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Love your Mother

Love your Mother

Mary’s topic will be “Love Your Mother” – On this Sunday between Earth Day and Mother’s Day, we explore our 7th UU principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of life, of which we are part” (and to which we are accountable): Indra’s net. The Great Mother. And Father. And Friend. And Self. The Beloved. Service led by Rev. Mary Grigolia.

Stay for lunch and a mini-workshop, exploring the many facets of experience with the great web.

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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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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ACLU Update

ACLU Update

Unitarian Universalist Fellow­ship of the Firelands, meeting in the lower level of First Congregational Church, 431 Columbus Ave., Sandusky welcomes Christine Link, Executive Director of the Ohio ACLU, who will present an update of ACLU issues. 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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Adventure Playground Brings Community Together

Adventure Playground Brings Community Together

This Sunday, we’ll think about and discuss the concept of the shrinking middle class, and action that is being taken to address this concern.

Unitarian Universalist Fellow­ship of the Firelands, meeting in the lower level of First Congregational Church, 431 Columbus Ave., Sandusky will present “Adventure Playground” with Tricia O’Connor, 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.

Below, you will find some reading to introduce you to the background subject about which Tricia will be speaking on Sunday.

Do you agree there has been a growing division between the upper and lower class in the Firelands area? What can be done to help bridge this gap?

The Times article (Excerpt)
“Putnam’s Times article discussed the loss of connection and community and the widening divide between the privileged and the poor, and created much discussion in Port Clinton. Many of Port Clinton’s civic and education leaders responded that the portrayal was in some ways unfair, in particular the Times’ lead photo of the demolition of the old middle school, as the middle school has been replaced by a new middle school.”

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/03/crumbling-american-dreams/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

http://www.thebeacon.net/local-news/around-ottawa-county/item/3444-putnam-offers-thanks-and-help-to-port-clinton

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Holiday Service and Potluck

Holiday Service and Potluck

This Sunday:
Join the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Firelands (fomerly “of Erie County”) this Sunday, Dec. 22nd at Sandusky Sailing Club. Service will begin at 5:30pm, followed by a potluck at 6:00. Bring a dish to share. (musical instruments and games are encouraged, too)! We are a liberal religion that embraces diversity.

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This Sunday!

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Join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM for another one of Rob Smith’s smart and insightful presentations. We meet in the lower level of the 1st Congregational UCC at 431 Columbus Ave. in Sandusky. Park in the lot and enter through the rear glass doors. Take elevator down. We are a welcoming congregation. All lifestyles and beliefs are honored. Handicapped-accessible.

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!

 

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

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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.