and the Environment
edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom

This highly anticipated anthology presents a powerful and penetrating look at environmental justice from some of the key thinkers and activists in Unitarian Universalism today. These prophetic voices from a wide range of perspectives reveal new approaches and opportunities for more holistic, accountable, and connected justice efforts. Each essay is accompanied by suggested ways to take the next steps for further learning and action. Click on the title to find out more.

Hopedale is a participating congregation in Faith Build, a Habitat for Humanity project. Oxford area churches are joining together with Miami students and other community organizations to fund and build the ninth and tenth Habitahouses in the development of Reckford Woods  on Fuller Way (near US 27 west of Oxford). The home-buyer family contributes over 500 hours of sweat equity” in the building of the house. 

Oxford Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Mary Catholic Church, Oxford United Methodist Church, Faith Lutheran Church, and Hopedale have all banded together for this venture.  

You don’t have to be a skilled house builder to participate! No experience is necessary, and all tools, equipment, and supervision are provided. The Habitat workers provide the expertise and the Miami students provide the oomph!

People 16 and older can work on the house and those who are younger can help with making and serving lunch. You can contribute in many ways: work on the house, prepare lunch for the volunteers, make individual contributions, and support fundraisers for Habitat. Please call or email Liz Woedl at 513-280-1044 or liz.woedl@gmail.com if you are interested and have questions. You can signup to work on the Projects at  https://habitatcincinnati.volunteerhub.com/lp/ofb/ 

We finish up the July extended book group, completing “The Souls of Poor Folk”, the audit of the Poor People’s Campaign, which was just released in April of 2018, alongside The Third Reconstruction: How a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear, by the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, published in 2016. The audit is available at https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/PPC-Audit-Full-410835a.pdf You can order copies of The Third Reconstruction: How a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear quite inexpensively from Amazon.

We will combine reading and reflection with planning for local action. We will gather at 12:00 noon for refreshments. Then, at 12:30, we will have a short service, including Joys and Sorrows and an offering, followed by an hour-long discussion of these two sources, and planning for Hopedale’s social justice agenda for the coming year. Questions? Contact Ann Fuehrer at fuehrea@miamioh.edu or 513-756-1963.

July 29- “The Souls of Poor Folk” Ecological Devastation and Conclusion, pp. 89-end; Barber Ch. 9, Appendix and Afterword

The Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community is located at 3870 Millville-Oxford Road (US 27), Oxford, OH.

July will be an extended book group, and we will read both “The Souls of Poor Folk”, the audit of the Poor People’s Campaign, which was just released in April of 2018, alongside The Third Reconstruction: How a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear, by the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, published in 2016. The audit is available at: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/PPC-Audit-Full-410835a.pdf

You can order copies of The Third Reconstruction: How a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear quite inexpensively from Amazon.

We will combine reading and reflection with planning for local action. We will gather at 12:00 noon for refreshments. Then, at 12:30, we will have a short service, including Joys and Sorrows and an offering, followed by an hour-long discussion of these two sources, and planning for Hopedale’s social justice agenda for the coming year. Questions? Contact Ann Fuehrer at fuehrea@miamioh.edu or 513-756-1963.

July 22 ,“The Souls of Poor Folk” The War Economy & Militarism, pp. 68-88; Barber Ch. 7, 8.

The Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community is located at 3870 Millville-Oxford Road (US 27), Oxford, OH

 

 

July will be an extended book group, and we will read both “The Souls of Poor Folk”, the audit of the Poor People’s Campaign, which was just released in April of 2018, alongside The Third
Reconstruction: How a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear, by the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, published in 2016. The audit is available at
https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/PPC-Audit-Full-410835a.pdf

You can order copies of The Third Reconstruction: How a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear quite inexpensively from Amazon.

We will combine reading and reflection with planning for local action. We will gather at 12:00 noon for OUR MONTHLY POTLUCK. Then, at 12:30, we will have a short service, including Joys and Sorrows and an offering, followed by an hour-long discussion of these two sources, and planning for Hopedale’s social justice agenda for the coming year. Questions? Contact Ann Fuehrer at fuehrea@miamioh.edu or 513-756-1963. The Hopedale UU Community is located at 3870 Millville-Oxford Rd, Oxford, OH.

July 15 “The Souls of Poor Folk” Poverty and Inequality, pp. 40-67; Barber Ch. 5,6

This week, July 8, 2018 at Hopedale

July will be an extended book group, and we will read both “The Souls of Poor Folk”, the audit of the Poor People’s Campaign, which was just released in April of 2018, alongside The Third Reconstruction: How a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear, by the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, published in 2016.  The audit is available at https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/PPC-Audit-Full-410835a.pdf  You can order copies of  The Third Reconstruction:  How a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear quite inexpensively from Amazon.

We will combine reading and reflection with planning for local action.  We will gather at 12:00 noon for refreshments.  Then, at 12:30, we will have a short service, including Joys and Sorrows and an offering, followed by an hour-long discussion of these two sources, and planning for Hopedale’s social justice agenda for the coming year.  Discussion will be facilitated by members of the Social Justice Committee.  Questions?  Contact Ann Fuehrer at fuehrea@miamioh.edu or 513-756-1963.

July 8 “The Souls of Poor Folk” Systemic Racism, pp. 24-39;     Barber Ch. 3,4

Hopedale UU Community is located at 3870 Millville-Oxford Rd, Oxford, OH.

This week, July 1, 2018 at Hopedale:

July will be an extended book group, and we will read both “The Souls of Poor Folk”, the audit of the Poor People’s Campaign, which was just released in April of 2018, alongside The Third Reconstruction: How a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear, by the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, published in 2016.  The audit is available at https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/PPC-Audit-Full-410835a.pdf  You can order copies of  The Third Reconstruction:  How a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear quite inexpensively from Amazon.

We will combine reading and reflection with planning for local action.  We will gather at 12:00 noon for refreshments.  Then, at 12:30, we will have a short service, including Joys and Sorrows and an offering, followed by an hour-long discussion of these two sources, and planning for Hopedale’s social justice agenda for the coming year.  Discussion will be facilitated by members of the Social Justice Committee.  Questions?  Contact Ann Fuehrer at fuehrea@miamioh.edu or 513-756-1963.

July 1 “The Souls of Poor Folk” Overview, pp. 1-23; Barber Prologue, Ch. 1, 2

Hopedale UU Community is located at 3870 Millville-Oxford Rd, Oxford, OH.

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Join us on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community,  for these experiences of inspiration:

  • At 10:00 am, Genevieve O’Malley Knight will host screening of the Sunday morning worship service broadcast from General Assembly, the UUA’s annual meeting.  That meeting is taking place in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • At noon, we will gather for refreshments. 
  •  At 12:30, a friend of Hopedale, Carolyn Forrester, and her colleague, Nancy Stella, will introduce us to The Matrix.  The Matrix is a one-of-a kind emotional healing tool that has been validated by modern psychological science.  Highly credentialed doctors of psychology and life coaches have based their healing practices on the Matrix’s methodology.  It is used by businesses to add clarity to human relations between staff and with clients.  It is used by teachers to manage and understand their students.  Novelists frame the emotions of characters in their books with the Matrix.  Adventurers and explorers use it to trustingly spur themselves forward, into the unknown.  The Matrix is a game-changer, for both the individual and society.  It heals the individual and transforms perception, enlightening the way out of the ego-filled paradigm of Hate and into the soul filled paradigm of Love.  It builds the emotional resilience it takes to truly thrive in life. 
In keeping with Hopedale’s relationship with the Water Walkers, the Social Justice Committee has donated to the UUA’s Faithify request to send Standing Rock and Oceti Sacowin camp elders to the General Assembly. To learn more, follow this link: https://www.initc.net

This summer, we are framing a number of our services with the 40 days of Action of the Poor People’s Campaign, which began on May 13 and end on June 23. This focus is consistent with the 2014-2018 UUA Congregational Study Action issue, “Escalating Inequality.” The themes for our first three services represent the focuses of the national Poor People’s Campaign for those weeks.

June 17, 2018 at Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community, “The Laws of God or Man”

This Sunday is part of Week 6 of the Poor People’s Campaign, themed around “The distorted moral narrative”. Bonita Porter’s message is about recent school shootings and how the non-violence movements of Jesus and Dr. King responded to similar violence. Bonita` was recorded into Ministry by the Religious Society of Friends in 1992.  Since then, she has worked as a hospital and AIDS hospice chaplain before marrying Bob LaGesse and settling in Oxford in 1996.  She currently works with under-represented science and engineering majors at Miami University.

We will share a community potluck at 12:00 noon, followed by an hour-long service at 12:30.  Please bring a potluck dish to share.

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