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

 

 

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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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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

HAUUS Newsletter Sept-Oct 2016

 HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY

(HAUUS)

September – October 2016

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

September 11 –   “In Gathering” Please bring a small amount of water and be willing to share during the program. During our time together this morning we will, one by one, pour our water together into a large bowl. As the water is added each person will share what over the summer was/is special or meaningful to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources and renewal of our commitment as UU’s for the upcoming year.

September 25 — “To Grow or Not to Grow” – HAUUS member Bert Brown will explore ideas for supporting the growth of our UU Fellowship.

October 9 — A visit to the First Universalist Church of Rochester – We will meet at 198 Main at 9:00AM to carpool and to enjoy the service at this beautiful Universalist church.

October 23 — The Wayland Paranormal Group located in Wayland has been established in order to research and investigate paranormal activity. This week we will hear the types of investigations they have been working on.

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  

“Meditation, like a cool lake, has room for all the unexpected birds.” Jacob Trapp, UU clergy

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Updated Newsletter May-June 2016

HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY (HAUUS)

May-June 2016

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 8 – Sally Hopkins will share her thoughts in a review of the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Scientists know her as HeLa, a poor, black tobacco farmer whose cells became one of the most important tools in medicine.

May 22 – Classless America? Do we believe in a society without limits- no classes??!!!! George Smith will lead us in this discussion.

June 12- We Are Born with 324 Diseases – Mercy in the Context of Christian Love. Tony Lipnicki from Andover will present this program. Information regarding this program is attached and hard copies will be available at our May 8 meeting.

June 26 – Our UU Flower Communion will be at the home of Sharon Saker and George Smith. Please bring flowers to share with others. Sharon will facilitate a discussion on our senses both mundane and subtle and their relationship with our flowers. You can bring a readings, poem or picture related to the topic to read to the group. 10205 State Rt. 53 – Prattsburgh NY. Call 607-382-6348 or 585-478-4090 if you need directions.

 News and Notes

Our summer picnic this year will be on Sunday July 31st at the home of Penny Whitford in Canisteo at 2:00PM. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

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

HAUUS does not meet in July and August other than our picnic. Our Ingathering will be on September 11, 2016

“The Earth Laughs in Flowers.” …… Ralph Waldo Emerson ….

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We Are Born with 324 Diseases – Mercy in the Context of Christian Love – by Anthony Lipnicki

Summary – Christianity teaches that God enters into our most common experiences, even into our experiences of human suffering and cruelty. However, there is a prospect through the solidarity and unconditional love from others to redeem ourselves. Human cruelty is not transformed through more cruelty, or denial of the existence of sin, but through compassion and the love of those who suffer. Buddhists say we are born with 324 diseases and to apply compassion in the world. Christians are taught the works of mercy to help alleviate suffering in the world. This talk will address what the works of mercy are and how they can be used to deal with the difficult issues of pain and suffering in the environment of the world we live in today.

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For a perspective on mercy which includes the virtue of love, I would like to read to you this morning a poem by English mystic George Herbert titled Easter. While I read it think about what kind of love Herbert is experiencing and how is he responding to the love he feels deep in his heart . (Herbert was an Anglican priest who lived in the early 1600’s).

Rise heart; my Lord is risen.

Sing his praise without delays,

Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise with him may rise; That, as his death calcined thee to dust, His life may make thee gold, and much more: Just.  Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part with all thy art.The cross that taught all wood to resound his name who bore the same?His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key is best to celebrate this most high day.  Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song pleasant and long:Or since all music is but three parts vied, and multiplied; O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part, and make up our defects with his sweet art.

I believe Herbert was struggling as he experienced a deep, rich inner love which moved him to internalize the virtue of mercy. He refers to how the cross is teaching him to understand the meaning of this struggle. He mentions the outcome of this inner struggle as justice as he responds to his heart’s yearning, and in his pursuit of this mystery he sees mercy as the means to purify and transform his being into a risen soul with all his blemishes (defects), worked out for service to others.

At the time of Jesus the cross was not that unique. It was the cruelest form of capital punishment invented by man, and was used with regularity against enemies of the state to publicly humiliate those who would dare to challenge the civil authorities. We can easily say that thousands of people were crucified as punishment for sedition in the ancient world. The reason I bring this up is the suffering of Jesus was not unique. He joined the ranks of many people who were executed by the state. Until outlawed by Constantine the cross was not even used in a Christian context. Early Christians used symbols like loaves and fish to identify their community.

Christianity teaches that God enters into our most common experiences, the experiences of human suffering and cruelty, and in the face of the worst that humanity can do, there is a prospect for solidarity and unconditional love with those others who suffer. There is a prospect for compassion and mercy in the most unexpected ways, through vulnerability and brokenness. For me as a Catholic it is important to remember that the way for me to respond to cruelty, disease and suffering is through mercy. Jesus the ultimate human teaches me about how to be merciful so that I can in some small way change the course of history and in doing so change myself .

To face the powers of domination and greed I must somehow find the courage to show others how to love through mercy, even to the point of death. Death in this way can transform a whole community of people who can now find new courage in how they face evil through the power and vulnerability of love. Human cruelty is not transformed through more cruelty or denial, but through compassion and solidarity with those who suffer. Look at the Solidarity Movement in Poland. Today we have lost much of this rich spiritual paradox.

To illustrate my point I would like to tell a story about Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian Lutheran priest living in Bethlehem. Several years ago there was a 24-hour curfew imposed on the people in Bethlehem. There was a time when no one was allowed to leave his or her home. Children could neither go to school nor workers allowed to go to work. People could not even go shopping, except for few supervised hours a week. Imagine entire families, millions of people sitting at home, doing nothing.

Reheb developed the idea of using the cultural community center in a unique way. He challenged some of the artists living in the community to use all their creativity and all their imagination, to overcome the depression and imprisonment everyone experienced in the community by sponsoring an ‘art competition’ which was announced on the local radio and TV stations on the topic ‘Christ in the Palestinian Context’. Sixteen artists submitted their paintings and 60% of all submissions were by Muslim artists, an amazing fact because though over half of those who attended the community center’s programs were Muslims, the Muslim artists dared to paint a biblical figure: something forbidden in Islamic theology and spirituality.

All but one Muslim artist submitted a painting of the crucified Christ. In the teaching of Islam, Christ was not crucified. For Christ to be crucified means really nothing else in Islam than for God to be on the losing end, and that is impossible in Islam. God can never be a loser for it is believed by Muslims that he is greater than all things. The Muslims believe the message of the cross is nothing but foolishness.

But why then did these Muslim artists paint and take the risk of betraying their own religion in a public gallery? Was it a response to cruelty and injustice they had felt in the depths of their heart? In this bitter and challenging exercise of loss and betrayal they found strength, comfort and power. The thought of the crucified Christ captured them because they sensed God was with them even in the worst of places and experiences of life! It gave them the courage to endure and fight back in a new way. God was now seen as a comfort. He somehow was with the lonely, the dying, the poor and destitute.

Buddhists say we are born with 324 diseases. We do not ask to be born into the world. We do not ask for our ailments, many of which are inherited. We suffer and we get old and we die. These are the certainties of existence. But we do need to live in the world. We do need to live with others in hope and with dignity as we try to serve each other with compassion and love.

At this time I would like to share with you some ideas about how the concepts of mercy can be internalized for use to us as we face the problems we see in our community. I will end with a few questions for us to query and discuss among ourselves.

In the Gospel of Matthew 25: 34 – 40, six specific Corporal Works of Mercy are enumerated for the salvation of the saved, and the omission as the reason for damnation.

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are found in various places in the Scriptures. Fraternal correction is in Matthew 18: 15; forgiveness of injuries is in Matthew 6:14.

The Works of Mercy demand a good measure of tact and prudence; for example, some kind of tough love is required for the discharge of the oftentimes difficult task of correction.

THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY

To feed the hungry;

to give drink to the thirsty;

to clothe the naked;

to shelter the homeless;

to visit the sick;

to visit the imprisoned,

to bury the dead.

THE SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY

To instruct the ignorant;

to counsel the doubtful;

to admonish sinners;

to bear wrongs patiently;

to forgive offences willingly;

 to comfort the afflicted;

to pray for the living and the dead.

 

FOR DISCUSSION –

  1. In the Corporal Works of Mercy (above) which one do you find yourself most attracted to? And which one would be most challenging?
  1. In the Spiritual Works of Mercy (above) which one resonates in your heart? And which one would call for the greatest strength and conviction?
  1. In your own life, have you been a recipient of a ‘Work of Mercy?’ Your reaction?

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Updated Newsletter May-June 2016

We Are Born with 324 Diseases – Mercy in the Context of Christian Love by Anthony Lipnicki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAAUS Newsletter: April-May-June 2016

HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY

(HAUUS)

April-May-June 2016

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.

April 10 —- Ilsa Miller will present on Opioid Addiction and Treatment. As part of this program she will share her own personal journey surrounding this topic. Postponed from an earlier date.

April 24HAUUS Annual Meeting will start at 10:30 AM and will be followed by a dish to pass luncheon. Please bring your own table service along with your dish to pass. Electrical outlets are limited.

May 8 – Sally Hopkins will share her thoughts in a review of the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Scientists know her as HeLa, a poor, black tobacco farmer whose cells became one of the most important tools in medicine.

May 22 – Classless America? Do we believe in a society without limits- no classes??!!!! George Smith will lead us in this discussion.

June 12- The Significance of Touch – An interactive discussion facilitated by Sharon Saker.

June 26- Our traditional UU Flower Communion will be at the home of Sharon Saker and George Smith. Please bring flowers to share with others and a summer reading, poem, picture, story etc. you would like to read to the group. 10205 State Rt. 53 – Prattsburgh NY. Call 607-382-6348 or 585-478-4090 if you need directions.

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

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HAUUS Newsletter Jan-Feb 2016

HORNELL ALFRED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY

(HAUUS)

January-February 2016

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 at HAUUS.org.

January 10“Were there two Rhesus monkeys or seven on the ark and what does this mean for your blood type?” The book, Who Wrote the Bible by scholar Richard Friedman will be reviewed by HAUUS member Steve Smith. This will be somewhat of a rehash for the general public of something called the Documentary Hypothesis. Prior to Steve’s program we could look this (Documentary Hypothesis) up in Wikipedia.   It is about a 2 page article. Steve will provide examples such as 2 biblical accounts of the Flood apparently written by different people and some chronology of the Bible, the Ten Lost Tribes, etc.

January 24Faith Amidst Prosthetic Culture -UU roots are found in Puritan Calvinism.   The strategy we use for our personal and church life operate within the ‘prostheses’ of popular culture.  Discussion will involve how we handle zeal of social movements that deny our personal losses and the fear that we cannot live outside the contrived dimensions of everyday life. Tim Bancroft will lead our discussion.

February 14 — There are several possibilities being explored for this Sunday’s program. There is nothing certain as of this writing. A notice will be emailed separately once the program is confirmed.

February 28 — There are several possibilities being explored for this Sunday’s program. There is nothing certain as of this writing. A notice will be emailed separately once the program is confirmed.

News and Notes

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

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand” Henry David Thoreau

“Announced by all the trumpets of the sky arrives the snow” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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.

Visit our blog at HAUUS.org  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Jan-Feb-2014-Newsletter: PDF Version