Forum at 9:15 am - A Portrait of America in 1945 and Perhaps Now. When Henry Miller returned from Paris and his self-imposed exile, he toured America with a friend. The result was his book, "The Air Conditioned Nightmare". Why do you think he chose that title; do you think there's any truth to it? Facilitated by Fred Elliot.
Adult RE at 9:15 am - Creating Sacred Space. We will begin to explore Listening Hearts: Fourteen Gatherings for Reflection and Sharing with “Snapshots of our Lives”. We will also discuss the format of the curriculum and how we will be together in this Religious Education space. “The words we share come from our hearts, our minds, and our lives. The feelings we express are real, important, and a part of the human heritage we all share. The ties we create in this community remind us of the web of creation, of which we are a part." Facilitated by Barb Gutsch.
Service at 10:30 am - Flint Hill Wisdom Keepers. The Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers Foundation invites you to join in a conversation that began more than 25 years ago. Started by indigenous Elders from tribes across the country, the original conference sought to share the Elders’ cultural wisdom and insights. During this morning’s service, we will talk about the history of the annual gathering, show photos and discuss the Native American elders who have participated with us, and go over the gathering program content, including some ceremonies during the weekend. We will talk about our experiences with these elders and how they have taught us about traditional ways of their upbringing. Some of us have extended our time with them over the years in visiting their home locations and taking part in some of their traditions, such as the Sun Dance. We encourage group discussion of Native American knowledge, traditions, experiences and thoughts or questions.
Forum at 9:15 am - An Apple a Day Keeps the FBI Away. Apple said making it override the encryption of an i-Phone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters was wild overreach. Do you agree or disagree? Does national security override personal privacy in our post 9/11 world? Facilitated by Glen Lakes.
Service at 10:30 am - In Celebration of Women's History Month. We learn a lot about our forefathers in school but what about our foremothers? It's been said that behind every great man there is a great woman, but women didn't stop there, they stepped out as leaders in their own right. Joan Ratzlaff and Dee Boyd will talk about a few selected women from early history and some current women who have fought for social justice and gender equality.
Forum at 9:15 am - Can one View a Sense of Hopelessness in a Positive Way? To cope with a sense of hopelessness in regards to personal matters (mental and physical pain, brokenness, sorrow, suffering, and human limitation) and then to what we see in the world (war, famine, disease, genocide, natural disasters), one can easily despair. And, many of us do. What are some of the ways members of the forum cope with these feelings and strive to not just accept them, but turn them into meaningful forces for understanding and change? Facilitated by David Hanson.
Adult RE at 9:15 am - Sanctuary. The word 'sanctuary' has evolved from referring to a shrine, to more currently meaning a place of safety. We will explore the concept of sanctuary, on a personal level, where we perform the job of taking care of our soul. Facilitated by Diana Tarver.
Service at 10:30 am - Spring Equinox. Patrick Harrington will guide us as we celebrate several pre-Christian traditions of the Spring (Vernal) Equinox, considered by many to be the New Year. A multi-generational service (bring the children) and multi-species, lady bug and humans welcome.
Forum at 9:15 am - How Old is Old Enough? A juvenile sentenced to life without parole has his sentence commuted thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Kansas senators adopt a bill overhauling the state’s juvenile justice system. Froma Harrop advocated reducing the drinking age in the Salina Journal on January 26th. Do you have any concerns about these changes or do you applaud them? Facilitated by Glen Lakes.
Service at 10:30 am - Christian Roots: Re-visioning Easter Sunday. We live in a predominantly Christian nation. Christmas and Easter are all the rage: high mass, family gatherings, big meals, and presents. Even non-church-goers will show up in church on these two Sundays. As a Unitarian Universalist, I struggle to find meaning for myself and my children in this hype. If I reject the doctrine of the birth of a savior and the resurrection of the same, what do these holidays mean? Barb Gutsch will explore with us our Christian roots and what Easter Sunday might mean to a UU.
IMPORTANT DATES AND EVENTS TO PUT ON YOUR CALENDAR THAT REFLECT THE LIFE AND GROWTH OF OUR SALINA UU FELLOWSHIP
Meditation Group continues on Thursdays during March from 5:30 to 6:15 pm
The Fellowship/community meditation group continues to meet during the month of March (the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th). All are welcome.
Popcorn Theology - Sunday, March 6th and 20th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm – for grades 4 and up
Popcorn Theology will begin studying the movie “Enemy Mine” and continue to prepare our Exodus play for the May 15th Sunday service.
Place and Community Group meets Sunday, March 13th, directly following the service
This group provides the hospitality, maintains the building and grounds, and helps to manage the finances and business of the Fellowship.
Friday Night Film and Discussion on This Changes Everything Friday, March 18th at 7:00 pm –
Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller, This Changes Everything, the film is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Filmed in 211 days over four years in nine countries and five continents, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Director Avi Lewis interweaves these stories of struggle with Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. Klein focuses on several characters who change economies while simultaneously dialing back climate crisis. Crystal is a young indigenous leader in Tar Sands country fighting for access to a restricted military base. Mike and Alexis are a Montana goat ranching couple who form an alliance with the Northern Cheyenne to bring solar power to the nearby reservation. Melachrini is a housewife in Northern Greece spawning a powerful social movement against mining and drilling projects in the midst of economic crisis. Jyothi is a matriarch in India who sings sweetly and battles fiercely against a coal-fired power plant that would destroy a life-giving wetland. This Changes Everything’s extraordinary detail and cinematographic richness provide an epic canvas for this exploration of the greatest challenge of our time. Unlike many works about climate crisis, this film does not try to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. The film provides a positive new perspective, causing reflection leading to more fulfilled lives, while encouraging positive change to avoid climate crisis.
UUFS Board meeting Sunday, March 20th, directly following the service
All are welcome to attend this monthly meeting of the leadership of the fellowship.
Save the Dates!
UU Kids Peace Camp - August 1-5, 2016
MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2016
April 29 - May 1, 2016
InterContinental Crowne Plaza at St. Paul Riverfront
11 East Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55101
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 with a food card, cash, or through connections with a local agency, please contact one of our compassion fund team, Jackie Ash, Bev Davis and Barb Gutsch. 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.
ART AT UU - VISUAL VOICES GALLERY
Peas in a Pod
Carolyn Wedel, a local Salina photographer, mixed media and collage artist shares with us a body of work depicting that at the core of our being, we are equal and one in the same. On display in the gallery for the months of March and April. Carolyn will be present at the First Thursday Art Rush in March and will be the speaker at the Sunday morning UU service on April 17th.
Spring by John Muir (1838-1914), American naturalist
How deep our sleep last night in the mountain’s heart,
beneath the trees and stars,
hushed by solemn-sounding waterfalls
and many small soothing voices in sweet accord whispering peace!
And our first pure mountain day, warm, calm, cloudless—how immeasurable it seems,
how serenely wild! I can scarcely remember its beginning.
Along the river,
over the hills,
in the ground,
in the sky,
spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm,
unrolling in glorious exuberant extravagance—new birds in their nests,
new winged creatures in the air,
and new leaves,
It’s springtime. Spring stirs in me a feeling of anticipation along with a feeling of unsettledness. What does the future hold? Left turn, right turn, which way? I love the days of good weather and I start to get too much sun for the first time in months and months. I feel that springtime sense of hopefulness, and I get overwhelmed by all that lies ahead. Pacing, pacing, I remind myself. Savor the gorgeous days, when they are here, slow down and enjoy watching the birds voraciously discovering the trees and buds. Enjoy the longer periods of light at the beginning and end of each day. Don’t wear yourself out by trying to do it all.
My family and I are most likely moving this summer, from D.C. to Connecticut. We probably won’t have much of a garden this year, but I still feel like tossing some seeds out onto the dirt, at the very least. At this time of year it doesn’t feel right not to put one’s hands in the dirt for at least a bit. Maybe I’ll optimistically plant cucumbers and let them spread out all over the garden and take over, knowing that we’ll move before there’s any produce to be had. (Barbara Kingsolver has a wonderful essay about this in her Animal, Vegetable, Miraclebook — about planting asparagus, which takes at least a year to produce any actual asparagus — in some patch of dirt outside every home she’s lived in, even temporary apartments she knew she wasn’t going to be staying in long enough to see it produce. I think about that all the time — is the planting for the purposes of its end result, or simply for the purposes of planting? Do we garden for the product, or for the act of gardening?
What does the springtime stir in you? Are you outside today? What calls you out into the beckoning world?