Category Archives: Ohio-Meadville District Announcements

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

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OMD January Newsletter 2013 – Announcements & Conferences

Time for Winter Institute!
Have you registered for Winter Institute yet? This relaxing, fun, and “schedule free” weekend is an intimate gathering for UUs of all ages. There are frosty outdoor activities like sledding, hiking and cross country skiing. For those who choose to stay in their slippers all weekend, there is a beautiful lodge with its many cozy corners and fireplaces. The pool and hot tub are truly a wintertime treat. There are fellow UUs always ready to play board games or to join in the community jigsaw puzzle. We have wonderful community worship services and great conversations. Join us February 25-28 at Salt Fork State Park Lodge near Cambridge, OH. Registration and details at
Interested in District Leadership?
At the next District Assembly The Nominating Committee of the Ohio Meadville District will be nominating persons for Treasurer, Secretary, Trustee at large, as well as three persons to serve on the Nominating Committe.   These are opportunities to work with great people doing the important and challenging work of the District.   If you want to find out more for yourself or know of persons who are committed to serving Unitarian Universalism and the OMD contact L.D. Moore, Chair of the OMD Nominating Committee.    440-774-2739
Training for Youth and Adult Leaders!
Fundamentals of Healthy Youth Ministry is a multigenerational training for youth and adult partners who are leading congregational youth programs. Learn how to partner together, build a strong youth ministry program and develop leadership and advising skills. Two more opportunities for this training this year – in Toledo March 1-3 and in Columbus March 8-10. Learn more at the OMD website:
Out of Bounds: Moving Beyond Our Boundaries
Join us for this historic joint District Assembly with keynote speaker the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the UUA. UUs from both the St. Lawrence and Ohio-Meadville Districts will gather at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, NY April 26-27, 2013. Full information, details, and registration is available at the OMD website –

Looking for District Events and Webinars?
A full list of all district events is located on the OMD website at Webinars can be found on the CERG website along with all CERG events at Check out these websites to find resources and news as well.

UUJO: Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio Network Launched

The UUJO is a statewide network established on October 20,2012 at a meeting in Columbus for the 41 UU Congregations in Ohio — 30 in the Ohio Meadville District of CERG and 11 in the Heartland District, MidAmerica Region.

The purpose of this network is to:

  1. Enable Ohio Unitarian Universalist social justice activists from throughout the state to unite in an effective statewide network coordinating liberal religious advocacy in our local communities, the state and beyond.
  2. Educate, motivate and activate Ohio UUs to support public policies that are consistent with key UU principles.
  3. Promote social, economic, environmental and racial justice that fosters the dignity of all, the right of conscience, use of the democratic process, liberty and peace.
  4. Organize concrete action and public witness with/and on behalf of marginalized groups and individuals in Ohio

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UUJO on Environment/Fracking

Interfaith Power & Light is calling for a National Preach-In on Global Warming. Is your congregation participating?

Save-the-Date and Pre-Register Today! Please save the dates of February 8-10, 2013, for the 2013 National Preach-In on Global Warming. On the weekend before Valentine’s Day, thousands of clergy will join in our annual event to express love for Creation and address climate change as a serious moral issue.

The “No Frack Almanac” has a new website: They are selling back issues as well as “Frack Fighter” badges and t-shirts.

Article on the problems with Fracking and Water Flooding potential from the New York area.

 Article on Fracking radioactiveity potential dangers


For those in the Sandusky, Erie County area, please join us this Sunday for a joint service on BULLYING between the First Congregational Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County. Come as you are!

Get directions!

10AM – Service upstairs led by the Rev. Lenore Kure & UU Program Chair Lisa Dewey
11:15AM – POTLUCK Downstairs!
1:00PM The Film, Bullied First, presented by Equality Ohio