HAUUS Newsletter May-June 2015

HAUUS newsletter May-June 2015

HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY

(HAUUS)

May – June 2015

HAUUS meets at 10:30, at 198 Main Street in Hornell NY. All are welcome. For more information call (607) 698-4508 or 522-7803 or visit our blog HAUUS.org.

May 10 –  Have you ever questioned or wondered if faith and evolution can co-exist? This is the topic of a sermon given by Laurie DeMott at the Alfred Union University Church. We will read her sermon and discuss the ideas presented. This fellowship will be led by Sally Hopkins on this Mother’s Day Sunday!

May 24 — Homer Wilkens joins us to share his new talk; “We Are All Travelers” “Early in my nationwide travels on behalf of lay UU services, I found in my motel room a printed card entitled “Greeting to Guests”. I was impressed by the thoughtful message and made a copy of it on my clip-board. In subsequent years, after making a slight change in the wording, I have used it several times as “Closing Words” for services. In this sermon I will state my modified version of the “Greeting” and then discuss the various parts of it as aspects of a UU way of life, and of a kind of send-off to someone embarking on a new life path. This discussion will include ideas on how the message of the “Greeting” can provide a focus for our lives.

June 14— Crossing Over Together Community – Always a Pilgrim –Walking the Christian Zen Path with Anthony Lipnicki – learn about insights into a journey relevant to living in our own bewildering world of violent change and confusion and how to respond to the questions we have about compassion and mindfulness as they relate to living our daily lives.

June 28— The Flower Communion has become an annual HAUUS 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.

News and Notes

HAUUS summer picnic will be Sunday, July 26 at 2:00PM at the home of Penny Whitford-5101 St. Rt. 36 in Canisteo. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. If you need directions please call (607)698-4508

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

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HAUUS Newsletter March-April

HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY
(HAUUS)

March-April 2015

HAUUS meets at 10:30AM, at 198 Main Street in Hornell NY. All are welcome. For more information call (607) 698-4508 or (607) 522-7803 or visit our blog HAUUS.org.

March 8 –  Barren Christianity – Much of Christianity can be seen as a barren, empty religion stuck in self survival and yet at its’ very depths are the possibilities to meet the current crisis of the environment, human relationships and so much more. We will search the words of a 1st century Jew seeking help and guidance for today. George Smith will lead our discussion.

March 22 — Ostara, Vernal Equinox, spring, Easter – Whatever we call these days and weeks, this season of rebirth and balance tends to hold special meaning for us. HAUUS member Sharon Saker will lead a discussion about the ritual, astrological happenings, myths and lore of this season of rebirth. Please bring an item for a spring alter such as flowers, eggs, bunnies, shells etc. that can be left to adorn our space throughout the season.

April 12— Beyond “Fracking” HAUUS guests today are Meg Krywe and Fred Sinclair from CCAC (Concerned Citizens of Allegany County). Meg and Fred are environmental activists and will provide important information we need to be aware of concerning the oil and gas industry in our area.

April 26— HAUUS Annual Meeting. Our annual meeting will include the election of officers, review of the past year and future planning. Your input is extremely important for future direction of our fellowship. 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 8 – Don’t forget!

Help us to be the always hopeful gardeners of the spirit who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth as without light nothing flowers – May Sarton

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  

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Newsletter – January – February 2015

HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY

(HAUUS)

January – February 2015

HAUUS meets at 10:30, at 198 Main Street in Hornell NY. All are welcome. For more information call (607) 698-4508 or 522-7803 or visit our blog HAUUS.org.

January 11 – Photo Journalism – Truth or Deception? – Do photos convince us of the truth? What are the ethics of photo journalism so that truth will win out? George Smith will lead our discussion.

January 25 — This week is Green Sunday for HAUUS– Rachel Treichler, noted local attorney and environmental activist joins us to review what is happening with efforts to protect our environment. Bring your questions for this open discussion.

February 8— Craig Braack, Allegany County Historian is our guest speaker this Sunday. Join us for his program entitled “Heaven’s Gates & Hell’s Fires,” Central and Western New York State was a hot bed for religious movements in the early and mid-1800s. This program covers 5-7 religious movements that had tremendous influence on our Nation and our area.

February 22— In Search of the Tiffany Window – Our guest speaker is Steve Cotton, Canisteo’s Historian. Steve will share with us his search for the Tiffany window once hanging at the Woodbury Universalist Church of Hornell and the rich and tragic history surrounding it. This church stood at the corner of Genesee and Church Street until the 1980s.

News and Notes

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

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HAUUS Newsletter November-December 2014

HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY

(HAUUS)

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2014

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGES for December! HAUUS will meet the 2nd and 3rd Sundays in December because of the Christmas holiday.

HAUUS meets at 10:30, at 198 Main Street in Hornell NY. All are welcome. For more information call (607) 698-4508 or 522-7803 or visit our blog HAUUS.org.

November 9 — Itinerant lay minister, Homer Wilkins will be joining us for his program and discussion “Why Do We Go to Church?” Since most Unitarian Universalists do not subscribe to traditional views of God as a superhuman being to be worshiped and adored, and of the church as the “Body of Christ,” our views of the church and of services in a church are non-traditional. This sermon is an examination of these issues.

“November 23 —“The Thanksgiving Table”, is a program and discussing which will be led by George Smith. This is a time we share together as a fellowship. Bring something you cherish that you are willing to give away.

December 14—“Art in the Middle Ages, the Illuminated Manuscript”. Join us for this interactive presentation and discussion led by Polly Nelson.

December 21—“The Festival of Lights” today we gather to celebrate the winter solstice and the coming of the light. We will explore various traditions of the season in pagan and world religions.

News and Notes

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  

”How rare it is, how lovely, this fellowship of those who meet together” from the 133 Psalm

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HAUUS – September/October 2014 Newsletter

Hornell-Alfred Unitarian Universalist Society (HAUUS)

September/October 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

September 14 –  Please join us for our HAUUS traditional Ingathering Celebration.  Bring stories readings, mementos, writings and water that have contributed to your summer experience.  Our water will be joined to celebrate our “rejoining” after our summer break.

September 28 – “What is the Most Important Invention Ever?” – Spend a few minutes thinking about this question in preparing for our discussion led by Bert Brown.  The definition of invention is A PRODUCT OF THE IMAGINATION.

October 12 – ULTIMATE REALITY – CREATING AN HONEST GOD from Build Your Own Theology.  For this program, led by Penny Whitford, we will consider the nature of “Ultimate Reality” by whatever name we call it and explore our relationship to it.

October 26 –   To be determined.  Tim Bancroft will provide this program.  Tim always provides us with a thought provoking presentation and discussion.  Hope you can join us.J

News and Notes

A BIG Thank You to all that helped out at the HAUUS fundraiser yard sale this past July.  A sincere thank you to all who helped setup, sell or dismantle the displays and tables.  We made a total of $182.65.

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

“How rare it is, how lovely, this fellowship of those who meet together” – from Psalm 133

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HAUUS: May-June 2014 Newsletter

Hornell-Alfred Unitarian Universalist Society (HAUUS)
May-June 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 NYunless otherwise noted below. All are Welcome. For more information about HAUUS please call (607)698-4508 or (607)522-7803

May 11 – This Sunday there will be a presentation on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas
(“Fracking”) in Dimock, PA. entitled What if it Happens Here? Our Journey to Dimock”.  This presentation with photos describes the tour of the Dimock HAUUS members Penny, George and Sharon experienced last fall. They continue to promote awareness regarding the impact of gas and oil drilling utilizing the hydraulic
fracturing process on our planet and on us.

May 25 – PERSPECTIVE: SHARING a JEWISH LIFE IN a SMALL TOWN — guest speaker Jane Jamison

“A look through my lens.”

The only child in her Jewish family, Jane grew up in Manhattan. She came to the Southern Tier to attend   Alfred University and stayed to make her life here in the Canisteo Valley.

June 8 – The Flower Communion has become an annual HAUUS 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. 

June 22A Solstice GatheringThe summer solstice begins the season of Litha in the Celtic and Wiccan year. This Sunday we will meet at Polly Nelson’s cottage on Smith Pond in Howard to honor and welcome the coming of the season. Bring alter items, a reading, poem or pictures to share. Our guest, Gloria Osborne will lead us in ritual, song and dance. Call 522-7803, 698-4508 or 566-2870 or email Sharon or Penny for directions

 News and Notes

 

JULY 18 AND 19

Save the dates and donate some good stuff!!! As a fundraiser for our fellowship, we will be participating in the Hornell city-wide yard sales on Friday and Saturday July 18 and 19 at our HAUUS location at 198 Main St. Drop off for donated items for the sale is Thursday evening (7/17) from 6-8pm and Friday morning. It would be helpful if you would price your items before you bring them to 198 Main. We will also need volunteers to work a few hours at the sale.

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

 “Goodness is an art to be studied in our lives.”

Durant Drake (Unitarian, professor of philosophy), American Unitarian Association Religious Education #14, quoted by Richard S. Gilbert, In the Middle of A Journey

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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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