Around the Fellowship
Community Discussion Group
May 19 - "The Existential Pleasures of Engineering." Moderator: Mike Coalson
May 26 - TBA
*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*
May 22 - Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
*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.
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
During May, the Humanitarian Giving Action Group welcomes non-pledge donations to benefit the Wesley Center.
3rd Annual MVUUF Campout
Please join us for our annual campout, May 25-27, at Possum Creek Metro Park's Black Cherry Campsite. Questions? Call Stacey Stowers 474-3981
The Lawn & Garden Committee will meet on May 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the fellowship. If you are interested in the health and beauty of the grounds at MVUUF, please join us. See Steve Thompson or Genevieve Harvey if you would like to join us or have questions, suggestions, or offers in this regard.
Memorial Day Service
Our Memorial Day service is Sun., May 26. If you've lost a loved one this year and would like them remembered during this service, please let Kristin know no later than Thu., May 23. Unfortunately, we are unable to recognize pets during this service.
Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
Our Teacher Appreciation Breakfast is 9:30 a.m. on Sun., June 2. Please sign up in the G. S. to bring food or help with clean-up or set-up. This is a wonderful way to honor our tireless R.E. volunteers. Any questions, contact Robin Shampton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farewell to Rev. Amy
Mark your calendars for FAREWELL SUNDAY, June 16. That's the Sunday we say our good byes to our minister, Rev. Amy Russell. We are planning a special gift to send with her; a commemoration of her service to us to remain at the Fellowship; and a special reception following the service on June 16. Planning is underway. There are several things you can do to help make this a memorable event: (1) Donate funds to cover the cost of the celebration; following the services in May, committee members will be in the Gathering Space to take up a collection. (2) Sign a notecard in the Gathering Space with your personal messages for Amy. These cards will be assembled into a special scrapbook for her. (3) Bring finger foods to the event on June 16. To volunteer, contribute funds, or help with the event, see committee members Trudy Krisher, Joe Law, Lathe Snyder, Connie Gilhooly, Barb Weber, Phil Wise, and Denny Smith.
Social Action Calendar
May 24 at 6 p.m. - African Dinner and Presentation on Refugee Resettlement. Women refugees from the African Christian Community will prepare a typical meal, followed by a presentation by Refugee Resettlement of Catholic Social Services on the experience of refugees during their first year of resettlement. Sponsored by the Immigrant and Refugee Action Group.
Environmental Action Book Club
The Environmental Learning Forum Book Club will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Mon. May 20 in the Founder's Room. Our reading selection for May is "Good Dirt: Confessions of a Conservationist,"by David E. Moline. Moline was head of land acquisition for The Nature Conservancy from 1972 to 1990, and in his book he reveals in a humorous style how the mission of saving land got off track and how it can be resurrected. Your Environmental Action Group has ordered a few copies from Amazon.com at a discounted price of $12.51 (list price $14.95). To reserve one of these copies, contact Gary Courts at 436-1094 or email@example.com Please plan to be with us on May 20 to discuss Morine's humorous conservation classic.
Bob Sima Coffeehouse Concert
Please join us for a Coffeehouse Concert on Mon. June 10. Doors open at 6:15, with potluck desserts at 6:30 p.m. with coffee and tea for your enjoyment, and concert starting at 7:00 p.m. $15 suggested donation at door, open to public - Invite a friend!
From Genevieve Harvey: I would like to introduce you to a transformational singer-songwriter, Bob Sima. Bob's gift is not simply singing to his audience...it is connecting to his audience. His lyrics are inspired by his personal journey of awareness, growth, and transformation. His delivery is humble, palpable, and universally accepted. He is able to capture, in song, what Eckhart Tolle captured through his writings and speeches. We would be honored if you would take a moment and review, listen, and - if so moved to learn more about Bob's music - visit www.bobsima.com where 5 full-length songs will play automatically. Bob Sima was a featured performer at SUUSI in July, 2012. I really enjoyed hearing and meeting him. I bought all of his CDs and spoke to him at that time about the possibility of coming to Dayton.
When Bob Sima (pronounced sEYE-ma) opens his mouth to sing what comes out is far beyond the human sounds of a warm and soulful voice. Beyond the songs, beyond the voice, beyond the stories. A lesson, a nudge, a reminder, of the simple splendor of this place and these experiences we all share. The unique beauty is his presentation of these ancient messages - the conversations he has with the master teachers of the universe - in music that lives and breathes across generations. Bob has been called "Eckhart Tolle with a guitar" and his music truly heals and expands the heart. What draws you in is his ability to share these insights in a way that grabs your listening ear, inspires your beating heart, awakens your inner spirit, and transforms your most intimate desires. Bob truly moves his audiences - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Bob is more influenced by the likes of Rumi and Gandhi than he is by Dylan and Springsteen. Part of Bob's music mission states the following: "Each and every song I channel begins as my personal conversation with Source delivered as life lessons of spiritual growth and transformation. Just as these conversations birth expansion, awakening, and remembrance in me, I share my gift to soften the hardest of hearts, widen the narrowest of smiles, loosen the tightest of grips, lighten the heaviest of loads, and thin the thickest of walls of as many souls as I can possibly reach." Bob is a nationally touring and award-winning singer-songwriter who most recently won a Positive Music Award through Empower Music & Arts for his song "How You Made Them Feel", captured "Show of the Year" at RamsHead OnStage in Annapolis MD, and received the Positive Music Association's Seal of Excellence for his album Thin Little Veil. To learn more about Bob Sima Music, visit www.bobsima.com. To download free Bob Sima Music, visit www.noisetrade.com/bobsimamusic.
Pride Parade 2013
For a good time call... For a great time, join us to march in the 2013 LGBT Pride Parade. This year it is on Sat., June 1. We can gather between 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 am. Step off is at noon. You will find us in front of Cooper Park near the Main Library. We will be carrying both banners. Each year, we have had great support from our fellowship. It's fun! It's festive! You can hang out with your fellow MVUUFers. You will be supporting a good cause. It's easy to do. Last year, we met at 2nd Street Market for breakfast. Also, it's important to remember, the job of building equality isn't done. We still have discrimination in housing and jobs. We still have stigma. We still do not have the right to marry whoever we choose. Marching in the parade demonstrates support for the LGBT community.
General Assembly 2013
Anyone from the Fellowship who has attended a General Assembly--the nationwide gathering of Unitarian Universalists to meet each other, discuss, and conduct the business of the Association-can tell you what an extraordinary experience it is. This summer's General Assembly will take place in Louisville, Kentucky from June 19-23. This may be the closest that GA comes to us, so it would be great if a number of people could attend from MVUUF. The theme of this GA is "From Promise to Commitment." Building on the experience of Justice GA, UUs will gather in Louisville to examine and renew our covenant to our faith, one another, our congregations and the larger world. Programs will explore the kinds of promises our religious communities are called to make as we seek to live out our Unitarian Universalist values; how we make these promises, with whom, and how we hold ourselves and each other accountable. Early registration will be available for adults for $330 until April 30; after May 1, adult registration will cost $380. For full details on programs, registration, and housing, and reservations, go to http://www.uua.org.