Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mary Grigolia: “American Dreaming” and New Member Induction, Followed by Potluck and Membership Meeting

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Sunday Service, May 5 – AMERICAN DREAMING: What is the dream guiding America today? Is there a dream? Should there be? What is the role of organized religion in a collective dream? How might we become a congregation of lucid dreamers, for America and beyond? Service led by Rev. Mary Grigolia

Of Note:  This Sunday, we will be welcoming a few new members to our Fellowship: Steve Hall, Paul Kay, Beverly Kendall, and Tricia O’Connor.

Service will be followed by a Potluck and Membership Meeting.

Mary’s Musings

As a minister, the month of May is always about mothering and remembering: Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. On a personal level, it asks: How do we care for those whose lives touch ours? How do honor those who went before? How do hope to be remembered? And at the collective level it challenges and encourages us to be aware of a community of care. How are we caring for the families and individuals in our community? This year, I find myself sitting with our responsibility to care for those who would join us. To mother them. To remember the dream of those who came before. What happens when we welcome immigrants but don’t provide a way for them and for their children to understand and enter into the collective life? How do we remember those dreamers and doers who have made possible the dream of America, a society founded on a dream of freedom – freedom to believe what is true for you as an individual, freedom to gather as congregations, freedom to pursue what makes you happy, what makes us happy. Is our dream big enough? Is there a new dream stirring?

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ACLU Executive Director Discusses Sandusky’s Illegal Debtor’s Prison

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This Sunday, Christine Link, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio will join us to give a review of a new report on the illegal debtor’s prison used by Sandusky County, and several other Ohio counties. Join us at 10:30 in our usual meeting place.

To read the report mentioned above, please follow this link:  In For a Penny

For an informative article by the ACLU:  The Outskirts of Hope, click on the title.

For an article about a Norwalk Judge sending debtors to prison, click HERE.

What Really Matters? (Potluck and Workshop Sunday)

487894_542809495752508_1690200112_nPlease join us this Sunday, April 21, for “What Really Matters.”

As an alternative to the “So What? Who Cares?” culture of narcissism, cynicism, and consumerism, Rev. Mary Grigolia reflects on what touches us as individuals and how we make a difference as individuals, as a congregation and beyond.

Our service will be followed by a delicious finger food potluck and workshop.

This month’s workshop will focus on implementing one or more new programs in our Fellowship.  You need not be a member or regular attendee to join us. We would love to have you!  Survey results will be shared and plans will be made to do some exciting new things in our immediate future.  If you are interested in getting involved with a new program such as regular informal fun gatherings for all ages, a book discussion group, or a Chalice circle, please do plan to attend!   YOU are what really matters!

 

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Human Trafficking: A presentation by Tracy Gross McGinley

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 Join us Sunday, April 14th at 10:30 AM, as Tracy Gross McGinley discusses human Trafficking.

Rev. Dr. Rob Smith (Our Resident Bible Detective) Speaks on “Looking Over the Chiasm.”

bible-magnifying-glassChiasm?  Check my spelling, you say?  Well, you read that correctly.  It’s really a made-up word, from what I can gather by my Googling attempts.  Chiasm seems to be a derivative of “Chiastic Structure,” which is a fancy name for a method of writing (or reading) the Bible.  According to T.B. Clarke’s (2013) Bible Discernment website, “A chiasm (ky′-az-um) is a writing style that uses a unique repetition pattern for clarification and emphasis. Often called the chiastic (ky′-az-tic) approach or the chiastic structure, this repetition form appears throughout the Bible yet it is not well known. The way you approach the Scriptures should be dramatically enhanced as you learn what a chiasm is, how to recognize chiasms, and how to glean a fresh application from related New or Old Testament passages.”  I’m sure Dr. Smith will be sharing some very interesting insights into what he is currently learning about chiasms, and what this unique method means to us as Unitarian Universalists.  Please join us at 10:30 this Sunday to learn all about it!

Follow up: Did you miss last Sunday’s TED Talk?

If you missed last Sunday’s service, don’t fret!  You can now watch the TED talk online!  Here’s the link:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTrJqmKoveU

Enjoy!