Community Discussion Group Topics*
February 20 - "Alternative Healing." Moderator: Cynthia Brooks
February 27 - "Dealing with Adversity." 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.
And We Want Your Ideas, Too!
The Humanitarian Giving Action Group will be placing a suggestion box in the Gathering Space starting in January. They are soliciting your suggestions on ideas for giving for 2011.
We will meet on February 18 at 2 p.m. in the kitchen. Get ready to indulge, as Shirley Gezinski will be preparing eggplant parmesan!
St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch*
March 12 Menu: BBQ or fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit salad, 2% milk
*All items 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 Kristin Freeman, sign up in the Gathering Space or call Evan James at 286-7512.
Daytime Book Club Title*
March TBD - It Can't Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis
*We meet one Wednesday a month, at 10:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Library. We then go out for lunch together. All are welcome!
Evening Book Club Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Christopher's Restaurant (2318 Dorothy Ln., Kettering). For more information, contact Ann Snively.
March 8 - Lush Life, by Richard Price
April 12 - Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
May 10 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Humanitarian Giving Action Group Offering
During February, the Humanitarian Giving Action Group will be accepting non-pledge donations for the Wesley Center. The Wesley Center is a faith-based organization that responds to the needs of families and individuals in crisis. The Center offers classes on financial management, computer literacy, offers hot meals, and support services.
The Women's group will be discussing Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, by Geneen Roth beginning February 6 through the month of March. This book will help us examine that how we eat is related to our core beliefs and way we live. Please join us as we discover a book by a celebrated author which has changed lives. Please contact Sarah Hewitt or Alice Diebel for more information.
Covenant Groups Start in March
Covenant groups are small groups that meet bi-monthly to deepen relationships and a sense of spirituality. If you're interested, come to an information meeting on February 20 at 12:30 in Amy's office.
Small Group Dinner
[UU - Colloq.] - n. 1. Good food 2. Good conversation 3. Good company
It's time to switch up the dinner groups! Enjoy conversation, good food, and fun while getting to know others in the Fellowship. Groups of 8 to 10 gather in each others' homes once a month, October through June, for dinner, and everyone brings a part of the meal. The year is divided in two cycles - we're winding down the first cycle. The second cycle starts in March and continues in June. All are invited to join, Fellowship members and friends alike.
There will be two sign up sheets - one for adults only and one for families. I will coordinate the adult groups but not the family groups, but I will pass on the contact information to all the families. EVEN IF YOU SIGNED UP FOR THE FIRST CYCLE IN SEPTEMBER, YOU NEED TO SIGN UP AGAIN FOR THE SECOND CYCLE. Look for sign up sheets in the Gathering Space. February 20 is the last day to sign up. Contact Dawn Bellinger at 427-1980 for more information.
Mark Your Calendars!
The Service Auction will be here before you know it! April 30 is the date and the Fellowship is the place to be. Watch the "Forum" and the Sunday bulletin for more information...
Season for Nonviolence
The season for nonviolence bridges the memorial deaths of Mohandas Gandhi who was assassinated on January 30, 1948 at the age of 78 and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the age of 39. So the sixty-four days from January 30 to April 4 have been set aside as a time for all of us to focus on the power and meaning of their message and their lives and the collective nonviolent action that they promoted on behalf of human rights. Accompanying their posters are also two posters honoring several women who have been a part of the human rights struggle. Harriet Tubman born in 1820 or 21 was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the Civil War. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made thirteen missions to rescue more than 70 slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. Later on in her life she joined the struggle for women's suffrage. She died in Auburn NY in 1913 at the age of 93. The other poster honors Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony - suffragists who fought for the women's right to vote. Stanton who lived from 1815 to 1902 was an American social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early woman's movement. She died at the age of 86. Susan B Anthony (1820-1906) was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights movement to introduce women's suffrage into the United States. She was co-founder of the first Women's Temperance Movement with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She also co-founded the women's rights journal, The Revolution. She was raised as a Quaker but later attended the Unitarian church in Rochester NY. She also died at the age of 86.
So, how do we as 21st century Unitarian Universalists honor them?
We begin by not only remembering them, but also by identifying with them and joining with them in the continuing struggles for justice. We must understand that each of these historic figures in their day were forced to stand over against unilateral power which was de-humanizing for large segments of the population. Each of them created and became leaders of movements that sought to turn aside established views, established privilege and established structures that imposed limits on the freedom of people to exercise their rights as citizens. Each of them was a change agent standing against the status quo, taking great risks to their own well-being, making it possible for others to join in a shared struggle to achieve a more just society - bending the moral arc of the universe toward justice. They were activists - nonviolent activists-who struggled against the reality of dehumanizing power and privilege. They were not "passivists." They were not like those St. Augustine referred to as tender turtles -- those that sit at rest, while others take pains, and buy their quiet with disgrace.
I think that honoring them means that we try to understand them and their work as best we can; that we show our respect for them and for those who worked with them; that we learn to care along with them about the deeply troubling issues of our own time; and that we take individual and institutional responsibility for continuing their work of humanizing our civilization with as much zest, enthusiasm, risk and rising above narrow self interest as they showed in their own life journeys. The Fellowship will observe the Season for Nonviolence January 30 - April 4. Honoring the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the 64 days focus on the use of nonviolent principles and practice as a way to heal, transform and empower our lives and communities. During this time, the Season will be highlighted through sermons, films, RE activities, workshops on compassionate communication, and Forum, listserve, and bulletin reminders.