Monthly Archives: March 2013

Join us for a TED Talk Screening: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on the Brain and Spirituality

Dr. Jill kissing a brain!

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor experienced a debilitating stroke, and awakened to new spirituality!  Join us this Easter Sunday for a special viewing of her TED Talk.

Visit her website for more information about her experiences and work in brain science!

A Chalice of Words! This Sunday– John Allton: Poetry about Poetry!


Join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM.  John Allton presents “Poetry about Poetry.”


They tumble forth.
By Emily Kennedy
Fall 2010 9.1.10

I have a horror of my words,
And yet I love them.
They seize me and shape my thought,
Make reality their plaything
There seems no end to their size or shape
or acrobatic skill.
They tumble forth,
Laughing or crying as they will,
And survive in the belief
That they are something new under the sun.

Reprinted with permission from Twin Muses: Art and Poetry, by Amy Kindred et al. (AKindred Art Publications, 2010). In the summer of 2009, the Rev. Amy Kindred sent a request to arts organizations that work with the Indiana Arts Commission. “I asked writers to visit my website and view my work. Then, I invited them to create or find poetry that they’ve written that would go along with the works of art and submit the poems for possible publication.” The result is Twin Muses: Art and Poetry, a hardcover book of twenty-two of Kindred’s paintings and twenth-nine poems by twenty writers, published by Kindred in 2010. This poem was paired with Kindred’s painting “Dew Drops.”

Daguerreotypes are Not for Your Grandparents Anymore!


Forward by Rose Hollo

When I was a little girl, I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder collection of “Little House” books.  Most young girls growing up in the 1980’s were required to read Little House on the Prairie, and moved on to other books of a more modern appeal.  But I stuck with the entire series and just reveled in the alternative, simple world in which little mischievous Laura and responsible big-sister Mary had so many adventures.  

When I heard that our next UU presentation was going to be about Daguerreotypes, I immediately thought of the Little House series, and a beautiful daguerreotype I had seen once of Laura Ingalls-Wilder’s handsome husband, Alonzo “Manly” Wilder. 


Now, ladies, contain yourselves!  This handsome guy is no longer on the market, but Daguerrotypes continue to make waves in some very hip and current ways.  This Sunday, a very interesting and unique demonstration of Daguerrotype-making by Primal Photographic will take place during our regular service time. I hope you can join us and learn a bit about this fascinating art, and perhaps be inspired to create your own!

The below information was retrieved from Primal Photographic’s beautiful website:


Darcy Stoltzfus: Art Director / Case Maker

Darcy builds all the leather cases by hand and refurbishes the antique frames, then finishes all the pieces with the clients unique image in mind.  She acts as the art director, stylist, and photo assistant during shoots and spends any other free time taking care of scheduling and day to day business operations.

Chad Djubek: Photographer

When not photographing Chad spends his time meticulously polishing, buffing, and sensitizing the silver daguerreotype plates.  He works all the darkroom magic of developing, processing, and fixing of all the Daguerreotype Plates and Traditional Film Negatives, Lithographs, and Chemical Paper Prints.

The Daguerreotype

In this digital age the daguerreotype brings a slower more lasting, artistic, and traditional approach to photography. The process was patented by Jaques Daguerre in 1839, and is considered the first commercially viable photographic process.  The completed photograph is a mirror image of the subject captured on a silver coated copper plate, beautifully enclosed in a case built specifically to display the reflective image.  Longevity is a huge asset to this art, daguerreotypes are proven to last well beyond 170 years. 


Join UUs Sunday for an Ohio Environmental Update

This Sunday at 10:30, Lauren Berlekamp, Director of City Fresh Erie County and Honeybomb Frequency Radio Host will be giving an Environmental Advocacy Update to discuss the Forward on Climate Rally in Washington DC that took place Mid February and the Ohio is Not for Shale Legislative Action & Rally taking place Thursday, March 7. For those who aren’t attending, we are encouraging folks to participate in the Contact Blitz. See below for details:

ImageWhile Ohio residents visit legislators offices, rally on the statehouse steps and deliver petitions to Governor Kasich……you can help from wherever you are by making a simple call or sending an e-mail! We are holding a contact blitz on two individuals:

Governor John Kasich, who can enact an executive order to stop Ohio from having toxic fracking waste injected into our land and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer, who should have taken action against polluter Ben Lupo years ago due to prior violations and prevented the illegal dumping of toxic waste into public waterways recently in Youngstown, Ohio.

Please call, write, fax or e-mail as is convenient for you. Use the sample template and quotes or let loose with your own personal concerns. Your help is greatly appreciated and needed. We are all connected by our air, water and soil, it’s a global cause.

Governor John Kasich
Phone: (614) 466-3555
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
Contact form:

Ohio Division of Mineral Resources Management
Director James Zehringer
Phone: (614) 265-6879
Oil & Gas: Tom Tomastik
Phone: (614) 265-6893

Ohio Division of Mineral Resources Management
2045 Morse Road Building H-3
Columbus, OH 43229-6693
Contact form:


Dear __________________________,
I am contacting you regarding my concerns over hydraulic fracturing in the state of Ohio.

“We the people of Ohio demand the Ohio Legislature immediately grant local governments the authority to approve or deny industrial oil and gas operations via zoning as they do any other businesses.”

“Our Governor, Senators, and Representatives have passed Fracking, Injection Well, and Water Withdrawal laws that deny the People of Ohio, our political and human rights. The Gas and Oil Industry now holds legal precedence over our land, our water, our air, our homes, our health, our children’s health, our ecosystem, and our freedom for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Ohio is not a dumping ground for the oil and gas industry’s waste. That should be clear… but right now, waste from fracking is being injected deep underground at sites across our state. Tell Governor Kasich to stop the disposal of fracking waste in Ohio! The dumping of fracking waste can even cause earthquakes. Youngstown, OH has experienced earthquakes that geologists confirmed were caused by a nearby injection well used for fracking waste. The best way to prevent more earthquakes is to not inject millions of gallons of chemical-laden waste below the surface!”