45th Cincinnati Pride Festival, June 23

Pride Parade, Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:00 AM, Downtown Cincinnati

You can show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community by marching in the Cincinnati Pride Parade. This is a family-friendly event; we had UU kids of all ages marching in the past. If you have a yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” tee shirt, this is a great opportunity to wear it. UUs will meet at the designated staging area.  Look for the UU float and come early to help decorate.  The “float” will be the van with the big chalice on it.  For those who cannot walk the parade route there are several spots in the van available. Look for information being updated regularly at the Cincinnati UU Meetup. https://www.meetup.com/Cincinnati-UU-Meetup Join the Meetup and updates will be emailed to you.

Parade step off is at 11:00 vehicles need to be in line by about 10 people by 10:30.  Please wear your yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” shirts and bring signs.  We will have UU signs and SSL signs. Homemade signs, especially those about transgender rights or other LGBT issues, are most welcome.  If you need shirts you can order from uuabookstore.org.  The parade ends at Sawyer Point.   For more information on marching with other UUs, contact MJ Pierson at mjpier0410@aol.com.

Info on the Parade Route: 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. Parade walkers will come enter park after end of parade route to public landing. Vehicles/Floats will empty onto the Access road of Yeatman’s Cove down the access road to Butler Street and exit down Butler Street.

Cincinnati Pride Festival UU Booth, Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove, Cincinnati

You can show support for the LGBTQ community and help people learn about Unitarian Universalism. It’s a lot of fun working a shift at the booth, talking with people, handing out information, and watching the crowd. The Pride Festival takes place at Sawyer Point and once again is free for everyone! There’s food, drinks, vendors, and entertainment to fill your Saturday afternoon with fun.  Area UU congregations work together in the information booth. Booth activity starts at the end of the parade and goes until about 9 PM. We do not have our location assigned yet but it too will be put on the UU Meetup updates. Join meetup at https://www.meetup.com/Cincinnati-UU-Meetup and we will send email updates automatically. Sign up online to help at the booth at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4ba4a822a20-pride  


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative March

Celebrate the life and the legacy of Brother Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with others in the Oxford and the Miami U. Community on Monday, January 16. This year’s theme is “Remembering the Dream: A Life Long Dedication to Excellence.” There will be a march beginning at the Uptown Memorial Park of Oxford, Ohio at 10am. The march will end at Hall Auditorium for indoor festivities. Come out and commemorate one of the most influential men in our nation’s history!

The event is sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Delta Upsilon Chapter.

Hopedale Will be Standing on the Side of Love

Members of the Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community of Oxford will join with numerous other community groups on Tuesday, October 25, to stand in opposition to the picketing Westboro Baptist Church at Miami University. Hopedale is a part of the national “Standing on the Side of Love” campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association. The campaign elevates compassionate religious voices to fight oppression.
Miami’s Spectrum group is coordinating action against the anti-gay Westboro group’s plan to picket on campus. Plans for the peaceful counter-picket event can be found at the Spectrum Website. – Submitted by Judi Hetrick

Response to Westboro Baptist Church Visit

During a four stop visit the Ohio the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) will visit Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, October 25, 2011  4:15 PM – 4:45 PM. In addition, the WBC will also picket Ohio State University and two high schools including Oak Hills H.S. in Cincinnati.

As a public response to the upcoming WBC visit, a Facebook page Unite Miami: Love is Our Resistance promotes a “community celebration of diversity and compassion in the face of the Westboro Baptist message of hatred.” This event will be on the same date Tuesday, October 25, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, at the Central Quad, Miami U. For more information please visit the Spectrum website. – Submitted by Liz Woedl

Homosexuality and the Bible

Saturdays Oct. 1, 8, and 22 the Campus Ministry Center will be hosting the workshop “Homosexuality and the Bible” from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Get a chance to read and discuss all the passages that mention homosexuality in the Bible in context. Donuts, Danishes and juice and coffee will be provided.  Rev. Mike Underhill, one of our CMC Board Members teaches the workshop which considers the Biblical passages used to “clobber” people.  All are welcome. The CMC is located at 16 S. Campus Avenue, Oxford, OH. For more information please contact the center at 513) 523-4848 or lightsoncampus@gmail.com. – Submitted by Lights on Campus and posted by Liz Woedl

Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival, 9/16

The Latin American and Caribbean UniDiverisity Festival on Friday, September 16, 5:30pm – 9:30pm, will feature cuisines from around the world, a unique repertory of music and dances, arts and crafts, children’s activities, petting of llamas and alpacas, and display of literature/panels/photo exhibits about Latin America and the Caribbean. Don’t miss the dance troupe Embajadores Peruanos and Orquesta Kandela! Sponsored by The Center for American and World Cultures. For more information about the event visit the above link or the Center’s Facebook page.  – Submitted by Liz Woedl