The Newsletter , February, 2017    
           

Solidarity

This month in worship and religious education we explore the spiritual dimensions of solidarity.  
  

Getting to Know You Gathering for NewComers
Getting to Know You is
an informal gathering on February 26, after the service, 11:45AM-12:45 AM, in the vestibule-lobby area immediately off the sanctuary. Get together with the minister, some lay leaders, and newer visitors to North Unitarian Universalist Congregation to learn more about our church, and each other. No need to RSVP! Just come join us for conversation. Led by Commissioned Lay Minister Teri Cornell.
I Can't Keep Quiet!
Join Us in Musical Activism 

This  from NUUC's Music Director Marlene Hartzler:
Rise up singing! Join voices with Central Ohio singers as we learn MILCK's anthem "I Can't Keep Quiet," the viral earworm from the Women's March on Washington. We are creating a national movement to bring musical activism through flashmob events, rallies, social media, and marches. Beyond holding signs and shouting, we SING!

All are welcome at this first rehearsal. Sheet music and audio files are available online (message me for the link) to help you practice. The group will inclusive and flexible with members learning multiple parts. Experience singing and reading music is helpful, but you can always sing the melody if not musically trained. There are parts for men too!

Please RSVP (to the facebook event page) so I have an idea how many copies of the sheet music we will need. If you aren't able to attend the rehearsal on Thursday, but want to be involved in the project, please join the Facebook page #ICantKeepQuiet - Central Ohio.

Adult Sexuality Education Retreat

You are invited to the Adult Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education Retreat at NUUC on Saturday, February 11th from 9am-4pm. We will gather in Fellowship Hall for a day of learning more about sexuality-our own and others'- through fun & engaging activities, discussions, and lessons.

Some of the topics we will cover include: sexual values and attitudes; sexual orientation and gender identity; sexuality and aging; sexual health; slang and correct terminology for sex, gender, and orientation; healthy sexual fantasy and exploration; masturbation and sexual expression with partner(s); and sexual diversity. You are welcome with all of your questions, curiosities, and experiences.

* Sign up on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall, or by contacting Katie Kuntz-Wineland at kkuntzwineland@mtso.edu. Sign ups are strongly encouraged but not required.
* Friends and community members are welcome!
* We will share a potluck lunch, so please plan to bring a dish to share. Warm beverages and light snacks will be provided.
* Feel free to dress cozy and casual, and bring a blanket for your chair if you'd like- this will be a relaxing and fun day!

(Our Whole Lives is a progressive, inclusive, sex-positive sexuality education curriculum co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. We have long offered OWL for our children and youth at NUUC, and we are proud to offer Adult OWL for the first time!)

Interested in NUUC Lay Governance?

The NUUC Nominating Committee is looking for people interested in helping to continue the UU and NUUC tradition of committed Lay Leadership.  Are you interested in serving on our Board or on the Nominating Committee?  Contact Lauren Richards:
 laurichards@hotmail.com


Sharifi Fund for Schools in Undeveloped Areas
 


NUUC friend Azin Sharifi is collecting funds to establish schools in underdeveloped areas in honor of her son, Armin Sharifi.  For the details about this fund, click here .
LifeTree Cafe to look at Muslims Living in America
LifeTree Cafe meets every Thursday at Nielsen House (1539 Franklin Street) to engage the community in conversation about relevant and vital issues.  This week, the focus will be on an intimate look at Muslims living in America.
UU Inspirational App for Android and Iphone
Illuminations, the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) first app is now available for free in the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Illuminations has over 350 Inspirational Words, a Chalice Lighter with several chalice options, and a Seven Principles Guide in English and Spanish, along with examples of the Principles in action.

The Chalice Lighter comes with five chalice designs. Tap the screen to light it and tap it again to extinguish the flame. Alternatively you can blow, near the microphone, to extinguish the flame. The 'blow' feature can be disabled if you are using the chalice lighter in noisy environments and are having trouble keeping it lit.

All of the Inspirational Words and the Seven Principles can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, and email allowing you to inspire your friends.

By default the app will deliver Timely Words to your notification bar each day. You can disable this feature or change the frequency in the settings menu.
Service Auction Coming in April..

Break out of winter and have some fun!

When? Our annual service auction will be on Saturday April 8 starting at 6 PM. This year's service auction will have the outer space theme of "A Night in the UUniverse" and will be a fun-filled evening for the whole family. So mark your calendar for an evening out of this world!

Tell me more. 
This will be a gala event with many activities for everyone - our exciting Live Auction, a Silent Auction, a Gift Basket Auction, and even a Kids Raffle Auction! In addition, there will be space-related activity booths for even more fun. We'll take time to gather as a community and celebrate with merriment and, of course, great refreshments!

What should I do now? 
I'm glad you asked. Now is the time to come up with your donation for the service auction. Think of a service to donate or something else you can provide. 

But I don't know what I can donate? Any ideas? 
● It might be a theme dinner or party you could host.
● It might be something you are skilled at doing, like music lessons, fitness training, or photography.
● It could be something you can make, like a piece of art or gourmet brisket.
● Or, you might put together a theme gift basket.
A great idea source is to look at past service auction catalogs, find an idea, and then give it your own twist. The catalogs from the past 5 years are available on the NUUC website (see weblink below). Another good idea source is our new Theme Gift Basket Idea Book, which is available in Fellowship Hall. It has pictures of many creative and fun theme gift basket ideas you could do. So put on your thinking cap, be creative, even surprise us, and come up with your donation.

What else do I need to know? 
The deadline for donations is Mon. Mar. 6th. You can submit your donation by using either the paper donation form available in Fellowship Hall or you can use the online All-In-0ne Donation/Volunteer Form found at www.nuuc.org/service-auction/ . Also, at this weblink, you can see previous catalogs, FAQ, and other service auction info.

If I have a question, who can I ask? 
For questions about your donation, contact Chris Aultman (chris.aultman@gmail.com or 614-365-0944), who is working on the service auction catalog. Or, you can talk to one of the members of the planning team, or as they are called, The Service Auction Magic Makers (SAMMs), who are Dee Burlison, Lynn Foreman, Marty Keith, Trina Timson, and Bob Keith (chair).

With your help, let's make this the best service auction ever. Get ready for "A Night in the UUniverse!



 
Social Justice News

THIS MONTH'S LOOSE CHANGE OFFERING: Our recipient in February will be COMMON GROUND FREE STORE, 193 E. Central Avenue, Delaware, OH 43015. Common Ground Free Store Ministries is a partnership between Delaware County churches, business, civic organizations and caring citizens. In addition to our Loose Change, NUUC will also be collecting material items to donate during the month of February.   What Exactly is a Free Store? It's a place where everything is free-clothing, shoes, diapers and linens, to small appliances, books and toys. There are no income requirements, no questions and no scrutiny; only the support of people who care. God's mercy does not come with a price tag.   Why is a Free Store so Important? The need is great. Nearly 2,200 residents of Delaware live below the poverty line; many are under age 18 or over age 65. In a single six-month period, 74 families were identified as homeless.    Common Ground's help doesn't stop with free clothing and household items. Common Ground partners with other local service agencies to provide new hope and new starts through referrals to other agencies in the community.   Common Ground Free Store Ministries gladly accepts clothing and household items. Clothing must be SEASONAL. All clothing and linens should be clean and in good shape with no holes, stains or odors. Small appliances need to be in good working order. You can also donate unopened personal care items including sample sizes of shampoo, toothpaste, etc. For a complete list of needed material donations, go to the Common Ground website or look on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.    Leave your donations in the designated box in Fellowship Hall during the month of February.

PROJECT LINUS IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH: Project Linus began in 1995 after Karen Loucks saw an article in Parade Magazine about a little girl who was comforted through her chemotherapy treatment by her blanket. Karen and some of her friends began making blankets and donating them to children at the local cancer care center. Since then, Project Linus has given over 6,300,000 blankets to children worldwide in a variety of stressful situations. Their name is taken from the Peanuts character that is never without a blanket of his own. During February and March, Brad Bushman will coordinate an effort by NUUC "blanketeers." You will have the opportunity to provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. All blanket styles are welcome, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. This year, some of the Horizon women at the Ohio Reformatory for Women will be making blankets to add to those made by our congregation. For more information, see the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall, visit the Project Linus website Project Linus or contact Brad Bushman at bushman.20@osu.edu or 740-548-0278.

UU JUSTICE OHIO: Looking for ways you can get involved in social justice actions? Join UU Justice Ohio, subscribe to the newsletter, or visit the website http://www.uujo.org/ and Facebook page. Find out about regional workshops, contacting your legislators, and local actions to support issues related to our UU values. See the bulletin board for recent UUJO newsletters and alerts.

INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OHIO: The Turkish American Society of Ohio (TASO) Women's Club cordially invites you to another Ladies Coffee Night event on Saturday, February 4th , between 5pm - 7pm. In this event, you will get to hear about Muslim's daily prayer; why we do it, how we do it, the wisdom behind it, what some challenges are in our daily lives, etc. Questions will be answered as always. We will have wonderful Turkish dishes, tea and Turkish coffee served in traditional cups. The event is free of charge, but rsvp is needed for planning purposes. Please send your rsvp to tasowomen@tasoohio.org. We are also offering Turkish Cooking Classes. See flyers on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

REPURPOSING PLASTIC BAGS: Sometimes we forget to bring our reusable bags to the store and end up with plastic bags. Now you can donate your plastic bags to the Ohio Reformatory for Women where inmates are making sleeping mats for homeless people. To make the mats, inmates cut the bags into strips, link those strips into circles, then roll them into a yarn-like ball. They knit the strips into chains, and then link all the chains together. It can take up to 90 hours and 600 to 800 bags to complete a mat. The Vineyard, a Columbus church, distributes the mats to homeless people living in camps through its urban ministry program. Crocheting the mats gives the women purpose and meaningful activity by teaching them they can take care of someone else and the Earth. You can leave your plastic bags in the designated bin next to the office in Fellowship Hall.

DONATING YARN AND SCRAPS OF MATERIAL FOR PROJECT LINUS: Some of the women in Horizon are working on service projects including knitting or crocheting items for charitable groups or making quilts. One of their projects will be to make blankets for NUUC's Project Linus. They greatly appreciate donations of yarn, scraps of material, or patterns that you no longer need.
UUSC FAIR TRADE COFFEE: Shop for delicious Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate after the service on February 12, 2017. Your purchase of Fair Trade products means that workers along the supply chain are provided a living wage. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) supports a number of worker-owned, local producers who are in danger of being replaced with multinational corporations that have little respect for workers' rights. Making consumer choices that are aligned with our UU Principles is one way to help create a more just world community.
 
Adult Enrichment Programs


We are in the midst of winter, but Adult Enrichment will be warming up February with new and continued opportunities.

I (Marty Keith) am excited to report that our congregation's new Women's Group plans to meet Monday, January 30, at 6:30 in Fellowship Hall, not only to get acquainted via "Thick Stories" (meaningful tales and memories about ourselves), but also to organize as we move into February and beyond. For example, because Monday evenings are not ideal for everybody who is interested, we'll look at the practicality of shifting the meeting times a bit. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday evenings are the favored times, I found. Some months we may gather on the third or fourth Friday...or Tuesday instead of Monday...OR (this idea already has met with approval) we will pick a Sunday during the month and head out to lunch after coffee hour! We will have a topic to discuss, of course. I simply want everyone identifying as a woman to have the chance to attend as often as possible. Please make sure I have your email address/phone number so I can keep you up to date, especially if you cannot come January 30. I'll let you know the date of February's get-together-most likely during the third or fourth week of the month-as soon as I can after it is decided.

As for format and future topics, to begin with, the structure will resemble that of a covenant group, probably becoming less formal over time. I'm suggesting the concept of "Shadow" for our second meeting. Joseph Campbell wrote: "The Shadow is the landfill of the self. Yet it is also a sort of vault. It holds great, unrealized potentialities within you." What undeveloped aspects of your personality have been relegated to your shadow? Who or what helped to put those qualities in shadow? March's subject could be "Sanctuary" or "Resilience." At present, my source books are the Christine Robinson and Alicia Hawkins series "for reflection and sharing": Heart to Heart, Soul to Soul, and Listening Hearts; and Sue Monk Kidd's books, notably The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, The Secret Life of Bees, and The Mermaid's Chair. Parts of Gregg Braden's The Divine Matrix have been enlightening, and I've enjoyed a book about the history of the treatment of women in films. It's all interesting! I have many ideas for topics, and I know other women also will have some and can suggest additional books for us.

The on-going Adult Enrichment activity, "Mindful Writing" is doing well. Interest in the group continues to expand, and we have been having a good turn-out: enough so that we can enjoy different writing styles and not so many that everyone's thoughts cannot be heard. For the past few months we've taken a "potluck" approach to topics. We all bring in writings on whatever subjects appeal to us. Some people are putting together collections of themed prose and poetry and memoirs, or are exploring new genres. We're doing another such literary potluck for our February meeting, which will be on February 15. Mindful Writing meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!