CROP Walk, 9/17

Oxford’s annual CROP Walk will be held September 17, at 10:00 a.m. beginning at Millett Hall. Ending Hunger one Step at a Time is this year’s theme. When you walk, you walk with the world! Once again this year there will be the 10-kilometer walk in Bachelor Estate Woods. Or you may also choose to follow the in town course. Both of these walk options begin in front of Millett and end at the Tailgating area of Millett Hall on the walk into the MU football game.

You may also Walk on the Web! Check it out on Hopedale’s CROP Walk page. Again this year one-quarter of the money raised locally will be donated to the Oxford Choice Pantry. Information, signup and pledge forms are all also available from Liz Woedl.

Over 1 billion people are hungry worldwide. That’s one out of every seven people in the world.  Each day almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes-one every five seconds. People are hungry in the United States, too. If all 36.2 million Americans faced with food insecurity stood in line at a food pantry in New York, the line would stretch to Los Angeles and back. Twice!  – Submitted 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

Kona Community Night

When:  Wednesday, September 7, 2011, from· 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Where:  Kona Bistro, 31 W. High St., Oxford, OH

Kate Stoss and Amy Greenbaum will be tending bar at Kona (uptown Oxford) on Wednesday, September 7 from 6pm until 10pm.The Oxford Community Choice Pantry will get 100% of bar tips and 2% of the total restaurant tabs (before tips). Please spread the word.

Donations to the pantry are down and expenses are up 24% in part due to cuts to federal food programs. We could really use your support. Want to support the pantry but can’t attend the event? Donations are always welcome and may be sent to Oxford Community Choice Pantry, P.O. Box 391 Oxford, OH 45056. Thanks!  – Submitted by Liz Woedl

10 Economic Facts

We encourage you to read the policy memo Ten Economic Facts concerning immigration from The Hamilton Project sponsored by The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC.

Please write a letter to the editor of the Hamilton, Ohio newspaper the Journal News. Facts #s 3, 4, 5, 6  & 9 seem to resonate best in our locale. Please chose one section and write a letter following suggested guidelines. – Submitted by Liz Woedl

Green Screen Film Series, 10/12

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

Green Screen Film Series, 9/14

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

Polls Say “I Do”

For the first time in many years Pew Research polls indicate most people support allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally. Related polls also show shifting opinions. Those people born after 1965 show the most support for same-sex marriage. Those born before 1964 are mostly opposed but, even in this age group, support is growing.  – Submitted by Liz Woedl

Pride Abounds in Summer Events

UU Chalice on Parade in Mason, OhioThe UU Council of Greater Cincinnati sponsored the Interfaith Pride Worship Service held at St. John’s on Thursday, June 7.  Thanks to the work of Bruce Beisner and many others we filled the sanctuary and greeted participants from about 15 different faith communities.  The service was wonderful and everyone thanked we UUs for making it such an Interfaith experience.
Following the Pride Service the UUCGC had an Information Booth at both the Covington Pride event and the Cincinnati Pride event.  UUs stayed in the booth and had conversations with festival goers and gave out information about what UUism is all about.  For some, being in the booth was a new experience, but everyone seemed to have a good time hanging out.
UU participation ing the Cincinati Pride Parade featured a giant Flaming Chalice with flames attached to the top of a car representing all 6 Greater Cincinnati Congregations. The Flaming chalice also made an appearance at the Mason Heritage Parade (above). – Submitted by Liz Woedl