May Programming Meeting Moved to April 30

Due to scheduling conflicts, the May programming meeting has been moved forward a week, to Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30pm at the fellowship. We welcome anyone who is interested in planning and/or leading Sunday morning services. Also, if you have ideas for programs or speakers, send them along to the committee by email (programming@uuathensoh.org) or through any of the committee members: Sonja Coble, Roberta Roberson, Jackie Warmke, Kimberly Wagner, Pat Gordon or Evan Young.

Summer Institute 2013: Social Justice: A Central UU Path

Ask anyone who has been to a UU Summer Institute, and he or she will tell you that they are WONDERFUL. Frank and Lorraine Myers are an example of people who have a great time there.

This year’s Institute is July 14-20 in Gambier, Ohio. To learn all about the Summer Institute (SI), go to www.omdsi.org. If you register by June 1, the $75 registration fee is waived, according to a message sent this week from Ohio Meadville District headquarters.

SI is pleased to have the Rev. Art McDonald returning as the theme speaker for the week. The major theme is “Social Justice: A Central UU Path.” The institute not only centers on its major theme, but sponsors many other study groups, recreation, and activities for the whole family.

Online registration is now open, so take advantage of it in time to qualify for the waiver. You can download a full pdf brochure and learn all about the institute, registration procedures, scholarship applications, and more. OMD encourages you to read through the entire brochure before registering and learn all about registration procedures, co-op dorms,
youth housing, evening activities, and volunteer work positions. About 600 UU people usually attend.

Love Guides Our Children’s RE

By Erik Peterson

In March the RE program explored sessions 4 and 5 of the Love Will Guide Us curriculum (available online – click link) through the lens of the 3rd and 4th principles of Unitarian Universalism.

Among many activities aimed at engaging a diversity of learning styles from this month,
we constructed a tree of life with the five kingdoms to explain taxonomy, talked about
food webs, and acknowledged the sense of wonder we all share.

For Easter service, we had our annual canned goods hunt to benefit local food pantries! We also welcomed Sarah Minkin, our newest RE teacher. The talents and perspective she brings to our team have already proven invaluable!

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.