glowing chaliceThe FORUM
Newsletter of MVUUF
June 1-15, 2009
~  A Welcoming Congregation  ~
MVUUF Building by Lew Hann
Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
8690 Yankee Street, Dayton, OH  45458
Letter from the Minister
Please take a few minutes to read the letter from Rev. Amy here,  Letter from Amy
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YRE Information
Don't Forget!
Save the Date!
June 7 - Flower Communion  Rev. Amy Russell
~ Flower Communion is a historic Unitarian tradition introduced by Rev. Norbert Capek in Czechoslovakia on June 4, 1923.  We will each celebrate by bringing in flowers to share in a communion, where everyone takes home someone else's contribution.  The youth of the congregation will join us for the first half of the service.
June 14 - Secularism: What's Missing  Rev. Amy Russell
~ Charles Taylor, in his book A Secular Age, describes the rationalism of the modern world as missing the deeper meaning that a natural spirituality can bring it, without the trappings of a traditional religion.  Are we missing something when we rely solely on our reason?  Can a non-dualistic view of the world be seen as spiritual?
Keeping Up With Our Members
Ruth Rowley's son Ted graduated with a degree in Library Sciences & Linda Yoder's daughter graduated with a Phi Beta Kappa- congrats!

Jeanette Eakins is recovering slowly, but surely from her suregery.  Her father & sister are also scheduled to undergo surgery this month.  Please keep them in your thoughts.

Congratulations to Maureen O'Meara who retired from the University of Dayton!

A big thank you to Shirley Gezinski for organizing the Garage Sale, and to Jennie Hardy for organizing the Plant Sale!  The Fellowship raised over $2700!!

Katie Reese's niece died in a car accident - please keep her in your thoughts as she goes through this difficult time.
YRE Schedules
YRE Calendar for June:
Chalice Children class
(Preschool and Kindergarten):
*Pre-K/K begin in class at 11:00 a.m.
June 7 - Preschool/Kindergarten Children's Worship
June 14 - Class: Gardening & our Earth

Grades 1st through 8th:
Kindergarten - 5th grade class:
June 7
- Children's Worship in the Founders' Room
June 14 - Class: Multicultural games (Classroom #7)

6th - 12th grade class:
June 7 - Youth Worship in the Library
June 14 - Class: Hunger & homelessness
Children's Choir (Pre-sign up):
June 7 - Children's Worship in the Founders' Room or Youth Worship in the Library
June 14 - Choir practice in the Founders' Room
To view the monthly from our DRE, please click here Natalie's letter

**For more detailed information about the YRE program, as well as YRE events and schedules, please go to our web site at and click on "Religious Education."
Around the Fellowship
Community Discussion Group Topics*
June 7 - Medical Ethics  Moderator: Jim Faulconer
June 14 -Daily Me  Moderator:  Carol Vincent
*This adult group meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Founders' Room for fellowship and thought-provoking discussions led by member volunteers.  For a more detailed listing of topics, please see the Sunday bulletin.
Daytime Book Club Titles
June 17 - The Wayward Bus, by John Steinbeck
July 29 - Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace, by Greg Mortenson
We meet one Wednesday a month, at 10:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Library.  All are welcome!
Calling Care Callers!   
No hassle, no pressure, no psychology degree needed...just a quarterly "check in" with several folks in the MVUUF Fellowship.  That is what we ask.  Who is a carecaller?  It is a person who makes a friendly call, e-mails, drops a note, or even shares a cup of coffee at the Fellowship to strengthen interpersonal connections.  What a carecaller is not:  He/She is not a psychologist or therapist, just another member who cares enough to touch base to exchange pleasantries.  Sylvia Wince will be calling you to ask you to be a carecaller.  Or you can email her at [email protected] or see her at Sunday services. Please say "yes" to her request that you be a "Carecaller" for several UUs. 

Offering for June
The Social Concerns Committee invites plate offerings for Equality Ohio.  Equality Ohio advocates for fair treatment and equal opportunities for Ohio's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.  It does so by collaborating with local, regional, statewide, and national organizations and government agencies.  Most recently, Equality Ohio sponsored its fourth annual Lobby Day, in which people from all over Ohio (including eight members of MVUUF) met with legislators to advocate for full equality in antidiscrimination legislation covering housing and employment.  For more information, please visit Equality Ohio

Dayton Pride Parade 2009
Join members and friends of MVUUF in this year's Dayton Gay Pride Parade.  The Fellowship has participated in this event since its inception.  This year's parade will be on Sat., June 6, with lineup at 11 a.m. and the parade at noon.  We will meet at Cooper Park (behind Dayton Metro Library, on St. Clair, between 2nd & 3rd streets).  MVUUF will also have an informational table on Courthouse Square.  We need volunteers to staff the table & talk to others about the Fellowship.  If you're not up to the walk, please join us at Courthouse Square.  For more information or to sign up to volunteer at the table, please contact Joe Law or Phil Wise.

Flower Communion
For the Flower Communion service on June 7, please bring flowers from your garden to share.

Children's Peace Camp
The Peace Museum is holding a Peace Camp July 13-17.  Please visit here to sign up.

Congregational Meeting
The Congregational Meeting will be held Sun., June 7 at 12:30 p.m.  Childcare will be provided.  We will be discussing important Fellowship information, like the proposed budget.

Evening Book Club*
June 11 - BYOB: Bring Your Own Book!  We will discuss a favorite book each person has chosen for summer reading.
July 14 - Change of Heart, by Jodi Picoult
*Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, at the Boston Stoker in Centerville.  New participants are welcome.  Contact Ann Snively for more information.

Family Day!
Meet us at the park!  Bring your lunch, swimsuits, towels & sunscreen and join Fellowship members at the Activity Center Park, 221 N. Main St. in Centerville on Sun., June 28.  We'll head there immediately after service for a fun-filled day of sun & fellowship!  For more information, please contact Carolyn Leman.

St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch Menu*
June 13 menu:
Chicken (BBQ or fried), scalloped potatoes, fruit salad, 100% O.J.
*All donations must be delivered heated and ready to serve 15-20 people.  Donations should be taken to 120 W. Apple St. by 10:30 a.m.  Contact [email protected] or sign up in the Gathering Space.
Don't Forget!
**Food Fanciers will meet on Fri., June 12* at 2 the Fellowship's kitchen.  Adina Reeves will demonstrate how to make her fabulous crepes.  Contact Sylvia at [email protected] for more information.  *Please note the change in date from June 19.
**Cinemaniacs will meet June 6 at Danbury South.  Please call Pete Hering at 974-0360 for more information.
**Smart Choices will meet Thur., June 4 at 2 p.m. for a "Wear a Hat Tea Party", held in the Gathering Space.  It's a potluck, so please bring a nosh.  Tea & coffee will be provided.  Open to all women who wish to participate.  No agenda, just chat & chew!  Please contact Sylvia Wince at [email protected] if you plan to attend.
Save the Date!
**Food Fanciers will meet July 24 and August 21.  We need you to help out demonstrating a recipe.  If you're interested, please contact Sylvia at [email protected].