Hornell-Alfred Unitarian Universalist Society (HAUUS)
November – December 2009
Electronic Version of 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

November 8 –”Turning towards a sustainable future” This presentation covers the transition from fossil fuels to those that last forever without serious impacts on climate and civilization, while detailing current environmental deficits.  It is quite inspired by Lester R. Brown’s new book, Plan B version 4.0.  It is free to read at his http://www.earthpolicy.org website.  Brown has won the UN Environmental Prize and a Macarthur Fellowship for his leadership on developing a realistic alternative economy for our civilization.  Hal Bauer will present this program.

November 22 – No Man is an Island’–If He Builds Bridges” John Donne’s “No man is an island, entire of itself” stands in stark contrast to Kahlil Gibran’s “Your life is an island separated from all other islands and regions”. The two opposing statements can be reconciled by the concept (and actuality) of bridging. In this service we explore two (related) kinds of bridges: a) one’s ties with other people, and b) the connections
between the different phases of one’s own life. Homer Wilkins, our guest presenter states, “In my own experience, these two kinds of bridges are closely related. The ability to build and maintain such bridges is an important aspect of being human.” The discussion will be illustrated by stories from personal experience as well as from the lives of others.

December 13 –  More than 150 Years of Liberal Religion in Rochester, New York.  Galen Brooks will present the evolution of Universalist beliefs at First Universalist Church from its founding in 1846 to the present. The church, located on the northeast corner of Washington Park in Downtown Rochester, is below Xerox Tower and across from the more recent Bausch & Lomb corporate headquarters complex. The current edifice designed by Rochester Architect Claude Bragdon and dedicated in 1908, is currently the home of Lee Archives which includes historical documentation of all known Universalist churches in New York State.

Dedicated archivist Karen Dau has visited us twice to tell about her work and seek additional Universalist church information.

December 27 – “A Letter from Bodacia, Texas by Dennis Hamilton – Bert Brown will share this Christmas spoof.

News and Notes

On October 17 at the Universalist Church in Rochester, HAUUS was inducted into the NYS Universalist Convention. Five HAUUS members were present (Penny, Tim, Galen, Bert, Sharon) and Penny spoke eloquently in front of the convention about Hornell’s deep roots in Universalism.

Canned and boxed food goods wanted:
Please remember to bring non perishable food items when you come to our UU meetings.  When our box is full it will be donated to a local food pantry.

HAUUS for Peace – HAUUS members hold a silent Peace Vigil in front of our building at 198 Main St. prior to the Sunday meetings.  This silent vigil is from 9:30-10:00AM.  All are welcome to join us.  Bring a sign if you have one.

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