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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.

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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.

Join Us This Sunday, January 13 – Jonathan Brenneman Speaks on Christian Peacemakers Team & Non-Violent Resistance

This Sunday, January 13, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County will be hosting as our speaker a young Mennonite from St. Mary’s, Ohio, named Jonathan Brenneman, who is doing a year of religious service in the city of Hebron in Palestine.  Mr. Brenneman will be discussing his work with the Christian Peacemakers Team, a faith-based organization that supports Palestinian-led nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation.  Visitors are welcome to join us for our 10:30 AM service in the basement of the 1st Congregational UCC, 431 Columbus Ave, Sandusky.  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.

Happy New Year! Join Us This Sunday – January 6, 2013 – BRING A FRIEND – Rev. Mary Grigolia Speaks: Transcendent Purpose + WORKSHOP & POTLUCK

Happy New Year! 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 on Sunday, January 6, at 10:30am. Rev. Mary Grigolia will be leading the first service of the new year, discussing ‘Transcendent Purpose’.

“Purpose seems straight forward enough. We’ve all seen the ads for the ‘purpose driven life.’ Pop psychologists, television evangelists and sitcoms echo the need for purpose and meaning. The assumption is that purpose and meaning are always individual. Especially in a society as individually-focused as ours. Something interesting happens when we look at purpose in congregational life. Folks who study congregations observe that groups thrive when they have a compelling purpose that transcends their own apparent interests. They foster spiritual maturity and depth of relationships with one another. They can grow in numbers and have focused impact in the larger world. And so in this new year, I invite you to dialogue with your heart, your deepest, wisest self, about your individual life purpose. Whenever I ask probing questions, I feel compelled to share my own response. My personal purpose is to serve as a creative catalyst for that which is dreaming of unfolding through us, collectively, wherever I am. I hope to do so respectfully and playfully, creatively and thoughtfully. What is your individual purpose? And from that place of individual knowing and dreaming, we may begin to explore together that which goes beyond the individual yet includes and needs us all – the transcendent purpose of the UU Fellowship of Erie County… Happy New Year!” – Rev. Mary Grigolia

Bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch following the service!

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.

2013 Holiday Service & Potluck

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Join the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County at the Sandusky Sailing Club this Sunday for our Holiday Service & Potluck!

Weʼll gather about 5:00 pm, our service will begin at 5:30pm and the potluck will follow at 6:00pm. In a slight change from last year, Skip Oliver will act as bartender for a cash bar, offering a variety of beers and wines. You may bring in non-alcoholic beverages of your own, and, as usual, everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. Musical instruments, board games and cards are welcome for evening entertainment! Bring your family & friends to come hang out with a universally awesome bunch of folks for a great holiday tradition – All faiths & backgrounds welcome!

Join Us This Sunday, Dec. 9 – Tim Jurkovac Speaks: “Celebrating Nostalgia, Legitimizing Extortion and Subsidizing Greed: The Hegemony of the Retro Ballpark

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, December 9 at 10:30am. Tim Jurkovac will be speaking on a paper he wrote recently on the extortion of American cities by baseball team owners to build ballparks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Unitarian Universalist Tim DeChristopher Banned from Dangerous acts of ‘Social Justice’ | Grist.org

By Susie Cagle – Climate activist Tim DeChristopher, who was locked up for 15 months for disrupting an auction of oil and gas leases on public land, is now out of prison and trying to put his life back together. As part of that effort, DeChristopher secured a job at a First Unitarian Church — that is, until the Federal Bureau of Prisons stepped in.

DeChristopher wasn’t seeking a job in oil leasing or even environmental activism — fields related to his “crime.” But the feds, in their infinite wisdom, put their feet down. “You know what, we’ve been too easy on these hippies and their subversive jobs at churches.”

From the Deseret News: DeChristopher had been offered a job with the church’s social justice ministry, which would include working with cases of race discrimination, sex discrimination or other injustices that fall contrary to Unitarian beliefs. “The Bureau of Prisons official who interviewed Tim indicated he would not be allowed to work at the Unitarian church because it involved social justice and that was what part of what his crime was,” [DeChristophers attorney Patrick] Shea said. Ken Sanders, proprietor of a downtown rare books store, instead offered DeChristopher a job as a clerk. That employment has been deemed “safe,” Shea confirmed. Oh god, but what’s in the books? Science, economics, politics? What’s in the books???

Tim DeChristopher’s story is a remarkable one. Filmakers debuted “Bidder 70” at this past year’s Cleveland International Film Festival. Click below to watch the trailer:

via Tim DeChristopher banned from dangerous acts of ‘social justice’ | Grist.org

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

Questions or Comments?  Email Howard.Tolley@uc.edu orwww.facebook.com/UUJusticeOhio

UUJO on Environment/Fracking

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

http://interfaithpowerandlight.org/get-involved/preachin-signup/

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:http://www.nofrackalmanac.com/. 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

Join Us This Sunday Dec. 2 – Rev. Mary Grigolia Speaks: What Are You Waiting For?

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, December 2 at 10:30am. The service is titled “What Are You Waiting For?” In this season of gathering darkness, we honor the pause, the tradition of emptying out, creating space within us and among us, so something new more come to birth. 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!

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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.