glowing chaliceThe FORUM
Monthly Newsletter of MVUUF
June 2008
Volume LV, No. 10
MVUUF Building by Lew Hann
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Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

8690 Yankee Street
Dayton, OH  45458
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Are you or a family member celebrating a graduation this year? Let the office know by June 16 to be included in the grad listing in the bulletin. Tell us the name, school and degree in an email to now!

                               By Rev. Amy Russell

Rev. Amy Russell

Abraham Heschel, one of the most widely respected Jewish leaders of our time, writes that the goal of spiritual living is not to "amass a wealth of information but to face sacred moments". He tells us that Judaism is a religion not of sacred things, but of sacred time. The Old Testament tells stories of meaningful events in time around which Jewish holidays have been created to commemorate the sacredness of God coming into the life of the people of Israel in time.


As Unitarian Universalists, we all have different views on God and how we interact with the universe. But we all experience something like a "sacred moment". We may not call it that. We may call it an "Aha" moment, or a mountaintop experience, or just a special time. But these moments stay with us and we remember them as often helping to shine the way for us. It may just get us through that difficult day, or week. Or it may change our lives.


I was describing to someone the other day how camping out with Girl Scouts was one of those special times in my life. As a young person, I loved these trips into the woods. They were special both due to the time spent with close friends and because of the feeling of sacredness that I felt being in nature. I remember the "Scout's Own" which was an interfaith spiritual ceremony that we planned together for each campout.


We'd gather in a circle sitting on logs or rocks. We'd usually start with a song. One of those wonderful songs like "The Ashgrove". Then we'd have some quiet meditation time. We'd do readings or share experiences from what we had learned that weekend. Sound familiar? These rituals were very much like a Unitarian Universalist service. There wasn't any mention of any particular faith, but very much a focus on the sacredness of our time together. Now that I think about it, I remember that our Scout leader was a Unitarian. But I didn't know anything about being a UU at the time.


There are many other sacred moments in my life: the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, the realization of my call to ministry which happened in Westminster Abby. All of these were turning points in my life when something within me and something in the universe reached out to grab me and hold me by my deepest sense of the sacred.


Too often, I run through my life and miss moments that could be named as sacred. Walking in the woods, digging in the garden, or hugging a friend can become a spiritual moment of the day. But it only happens when I'm aware of it, when I have the gratitude to recognize it and savor it.


June 1 at 11:00 AM
Tao, UU and You 

Rev. Amy Russell

Between Taoist thought and Unitarian Universalist principles there are some common threads. Taoism has no religious dogma, no commandments, and honors our inter-connectedness to nature. Transcendentalist thought reflects many of the concepts of Tao. We'll examine "the way" in both of these religious movements.


June 8 at 11:00 AM

Age of Reason

Natalie Spriggs-Trobridge and Rev. Amy Russell

An Intergenerational Service Celebration for our Age of Reason catechism class is planned. This is the end of an eight-week program for the Youth and Religious Education Program's second and third graders. These children will present what being Unitarian Universalist means to them. Their families will also support the children with words of encouragement.


June 15 at 11:00 AM

Michael Servetus: Reformer

Rev. Amy Russell

Michael Servetus is seen as a forebear of our Unitarian movement. He was a doctor, a philosopher, and a reformer of religious thought.


June 22 at 11:00 AM

Celebrating the Solstice

Rev. Amy Russell and others

We'll honor our graduates and our RE teachers on this Sunday. Let the office know if you or a family member have a graduation to celebrate so the name may be included. Send the name, school and degree to now. We'll also celebrate the summer solstice with some ancient rituals.


June 29 at 11:00 AM

Baptizing an Ancestor: The Religious Thought of Oscar Wilde

Joe Law

What do Wilde's comments on religion, particularly his statements about Jesus, have to say to Unitarian Universalists today? Resist anything but the temptation to explore the topic.


Amy Russell will be on summer break July 3 to July 31. She will attend the UUA General Assembly June 26-29. Pastoral support during Amy's absence will be announced later.

Leslie Woodward

All members and friends are invited to  attend the ordination of Leslie Woodward at the Fellowship on Sunday, June 15 at 4:00 PM. Please share this special milestone with Leslie, long time and beloved member of the Fellowship.
If you are a voting member, please plan to attend the Congregational Meeting to be held shortly after the Sunday service on June 22.  The following agenda items will be addressed:


  • Approve a budget for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2008.
  • Approve bylaw changes for the Committee on Ministry.
  • Elect a member to the Committee on Ministry (the nominated candidate is Barbara Weber).
  • Elect persons to the positions of Vice President, Treasurer, and Operations Representative. The board appointed Karen Evans as Vice President, Alice Diebel as Treasurer, and Dave Rengel as Operations Representative in its March and April board meetings. These persons are nominated for their respective positions to fill out the remainder of their respective terms of office.
  • Present the Juline Renfro and Unsung UU awards.


Board and Program Council: please submit reports to be published in the Congregational Meeting Packet to the office by Tuesday, June 10.
Do you want to stay up to date with your 2007-2008 pledge? Final payments are due by June 30, the close of the fiscal year. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS!

The UUMen's caulk and paint day has been rescheduled for two Saturdays, June 21 and June 28. Come join UUMen for breakfast at 8:30 AM on either day. On the 21st, we'll pull loose nails, drive screws and caulk the exterior wall battens and on the 28th, we'll prime and paint the walls around the main entrance.


Please RSVP to Richard Donnelly so we'll know how many mouths to feed and hands to fill with tools (also, to advise if you can bring: step or extension ladders, caulking guns, nail pullers, power screwdrivers, paint roller, roller pan etc.). Richard also could use some help power washing the walls at noon on Saturday, June 7. 

2008 Garage SaleThe 2008 Garage & Plant Sale was a huge success, earning the Fellowship $2,500! Thanks to Trena Swanke, Judy & Dave Rengel, and the myriad volunteers who helped with pricing, cleaning, and staging. Thanks also to those who donated and attended this annual event!

We were sorry to learn that Gwynneth and Lee Risley's son Jared has died and we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

The memorial service for Rima Nickell's brother John will take place at the Fellowship on Saturday, June 7 at 10:00 AM.
We send our condolences to the family of Elsie Sizemore, who passed away. Services for Elsie will take place at the Fellowship on Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 AM.
We send our sympathy to Trena Swanke upon the recent death of her brother.
We were sorry to learn that Ann Franklin, an early church member, died recently in Michigan.
We send our sympathy to Alice Diebel upon the recent death of her neice.
To Lynn Haven, who injured her ankle just days after the other ankle healed. 
To Sylvia Wince, who recently underwent surgery.
To Tony Greiner, who is recovering from a heart attack.
To Shirley Gezinski's sister, who is ill.
To Ben Olive, who is at Miami Valley Hospital.
To Gayle Gyure, as she deals with health concerns.
To Bettie Nickell, who is still at Bellbrook Rehabilitation & Health Center. We know she would appreciate calls, cards and visits.
To Heather Holland, as she faces legal problems with her son's birthmother.
We bid farewell to newlywed members Pat & Sam DeSimio who have moved to Omaha, but promised to keep in touch.
Thank you to Kim & John Bohley for all their good work with the coffee hour program. And welcome to Sheila Adams, who has agreed to lead the project.
Finally, very happy news: Congratulations to Yolanda Crooms and David Cobb who have announced they are expecting twins!
                                                                            By Judy Rengel 
     Membership Status:  Voting 173, Associate 54, Total 227
UU TreasuresDuring the monthly Welcoming Session visitors are told of the many opportunities available to them at MVUUF. In presenting this information we seek a balance in letting them know about our activities yet not send them into overload with everything we have going on.  Once the visitor becomes a member I suspect he/she still strives to find that balance. 
We are pleased that so many of our new members stepped up to help with the Plant & Garage Sale, May Day celebration, and BalanceService Auction. Have you found your balance yet? We're an active fellowship with numerous and various activities. If you haven't participated in an activity yet, answer our next call for volunteers. You don't need to sign up for everything, but you'll greatly benefit by trying at least one. And your help is really needed!
Find your balance.

                                                                              By Don Ferguson

First Unitarian Church


The First Unitarian Church had a total of 17 ministers starting in 1910, and serving the church and community for 88 years until 1998. The first minister was Dr. Troward H. Marshall, who had a Ph.D degree from Harvard. Mrs. Marshall had a Ph. D degree from Radcliffe. Rev. Marshall and his wife served from 1910 to 1915, and got the church off to a good start.


Some of the early church members included John H. Patterson of NCR fame; Arthur E. Morgan, who helped build flood control dams and became President of Antioch College; Charles H. and Marie Kumler, of Rike-Kumler fame; Agnes Bryne Wolff, a visiting nurse, who helped organize this service into a national organization; and Mrs. H. J. Orrman, a music teacher who was church pianist for 25 years.


Rev. John Morris Evans (1916 to 1919), born of Welsh parents, was raised in the U.S. and educated at Oxford University in England and Bucknell University in the U.S. Rev. Arthur L. Weatherly (1919 to 1921) came after World War I and had been a delegate aboard the Ford Peace Ship after the war. Rev. Lawrence R. Plank (1921 to 1925), paid particular attention to aesthetic appointments. Rev. James W. MacDonald (1925 to 1928) was born in England and was the son of a coal miner. His family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, and he attended a Unitarian Theological school in America. He was a Unitarian Minister in Lincoln, Nebraska, before coming to First Church. Rev. Edwin H. Wilson (1928 to 1932) served a four year term at First Church and published the national Unitarian newsletter, Dawn. He moved on to the Third Unitarian Church of Chicago, and continued to publish Dawn until 1941. He signed the Humanist Manifesto in 1939 and started The Humanist magazine, published by Antioch College, and still published to this day.


Note: The rest of the ministers of the First Unitarian Church will be covered in the next issue of "A Brief History."


What people had to say about last year's MVUUF Retreat:


"I hope we do this again next year; we would like to stay the entire weekend!"


"I truly enjoyed being with Fellowship friends. I got to know some people that I had only "met" before. Grailville is a great place for us to be. I only wish more people would/could come."


"I really liked having the option to do things in a group or by myself; it was a lot more peaceful than I expected."


Grailville air viewIt's time to plan ahead for the 2008 MVUUF Fall Retreat! For the third year, we will be having an overnight retreat at Grailville Retreat Center in Loveland, Ohio. The retreat this year will be Friday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 5th. In order to reserve our space for that weekend, we need to guarantee our attendance with a deposit. Therefore, we need YOU to make plans now for the retreat.


Click here and print out the RETREAT FORM


Access the simple form here and return it to Ann Rismiller no later than July 1, along with a deposit of $20 per person. (A deposit is not needed at this time for your children under 16 if they are sleeping on the floor in your room, but we do need to know if your child/children will be attending!)  When your deposit is received, you will be contacted with further information regarding your total cost and other things you'll need to know. You can make your deposit now and receive a full refund if you cancel by September 1st.


The cost for the weekend is around $90.00 per adult (unless you request special accommodations). There are options that allow you to participate in part of the weekend if you are not able to go "full out." Please print out and complete the registration form and drop it off with a $20 deposit check (for each adult or child over age 16), written to MVUUF, with "Retreat" on the memo line. Place your completed form in the RETREAT mailbox (by the North door at the center of the building) or give it to Ann Rismiller or Jennie Hardy. If you need fee assistance, we hope to offer a number of partial "camperships." Contact Ann Rismiller at


Here are some of last year's activities: campfires, bird walks, coffee shop, bead-making, corn-hole tournament, nature hikes, group games, Sunday worship, drawing/painting workshops, yoga, t'ai chi, sweat your prayers, playing with polymer clay, sing along and storytime.


Grailville Labyrinth ViewGrailville is 300 acres of rolling pastures, woods, nonprofit farm, organic gardens, constructed "water treatment" wetlands, pine grove, ponds and two labyrinths, with a cluster of homey buildings that are rented for retreats, weddings, conferences and private get-aways. Come for the fellowship, nature, workshops, classes, book and gift shop, and for the yummy meals! (See below for more information on meals). 


Click here to visit the Grailville website!

 Here is the cost breakdown for the retreat:


Room fee, per bed, for the weekend: $50.00 *

Room fee per child under 16, if sleeping in parent's room on floor: $5.00 **

Meal Fee per adult:  $25.50 for 4 meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast)

Meal Fee per child: $21.50 for 4 meals ***

Materials Fee: $10.00 per person over 5 years of age.

Fee for Saturday only attendees:  $25.50 (covers 2 meals and materials fee)


* Individuals over the age of 16 must pay for a bed space to stay overnight.

** There are 2 beds per room. If you wish to have a room to yourself, you must pay for both beds.

*** Parents with very young children (toddlers) may choose to bring their own food for the children. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for this purpose.


Meals: Grailville prepares wonderful, healthy buffet-style meals, often using fresh produce grown organically onsite, always with vegetarian options. We'll have our own carry-in meal on Friday, and Grailville will do the cooking for us on Saturday and Sunday!


Make your reservations by July 1! It's a great weekend with opportunities for everyone to enjoy. You won't want to miss out!

General Assembly LogoGeneral Assembly
A Meeting of Congregations
June 25-29, 2008
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Common Threads

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. All UUs are invited and encouraged to attend.

                                                                         By Sylvia Wince 
Did you know that there is a wonderful Unitarian Universalist Summer Camp right here in Ohio? A person does not have to go to "The Mountain" or to "SUUSI" to have an exciting week with Unitarian Universalists. The Ohio Meadville District Summer Institute 2008 will be at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, just northeast of Columbus. The dates are Sunday, July 13 through Saturday, July 19. This is a very affordable vacation!
The theme this year is "Living Out Loud: Speaking Up as Religious Liberals." Theme speaker is Meg Barnhouse, author of "Mango Thoughts in a Meatloaf Town". 
It is intergenerational and so much fun. Sylvia and Bev Wince have attended this summer institute nine different years; in fact, they met in 1985 at the Ohio Meadville District Summer Institute!
The next Worship Committee will be held on Monday, June 2 at 7:00 PM at the Fellowship. The meeting was rescheduled because of the Memorial Day holiday. All are welcome.
                                                              By Natalie Spriggs
Natalie Spriggs
 We are happy to welcome so many new families in the Youth Religious Education Program! To help build connections between new families at MVUUF and families that have been with us for a while, we will start having Park and Picnic Days. The first Sunday of each month, after services, all families are invited to join us at the chosen park for that day (see parks below). Pack your lunch or pick up fast food on the way. Join other families for lunch then play. What happens if we get rained out? We will move the park day to the following (second) Sunday.
Here is a list of the dates and parks:
June 1
Stubbs Park
July 6
Activity Center Park
August 3
Cox Arboretum
The second and third graders are working hard and having fun in their Age of Reason class. They began this catechism class in April. It is hard to believe it is almost over. June 8 will be an intergenerational service celebration for the Age of Reason class. These children will talk about what being Unitarian Universalist means to them. Their families will take part in the momentous event as well.

Our Summer Program is about to take off. The first day of summer classes is just around the corner beginning June 15. Our theme this summer is Mother Earth. The first part of the summer we will concentrate on gardening and the earth, the second half of the summer we will learn about recycling and living green. People are excited about this summer's program ideas. If you are passionate about living green and would like to be a part of our summer YRE program, please contact me or check out the summer YRE volunteer display in the Gathering Space (spots are filling up fast!). If you can only volunteer for one Sunday, that is fine. Here is our summer program schedule:

Summer Program Schedule
For age groups K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-12th
June 15: Gardening
June 22: Stepping Stones
June 29: (9:30-12:30) Field Trip to Cox Arboretum
July 6: Children's and Youth Worship
July 13: Composting
July 20: Tin Can Herb Pots, can creation
July 27: Tin Can Herb Pots, planting herbs
August 3: Children's and Youth Worship
August 10: Recycled Art Workshop
August 17: Recycling Charts and Relay Races
August 24: Recycled bags workshop
August 31: End of the summer Earth Party
*Preschool will follow a similar program with 3 rotating teachers
Also, during our summer program, we will be taking our first field trip since I have been at MVUUF. On June 29, we will head out to Cox Arboretum. Dave Nolin will be leading us on this fieldtrip with his nature expertise. If you are interested in helping YRE with this fieldtrip, please let me know or check the display in the Gathering Space. This will be a wonderful fieldtrip!
Our "school year" is coming to an end. The last day of class was May 25. June 1 is Children's and Youth Worship, followed by an intergenerational service celebration for our Age of Reason class. Our teachers have done such a fabulous job this year! All the parents and students are raving about what a wonderful time they are having in our YRE program. To help thank the teachers for working so hard, the YRE committee will be hosting a Teacher Appreciation brunch on June 22, at 9:45 AM. The YRE committee is asking support from the rest of the congregation. We are asking for others (not the teachers) to donate brunch items for this event to help thank our teachers for their commitment to the YRE program. Beginning June 1, look for the circulating clipboard and sign up to donate food for June 22. Please consider donating as your way of thanking our teachers for such a wonderful job in helping shape our UU future.
Thank you everyone for all that you do! If you have any questions about our upcoming summer program or anything else related to YRE, please let me know. You can contact me via email at
Smile, Natalie
June YRE schedule
June 1:
Children's and Youth Worship
Workshop/Studio Rotation Sub-committee meeting
9:45-10:45 AM (Focus: Themes)
YRE Family Park Day, after service at Stubbs Park

June 8:
Intergenerational Service-Age of Reason

June 15:
First Day of Summer Programming
Workshop/Studio Rotation Sub-committee meeting 9:45-10:45 AM
(Focus: Publishing AND Plan for Orientation)
YRE committee meeting (12:30 PM short meeting)

June 22:
Teacher Recognition Breakfast 9:45 AM
Teacher Recognition during service
Congregational Meeting after service
June 29:
Field Trip to Cox Arboretum (meet at MVUUF at 9:30 AM and return at 12:30 PM)
YRE needs your help. We need updated books for children and youth and teachers' resources books. Everyone is invited to take a look at our Adopt a Book display in the Gathering Space. Choose a card with the name of the book you would like to donate. You will then get to dedicate that book. Visit the display or see Natalie Spriggs for more information.
                                                                          By Shannon Harper 
It's that time again. The YRE Committee is seeking nominations for the Juline Renfro Award for outstanding service to Youth Religious Education. This award is presented in honor of our former RE Assistant who showed dedication and service beyond her call of duty. The recipient should be someone who has devoted significant service to our young people through the YRE program, anywhere from the nursery through senior high.
Please submit your nomination, along with a paragraph or more explaining your recommendation to Shannon Harper at or in person on Sundays (I'm the one who looks like Natalie's sister), or place in the LRE Rep mailbox by June 1. Children may also nominate a special teacher or volunteer, so please pass this information along.
All nominations will be carefully considered by our YRE Committee and the award presented at our congregational meeting on June 22nd. Thank you for taking time to help honor those people that really make a difference in our YRE hallway. We have so many wonderful teachers and volunteers working with our young people, it will be hard to choose just one!
Are you between the ages of 18 and 35? Wondering where all of the young people are at the Fellowship? They are in the MVUUF young adult group, of course! The young adult group will be meeting on June 29 at 12:30 PM at the Fellowship; topic to be announced on the young adult listserve. The group also has several social activities coming up that are also announced on the listserve. For more information, see Marisa Head or Jennifer Henry, or send an email to

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, June 1
The Power of Imaging

A great human ability is the ability to create imaginary pictures of what is possible. Out of that comes art, architecture, flights in space, and even relationships. Let's explore this wonderful gift and its downside. Moderator:  Jim Faulconer
Sunday, June 8
Writing Your Own Epitaph
In this discussion, you'll have the opportunity to write a brief statement commemorating your life. Tell us how you would like to be remembered by posterity. You can also share meaningful epitaphs of family, friends or others. Moderator:  Tom Brown
Sunday, June 15
I Saw It in the News
We'll share news stories we have recently or not-so-recently seen in the media that we find especially interesting, disturbing, weird, inspiring and informative. Any topic is fair game: science, psychology, art, politics, love, sports, health, you name it. Moderator:  Mike Nelson

Sunday, June 22

This discussion is inspired by the book The Authoritarian Specter  by Robert Altemeyer. The book describes the results of a study demonstrating that many ordinary people today are psychologically disposed to embrace antidemocratic, fascist policies. It explains a growing movement to submit to a "man on horseback," to attack those who are different, and march in lockstep. It also shows how many of our biggest social problems have authoritarian roots, and reveals that these authoritarian sentiments are strongly held even by many American lawmakers. Moderator:  David Sanford
Sunday, June 29
Alternative Medicine, Its Pros and Cons
We'll look at various systems of healing or treating disease not included in the traditional medical school curricula or hospital services in the United States and Britain, such as chiropractic, homeopathy, folk medicine, acupuncture, bio-feedback, herbalism, aromatherapy, and Reiki. We can share our own experiences with alternative medicine. Moderator: Sam Kramer

Through the summer, the Women's Group is discussing A New Earth-Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. Direct questions to Cindi Remm. There are discussions and activities each Sunday at 9:30 AM, and all women are invited to attend. Feel free to drop in. If you have any questions about the Women's Group, contact Shirley Forrest.


Last year over 60 people marched with MVUUF in Dayton's Gay Pride Parade. Join us again this year for this annual event. The parade will be on Saturday, June 7, with lineup at 11:00 AM and the parade at noon. We will meet at Cooper Park (behind Dayton Metro Library, on St. Clair, between 2nd and 3rd Streets). If you're not up to the walk, you can join us at the MVUUF table at Courthouse Square.
Last year, Ann Rismiller and Kate Santucci (and probably several others) made tie-dye T-shirts for us and it was an impressive sight. If you still have your shirt from last year (or one of an earlier vintage), you're all set. Ann has a few left, and with enough notice she can make a few more. They're available for $10. If you need a T-shirt, you can get in touch with her directly at Please do that soon, so she'll have enough lead time.
You don't have to have a special T-shirt to join us, though! It's great fun, and a chance to make an important statement at the same time. Please join us if you can.
For more information or directions, contact Joe Law at Thanks to Barbara Moreda for this beautiful picture of last year's gathering.
Pride Parade circa 2007


It's the return of the Summer Social Justice Film Series! All films will be shown at 7:00 PM in the Founders' Room. The Series is a popular summer Friday night event. The dates are June 6 & 20, July 11 & 18 and August 1 & 15.

June 6

Inlaws & Outlaws
With remarkable honesty, good humor, great music and real heart, Inlaws & Outlaws weaves together true stories of couples and singles, gay and straight, to celebrate what we all have in common: we love.
June 20
Darfur Diaries
A team of three independent filmmakers in Darfur monitored the worsening political and humanitarian crisis in 2004 and recognized that the mainstream media offered marginal and inadequate coverage. They set out with the goal of providing a platform for the people of Darfur to speak for themselves about their experiences, their fears and their hopes for the future.

Our project to collect household goods for refugee families is going very well. In fact, Catholic Social Services' warehouse and staff have been overwhelmed by donations of household goods for refugee families. While they reorganize, CSS needs only beds and mattresses.


Any donations will need to be accompanied by an inventory on a form for CSS to process (IRS regulations they have to follow as a charitable organization). If you have something to donate, contact Richard Donnelly for the necessary form.


Volunteers with a van or pickup truck are needed to ferry donations from the Fellowship to CSS. Contact Richard Donnelly.

The Social Concerns Committee of the Fellowship invites offering plate contributions in support of the Veterans for Peace organization. Thirty percent of nonpledge contributions each Sunday are earmarked for social concerns.

Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. Members of Veterans for Peace draw on their personal experiences and perspectives gained as veterans to raise public awareness of the true costs and consequences of militarism and war - and to seek peaceful, effective alternatives.

The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations including from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts. It believes that collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary. Give generously!  


The Other Place logo

June 14 Menu

Beef Stew
Tossed Salad
Fresh Whole Fruit
Biscuits (thank you Adina Reeve)
Desserts (thank you Dorothy Lane Market)
2% Milk and 100% Juices
To provide a dish, send an email to

Sunday, June 15
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


The Smart Choices group meets the first and third Monday evenings. It is a women's group, open to all women who wish to participate. There are no dues or RSVP's. We meet to enrich our lives in some way and enjoy knowing each other better. YOU are invited! Questions? Contact Sylvia Wince.

June 9
Learn Mah Jongg at Laurel Herminghausen's home
June 23
Sylvia Wince will teach sign language
July 7
Reading: The Crossing from The Return Journey by Maeve Binchy



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, at a local restaurant. We meet at the Fellowship at 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Anyone is welcome!


June 25
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
July 16
Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard
August 6
Funny in Farsi by Faroozeh Dumas
September 17
The Return Journey by Maeve Binchy

The Evening Book Discussion Group will meet at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 10 at Ann Snively's house to select books for the coming year. The group will be on vacation in July and August. New participants are welcome.  Contact Ann Snively if you would like more information about the group.

Dayton Gay Men's Chorus