The Newsletter  August 2018   
           


A note from Adult Enrichment

I, Marty Keith, contact person for Adult Enrichment, helped hosts organize this past spring's "Eat and Meet" dinners, the last of which occurred in June at the home of Tracy Steinbrenner and Dan Bare. These dinners give opportunities for established NUUC members and newcomers alike to become better acquainted. Next march, watch for bulletins announcing more "Eat and Meet" galas!
 
Also, after not having our usual session in June, taking time to read Naomi Alderman's novel Disobedience, the Women's Group met July 26 to begin discussing the book. We'll continue exploring it for the next few meetings. On August 23 (the month's fourth Thursday), at 6:30 in Fellowship Hall, the group will consider what Alderman says about change, loss, and self-sacrifice, as well as how we feel about the novel's ending (is it realistic?), and whether or not Disobedience helped us learn anything about ourselves. Other future topics might be routines, rituals, and shadow lives, "forgiveness" in general, and information about Orthodox Judaism.
 
In addition, on July 11, Rev. Ritchie offered a class on Unitarian Universalist history. She will have a second class, Unitarian Universalist Theology, August 1, 7:00-8:30, in Fellowship Hall.



We have a new zero turn mower!  

The cost was totally funded by a very generous donation from Gary and Ruth Rusk, plus a generous donation from John and Lynn Foreman.  A big thank you goes to the Rusks and Foremans!  The Building & Grounds Committee is requesting help with the mowing.  We would like to get 1-2 volunteers each month from the congregation to mow just one time during the season.  The other weeks will be handled by B&G Committee volunteers.  We can provide training on using the zero turn mower.  If you're interested, you can sign up on the mowing schedule posted in Fellowship Hall.  Contact Bob Keith if you have any questions.


News from your Steering Committee....


NOT TO BE MISSED!

The Steering Committee hopes that you'll mark your calendar to attend the Town Hall and straw poll scheduled for August 5 immediately following the service. We plan to keep the meeting to an hour. In light of this, and considering that there have been five opportunities for congregants to express their opinions or ask questions of the Steering Committee, there will be 30 minutes allotted for questions, with a time limit of two minutes per speaker. For your own reference, please bring your copies of the plans, cost estimates and the Case for Support that are published on NUUC's website here.  

Following the question period, the straw poll will be conducted. This poll will allow each person present to rank her/his first, second and third choice among the options. From this poll we will be able to determine which of the three concepts is preferred by attendees and therefore will be used by our financial feasibility consultant to conduct his study later this month.

During our conversations with congregants we have become aware that there is some disappointment that none of the three concepts includes all three top priorities that emerged in our architect's conversations with congregants earlier this year. Having the benefit of the construction company estimates has brought into clearer view the financial reality of this project. This has made it necessary for the committee to think of this project as phase one of a larger project that could be done over several years, should the congregation choose to do so. You will notice that on the concepts hanging in Fellowship Hall we have added the dotted lines the architect included in his original concept drawings. These indicate possible expansion phases for each concept.

In our conversations with folks, we have heard your thoughts and we understand that there are some whose disappointment leads them to prefer a "none of the above" option in the poll. In line with our UU principle honoring the democratic process and in order to be responsive to this concern, if "none of the above" is your preference, please feel free to write that in on the polling sheet. In that case there would be no need for you to mark a preference for any other option. To be transparent in our work, we want to explain that if "none of the above" is chosen as the congregation's preference the financial feasibility study would not go forward and the work of the Steering Committee would be at an end. It would then be up to the Board of Trustees to determine what, if any, the next steps would be.

This is a time of opportunity and responsibility, hope and concern. We believe in this congregation and our possibilities going forward. Please plan to attend the Town Hall so we can work together toward our future.

--Your Steering Committee


Social Justice News

ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE:
 
It's back to school!  In Delaware, the first day of school is August 15th.  NUUC members and friends have an opportunity to help others by participating in the annual School Supply Drive to benefit students who are served by the Delaware County Juvenile Probation Program.  The donation of school supplies is one way for the congregation to express its belief in the importance of education to a group of students who are at higher than average risk for failing and dropping out of school. This program serves approximately 150 middle school and high school students, ranging in age from 13 to 19.   A collection box for school supplies will be available at the church in Fellowship Hall through Sunday, August 12th.  The needed items are book bags appropriate for middle school and high school boys, paper, pens, pencils and folders. Your donation of school supplies, or money to purchase supplies, will be greatly appreciated.Our Loose Change Offering on August 12th will be donated to the Delaware County Juvenile Probation Program school supply drive.If you choose to donate money, please write your check to NUUC and put "School Supplies" on the memo line. This can be dropped in the offering basket or mailed to: NUUC, P.O. Box 541, Lewis Center, OH 43035. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Mattox at 614-204-4184 or dimattox@gmail.com.  Thank you for your continued support!

INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OHIO (IACO) 26th ANNUAL MAIN EVENT DINNER: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the International Academy of Columbus, 2439 Fuji Drive, Columbus, OH 43229. Doors open at 4:30pm, program begins at 5:00pm. Keynote speaker will be Ms. Rachel Brown on COUNTERING THE LANGUAGE OF VIOLENCE. Rachel Brown was a Simon-Skjodt Center Genocide Prevention Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2014. She used her fellowship to conceptualize and author the Defusing Hate guide and workbooks, which she now draws from to provide technical support to organizations and assess new opportunities for pilot projects.  For more information, see the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or visit the IACO Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/InterfaithOhio or website http://iaco.org/.
 
INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OHIO (IACO) Helping Central Ohio Homeless: Join representatives from other faith communities to help serve meals at the Van Buren Shelter, 595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, 43223, from 5:30 PM (introduction and tour) to 7:45 PM on Sunday, August 26th. If you are interested in joining the other IACO members who are volunteering, please contact Gwyn Stetler at  gwyn.stetler@ymcacolumbus.org. This is a great opportunity to serve those in need AND to get to know people from other faith traditions. In July, we had volunteers from the Jain, Islamic, UU, and Christian faith traditions. For more information, see the SAC bulletin board or ask Pam Patsch.
 
UU JUSTICE OHIO: Looking for ways to get involved in social justice actions? UU Justice Ohio provides a variety of opportunities to take action on issues aligned with our UU Principles including voter rights and registration, mass incarceration, the war against poverty, immigration, LGBTQ rights, and much more. Check out the UUJO Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UUJusticeOhio and website https://www.uujo.org/ to learn more. Or ask the executive director (and NUUC member) Rev. Joan Van Becelaere uujoanvanb@gmail.com.