February 2015 Executive Committee Meeting

In attendance: Lynda Smith, Paul Patton, Jeremy Bowman, Michael Pistrui, Daniel Williams, Barb Harrison, Patrick Gordon, Jackie Warmke, Lois Whealey, Laura Mitchell, Roberta Roberson, Natalie Barman

Call To Order: 12:10

Leadership Covenant read by members

Review Prior Minutes: Motion to accept: Jackie, Seconded Natalie. No opposition.

Minister’s Report: Don Rollins to preach here in May. He is also interested in becoming an Affiliated Community Minister (discussion re this process to happen at future date after Don preaches at UUFA)

Treasurer’s Report: Many evenings spent setting up books, accounts, procedures, processes. Big thanks to Laura, Michael, Patrick, and Jeremy!

Old Business

Annual business meeting planning underway.

Finance committee to get budgets from committees—by Feb 15th.

All info (budgets, agenda, etc) for the general business meeting needs to be with Roberta by Feb 18th.

New Business

Re bylaws, Paul: motion: board to have meeting with bylaw committee to discuss new bylaws. Seconded Roberta. No opposition.

UUA certification and vote on social justice issue due tomorrow: Laura motion to vote yes on Reproductive Justice issue. Lois seconded. No opposition.

Pat advised we have 50 voting members in the congregation.

Committee Reports

Programming/RE Natalie: Children’s program following SOTSL program. Natalie appreciates having children involved in upstairs Sunday programs. Long term planning underway. Need babysitter for young ones. Natalie to talk with Jessie about Adult RE. Natalie to put together a budget. Paul reports that programming is scheduled through June.

COM/Membership Membership: revisiting game day and considering other non-Sunday service activities.

Facilities/Endowment: Kitchen update underway. Paul motion, Natalie seconded to tour the proposed new kitchen space after meeting. No opposition. Clean up day went well. Patrick talked about budgets and future facilities projects—insulation, doors.

Standing on the Side of Love: Lois advised that $370 raised through Guest At Your Table.

Adjourn: Roberta motion, Barb seconded 1:45

Free Webinars Explore Adult Religious Education

The 2014 Faith Development Office (FDO) monthly webinar series reaches out in May to religious professionals and congregational leaders looking to begin or revitalize religious education programming for adults with a one-hour webinar offered on Tuesday, May 27 at 1 p.m. ET and Wednesday, May 28 at 9 p.m. ET. Request webinar login and call-in information by emailing religiouseducation@uua.org and please specify the day and time of the webinar you wish to join. For details about this webinar series and links to recorded webinars, visit the FDO webinars page .

A Ton of Opportunities to Get Involved at the District and National Level

Leadership Days and Trainings

Two Hands Clapping – OMD Leadership Conference
Are you a congregational leader? Take this opportunity to join other congregational leaders in the OMD at this year’s Leadership Day on October 26, 2013 at the UU Church of the North Hills in Pittsburgh, PA. Details and registration available at http://www.ohiomeadville.org/omdevents/649-2013omdlead

Fall Webinar Schedule Available
Webinar offerings for this fall are being posted on the CERG website. Among the webinars scheduled are ones focused on Dealing with Resistance, From New Member to Committed Leader, RE Thematic Models, Developing Healthy RE Committees, Creating an Anonymous Visitors Program, Managing Learning Differences in RE, Training Greeters and Team Building Activities for Boards, Committees and Congregations. More to be added soon. Find details at http://www.cerguua.org/calendars/cergwebinars.html

Building Capacity for Authentic Diversity
Join us on January 18th in Wooster, OH For this new training. Each of us has culture–conscious and unconscious ways of being in the world. To become a truly multicultural faith, we need leaders who can build relationships effectively across difference including ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender, and more. Come learn about a model of understanding cultural competence which will help you learn these skills. Details and registration…

District Assembly 2014 will take place at the Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, Erie, PA March 28-29, 2014 with the Rev. Meg Barnhouse at the keynote speaker. Regionalization will undoubtedly be a topic of discussion. Put this date on your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!


Social Justice Opportunities & Resources

  • Looking for Social Justice activities for your youth or adults? Opportunities are available with the Sandy clean-up work. Contact Susan Karlson for details at skarlson@uuma.org. Read about their latest activities at the CERG website.
  • Interested in Social Justice Issues? Check out the uujusticeweb facebook page and uujusticeweb website.
  • UU Justice Ohio will host a Justice Assembly on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the First UU Church of Columbus, OH from 10 am to 3 pm with a rally at the Ohio Statehouse to follow at 4 pm. Registration and details are available at the UUJO website. Lois is posting the September UUJO newsletter on the fellowship’s bulletin board.

Check out the UUSC College of Social Justice for lots of opportunities for social justice trips and activities for all ages.


RE Resources & News


 Youth Events

You can keep up with Youth News from the UUA in a variety of ways. Go to: http://www.uua.org/re/youth/know/index.shtml


Young Adult Events

  • Rocky Horror Overnight ~ October 5-6, 2013 ~ UU Society of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, OH. For more information…
  • Fall Conference ~ November 15-17, 2013 ~ First Unitarian Church of Toledo, OH. For details…

You can keep up with Young Adult News in a variety of ways. Go to: http://www.uua.org/re/youngadults/know/index.shtml


UUA & National News & Events

  • The UUA is hiring. Find a listing of their open positions and details at the UUA website.
  • The UU History Convocation will be November 7-10, 2013 in Washington DC. Details and more at www.uucollegium.org/2013-convocation
  • Did you know? – The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) offers weekly online worship. For times when you can’t get to church, now church will come to you. Join the spiritual expedition! Sundays at 8:00 pm and Mondays at 9 am and 1:30 pm (Eastern Time).

Check out what is new at the UUA bookstore, Beacon Press and Skinner House. Skinner House announces that many of their books are now available as ebooks.

New Creativity and Spirituality Discussion Group!

CreativityDo you feel that creative expression is a natural direction in life but are blocked from expressing the most creativity in your life? Are you interested in ways to overcome the limiting beliefs, fears and guilt that inhibit the creative process? Julia Cameron has written a book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, designed to assist with tapping into a higher power and connecting human creativity with the creative energies of the university. It guides readers through a variety of exercises and activities that spur imagination and capture new ideas – just the thing to explore with a group of like-minded individuals. Interested members and guests are invited to review the book on line (it is reasonably priced in paperback, hard cover, Kindle and Audible through Amazon and may be available locally – the Athens County library also has a copy). The discussion group will be held every other Thursday at UUFA at 7 PM beginning 9/12/13 and ending 11/21/13. Please RSVP your intention to attend by emailing Sarah McGrew (currently creativity-impaired but looking to remedy that with you) at scmcgrew@gmail.com.

All Welcome to New Book Club!

Our new Book Club will have its initial meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. This one will be a multimedia sharing about Appalachia. A conversation about future reading will follow. Everyone is welcome to this group.