Caring for One Another: Marietta & Athens

THIS SUNDAY at 11am, please join our “online traveling” to the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta (FUUSM). Here’s what’s on their website, here, about their July 26th service:

Our Call To Care for One Another
FUUSM principles and COVID-19

July 26th 11am Annie Warmke, speaker

The members and friends of FUUSM have been a shining example of practicing care for others during the pandemic. How do our caring actions and other decisions reflect on our principles, and how can we strive to live up to the challenges of the COVID-19 virus?

NOTE: You’ll likely have to enter the Password FUUSM2323 to join online, and the Password 267064 to join by telephone. Michelle, who does the tech for FUUSM, is expecting us. Last week the Marietta church hosted UUs from the Charleston, VW church. 

Here’s the Zoom link and info:
Meeting ID: 925 7407 6629
Password: FUUSM2323 Phone access to Zoom Dial 301-715-8592  or 1 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 925 7407 6629 (same as above)
Password: 267064 (different for call in by phone)

Our Call to Care for One Another
This Week:


We all have TWO choices of where to donate food for our big UUFA-sponsored donation day for OU international students stranded in Athens without stipends or employment possibilities this summer due to the pandemic.

FIRST CHOICE: for an hour starting at 6pm on Monday, July 27th, Andy Ray will be in the UUFA parking lot to collect food donations from us to take to Baker Center on Tuesday morning, as per below.

SECOND CHOICE: Our official UUFA donation day is Tuesday, July 28th 9:00am-11:00am at the ground level entrance of Baker Center. Pull up to the Go Bus bus-stop sign; volunteers will be watching for vehicles and will unload for you (wearing masks and gloves).

We hope you can contribute. If you are donating from your own pantry, please be sure items are unopened, and not outdated. Food from your garden most welcome.

Items requested by stranded international students:

Please note that Cats Cupboard (the Baker Center free food distribution location on the ground floor) has extremely limited cold storage, and requests shelf-stable items only. Due to health and safety concerns, they are unable to break down bulk packaging, so please select individual- or family-size packaged items only.

* asterisks indicate items in high demand
Protein Sources
*Canned Tuna
*Canned Salmon
*Canned Sardines
*Canned Mackerel
*Canned Chicken
Dry Beans (black, kidney, navy, black-eyed peas)
Fruits and Vegetables
*Fresh fruit not requiring immediate
refrigeration (bananas, apples, oranges, etc.)
*Fresh vegetables not requiring immediate
refrigeration (carrots, tomatoes, squash, etc.)
*Canned or Jarred Fruits
*Fresh Ginger Root
Canned or Jarred Vegetables
*Rice Noodles
*Pasta (spaghetti, ziti, fusilli, orzo, etc.)
Legume-based (gluten-free) Pastas
Snack and Quick-Meal Items
Instant oatmeal packets
*Bran Flakes cereal
Other Boxed cereals
Granola bars
Trail mix
Oils, Sauces, Seasonings, Condiments
Canola Oil
*Olive Oil
*Sesame Oil
*Canned Coconut Milk
*Korean BBQ Sauce
*Teriyaki Sauce
*Curry Sauce
*Soy Sauce
*Rice Vinegar
*Cider Vinegar (small bottles)
*Spices and Seasonings (powdered garlic, onion,
turmeric, ginger, cumin, coriander, pepper, etc.)
Jams and Jellies
Beverages (must be shelf-stable, not requiring
Almond Milk
Soy Milk
Bottled Juice or Juice Boxes
Personal Care Items (sizes: anything from unopened hotel-
size bottles to family-size)
*Body wash

Feminine hygiene products


The Ray family’s cat Beaker, a frequent visitor to our fellowship building, has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. He will be missed.  Thank you to Diana for allowing us to share the sad news, and allowing us to share this photo. 



Join other UUs across the country as we do our part to speak with voters about the November elections. Barb Harrison is our contact so please let her know if you’d like to be invited to virtual phone banking parties and other events!  Barb’s cell:  740-707-6197

For inspiration, visit the UU The Vote website: 



 July 24, 2020 at 3:17:59 PM EDT
Subject: Scandal in Ohio – UUJO Legislative Update Webinar
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Ohio’s Speaker of the House Larry Householder was arrested by the FBI as part of a $60 million pay-to-play scheme. This scheme revolves around the passage HB 6 –  the infamous nuclear and coal bailout of a FirstEnergy subsidiary.  “Dark money” groups — which don’t have to disclose their donors — were behind the campaign to pass this giveaway to corporate polluters — as well as a misleading, xenophobic campaign to block a statewide referendum overturning it. [2]   And attorneys say there are more Ohio  legislators implicated.

What are the implications of this scandal for future of the Ohio Legislature.  What are the implications for the upcoming election?

Join UU Justice Ohio, Ohio Votes and Ohio Common Cause for a discussion of this incredible situation and what it means for all of us.

Thursday,  Jul 30,

7:00 PM Eastern  

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We will be discussing this scandal with Catherine Turner, Executive Director of Ohio Common Cause,  and Maria Bruno, Civic Engagement Coordinator and Policy Analyst for the  Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO);and  Coordinator of  Ohio Votes.

Catherine and Ohio Common Cause have been warning for some time that just this type of scandal could arise because it is possible to hide the source of funding for political advertising.  She notes that our legislators have failed to take action to prevent this type of event because the system as it exists benefits them.

Maria brings her experience in the white collar crime division of the Ohio U.S. Attorney’s Office and she has made a  special study of 501c4/ PAC campaign  funding and compliance in election engagement.

This investigation is ongoing and may change before the webinar even begins.

We deserve to know  who is paying our Ohio legislators to vote one way or another.

This is about accountability,  corruption and our core values of fairness and democracy – here in Ohio and in our nation.

Please come ready to learn more and discuss this outrageous situation.

With Blessings for Health and Wholeness,

Joan Van Becelaere
(Pronouns: she/her)

will meet on Saturday, August 15th at 2pm via Zoom.  All members are invited to attend.

THE UUFA PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE will meet on Sunday, August 9th at 7pm via Zoom.  All members are invited to attend.

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