October UU News
Newsletter of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Salina
901 Beatrice St. Salina, KS
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YOU ARE INVITED AND WELCOME to join us for conversation with coffee and treats …the SERVICE BEGINS at 10:30 am
October 4 Forum 9:15am
The Pope has Come and Gone! Unless you are living under the proverbial rock you probably noticed that the Pope was here. Are you happy he came? What did you like about what he did or said? What would you have liked for him to say that he didn’t? Facilitated by Glen Lakes.
October 4 Adult Religious Education 9:15am
Personal, spiritual, growth: Spiritual growth requires thoughtful intention and practice. We will discuss Mistakes. Nyla will lead a discussion about making mistakes. Gandhi said, "Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes." Do you allow yourself and others the freedom to make mistakes?
October 4 Service 10:30am
Immigration and a Border Experience. Janet Hanson will be sharing about her travels to El Paso with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia KS for a Border Experience. Through visiting agencies that serve undocumented travelers, we saw their plight, their challenges, and their suffering in a first person experience.
October 11 Forum 9:15am
Are You Smarted than an Atheist? Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Let’s see how our Forum members do. (Note: We will keep your scores private!) Facilitated by Glen Lakes.
October 11 Service 10:30am
"Hope for the Long Haul” As we confront challenges that we have no chance of solving completely, how do Unitarian Universalists maintain hope? Should we even try? Join returning guest and Meadville Lombard Seminarian Jordinn Nelson Long as we stake a bold claim on joy and optimism, even amid discouragement.
October 18 Forum 9:15am
The Harms of War/Military Conflict. Consider the psychological and physical trauma to soldiers, incredible cost of our war machine, and the ecological impacts, etc. Do we need the military at all; if so, how much? Facilitated by David Hanson.
October 18 Adult Religious Education 9:15am
No meeting due to Southern Cluster retreat.
October 18 Service 10:30am
Small Wonder. Dianne Neustrom will lead the service this morning based on her reflections of a book of Barbara Kingsolver’s essays after 9/11, and how we respond personally, as communities, and as countries. It covers everything from personal despair to our view of patriotism. How we choose to respond makes all the difference.
October 25 Forum 9:15am
The Environmental and Social Costs of Food Production. Surveys by the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance found that 42 percent or two-in-five Americans say the way that food is grown and raised has improved in the last 10 years, while a slightly smaller group say it has worsened (37 percent)
Those who say the way that food is grown and raised has improved cite food safety (22 percent) and food quality (17 percent), whereas respondents who said the way food is grown and raised has worsened also cite food safety (21 percent) and food quality (21 percent). Are they all right? Or wrong? Facilitated by David Hanson.
October 25 Service 10:30am
Sharing on Writing. When she’s not reading, playing the piano, or talking to other writers, Marlene Lee holds down a table at the Lakota Coffee House in Columbia, Missouri, confronting blank pages during business hours and postponing the inevitable with another cup of coffee. Before writing full-time, she carted her stenotype machine from place to place (eventual settings for her fiction) in a moveable feast of court reporting: Brookings, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Chico, California; San Francisco; New York City. Before court reporting she taught high school, children’s special education, Freshman and Sophomore College English, and vocational school classes in stenotype. Always and in-between, she was writing short stories and novels.
IMPORTANT DATES AND EVENTS for YOUR CALENDAR
Meditation Group continues on Thursdays during the month of October from 5:30 to 6:15 pm
The Fellowship/community meditation group continues to meet at 5:30 pm during the month of October (the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th). All are welcome.
Sunday, October 4th and 18th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm – Popcorn Theology for grades 4 and up
The first movie that the youth, children in grades 4th thru 8th, will be viewing and studying is Chicken Run. We will discuss leadership, character and how movies reflect history, as well as how this movie relates to UU principles.
Thursday, October 8th – Anne Lamott at the Stiefel Theatre, beginning at 7:30 pm
Anne is a wonderful lady who was taken in years ago (with her warts and all, and her small son, Sam) by a church in the Bay Area of California with no questions asked. She has a wild and crazy faith story that she has shared in many books. One favorite is Help, Thanks, Wow: the Three Essential Prayers. Her faith based writing is humorous, engaging and maybe a little unconventional. She is a wonderful author and speaker. $10 off with code ANNE 10. Written by Beverly Cole, submitted by Madge Saville.
Sunday, October 11th at 2 o’clock – The return of UU Book Club at Ad Astra Books and Coffee
Please join us! We will be planning what we want to do this year and sharing our good summer reads! Fun will be had!
October 16th – 18th – UU Southern Cluster Retreat at the White Memorial Camp & Conference Center in Council Grove This annual event draws UUs from across the state to join together in fellowship and fun, providing opportunities to work, play, and worship together. For more information, see http://www.southernclusteruu.org/
Friday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm – One Mic Third Anniversary at Ad Astra Books and Coffee
The "Coolest Event in the City" turns three years old! We welcome everyone to come down to Ad Astra and celebrate with us. Enjoy talented poetry, spoken word & acapella rap from artists across the state of Kansas. There will be an open mic session, so feel free to come and share some your own poetry, if you dare! Featured poet will be Mister Theory from Kansas City, Missouri and musical guest will be Charlie Ross from Wichita, Kansas. Local host will be Cash Hollistah. $5 admission, ages 16 and up.
There will be no film series movie in the
month of October, check out One Mic for some thought
There will be no UUFS Board meeting, so please plan on attending the Congregational Planning Retreat…see below!
Sunday, November 1st from 1:00 to 5:00 pm – Our first UUFS Congregational Planning Retreat
What is a Congregational Planning Retreat? It’s an opportunity for members and friends of the Fellowship to come together and help set priorities for the next three to five years. What does the Agenda look like? That’s partly up to you! Our mission is “To provide a place for personal spiritual growth within an open and affirming community, actively promoting peace, reason and the transformation of our world.” That means we will likely look at adult and children’s religious education, our services, our facilities, budget, how we try to make our world better, and membership including how we might have more people included in our day to day activities. The agenda isn’t even on paper yet so contact Diana at email@example.com or call (785-643-5664) if you have something that might be appropriate to include. PLEASE MARK THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR!
Save The Date! for the MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2016
April 29 - May 1, 2016
11 East Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55101
Watch for information about how to apply to offer a workshop at next spring's Regional Assembly. The deadline for applications is October 30th, and the application form will be on our web site soon. https://www.midamericauua.org/
UUSF Compassion Fund
If you know of a Fellowship member or friend (person who attends) who might be in need of the Fellowship's support by a food card, cash, or through connections with a local agency, please contact Reverend Thea. We want the Fund to be active - with funds and other help coming in and going out. The purpose of the Fund is to show that we care and take care of each other.
Cards for Fellowship Celebrations and Concerns
Please let Teri Harrington know if there is someone that you believe could benefit from receiving a card from our Fellowship. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell phone at 785-577-2576.
A Warm Welcome…
to Teresa Harrington, our most recent new member at the UU Fellowship of Salina!
Dee Boyd is starting a project she has dubbed "Project Excellence". She will be conducting one-on-one interviews and taking photographs of all Salina UU members. These will become an art display and eventually possibly end up in book form. The theme is documenting how the UU Fellowship has attracted exemplary individuals. Don't be surprised when Dee comes up to you to schedule an interview time (or vice versa, feel free to come to her). The project will be ongoing through 2015.
ART AT UU - VISUAL VOICES GALLERY
Art at UU is exhibiting the work of Randy Clark for the months of September and October. Here’s what Randy has to say about his work, “In my retirement since 2005, I've used glorious outdoor sights etched in my memory for some of my work. The arts have inspired me to be more aware of everything that surrounds me and the beauty that is in all things. The art I create combines realism and the abstract. The process leads to the creation of the work. Through monotypes and mixed media, I create images with shapes and colors that evoke a perception in the eye of the beholder, who then becomes part of the process.”
The UU Art committee has decided that our November/December show will be a composite of work by our members. This show will be up for the First Thursday in November (5th) and December (3rd) and there should be artists in attendance at both First Thursdays. (Have friends and family put it on their calendars now!) Dahlia, our coordinator before Ruth, tells me that it was her favorite show, and has given me some pointers. Here