Monthly Archives: September 2012

Join Us Sunday, September 30 – Lou Young Speaks on Fair Trade & Equal Exchange

Join the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County on the Lower Level of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 431 Columbus Avenue in Sandusky, this Sunday, September 30, at 10:30am. Lou Young will be discussing the importance of Fair Trade economics & his experience with Equal Exchange cooperatives. Bring a friend – All are welcome! Use either of the back entrances. Find us online at http://www.eriecountyuu.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.Image

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Join Us Sunday, September 23 – Rev. Dr. Rob Smith Speaks: The Immigrant’s House

Join the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County on the Lower Level of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 431 Columbus Avenue in Sandusky, this Sunday, September 23 at 10:30am. Rev. Dr. Rob Smith will be sharing themes from his latest poetry book “The Immigrant’s House”. Bring a friend – All are welcome!

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.

Join Us This Sunday, Sept. 16 – TED Talk: Barry Schwartz on Wisdom

Join us for discussion and fellowship after we gather to watch Barry Schwartz at 10:30am during his TED Talk: A Wise Person Knows How To….  which is a short talk on the virtue of learning moral skills. “You don’t need to be brilliant to be wise,” he says.  And “Wisdom is learned, not given.”

The following is found on his TED Talk profile:

In his 2004 book The Paradox of Choice , Barry Schwartz tackles one of the great mysteries of modern life: Why is it that societies of great abundance — where individuals are offered more freedom and choice (personal, professional, material) than ever before — are now witnessing a near-epidemic of depression? Conventional wisdom tells us that greater choice is for the greater good, but Schwartz argues the opposite: He makes a compelling case that the abundance of choice in today’s western world is actually making us miserable.
Infinite choice is paralyzing, Schwartz argues, and exhausting to the human psyche. It leads us to set unreasonably high expectations, question our choices before we even make them and blame our failures entirely on ourselves. His relatable examples, from consumer products (jeans, TVs, salad dressings) to lifestyle choices (where to live, what job to take, who and when to marry), underscore this central point: Too much choice undermines happiness.
Schwartz’s previous research has addressed morality, decision-making and the varied inter-relationships between science and society. Before Paradox he published The Costs of Living, which traces the impact of free-market thinking on the explosion of consumerism — and the effect of the new capitalism on social and cultural institutions that once operated above the market, such as medicine, sports, and the law. Both books level serious criticism of modern western society, illuminating the under-reported psychological plagues of our time. But they also offer concrete ideas on addressing the problems, from a personal and societal level.

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.

September 2012 Bulletin: New and Notable Books from Beacon Press; UUA 2012-2013 Common Read Announced; Audio Recordings for Selected UU World Articles

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the staff here at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), I hope this message finds you well. Please allow me to highlight a couple of items for you in the paragraphs below. You can find more information on each, plus other announcements and resources, linked in the bulletin materials list that follows. Please share them with your congregation.

  • New and notable book announcements from Beacon Press, including Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America by Eboo Patel.
     
  • The UUA Common Read for 2012-2013 has been announced! The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is now available in the UUA Bookstore.
     
  • Multicultural Growth and Witness announces The Welcoming Congregation Bulletin, a new publication from LGBTQ Ministries!

We hope that you enjoy all of the materials offered here and in the list below.

Bulletin Materials

From Accessibilities:
Audio recordings (PDF) for selected articles of UU World now available on UUA.org
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From Beacon Press:
New and notable books (PDF) from Beacon Press, and an invitation to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter for Unitarian Universalists (UU’s).
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From the UUA Bookstore:
An announcement of a new book from the UUA Resource Development Office: Bridging: A Handbook for Congregations (PDF).
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An announcement of a new book from the UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Youth Ministry Advising: A Complete Guide (PDF).
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From the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF):
Looking for high-quality religious education resources for your family, small group or congregation? RE Express Plus (PDF) offers tools to create a complete Religious Education (RE) program for a small group, or to creatively expand a larger program.  
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From Congregational Life:
Here is a current list of blogs (PDF) from Congregational Life. You are encouraged to read or subscribe to any or all of them.
—For ministers, professional and administrative staff, boards, committees and volunteer leaders
 
Does your congregation host an Art Gallery? Consider signing up for Uuartgalleries (PDF), a closed e-mail list for gallery directors, committee chairs or for people who would like more information on how to start a gallery in their own congregation.
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From Information and Public Witness:
Explore the past with this History in Brief (PDF). Read about William H. Carney, Colonel Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment.
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From the Internaional Office:
An International News (PDF) update from the UUA.
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From Ministries and Faith Development:
Please Post! The UUA Common Read for 2012-13 is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (The New Press, 2012). Alexander, an attorney, describes how U.S. crime-fighting policies and systems disproportionately affect Americans of color and makes a case that these effects are intentional. Alexander’s presentation at General Assembly 2012 drew a large crowd. A UUA discussion guide for The New Jim Crow will be online in October.
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Please circulate this flyer to invite UU’s of color, ages 15-18, to an online covenant group (PDF) hosted by the Rev. Monica L. Cummings on Wednesday evenings.
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New curricula this fall include two new children’s programs–Sing to the Power (Grades 4-5) and World of Wonder (Grades K-1)–and a new, eight-session version of Building the World We Dream About geared toward young adults. See descriptions of Tapestry of Faith offerings (PDF) for all ages on this display flyer. Browse the new programs online. Contact fieldtest@uua.org for more information. 
—For religious professionals and lay leaders

Have you used UUA-published pre-school programs from the 1990s? If you have feedback as a religious professional, an RE teacher, a parent, or a lay leader, you can help the Resource Development Office consider revisions and updates. Please share via Survey Monkey or contact Pat Kahn at childrenfamilies@uua.org to discuss in more depth. 
—For religious professionals and lay leaders

A new one-hour workshop includes a video presentation (4:46) and discussion guidelines to introduce UU youth to racial and ethnic group caucusing. View the video and download workshop materials.
—For religious professionals and youth advisors

From Multicultural Growth and Witness:
Indigenous Peoples Day (PDF) is October 8! Join Unitarian Universalists across the country in reimagining Columbus Day as a day for education, public witness, and celebration around Native issues.
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Presenting the Welcoming Congregation Bulletin (PDF), a brand new publication from LGBTQ Ministries, part of Multicultural Ministries. Each month this newsletter will lift up a tool, an action, a story, and news to share around the work of welcome and inclusion. This month: affirmation and nondiscrimination language, National Coming Out Day, OUTreach Resource Center, and all things “queer”!
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For your reading pleasure: the twenty-fifth issue of Catalyst (PDF), the newsletter of Multicultural Growth & Witness Regarding Racial and Ethnic Concerns.
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The September Newsletter (PDF) is now available from Multicultural Growth and Witness
—For social justice/taskforce chairs

From Standing on the Side of Love:
Voting on the Side of Love—A Video Contest (PDF). Imagine, in this election season, if a simple, compelling video can change the world. Video submissions are due by September, 23rd. Read more inside this flyer for details! Contactvotingonthesideoflove@uua.org.

From Stewardship and Development:
Pay it forward by supporting the Annual Program Fund and the Friends of the UUA (PDF).
—For ministers, board presidents, finance and stewardship committees

From UU College of Social Justice:
Help heal the world and feed your spirit on a trip to Mexico, Haiti, or India with the UU College of Social Justice (PDF).
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From Youth and Young Adult Ministries:
Help Youth Bridge Into UU Young Adulthood

Bridging into adulthood is an important transition, not only in the life of an individual, but also in the life of a family and a faith community. As youth prepare to enter young adulthood, they are opening the door for new experiences and greater understanding of their faith. Congregations and other UU communities can support them during this transition by keeping their connection to Unitarian Universalism alive and relevant to their lives and continuing to minister to them as they transition to young adulthood.

See the “Bridging from Youth to Young Adulthood” page for more information and resources for bridging, including the new “Bridging: Handbook for Congregations” curriculum and the “Bridge Connections” program for youth to provide their contact-information to be matched up with a UU congregation or community in their new location.