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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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.

My 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/