Lunch with Danielle West

Danielle West will join the Social Justice Committee on Sunday noon, November 26 downstairs at Hopedale for a light lunch and a 1 1/2 conversation.  Danni is a representative of UUJustice Ohio and resides in the Bay area of California.  Danni will talk with the Committee about how to reach out to local resources and strengthen our work with the LGTQIA* community.  This is part of our Welcoming Congregation initiatives. Everyone is welcome, please reply to Libby Earle, mearle1945@gmailcom, so she can plan numbers for lunch.

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Hopedale is putting together crews of workers to participate in the 2017 Faith Build in the Oxford area, a Habitat for Humanity project. Oxford area churches are joining together with Miami Students and other community organizations to fund and build the 9th and 10th Habitahouses in the development of Reckford Woods. These last two houses provide an opportunity for the faith community to serve alongside and partner with a Habitat Home Buyer Family.  Each home buyer family must contribute over 500 hours of sweat equity” in the building of the house. 

The foundation for the 9th house is going to be poured and work on the structure will begin on November 4 and will continue throughout the fall and winter finishing up in the spring. Oxford Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Mary Catholic Church, Oxford United Methodist Church, Hopedale UUs, and Faith Lutheran Church have banded together for this venture. 

Each church will provide build teams of volunteers for Saturday through Thursday workdays. A typical build schedule is approximately 16-20 weeks with 20 volunteers working each Saturday. No experience is necessary and all supervision, tools and equipment are provided. The churches participating in the Faith Build will share the cost of the home with other donor sourcesCool T-shirts will be available for reasonable fee to help with fundraising.

Our bit: On each of three scheduled workdays, 5 Hopedale friends and members will work on the house site with 10 Miami U. students, and 5 Habitat workers. We will also provide a lunch for the 20 worker/volunteers on those days. You don’t have to be a skilled house builder to participate! The Habitat workers provide the expertise and the MU student provide the oomph. People, 16 and older, can work on the house and those who are younger can help with making and serving lunch.

Dates needing a Hopedale presence

  • Nov 11, Noon- onsite Kickoff with the Crawfords. 
  • Dec 9, ALL DAY- onsite Hopedale Work Day, we provide 5 workers
  • Jan 27, ALL DAY- onsite Hopedale Work Day, we provide 5 workers
  • Mar 10, ALL DAY- onsite Hopedale Work Day, we provide 5 workers 

You can contribute in so may ways, work on the house, prepare lunch for the volunteers, make individual contributions and support fundraisers to raise the funds for Habitat. Please call Liz Woedl, 513-280-1044if you are interested in joining the effort.

(Hopedale volunteers from a previous Faith Build)

Harvey and Irma Recovery and Relief

unnamedThe last two weeks have seen two devastating and record-breaking hurricanes hit the United States. One was the wettest tropical hurricane ever recorded over the continental states, and the other was arguably the most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded in terms of sustained wind speed.

You can help: the UUSC and UUA have set up joint recovery and relief funds, and the UU College of Social Justice is collecting info on those who would like to volunteer to help with recovery efforts. Half of all funds raised will go to at-risk populations served by UUSC partners and half will support UU congregations and members most affected. Take action (clicking through leads to both Harvey and Irma funds).

The Interdependent Web

imageOn June 18, 10:30 AM, Sunday begins with a Summer Solstice-themed service led by Libby Earle. The service will be followed by a potluck lunch around 11:30 AM.

Then at 2:00-4:00 PM there will be a public screening of the National Geographic / Interfaith Power and Light documentary film “From the Ashes, Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee, HUUC.

Both events are located at the Hopedale Unitarian Universal Community, 3870 Oxford Millville Rd, Oxford, OH.

Social Justice Sundays, June and July

June and July 2017 Services

For the seventh summer in a row, Hopedale’s Social Justice Committee is planning June and July Sunday services. Our format is a little less formal than usual, and we’ll be changing things up from week to week, including three field trips. But the focus is always on the integration of Hopedale’s appreciation of the seasons as they intersect with social justice agendas and local opportunities.

This summer, we are focusing on both getting to know each other better, experiencing our local activities and interests, while also connecting with larger UUA agendas. Our first service will familiarize us with the UUA’s 2014-2018 Congregational Study/Action Issue, Escalating Inequality, and the 2016-2020 Congregational Study/Action Issue, The Corruption of Our Democracy. On June 4, we will kick off our reading of J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. Elegy is the reading book for Miami University’s first-year reading program, and Vance may be on campus for a talk in the fall. The book has gotten mixed reviews, and since Vance is writing about life in Middletown, a conversation about his family’s story and Escalating Inequality will be engaging. We will also put democracy into action by voting on candidates for the next President of the Unitarian Universalist Association—Patty Klingenberg and Genevieve O’Malley Knight will be our representatives to the UUA’s General Assembly in New Orleans at the end of June, and we’d like to give them input about how to vote.

  • June 4- Congregational Study/Action Issue: Escalating Inequality. Kickoff of reading Hillbilly Elegy. Congregational Study/Action Issue: The Corruption of Our Democracy. Congregational democracy in action—vote on candidates for next UUA President. Service leaders: Ann Fuehrer and Patty Klingenberg         
  • June 11- Field trip & Celebration to wrap up spring adult RE program, “Hungry for Change”: Tour MOON Co-op Market, purchase picnic, tour of Linda Amspaugh’s garden at 4983 Stillwell Rd, Oxford, picnic. Coordinator: Ann Fuehrer
  • June 18- Summer solstice service. Service leader: Libby Earle
  • June 25, 10:00 am- View broadcast of GA worship service. Host: Genevieve O’Malley Knight
  • July 2- Field trip: Tour Don Isaac’s nursery 108 Pierce Street, Liberty, IN. Finish with lunch at El Reparo, also in Liberty
  • July 9- Discuss first third Hillbilly Elegy;
  • July 16- Discuss second third Hillbilly Elegy
  • July 23- Field trip: Freedom Summer memorial, Western campus with Ann Elizabeth Armstrong
  • July 30- Discuss last third Hillbilly Elegy; View Appalshop film “Strangers and Kin” with Curt Ellison

Stand with Standing Rock

standing-rockWe are overwhelmed with political circus and lose sight of the real struggles in the world. Right now we are witnessing (thanks mostly to social media) a brutal militarized police response to the Water Protectors in North Dakota. We must not dismiss them as mere ‘protestors’ for they are attempting at great personal risk to protect our most precious resource: water. We must speak out against corporate greed that threatens our democracy and the planet.

The Social Justice Committee, standing on the side of love for the rights of indigenous peoples and the environment, has made a donation of $200 to the Standing Rock Camp fund at Go Fund Me http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/. Please consider making a personal donation to the camp fund or legal fund. – Libby Earle, Social Justice Committee

Atmospheric CO2

mauna-loa-observatory-0315Did you know that pollutants from oil and gas production include Methane (which is 87 times more powerful as a contributor to global warming than carbon in the atmosphere and also include major health risk toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, acetaldehyde, and ethyl benzene?

The threat is in our backyard: ¼ of all Americans living within the ½ mile threat radius of oil and gas production pollutants live in Ohio and Ohio ranks 10th nationally in total population living within threat zones.

Follow this link to an interactive map by Earthworks , the Oil and Gas Threat Map, to learn more.

Here are other very informative links on oil and gas threats.

Social Justice Committee Update

Social Justice Committee Update for September, 2016

Summer Sunday Services arranged by Ann Fuehrer were a wonderful way to keep us engaged in and nourished by community. Many thanks.

Our attempt at supplying the Oxford Pantry with green beans reminds me of some recent reading I have been doing on the Irish Potato Famine, an Gorta Mo’r. Apparently we succumbed not only to the bunnies, but generally to a bad year for beans. Thankfully our crop failure did not have such dire consequences. We will be re-examining the role of Hopedale’s community garden.

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Funding for the Lummi Nation (a UUA supported project) was successful and the totem pole is on its way! The 2016 Totem Pole Journey will travel from Bellingham, WA to Winnipeg, MB to bring attention to the threats of proposed fossil fuel projects. Follow its progress on Facebook. To learn more go to http://www.totempolejourney.com/.

Earthkeeping Summit on September 24th, 2016 10 AM – 5PM: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the Ohio State University Campus, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus, OH 43210. Please note the following outstanding event being sponsored by Ohio Interfaith Power and Light.

Plenary keynote message will be offered by Dr. Melanie Harris, leading scholar and teacher on African American Religion and Environmental Justice. A Panel Presentation and Workshops will cover engaging topics such as: water, rural, urban, and health eco-justice issues; Faith-based story-telling for social change; food security, advocacy opportunities; building a community of solar supporters; art as ritual and resistance and climate change and working as allies with communities of color.  Discover how we can work together, with hope, for climate and social justice!

Contact Ann Fuehrer if you are interested and register on line: http://www.ohipl.org/earthkeeping-summit-2016-2/

 

CINCINNATI Pride Events on Saturday, 6/25

Cincinnati Pride Parade – 11am

The parade steps off at 11am. The Parade will start at the intersection of 7th Street and Central Avenue, follow 7th Street to the intersection at Vine Street, then follow Vine Street past Fountain Square and around The Banks on 2nd/Main, before continuing onto Freedom Way and down to the festival grounds at Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove.

Cincinnati Pride Festival – Noon

The Festival begins at noon. The family fun zone returns to Yeatman’s Cove with new and fun adventures for kids of all ages. New venders and tasty food options and the first ever Cincinnati Pride Beer Garden!