Services: 3-31-13, 4-7-13 & 4-14-13

Mar. 31 — “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Easter Sunday,” with the Rev. Evan Young. We spend most of our lives more or less secure in our convictions about what’s going to happen next, and (oddly) denying what we know is inevitable. And the Easter story told and retold in the Christian … [Read more…]

New Members Welcomed

Five new members were welcomed to the UUFA membership status during our morning service on Sunday, Feb. 24. They include: Shea Daniels moved from Chillicothe to Athens in 2008 to attend OU. She is now an Americorps member serving Trimble Elementary School. She will begin graduate school this Fall. Patrick Gordon is renewing his membership … [Read more…]

Social Justice Notes – March 2013

by Lois Whealey Celebrate Women’s History Month! International Women’s Day Festival blossoms at Baker Center Ballroom on Sunday, March 17, 2-6 p.m. Lois Whealey is on the planning committee for the fifth Ohio IW Festival. Like past ones, this Festival is FREE, open to the public, has activities for children, vendors, and music by women, … [Read more…]

UUA General Assembly 2013

This year’s General Assembly is in Louisville, Ky., an easy drive from all the congregations in the OMD. This year’s theme will be environmental justice. West Virginia and Kentucky ministers are already working on pro-grams and opportunities for this. OMD will be electing a new moderator as well as other positions. Learn more about the … [Read more…]

Ohio-Meadville District News – March 2013

Our Ohio-Meadville District staff works hard to arrange many opportunities for our enrichment. Here are a few coming up soon: 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 … [Read more…]

“What Passover Means to a Secular Jew – My Four Questions” by Dr. Laini Burstein on March 24

What are these questions? Why does an atheist lead a Seder, the ritual Passover meal modeled on a Roman banquet? Why commemorate the ostensible Exodus from Egypt over 3000 years ago, despite scant evidence supporting the existence of Moses? Why proclaim joyfully “next year in Jerusalem” when the heart-wrenching Israeli-Palestinian conflict leaves so many people … [Read more…]

Growing Together – March 2013

by Rev. Evan Young Here we are, flush with excitement after an inspiring annual meeting at which we celebrated our achievements, appreciated our leaders, selected our representatives, and adopted an ambitious budget for the coming fiscal year. So what are you going to do about it? It’s time to think about this now, because sometime … [Read more…]

Growing Together – Feb 2013

by Reverend Evan Young We Unitarian Universalists affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. It’s the third of our seven principles. We believe that no one should be dehumanized through acts of exclusion, oppression, or violence because of his or her identity. A simple enough idea — but as evidenced by a … [Read more…]