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JANUARY 2021
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OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES
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Sundays at 11:00 AM
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Please note the following:
1. This service will be recorded and/or live-streamed to Facebook. If you do not want to be included in the recording, please turn off your camera, mute your microphone, and change your name to "MVUUF" (these are all Zoom options once you join the meeting).
2. If you would like to submit an announcement, joy, or sorrow for the service, please email Rev. Kellie by 10:00 PM on the prior Saturday evening (minister @mvuuf.org).
WORSHIP FOR THE WEARY
Thursdays, 6:30 PM
We continue to offer this shorter, more reflective service as a way of providing a bit of peace and comfort during these trying times. We "gather" on Zoom for music, readings, and reflection.

We do hope you'll join us by using the link below:

Meeting ID: 958 9428 2191 (no passcode needed)
STAFF NOTES
MESSAGE FROM REV. KELLIE
My Dear Ones,

Happy New Year!

I continue to hold you all in my heart and pray for your health, safety, and happiness each week. I hope this brings you some comfort in the middle of this devastating storm of political insurrection and global pandemic.

As I mentioned in my Christmas Eve message (which was prompted by another email spoof attempt), I know this holiday season has been especially hard for most of us. We are separated from most of our loved ones. Some of us have lost loved ones this year. Some of us are exhausted by juggling the demands of parenthood and career which have been made even more difficult with remote learning. Some of us are exhausted working on the front lines in retail, service, education, and healthcare. Some of us are exhausted from the stress of unemployment and/or financial uncertainty. Some of us are exhausted from loneliness and physical distance. 

In the process of writing this letter, I pulled out my Forum letter from December 2019. Like I just said, so many things are different and yet—and yet—so much remains the same. Back then, I apologized for delaying our newsletter even though I had fewer excuses than these days, hehe. I also shared some of my sources of unexpected joy, awe, and gratitude, which have surprisingly reappeared this year. 

My son, Matt, started high school this year and turned 15 at the end of November. He’s now over 5’10” (when we moved here in August 2018, Matt was my height of 5’3”). I continue to be amazed by how he has grown on BOTH the inside AND outside. My favorite part of the Christmas holiday this year was all the time we spent playing Magic the Gathering card games. He is still one of my VERY favorite human beings. 

Not only has Matt grown by leaps and bounds since we moved here, so has our 3-year old Moroccan Uromastyx (spiny-tailed lizard), Pancake. We took Pancake in for his annual wellness exam over Winter Break and discovered he is in perfect health and has grown from 1 kilogram to 9 kilograms since we moved. Now of course, Matt is trying to talk me into adopting a miniature crocodile (I wish I was joking).

In my December 2019 letter, I officially introduced Ivers to you as my romantic partner. Just a month later, I informed you of our December 30, 2019 wedding. Now one year later, we’ve just celebrated our first Christmas as a family (Matt was with his father for Christmas in 2019) AND our first wedding anniversary. One of the few bright spots of the last 10 months of physical distancing has been spending 24/7 with Ivers—continuing to fall in love with him as he builds a relationship with Matt and our relationship deepens. I have indeed been surprised by joy!

As some of you may remember, last August, I wrote that I was going to take a break from writing my Forum columns and continue to find new ways to connect and communicate with you. I explained that I was trying to figure out a way to slow down from my metaphorical 75 mph in a 50 mph zone and focus more on self-care and balance. The more things change, the more they stay the same, right? 

In the hopes that I would better be able to take my weekly day off, I have switched my study (worship prep) day and my off day. Now, my study day is Tuesday and my off day is Friday. I have established set hours for text messages and calls: 9am to 8pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I started using an online scheduling tool so I am more accessible to you, my congregants. All of the info for this scheduler is in my email messages and in the section below my signature. I also am tracking my hours daily in the hopes I can reduce them from 55-70 hours per week down to 45-50 hours a week. 

Most importantly, my biggest New Year’s resolution is to offer myself more self-compassion and less self-criticism, lowering my expectations of myself. In my third year of shared ministry with you, I am learning that I cannot please everyone (duh, right?) and have decided to focus incorporating my spiritual practices on self-compassion and acceptance. I believe that increasing my self-acceptance and non-judgement is crucial to finally allowing myself to slow down for more than a day or a week of vacation.

One of the chief rules of healthy professional ministry is that congregations should not worry about their ministers’ health, physical or mental. While I don’t normally believe in “shoulds,” I know that this “should” is one I must follow. I do not want you to worry about me or worry about asking me for support. I believe we are building a healthy and thriving ministry together! 

I encourage you also to make space and time for yourself—for quiet and solitude—for rest and nourishment—for your body, mind, heart, and Spirit. As I mentioned at the beginning of my letter, we are continuing to hold a great deal: the grief and despair brought by the pandemic and the anger and fear brought by the continued State attacks on Black Americans and our very American Constitution. 

This is an especially good time to deepen your spiritual practice of letting go and holding on. Each December/January, we practice and celebrate this spiritual practice with our annual Fire Communion worship service (transformed into Hot Cocoa Communion this year ala Zoom). If you don’t have any marshmallows and hot cocoa, a pencil and piece of paper can work just as well.

When it is darkest and coldest, it can be difficult to find God, Spirit, or that which is unnamed and greater than ourselves. It can be even more difficult to have faith and trust that we are held and supported by something larger than ourselves. Please remember that you are not alone. You are held by a Love that will not let you go. This is one of the foundations of our Unitarian Universalist faith. 

If you look for it, you will find this Love surrounding you even now. It is our smiles during and after our services. It is the phone call to a friend who is struggling. It is the text message to check in with a friend you think might be impacted by current events. It is the petitions we sign to create a more equitable and just country. I pray that we can continue to find and create ways to spread this unstoppable Love through deep connection and the hard work of justice. I have faith that we can and will. 

Sending you love, strength and unexpected joy in this new year!

With much gratitude and love,
Kellie

Rev. Kellie Kelly
Mobile (847) 804-4614
Email minister@mvuuf.org
Appointment Scheduler calendly.com/kellieuukelly

How and When to Reach Me:
·     The best way to reach me is to text or call my mobile phone between 9am and 8pm on my office days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. 
·     You can also schedule a quick call (15 minutes) or longer meeting/visit via Zoom or phone (60 minutes) with me online: calendly.com/kellieuukelly
·     Please do not call or text me on other days unless you are experiencing a pastoral emergency: Sunday is "Church," Tuesday is my study day (worship prep), and Friday is my Sabbath. 
·     Thank you for helping me take the time I need to stay healthy as your minister!

What I’ve Been Reading, Listening to, and Watching:
·     Washington Post 
·     Dayton Daily News 
·     Widening the Circle of Concern: Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change
o  This year’s Congregational Read Discussion starts Saturday, January 16th
·     Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women by Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu
·     As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker
·     Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
·     Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo
·     Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
·     The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
·     Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
·     American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
·     The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
·     The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade by Thomas Lynch
·     The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
·     The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
·     The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice by Staci Haines and Ai-Jen Poo
·     The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
·     The Hidden Brain (podcast)
·     Vikings (Amazon Prime and History Channel)
·     Grimm (Amazon Prime; NBC)
·     The Forsyte Saga (Masterpiece and PBS)
·     The Crown (Netflix)
·     The Musketeers (BBC)
·     Jamestown (PBS)
·     The Trouble with Maggie Cole (PBS)
SHOWING UP FOR JUSTICE
JOIN OUR AFFILIATED COMMUNITY MINISTER, REV. ALICE, AND
BUILDING FREEDOM ALLIANCE
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19th, 3:00 PM
The “Can We Talk?” coalition of organization and faith leaders has changed thanks to the participation of its members.  We hold a vision of organizing and support for people who have been incarcerated, their families, and those affected by the criminal legal system.  Our role is to hear the concerns raised by those affected by the system, build a community that works to support the changes desired by those affected, and to change systems by relating, educating, and organizing for their agenda.
 
The Ohio Organizing Collaborative has formed two groups to do this work. Building Freedom Ohio is a group of people who have been impacted directly by incarceration. This group works through the most pressing issues and sets the agenda for action. Building Freedom Alliance is a group of allies who will work to educate and organize around that agenda. Now we need to begin to relate. Can we count on you? Can the Building Freedom Ohio leaders and families count on you?
 
Please join us on Tuesday, January 19 at 3:00 pm by Zoom to build and strengthen this organization and its work. The agenda for that meeting will include:
  1. Emerging post-election issues for allies?
  2. What does a "safe on ramp" look like to you?
  3. What skill sets do you need?
  4. Ideas for a service project for the families of restored citizens?
 
Register in advance for this meeting:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
JOIN REV. KELLIE AND UU JUSTICE OHIO (UUJO)
Widening the Circle of Concern - 2-Part Theology Workshop
Thursdays January 21st and 28th, 7-8:30 PM
In this time of restlessness and uncertainty, a yearning for real change becomes increasingly insistent. Are you looking for a path forward for Living Our Values in the World? Would you like to discuss these matters guided by UU Voices of Color?

Come explore "Widening the Circle of Concern!" This is a ground-breaking report and call to action released by our Unitarian Universalist Commission On Institutional Change (COIC)* in June, 2020.

Join UUJO Board members and allies (including our very own Rev. Kellie) for two 90-minute sessions in January.  We will look at the chapter on "Theology" in Widening the Circle of Concern--understanding the content, looking at action options, sharing what is working, and creating ideas for your congregation to use in working toward racial justice.  

When: Thursday Nights, January 21st and 28th, 7-8:30pm
Why: Honoring 3 years of COIC* work with action
Who: You and other members of your congregation and all who are interested
Where: Please register for Zoom information and reading materials:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We are on a journey toward redemption. We have lived a year filled with lamentation… with the strength of generations, the failures of the everyday, and the deep-down gritty messiness that is the promise of our salvation. There is inherent goodness that exists between and among us. I want to honor the weary, ragged miracle that is our living tradition.”
—Rev. Dr. Sofia Betancourt, Service of the Living Tradition, 2018

Such ambiguity and a concomitant tentativeness in articulating what we are about religiously is presently perhaps our greatest liability and the greatest obstacle to Unitarian Universalism achieving the fulfillment of its potential as an empowering and liberating faith for the twenty-first century. The fear that any such articulation somehow threatens the integrity or right of conscience of any individual is institutionally disabling and must be overcome by mutual trust and a sense of common purpose, the belief that we are joined together in religious association for more than merely instrumental reasons.
—Rev. Earl Holt, Commission on Appraisal presentation to the 2005 General Assembly
BELOVED CONVERSATIONS
Deadline to Register is Sunday, January 31st
"Beloved Conversations is a program for Unitarian Universalists seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice. In Beloved Conversations, we are here to heal the impact of racism on our lives, in order to get free together."
The Social Action Committee received support from the Board to bring this program to MVUUF. We want to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the first semester of the program, which focuses on individual, personal work we all need to do as we engage racial justice. The program has been completely redeveloped for on-line participation and there are currently 1200 people around the country enrolled! The program includes readings, music, lessons, and discussion groups with meetings every two weeks. Registration opens in February and the program starts in March and wraps up in May. We hope MVUUF members and friends will commit to full participation, and we will have our own discussions to accompany this program.

Please view this comprehensive description; there is a cost to participate in this program and MVUUF will receive a 10% discount if we have ten or more registrants. The cost to the individual is $150. Due to the quantity discount, we are asking you to let Rev. Alice Diebel know if you wish to participate BEFORE you register. MVUUF has budgeted limited funds for the program. We encourage people to pay their own way if they are able so we might use the funds for people committed to participating in the program but feel the cost is prohibitive. 

Please contact Rev. Alice no later than Sunday, January 31st at this confidential https://forms.gle/cuJVhuw8fnRxFx7A6; or contact her directly at diebelalice@gmail.com
IMMIGRATION ACTION GROUP
First Sunday Each Month
Sunday, February 7th, 12:30 PM
Are you interested in supporting those who have come to our country searching for a better life? Do you believe all humans have a right to live in a safe environment? Then we'd like to suggest attending a meeting of our MVUUF Immigration Action Group. One specific way to help is with food and supplemental item deliveries. We do this with the Miami Valley Immigration Coalition, and volunteers are much needed now to deliver this support.

Our MVUUF Immigration Action Group meets on the first Sunday of every month, 12:30 PM, on Zoom, and the meeting is open to ALL. Why not join them and see how you can help?
 
To join the meeting online with Zoom please use the link below:

Passcode is: 100025  Meeting ID: 845 0612 0783
WEST DAYTON ACTION GROUP
First Tuesday Each Month
Tuesday, February 2nd, 6:30 PM
If you are concerned by the conditions of our siblings living in West Dayton, please consider attending our West Dayton Action Group. They meet--on Zoom--the first Tuesday of every month, and have already developed and participated in several actions to benefit those living on the west side of town.

Find out more by contacting Bob Lewis, bobslewis@hotmail.com.
ST. VINCENT de PAUL LUNCH
Second Saturday Each Month
Saturday, January 9th 10:30 AM
Thanks to all those who have donated funds and all those who have been willing to provide extra large batches of menu items as we continue with the COVID-19 plan we began back in April.   We ask MVUUF members and friends to provide beef or ground turkey sloppy joe sandwich filling,  salad and fresh fruit, and to deliver or arrange with Lynn Buffington for pick up.  The food service director has told us that the sloppy joe menu is very popular with residents and he hopes we will continue that menu. 

Please note changes in delivery times and new drop off spot due to creation of a St. V. central kitchen on Edwin C. Moses Blvd.  We will now drop off all Saturday lunch food on Fridays between 8 am and 5 pm. 

For COVID safety we will continue to deliver to an outside door, but at the new address, and the hard working St. Vincent's staff will serve the meal. Please check the signup genius for how you might help and please pay careful attention to the labeling instructions and new drop off location.  To access SignUpGenius click HERE.
 
Because of the expense of large “batches,” we are reimbursing cooks and shoppers for ingredients.  We accept financial donations for this purpose.  You may donate by sending a check made out to MVUUF with memo line "St. Vincent's." Please mail to 8690 Yankee St, Dayton 45458. Because MVUUF still needs our funds for operating expenses, more than ever, please only donate for St. Vincent's if you are able to also continue to contribute to MVUUF operating expenses. You can contact Lynn with questions, including about reimbursement process, and suggestions:  ABUFFLG@Gmail.com cell: 937-657-0426.
TRANSGENDER ALLIANCE GROUP
Second Thursday Each Month
Thursday, January 14th, 7:00 PM
MVUUF's Transgender Alliance Group meets each month on the second Thursday; this month, they'll gather (on Zoom!) on Thursday, January 14th from 7-8:30 PM. Our Transgender Alliance Group is a supportive place of community for transgender folx and their allies. 

For more information, please email René Hick,  rene@hickfamily.net. 

To join the Zoom meeting online, click below

Passcode: 774615 Meeting ID: 841 0786 6724
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Third Monday Each Month
Monday, January 18th, 6:30 PM
Our Social Action Committee offers many different ways for you to "be the change" you'd like to see in the world: immigration action, St. Vincent lunches, improving conditions in west Dayton, literacy & tutoring projects, and the list goes on.

If you would like to join them, feel free to join their next meeting, on Monday, January 18th, beginning at 6:30 PM on Zoom.

To join the Zoom Meeting online, click below:

Passcode: 613674 Meeting ID: 850 2242 9356
ANTI-RACISM ALLY GROUP
Fourth Thursday Each Month
Thursday, January 28th, 7:00 PM
There has been a lot of turmoil around racism in our country, state, and city. Are you a white person with questions, ideas, concerns or just want to have discussions about what is going on? We also welcome anyone who identifies as Black, Indigenous and all People of Color (BIPOC).

Each meeting allows for learning, active practice being allies, open discussion, and creating actions we can take to follow and support BIPOC in our congregation as well as residents in the larger community. Meetings normally take place the fourth Thursday evening of the month.

If you have questions, you are welcome to contact Bill at rossviva@hotmail.com or Kristen at KristenBeireis@gmail.com 

You can join them on Thursday, January 28th, 7:00 PM, with the following link:

Meeting ID: 810 0062 5437 Passcode: 306008
MOVIES FOR THE SEASON OF NONVIOLENCE
Fridays of January 29th, February 26th, March 26th, 7:00 PM
The Season for Nonviolence, launched at the United Nations in 1998, marks the annual 64 calendar days between the memorial anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on January 30th and that of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th. MVUUF has honored this season in various ways for the past 10-15 years.
It seems like ideas of nonviolence and nonviolent resistance are needed now more than ever, and it is timed well with our Peace Heroes Trail. This year, the MVUUF Social Action Committee will show three movies that highlight people and actions that reflect nonviolence and social change. These movies will be on the last Friday of each month: January, February and March at 7:00 pm. In the meantime, we invite you to visit the Gandhi Institute website for tools and resources about this season. You can also develop a daily practice of 64 nonviolent reflections by visiting http://www.agnt.org/node/131.
AROUND THE FELLOWSHIP
UNSUNG HERO
At its December meeting, the Program Council (PC) was delighted to recognize Dennis Kay as an MVUUF Unsung Hero.

If you attended the Sunday, December 6th Wassail Service, you probably wondered who was flawlessly switching from speaker to music to video to singing to reader to…the techie behind the scenes that day was Dennis, and it was his first time acting as Participant Co-host! Kudos to him for volunteering to be part of the team and tackling such a complicated service for his first time!
In addition to the tech team, Dennis has given much time to the West Action Committee, tutoring children at Westwood Elementary School, distributing books, and putting together resource materials for the Wesley Center baby shower. In addition, he helped with UU the Vote, the Audio-Visual team when we were in the building and is a member of the Environmental book discussion group. He also helps deliver food to immigrants affected by COVID-19 and has lent his time and energy to disaster relief after the Dayton tornado.

Dennis is unassumingly involved in a variety of areas. We thank him for all he does to help make this the loving community it is.
PEACE HEROES TRAIL
OPEN NOW
MVUUF is now home to the USA’s first Peace Heroes Trail! Whoo-hoo!

Rev. Kellie cut the ribbon to open the Peace Heroes Trail on Tuesday, December 15th. Come visit MVUUF in person to see this beautiful new addition to our campus. Signs are all at least 6 feet apart, and outside, so it's a COVID-safe activity. AND it is fully accessible, so you can stroll this trail with a stroller or in a wheelchair.

MVUUF planned a Spring 2020 campaign to support MVUUF’s ongoing peace literacy programming http://www.21cplf.org/mvuuf with a Peace Heroes Walk downtown Dayton in the month of May. Like so much else last year, our campaign began strong, then had to pause and adapt. Instead of inviting crowds of people to attend an in-person event, we created a Peace Heroes Trail that MVUUF and community can visit any time. We also raised more than $25,000 for peace literacy education! 

Vast thanks to our 2020 organizing team: Catherine Queener (affectionately called CQ by friends), Garlene Hamilton, Rev. Kellie Kelly, Jerry Leggett, and Bill Ross – and a virtual standing ovation for Peace Hero team captains: Lynn Buffington, Gary Courts, Rachel Feltner, Patsy Ferrell & Jerry Leggett, Garlene Hamilton, Mary Hamilton, Jerry Jenkins, Bob Lewis, Jen Linck, Lisa McGurk, Don Nguyen, Bill Ross, Cameron Smith, Richard Sugarman, Bea Walther, and Maury Wycoff!

We are saving Rev. Kellie's blessing of the Peace Heroes Trail for a time when the weather will warm and it will be safer to gather. Stay tuned for info on Rev. Kellie's blessing and the 2021 Peace Hero Campaign!
MVUUF's WORSHIP CHOIR
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
Did you know that our Worship Choir continues to meet--on Zoom--and participates in our Worship Services? Their love of singing won't let the pandemic stop them!

They "gather" on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM, and you are always welcome to join them. You can contact our Director of Music, Sara Davis, with any questions, and join rehearsals online by clicking the link below:

Meeting ID: 149 540 739 Passcode: 115053
PROGRAM COUNCIL
First Monday Each Month
Monday, February 1st, 6:30 PM
Our normally scheduled Program Council (PC) meeting was cancelled for the month of January because there were no new business agenda items. The PC will meet next on Monday, February 1st.

Our PC is responsible for the following: Leading and implementing a variety of programs that bring MVUUF closer to realizing its purpose, vision and mission; Facilitating cooperation among program areas; Approving the appointment or removal of committee chairs nominated by individual program council representatives; Appointing interim members to fill mid-term vacancies on the nominating committee; Nominating one qualified candidate for election to the nominating committee each year; and Recommending policies and procedures to the board for approval and incorporation into the MVUUF policy manual. 

PC meets once a month, usually on the first Monday, and their meetings are open to ALL. The January meeting was cancelled and the PC will meet again Monday, February 1, at 6:30 PM (on Zoom).

To join the meeting online, click below

Passcode: 395986 Meeting ID: 845 4628 1330
FINANCE COMMITTEE
First Wednesday Each Month
Wednesday, January 6, 7:00 PM
We meet on the first Wednesday evening of the month to discuss the fellowship's finances. This includes budgeting, stewardship, and fundraising. 

As with the Board meetings, we set aside time at the beginning of each meeting for visitor comments and/or questions. So you can ask questions or make comments and leave right afterwards if you'd rather not stay for the whole meeting (which is usually about an hour). Contact is Jim Patton, our Treasurer.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 844 3664 8371 Passcode: 495242
CHALICE OF THE WILLOW (CUUPS)
DISCUSSION GROUP
Second Sunday Each Month
Sunday, January 10th, 12:30 PM
Our pagan group, Chalice of the Willow (CUUPS) has a discussion group on the second Sunday of each month, beginning at 12:30 PM. It's a great way to find out a little bit more about pagan beliefs & traditions, and to converse with others in a comfortable, non-judgmental atmosphere.

You can find out more by contacting Tina Porter at ladyosun@yahoo.com; you can join the discussion online by clicking the link below:

Meeting ID: 860 0484 4655 Passcode: 757543
BOARD MEETING
Third Saturday Each Month
Saturday, January 16th, 1:30 PM
Our monthly Board Meetings are usually held on the third Saturday of each month. Our Board meetings are open to EVERYONE, and time is set aside at the beginning of the meeting to answer any questions our members and friends may have for Board members.

To join the Zoom meeting, click below

Passcode: 033710 Meeting ID: 976 9504 0775
WELCOME SESSION
Third Sunday Each Month
Sunday, January 17th, 12:15 PM
Are you new to MVUUF? Would you like to know more about the Fellowship and what we have to offer?

We offer a Welcome Session on the third Sunday of each month, hosted by our Membership Rep., Lathe Snyder, and our minister, Rev. Kellie, where you'll have the opportunity to find out more about our Fellowship and Unitarian Universalism. Please join us!

To join the meeting on Zoom, click on the link below:

Passcode: 567024 Meeting ID: 815 9880 6017
ACOUSTIC FOLK JAM SESSION
Third Tuesday Each Month
Tuesday, January 19th, 6:30 PM
If you're looking for a fun way to share your love of music, may we suggest attending our Acoustic Folk Jam Session? You can play an instrument...or use your voice...or just listen and enjoy to everyone else. It's a low-key way to enjoy some human connection (virtually, of course) and relax!

If you'd like to join them online, please click the link below:

Passcode: 639360 Meeting ID: 876 8968 9805
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Sunday, January 24th, 12:30 PM
Our annual Congregational Meetings are held in January and June of every year, and our January 2021 Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 24th, beginning at 12:30 PM. For our Voting Members, attending Congregational Meetings are both a privilege and a commitment; please try to make sure you can attend.

We are still confirming the best way to use Zoom for the service and will send out all of the Zoom information in subsequent email messages, as well as updating our MVUUF calendar and Facebook event.

As a reminder, our Congregational Meetings are open to everyone. We're looking forward to seeing you on Zoom or hearing you via the Zoom phone number January 24th!
SMALL GROUP MINISTRY
JANUARY SOUL MATTERS PACKET
For the month of January, our Soul Matters' theme is Imagination.

The Soul Matters' packet includes spiritual exercises, questions that encourage reflection on daily living, and 5-7 pages of recommended resources that help participants explore the monthly themes in more depth.

Simply click HERE for this month's packet!
WOMEN'S GROUP
Sunday Mornings, 9:30 AM
This weekly group is open to all who identify as female, and they would love to have you join them for one of their interesting and thought-provoking discussions!

To join the gathering online, click on the link below---

Passcode: 042027 Meeting ID: 339 923 301
DA' GROUP
Second Tuesday Each Month
Tuesday, January 12th, 6:30 PM
A space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to gather and share their stories, receive and provide support, and share their joys, sorrows and celebrations with each other.

Contact Ndidi Achebe for Zoom access info at nachebepublic@gmail.com.
YOUNG ADULTS GROUP
Now Forming
Connect and build bonds with other UU young adults at MVUUF (ages 18-35). If you are interested in participating, please contact Somaya Bernard, Director of Religious Education, at re@mvuuf.org or 937-694-0594 to let her know what meeting dates/times work best for you.
ADULT
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
SCRIPTURE STUDY
Sunday Mornings, 9:30 AM
If you are interested in learning about different religions, and especially in the writings from those different religions, then you should consider attending our weekly Scripture Study. They meet every Sunday morning, beginning at 9:30 AM on Zoom, and are currently discussing the Book of Ruth. You can contact John Bierman if you have any questions at john_bierman@att.net or 937-438-0211.

To join their Zoom meeting, use the information posted below:

To join the gathering online, click the link below---

Passcode: 720015 Meeting ID: 424 304 843
NEW! ADULT RELIGIOUS
EDUCATION NIGHT & CLASS
Second Monday Each Month
First Class: Our Sources
Begins Monday, January 11th
While we talk a lot about our 7 Principles, our 6 Sources are not named as often. Can you list them? Don’t worry— there will be no quiz at any time during our class, hehe. How about this quiz question (I know, I know— I said that we wouldn’t have a quiz): how long have we had our current Sources? Once again, the answer is a part of our religious movement’s framework that many Unitarian Universalists do not know or even consider. 

Because we believe in the progress of human understanding, the practice of democratic governance, and the continued unfolding of Truth, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) bylaws require that we review our Principles, Purposes, and Sources every 15 years and revise or reaffirm them at General Assembly. If you would like to learn more about this process (we’re 6 months into a review right now) and its history, read the Article II Study Commission’s first blog (dated November 23rd, 2020), What Brings Us Together.

Please join Rev. Kellie and Lifespan Religious Education Rep., René Hick, as they explore each of our current 6 Sources. No prep work or homework will be assigned (Rev. Kellie’s favorite type of class). While we would love for you to be able to attend all 6 monthly classes, there also is no attendance policy (attend as often as you like/can). 

To join us on Zoom use the info below:

Meeting ID: 824 1035 5529 Passcode: 945147
LONG STRANGE TRIP:
UU HISTORY REDUX
Second Saturday Each Month
Begins January 9th 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Are you a history geek? Maybe you’re
a story lover? Maybe you just want to learn Unitarian Universalism history? Or maybe you want to revisit the UU history you learned through an anti-racism and anti-oppression lens?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, please join Rev. Kellie and Lifespan Religious Education Rep., René Hick, as they share Ron Cordes’ 6-part UU history film series, Long Strange Trip. Sessions will be monthly on the second Saturday, January through June.

We will watch each film together for the first half of the 2-hour session (each film is aprox. 60 minutes). During the second half, Rev. Kellie will start our group discussion by providing an anti-oppression perspective, adding context and additional histories.


No prep work or homework will be assigned (Rev. Kellie’s favorite type of class). While we would love for you to be able to attend all 6 monthly classes, there also is no attendance policy (attend as often as you like/can).

To join us on Zoom please use the info below:

Meeting ID: 880 0486 8864 Passcode: 977790
CONGREGATIONAL READ
Third Saturday Each Month
Begins January 16th 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Join Rev. Kellie for her THIRD Congregational Read, Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism by Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin. The UUA Bookstore states that the book, “Shares how five diverse congregations encounter frustrations and disappointments, as well as hope and wonder, once they commit to the journey to create multicultural, antiracist Beloved Community.” 

Rev. Kellie’s Congregational Reads provide a learning path for or the deep soul work of transformation: personal, interpersonal, organizational, cultural, and societal. In her first year, Rev. Kellie shared White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and, in her second year, Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, written by Unitarian Universalist religious professionals and edited by Rev. Mitra Rahnema. After we complete this year’s read, Mistakes and Miracles, Rev. Kellie will lead us through one of the most important reports issued by the Unitarian Universalist Association, Widening the Circle of Concern: The Commission on Institutional Change’s 2020 Report

Regardless of whether you have read all of the previous Congregational Reads with Rev. Kellie or you are new to Unitarian Universalism— regardless of whether you are committed to antiracism and anti-oppression justice or you want to grow your mind, heart, and soul— regardless of whether you can attend all 8 monthly sessions or only a few, please join Rev. Kellie on Saturday, January 16th at 10:30 AM on Zoom. We will be discussing the Foreword, Introduction, and Words about Language.

Kindle version available at Amazon and print version available at the UUA Bookstore. If the purchase cost would make it difficult to participate, please email Rev. Kellie directly to arrange the best way to get a copy to you at no cost (minister@mvuuf.org).

To join us on Zoom please use the info below:

Meeting ID: 847 5921 6947 Passcode: 773098
DAYTIME BOOK CLUB
Third Wednesday Each Month
Wednesday, January 20th, 10:30 AM
Our Daytime Book Club continues to meet monthly to discuss a featured book; this month, they'll be gathering at 10:30 AM(on Zoom) on Wednesday, January 20th to discuss Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.

Future selections for discussion:
February 17th: The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz
March 17th: All Adults Here: A Novel by Emma Straub

If you'd like to join them online, please click the link below:

Passcode: 284687 Meeting ID: 814 1095 6674
DEATH CAFE
Fourth Monday Each Month
Monday, January 25th, 7:00 PM
At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather in an accessible, respectful and confidential space to enjoy refreshments and to discuss death. Our Death Café conversations are participant-directed; there is no agenda. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Groups such as this gather around the globe with a purpose: "to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives."

MVUUF holds a Death Café on the fourth Monday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. You are welcome to join us to listen and share and/or invite a friend who you think may be interested in exploring the topic.  


To join the meeting online, click below

Passcode: 900106 Meeting ID: 851 4870 0547
CHILDREN & YOUTH
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
CYRE COMMITTEE
Second Wednesday Each Month
Wednesday, January 13th, 7:00 PM
Our Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month and is open to ALL! Whether you have children in the CYRE program or not, the committee is always looking for people to teach classes and/or volunteer to help with family-friendly activities.

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Somaya Bernard, re@ mvuuf.org.

To join the Zoom Meeting online, click below:

Meeting ID: 813 5941 9144 Passcode: 385131
WEEKLY CLASSES
CYRE classes usually do not meet on Sundays when we offer a Worship for All Ages multigenerational worship service(designed for preschool-aged children and older). Confirm directly with our Director of Religious Education, Somaya Bernard, re@ mvuuf.org.

Preschool-5th Grade Religious Education
Sunday afternoons, 1:00 PM

Meeting ID: 747 369 526 Passcode: 149172

Middle School and High School Groups
Sunday afternoons, 2:30 PM
The High School Group meets on the 1st & 3rd Sundays and the Middle School Group meets on the 2nd & 4th Sundays. Both groups focus on building more bonds and strengthening their connections.

Meeting ID: 220 144 959 Passcode: 149172
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