There was a date error in the title of the post about the Cincinnati Pride events. The correct date is June 23, 2018.

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  

 

For the eighth summer in a row, Hopedale’s Social Justice Committee is planning June and July Sunday services. Our format is less formal than usual, and we’ll be changing things up from week to week, including one field trip. But the focus is always on the integration of Hopedale’s appreciation of the season as it intersects with social justice agendas and local opportunities.

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.

In order to better open up our summer programs to others in the community, we will be gathering for refreshments at 12:00 noon, and beginning our programs at 12:30 pm. All of the programs will be at Hopedale, except for one field trip; on June 10, we will gather at noon at Merry Day Park off of Reagh Way in Oxford, for a picnic and a discussion of the new Oxford Community Choice Pantry, to be located there. 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. We will combine reading and reflection with planning for local action.

June 3- Ecological Devastation: View and discuss film “Before the Flood” (running time 1hr 35 min)

June 10- Everybody has a right to live: Picnic at Merry Day Park, discuss new Oxford Community Choice Pantry with speakers Lara Osborne and Chris Shoker from the Community Choice Pantry

June 17- The distorted moral narrative: Community Potluck at 12 noon followed by Bonita Porter speaking on Gun Control

June 24- The necessity of healing: Carolyn Forrester on The Matrix of Emotional Healing

July 1- “The Souls of Poor Folk” Overview, pp. 1-23; Barber Prologue, Ch. 1, 2

July 8- “The Souls of Poor Folk” Systemic Racism, pp. 24-39; Barber Ch. 3,4

July 15- “The Souls of Poor Folk” Community Potluck followed by discussion, Poverty & Inequality, pp. 40-67; Barber Ch. 5,6

July 22- “The Souls of Poor Folk” The War Economy & Militarism, pp. 68-88, Barber Ch. 7, 8

July 29- “The Souls of Poor Folk” Ecological Devastation & Conclusion, pp. 89-119; Barber Ch. 9 through Acknowledgments

To download “The Souls of Poor Folk” go to:  https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/audit/

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 Habitahouses 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 sourcesCool 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, 513-280-1044if you are interested in joining the effort.

(Hopedale volunteers from a previous Faith Build)

unnamedThe 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).

imageOn 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.

June and July 2017 Services

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

standing-rockWe 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

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