Daytime Book Club Title*
July 25 - American Dervish, by Ayad Akhtar
August 22 - Body and Soul, by Frank Conroy
September 19 - State of Wonder: A Novel, by Ann Patchett
October 24 - Nightwoods: A Novel, by Charles Frazier
*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!
Community Discussion Group*
July 1 - "The Best Advice Ever Given to Us." Moderator: Tom Starr
July 8 - "What Is the Proper Role of Government?" Moderator: Gordon Taylor
July 15 - "Are Corporations People? What Are Their Moral Responsibilities?" Moderator: Lucy Ann McKosky
July 22 - "Ask the Hacker: Cyberwar/Staying Safe Online." Moderator: Ben Ramsey
July 29 - "The Individual Vs. Culture." Moderator: Jim Faulconer
*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.
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.
July 10 - Beloved, by Toni Morrison
August 14 - Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks
September 11 - The Human Stain, by Philip Roth
October 9 - Beneath the Lion's Gaze, by Maaza Mengiste
During July, the Humanitarian Giving donation will be Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region. For nearly 82 years, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region (PPSWO) is the leading reproductive health care provider, educator and advocate for Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky communities. Our 9 health centers provide a wide range of reproductive health care services to tens of thousands of women and men who rely upon our services and our people. Our unique position as a vital part of the community has earned us the trust of our patients and more than 20,000 donors, supporters and advocates. As the region's most trusted reproductive health care provider and an integral part of the Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky health care safety net, PPSWO tirelessly advocates on behalf of our patients and also the thousands who unfortunately go without needed health care services. We believe publicly supported reproductive health care is critical to the health of our shared communities, therefore PPSWO strives to form partnerships with fellow health care providers, government and non-profit organizations.
The MVUUF Theist Group will continue our study of Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, & Religious Liberals, by UU minister Rev. John Buehrens, former president of the UUA. This book uses modern, historical, literary, political, and feminist readings to help us reclaim the Bible from fundamentalists. The book is available in bookstores, libraries, and on-line. The Theist Group meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in Room #4. We have no "right answers" and new members are welcome.
What's Up With Our Wetland?
The yellow ribbons on the many ash and silver maple seedlings and saplings in the wetland marks them for removal. This is necessary to preserve the wet meadow type of wetland from excess tree growth. Trees compete for moisture and sunlight necessary to maintain the wetland plants that thrive here. One mature maple, for example, will remove 300-500 gallons of water from the soil in one day. The Green Sanctuary Committee and Operations Chair plan to involve YRE and adult volunteers in the removal project. This will be planned and announced when the weather cools. For more information on our wetland, see the report, "MVUUF Wetland Plants," a booklet produced by the MVUUF Women's Group in 2007, which may be found in the Fellowship Library.
Chalice Light Gallery
Mike Marko was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He received his BSC in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manitoba in 1990 and his Masters in the same field in 1994. He is currently living in Cincinnati and is working as a Department Staff Engineer at GE Aviation. He specializes in acrylic and graphite art. He attended summer art camp at the International Peace Gardens for four years during high school. In the final year of high school, he had a difficult time deciding between pursuing Engineering or Graphic Design. When he completed his Engineering degree, he spent less time on paintings and more time on painting 1 inch tall miniatures for which he has won several awards. Over the past year, he has returned to painting acrylic on canvas. This is his first exhibition of his work. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please enjoy!
Filling the CUUP(S)!
Chalice of the Willow (CUUPS) is still getting our wheels rolling! The second Sunday of the month at 12:30 p.m. in Room #1 is our discussion time. This month our topic is "Pagans Online." Please come with a favorite web site, an interesting article, or blog you wish to share and discuss. Our moderator will be Galena (Laura). The 4th Saturday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Founders room is our workshop/lecture group. The topic will be announced as the time gets closer. For more information, contact Shannon Heather or email at email@example.com.
Environmental Learning Book Club
The MVUUF Environmental Learning Book Club will meet in the Founder's Room at 7:00 p.m. on Mon., July 23, to discuss "EAARTH," by Bill McKibben. McKibben is widely considered to be the nation's foremost environmentalist journalist. His premise is that in a short time, humans have fundamentally changed the character of our planet and we may as well call it Eaarth, since it is not the same earth we once knew. All members and friends are invited to join us to discuss this recent New York Times bestseller. To obtain a copy of EAARTH, contact Environmental Action Group chairman Gary Courts at 436-1094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigrant and Refugee Justice Action Group
On July 8, after the service at 12:30 in the Sanctuary, you are invited to join a group of MVUUF members who will continue to investigate how we, as Fellowship members concerned with Social Justice, can best contribute to making the Great Dayton area a better place to live for those immigrants and refugees who have settled here. This group will operate under the umbrella of the Social Action Committee. The agenda will include informational reports on local initiatives and issues, on the immigration events at the Social Justice GA just held in Phoenix, and on denominational programs relating to immigration. Please contact Maureen O'Meara at email@example.com to confirm if you can be at this meeting. If you can't attend this meeting but wish to be added to our mailing list for future participation, please let me know. Do not use my old att.net e-mail or I may never see your response!
What's the Scoop on Kroger Fundraising?
Your old Kroger Fundraising Grocery Cards are still usable, but no longer earn money for the Fellowship. If you haven't yet, sign up for the new program Kroger Community Rewards online.
Cut and paste the following address into your browser:
Follow the instructions. Our organization number is 80077 under the name Miami Valley Unitarian Fellowship.
The Good News: You no longer have to buy a card or reload it with funds, just swipe your regular Kroger Plus tag (the one you need for specials) to earn rewards for the Fellowship.
The Challenge: We need all our Kroger shoppers to designate MVUUF as the recipient of their Kroger Community Rewards, since Kroger will no longer pay a fixed percentage of individual purchases, but reward the Fellowship based on the total amount of purchases by our participants. We will probably need many more participants to match what we earned when Kroger paid 4% of our purchases. NOTE: This is not a supplementary program, like Dorothy Lane's Community Rewards, but Kroger's only reward program.
Dorothy Lane Market Cards
Maureen O'Meara has a few remaining Dorothy Lane $50 Grocery Cards for sale. After these are gone, she will order new cards when she has a pre-order from several individuals sufficient to cover the cost of the minimum order ($950). The Fellowship must prepay these cards, but earns 5% on them. Do not confuse this with DLM's supplementary Community Rewards program for which you sign up annually and which pays a very small percentage of total Fellowship purchases. Do both! I've tried to be clear, but know this can be confusing. If it doesn't make complete sense, just ask me, Maureen O'Meara.