting presentation to share with us, and they are even contributing salad and volunteers for the event. Those of you who have attended this event in the past know what an elegant and enjoyable affair it is.


In addition to the Soup Supper, the Peace Museum will have the Peacemobile here for tours, and will also offer special tours connected to the Soup event on both Saturday and Sunday.


So what do we need from you? We need to sell tickets for this event. You can help first of all by buying tickets and attending yourself, but also by getting the word out to friends and acquaintances and inviting them to attend. All tickets for the event must be sold ahead of time, so we can guarantee we have enough food and bowls for all attendees. Tickets will be on sale in the Gathering Space beginning Sunday, March 9. Our goal is to raise $4000 to benefit the Peace Museum, so your help is vital!


MVUUF Soup Supper

To benefit the Dayton International Peace Museum

Saturday, March 29, 5:30 PM

At the Fellowship

$20.00 per person

All tickets sold in advance, no sales at the door.



Buy tickets in the Gathering Space beginning Sunday, March 9

or  contact The Dayton International Peace Museum at  

(937) 227-3223. There will be other opportunities for you to get involved! Contact Ann Rismiller or Kate Santucci for more information.


This year, MVUUF's Third Annual Soup Supper will benefit The Dayton International Peace Museum (see article above). Like other museums, the Peace Museum is dedicated to displaying, preserving, creating, encouraging and celebrating the artifacts of peace that further its mission: to inspire a culture of peace.


Respect is a core value of the Museum. It is expressed in the inclusive welcome all people receive, no matter what creed, race, religion, idea, or other areas of the diverse worldwide peace community they represent. The only requirement when visitors and volunteers come to the Museum is openness to nonviolent solutions and showing respect for others.


As a cultural institution, the Peace Museum is dedicated to finding areas of unity and common ground. The Museum works to achieve consensus and to minimize the fear that closes minds. Polarizing symbols and unnecessary antagonisms are avoided. Politicization is absent. The Museum's focus is on nonviolent solutions that can be used in the present and future to create peace. All ways to work for peace, both internal and external, are included in Museum sponsored exhibits, activities, and events.


Many have said that being associated with the Museum has led to a positive transformational experience in their lives. Whether it is working with the international peace community, or creating the next generation of peacemakers through local educational programs, volunteers put into practice the practical, nonviolent solutions the Museum represents.


You can visit the Dayton International Peace Museum at 208 West Monument Avenue in Dayton. Call them at (937) 227-3223.



UUMen is coordinating collection and delivery of household goods to Catholic Social Services (CSS), which is finding housing and settling refugees from around the world, including an increasing number of Iraqi families. 


For a list of the items needed and for information about pickup and delivery, contact Richard Donnelly at

UUMen also will be volunteering to help clean and fix up houses into which these families will be moving. Clean up/fix up dates and times might be on short notice as CSS sometimes doesn't secure housing until a day or two before the family arrives. If you are interested in volunteering, let Richard know and he will put you on the email/phone call notification list.

MVUUF will use a third of the March and April 2008 basket collections (donations that are not designated as "pledges") to purchase beds for refugee families currently being settled in Dayton. This  dovetails with the efforts of the UUMen's Group which is organizing donations of labor and goods to help these families (see article above). Many  have several children, and there is a great need for twin beds, available for ninety five dollars to the lead agency, Catholic Social Services (CSS). Our goal is five beds!


Many of the refugees are Iraqis who worked with the U.S. in Iraq at great risk to themselves and their families. Others are from a variety of African countries. In December and January, ninety six families were settled in our area! You can learn more about the CSS refugee program on their website.

The Other Place logo

March 8 Menu

Tossed Salad
Whole Fruit
Desserts (provided by Dorothy Lane Market)
2% Milk and 100% Juices
To provide a dish or help serve, send an email to today!

The 2008 Service Auction Needs You


Join us for "Midnight at the Oasis"!!


The 2008 MVUUF Service Auction is happening Saturday, March 8 from 6:00 to 9:30 PM.  This is not just one of our biggest social events of the year, it is also our biggest fund raiser of the year, and we need everyone's help to make it a success.


First, we need your donations!  Newcomers might ask, "what kind of donations?"  People donate both services and items.  Example services include: hosting a dinner for eight people, hosting a party with board games for twelve people, hosting a picnic on a hiking trail for six people, computer tech support for four hours, handyman services for a day, pet sitting or house sitting, a one hour yoga lesson.Be creative! Other folks prefer to donate items such as baked goods, arts/crafts, or collectibles. (Please save "garage sale" items for the spring sale.)


Second, if you can help with the party or the auction, volunteers are needed. We need help with child care, decorations, setup, cleanup, bringing snacks for kids, and keeping the serving tables stocked with food from the kitchen.


A special appeal from the Decorating Crew: Help! We need Middle Eastern or Aladdin Lamp themed decorations. Call Diane Dover or Robin Farinet.

It's not too late to get involved! Contact Scott Leonard.

Attention New Members, Not So New Members, and Friends: Sign up for Small Group Dinners!


A great way to get to know others in the Fellowship and to have a lot of  fun is be a part of the Small Group Dinners. Groups of 8 to 10 meet at each other's homes once a month for dinner and conversation. You can participate as a guest/host or a guest only.


New groups will form in March and meet through June. To join contact Jay Snively at

The Fellowship Gourmets' next dining experience will be at C'est Tout, a casual French bistro:
March 22
6:00 PM
C'est Tout
2600 Far Hills Avenue
RSVP to Cyndi Reeves at

Sunday, March 16
If you're wild about films, join Cinemaniacs the third Sunday every month at The Neon movie theater for the 4:30 to 5:30ish showing.  The title and time will be sent by email late in the week just prior to the Sunday event. Everyone is welcome! After the movie, we meet in the lobby for fellowship and discussion. Send questions or requests to be added to the Cinemaniacs email list to Pete Hering at

Linda Yoder and Cindi Remm will lead a workshop on using recycled materials to create beautiful art later this month. Watch for the bulletin notice announcing the date and time of the workshop.
New Fellowship member, Brad Kochunas, is willing to facilitate classes on psychological astrology at no cost if there is sufficient interest and a room available. Please contact him for details at

The Community Discussion Group is an adult group that meets every Sunday morning at 9:30 to 10:45 AM in the Founders' Room for fellowship and thought provoking discussion. A chance to let your hair down, speak your mind or say nothing at all, without criticism. Up close and personal. Please join us!


Sunday, March 2
Having Fun with Words

Literate people enjoy the use of words. We work crossword puzzles. We tell jokes. We pun a lot. Bring your favorite riddle, limerick, story, etc. and we will share some fun. Moderator: Jim Faulconer


Sunday, March 9

Overpopulation: Reality or Hype?

In a 1967 magazine article, Paul Ehrlich (author of 1968's famous book The Population Explosion and currently the Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University) predicted that the world would experience famines sometime between 1970 and 1985 due to population growth outstripping resources. Is Ehrlich completely off base in his overpopulation concerns, or was it just the timeline that he got wrong? Is population always a drain on limited resources or, as some suggest, can population itself comprise an important resource? Moderator: Ralf Grisard


Sunday, March 16
What is Enlightenment?

This discussion was inspired by the theories of Andrew Cohen, widely recognized in the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality, founder of What is Enlightenment magazine, and acclaimed author of numerous books including Living Enlightenment: A Call for Evolution Beyond Ego. Moderator: Joe Lawrence 


Sunday, March 23
Is Science a Faith?

Having science dominate the approaches to new knowledge excludes other means of gaining new knowledge. Is this positive or negative? What competes with scientific method? How does scientific method differ from faith? How are differences in belief solved by faith methods? By scientific methods?  Moderator: Tom Brown


Sunday, March 30
Our Personal Fears

Spiders, criticism, travel, failure, death, intimacy, loneliness and just about anything can be a source of fear for someone. We'll share our childhood fears, irrational fears, realistic fears, fears we've overcome and current fears that affect our quality of life. Why do we hang on to fear? How do we cope with fear or rid ourselves of fear? Is fear valuable? Moderator: Lindy McDonough


                                  From the Community Discussion Group

1,000 Places to See Before You Die in the USA and Canada, by Patricia Schultz, 2007. Lots of good ideas for trips near and far with descriptions of natural areas, historic sites, museums, entertainment venues, and more. Recommended by Mike Nelson.


Acts of Love, Judith Michael, 1996, fiction. Forty-five year old stage director falls in love with author of old letters to his grandmother. Fascinating behind the scenes look at the work of acting and directing. Recommended by Elfi Purkey.


Bogart, by A.M. Sperber and Eric Lax, 1997. A biography of Humphrey Bogart. Recommended by Harvey Scott.


A Certain Smile, by Judith Michael, 1999, fiction. Clothing designer goes to China where her clothes are produced and where she unexpectedly falls in love. Recommended by Elfi Purkey.


The Chatham School Affair, by Thomas Cook, 1997, fiction. A suspense novel detailing a crime of passion that takes place amid the rigid environment of an elite New England boys' school. A good mystery. Recommended by Jim Faulconer.


A Company of Adventurers, by Peter Newman, 2004. History of Canada as seen through the history of the Hudson's Bay Company. Recommended by Tom Starr.


Easy Way to Quit Smoking, by Allen Carr, 2005. Allen, through this book and numerous smoking clinics, has helped thousands quit. He does not believe smoking is a habit, but an addiction exacerbated by stress and boredom.


Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card, 1985. Science Fiction. Child-hero Ender Wiggins  must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive. Recommended by Tom Cruse.


The Enemy Within: Saving America from the Liberal Assault Against Our Schools, Faith and Military, by Michael Savage, 2003. A book blasting the far left liberal agenda. Recommended by Bryan Jenner.


The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins, 2006. Noted scientist speaks out on the irrationality of belief in God and argues that religion fuels war, bigotry, child abuse, violence and other ills.


Infidel, by Ayaan Kirsi Ali, 2007. Author recounts the story of her life from traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia and escape from a forced marriage to becoming an activist for women's rights. Recommended by Jim Faulconer.


The Jesus Tomb, by Simcha Jacobovici, 2006. Combining history, archaeology and science, the author develops and supports the theory that an ossuary found in Jerusalem in 1980 is the tomb of Jesus. Recommended by Roxane Wright.


The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin, 2007. Recommended by Ruby Powell.


Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, by Robert Wright, 2000. Nonzero means that we can have a positive effect in our lives if we cooperate rather than compete. Recommended by Joe Lawrence.


Now They Call Me Infidel, by Nonie Darwish, 2006. Account of an affluent Egyptian woman raised to hate Americans and Jews and who chose to relocate to U.S. because of the violence in her culture. Recommended by Jim Faulconer.


Powers of Ten: A Flipbook, by Charles and Ray Eames, 1998. An orderly picture book dealing with relative size ranging from the edge of the universe to an atom in a man's hand. Very good for describing scale in the universe, large and small. Recommended by Tom Brown.


The Rumpole Books, by John Clifford Mortimer. About a humorous and courageous London barrister who triumphs over the forces of prejudice and meanness. Fun reading if you like mysteries. Recommended by Jim Faulconer.


A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson, 2003/2005. Special Illustrated Edition. An interesting, entertaining sweep across the history of discovery and invention, from the origins of the earth, the beginnings of life, biology, geology, physics, chemistry, and more. Recommended by Lindy McDonough.


Snowflower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See, 2006, fiction. A wonderful and realistic view of the culture of China in the early nineteenth century told through the lives of two girls growing up and going through foot binding, oppression, and other practices of that time. They lived apart from men, except their husbands, and developed a secret style of writing to help support each other. Recommended by Carol Vincent.


Undoing Depression. What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You, by Richard O'Connor, 1977. Excellent coverage of all aspects of depression. Very readable. Very useful. Recommended by Tom Brown.


Varieties of Visual Experience, by E. Feldman, 1987/1992. Aspects of art: social, political and aesthetic, and issues in art criticism. Recommended by Sam Kramer.


What Color is Your Parachute for Retirement? by Richard Bolles and John Nelson, 2007. Helpful guide for people anticipating or in retirement; practical exercises and resources for developing a map for the retirement, finding health, happiness and fulfillment in retirement. Recommended by John Bohley.


The Women's Group is studying topics from The Spirit of Life UU curriculum through March. The Spirit of Life study is the adult part of the UUA's new Tapestry of Life series of courses on spirituality for all ages. The group explores a different aspect of spirituality each week, prompted by the lines of the familiar song. There are discussions and activities each Sunday at 9:30 AM, and all women are invited to attend. Feel free to drop in for individual topics. If you have any questions, contact Barb Weber or Shirley Forrest.


Upcoming discussions



March 2
Roots Hold Me Close: Tradition, Teachers and Spiritual Formation



March 9
Wings Set Me Free: Hopes, Dreams and Expanding Vision



March 16
Come to Us: Closing and Continuing in the Future



THE SMART CHOICES is a women's group that meets at the Fellowship, the first and third Monday evenings each month at 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM. Our main purpose is to have an enjoyable evening out together. Sometimes we learn something new, sometimes we share a talent, sometimes we even go someplace special. It is a good way for the MVUUF women to get to know each other better. Many of us car pool, which is fun, in itself. Come and join us. There is no need to RSVP, just drop in and see what we are about.


March 3:  Bring a song on cassette tape or CD, or sing one to us! 


March 17:  Meet at 6:00 PM at El Meson Restaurant (near where Woody's Market was) for a St. Patrick's Day celebration.


April 7:  Come prepared to talk about a book that impacted your life.


April 21:  Sylvia Wince will teach us the American Manual Alphabet (with handout). Yes, you will really learn it in about an hour! With so many of us beginning to lose our hearing, it is an important communication tool to know.


The MVUUF Daytime Book Club meets on a Wednesday each month to discuss the chosen book of the month. We are not a serious book review group. Come even if you have not read the book we discuss. It is fun, we learn new things, and we go to lunch together afterwards, in a local restaurant. We like to go to restaurants that are not "chains". We are in the process of choosing books for this year's reading list. The books chosen must be currently available in local libraries, and they must have been read by the person who suggests the book. We meet at the Fellowship at 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Anyone is welcome!


March 12

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (author of Atonement)


April (Date TBA)

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner)
May (Date TBA):
For One More Day by Mitch Albom (author of Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven)

The Evening Book Discussion Group will meet at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 11 at Ann Snively's house to discuss A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.


On April 8 the meeting will be at 7:00 PM at Alice Diebel's house for a discussion of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.


The selection for May 13 will be Funny in Farsi: a Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas, which is this year's "Big Read" selection. The meeting will be at Cassie Rogers' house.


New participants are welcome.  Contact Ann Snively if you would like more information about the group.

MVUUF CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans)


Explore the beauty of Pagan, Goddess, and Earth-centered spiritualities woven together with Unitarian Universalism.


Upcoming Events


Sunday, March 2 at 12:30 PM

Session 3 of UU Paganism Workshop


Sunday, March 9, 12:30 PM

Open Social Gathering


Sunday, March 16, 1:00 PM

Ostara Ritual (Spring Equinox)


Sunday, March 23, 12:30 PM

Open Social Gathering


Sunday, March 30, 12:30 PM

Open Social Gathering

All members and friends of MVUUF are welcome! 
Contact any member of MVUUF CUUPS for additional information.

                                                                              By Dane Mutter

March is the wonderful transition month that moves us from the icy blasts of winter to the warm reality of another spring season. The Gregorian Calendar has listed Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 1:48 AM EDT, as the magic time when sun crosses the equator, day and night are equal in length and it's Spring again.


To pass the time till Spring, Dane Mutter and Maury Wyckoff will have books available in the Gathering Space on Sunday, March 2, following the service.


GEMS OF THE GREATER DAYTON REGION is a coffee table book featuring some of the special places of the Miami Valley. Part One was written by Dane Mutter, Natural Gems of the Region and Part Two, Cultural & Historical Treasures, by Brian Hackett, former director of the Montgomery County Historical Society. Publisher Allan L. Horvath Publications, Gail Horvath, Editor.


Wonderful photos are from area photographers including our own Maury Wyckoff (see Maury's lovely Riverscape photo below), several Tripod Camera Club members and others. Forward by David and Doris Ponitz, introduction by Tony Hall and afterward by Christine and Ralph Dull.



Price $35.95