Annual 9-11 Interfaith Peace Walk – contact Barb Harrison if interested in attending and carrying the UUFA Banner

ANNUAL 9-11 INTERFAITH PEACE WALK

Wednesday, September 11, 7:00pm

This annual event invites participants of all and no faith traditions to come together in a show of interfaith community and cooperation to reflect on the events of 9-11 and the impact of war and violence everywhere. We’ll convene at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (64 University Terrace) for a few words and then a silent walk through campus, past uptown congregations and faith communities and culminating at the Islamic Center on 13 Stewart Street for a candlelight vigil (please bring a candle if you can. Some will be provided.) If you have mobility issues and want to participate, please call Melissa at 593-7301.

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.

Our Kids in July!

by Erik Peterson

During July we spent a lot of time outdoors participating in theater style role playing, getting to know our neighbors in the plant and animal kingdoms (our 7th principle) and working on building a fort together. Using democratic action espoused by our 5th principle, we’ve also engaged in discussions about what they’d like to be learning more about through our RE program. Aside from our usual traditions of chalice lighting and recitation of meaningful words, we’ve also established an appreciation circle at the end of each session, to encourage the children to acknowledge the diversity of strengths and character of one another.

An Evening with Jim Scott

Jim ScottIn addition to getting to hear Jim speak on Sunday morning, “The Fires of Creation – Reflections on Creativity,” he will also be presenting a concert on Sunday evening, August 11 starting at 7:00pm. So plan for a wonderful evening of music and friendship!

Composer, guitarist and singer Jim Scott brings a warmth and humor with his well-crafted jazz and world music influenced songs.  He uses well a prodigious guitar mastery and clear voice, to encourage all to get involved with the messages and ideals of peace, justice and the earth that he raises.

Formerly a member of the Paul Winter Consort, Jim was co-composer of their celebrated “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass” and sang their anthem song “Common Ground.”  He has toured the world, recorded a number of CDs of original music and published a growing line of choral works.  A co-creator of the “Green Sanctuary” program for churches to become more sustainable, Jim also compiled the “Earth and Spirit Songbook,” an anthology of over 100 songs of earth and peace.  He has been artist in residence or visiting faculty at schools such as Oberlin College and enjoys putting young people in touch with their innate creativity and the power of musical expression.

Services for August 2013

Sunday, August 4 @ 10:30am
Ritual: “Celebration of the Grain Harvest” by Sonja Coble & Charlene Suggs
Join us for the ritual of Lughnasadh or Lammas. This was the pastoral festival of the grain harvest. Weather permitting, this ritual will be held in the grove.

Sunday, August 11 @ 10:30am
Service: “The Fires of Creation – Reflections on Creativity and the Power of Art” by Jim Scott
Jim Scott will offer poetry and songs on the creative process and its transformative and healing powers. Creativity is the alternative to violence, alienation, addiction and disempowerment. Reclaiming our creative voices has great social and political influence. We can change the course of history, and we begin by imagining.

Composer, guitarist and singer Jim Scott is our special guest today.  Several of his songs are in our UU Hymnbooks, and he’s visited more than 600 UU churches.  Jim helped create the Green Sanctuary program, and went on to assemble the “Earth and Spirit Songbook,” a great contribution to our worship and RE resources.  Formerly a member of the Paul Winter Consort and co-composer of their Missa Gaia/Earth Mass, Jim has toured the world, recorded a number of CDs and published a growing line of choral works.  He recently won the UU Silliman Anthem Contest for his choral piece “I Am Waiting.”

We can thank him for coming today by visiting his table of CDs and books at Coffee hour. After hearing him today, I’m sure you’ll want to take some of his work home with you.

Sunday, August 18 @ 10:30am
“Reflections on UUSI” by Erik Peterson
Having just returned from the UU Summer Institute, Erik Peterson will share his experience of the greater UU community. Expect music, laughter and discussions of our place within a diverse and loving family.

Sunday, August 25 @ 10:30am
“Victims of ‘Justice'” by Dr. Gifford B. Doxsee
“With more than 10 years of experience with the Kairos Prison Ministry, Dr.
Gifford B. Doxsee has learned that the weakest link in our national penal
system comes at the moment a prisoner is released. Our society desperately
needs many more halfway houses, or facilities where released prisoners can
go and stay while relearning the ways of surviving in our complex society.
Dr. Doxsee will reflect on this issue and incorporate insights offered by
Michelle Alexander in her recent book ‘The New Jim Crow'”

 

More Leadership Opportunities from OMD

Save the Date!
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 will be available on the OMD website in August, save the date today!

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!

Need some Help? More Information?
Need training or more information on a particular topic area? Check out the CERG On Demand Learning Center. You can learn about leadership, stewardship, growth, safety, social media, faith development issues and more. You must register to use the site, but it is free. Check it out at www.cerguua.org/moodle

Missed GA? Want to See Something Again?
All the plenaries, worships and the Ware lecture along with select workshops at General Assembly this year were videotaped and can be viewed on the UUA’s GA website. Check it out at www.uua.org/ga

Join UU Justice Ohio Network – UUJO

UU Justice Ohio (UUJO) offers social justice activists an exciting opportunity to unite in an effective network coordinating liberal religious advocacy in our local communities, the state, and beyond. UUJO will facilitate collaboration between our congregations as well as partnerships with other Ohio social justice organizations promoting social, economic, environmental and racial justice that fosters the dignity of all, through education and by organizing concrete action and public witness with and on behalf of marginalized groups and individuals.

An online form is provided for individuals to register as members at https://ohiomeadville.wufoo.com/forms/m7m4m7/ to receive periodic UUJO news updates, to identify issues of interest, and to volunteer time. All 41 Ohio Congregations have also been asked to join UUJO by formally designating an individual liaison to register at https://ohiomeadville.wufoo.com/forms/m7m4m7/.

For more information, visit the UUJO website at http://ohiomeadville.org/uujo/.