Our Congregational meeting is scheduled for after service on January 27. Attendance is both a right and requirement for Voting members, but everyone is invited. Agenda items include voting on Board and P.C. members and an update on our financials.
Community Discussion Group*
January 6 - "Favorite Books of 2012." Moderator: Lindy McDonough
January 13 - "Positive Image of the Future Revisited." Moderator: Joe Lawrence
January 20 - "A**holes, A Theory." Moderator: Heather Schroeder
January 27 - "Gun Control." Moderator: Ralf Grisard
*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 Title*
January 16 - Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See
February TBA - Lifeboat, by Charlotte Rogan
March TBA - The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
*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 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Christopher's Restaurant (2318 Dorothy Ln., Kettering). For more information, contact Ann Snively.
January 8 - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, by Helen Simonson
February 12 - Dear White America, by Tim Wise
March 12 - Reasons to Be Happy, by Katrina Kittle
April 9 - Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo
May 14 - Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter
June 11 - 35 Dumb Things Well-Intentioned People Say, by Maura Cullen
July 9 - The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Diversity, by Michelle Alexander
August 13 - Making Rounds with Oscar, by David Dosa
September 10 - Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
October 8 - Elsewhere, by Richard Russo
November 12 - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis
December 10 - Marmee and Louisa, by Eva LaPlante
Humanitarian GivingSmart Choices
During January and February, the Humanitarian Giving Action Group welcomes non-pledge donations to benefit the Minister's Discretionary Fund. This fund allows the minister to provide assistance to our members in their time of need.
Join Smart Choices on Thur., January 17 at 2 p.m. in the Fellowship kitchen for some MVUUF scrapbooking!
Environmental Book Club
The next meeting of the Environmental Learning Forum Book Club will take place in the Founder's Room at 7:00 p.m. on Mon., January 21. The book of the month is Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Jared Diamond. Diamond contends that environmental damage, climate change, globalization, population growth, and unwise political choices are factors that brought about the demise of some past cultures. Yet other societies managed to survive in spite of these obstacles. He sees our present society facing some of the same threats, and raises the question, "How can we avoid ecological suicide?" Our Environmental Action Group has obtained a few copies of Collapse from Amazon.com at a discounted price of $12.00 (list price $18.00). To obtain one of these copies, contact Environmental Action Group chairman Gary Courts at 436-1094 or email@example.com. The Environmental Learning Book Club's February meeting will be held on Mon., February 18, but the reading for that meeting has not yet been selected.
Immigration as a Moral Issue
For the past two years, UU congregations around the country have been examining the issue of immigration as part of a Study Action Issue (SAI) process. In this process, an issue is proposed by UU congregations and considered - among other issues - by the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. After one issue is selected for study the UUA develops study guides and curricula for congregations to use to better understand the issue under consideration. This process takes four years. In the final year of the SAI process the General Assembly decides whether or not to make a public Statement of Conscience (SOC) about that issue. We are at the point of making a statement following our national study on immigration and a draft SOC has been developed and is available on line at http://www.uua.org/immigration/re/moral/152647.shtml
Congregations decide whether or not this statement should be put on the agenda at GA for
consideration, and MVUUF will be asked to take a vote at the Congregational Meeting, January 27. We also have the opportunity to make language and content recommendations. To be prepared for the Congregational Meeting, we have scheduled a discussion after the service on Sun., January 20 at 12:30. Contact Alice Diebel or Maureen O'Meara with questions.
The UUA website says the following about such statements: As an expression of our faith and values, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) takes positions on relevant issues of social justice. Our positions are discerned via the social witness process as shepherded by the Commission on Social Witness. Grounded in these social witness statements, the UUA will sign on to letters and amicus briefs in coalition with other faith and social justice organizations, magnifying our impact in the larger world.
Men Who Cook
The Sixth Annual Men Who Cook Fundraising Extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday evening, January 26. The men of the Fellowship will show their culinary arts by preparing unique dishes to be served at a sumptuous dinner including appetizers, soups, chilis, salads, entrees, breads and desserts, . . . and wine. Entertainment will be provided. Please mark your calendars. Ladies, tickets will go on sale Sunday, January 6. Bring your friends!
Chalice of the Willow CUUPs
Chalice of the Willow is a MVUUF interest group and a local CUUPS (Covenant of the Unitarian Universalist Pagans) chapter here at MVUUF. Our regular meetings are a discussion group the 2nd Sunday of the month at 12:30 p.m. in Classroom 1 and a workshop/lecture the 4th Saturday of the month from 7-9 p.m. in the Founders Room, all at MVUUF. In January, we moved up our meeting due to a conflict with the use of the fellowship, so our workshop/lecture will be on January 19 instead. Topics are announced on the MVUUF email group, our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ChaliceoftheWillow), and the Google Calendar on our website (https://sites.google.com/site/chaliceofthewillow/) as they are chosen.
All Chalice of the Willow events are open to the entire MVUUF community and community at large. You do not have to be a Pagan to come, we have many members that are Pagan, some are Pagan interested, some enjoy Pagan ritual, and others just want to come and support us. We welcome all! For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nominating Committee Presents Candidates for Your Consideration at the January 27 Congregational Meeting:
Board Members Program Council Members
President - Alysoun Taylor-Hall Activities - Shannon Hansen
Vice President - Ralf Grisard Social Justice - Maureen O'Meara
Secretary - Sharon Harmer Worship - Lathe Snyder
Treasurer - Bob Lewis Communications - Laura Vondenhuevel
Trustee A - Jim Hudson Operations - Steve Thompson
Trustee B - Bill Dugger LRE - Heather Schroeder
P.C. Chair - Genevieve Harvey
New UU Class
If you are a new member of the Fellowship, or thinking seriously about becoming a member, and want to learn more about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist, this course is for you. If you've been around for a few months, or maybe a year or two and are still trying to make sense out of being a UU, this course might be of help. The eight-session course begins Sunday morning, January 27, from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in Room #1 and continues until March 17. It will be led by Bob Lewis with assistance from Rev. Amy Russell. Childcare will be provided. The course will focus on important themes in UU life: worship, UU theology and history, faith development, social justice, organization and governance, and a congregational perspective. Personal sharing and dialogue will be encouraged. Please sign up using the sheet in the Gathering Space. If you have questions, please call Bob at 350-7763.
Anyone who has attended a Welcome Session and/or the New UU class and would like to take the final step in the membership process is invited to attend a Joining Session on Sun. Jan. 13 in the Founders room after service. During this session you'll receive paperwork to fill out and get more specifics on what membership has to offer you and how you can use your gifts to give back to this Beloved Community.
Examining Whiteness is a dynamic, scholastic curriculum dealing with the historical roots of institutional racism, white guilt/shame, as well as strategies to break down our own prejudices and become anti-racist allies. It will be offered every Monday night, 7-9 p.m., for eight weeks, starting Jan. 28 in Room #1. At the conclusion of the course the class will organize a worship service for the spring conveying what they've learned. Because of the content of the curriculum and the nature of the work being done only white identified people are invited to participate. A signup sheet is available in the Gathering Space. For more information, contact Joel Araujo.
Mystery Friends is coming up! It is an intergenerational program that helps adults and children get to know each other better and strengthen our Fellowship. Adults with or without children are welcomed and encouraged to be a part of fun. Mystery Friends consists of the adult sending a card or a note to the child once a week for three weeks. The fourth week, there is a dinner held at MVUUF on Sat., March 9 where the adult/child pairs meet and share a meal, play games and talk. The sign-up sheets will be on the Mystery Friends table in the Gathering Space. You may contact Lori Damron if you have any questions at email@example.com.
Chalice Night for February!
Be sure to mark your calendar for Chalice Night on Fri., February 8 at 6 p.m. This event for the entire family will be hosted by your MVUUF Environmental Action Group. A comfort food meal of lasagna (both meat and meatless varieties), salad, garlic bread, and apple crisp will be served. Following the meal, an informational program will be presented on the growing health and environmental crisis caused by billions of tons of waste produced worldwide. The presenter, Jill Boughton, has recently assumed a new role as CEO of the Foundation for Sustainable Waste Resources, a nonprofit international organization dedicated to seeking solutions for converting waste into valuable resources. Prior to joining the Foundation, Boughton was Associate Research and Development Director for Procter & Gamble where she led the company's long-term goal of eliminating waste sent to landfills. For children below middle school age there will be a program on reducing waste from their daily lives. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the program will follow at about 7:30. Plan to join us for this evening of fun, food, fellowship, and facts.
Happy New Year! We are going into 2013 in pretty good shape financially. If our pledges matched our budget things would be fantastic! Once again I hasten to acknowledge that everyone doesn't schedule their pledge payments on a monthly basis, so the budget to actual is just an estimator of where we are, and a reminder of what we need to do. We had some very happy news at the end of December. A bequest in the form of Apple stock that we hadn't received was in the state's unclaimed funds. Jim Faulconer saw the listing and encouraged me to check it out. The result is we received a check for $15,266 and change. It will be up to the Board to decide what to do with the funds, but I'm pretty sure that we will be resetting our association dues back to fair share level, as we said we would if possible. See you at the Congregational Meeting on January 27 with all the latest financial details!