Monthly Archives: November 2012

Join Us This Sunday Dec. 2 – Rev. Mary Grigolia Speaks: What Are You Waiting For?

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, Sunday, December 2 at 10:30am. The service is titled “What Are You Waiting For?” In this season of gathering darkness, we honor the pause, the tradition of emptying out, creating space within us and among us, so something new more come to birth. Service facilitated by Rev. Mary Grigolia.

Bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch following the service! We will be having our board meeting after to discuss details for our holiday party – please feel free to join us!

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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.

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FACT Meeting News Coverage from Nov. 17 & Special Thanks

“YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ministers, priests and members of the faith community from 16 counties came together to increase awareness about fracking and the process of drilling for oil and natural gas.

The gathering and informational meeting took place at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown.

The meeting focused on a moral and spiritual mission to protect water and God’s creations.

“Our goal is to educate other faith communities about the problems of fracking and urge them not to sign leases on their church land for fracking and to also educate their congregants not to sign leases on their personal property,’ said Ron Prosek, Convener of Faith Communities for Frack Awareness.

Reverend Monica Beasley-Martin asked God to bless water that was brought from Erie, Geauga, Portage, Mahoning and other regions across Ohio.”

http://www.wfmj.com/story/20129822/faith-communioty-meets-to-discuss-fracking

Thanks to those of you who came to Youngstown and participated in our FaCT meeting on Nov. 17.  It was a really great turnout, and we all left, I am sure, inspired, reaffirmed, and more determined that ever to carry on the struggle.

Thanks so much to all who helped put this meeting together–Susie Beiersdorfer, Rev. Monica Beasley-Martin, and Kristina Kistler.  Thanks to soundman Richard, and to the wonderful chef, Marla and her staff.  Thanks to Judy Prosek for running the registration table.
Thanks to our excellent speakers, Rev. Monica, Rev. Neil Pezzulo, and to Eric Belcastro of CELDF.
Thanks to our clergy for leading us in meditation/prayer, worship, and blessings: our host minister, Rev. Matt Alspaugh, and ministers Rev. Monica and Rev. Karl Bucey.
Thanks to the Walkin’ Bosses musicians from Oberlin for their great music.
You ALL helped make this meeting a great success.  As discussed, we expect to have our next meeting in January.  Jan Williams of West Shore UU Church in Rocky River (west side of Cleveland) offered his church, contingent on available dates in January.  We will let you all know.

Join Us This Sunday – Jan Young Speaks on Religion for Atheists: The Ideas of Alain de Botton

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, Sunday, November 25 at 10:30am. Jan Young will be leading the service and speaking on Religion for Atheists: The Ideas of Alain de Botton. Come a little early or stay a little late for some fellowship with like-minds!

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 Nov. 18 – Rev. Dr. Rob Smith Speaks

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, Sunday, November 18 at 10:30am. Rev. Dr. Rob Smith will be leading the service & discussion. Come a little early or stay a little late for some fellowship with like-minds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, November 11 – Walking Women’s Wisdom

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, Sunday, November 11 at 10:30am. Cameron Plagens & Karen Kazsmer will be discussing their psycho-spiritual counseling practice out of Westlake and their group, Walking Women’s Wisdom.

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.

Remembering Bill Wright, 1914-2012

William C. “Bill” Wright, noted dairy farmer, machinist, labor organizer, area civil rights leader, and poet, 98, of Sandusky and formerly of Norwalk, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Parkvue Health Care Center after a lengthy illness. Bill was born May 11, 1914, the son of William Orum and Myrtle Evelyn (Brown) Wright. He was a 1932 graduate of Norwalk High School, and attended a labor college in Cleveland.  He served his country in the United States Army in World War II, taking part in the Battle of the Bulge.  He earned a Bronze Star for his service, where he was in infantry and was also involved with Information and Education.  He retired from Esmond Dairy, the former Wright Dairy, which was his family’s business, in 1983.  Bill was the author of “A Life of Poems”, which was published in 2007.  He was also responsible for bringing the W.I.C. (Women, Infants and Children) program to this area. A former member of Calvary Episcopal Church, other memberships include: Voices for Peace and Justice, where Bill was a founding member, NAACP, the Steel Workers Organization of Active Retirees, the Firelands Writing Center, and Genesis (and interracial dialogue group).  In addition, Bill was an amateur boxer in his youth, and a string bass player in an area dance band. Bill is survived by several nieces and nephews, and many friends, including long time friend Larry (Ann) Smith of Huron. Including his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife, the former Crystal Florence Kuhlman, whom he cherished; his infant son, William F. Wright, who died in 1940; and his brothers, Vernon and Paul; and his sister, Ilene Gallegos. Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s name to: Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870; Planned Parenthood, 200 W. 9th Street, Lorain, Ohio 44052; Habitat for Humanity, 365 Main Street Suite A, Huron, Ohio 44839; Sierra Club Ohio Chapter, 131 N. High Street #605, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Black Child Lost – Bill Wright,  Toledo, Ohio 1993

In your dark eyes
looking into white faces,
then down and away,
your world looks out
from your heart
searching
waiting
fearfully.

“I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night” sung by Bill Wright on his 97th birthday.


(DAYLIGHT SAVINGS: FALL BACK) POTLUCK & BRING A FRIEND SUNDAY: Rev. Mary Grigolia Speaks – Honey from the Rock + WORKSHOP

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, Sunday, November 11 at 10:30am. Rev. Mary Grigolia will be leading the service – Honey from the Rock. The psalmist wrote, “I would feed you the finest of wheat and I would fill you with honey from the rock.” Scientists confirm that we co-evolved with our world: we are surrounded by what we need; our world needs our gifts. But what about that honey from the rock? Rev. Mary Grigolia will explore gratitude – even when it comes through adversity.

Don’t forget that it is Daylight Savings Time and to “Fall Back” an hour the night before!

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.

Bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch following the service! We encourage you to stay for the mini-workshop after (12:15-1:30).

Crossing the Digital Divide: A Mini-Workshop (Part 2 of CONGREGATIONS AND BEYOND)
Open to Everyone. Especially You! (even if you didn’t come to part 1 – really!)

The religious and spiritual landscape is changing. More and more people are spiritual, not religious, seeking connections and wisdom on-line. We google. We tweet. We blog. We text. We are in constant contact. We like each other on Facebook. We endorse each other on LinkedIn. And yet more people are isolated than at any time. And there is a deep hunger for meaning.

What does this mean for our fellowship?
What do we have to say in the cyber conversation?
How can we put religiously progressive values out there?

Reminder: In the third workshop (Dec 2), we’ll explore next steps for growing the congregation and beyond, deepening a UU presence in Erie County.