The Forum, JUNE 2020





                                 Miami Valley                              
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

8690 Yankee St.  Dayton, OH  45458





Worship Services on Zoom

To join us for our Worship Services on Zoom, 
simply click HERE!

Staff Notes

Happy June everyone! I know virtual meetings are just not the same. We all miss face-to-face interaction and it's really hard to not be together right now. But it's so important for us to keep connecting with each other any way we can. I've enjoyed seeing the kids every Sunday for RE and watching them interact with each other. We get to laugh and play and it's so good to keep building this community even when we can't do that in our physical space. I really encourage everyone to come and check out what's going on and see some friendly, familiar faces!

Here are a few things that are going on in CYRE this month:
  • Our Youth Sunday RE class is taking a break for the month, but will be meeting again at the same time in July. 
  • The Middle school and high school youth group however will continue to meet on Tuesdays at 7 PM. This group is open to all who ended the school year in 6th-12th grade. 
  • Children's Sunday RE will continue to meet as usual. 
  • Keep your eye out for a survey we'll be sending out to CYRE families so we can get a better idea of what next year should look like.
If you have any questions at all please email me at or text/call me at 937-694-0594.
--- Somaya Bernard,  Director of Religious Education

Welcome to summer! 

Now that we've begun the month of June, from a financial view it's important to remember that this is the final month of the 2019-2020 fiscal year (as it ends on June 30th). Why is this important? Because this is the time to make sure all those pledges made in July 2019 are paid in full by the end of this month. A pledge made isn't worth much without the actual funds  that fulfill it.

As of Wednesday, June 3rd, 90% of the pledge money promised has been contributed, which only leaves $23,880 due by June 30th. If you have already paid your pledge in full, we THANK YOU for your continued commitment of MVUUF. If you aren't sure, please feel free to contact me at and I can give you that information.
---Jennie Freiberger, Fellowship Administrator

The Soul Matters theme for the month of June is Compassion; click  HERE for the link to the Small Group packet. 

Additionally, we're also including the link to February's Resilience packet in order to help you get through these difficult days.

And we're also offering Soul Matters' Spotify playlists for last year ( 2018-2019) and this year ( 2019-2020) for comfort & inspiration.

Fun Things To Do This Month

Thursdays, 10:30 AM, on Zoom
Since we cannot enjoy Coffee With the Minister at the Fellowship currently, you'll be pleased to know that you CAN still enjoy it: now every Thursday morning, 10:30 AM, on Zoom! 

Simply click  HERE to join the conversation!

Wednesday, June 17th, 10:30 AM, on Zoom
This well-read group continues to meet virtually in a Zoom room to discuss their monthly selection.

On Wednesday, June 17th, beginning at 10:30 AM, they'll be meeting to discuss The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau. T he group is open to all, please click HERE if you'd like to join the discussion.

Sunday M ornings, 9:30 AM, on Zoom
The group has also moved to Zoom! Open to all who identify as female, they gather online every Sunday morning beginning at 9:30 AM.

You can click HERE if you'd like to join them!

NOW on Sunday Afternoons, following the Worship Service on Zoom
Are you missing the fellowship and social connection of our Coffee Hour gatherings after service on Sundays?

Then you'll be pleased to know that our "virtual" Coffee Hour continues...and has moved back to Sunday afternoons, following the service on Zoom!

And all you need to do is stay logged in to the worship service, and Coffee Hour will begin shortly after the service has ended. If you aren't attending the service but would still like to join the Coffee Hour, just use the information for joining the service at the beginning of this Forum; see you after service!

Around the Fellowship

Don't forget!!! Our annual June Congregational Meeting will take place on Zoom on Sunday, June 14th, 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. Join the meeting by clicking  HERE.

Our Congregational Meetings are open to everyone, and we're looking forward to seeing you (on Zoom!) on June 14th!

*** NEW DAY & TIME ***
Thursdays, 6:30 PM, on Zoom
We've been offering this shorter, more reflective service as a way of providing a bit of peace and comfort during these trying times. We "gather" online using Zoom (click  HERE to join us!) for music, readings & reflection. The services are NOW held on Thursdays, 6:30 PM, and will continue every Thursday at the same time, for as long as needed.

We hope you'll plan on joining us!

Even though we're not there physically, the flowers are blooming, the grass is growing, and our MVUUF at home is sitting pretty, waiting for the day we return to it.  We do need to do some grounds upkeep in the time that we are away, though.

Gail Cyan has lovingly restored the labyrinth, so it is ready for a solitary meditation walk.  She is seeking assistance to maintain the path and the literal growing edges around it. There are some immediate needs while we are early in the season, and some ongoing needs. Please contact her or me to find out more. You would be doing the work on your own (or  alongside   people with whom you are sheltering), due to social distancing.   

Also, we have some tall grasses that need to be cut back, bushes to prune, and weeds to pull. If you need some "garden therapy," please let me know that you can go over and help. Any amount of time is appreciated!
---Genevieve Harvey, Operations Rep.,  937-477-2385

Have you been watching services and wondering what is going on behind the scenes to make it happen?  Do you enjoy hosting online meetings?

Come play with the Tech Team on Sunday Mornings! We could use a few more helpers to expand our team. If you have some experience hosting online meetings, this is a great place for you to volunteer with a small commitment. The only equipment you need is a computer and an internet connection. We will provide you with training so you can confidently fulfill one of the two roles. Contact Kristen Beireis at to find out more or sign up.

Wednesdays, 7-8:00 PM, on Zoom
Our Director of Music, Sara Davis, wants to make sure you know that the Choir is continuing to use Zoom every Wednesday evening!

If you are currently a Choir member (past, present, or future) make sure to join them! All you need to do is click  HERE on Wednesday evening, beginning at 7:00 PM and you're all set!

Showing Up for Justice
Please note that two of our Social Justice groups, Transgender Alliance Group and Anti-Racism Ally Group, are experiencing a hiatus currently. Stay tuned to The Forum and E-Blasts as to when they will begin meeting again.

Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema
Saturday, June 20th, 10:30 AM, in a Zoom room
Our Congregational Read continues for the month of May, using a Zoom room!

You can join Rev. Kellie and other participants as they discuss Centering:  Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry (edited by Mitra Rahnema) by clicking  HERE to join the conversation. 

Social Action is coordinating  with Rev. Kellie, Pastoral Care and the MVUUF Disaster Recovery Team to respond to covid 19 needs.  MVUUF members are invited to make financial  donations to the MVUUF Disaster Fund. You will find the MVUUF Disaster Fund listed under "Other Fundraising" on our website's Giving Page or you may mail a check to MVUUF with "Disaster Fund" in the memo line.  Because MVUUF still needs our funds for operating expenses, now more than ever, please  donate to the Disaster Fund only if you are able to also continue to contribute to MVUUF operating expenses. The Disaster Fund will be used for economic assistance for those affected financially by covid 19 and for assistance to specific covid 19 relief needs in the greater Dayton area.  Requests for financial assistance for individuals will be confidential and  should be made to Rev. Kellie.  Contact Kristen Beireis at or Tina Porter for more information or with suggestions.  Volunteer opportunities and suggestions for them can be shared  via the MVUUF Disaster Recovery Team on Facebook.

If you would like to help with  or  request assistance for the food pantry contact Steve Steel at . Several MVUUF members are collaborating with greater community members to organize assistance to our newest immigrant neighbors who do not have as much access to covid 19 relief as others.  For more information on that, please contact Social Action leaders Bill Ross (  or  Lynn Buffington (  or 937-657-0426) or Immigration Action group leader Jen Linck at

Saturday, June 13th, 10:45 AM, 120 West Apple Street, in Dayton
In this age of coronavirus we  will be accepting financial donations to purchase some or all of items for the June 13th lunch.  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, now more than ever, please only donate for St. Vincent's if you are able to also continue to contribute to MVUUF operating expenses.  

For June, we will follow a COVID-19 plan similar to what we followed in April and May. We will need a few people  from MVUUF to prepare larger-than-normal quantities of sandwich fillings and salad and  deliver those to the outside door at St. Vincent's.  St. Vincent's staff will serve the meal. Please contact Lynn Buffington for more details at or 937-657-0426.


One Last Thing... 



You can keep up-to-date with all the happenings at MVUUF by viewing the Fellowship's online calendar right HERE.

It's especially helpful during these days of Zoom meetings, as you will be able to find the links to those meetings in the details of the event on the calendar, too. 




We are a liberal religious community that embraces diversity and respects the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  ALL are welcome here, no matter their race, class background, sex, sexual/affectional orientation, gender expression, or ability.


Please visit us on Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM for our worship service---

we'd love to see you! Simply click HERE to enter the Zoom room.