Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Our Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck will take place on May 19th, 10:30 at Mary Douhit’s home: 2930 Valley Lane, Sandusky. (Some of you may remember being there last year). Please remember to bring a dish and join us for the potluck afterward. See you there!
This Sunday: Mary Grigolia: “American Dreaming” and New Member Induction, Followed by Potluck and Membership Meeting
Sunday Service, May 5 - AMERICAN DREAMING: What is the dream guiding America today? Is there a dream? Should there be? What is the role of organized religion in a collective dream? How might we become a congregation of lucid dreamers, for America and beyond? Service led by Rev. Mary Grigolia
Of Note: This Sunday, we will be welcoming a few new members to our Fellowship: Steve Hall, Paul Kay, Beverly Kendall, and Tricia O’Connor.
Service will be followed by a Potluck and Membership Meeting.
As a minister, the month of May is always about mothering and remembering: Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. On a personal level, it asks: How do we care for those whose lives touch ours? How do honor those who went before? How do hope to be remembered? And at the collective level it challenges and encourages us to be aware of a community of care. How are we caring for the families and individuals in our community? This year, I find myself sitting with our responsibility to care for those who would join us. To mother them. To remember the dream of those who came before. What happens when we welcome immigrants but don’t provide a way for them and for their children to understand and enter into the collective life? How do we remember those dreamers and doers who have made possible the dream of America, a society founded on a dream of freedom – freedom to believe what is true for you as an individual, freedom to gather as congregations, freedom to pursue what makes you happy, what makes us happy. Is our dream big enough? Is there a new dream stirring?
This Sunday, Christine Link, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio will join us to give a review of a new report on the illegal debtor’s prison used by Sandusky County, and several other Ohio counties. Join us at 10:30 in our usual meeting place.
To read the report mentioned above, please follow this link: In For a Penny
For an informative article by the ACLU: The Outskirts of Hope, click on the title.
For an article about a Norwalk Judge sending debtors to prison, click HERE.
Chiasm? Check my spelling, you say? Well, you read that correctly. It’s really a made-up word, from what I can gather by my Googling attempts. Chiasm seems to be a derivative of “Chiastic Structure,” which is a fancy name for a method of writing (or reading) the Bible. According to T.B. Clarke’s (2013) Bible Discernment website, “A chiasm (ky′-az-um) is a writing style that uses a unique repetition pattern for clarification and emphasis. Often called the chiastic (ky′-az-tic) approach or the chiastic structure, this repetition form appears throughout the Bible yet it is not well known. The way you approach the Scriptures should be dramatically enhanced as you learn what a chiasm is, how to recognize chiasms, and how to glean a fresh application from related New or Old Testament passages.” I’m sure Dr. Smith will be sharing some very interesting insights into what he is currently learning about chiasms, and what this unique method means to us as Unitarian Universalists. Please join us at 10:30 this Sunday to learn all about it!
If you missed last Sunday’s service, don’t fret! You can now watch the TED talk online! Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTrJqmKoveU
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor experienced a debilitating stroke, and awakened to new spirituality! Join us this Easter Sunday for a special viewing of her TED Talk.
Visit her website for more information about her experiences and work in brain science! http://drjilltaylor.com
Join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM. John Allton presents “Poetry about Poetry.”
They tumble forth.
By Emily Kennedy
Fall 2010 9.1.10
I have a horror of my words,
And yet I love them.
They seize me and shape my thought,
Make reality their plaything
There seems no end to their size or shape
or acrobatic skill.
They tumble forth,
Laughing or crying as they will,
And survive in the belief
That they are something new under the sun.
Reprinted with permission from Twin Muses: Art and Poetry, by Amy Kindred et al. (AKindred Art Publications, 2010). In the summer of 2009, the Rev. Amy Kindred sent a request to arts organizations that work with the Indiana Arts Commission. “I asked writers to visit my website and view my work. Then, I invited them to create or find poetry that they’ve written that would go along with the works of art and submit the poems for possible publication.” The result is Twin Muses: Art and Poetry, a hardcover book of twenty-two of Kindred’s paintings and twenth-nine poems by twenty writers, published by Kindred in 2010. This poem was paired with Kindred’s painting “Dew Drops.”
Forward by Rose Hollo
When I was a little girl, I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder collection of “Little House” books. Most young girls growing up in the 1980′s were required to read Little House on the Prairie, and moved on to other books of a more modern appeal. But I stuck with the entire series and just reveled in the alternative, simple world in which little mischievous Laura and responsible big-sister Mary had so many adventures.
When I heard that our next UU presentation was going to be about Daguerreotypes, I immediately thought of the Little House series, and a beautiful daguerreotype I had seen once of Laura Ingalls-Wilder’s handsome husband, Alonzo “Manly” Wilder.
Now, ladies, contain yourselves! This handsome guy is no longer on the market, but Daguerrotypes continue to make waves in some very hip and current ways. This Sunday, a very interesting and unique demonstration of Daguerrotype-making by Primal Photographic will take place during our regular service time. I hope you can join us and learn a bit about this fascinating art, and perhaps be inspired to create your own!
The below information was retrieved from Primal Photographic’s beautiful website:
Darcy Stoltzfus: Art Director / Case Maker
Darcy builds all the leather cases by hand and refurbishes the antique frames, then finishes all the pieces with the clients unique image in mind. She acts as the art director, stylist, and photo assistant during shoots and spends any other free time taking care of scheduling and day to day business operations.
Chad Djubek: Photographer
When not photographing Chad spends his time meticulously polishing, buffing, and sensitizing the silver daguerreotype plates. He works all the darkroom magic of developing, processing, and fixing of all the Daguerreotype Plates and Traditional Film Negatives, Lithographs, and Chemical Paper Prints.
In this digital age the daguerreotype brings a slower more lasting, artistic, and traditional approach to photography. The process was patented by Jaques Daguerre in 1839, and is considered the first commercially viable photographic process. The completed photograph is a mirror image of the subject captured on a silver coated copper plate, beautifully enclosed in a case built specifically to display the reflective image. Longevity is a huge asset to this art, daguerreotypes are proven to last well beyond 170 years.