Monthly Archives: April 2012

Join Us for Social Justice Sunday & Potluck – Christine Link, Executive Director of ACLU – Ohio, Speaks

Join us this Sunday to listen to Christine Link, Executive Director of the ACLU – Ohio. A finger food potluck will follow the service!

Christine Link, Executive Director of ACLU - Ohio

Christine Link is the Executive Director of the ACLU of Ohio, a post she has held for over 20 years, making her one of the most experienced directors among 53 ACLU affiliates.

Chris has an academic background in health care policy and public health. For many years she worked for the expansion of reproductive rights and health care services with organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Joining the ACLU as executive director in 1990, Chris has overseen the expansion of the organization in all program areas.

During Chris’ leadership of the organization the Ohio ACLU has litigated scores of civil liberties cases involving issues as diverse as religious liberty, racial profiling, voting rights, the reform of prisons, free speech, the rights of students, women’s rights, reproductive rights and privacy. Chris is the primary spokesperson for the organization on all issues and as such appears in print and electronic media routinely.

Under Chris’ leadership the ACLU of Ohio has been wildly successful in creating cutting-edge programs to promote civil liberties to different constituencies. Today, civil liberties groups use a number of the programs she conceived nationwide. In addition, she created the organization’s internship program, which provides a venue for scores of young people to learn about democracy.

To support of the organization’s litigation and education programs, Chris led the agency in the purchase and renovation of the building in Cleveland, which is today the Max Wohl Civil Liberties Center. In addition to housing the ACLU, the building has become a community center for a diverse array of organizations that hold meetings and programs in support of civil liberties.

Post 9/11, Chris and members organized the resources of the organization to take up the cause of protecting all people from the over-reaching violations of rights by the executive branch and led the challenge to Ohio’s own version of the Patriot Act. Now Chris and all ACLU members work to restore the protections of the Constitution and repair the damage done to fundamental rights.

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.

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JOINT SERVICE: POTLUCK & FILM – Bullied First

For those in the Sandusky, Erie County area, please join us this Sunday for a joint service on BULLYING between the First Congregational Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County. Come as you are!

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10AM – Service upstairs led by the Rev. Lenore Kure & UU Program Chair Lisa Dewey
11:15AM – POTLUCK Downstairs!
1:00PM The Film, Bullied First, presented by Equality Ohio

http://www.equalityohio.org/

Make Everyday Earth Day – April 22 with Erie Metroparks

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     Sunday, April 22, 2012
Noon to 5:00 pm
Osborn MetroPark

Vendor information click here!

  • Free Family fun!
  • Playground and kid activities
  • Local food vendors
  • Enjoy music from local bands
  • Live animals from Back 2 the Wild
  • Participate in a rain barrel workshop
    • And much more!

Click here to sign up to participate in the Recycled Art Contest! 

2012 Environmental Poster Contest

Theme: “Healthy Soil, Halthy Water!”

  • Show your skills and win recycled content prizes
  • Funcoast presents the 5th. annual Earth Day Extravaganza in which the winners will be displayed and given their prizes. Winners will be display on Funcoast.com following the event.
  • Download the details by clicking here!

The Erie County Solid Waste District provides recycling and waste reduction opportunities and education for the citizens and visitors of Erie County including:

Recycling Resources


Don’t know yet « uuworld.org : UU Parenting

Teenaged boy ©2011 oneclearvision/iStockphoto

©2011 oneclearvision/iStockphoto

When Henry went to an overnight camp designed for boys to learn about law enforcement (a subject he was really into), he of course took a bunch of books along with him. He was an avid reader and just couldn’t imagine going to an overnight without some books.

However, many if not most of the other boys didn’t bring books along with them, and they didn’t quite understand Henry’s interest in reading. As they teased and asked him about the books, it eventually degenerated into his roommates asking him, “What, are you gay?”

Henry, having been raised as a Unitarian Universalist and quite familiar with homosexual couples—a number of whom are good family friends—responded to these taunts with a reasonable statement: “I don’t know yet, I’m only 10.”

In his innocence, he didn’t even realize these boys were using the word “gay” as a derogatory term, and since he is fully aware of what the word actually means, he responded as if he was being asked the question in terms of his sexual identity. And while many children already do have an inkling of where their affectional orientation lies at that age, I love the idea that he believed sexuality was something which evolves as you grow and, despite the fact that he didn’t know yet, he believed that if he turned out to be gay, that was okay.

I wasn’t there, but I imagine the boys laughed at his answer to their taunt, and most likely it was an uneasy sort of laughter. Uneasy because Henry made them think and boys (and girls) who are prone to bullying don’t like to be challenged in their thinking.

This is not unlike the comment issued by my bisexual daughter and preserved in her high school’s magazine when she was recently interviewed for a story. In talking about her own sexuality, she explains, “There’s a rumor going around that I’m a lesbian. Well, that’s only half true.”

So while Henry and other children being raised by Unitarian Universalist parents will say they “don’t know,” often times it turns out that they do in fact know a lot more than other kids around them. And who then is better equipped to educate their classmates about loving compassion and social justice?

JOINT SERVICE: POTLUCK & FILM – Bullied First

For those in the Sandusky, Erie County area, please join us this Sunday for a joint service on BULLYING between the First Congregational Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County. Come as you are!

10AM – Service upstairs led by the Rev. Lenore Kure & UU Program Chair Lisa Dewey
11:15AM – POTLUCK Downstairs!
1:00PM The Film, Bullied First, presented by Equality Ohio

http://www.equalityohio.org/

Join Us This Sunday, April 15 – Rev. Rob Smith Speaks on The Resurrection Myth

Join us in listening to Rev. Dr. Rob Smith as he discusses the non-literal understanding of “resurrection”, drawing on Joseph Campbell.

 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.

NO SUNDAY SERVICE – April 8, 2012

We will resume regular service hours on Sunday, April 15 and hear from Rev. Dr. Rob Smith.