Monthly Archives: March 2012

Meditation for Peace this Friday at Converging Paths Meditation Center

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POTLUCK – Join Us This Sunday April 1, Rev. Mary Grigolia Speaks & Workshop to Follow

Resurrection as a Spiritual Practice

We will explore the Christian story of the death and resurrection of Jesus as a parable for spiritual growth. Repeatedly, we have to die to old ways of being in the world and allow something wider, working in our hearts, to welcome us into a wider reality.

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!

Workshop: Putting Faith into Action – UU’s have a long history of walking our talk. Rev. Mary Grigolia will facilitate a conversation to explore:

• What forms of injustice are facing our community?

• What are members and friends already doing?

• How are you involved?

• What is the role of the congregation in responding to injustice?

• Where is the line between church and state, political action and religion?

For notes from previous workshops, visit our Workshops page.

Join Us this Sunday, March 25 – Tai Chi with Sifu Tom Lesniewski

Join us for a Qigong and Tai Chi demonstration with Sifu Tom Lesniewski of Norwalk. Learn more about his practice at http://www.jasminedragon.com

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.

Not able to make it but interested in learning? Check out their upcoming schedule:

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Global Poverty Project

Our mission: to activate the next generation of leaders in the fight against extreme poverty.

To give you a little context, the Global Poverty Project is an educational and campaigning organization, the centerpiece of which is 1.4 Billion Reasons, a thought-provoking presentation that moves audiences to take action for the world’s poorest.

You can see a trailer of 1.4 Billion Reasons herehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYc1qqwf5Xsand find out more information about the Global Poverty Project at http://www.globalpovertyproject.com/pages/about_us.

Supported by Hugh Jackman and Jeffrey Sachs amongst others, 1.4 Billion Reasons powerfully communicates the challenges and opportunities around extreme poverty, working as a platform to inspire and enable individuals to actively become part of the solution.

If you are interested in booking a presentation during our upcoming 2012 tour, or if you have any questions about 1.4 Billion Reasons, feel free to contact me. I can also be reached at (612) 961-1281.

Join Us This Sunday, March 18 – Rev. Dr. Rob Smith Speaks

Rev. Dr. Rob Smith will be speaking to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County this Sunday, March 18 at 10:30am. Join us in listening to his exploration of parables.

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 for Poetry Sunday, March 11, with Ray McNiece: Poet, Actor, Singer, Educator

Thank you to friend of the fellowship, Larry Smith, for arranging this!

Ray McNiece is the author of six books of poems and monologues – Dis, The Bone-Orchard Conga, The Road that Carried Me Here, Song that Fathoms Home, and Wet Sand Raven Tracks –New Haiku, and Our Way of LIfe; He edited, along with Larry Smith, the anthology of contemporary Buddhist Poetry, America Zen. He has written and performed two solo theatre works – Dis – Voices From a Shelter, Us? Talking Across America, two music/poetry collaborations – Mouth Music, A Rust bowl Hootenanny, and one collaborative theatre work – Homegirl meets Whiteboy — with Shawn Jackson. The Orlando Sentinel reporting on Ray’s solo show at the Fringe Festival called him “a modern day descendant of Woody Guthrie. He has a way with words and a wry sense of humor.” In a review of his second theatre work, Us? Talking Across America, the Star-Phoenix said, “His thoughtful writing combines with perfectly timed delivery to create a
powerful wordscape that owes as much to jazz as drama.” He was the voice of Woody Guthrie in WCPN/NPR’s award winning radio documentary, Hard Travellin’.

Highlights of his recent tours include a keynote address shared with
Robert Bly at the First Coast Writer’s Conference, a featured reading at the opening of City Light’s Italia in Florence with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and a performance with his band Tongue in Groove at the Starwood Festival, opening for legendary drummer Babatunde Oluntunje. In the summer of 2001 he toured Russia with Yevgeny Yevtushenko where he appeared on Good Morning, Russia and performed at the Moscow Polytech, the Russian Poets’ Hall of Fame where he was dubbed ‘the American Mayakovski. He has received numerous awards for his writing and performance, recently the creative workforce fellowship from CPAC, the 2001 Hart Crane Award from KSU, a residency in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and a residency at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida. He was the captain of two National Poetry Slam Championship teams (’92 Boston, ’94 Cleveland) and won the Arkansas Grand Slam, the largest performance poetry prize ever awarded. He is also an accomplished actor and has appeared in plays at Ensemble, Dobama, Cleveland Public and Cleveland Playhouse theatres. He was an original cast member of the improv comedy Flanigan’s Wake. He performs in schools as Johnny Appleseed and Thomas Jefferson. For more information please go to his web page
http://www.raymcniece.com

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.