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 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.
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 email@example.com. Please enjoy!
Environmental Learning Book Club
The MVUUF Environmental Learning Book Club will meet in Room #1 at 7:00 p.m. on Mon., July 16, 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.
Social Justice Movie
Everyone is welcome to attend our screening of "A Place of Rage" on Fri., July 27 at 7 p.m. in the Founders room. This film deals with race and multiculturalism and is presented by the Social Justice Action Committee.
Join us August 8 at 7 p.m. for a ritual celebrating the first harvest cross-quarter, also known as Lughnasadh or Lammas. We will have an open ritual followed by "cakes and ale" and time to socialize. Weather permitting, we may have a bonfire as well. In addition, the Fellowship is invited to an open labyrinth on August 25 at 7 p.m. This will be an interactive workshop about labyrinths, their history, and how to create one. From 7-9 p.m. will be the workshop and the creation of a labyrinth, and 9-midnight there will be a chance to walk and meditate in the labyrinth. Donations of tea lights and tea light holders are most welcome. For more information, please see Laura Vondenhuevel or Shannon Heather or email email@example.com.
The date is set...let the planning begin!! Our Fall Bazaar is scheduled for Sat., November 10 and we need ALL HANDS to make it a success. On Sun., July 29 at 12:30 p.m. there will be a meeting in the Founders room for anyone that would like to participate in the organization and implementation of this event. There are many tasks, both large and small, so there is something for everyone to do! Even if you can't participate AT the event, there are tasks for before and after as well. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would still like to help, please email Jenny Oest at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 614-439-7691.
Women's Group IS meeting during the summer! Starting in September, we'll be using Heart to Heart, by Christine Robinson and Alicia Hawkins to guide our sessions. We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in Room #5.
As part of the Green Sanctuary Project, the Environmental Concerns Committee will be making a cookbook of vegetarian and/or locally produced foods. Whenever you bring a dish to the Fellowship for any occasion, and it is either vegetarian or made with locally grown foods, please bring a copy of the recipe along with the place annotated where you purchased (or grew) the ingredients, to the Fellowship. Not every ingredient need be local, as long as the majority of the ingredients fit the category. There is a purple folder in the Gathering Space to collect recipes. The cookbook will be published in September in time for our special Harvest Celebration.