January/February 2014 Newsletter

Hornell-Alfred Unitarian Universalist Society (HAUUS)

January/February 2014 Newsletter

HAUUS meets on the second and fourth Sunday’s of the month at 10:30 AM.  We are located at 198 Main St. in Hornell NY unless otherwise noted below.   All are Welcome.  For more information about HAUUS please call (607)698-4508 or (607)522-7803

January 12 – How do Tom Chulak’s (former head of the St Lawrence District) characteristics that measure the maturity of a Unitarian Universalist and John Mersereau’s objectives of a Unitarian Fellowship resonate with HAUUS?  John Mersereau was a life long Unitarian, a member of the Shelter Rock Church on Long Island and husband of Margaret whose membership in our fellowship spanned more than 3 decades. Chulak’s letter to SLD member churches and Fellowships in 2009, and Mersereau’s  notes  found in a crate of archived HAUUS materials will guide us in discussion of our growth , both as individuals, and as a group. 

January 26 – No Need for Resolutions: Why make them?  For most of us we don’t keep them or we make such flimsy ones that they have no effect on us at all.  However, many of us think and feel we do need to take stock of who we are and where we are going.  What better time than the beginning of the New Year?  George Smith will facilitate this exploration.

February 9 – February for many of us is The Dismal Month.  “Even though it is the month of my birth and I love winter, by February especially the end of the month I am ready for a change.” Quote by George Smith.  February is winter’s last gasp with ups and downs and hints of spring. Our lives follow this same pattern of ups and downs with endings moving into new beginnings.  In this discussion we will look at February as a symbol for our lives.

February 23This Sunday Eli Thomas / Onondaga Wisdom Keeper / Artist / Teacher will be with us at HAUUS…   Eli teaches by sharing his artwork which represents his culture, traditions and connection to the Natural World.

News and Notes 

Looking Ahead – We are looking for program facilitators from our membership.  Often the programs we like the best are those that are led by our own members.  Please be thinking about what program you might want to share at HAUUS this year. 

HAUUS members continue to support local food pantries.  Please bring non-perishable food items when you come to fellowship. 

“We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent upon its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed for our safety to its security and peace, preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and I will say the love we give our fragile craft. We cannot maintain it half-fortunate, half-miserable, and half-free in the liberation of resources undreamed of until this day. No craft, no crew can travel safely with such vast contradictions. On their resolution depends the survival of us all.”-Adlai Stevenson, Statesman and Unitarian layperson

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September – October 2013 Newsletter

Hornell-Alfred Unitarian Universalist Society (HAUUS)

November-December 2013 Newsletter

HAUUS meets on the second and fourth Sunday’s of the month at 10:30 AM.  We are located at 198 Main St. in Hornell NY unless otherwise noted below.   All are Welcome.  For more information about HAUUS please call (607)698-4508 or (607)522-7803

November 10 – Democracy with Courage – We have a president who was a community organizer.  He learned from the greatest community organizer of them all Saul Alinski.  We will explore his view of democracy and how it relates to our lives today.  George Smith will facilitate our discussion

November 24 Thomas Malthus(1798 theory) Revisited – Topics: The Biological S Shaped Curve, Carrying Capacity, Limited Factor Concept and How does this Affect Us Now?  George Granger will present and facilitate this program.

December 8 – Jennifer and Tim are the chief investigators of the Wayland Paranormal Group and will be our guests this morning.  They will be talking with us about the history and progress of their group and their approach to spirit communication.  Jennifer (the founder of the group) and Tim will share stories and data they have collected over the years.

December 22Celebration of Lights”— Light is the Source of life and when we have little of it, such as at the winter solstice we tend to revere it more.  It is no coincidence that nearly every religion has their special ritual at this time of the year.  We will explore these and also some of the more secular aspects of light. George Smith will facilitate this program.

News and Notes

Looking Ahead – We are looking for program facilitators from our membership.  Often the programs we like the best are those that are led by our own members.  Please be thinking about what program you might want to share at HAUUS this year.

HAUUS members continue to support local food pantries.  Please bring non-perishable food items when you come to fellowship.

“I do not prefer one religion or philosophy to another. I have no sympathy with the bigotry and ignorance which make transient and partial and puerile distinctions between one man’s faith or form of faith and another’s – as Christian and heathen, I pray to be delivered from narrowness, partiality, exaggeration, bigotry. To the philosopher all sects, all nations, are alike. I like Brahma, Hari, Buddha, the Great Spirit, as well as God.”
- Henry David Thoreau, Journal 1850.

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September – October 2013 Newsletter

Hornell-Alfred Unitarian Universalist Society (HAUUS)

September – October 2013 Newsletter

 

HAUUS meets on the second and fourth Sunday’s of the month at 10:30 AM.  We are located at 198 Main St. in Hornell NY unless otherwise noted below.   All are Welcome.  For more information about HAUUS please call (607)698-4508 or (607)522-7803

 

September 22 -   Put Pen to Paper……this morning at HAUUS published writer and playwright Lee Marcus will facilitate a writing exercise for HAUUS members and friends.  Please join us as we explore enhancing our creative writing skills.

 

October 6 – HAUUS adds an extra meeting this month. This Sunday we will visit the newly formed Olean Unitarian Universalist Community.  Their service is at 11:00AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Allegany NY.  We will meet at our Hornell Location (198 Main) at 9:30AM and car pool to the service. Afterwards we will visit the exhibit Contemporary Art of the Southern Tier Region at the Olean Public Library Gallery and/or the Center Gallery at the JCC Cattaraugus County Campus, Olean where Chris Tolbert is one of the featured artists.  Please call Penny at 698-4508 for more information.

 

October 13East Meets West; Spirituality and the Environmental CrisisWhat do the great words of spiritual texts tell us about this crisis and how to respond to it?  We will explore ancient writings for current understanding.  George Smith will facilitate our discussion.

 

October 27 – This Sunday itinerant, lay UU minister Homer Wilkins will once again visit HAUUS and share one of his newer talks:

“Some Thoughts on the American Dream: Its Promises and Problems”

The phenomenon of the “American Dream” was evidently not given a name until 1931.  However, some of its aspects have been in operation ever since the first settlements were established by Europeans in what became the USA.  This sermon focuses on some of the positive and negative implications of the “Dream”, its effect on my own life and some of my current concerns over some of the adverse consequences of the “Dream”.

News and Notes

 

Looking Ahead – We are looking for program facilitators from our membership.  Often the programs we like the best are those that are led by our own members.  Please be thinking about what program you might want to share at HAUUS this year.

 

HAUUS members continue to support local food pantries.  Please bring non-perishable food items when you come to fellowship.

 

“Enough, I say, of big things and great things, and extraordinary things, and ultimate things. I celebrate the ordinary. I lift my voice in praise”

Richard S. Gilbert (Unitarian Universalist, clergy, reformer) Thanks Be for These: Meditations on Life and Death p.35

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HAUUS – Summer 2013 Newsletter

Hornell-Alfred Unitarian Universalist Society (HAUUS)

Summer 2013 Newsletter

HAUUS meets on the second and fourth Sunday’s 0f the month at 10:30 AM.  We are located at 198 Main St. in Hornell NY unless otherwise noted below.   All are Welcome.  For more information about HAUUS please call (607)698-4508 or (607)522-7803

The location and time of our summer picnic is noted below.

Hope you can join us!

Sunday, August 4th -   HAUUS Summer Pot Luck will be at the home of Penny Whitford beginning at 1:00PM.  This is a time for HAUUS members and friends to enjoy fellowship together and Ted’s accordion playing.   Bring a dish to pass and your own table service.   Penny’s address is 5101 State Rt. 36, Canisteo, New York.  Her phone number is 607-698-4508 Give her a call if you need directions.

Sunday, September 8th – HAUUS’s first meeting after our summer break will be our traditional Ingathering Celebration.  This is our time to renew our commitment to Unitarian Universalism and the UU principals as we merge our energies for the upcoming 2013-2014 year.  We will have the traditional water communion.  Participate by bringing water, photos, readings or stories to share about your summer experiences.

News and Notes

HAUUS members continue to support local food pantries.  Please bring non-perishable food items when you come to fellowship. 

It is time for planning programs for the upcoming year.  Often the programs we like the best are those that are led by our own members.  Please be thinking about what program you might want to share at HAUUS this year.

Looking forward – Homer Wilkins will be with us on October 27 hopefully sharing a new sermon, “Some Thoughts on the American Dream.”  Stay tuned.

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HAUUS Newsletter April – June 2013

Hornell-Alfred Unitarian Universalist Society (HAUUS)

April – June 2013

HAUUS meets on the second and fourth Sunday’s of the month at 10:30AM.  We are located at 198 Main St. in Hornell NY unless otherwise noted below.   All are Welcome.  For more information about HAUUS please call (607)698-4508 or (607)522-7803

April 14“Body Language, Creativity, and Human Relationships”: Choreography is creative communication with the body as a tool. By strengthening our awareness to the inner workings and outer manifestations of the human body in space, we are able to relate to other people using a shared vocabulary that is both fundamental and essential. Join us as Julie Verdone; an art student at Alfred University shares her artistic insights with us.

April 28 – The Many Faces of Dying – The work and learning experiences encountered while volunteering at the Hart Comfort House of Allegany County.  This program will be led by Sally Hopkins

May 12Celebrate Mother’s Day with your thoughts, poems or a reading in honor of our mothers and motherhood.  Please bring something to read or share for this program.  Afterwards we will have our annual meeting.

May 26 –  The All Transforming Love – Four Paths, Skillful Means and Prophetic Echoes for the 21st Century;  Tim Bancroft will survey examples of leading Universalists who advocated the wisdom of the four paths of earth-centered spirituality. Then, looking at how Universalism waned, consideration will be given to how turning away from practical applications undermined the Universalist effort, and how refocusing our attention on the practical can open new possibilities.  While summarizing a hopeful Universalist future Tim will examine how as the plea for universal love can be transformed into the practice of justice in our time.

June 9 – The Flower Communion has become an annual UU event.  It began in Prague Czechoslovakia before World War II.  We will celebrate by talking with each other about what our UU Fellowship means to each of us. Please bring flowers to share.  

The June 23 program will be at the home of Sharon Saker and George Smith

Outdoors weather permitting.

10205 St. Rt. 53 – Prattsburgh NY call 522-7803 for directions if needed

June 23 – Seasons of Change – Becoming more in tune with the seasons allows us to be more in touch with our physical and emotional natural rhythms.  Learn more about the seasons as lived in the ancient Celtic and Pagan culture of the cross quarter days or fire festivals.  Gain more insight into the meaning of the lesser holidays of the Lunar cycle.  All are welcome to stay after this program and social time to participate in a drumming circle.  Bring a drum or other instrument if you have one.  We have several instruments that can be used.

News and Notes

HAUUS members continue to support local food pantries.  Please bring non-perishable food items when you come to fellowship.

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January-March 2013 Newsletter

HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY (HAUUS)

HAUUS meets at 10:30 AM, at 198 Main Street, across from the Hornell Cinema. All are welcome.

JANUARY-MARCH 2013*

Please note: this is for 3 months!

 

January 13Tim Bancroft titles his presentation “Zoroaster, the Wise Men, and Universalism through the Ages”. Some of us may be unacquainted with Zoroastrianism, a religion pre-dating Christianity and having more adherents today than the Unitarian Universalist denomination. Longtime member, the Reverend Bancroft liaisons with HAUUS and other liberal religious groups in the area.

January 27—“Dancing in a Time of Pain” Too much has happened, and so quickly, that we all seem to be in front of the events that bring terror to our lives. So how do we get along in a world that is not quite as secure as we would like it? What does the mystery of religion have to do with helping us get through? George Smith’s program will continue our concerned discussion following the tragedy in Newtown, CN.

February 10—“Remembering and Forgiving” –George Smith—a continuation of “Dancing in the Time of Pain”, this time we will strive to figure out what is this thing called forgiveness. It isn’t easy in the most simple of events, so how do we forgive when things get complicated? A mass killer seems the most difficult to deal with. Where does religion’s mystery help in these situations?

February 24—“Sacred Spaces”—Nicole Tolbert will be sharing her  artwork that  is inspired from her own spiritual soul searching, and is created as installations, or environments, rather than single pieces. What is meant by Sacred Spaces? How do we find our own Sacred Space?

March 10—“Zen Jokes”—George Smith—something as serious as truth and spirituality would seem to negate fun in life. But there is humor in the very depths of our spiritual experiences. We will explore the jokes in Zen koans.

March 24—Sharon Saker –“Four Seasons, or Eight?”  Sharon Saker—the ancient Celtic calendar divides the year into four major quarters, and then divides these quarters into half to make an eight part year that reflects the natural progression of the seasons. We will explore the significance and ritual of the quarter and cross quarter days and seasons of the Celt, Slavic and Neo-Pagan traditions.

A big thanks to Nicole for her taking on the coffee hour, and to all of HAUUS for the steady flow of goodies!!!!

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM FOR A LOCAL FOOD PANTRY!

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November/December 2012 Newsletter

HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY

(HAUUS)

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2012

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGES! HAUUS will meet the 2nd and 3rdSundays in both November and December because of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

HAUUS meets at 10:30, at 198 Main Street, Hornell, across from the Hornell Cinema. All are welcome.

November 11 Itinerant lay minister, Homer Wilkins, will be joining us for a UU version of Doing the Right Thing.” “As I listened to a college commencement address by a top government official entitled “Do the Right Thing,” I kept asking myself, “What would a committed UU do with this topic?” How would such a UU message differ from what the speaker was saying? This sermon is an attempt to answer that question, and also to stimulate thinking and discussion on the topic. The writings of Henry Lakoff provide valuable insight into the issues involved.

November 18—“The Thanksgiving Table” will be presented by the Rev. George Smith.

December 9—“Zoroaster, the Three Wise Men and Universalism for the Ages”. Our speaker will be the Rev Tim Bancroft.

December 23—“The Festival of Lights,” our annual holiday celebration, will be led by George Smith.

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DATES TO REMEMBER

10/21— THE ECOLOGY OF PEACE—Monthly Practice Meeting 3rd Sunday evening each month at 6:00pm. This is the first monthly meeting at Nadine Hoover’s house, 90 University St, Alfred. (Some of us signed up for this.)

Weekend Intensives

2012—Nov 1—3 “Discernment”

2013—Apr 12—14 “Peace and Practice”

May 24—26 “Discernment”

Sept 13—15 “Trauma Healing”

Nov 1—3 “Developmental Play” Dec 13—15 “Conscience Studio”

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING A NONPERISHABLE FOOD ITEM FOR A LOCAL FOOD PANTRY!

Please let Nicole know when you will be contributing to the coffee hour.

PROGRAM CHANGE FOR OCTOBER 28: Karen Dau , Universalist archivist, will be speaking on the history of Universalism in the Southern Tier. Karen joins us from the Rochester Universalist Church.

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