Monthly Archives: February 2013


This Sunday: Bring a friend, eat good food, consider your calling, write your story!

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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, March 3, at 10:30am. Rev. Mary Grigolia will be speaking about callings. Potluck and mini-workshop “Writing your UU Story” to follow. Bring a friend – All are welcome! Use either of the back entrances, go to basement level – Handicap Accessible. Find us online at, Facebook & Twitter, too!

More Information about this Sunday:

What Are We Called to Do?

What do our principles and values require of us? How are we called ethically and religiously, as individuals and as a congregation? Explore calling with Rev Mary Grigolia.


How do we let folks know about our congregation?

Through stories.

It’s a paradox: Your story is personal, yet also universal.

Hearing your story about the search for spiritual community (or another experience with UU) makes me aware of my own yearning for meaning and connection.

Join us for an after-service mini-workshop to write and share our stories about UU: how you got here, what gives you hope, how it’s changed you….

With your permission, we’ll post the stories and testimonials on this congregational website, to make our congregation and religious path come alive for folks searching for community like ours.


Three Days Left to Register for this Conference on Immigration Reform!

February 18, 2013





9:30 AM-3 PM at Methodist Theological School, Delaware OH


  • Theological Perspective on how to work towards immigrant justice


  • How can do we advocate for Compassionate Immigration Reform


  • Ohio state DREAM Act and possibilities of passing a state equity tuition law


  • How is the Immigration Customs Enforcement mass deportation program “Secure Communities” impacting us locally?


  • Time to Strategize and Plan for Action

Where: Methodist Theological School
3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH
Cost:   $25/person-includes lunch/ scholarships available upon request
Register by February 14th
For more info:  Rev. Joan Van Becelaere, 303-641-5896

Sponsored by: Central Ohio Immigrant Justice, Church World Service, Catholic Latino Ministry, Cleveland Faith Immigration, Community Organizing Center (Columbus), Community Refugee Immigrations Services, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Ohio Action Circle, Ohio Council of Churches, Unitarian Universalist Association –Ohio Meadville District,

DREAM Activists Ohio, Ohio Action Circle

Like Ohio Interfaith Immigration  Coalition on FB

UUJO – Medicaid Expansion Budget Deadline

UUJO Action Alert        

UU Justice Ohio Medicaid Expansion Campaign       

Join  UUs with Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) and the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC) in acting by Tuesday January 29 to
 1.     Call Governor Kasich at (614) 466-3555 and urge him to include Medicaid Expansion in the budget he submits February 4.  Use this sample script: “I’m calling to urge Governor Kasich to include Medicaid Expansion in the budget. A healthier economy and healthier Ohioans; it’s a win-win!”  
2.  Email the governor.
3.  Contact your representatives in the Ohio Senate and House by phone or email. Find their contact information by entering your zip code here.
Check out Medicaid Expansion talking points, and forms with sample letters and phone call tips in the “organizing tools” section at Greater Cleveland Congregations

From Cleveland Plain Dealer:  If Ohio expands Medicaid, the state will fulfill an option under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide coverage to adults living at up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level — about $32,000 per year for a family of four and $15,400 per year for an individual.  Currently, Ohio covers adults with dependents at up to 90 percent of the federal poverty level and doesn’t cover childless adults. A family of four earning $20,745 or less qualifies for current coverage.  If Ohio expands Medicaid, the federal government would pay the full tab, 100 percent, for three years for the newly qualified individuals. After that, the federal government would cover 95 percent and phase down to 90 percent.

More info at Health Care Action Network of Ohio.

OMD Conference:  The New Administration and Immigration  

Monday, February 18, 2013 Methodist Theological School, Delaware, OH  with The Rev. Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Ecumenical commitment, concern for equal justice, African-American empowerment, and community improvement have shaped Black’s ministry in the church and in the communities in which he has lived. Cost: $25 per person. Registrationdeadline is February 8.  
Webinar Postponed
“UUJO and You” will be re-scheduled from February 13 to early spring.  

2012-13 UUJO Steering Committee
Howard Tolley, Co-Chair (Heartland) and Bylaws Coordinator
Pam Patsch, Co-Chair (OMD) and Membership Coordinator
Joan Van Becelaere,  OMD Executive Director and Issues Co-Coordinator
Alice Diebel, Heartland Issues Co-Coordinator
Michael Greenman, Communications Member

Join UUJO by completing a form on the website.  Share in the information exchange and provide information for the next newsletter on the UUJO facebook page and/or through the UUJO Google group.

BRING A FRIEND + POTLUCK! Join Us This Sunday, February 3 – Rev. Mary Grigolia 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, February 3 at 10:30am. 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!

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.