Monthly Archives: February 2012

Join Us This Sunday – March 4, Rev. Mary Grigolia speaks on Power – POTLUCK!

Evolving Models of Power

Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and  love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love.”
How do you experience power? What models of power are at play in your school, office, family? What models of power are at work in the congregation? Service led by Rev. Mary Grigolia

Learn more about Rev. Mary Grigolia – http://www.marygrigolia.com – http://www.facebook.com/mgrigolia

Join us after the service, before the workshop for one of our famous community potlucks! Bring a dish to share & enjoy the sweet flavors of community fellowship!

MARCH MINI-WORSHIP: Expanding the Circle
What does UUFEC offer to those on the periphery? How might we encourage folks to move from New-Comer to Friend to Member? We’ll explore who’s “on the outside looking in,” what they may be looking for, what we have to offer, strategies for reaching out. And we’ll come up with next steps. Your voice matters. Come join the conversation!
Fair Trade Coffee & Tea will also be for sale before and after the service to benefit the fellowship and the well being of small farm cooperatives & communities. Find us on the Lower Level of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 431 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky. Use either of the back entrances. All are welcome! Sunday School is at 10:30am. For more information, find us on Facebook & Twitter!
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Mary’s Musings for March – Of People and Power

March to me is International Women’s Day, the world waking up to spring and to the worth and dignity of every human being, including every woman. I’ve been sitting with the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. about power. And thinking about models and assumptions about power (and authority) in UU congregations. Power is the ability to do something, and to influence the behavior of others. Power is neither inherently good or bad. We carry baggage about power – the assumption that power means power over. We have all witnessed power differentials being abused (whether between male/female, boss/employee, rich/poor, majority/minority, white/Black, brown, rich/poor, straight/queer, etc.). Many of us who gravitate toward UU congregations are suspicious of those drawn to positions of power. We hope to avoid the abuse of power by using consensus. But consensus is not always possible. We’re called to step up to a mature, mutual power is where we respect the rights of the minority. Around the country UU’s have been exploring models for “doing church” effectively. When does hierarchical power make sense? When is it wrong? What does power look like beyond the power-over model – in our congregations and schools, families and businesses? I hope you’ll join me in reflecting on models of power particularly appropriate for UU’s. I welcome your stories, experiences, questions or anecdotes.

On behalf of the Oberlin UU Fellowship, I invite members and friends of UUFEC to these March UU events in Oberlin:

UU KENDAL GATHERING March 21 – Evolution of Power: Our relationship to power evolves over our lifetime. We will explore experiences and share insights and learnings from power used well. Service led by Rev. Mary Grigolia. (4:15 p.m., in the Kendal Auditorium, open to everyone!)

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT Building Your Own Theology – A 6-week series to explore how your beliefs and faith in life have evolved. Participants will share their philosophical, spiritual and religious journeys. Uplifting and fun! Open to everyone. Co-facilitated by Mary Grigolia and members of OUUF. Tuesdays at Kendal, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, in the Crossroads Room, 3:15-4:45.

Join Us this Sunday February 26 – Awakening the Dreamers at the UU Fellowship

 

 

 

 

 

Awakening the Dreamer is a worldwide initiative inspiring people to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. Launched in 2005 by The Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, California, Awakening the Dreamer has helped tens of thousands of people realize their tremendous potential as agents of change.

A world of justice, fulfillment, and sustainability is not a fantasy for the distant future—it is a reality into which millions of people around the world are waking up and taking action. At this very moment, communities around the world are transitioning into models of social and environmental justice.

Awakening the Dreamer workshops enable participants to trade old dreams rooted in consumption, competition and inequality for a new vision of the human family founded on the desire we all share for justice and peace.

To fulfill our mission to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet, Awakening the Dreamer has developed transformational experiences guided by members of our global volunteer network. The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium has been held in over 60 countries, presented by thousands of trained facilitators, and every day the movement is igniting new communities around the world.

Join Us this Sunday to watch the inspiring documentary as a fellowship and participate in the discussion afterwards!

Fair Trade Coffee & Tea will also be for sale before and after the service to benefit the fellowship and the well being of small farm cooperatives & communities. Find us on the Lower Level of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 431 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio.

Join Us This Sunday Feb. 19 – Rev. Dr. Rob Smith Says Mzungu, Hello!

Join us to hear about Rob Smith’s experiences in Kenya during the month of January!

Fair Trade Coffee & Tea will also be for sale before and after the service to benefit the fellowship and the well being of small farm cooperatives & communities. Find us on the Lower Level of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 431 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio.

 

Join Us This Sunday Feb. 12 – Membership Sunday Honoring Our Newest Members!

Join us to honor the newest members of our congregation; Rose & Matt Hollo, Jessica Boettcher & Sande Campbell, this Sunday, February 12 at 10:30am. We will also be discussing how to become part of our open, growing congregation!

Fair Trade Coffee & Tea will also be for sale before and after the service to benefit the fellowship and the well being of small farm cooperatives & communities. Find us on the Lower Level of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 431 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio.

Use either of the back entrances. Guests and visitors welcome.

Join Us This Sunday – Feb. 5, Rev. Mary Grigolia speaks on Love – POTLUCK!

Sunday Service, 2/5/12 – What’s Love Got to Do with It? Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke of Love as the power great enough to transform the despair that comes from injustice and violence. What is Love? How does Love fit into UU’ism? What does Love have to do with how we respond to the issues of our time? Service led by Rev. Mary Grigolia (not Tina Turner).

Learn more about Rev. Mary Grigolia – http://www.marygrigolia.com – http://www.facebook.com/mgrigolia

Join us after the service, before the workshop for one of our famous community potlucks! Bring a dish to share & enjoy the sweet flavors of community fellowship!

POTLUCK

Workshop, 2/5/12 – Care and Feeding of Members

In a congregation of diverse philosophies, listening to one another from the heart is how we know and care for one another. How is UUFEC listening? Are you part of Care Team UUFEC? How might we deepen our care for one another? What are the differences in our expectations and needs from one another? What sustains you in your relationship with UUFEC and with Life/Love?

Hope to see you there!