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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.

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.

The interior of the present Community Choice Pantry

Sunday, June 10, Noon- This Sunday, we will gather at noon at Merry Day Park in Oxford for a potluck picnic and a facilitated conversation, “The TOPSS One Stop Shop: A Vision of Unity for Social Services”  Facilitators:  Lara Osborne and Chris Shoker. “For several years, a committed group of Oxford citizens worked hard to get a One Stop Shop for social services established in Oxford. The primary barriers were land and money. Those efforts were largely abandoned in 2013. In the meantime, the City of Oxford acquired a parcel of land within the mobile home park, Merry Day Park. The current home of the pantry is owned by St. Mary’s church, and is need of demolition. We agreed to leave by June 30, 2020.  As we did extensive research both on our customers’ needs and on possible locations, it became clear we would need to build a new building. Our then president, Edna Southard, a city council member, approached the city about building in the underutilized park. Oxford City Council passed an ordinance allowing the pantry to build on the Merry Day Park site. This presented a marvelous opportunity to begin exploring the One Stop Shop idea again. Our dream is a building that can help create social integration and reduce stigma along the 27 North corridor. We hope to unify fragmented services and reduce or eliminate the transportation barriers that hold low income people back. So the Oxford Community Choice Pantry will soon formally become TOPSS: The Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services. The TOPSS One Stop Shop is in the process of exploring collaborations and funding, and working with builders to create a proposed vision of unity to take back to city council.”

Lara Osborne is a social worker who has worked in and taught social services for over 20 years, and has been locally active on food justice issues through OEFFA, the Oxford Uptown Farmers Market, and Moon.
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Chris Shoker builds large commercial greenhouses that have 10x the yield over field grown produce without the use of pesticides, while capturing and using C02 emissions and reclaiming 99% of the water used. These innovations reduce the footprint of agriculture and protect the environment. If you’ve bought a tomato from Kroger lately, it was likely grown in an Ohio greenhouse.
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The Park has a picnic shelter and tables. Please bring your own paper goods and a potluck dish to share; drinks will be provided.  Merry Day Park is located by turning left onto Reagh Way as you are traveling north on College Corner Pike, Route 27, out of Oxford.  The Park is at the end of Reagh Way.

Next Sunday, July 17, 12pm: We’ll be back at the Hopedale UU Community for Community Potluck. Then at 12:30pm, we will examine the distorted moral narrative afterwards, hearing from Bonita Porter about gun control.

Faith Build Habitat for Humanity Projects Update

 

 

 

 

The house we started working on in November 2017 is soooo very close to completion. The driveway didn’t get poured last week so they put off the dedication until Saturday, June 9, 1pm.

The five, Oxford area churches have accomplished much during the past several months, in spite of interference from delays due to challenging weather. Thanks, everyone, for your dedication and strength.

The UU part of the work crew is next scheduled to be at Carter Court on June 30 and July 28. If you’d like to give us a hand with the build or help with lunch prep, please give me a call at 513-280-1044.

June 3, 12:30 PM- Ecological Devastation: View and discuss film “Before the Flood” (running time 1hr 35 min) at the Hopedale UU Community, 3870 Oxford Millville Rd. Oxford, OH. Hosted by Libby Earle, Chair of the Social Justice Committee, HUUC.

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