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.
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 Habitat houses 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 sources. Cool 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, 513-280-1044, if you are interested in joining the effort.
(Hopedale volunteers from a previous Faith Build)
The 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).
On 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.
June 11, 10:30 AM- 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 Road, Oxford, picnic. Coordinator: Ann Fuehrer. Meet at Hopedale UU Community to carpool, 3870 Oxford Millville Rd, Oxford.
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
We 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
Nine UU’s from three different UU congregations represented the UU Council at the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati on Tuesday evening, November 15. The purpose of the meeting was to select two important social issues for special focus during 2012.
Dot Christenson and Lee Meyer from First Church (Cincinnati) joined Liz Woedl from Hopedale (Oxford) and Joel Araujo, John Chavies, Mel Levant, Tom Lottman, Sean McBride, and MJ Pierson, all of Northern Hills for the three hour planning session. Of the religious denominations present, UU’s had the largest representation.
Approximately 90 attendees were divided into groups, with each group to examine one of five earlier identified issues. The issues studied were Education, Employment/Job Creation & Training, Homelessness/Affordable Housing, Immigration, and Regional Governance & Development.
Representatives then met in groups within their own religious denominations to discuss these issues and vote as individuals to rank the issues. Each denomination/judicatory then summarized their rankings to arrive at a single ranking offered as representative of that denomination. These were then combined to yield a total ranking, with the top two then identified as the issues that MARCC will focus on. Those two issues for 2012 are Immigration and Homelessness/Affordable Housing.
Although two issues have been identified for special focus, that does not mean that the other issues will be ignored. MARCC will be monitoring issues and may schedule meetings on items like public school funding or unemployment, too. But particular emphasis will be on the two issues identified. – Lee Meyer, November 16, 2011