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Stages of Belief

Stages of Belief

What’s the  difference between “believing in” something and “believing” something? Many people gather status from believing in a cause, but, no matter how noble, this can be self-serving. The true activists or change agents are often working quietly at the grassroots level and being driven by their internal value system.

Meeting at 10:30 am, Sunday Feb. 15th  at 1st Cong. UCC, LOWER LEVEL, 431 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Ohio.  Enter through rear glass doors and take elevator down.

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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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Unitarian Universalist Fellow­ship of the Firelands, meeting in the lower level of First Congregational Church, 431 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Jon Carver will present “The Future Success of the U.S., Part 1, 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.

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

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.