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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:

The Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community has been building a reputation for thoughtful leadership in the greening of Oxford and Southwestern Ohio. We have done this through various aspects of our Green Sanctuary programs: Sunday morning services on earth stewardship, our community garden, the 2nd Wednesday Green Screen film series, and our involvement with other faith traditions in advancing the UU principle of Earth Care. These relationships have been taken up in one particular form, the Interfaith Climate Change Work Group (ICCWG). In it representatives from five other Oxford denominations have worked with five of us from HUUC to create and distribute educational materials promoting fossil fuel conservation and use of alternative energies.

One booklet we have written describes the very large number of Oxford initiatives that illustrate the new energy era we live in. Publication of these materials cost modest sums, which individuals, the Social Justice Committees of other churches, and groups such as Miami Valley Audubon have supported. Hopedale should try to support these publications too. We expect to need up to $700 for what we call the Earth Care Education Fund through the upcoming summer and fall. Please help, if you can, by supporting the Fourth Sunday Special Collection on April 22.

The Hopedale UU Community has rented part of its basement classroom area to the MOON Co-op for many years. MOON is moving to a new location and the soft opening of the MOON Co-op Market is scheduled for Oct 31, 2011 at Tollgate Mall, South Locust St. in Oxford. We will miss our tenants but we are proud to recognize that the organization achieved its goals of growth, support and storefront presence.

MOON Co-op, along with cosponsor OEFFA, will be hosting Oxford’s 5th ANNUAL HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 9, 2011, 1:30 PM until 5:30 PM, at the Oxford uptown park at High and Main Streets.  There will be good food, educational info, children’s activities and more.  – Submitted by Liz Woedl

End of Suburbia, Wednesday, October 12, 7:00p.m. at the Oxford Community Arts Center

After World War II North Americans invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream. But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are emerging about the sustainability of this way of life. The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the people of suburbia react? Are today’s suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done individually and collectively, to deal with The End of Suburbia? (78 min.)

Free and sponsored by the OXFORD INTERFAITH CLIMATE CHANGE WORK GROUP (ICCWG), a coalition of area churches and concerned individuals working on the issue of climate change and earth stewardship. – Submitted by Liz Woedl

How to Boil a FrogWednesday, September 14, 7:00p.m. at the Oxford Community Arts CenterHow to Boil a Frog is a comedic documentary about Overshoot: too many people using up too little planet much too fast. Yes, we’ve taken the kind of material that makes people jump off bridges, put it in a blender, and churned out a Smoothie o’ Fun that gives you the Big Picture of what the hell is going on with our so-called civilization, and tells you what you and I can do about it that will not only actually make a difference (no light bulbs!) but also make our lives better right now! More fun! More friends! It’s a bargain! (90 min.)

Free and sponsored by the OXFORD INTERFAITH CLIMATE CHANGE WORK GROUP (ICCWG), a coalition of area churches and concerned individuals working on the issue of climate change and earth stewardship. – Submitted by Liz Woedl

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