January to February 2018

HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY
(HAUUS)
January – February 2018
HAUUS meets at 10:30 AM the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 198 Main Street in Hornell NY unless otherwise noted below. All are welcome. For more information call (607)698-4508, (607)382-6348 or visit our blog at HAUUS.org.
January 14 – Separate But Equal: Still an Oxymoron; Putting Pink and Blue Where They Belong: In a Museum. Activist and writer Lee Marcus will explore with us the many ways our culture inculcates hierarchical values into children, starting with gender, and starting even before birth. Her talk will be based on her book Hearts Afire – The Story of Moonwhistle School.

January 28 – Bullet Journaling is hailed as a simple and creative way to track your life. There are thousands of topics that one can include in this kind of journal, all with nothing more than a pen and a blank notebook. It can be personalized to be anything from a date book, sketch book, a memory keeper, or even all three at once! There will be a real version to look at and ask questions about. So come and discover what bullet journaling is all about. You never know, even you may get caught up in the creativity! Stephanie Radcliff will facilitate this talk.
February 11 — A Critical Reading of Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, A Unitarian Universalist Perspective, based on essays by David G. Markham. It is not necessary that you read the book but you may consider reading or rereading it after the program. Sharon Saker will facilitate our discussion.

February 25 – Disaster Response in Puerto Rico – Red Cross volunteer and peace activist Winnie Romeril will share her experiences with hurricane disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

 

News and Notes

Peace, Compassion and Love silent vigil – 10-10:30 before HAUUS Meetings outside 198 Main. Bring a sign if you have one
Please remember to bring canned and non-perishable food items to HAUUS for donation to various food pantries in the area.
Visit our blog at HAUUS.org
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” – Malala Yousafzai

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Newsletter – November-December 2017

 HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY

(HAUUS)

November-December 2017

HAUUS meets at 10:30 AM the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 198 Main Street in Hornell NY unless otherwise noted below.  All are welcome.  For more information call (607)698-4508, (607)382-6348 or visit our blog at HAUUS.org.

Please note – We will have only one meeting in December as noted below

November 12Reformation Echoes for 21st Century Faith During 2017 many are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  With application of key principles, Martin Luther built the doorway out of a corrupt and boxed-in late medieval era and into the modern world of emergent freedom.  However, Luther did not walk through his own doorway.  That was left to others including ourselves.  As practitioners of 21st century UU faith, we are also in a corrupt era that is boxed-in by contemporary “fundamentalisms”.  What echoes of the early reformation principles could assist us to live out our multi-faith perspective in our own time? Tim Bancroft will facilitate this program.

November 26 – Prophetic Voice/Cultural Change:  There were times in our culture when we accepted such things as slavery, indentured servants, women as second class citizens, Jim Crow laws etc.  These practices were considered acceptable as part of our society.  It took prophetic voices to help bring about a change.  So what do we see today that will be considered nonacceptable in the future?  What prophets do we have that are trying to pull us into this better society?  George Smith will facilitate and suggests that we bring our own ideas of what will not be acceptable and suggest prophets for our own time.

December 10 — The program this week will be A Unitarian Christmas – by Rev. Steven Protzman.  “I think you will be surprised by what you learn.” says Bert Brown, who will present this talk and lead our discussion.

 

News and Notes

Peace, Compassion and Love silent vigil – 10-10:30 before HAUUS Meetings outside 198 Main

Bring a sign if you have one

Please remember to bring canned and non-perishable food items to HAUUS for donation to various food pantries in the area.

Visit our blog at HAUUS.org

“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” – Thoreau

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HAUUS Newsletter Sept-Oct- 2017

 HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY

(HAUUS)

September – October 2017

HAUUS meets at 10:30 AM the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 198 Main Street in Hornell NY unless otherwise noted below. All are welcome.  For more information call (607)698-4508, (607)382-6348 or visit our blog at HAUUS.org.

September 10 – George Smith will lead us in our In Gathering and Water Ceremony. Bring a sample of water to represent a part of your summer that you would like to share. Also, chose one of our UU principals and share why it is meaningful to you.

September 24 –Religion Beyond Earth: Why life beyond Earth has an impact on religion. People often believe science and religion to be at war; one attempting to disprove the other. But what if one branch of science could make us view our beliefs a little differently? What if the two aren’t as separate from each other as we think, but together may dictate our future in worlds so vastly different from our own.  A small look into how religion and science are more important than we think.  Stephanie Radcliff will lead us through this exploration.

October 8— As a long time environmental and community minded citizen, mayoral candidate, Joe Duffy will speak about his experiences “RUNNING FOR OFFICE”.  Joe is well known throughout the Hornell area for his Green Party activism and participation in local government.

 

October 22 – “THE MASKS PEOPLE WEAR” As vulnerable beings we often cannot, do not, fully reveal ourselves when presented with new social situations. We may present one face when interviewing for a job and another when making a celebratory meal with friends. We wear these different personas like masks, the facets of our personality. Shakespeare wrote that all life is a stage and we are but actors on it. Thespian Bree Beard will explore this idea with us.

News and Notes

Please remember to bring canned and non-perishable food items to HAUUS for donation to various food pantries in the area.

Visit our blog at HAUUS.org

“It is faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth looking at.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

An announcement from Suzanne Blackburn;

Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace invites you to our International Day of Peace Celebration Thursday, September 21st 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  We will have a ceremony that will begin at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 23 Main Street, Geneseo.  We will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the founding of Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace with cooperative games and music.  We will welcome two important guests: Kevin Martin, President of (National) Peace Action will be our keynote speaker.  Kate Alexander, Director of Policy and Outreach for Peace Action New York State will receive our Genesee Valley Peacemaker Award.  After the events at the church, we will walk to the SUNY Geneseo campus, where we will join our sister group, Geneseo Peace Action, and participate in their event.  Check this webpage to see our event posted on the map: <http://internationaldayofpeace.org>

An announcement from Suzanne Blackburn;

Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace invites you to our International Day of Peace Celebration Thursday, September 21st 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  We will have a ceremony that will begin at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 23 Main Street, Geneseo.  We will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the founding of Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace with cooperative games and music.  We will welcome two important guests: Kevin Martin, President of (National) Peace Action will be our keynote speaker.  Kate Alexander, Director of Policy and Outreach for Peace Action New York State will receive our Genesee Valley Peacemaker Award.  After the events at the church, we will walk to the SUNY Geneseo campus, where we will join our sister group, Geneseo Peace Action, and participate in their event.  Check this webpage to see our event posted on the map: <http://internationaldayofpeace.org>

An announcement from Suzanne Blackburn;

Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace invites you to our International Day of Peace Celebration Thursday, September 21st 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  We will have a ceremony that will begin at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 23 Main Street, Geneseo.  We will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the founding of Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace with cooperative games and music.  We will welcome two important guests: Kevin Martin, President of (National) Peace Action will be our keynote speaker.  Kate Alexander, Director of Policy and Outreach for Peace Action New York State will receive our Genesee Valley Peacemaker Award.  After the events at the church, we will walk to the SUNY Geneseo campus, where we will join our sister group, Geneseo Peace Action, and participate in their event.  Check this webpage to see our event posted on the map: <http://internationaldayofpeace.org>

HAUUS Newsletter July-Aug-Sept 2017

 

 

HAUUS Newsletter July-Aug-Sept 2017

HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY

(HAUUS)

July-August-September 2017

HAUUS meets at 10:30, at 198 Main Street in Hornell NY unless otherwise noted below. All are welcome.  For more information call (607)698-4508 or (607)382-6348 or visit our blog at HAUUS.org.

July 9 – Today will be our traditional Flower Communion.  Please bring flowers and thoughts you wish to share with others about what the HAUUS fellowship means to you.  We will enfold these ideas into what and who we are as a group.

July 23 – HAUUS summer picnic this year will be at the home of Penny Whitford on Rt. 36 in Canisteo at 2:00PM.  Please bring a dish to pass, your own table service and a lawn chair if you have one.  If you need directions call one of the numbers above.

August 13 – An Open Conversation – George Smith will facilitate our conversation about how we can live a spiritual life in a time of crisis.

 August 27 – Creating Cultures of Peace: Loving Life, Acting on Conscience, and Stepping Up – Enjoy a taste of activities that have created peaceful cultures in the most unlikely places, from refugee to religiously militant to professional communities. As people of love and conscience, we believe peace, a politics of no enemies and no sides, is powerful and possible. With confidence and conviction, we confirm Paul Chappell’s call to make war illegal and to seriously seek ways to live in peace with the Earth and with all of humanity. Nadine Hoover will share stories of amazing new work for peace with communities, refugees and military in the U.S.

Nadine suggests we watch Paul Kim Chappell’s “Peace is Possible” video on his home page at PaulKChappell.com.

News and Notes

Please remember to bring canned and non-perishable food items to HAUUS for donation to various food pantries in the area.

Visit our blog at HAUUS.org

“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful – an endless prospect of magic and wonder.”     Ansel Adams

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Ramblings

Truth stood on one side and Ease on the other; it has often been so.
A Discourse of Matters Pertaining to Religion (1842).

– The Rev. Theodore Parker, mid 19th century Unitarian minister

Truth seems to be in short supply these days. Not only that but we are cautioned to not contend with the others who persist in speaking alternative truths as they will not hear you. So what do we do? It seems to me that we need to be persistent but not deeming in our persistence/

Ramblings

Ramblings – Rev. George Smith

I will write an article every two months that will suggest ideas about who and what we are as UUs. To start the conversation, we are a religious community that does not experience religion dogmatically. Simply said, we encourage people to seek their own spiritual path not one prescribed for them by the group or the leader. If you came to a member and asked, “what am I to believe about such and such.” The response would be very simple “what is it that you believe?” From that beginning conversation, you could come to this place where you can explore beliefs, philosophies, theologies, scientific ideas, etc. It is not that we don’t have beliefs or a moral outlook as many have described us. It is that we see the plurality of possibilities and it is from these that we are able to develop our own moral and/or spiritual compasses. We explore ideas that help us understand who and what we are.

Newsletter – May-June 2017

 HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY

(HAUUS)

May-June 2017

HAUUS meets at 10:30, at 198 Main Street in Hornell NY. All are welcome.  For more information call (607)698-4508 or (607)382-6348 or visit our blog at HAUUS.org.

May 14Drumming for the soul…Local Artist, Joanie Desimone will lead us in a discussion and drum circle.  If you have a drum or other instrument please bring it.  There will be some drums and instruments available for those that do not have an instrument.

May 28 – Sound Thinking: a sampling of perspectives on why and how music moves the soul

Why and how are humans moved by organized sound?   How does music elicit such a wide range of emotions (ie. ecstasy, sadness, pride, anger, love, contemplation, etc.)? Do listeners, creators and performers experience music differently?  Philosophers, scientists, and musicians have offered differing (and often conflicting) perspectives on these and related questions.  This talk will present a small sampling of theory, science and metaphysical discussion on these questions and, perhaps we will test them against your personal experience. Friend of HAUUS, Mark Smith will facilitate.

 

June 11- The Rev. Dick Gilbert will be with us this Sunday to share about his work with Interfaith Impact of NYS.  “Our mission is to work for the common good through progressive religious advocacy.” This organization works towards influencing NYS government regarding justice issues in the NYS Legislature.  You can visit their website at interfaithimpactnys.org

June 25 – Radical Acceptance: Opening our Hearts in the Face of Fear

Using the solstice energy we will explore ways to respond to today’s challenges with mindfulness and compassion, vs. reacting through anger or fear.  We will celebrate our love and connectedness to ourselves and all life through song, dance and prayer.  Gloria Osborne is our guest today. She is an initiated grandmother, reclaiming witch, peace activist, holistic nurse and permaculturist dedicated to Creating Tomorrow’s Dreams Today through holistic and regenerative practices.

This program will be at Polly Nelson’s cottage, 8020 Smith Pond Rd Avoca.  We will be outdoors weather permitting. Please bring a camp chair if you have one.  If you need directions, call the numbers above.

 News and Notes

Please support the Citizens Fair on May 25 from 3-7 PM at the Hornell Community Arts Center on the Broadway mall. Voter Registration, Civics 101, honor our Vets, food, prizes and more!!!!!!!!!  Several HAUUS members and friends are participating

HAUUS will be meeting through the summer.  Great programs planned!!

Please remember to bring canned and non-perishable food items to HAUUS for donation to various food pantries in the area.

Newsletter – May-June 2017

Newsletter – March-April 2017

 HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY

(HAUUS)

March-April 2017

HAUUS meets at 10:30AM, at 198 Main Street in Hornell NY. All are welcome.  For more information call (607) 698-4508 or (607) 382-6348 or visit our blog HAUUS.org.

March 12 –   Soulful Collage – HAUUS member Penny Whitford will encourage our artistry.  Your collage may illustrate your spiritual journey, be a statement for current times or maybe something else entirely.  Please bring magazines with pictures and your own scissors.  Other needed materials will be provided.

March 26 — Today, we welcome back Ilsa Miller.  She will talk about the Home Health Case Management Program out of Loyola Recovery Outpatient program. Ilsa says “The program is peer-based (meaning its better if we have a history of addiction) and we work in the community with addicted people in recovery.”  Please join us.

April 9— What does it mean to be an inclusive Welcoming Congregation?  George Smith will facilitate as we explore the possibility of HAUUS becoming a Welcoming Congregation. To prepare you could visit the website Welcoming Congregation – UUA.org.

April 23— HAUUS Annual Meeting. Our annual meeting will include the election of officers, review of the past year and future planning. We have many items to discuss which will help in identifying the future direction of HAUUS. Your input is extremely important.  A dish to pass luncheon will follow the meeting. Along with your dish to pass, please bring your own table service and beverage. Small microwave is available.  There are limited electrical outlets for crock pots.

News and Notes

Daylight Savings Time – We spring forward 1 hr. on March 12th – Don’t forget!

Please remember to bring canned and non-perishable food items to HAUUS for donation to various food banks in the area.

Visit our blog at HAUUS.org

“Compassion for myself, is a slow growing crop,
however carefully tended, it yields an unreliable harvest.”

Barbara Pescan (Unitarian Universalist, clergy, poet) Morning Watch: Meditations

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