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Touchstones with Rev. Mary Grigolia

TouchstonesOct 5 – Touchstones: What are your deep experiences of being part of something larger than your individual self that also lifts and celebrates who you are? Perhaps hidden touchstones that support your faith in Life. We explore the 1st source of Unitarian Universalism: Direct experience of transcendence that affirms that all is one. Service led by Rev. Mary at 10:30 am.

Workshop: What are YOUR personal stories, your touchstones? What experiences gift you with faith in life? What touchstones will you share? We’ll listen to each other’s stories. And explore what they have in common and how they differ… And what it has to do with UU’ism.  Join us after the service for a finger-food potluck and this insightful workshop.

 

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Why Religion Matters

Why Religion Matters

This week, Rob Smith’s topic is “Why Religion Matters”. He will discuss the functions of religion particularly on the transformation of culture.

Unitarian Universalist Fellow­ship of the Firelands, meeting in the lower level of First Congregational Church, 431 Columbus at 10:30 a.m. Children’s Religious Education available. Enter through glass doors at rear of church and take elevator down. A liberal religion that embraces diversity.

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Breakthrough

Join us to Breakthrough the Status Quo this Sunday!

Unitarian Universalist Fellow­ship of the Firelands, meeting in the lower level of First Congregational Church, 431 Columbus Ave., Sandusky will present “Breakthrough Congregation Sunday” with Don Leake, Membership Chair, at 10:30 a.m. Children’s Religious Education. Enter through glass doors at rear of church and take elevator down. A liberal religion that embraces diversity.

What is a Breakthough Congregation?

Harlan Limpert, Vice President of Ministries and Congregational Support, introduced breakthrough congregations at the 2011 General Assembly this way:

When President Peter Morales talks about the role the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff can play in the life of congregations, he sometimes says he wishes the UUA had created the slogan that Home Depot has made so popular in recent years: “You can do it, we can help.” This cute and catchy slogan conveys a belief that congregations already have the capacity to do all those things that enable it to live out its mission in the world. They sometimes just want help, and sometimes we can provide it.

At other times the role of UUA staff becomes that of lifting up the good work of congregations and encouraging other congregations to learn directly from them.

That is the idea behind the Breakthrough Congregation initiative. Created seven years ago, it was an effort to identify those congregations that had achieved significant and sustained numerical growth and give them an opportunity to share at General Assembly what they’ve done, and how they’ve done it. Why not look to the experts—those lay and professional leaders who have already “cracked the nut” around growth—and give them the opportunity at general assembly to share their wisdom?

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!

 

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!

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!  http://drjilltaylor.com

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!”  
 and/or
2.  Email the governor.
 and/or
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.

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Join us Sunday for a discussion of Breakthough Congregations. Don Leake and Lisa Dewey will be sharing a short DVD of a UUA Breakthrough Congregation in Seattle, with discussion to follow. Visitors are welcome to join us for our 10:30 … Continue reading

Join Us This Sunday, January 20 – Rev. Dr. Rob Smith Speaks: New Information on Dead Sea Scrolls

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, January 20 at 10:30am. Rev. Dr. Rob Smith will be speaking on new information on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Please enter the church at the glass enclosure to the rear of the building and take the elevator down to basement.

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.